Make cool Star Wars designs with Perler beads! Here are patterns for making Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Boba Fett, R2-D2, and more of your favorite characters.
If you’re not familiar with Perler beads (also called Hama beads or melty beads), they are a fabulous craft for kids of all ages, both boys and girls. My kids are always so quiet and focused when doing Perler beads! Another benefit is that this craft strengthens fine motor skills that don’t always get exercised in our digital world.
- 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 the projects that require two pegboards, it may help to put a book or another stiff object under them before ironing. Our padded ironing board made the pegboards tilt, and it was hard to keep them both level.
- 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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After you check out all these designs, we have more Star Wars Perler Bead Patterns from The Force Awakens.
For Grogu and The Mandalorian, head over here: The Mandalorian Perler Bead Patterns
R2-D2: We found this design on DeviantArt. It’s perfect!
C3PO: Of course you need a C3PO to go with your R2-D2. There are more accurate designs out there, but I wanted to create a do-able design for kids.
He’s such a fun character!
YODA: This is Aidan’s design! This took at least three tries to get it right. I’m glad he stuck with it.
LUKE SKYWALKER: Dad designed this one. He simplified it from a few that we found on Pinterest to make it more kid friendly.
HAN SOLO: My design. 🙂
If you prefer her to not have her gun, you can easily edit that out! Just make the hand with no gun.
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!
Darth Vader was the hardest to iron – I think I melted him too much in a couple of spots.
This is one of everyone’s favorite characters! Use dark red beads if you have them.
This one turned out so cute!! Gresham designed this Ewok. Change out the colors if you want.
The lightsaber is a great project to start with for younger kids. It’s also easy to iron since it’s smaller.
More Star Wars Patterns Here: The Force Awakens Perler Bead Patterns
For Grogu (the Child) and the Mandalorian, head over here: The Mandalorian 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!