These perler bead key chains are fun for kids to create – and would be great for gifts, too!
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My son has recently been playing a game on his Kindle called Art Class with Dr Panda. It’s a great value free app that lets kids try all kinds of different virtual art techniques. One of the “classes” is about making melted bead designs from beads. He knew about putting beads on pegs and then ironing them – and he wanted to do it for real! I explained that he wouldn’t be able to do the ironing part, but I was happy to pick up a little Perler Bead truck kit for him next time I was in the craft store.
He showed great patience placing all the beads – I was quite impressed! The tiny beads are also fantastic for his fine motor skills! He also preferred to make his own designs rather than follow instructions. To develop his interest in this new craft, I decided we should make some small designs that could be used as key chains. We used:
- Perler bead peg boards
- Perler beads
- Ironing paper and iron (to be used by adults only)
- Silver key chains
- 10mm silver jump rings
- Needle nose pliers
Note: If you are attaching the keychain through the central hole in one of the beads, try not to heat it too much otherwise the hole will close up.
My son’s next design was to make this pretty “G” as a gift for his Granny. He didn’t want to make the design any thicker so I think this will be more of an ornamental key chain rather than one that is in regular use as it may well break!
And finally, he presented his heart design back to me. Which I love. 🙂
Here are some design ideas – many of which we tried. I have added links where I have found online designs to help you.
- Race Car
- Sports balls
- Ice cream cone
- Smiley face
- Watermelon slice