We did a few really easy (this is essential for me!) and quick, non-messy crafts over the summer. I'm sure everyone has tried this in some form or another, but we thought it was pretty neat! If anyone thinks it's kinda lame to be posting a craft on a food blog, my defense is that I used my oven. So there!
I have a huge container of these rainbow plastic beads from Ikea. Really cheap. We have tried unsuccessfully several times to string the beads, but they are just too tiny to get any yarn through. The container was just sitting in the top of my office closet, taunting me.
I grabbed it down once more and cranked up the oven to 300, got out a baking sheet, parchment paper and some metal cookie cutters and got to work.
They took longer to melt than I had expected (about 20 minutes), but melt they did.
I let them cool for about 10 minutes and then just popped them cleanly right out of the molds. Super easy, no little plastic pieces stuck.
Then all we did was clip any pointy bits, and voila! Instant, fun coasters! You could also string and hang them somewhere for a bright and cheery accent.