My kids continue to enjoy playing with Perler Beads, especially since they discovered all the free Perler Bead patterns you can download from the official Perler Bead site! Their most ambitious project to date was the 3D furniture pictured above – Emma (8 years old) made the bed and Johnny (7 years old) made the chair. Johnny’s chair works pretty well for his Playmobil knights. Emma made the bed longer than the pattern required because she wants them to fit some fairies that she happens to know she is getting for her birthday next month.
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Building 3D Perler Bead Furniture
These 3D projects are neat, but kind of a pain to put together, and – in our experience – quite fragile. I am not sure if that is because our projects were built partially using imitation beads, which seem to be of lower quality than the brand-name Perler beads that I bought halfway through the kids’ Perler bead craze. Brand-name Perler beads seem to iron out thicker and more uniformly than the IKEA Pyssla beads we have been mixing in. I suspect that results might also be better with a better iron, but I’m not quite convinced that I should upgrade my rarely-touched iron. The kids have managed to keep their projects intact, but I won’t be surprised if we wind up reinforcing them with hot glue over time.
After a few Perler beads everywhere incidents I bought this bead storage system for the kids. It is a cute and neat way for them to store their beads, and it is a great way to limit how many beads can spill at a time! I also got my kids these clear Perler bead pegboards. I thought they would want to put the patterns underneath, but they found (and I agree, after trying myself) that it is easier to have the pattern next to the pegboard. These boards are kind of cool, though, because they lock together and so you can build a larger item by attaching all four boards together. You won’t want to be moving the boards very far to iron the project, though – so I recommend building larger projects with the board on an iron-safe surface.
The kids enjoy making a mix of patterns and original creations, and I always enjoy seeing what they come up with!
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