INSIDE : Learn how to create gorgeous negative space Colorful Perler Bead Coasters. They are fun for both kids and adults alike to play with.
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I have been intrigued with Perler Beads for years, but have never taken the time to play around with them. Well, my friends that all changed this week!
I finally caved and bought myself a huge container full of all kinds of cheerful color. I figured even if I wasn’t a fan of the beads, they would be perfect for my kiddos to play with. Happy day because we all ended up loving them. Today I am sharing how I made three simple and Colorful Perler Bead Coasters.
What are Perler Beads?
Perler Beads are small plastic tubular beads that when they are ironed on low heat, they fuse together. “Perler” is just one brand of several that sells these fun and crafty beads. The non-branded names are “fuse beads” and “melty beads”, and can be used interchangeably.
What do I need to make colorful Perler Bead coaster patterns?
- Perler Beads
- Bead Tweezers
- Wax Paper + Iron
How to make Perler Bead coaster patterns
Perler beads are incredibly easy and fun to use and create with.
Note: I really had no plan before starting. I quickly realized you can do fairly then lines with the beads, but if you do vertical lines, you need to do a double thick line. This is so that when you are melting the beads, they can properly melt together.
Step one is creating your colorful perler patterns. Those beads are so dang tiny, so I would HIGHLY recommend using bead tweezers. I didn’t have any while doing this project and about lost my mind 100 times. (I’ve since ordered a pair and it has made creating patterns and designs SO much easier!)
Next, carefully cover your design with the wax paper included with your pegboards.
I gently ironed over the beads in slow circular patterns until the tops of the beads were all melted together.
Perler Bead Coaster
You can use whichever side of the beads for the coaster that you prefer, but I like having the more melted beads facing down and the crisp circular beads facing up.
Traditionally, I’ve seen people making coasters with perler beads but they are completely filled in. However, I found leaving large negative spaces still worked just as well with condensation from my glasses.
I love seeing the bright color popping out from my glass.
Other Perler Bead Pattern Ideas
There really are endless perler bead pattern options out there. However here are a few of my favorite…
- Perler Bead Cactus Earrings
- Perler Bead Bracelets
- Perler Bead Rainbow Necklace
- Retro Camper Perler Bead Keychain
- Geometric Fused Bead Coasters
- Perler Beads Fruit Bowl (watermelon)
- Citrus Perler Bead Coasters
- Perler Bead Pokemon Earbud Holder
- Perler Bead Bowl
Have you used Perler beads before? What did you make?
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