We awoke this morning to grass covered in a thick layer of frost, so have been busy in the kitchen planning for Dimples’ 5th birthday *sob* which will happen after Christmas. It will have a Frozen theme, so we’ve been looking for activities to do at the party and I have to say our Frozen Fractals Suncatcher made with Hama Beads have turned out really well.
They are so simple. We used white Hama beads, as well as a mixture of blues. We have a large jar of mixed colours and we just dug around in that, but if you are buying them separately, I heartily recommend getting some of the transparent blues as they look really pretty in the light. You can buy midi Hama Beads from the Craft Merrily website- a great British small business.
The Girls used a hexagonal board, starting in the middle and making a spiral outwards in white first, then filling the remaining spiral channel with a mixture of blues. The hexagon has scientific merit because we studied the hard frost outside first and they noticed how angular it was, so the straight lines of the hexagon reflected that.
Once you are happy with the design, cover with Hama paper- or greaseproof if you have none left- and iron well. I then removed the design from the board and ironed the other side to give strength. Then we used a needle and thread to make a hanging loop and hung them on our “Frozen Fractal tree”- sent by Hobbycraft some time ago now but still a regular display feature- with plastic and glass crystal baubles form the Christmas decorations box.