Last year was the summer of the Rainbow Loom.  This year, it has been Perler beads!  Well, at our house anyway.  They’re not any kind of fad that I know of!  If you haven’t tried this classic craft, they really are a lot of fun.  Simply build your project on a plastic base and then use your iron to melt the beads together!  The beads are tiny, so these projects are best for kids age 6+.  Perler also makes “Biggie Beads” that are better suited for kids age 4+ (that’s what the package says, but my 3 year old can do them).

This week, we have been making Star Wars characters with Perler beads! (or Hama beads, depending on where you live!)

Star Wars Perler Bead Patterns

TIPS:

  • If it’s your first time doing Perler beads, iron something small first to get a feel for it.  Or you might just ruin your son’s impressive creation! (Ahem.)
  • The bigger the object, the more difficult it is to iron.  Basically if the creation is larger than the iron, it gets a little tricky to get it evenly melted, although practice does help some.  For this reason, all of the projects except Darth Vader fit on one pegboard, or overlap only slightly onto another pegboard.
  • Lay a piece of ironing paper (comes with the base plates) over your creation and iron.  Let it cool a few seconds, and then carefully flip it over.  It should come off the pegboard easily.  Place another piece of ironing paper over it and iron the other side.

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R2-D2:  We found this design on DeviantArt.

Star Wars Perler Beads Patterns

Star Wars Perler Beads

Yoda:  Aidan’s design!  This took at least three tries to get it right.  I’m glad he stuck with it.

Star Wars Perler Beads

Star Wars Perler Bead Patterns

Luke Skywalker:  Dad designed this one.  He simplified it from a few that we found on Pinterest to make it more kid friendly.

Star Wars Perler Beads Patterns

Star Wars Perler Bead Patterns

Han Solo:  My design. 🙂

Star Wars Perler Bead Patterns

Darth Vader:  This one was also Aidan’s design.  He looked at his LEGO Darth Vader for a pattern, and worked really, really hard on it!

Star Wars Perler Bead Patterns

Darth Vader was the hardest to iron – I think I melted him too much in a couple of spots.

Star Wars Perler Bead Patterns

Lightsaber:

Star Wars Perler Bead Patterns

The lightsaber is a great project to start with for younger kids.  It’s also easy to iron since it’s smaller.

Star Wars Perler Bead Patterns

Supplies:

Star Wars Perler Bead Patterns

If you’re just getting started, this large tub of beads is a great way to go.  This price is comparable for buying them at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby with a coupon.  The 11,000 bead tub was $14.99 at both craft stores.  This tub has 22,000 beads and is currently $14.65 on Amazon.

You will also need base plates (pegboards) – we used these square pegboards.  The pegboards come with the waxed paper that you will need for ironing.

Michael’s carries single color bags of perler beads in their stores, but Hobby Lobby does not.  Or you can order single color bags on Amazon.  Darth Vader takes a LOT of black – you will definitely need a bag of black to make that one!

Star Wars Perler Bead Patterns

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  1. JJ Jun 18, 2015

    I think I like the more melted areas of Darth! It seems to give him a more solid look. Of course I'm looking at a photo and you see it in person, so that effect could be quite different IRL.

    JJ
    www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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    1. Annette Doyle Sep 11, 2015

      I am new at pinterest. How do I get these patterns?

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      1. David BNC May 23, 2016

        The Darth Vader one is so cool, I can't wait to make it. :)

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