Craft: Perler Bead Pictures

toadstoolWe did this craft as a way to learn about appliances.  The appliance we were using was the iron.  For most girls, this was their first time using an iron.  We provided templates and patterns for the girls to choose from, but allowed them to make whatever they wanted using the perler beads.

Supplies:

  • perler beads
  • perler bead peg boards
  • perler bead patterns
  • iron
  • ironing board
  • parchment paper
Instructions:
  1. Arrange your choice of beads on a pegboard, inserting the pegs into the bead's hole.
  2. Follow the shape on the pegboard, or create an original shape using a plain square or circular pegboard.
  3. When the pegboard is completed, carefully carry it to the ironing board and cover with parchment paper.
  4. Turn on the iron to a medium setting with no steam. When hot, iron the perler beads for about 30 seconds, taking care to keep the iron moving and to apply heat to all parts of the pegboard equally. The beads should be touching one another when fusing is completed. Let cool for 30 seconds and remove the parchment paper, peeling it carefully from one side to the other.
  5. Remove the beads from the pegboard, and flip the bead design over on the ironing board.
  6. Repeat the fusing process described in Step 3.
  7. Let cool and remove the beads from the pegboard.
Sample patterns: