Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How To Make Melted Christmas Ornaments



MELTED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
This is an incredibly fun ornament to make. They are made out of plastic cups. One of the fun parts about making them is that it is always a surprise to see how they turn out. They all turn out different. An absolutely crazy fun ornament to make. Once we figured out the best way to put the holes in the ornaments, the ornaments were super easy. This took trial and error but we will tell you the best way to do it so you don't make the same mistakes we made. :)  

Do not miss our "HOW TO" video that we made. We show you step by step how to make them and we also show you the details of different ways to put the holes in the ornaments.
I am sure you will get a good laugh at how silly we are too. LOL

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HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

*Clear Plastic Solo Cups
(Do not get the cheap cups. They do not work well)
*Markers
*Yarn or Fishing line
*Scissors
*Hole Punch
*Oven and Baking sheet w/foil
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The first thing we do is color our cups with markers. Use your imagination to create cool designs. 
Here are a couple of our cup designs...

We set the oven on BROIL.

We discovered that the best way for kids to make the holes in their ornaments is to put the holes in the cups BEFORE you bake them. Make a few holes around the outside of the cup to be sure that at least one of the holes does not melt closed. During our experiment we punched 2 holes. One hole closed up but the other did not. It is also MUCH EASIER to punch the holes in the unbaked plastic. The plastic becomes brittle after it is baked and it was easy to break while punching the holes. Kymberly used a knife to put holes in the ornaments that were already baked but we do not recommend or encourage kids to use knives. 

 

After our cups are colored, we put foil on our baking sheet and then set the cups on top of the foil. Then we bake them for 20 seconds. That's right... 20 SECONDS
When we pull the ornaments out of the oven they are flat and wavy. They turn out AWESOME! The kids will have so much fun seeing how the ornaments change in just 20 seconds.
We take them off of the cookie sheet and let them cool on the counter.

Most of the clear areas turn white. It is a neat transition!!
After they are done cooling... they cool pretty quick... you can tie your string on.

This is MUST TRY for the Holiday season. The kids faces will light up when they see how quickly their artwork turns into something so different after a few seconds in the oven.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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