My first lesson in Perler Beads was that you should have a hand-vacuum in reach for unexpected spills. My second lesson in Perler Beads was that you should set aside about 5 hours for playtime — the pattern-making just keeps going, and going, and going. It’s like rewinding the clock and going back to summer sleep-away camp when you were 10. Except this time around there are fewer mosquito bites, fewer scrunchies and fewer side ponies.
For this project, Perlers take a turn toward sophisticated home decor with this easy-to-make container that’s perfect for your dresser or desk. Let’s get started. —Amber Kemp-Gerstel
More about Amber: Amber is the crafty, sassy founder and Creative Director behind Damask Love, a blog all about doable DIY. Wanna make stuff? Don’t worry. She’ll show you how. Amber‘s creative, colorful and approachable take on crafting will have you excited for the next project. Craft is in session, friends. Amber is crafting the good life with her husband, Andrew, and their busybody baby, Markus.
- Glue gun
- Wooden bracelet – the wider the better
- Small wooden bead
- Sculpey Clay
- Perler beads
- Circle pegboard
Step 1: Begin by arranging your beads on the pegboard. Get creative! I went with a simple geometric pattern with bright colors. When you’ve finished your design, use an iron to melt the beads together and set the design.
Step 2: Create another bead design on the pegboard, but this time, leave the outermost ring of pegs empty. This will create a circle of beads that is slightly smaller than the one you created before.
Step 3: Glue the two circles together with a hot glue gun. Next, roll out a circle of clay.
Use the wooden bracelet as a cookie cutter and cut a circle from the clay that is the same size as the inside of the bracelet. Then bake it according to package instructions.
Step 5: Place the baked circle into the bottom of the bracelet, then use the glue gun around the edge to secure it into place.
Step 6: Dab glue onto the bead and place it on top of the Perler bead circle, allow to dry. This acts as the lid to your pot, and you’re done!