biggie beads

This summer Finn got to participate in a preschool art camp for a few days. They did a lot of simple crafts, and he seemed to have a great time. One of the finished crafts Finn brought home was a coaster made from melted plastic beads. He was pretty proud of his coaster. The colors were thoughtfully chosen and laid out symmetrically. He used it for every meal for a week straight.

So imagine my horror when I found the remains of his coaster shredded on the floor, in a trail leading right to our dog Hugo. I quickly hid the evidence and told Finn that it had just disappeared and that we should probably make some more.

He thought that was a great idea, so I let him lead us around the craft store until he found the very same beads that they had at camp. We brought them home and both boys spent the next hour creating. Apparently these kinds of beads have been around for decades, though this was the first time I had ever seen them. The process is as simple as laying your design out on the pin board, then ironing on both sides. Done and done.

I have to admit that I can be a bit of a craft snob. If it doesn't look like it came out of Martha Stewart, then I don't really want to make it. Which is probably why we don't end up doing as many craft projects around here as the boys would like. But I'm learning to let go of that ideal. Most of the time its the process, not the product that is important. And these little coasters and picture frames were truly fun to make. Anyway, if you come over to our house any time soon, don't be surprised if you are handed a fine, hand crafted, plastic coaster to set your drink on. 

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