Red White & Blue Melted Pony Bead Crafts for Kids

We thought it would be fun to do some red white and blue melted pony bead crafts today in honor of upcoming holidays.

Kids can easily help make Fourth of July melted pony bead decor for your own Independence Day celebrations. They will love being involved in the decorating process and these melted pony beads are fun for crafting with kids.

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Let’s make something festive with pony beads!

Pony beads are great  and are traditionally used to make  jewelry, but you could also make something unique like our  pony bead abacus or a beaded suncatcher.

I thought it would be fun to take the technique of melted beads to work with my kids to create our Fourth of July decor.  We decided to try 5 different pony bead crafts using red, white and blue beads:

  • Beaded American Flag
  • 4th of July Napkin Rings
  • 4th of July Garland
  • 4th of July Hair Clip
  • 4th of July Necklace

4th of July Melted Pony Bead Crafts for Kids

Each craft is a little different using pony beads, but in general this is what you will need to make these fun and festive red, white and blue crafts.

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Supplies Needed

  • Red pony beads
  • White pony beads
  • Blue pony beads
  • Melting pan: bread pan or muffin tin
  • (Optional) Glue gun & glue

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How to Make a Melted Pony Bead American Flag

Kids will really enjoy making this melted pony bead American Flag.

What pan is best for melting pony beads?

I used a bread pan as the guide for making our flag. The size of mine, 3 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, which was the perfect height for fitting in all of the stripes. I used a non-stick pan, but I’ve read that pony beads will pop out of other pans. I had no problems, but if you are worried, go to a thrift store and buy a cheap version.

Also, if you don’t have the right size, don’t worry. You can still create the look if you create it in a corner of another pan and prevent jostling as it moves to the grill to cook.

Step 1

The kids simply pick out all of the red, white and blue beads. They line them up to create the flag. Little kids may need a little help to get the beads in there straight, but my 3 and 5 year old worked with me to make this flag, and they did just fine. I just would come along and straighten things up every once in a while.

Step 2

I chose to melt my beads on an outdoor grill to prevent getting fumes into my home.

There is a slight odor of burned plastic as they are cooking, but I know other bloggers have melted these in the oven and just left the door open to ventilate.

Kids can also be playing outside while the beads melt and the house airs out.

I cooked these at 400 degrees for 7 minutes. I would start checking after 5 minutes.

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Using Final Craft as 4th of July Decor

This American flag can be made in a variety of sizes and used to decorate in a variety of ways. I hot glued it to a mason jar filled with flowers. Here are some other ideas:

  • You could make a number of them and create a cute hanging flag  garland.
  • You could make some for decorating a food table.
  • You could use a white paint pen to write names in the blue to use as place name markers on plates.
  • The kids could just put them on a bookshelf in their room too.

The American flag crafts turned out so cool!

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How to Make Melted Pony Bead Discs

The other thing we made with melted pony beads were these red, white and blue discs we ended up using for a variety of purposes.

All you do is fill a mini-muffin tin with the pony beads and cook in the grill (or oven…just beware of fumes) for 3-5 minutes on 400 degrees.

They melt together and create plastic discs that look a lot like poker chips.

Then we used these red white and blue melted bead discs for the next two 4th of July crafts…

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How to Make Fourth of July Napkin Rings

Can you believe kids helped made these cool napkin rings with our red, white and blue plastic discs?

What a fun way to decorate a table or have stacked up for the food table.

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Steps

After your kids help make the discs, you attach them to hoops of hemp, ribbon or some other strong string to create the napkin rings. It is as simple as that.

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How to Make Fourth of July Garland

The  melted pony bead discs will also  make this DIY 4th of July garland.

Step 1

Take the discs your kids made and hot glue them to yarn, hemp or ribbon to create these fun decorations. I used a little bit of tape to make sure the garland displayed how I wanted.

Step 2

Wouldn’t these look really cool as the decorations for your food table? Just lay down a white table cloth and string these along the front.

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How to Make Fourth of July Hair Clip

Why not use these discs to give the kids some accessories too? One idea was to create a hair clip.

Steps

Just hot glue one of your disks onto a hair clip for this cute look.

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How to Make a Fourth of July Necklace

My other daughter thought it would be fun to create a necklace. We just hot glued the discs onto some yarn to complete her 4th of July look.

More 4th of July Crafts from Kids Activities Blog

You now have some great decorating ideas to do with melted pony beads for this Fourth of July. The kids can help and will love having ownership in some of the decorating.

Also, if you want more perler bead ideas, we have a bunch!

How did your 4th of July melted pony bead crafts turn out?  What did you make?

One Comment

  1. Debbie Barrett says:

    Do you know how could you make a hole in the pony bead discs so they can use them as big beads?

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