Here are some fun Perler bead patterns for Halloween! The boys and I have been designing ghosts, bats, and pumpkins.
If you’re not familiar with Perler beads, they are little tiny plastic beads that melt together when you iron them. We just tried them for the first time this summer, and the boys love them! They enjoy looking on Pinterest for ideas, and they also enjoy creating their own designs. I would recommend them for ages 5 or 6 and up, depending on your child’s fine motor ability. The beads are pretty small! They also have Biggie Beads that are MUCH larger and great for ages 4+. One of the pumpkins below is made with the Biggie Beads.
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If you’re just getting started with Perler beads, here’s what you’ll need:
- Square Pegboards
- Bead Jar – This one is a great value! We bought a jar of assorted colors at Hobby Lobby, and ours has a more translucent orange in it. The orange that we used for the Jack O’ Lanterns is this one. Michael’s carries single color bags, but our store did not have orange. We found it at Hobby Lobby.
- Younger kids might do better with Biggie Beads – the beads are MUCH larger. You’ll need different pegboards for those: Biggie Bead pegboards.
Classic Jack O’ Lantern
Owen (age 6) came up with this next one himself! We were all pretty impressed. He says that the orange inside its mouth is the tongue.
Wide Jack O’Lantern
Biggie Beads Jack O’Lantern
These would make great sun catchers to hang in a window if you add some suction cup hooks. Have fun crafting!
Raewyn Sep 27, 2015
I am so surprised you celebrate haloween - with so many upbuilding messages on your blog this is a disappointment. Research it and resist the peer pressure that America is saturated in for this festival.
Sarah Sep 27, 2015
You know, Christians land in different places on different topics, and this is one of them. I'm certainly not going to argue that Halloween doesn't have ugly roots - it definitely does. But that's not what it's about for most people. I wouldn't say we "celebrate" Halloween in the sense that some people do. We don't have bloody or gory decorations in our yard, and we are particular about what our children dress up as. We do let our kids dress up and go to the fall festival at our church. We also let them trick-or-treat at a few neighbor's houses, and we hand out candy at our house. We have chosen to let this be a time where we can get to know our neighbors (we usually visit out in the front yard while handing out candy) and to be a light in our neighborhood rather than being known for what we are against.
Also, I don't feel like anyone should celebrate Halloween if it bothers them. If you don't like the holiday, then yes - it would be better to not participate in it.
Julie Kleinveld Nov 1, 2020
I totally agree with your explanation. Thankyou!
Tales from the Dad Side Oct 10, 2016
These are great! Thanks for sharing these!
We'll have great fun making these!
For us (UK) Halloween is all about the sweets, dressing up and being allowed to stay out late.
But mainly it's the sweets.
Heidi Mar 18, 2019
Hi I was wondering if the bigger pegboard melt if you don't have any beads on them like the one you did for the bat there was no background I'm wondering if they will melt because I have the shape ones and the melt
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