I bought a bag of beads (around $4 at Michael's) and some old bowls and muffin tins at Goodwill. Since I was melting plastic I didn't want to use anything we eat out of. :)
We let Cols and Westin (nice sleep sack, Dubs!) put the beads in the pans and then we put them in a 400 degree oven for about 30-45 minutes. I kept watching them after 30 minutes to take them out when they were completely melted and flat.
Be sure to put them in one thin layer. Once they cool completely they just pop right out.
Notice the problem? I bought the wrong beads!!! Can any project I do go as planned? Anyways, I went back to Michael's and got the clear beads. Duh! It's not really a sun catcher if you can't see through it.
My Dad drilled little holes in them and we hung them with fishing line. Westin likes to run by them and hit them as hard as he can. Nice.
After Westin hung them I kind of went behind him and tucked them in the branches so they would be a little more discreet. :) The one below is my favorite because it is hanging in Westin's dogwood and we can see it from our dining room. It is eye level with Westin and he loves looking at it.
I love doing fun little projects like this. Especially when I can include Westin. Just to let you know, they do stink up your house while you are melting them, but the smell goes away pretty fast when you are finished. :)