Perler beads, also known as Hama beads, offer endless creative possibilities. Whether you carefully create a design on a pegboard, string them together, or melt them to make a confetti style bowl, you’re only limited by the power of your imagination. Let this roundup inspire your next DIY project.
Create unique patterns to make pretty coasters for yourself or someone else. This is a great DIY gift idea, especially for older children who want to make something for their parents, grandparents, or teachers. Learn how at Brit + Co.
2. Cup Guards
There’s nothing worse than getting bugs in your beverage while you’re trying to relax outside. Make Zine shows you how to protect your drinks with a simple perler bead project.
3. Decorative Tray
Organize jewelry, change, keys or other small items in a decorated rose tray. If you don’t like roses, use the cross stitch pattern of your choice to make a unique design on your tray. Tried & True has the tutorial.
4. Key Chain
A retro style camper key chain made from perler beads is cute yet practical. The Scrap Shoppe has the details.
5. Perler Bead Mirror
Jazz up a plain mirror with a colorful perler bead border. This project is from Perler.com and intended to go in a child’s locker, but you could certainly make a full size version if you wish.
If you lack the patience to arrange beads in a complicated design, melt them together to make a funky decorative bowl. Pink Stripey Socks explains how to make this quick and easy DIY project.
7. Desk Organizer
YouTube has a tutorial you can use to create a custom pencil cup and office supply organizer for your desk. These items would also be great handmade gifts.
8. Custom Notebook
Use a perler bead design to decorate a plain notebook for a special spot to jot down your to-do list or work on finally writing your first novel. Learn more about this project at Babble.
9. Phone Case
Need a new phone case? Why not make one that’s totally unique with this cute DIY project from Cut Out + Keep? The same basic technique could easily be used to make a different phone case for every day of the week!
10. Candle Holder
Weave beads together with shirring elastic to decorate a plain candle holder. Minieco has the details. Once you’ve mastered the technique, try decorating flower vases, pencil cups, and glass bowls.