My daughter received a Perler Bead Bucket as a gift yesterday. What a terrific gift this was for her! She loves all things crafty.
If you aren't familiar with Perler Beads, basically they are craft beads that are placed on pegboards in a design and then ironed with special paper over them to slightly melt the beads together.
The finished products can be made into key chains, magnets, coasters, and many other things like Christmas ornaments.
Yes, Perler Beads can be used to make Christmas Ornaments!
So we decided to make Perler Bead Christmas Ornaments for Day 6 of 12 Days of Christmas Crafts.
If you google "Perler Bead Christmas Ornaments" or look on Pinterest, there are so many creative patterns and designs. It's really amazing what you can create out of these beads!
Most of the Christmas designs require red, green, brown, and black beads and a round or square pegboard. However, the bucket set that she received came with pastel and bright colored beads, a Butterfly pegboard, and two flower pegboards.
While it doesn't seem like there is much we could do for Christmas with this set, we made it work (which shouldn't surprise you if you've read about how I choose crafts for my children).
We created two patterns:
A Candy Cane and Snowman.
We used the colors that came with her bucket and one of the flower pegboards.
For the candy cane, we chose white and dark pink beads.
Here's how we positioned it on the flower pegboard:
For the snowman, we chose light blue beads for the eyes, an orange bead for the nose, and dark pink beads for the smile.
Then we filled in the rest of the body with white beads.
And here's what our positioning of the snowman looked like on the flower pegboard:
Here's how you make them stick together:
A special type paper that came with the set (it's like wax paper) goes over the design before you iron it.
According the instructions, your iron should be set to medium dry heat.
Iron over the design for 10 to 20 seconds until you see that the beads are starting to melt together.
You can iron both sides if you want a more melted look, or you can iron just one side.
We chose to iron both sides for the candy cane, but just one side for the snowman.
We just added a piece of thread through the hole of the top bead to complete the ornament.
Instead of thread, you could use a regular metal ornament hook.
We really enjoyed making these perler bead Christmas ornaments.
If you are looking for more great Christmas crafts, check out other posts in the 12 Days of Christmas Crafts Series:
Have you ever used Perler Beads? What is your experience with them?
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