Ok, so I am a huge fan of Perler Beads. I remember doing them as a kid and I love sharing them with my children. Every time we get them out it takes me back to childhood and it’s like I’m a kid again. I have just as much fun with them as my kids do. So when it comes to Summer art & crafts days they are one of our top picks. We spent all afternoon today designing and creating with Perler Beads and it was so much fun. It’s a great way to spend a fun summer afternoon.
The best part about Perler Beads is that they are so easy. Anyone can do them, of course, the kids will need a little bit of help with the ironing part but creating with them is so much fun and so easy. Just simple choose your board, add your Perler Beads, iron and you’re done.
The first step chose your board. They have large square boards so you can come up with your very own designs or they have boards in popular shapes so you can concentrate more on what colors to use. They have some really fun themed sets. We recently found out there are patterns on the Perler Bead website as well so you can use the large boards to create really fun creations, even 3D objects. Check out the patterns here. We found this really cute Summer inspired design set for a girl in a bathing suit, beach ball, and pool float. Find it here.
Once you decide on the board you are using. Add your Perler Beads. Take some time to think out what colors you want to use and where they need to go in the design to get the look you want. A little tip using tweezers really helps to keep from messing up your design since they are so close together. This is the really fun and creative part, you can use the same board over and over and get a completely different design each time. It’s so fun.
Once you have your beads in place then it’s time to iron them. This is where the magic happens. Place one of the wax sheets (they come with the kits) over your design. Preheat your iron to a medium setting. Press it down onto the board with the sheet in between with firm and level pressure. Move the iron in small circular motions over the design. Heat for 10-20 seconds.
That’s it. Let it cool for a few minutes because it will be hot right after ironing. The beads should melt a little and fuse together holding your design together. You can add a magnet, add a hook and hang it up, or use them as a coaster. My daughter likes to play with them in her doll house. They are a lot of fun.
Perler Beads are a great way to get your kids away from the electronics and being creative. It’s so easy to let them watch TV or play video games but I love giving them outlets to use their minds and be artistic. Once they get started with Perler Beads it’s hard to get them to stop. They come in a huge variety of boards, colors, and they even have special beads like glow in the dark. The possibilities are endless.
Where Can You Find Perler Beads:
Visit the Perler Beads website for more information and a list of retailers.
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