DIY Citrus-Inspired Perler Bead Drink Covers + Coasters

Quietly steal your kids' Perler beads, because we've got a DIY you'll want to make ASAP. Turn your favorite summer designs into drink covers that double as coasters. Party on!

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters

Arrange beads on either a circular pegboard, using any pattern of your choice. Cover your pattern with a sheet of wax paper and iron the first side, then remove from the peg board, flip over, put waxed paper on top and iron the second side.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

Materials Needed

  • circular pegboard (19 pegs in width or larger)
  • fuse beads (in desired colors)
  • parchment paper
  • iron
  • tweezers (optional)

Choose Your Pattern

Decide on your pattern. You can follow one you've found online, or get creative by creating your own. I made a simple lemon pattern using white and yellow beads.

Determine the Size

Determine the size you want by putting your cup or glass in the center of the pegboard. I created the lemon design using a pegboard that's 19 pegs wide. (This size is perfect for a standard pint glass.)

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters

Arrange beads on either a circular pegboard, using any pattern of your choice. Cover your pattern with a sheet of wax paper and iron the first side, then remove from the peg board, flip over, put waxed paper on top and iron the second side.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

Create Your Pattern

Place your beads following the pattern on the pegboard. Be sure to leave a circle in the middle for a straw, approximately three pegs wide in diameter. Tip: If it's easier and more efficient for you to pick up and place the beads with tweezers, definitely use them!

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters
Jason Kisner
Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters
Jason Kisner

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters

Arrange beads on either a circular pegboard, using any pattern of your choice. Cover your pattern with a sheet of wax paper and iron the first side, then remove from the peg board, flip over, put waxed paper on top and iron the second side.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters

Arrange beads on either a circular pegboard, using any pattern of your choice. Cover your pattern with a sheet of wax paper and iron the first side, then remove from the peg board, flip over, put waxed paper on top and iron the second side.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Fuse Your Design

Place your pegboard on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set the iron to the medium setting. Place parchment paper over the pegboard, then begin to iron your project in a circular motion for 15-20 seconds. Your project is complete when the beads are fused together but still have open centers. Let cool. Tip: Lift paper occasionally to see how the beads are fusing. Adjust time as needed.

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters
Jason Kisner
Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters
Jason Kisner

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters

Arrange beads on either a circular pegboard, using any pattern of your choice. Cover your pattern with a sheet of wax paper and iron the first side, then remove from the peg board, flip over, put waxed paper on top and iron the second side.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters

Arrange beads on either a circular pegboard, using any pattern of your choice. Cover your pattern with a sheet of wax paper and iron the first side, then remove from the peg board, flip over, put waxed paper on top and iron the second side.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Fuse the Other Side

Remove the parchment paper and your project from the pegboard. Flip over to expose the non-fused side. Place parchment paper on top, and iron in a circular motion again for 10-15 seconds. Let cool. Once cool, remove the parchment paper.

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters
Jason Kisner
Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters
Jason Kisner

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters

Arrange beads on either a circular pegboard, using any pattern of your choice. Cover your pattern with a sheet of wax paper and iron the first side, then remove from the peg board, flip over, put waxed paper on top and iron the second side.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters

Arrange beads on either a circular pegboard, using any pattern of your choice. Cover your pattern with a sheet of wax paper and iron the first side, then remove from the peg board, flip over, put waxed paper on top and iron the second side.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Magically Multipurpose!

This is the perfect party favor or housewarming gift for guests, and you can customize the design to their interests. And although the designs can be a bit time consuming, these drink covers/coasters are super handy to have at outdoor parties, picnics, on the lake and while camping.

Use them as drink covers...

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters
Jason Kisner

and coasters!

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters
Jason Kisner

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters

Arrange beads on either a circular pegboard, using any pattern of your choice. Cover your pattern with a sheet of wax paper and iron the first side, then remove from the peg board, flip over, put waxed paper on top and iron the second side.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters

Arrange beads on either a circular pegboard, using any pattern of your choice. Cover your pattern with a sheet of wax paper and iron the first side, then remove from the peg board, flip over, put waxed paper on top and iron the second side.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Cheers to a simple craft...

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters
Jason Kisner

with lots of style!

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters
Jason Kisner

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters

Arrange beads on either a circular pegboard, using any pattern of your choice. Cover your pattern with a sheet of wax paper and iron the first side, then remove from the peg board, flip over, put waxed paper on top and iron the second side.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Fuse Bead Drink Covers / Coasters

Arrange beads on either a circular pegboard, using any pattern of your choice. Cover your pattern with a sheet of wax paper and iron the first side, then remove from the peg board, flip over, put waxed paper on top and iron the second side.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

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