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!