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Perler Beads (Not Just For Kids!)

Updated on March 9, 2012

Perler Bead Crafts

Perler beads are a type of craft where you use special beads to create designs on a peg board which is ironed to complete your special project.   Just four easy steps and... voila! You're done!

The possibilities are endless with perler beads! You can make anything you wish, using the Idea Guide's designs, or using your own imagination and coming up with something new to make. With the reusable peg boards and iron paper, you can use your beads to create any pattern or design!

Overall, the perler bead projects are simple to make, a lot of fun, and definitely not just for kids!

It takes four, simple steps to create a perler bead project.

Steps on how to make a Perler Bead Project

Step 1

First pick a pegboard to use. Next carefully place the beads on the pegboard. You can follow the idea booklet or make whatever you want! BE CREATIVE!

Step 2

Preheat your dry iron to a medium setting. Next very carefully bring your project to your ironing surface. Be careful not to bump your beads off on your way there! Iron gently and level with your iron, using the special paper provided, so you don't melt the beads. (If you are a young crafter, make sure you have an adult's help and BE CAREFUL!)

Step 3

When your project is cool flip it upside down onto your ironing surface.

Step 4

Once your bead project is upside down on your surface iron the other side as well. This is so your project is evenly fused.

Congratulations! You have made a perler bead project!

Perler Bead Buckets

Perler Fuse Bead Activity Bucket, Pet Pals
Perler Fuse Bead Activity Bucket, Pet Pals

A bucketful of fun! There's something for everyone with these simple goof-proof kits. Contains 8,500 beads, themed pegboards, ironing paper and instructions.

Ocean Friends - Perler 8500 Bead Bucket
Ocean Friends - Perler 8500 Bead Bucket

Makes 36 projects

8500 beads in three cool mixes

Fishy, dolphin, and square pegboards

Ironing paper & instructions

Wings & Wheels Bucket
Wings & Wheels Bucket

Makes 18 projects

8500 beads in three cool mixes

Airplane, sailboat, and SUV/truck pegboards

Ironing paper & instructions

Perler Beads 6,000 Count Bucket-Multi Mix
Perler Beads 6,000 Count Bucket-Multi Mix

Perler Beads the little fuse beads you iron! Perler bead products capture your child's imagination and provide hours of fun and learning.


Perler Bead Project Ideas

a) You can look at the Perler Bead Idea Booklet

b) You can make up your own design

Some idea topics are:



-holidays (Christmas, Valentines Day, etc.)

-projects that you got from a bead bucket (from the Pet Pals bucket you could make a dog with the dog pegboard)




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How About You?

Have You or Your Children Ever Made a Perler Bead Project?

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Perler Bead Project Ideas

2-D Projects

FrogPoodleTop - I made a plain circle then put a toothpick through the middle!Tick Tack Toe - This one I took a smallsquare and made different color triangles for the pieces.(You can make a large square if needed or wanted. With the large square you can make x's and o's. In the small square version you can't fit acctual x's or o's. So I just made do.)DogTurtleSnailAngel3-D ProjectsStar - I made two identical stars and made one line and circle in the middle. After they were ironed I just slid them into each other. It looked really nice!To find out how to make the animals, the angel, or just having trouble Click Here.



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      kidspegboards 5 years ago

      I have made these with my children before and it really fun doing them. I love to make craft stuff !!!!

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      I never heard of these until today, but it looks like a lot of fun. I love the pixel art nintendo characters made from these. I want to try them out!

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Ooh yes. Lots of fun! Our family has made many projects over the years and I even have a couple of lenses about them ;-)

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      i guess they aren't just for kids. Congratulations on being featured on the 50 Crafts I Want To Try MonsterBoard!

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      I love playing with Perler beads!

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      wayne_luvinlife 6 years ago

      My daughter loves Perler Fuse Bead Activity Bucket. We got her one a few months ago and she has made dozens of creations with it! Excellent for children

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      kcgagne 10 years ago

      Neat! Who knew there were so many perler bead projects out there.

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      Barkely 10 years ago

      Great lens welcome to the Fun For Kids Group.