Time Required :
About an hour
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

melted dot paper cactus

This project is intended for children age 6+. Did you know you can melt Perler® beads in the oven to make bright dots? An adult can do the melting then use them to embellish your paper cactus garden!
Step 1

ADULT: Line a flat, sturdy pan with parchment paper and preheat your over to 325°.

Step 2
Place Perler® beads on the pan, standing up so the hole is vertical, and space the, at least 1" [2.5 cm] apart.
Step 3
ADULT: Carefully place the pan into the oven and bake for 30 minutes; then set aside to cool.
Step 4
Now, click here to download and print the template; then cut out the patterns. Be sure to cut the slit, indicated by a dotted line on the template, as well.
Step 5
Trace the patterns onto cardstock and then cut out the shapes.
Step 6
Glue the Perler® dots to the cut-out shapes to embellish. Let dry.
TIP: Use a toothpick to pick up glue from the bottle and add to the cactus.
Step 7
Slide the cactus shapes into each other to assemble.
Step 8
Add flower shapes.
Step 9
Push Model magic® into a clay pot, then add your cactus.
TIP: The serves to hold the cactus in place. If needed, use a toothpick to carve a line so the paper will slide in, then push the clay into the paper to secure.
Step 10
Cut a piece of ribbon that fits around the perimeter of the clay pot and glue in place. Let dry.
Step 11
Glue Perler® dots to the ribbon and let dry.

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