As you know I'm a little obsessed with themed parties and of course on this quest of themed parties I came across perler beads! I have done it now for the last few parties, they take a LOT of time to make them but I just love them! Thankfully my boys could be a little OCD like me and at times they will sit and make these for me for the party goers. I did a google search and found SEVERAL ideas on different ways to do the TMNT Characters, the logo and food. I just googled and then blew up the photos. The boys and I then counted the rows and made our designs. Sorry no real step by step to make these, I would suggest doing like I did printing the picture and then copying on your perler board.
What you Need:
Perler Beads (Colors needed for the character etc)
Perler Paper (like a wax paper)
I use a medium board and map out what I'm making. This time I made a few different heads (4 characters), Pizza and TMNT logo. I did find a sewer lid also but it was too large for the board I had. We put one character and a logo or pizza in each pizza box favor that each kid got to take home.
Once you get the design you like, you put the perler paper on top. I have got it down when I set the iron on top of the paper I set a timer on my phone for 90 seconds. If I do longer it melts too much and the board gets messed up. I have found that you can warp the board if you heat it up too much. I make so many of these each party that I have to by new boards each time. Thankfully they are not too expensive.
Here is a step by step if you have not done a perler bead before:
- Working on a flat surface, create your design by placing beads one by one on a Perler peg board.
- Preheat a dry household iron to the medium setting. When carrying the bead design to the iron, be careful not to tip or bump the beads from the peg board! Cover the beads with the ironing paper. Keeping the iron level, gently iron the beads in a circular motion for about 10 seconds** to fuse the beads evenly. When ironed properly, the beads will still have an open center. If you are working on a 3-D project, DO NOT OVER-IRON the beads as it will make the centers of the beads close and can make assembly more challenging.
- Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Lift your design from the peg board and flip the design over onto your ironing surface. Cover it with the ironing paper and iron the other side to fuse it evenly. Your peg board and ironing paper are reusable.
This is how I do it I print out and then plan out my boards.
The boys like it this way to they can see the picture and duplicate.
Last years Perler Beads and this years
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