Alright, this was really fun! J and I had a blast, and it was super easy. Here’s how to make your very own Perler Bead bowl. I found it on Pinterest, and it linked back to this original site: http://www.wooz.dk/?page_id=2611 If you check out the comments section, someone translated the directions into English. :)
I don’t recommend eating out of it, but you could put wrapped candy in it or keep your keys in it, that type of thing :)
Start by preheating your oven. We set ours to 350, but I think we could have done 400 without a problem. Grease an oven-safe bowl (we used Pyrex) well with cooking oil. We used Canola oil.
Next, start sprinkling the bowl with the beads. Kids love this part! Julia started just dumping massive amounts in, so beware!
Our bowl turned out really “dense” because we basically created a layer of beads without much space between them. This makes a tight bowl that can hold even pretty small objects without them falling through, but it doesn’t allow the beads much room to stretch when they melt, so they don’t get that neat oblong shape this way. If you want them to really stretch out, leave room between your beads. Either way, you want a single layer of beads, not little mounds of beads.
Next, put your bowl into the oven. We set our timer for 5 minutes and then another 5…and then 3… and then another 2. It took a while. But what I’d read told me these things melt fast! So the time may vary — and probably does depend a bit on how densely packed your beads are — so stay close to the oven and keep an eye on things.
After about 10 minutes, the beads at the upper edge of the bowl looked like this:
And once it was done, we let it cool for a few minutes, then put it in the freezer to set. Now, at this point, I was pretty sure someone on Pinterest owed me a new Pyrex bowl because the bead bowl did stick a little. But I just loosened the edges slowly around in circles, loosening more and more until I got to the center, and it all came out in one piece!
Here’s our finished product!
You can find me on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/tara_cohen/ Enjoy!