Star Wars Perler Bead Designs

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Working with Perler beads is an on/off obsession with my son. For the blog we’ve made Perler Bead Keychains and Perler Bead Christmas Ornaments – but behind the scenes there is a frenzy of bead design activity and then several weeks of nothing. He’s fast approaching six years old, and gone are the days when he would demand a new craft after he finished his day at preschool. However, he does set me craft challenges every now and then – the latest one was to provide him with a “darth vader craft”.

Now, we DID make R2-D2 from a cardboard tube, but Darth is a little bit trickier than that. He’s all black and gloom and doom. But I figured among a set of other Star Wars characters, it might just work to make him out of beads. I’m a huge fan of the easy-to-use site Perbee.com – you just plot the beads on a grid, then print off the design.

I sat down one evening and designed Darth Vader, a Storm Trooper, C3-PO, R2-D2 and BB8. The first three were heads only – it would have been perfectly possible to design the whole body but I didn’t think my son’s patience would allow for such a detailed design!

Despite the initial Darth Vader request, when my son saw the options he was immediately drawn to the droids, and started with BB8.Star Wars Perler Bead Designs - free templates to download and create

He next moved onto R2-D2 and when each design was complete, I carefully carried them to the ironing board and used the special paper between the beads and the iron to gently fuse the beads together.Star Wars Perler Bead Designs - free templates to download and create

F loves designing, so I wasn’t surprised when he asked me how I made the templates. I showed him the Perbee.com website (no affiliation, so sorry for the link dropping) and he immediately decided that we needed some light sabers.Star Wars Perler Bead Designs - free templates to download and create

But of course!Star Wars Perler Bead Designs - free templates to download and create

We didn’t complete these bead designs overnight. He would just add some beads when he was in the mood – sometimes working for one minute and sometimes for twenty! Often we’d work together with one of us finding the beads and the other placing them.Star Wars Perler Bead Designs - free templates to download and create

Here are the finished designs:

Star Wars Perler Bead Designs - free templates to download and create

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