Monday, September 5, 2016

DIY Perler Bead Magnets With Free Pattern

I LOVE Perler Beads! The creative possibilities with these melty beads are almost endless, and it doesn't take a lot to get started. I used to play with these for hours as a child at some of my friend's homes and now, my kids also enjoy them as much as I did, and still do. If you are looking for a great afternoon project that your kids can complete in no time, then look no further then these cute little perler bead magnets to give any magnetic (chalk board, fridge, wipe off board) surface a much needed revamp. Both of these patterns are available for a free download through DropBox. I know you will have SO MUCH FUN making these!

So....Obviously my inner geek came out while creating these magnets. If you hadn't heard, Georgia got a nasty little hurricane name Hermine which came through here over the weekend and I needed to come up with something fairly quick that my children could do if the power went out. These DIY perler bead 
magnets were a big hit to say the least.

ITEMS NEEDED: Perler Bead Magnets

Iron paper
Perler beads
Perler bead peg board
Industrial glue
Deadpool Pattern - Free Pattern
Hello Kitty Pattern - Free Pattern

After you have all of your supplies together, the first thing you want to do is go ahead and heat up your iron. My heat setting is about halfway, which on my iron is about 4. Each iron is different, some are hotter at certain settings than others. I suggest trying it out on a lower setting because if your iron is too hot, it can scorch your beads before they are completely melted. 

While your iron is heating, you can begin your project. If you are working on something small like the Deadpool magnet, you can easily whip this one out in about 10 minutes if your beads are already separated by color. Your beads don't necessarily need to be separated, but it does make a project go much quicker. There are certain colors that I always use more than other colors when I am working on my perler bead projects, so I tend to buy those colors in bulk and they are already separated. When you are finished, your perler bead pattern should look like this on the peg board.

Next, you can place your iron paper over the top and begin to iron or melt the beads together. Be sure to start in the middle and work your way out to keep from knocking the beads over. You don't want to have to start over again because you weren't paying attention while ironing. I have seen multiple youtubers use masking tape to hold their beads together and then removing them from the board before ironing. This, to me, works better for larger perler bead projects like the Hello Kitty, but the choice is entirely up to you.

You will be able to see when the beads start melting together. The iron paper will become easier to see through and the beads will look warped. Just look at the picture below. 

Once you have finished ironing your project, I would allow the beads to cool for several minutes before removing the paper. After the beads are cool, your can take your magnet and industrial glue and add your magnet to the backside. You can also turn these into keychains or ornaments. The possibilities for these are absolutely limitless.After the glue has dried (I let mine sit for a couple of hours to be on the safe side) you can place your newly created magnet on your fridge to hold all of your important reminders. 

What do y'all think? I thought these DIY perler bead magnets dressed up my fridge perfectly. Let me know what you think about the patterns, and feel free to offer me some ideas of what patterns you would like to see next. These will always be free to download. 

Much Love, 
Geeks and Glitter

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