Mother’s Day Perler Bead Tray

My kids are crazy about Perler Beads right now so of course, I had to get in on the pixilated fun! This Mother’s Day Perler Tray takes a while to put together (you could always decrease the size if you’re short on time!) but is easy enough to make with kids. Just go slowly and the quality creative time together!

Make this beautiful Mother's Day Perler Tray! Includes free printable template.

A quick word about the Perler® Beads Super Sized Clear Pegboard. We’ve had it for about a year now and have done numerous projects with it but it does warp slightly with too much heat. Over all, the kids and I love how huge this board is and there are some projects that having XL pegboard is a necessity (like this one!) Keep your iron to the lowest setting possible and you should be ok! This post originally appeared on Crafts Unleashed where I’m a paid contributor.

Mother's Day Perler Tray - Template

Mother’s Day Perler Bead Tray

Materials

Step One. Print out the Free Vintage Roses Template and place under the clear pegboard. Making sure to leave enough room for the sides, begin filling in the template with the perler beads.

Mother's Day Perler Tray - FlowerStep Two. Once the flower design is completed, patiently begin filling in the white background, making sure to leave notched corners to fold up for the sides. This is where you can decrease the size a bit if you don’t want your tray to be quite as large as mine (approx. 8″ x 8″.)

Mother's Day Perler Tray - BackgroundStep Three. Use the enclosed wax paper to fuse the perler beads together. Remember, go easy on the heat to prevent the tray from warping.

Mother's Day Perler Tray - IronStep Four. Ok, this is where we venture a bit into uncharted territory. Place one of the fused sides over the edge of a table or ironing board and heat up until it can be folded down. Hold until the side has cooled and set in place. This might take a bit of practice but you can always heat up a cooled side again until you’re happy with the look.

Mother's Day Perler Tray - SidesYou, of course, can change out the vintage flower design for any cross stitch or 8-bit pattern. I know quite a few moms who would rather have a Super Mario flower instead of this vintage one. The options are truly endless!

Mother's Day Perler Tray - ReadyMother's Day Perler Tray - Candy

Comments

  1. I love this with all my heart!!!!!

  2. Have you tried the masking tape method? You cover your beads with strips of masking tape, carefully pressing to make sure every bead is attached. Then poke a hole in the center of every bead through the tape. This is to help prevent overheating and warping when you iron. Remove the beads from the boards with the tape and place on a flat surface (tape down) while you iron the back. After that side is done, remove the tape and iron the front side too.

    It’s tedious, especially if you have a huge project, but it will save your pegboards from warping. It also allows you to create bigger images with limited boards and if you’re using multiple boards, there is ALWAYS that seam line that makes it more likely to break/not fuse properly from the uneven height distribution (moreso if your boards are already warped), but this method keeps the beads on a consistent level.

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  1. […] Wanna make a cute tray as a gift? Buy Perler beads! The supplies are Perler® Beads Super Sized Clear Pegboard, Perler Beads® Tray of Beads, Perler® Bead Bag – White and Free Vintage Roses Template.  Print out the Free Vintage Roses Template and place under the clear pegboard. Making sure to leave enough room for the sides, begin filling in the template with the perler beads. Once the flower design is completed, patiently begin filling in the white background, making sure to leave notched corners to fold up for the sides. This is where you can decrease the size a bit if you don’t want your tray to be quite as large as mine (approx. 8? x 8?). Read the rest of the tutorial here. […]

  2. […] Did you craft using perler beads, as a child? I remember spending hours making things with them. So, this tutorial from Tried and True Blog was such a blast from my past. The design is elegant and would make a great gift for anyone. They have given the steps & pattern here. […]

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