We love to make beautiful things at our home, things that are colorful, bright and pretty. When we saw this idea for melted bead bowls, I knew we’d have to try them! I hope your family enjoys making them as much as mine did.


  • beads—a wide variety if you choose
  • an oven-proof bowl
  • Pam or grease for the bowl


  1. bowl 1Grease the oven-proof bowl and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Empty the beads into the bowl and push them down to the bottom, spreading them out until there is a single layer reaching up the sides.
  3. Place the bowl in the oven and "bake" it for about 15 minutes.
  4. bowl 2Once it's cooled, peel the bead bowl off of the oven-proof bowl; now you have a new, beautiful bowl!
  5. Can't wait to make more! Happy crafting!

Kelly is an Australian mom who is aiming to fill her kids' childhood with magic through imaginative play, homemade toys, crafts and baking. Kelly writes about these fun activities at Happy Whimsical Hearts where you can find scope for the imagination!

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  • caitieandgina

    Plastic beads? Or glass?

    • Danielle PBS Parents

      Hi caitieandgina,

      We suggest plastic beads. Some popular brands include: Nabbi, Hama, Perler, and Pyssla.


  • stacey

    I’m assuming that since it’s heated and then cooled, it is safe for food use? Does it get hot enough to release any fumes into the hair during the melting phase?

    • rachel

      There was a terribly toxic smell from the melting plastic that filled our kitchen. I stopped the process after five minutes and put the bowl outside and aired out the oven.

  • Megan

    I have made these with my 10 year old Autistic son. These are easy and fun. The beads are non toxic so they are food safe but the bowl will have holes in it so it won’t hold water. There was a slight smell but nothing to run you out of the house.

  • Kim Fitzhugh

    Why do you grease the bowl, don’t they just pop out?

    • Anoobian

      You grease to get them to hold the shape of the bowl.

  • Jam

    Perler beads are made to be melted, so they shouldn’t be toxic.

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