My kids have been creating with Perler beads for years. How fun to find a new use for them via Pinterest--a melted bead bowl. (The original link is here and here along with a fun how-to video.)Of course, when I showed Abby my pin on Pinterest she jumped at the chance to make one herself. She didn't stop at just one bowl, but made a smaller version as well.
Then, she made a plate.
Her creativity really kicked in at that point, and she cleverly came up with a way to make a cup.
We now have an entire place setting (minus the utensils, which Abby desperately tried to figure out how to do.)
We inadvertently used two different types of beads and they each melted a bit differently. One type was the original Perler beads and the other was from Ikea. (I can't remember which was which.)
Abby's first attempt at the cup was unsuccessful.
For her second attempt, we put the glass inside a mug with more vertical sides and we baked it in the oven for twice as long. Success!
This was a really fun kid-friendly craft which we never would have come up with on our own. Thanks Pinterest!