Art Project #90-- Perler Bead Projects

Looking for something new and different to do for our 100 Days of Art Challenge, the younger two boys and myself headed to the craft store.

We found some fun Perler bead kits.  We had tried using Perler beads once during a homeschooling crafting day but had never owned any ourselves.

When Evan was this Dragons and Knights kit he knew it would be perfect.

Alec decided on this butterfly kit

Once home we had some lunch and then settled down to craft.  Evan was so disappointed that the holders for the beads were not colored or marked in anyway and found it quite frustrating to follow the gridded pictures to make his dragon.  

Alec, however, used the butterfly and following his own pattern had no problem putting a lovely butterfly together.  

Once their designs were how they liked them we used the waxy paper that came with the kit and our household iron to melt and fuse the beads together.  

Evan's dragon was made up of three different components; the dragon body, the wings, and the stand.  Though it was quite difficult for him he did love how his dragon looked when it was finally finished. 

Alec had so much fun making his butterfly that he decided to make a second using some cute little heart beads as part of the wings. 

I was thinking that a few of Alec's butterflies strung together would make a great mobile too!

Other Projects in this series:
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 6: Watercolor outlines
Project 13: Water gun art
Project 14: Watercolor Kits
Project 15: Dragonfly Silhouettes 
Project 16: Painting pet rocks 
Project 17: Spray Paint Resist
Project 18: Water bottle windsock
Project 20: Tin can windsock 
Project 21: Firework glue art
Project 22: Qixel art kit
Project 26: Spray Painted Canvas
Project 28: Tin Foil Art
Project 29: Oil Pastel Bubbles 
Project 32: Drip Painted Pots
Project 33: Sun Art 
Project 36: Art Museum field trip. 
Project 39: Painting Pikachu 
Project 40: How to Draw Books
Project 42: Splatter Paint Canvas
Project 46: Tissue Paper Leaf Art
Project 50: Drawing Cat Faces 
Project 51: Making Homemade cards
Project 53: 3-D printing 
Project 54: Gingerbread Train
Project 57: Candy trees 
Project 66: Washi Tape Cookie Cutter Ornaments
Project 67: Learning Origami 
Project 68: Art Books and Artist Study
Project 69: Playing Go Fish Art
Project 70: Edible Chocolate Art
Project 71: Geometric Hearts 
Project 72: Marble Swirled Hearts
Project 73: Solid Tempera Paint Drawings
Project 74: Qixels 3-D Maker
Project 75: Making Cupcakes
Project 76: Window Marker Art
Project 77: Shamrock Zentangles on Scratch Paper
Project 78: Painted Pandas 
Project 79: Minecraft Digital Art
Project 80: Charcoal Drawings
Project 81: Chalk Pastel Lighthouse Drawings
Project 82: Dying Easter Eggs With Bleeding Tissue Paper
Project 83: Painting Pottery
Project 84: Drawing En Plein Air
Project 85: African Savannah Paintings
Project 86: Woven CD Garden Decoration
Project 87: Working with Clay
Project 88: Art Lessons with Art Academy
Project 89: Melted Bead Wind Chimes


  1. We love perler beads! My daughter has tons of beads and trays, plus a book with lots of ideas. It is time consuming and requires patience, but very worth it!

    1. I'll have to look into some books for ideas. We have tons of beads left now that they've finished up their intended projects.

  2. I love the 3D projects with the beads! Most projects I've seen are flat so those are really interesting. Thanks for sharing on the Virtual Fridge!

    1. I thought that was pretty neat too! I loved that they had bases we could build to stand them up.

  3. That looks like so much fun and they are really pretty! What great window hangings these must make!

  4. Great fun! I did some perler bead projects last year and enjoyed them. Looks like your children did, too. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

    1. This is the first time I have used them; they were fun.

  5. My kids love this too. We have a hello kitty kit, a fox/racoon kit and a simple hexagon, and they always have a lot of fun. Thank you for joining The Really Crafty Link Party this week!

    1. My middle son would love that fox/raccoon one!


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