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This easy-to-do homemade Christmas ornaments can easily be put together in under an hour or take longer if you take your time. Here are the steps to create your own melted bead ornaments.
Active Time1 hr
20 mins
Yield: 1 per cookie cutter


  • Gas Grill
  • Cookie Sheets


  • Plastic pony beads Assortment
  • Tin Foil
  • Metal cookie cutters
  • Metal spacers (1 for each ornament)


  • With tin-foil lined pans, place the cookie cutter on the tin foil.
  • Place or pour in the pony breads. My kids loved this part. Taking their time and making each one just right; or when they were nearing the end and getting tired, they would pour the beads in which created a cool stain class look.
  • Using a bamboo skewer, a toothpick, tweezers or patiently with your finger, stand the beads up to all be facing the same way.
  • Put a metal spacer near the top of your ornament. This will not melt and will form the hole to hang it on your Christmas tree!
  • Put the pan on your grill. Turn the grill down low and/or only turn one burner on.
  • Each ornament can take anywhere from 10 to 20+ minutes, it depends on your grill/heat source. Check often.
  • When melted to your satisfaction, using oven mitts and/or tongs, take the pans off the grill and onto a trivet to cool. Do not place directly on your counter as it will be hot!
  • Once it cools to the touch, flip the pan over and gently push the ornament out of the cookie cutter mold.
  • Let it cool completely.
  • Slide a piece of ribbon through the top of the ornament and it’s ready to hang on your Christmas tree!


This fun DIY Christmas ornament is a great project for kids.  Using pony beads and cookie cutters, kids can get as creative as they want or just pour the beads in. Bake time on your grill varies depending on your grill and the size of your cookie cutter.  Average is about 10 to 20 minutes. Watch closely.