They’re everywhere. Fuchsia, teal, sunset orchid, robin’s egg blue. Little bits of plastic cover the entire surface of the table, and the smell of hot iron permeates the room. A crafting session is underway. We’ve discovered Perler Beads, and are having the time of our lives!
Perhaps you’re not behind the times, like I was. I had no notion of what a Perler bead was until I picked up an inexpensive crafting kit at the local hobby store. During Morning Basket time, we popped open little bags of new ideas and discovered an entirely new medium of art.
For those who might understand my plight, being totally in the blind yourselves, allow me to introduce you to the wonderful world of Perler Beads!
Using a peg board, artists place THESE multicolored, tiny beads of plastic into any patterned desired. Once the image is perfected, a piece of ironing paper is placed over the project. Using a hot iron, the image is melted together for a space of approximately 10-15 seconds; sealing the beads together permanently. And, project is complete.
Want to take your project one step further? Consider creating interlocking art pieces to construct boxes, and more. Currently popular projects are Minecraft characters – which lend themselves to boxy mediums such as Perler Beads. Or, as my clever sister-in-law suggested, don’t use peg boards at all! Melt your beads in the oven like THIS for alternative crafting options and card making.
Please note, this project is probably best avoided when little fingers are present. These beads are tiny and a temptation for smaller children. It should also be noted that you will probably start to find these bits of color occasionally dotting your floors. It might be a good idea to do a quick ‘floor check’ before cleaning up.
What started out as a one packet project turned into a bucket, and developed into an entire bin. With Perler Beads, a little goes a long way. While I’ve had to replace a few well used colors over the past few months, most color packets last quite a while. At a nominal cost, I see us using these often.
Perler beads have become a regular in our home. We’ve taken to using them during Morning Basket time, when friends are over visiting, and during holiday crafting. Pen-pals have received several projects, and best friend hearts are shared by my girls. It’s one of those crafting supplies I wish I had discovered ages ago. For now, we’re making up for lost time and crafting to our hearts’ content.
“And he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze,”
Chime In!: What would you create with Perler beads?