DIY Plastic Bead Coasters
June 18, 2013
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Today is all about DIY and design and this project is about as good as it gets. Colorful coasters that are so inexpensive, so impossible to mess up and only take up about an hour of your time to craft. All starting with those sweet plastic beads you likely played with as a child. And, if you were anything like me, chances are your parents have a few old "mom" and "dad" necklaces laying around that could be dismantled for such an occasion. So let's get to it!

Opaque plastic pony beads in multiple colors
Clear plastic pony beads
Muffin top tin (or any tin with openings large enough to be coasters)
Medium gauge sandpaper


step-1 Preheat the oven to 400°F.

step-2 Arrange the beads (hole side up) in a single layer in each opening in the muffin tin. I found that the translucent colors don’t show up after they’re melted, so I stuck with just plain clear or the opaque colors. The plastic shrinks slightly when it melts, so it is better to have slightly too many beads than too few.

step-3 Very gently, place the tin on a center rack in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Be sure to turn on your overhead fan and open windows if possible, there is a bit of a plastic smell as they bake.

step-4Let the coasters cool for 20 mins. When cool, you can pop them right out of the tin (it’s amazing- they don’t stick to the sides at all!). Use the sandpaper to smooth out any uneven or rough edges, and you’re done!

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