5 No-Heat Perler Bead DIYs

Cure boredom with these creative, kid-friendly Perler bead DIYs — no iron required.

October 22, 2019

No-Heat Perler Bead Projects 06:41

Karen Kavett shares Perler bead projects that you don't have to take out the iron for.

Perler beads are small, fusible plastic beads that come in a variety of colors. The beads can be arranged on a pegboard in any design, then melted together by placing ironing paper on top of the design and running an iron over it on low heat. You don't have to pull out the iron every time, though — these versatile beads threaded, cut, glued and much more for a variety of DIY and decorating projects.

PERLER BEAD PENCIL HOLDER

No-Heat Perler Bead DIY: Pencil Holder

No-Heat Perler Bead DIY: Pencil Holder

Cure your boredom this summer with this creative Perler bead DIY — no iron required.

Photo by: Karen Kavett

Karen Kavett

Materials + Tools

  • wire pencil holder
  • Perler beads
  • scissors

Use scissors to cut up the side of a Perler bead (Image 1). Use your fingernails to open up the bead along the cut and snap it onto the wire pencil holder (Image 2). Repeat those steps to make any design you like (Image 3).

PERLER BEAD FLOWER POT

No-Heat Perler Bead DIY: Flowerpot

No-Heat Perler Bead DIY: Flowerpot

Cure your boredom this summer with this creative Perler bead DIY — no iron required.

Photo by: Karen Kavett

Karen Kavett

Materials + Tools

  • flowerpot
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • Perler beads
  • scissors
  • tacky glue

Begin by painting your flower pot whatever color you like (Image 1). Carefully cut Perler beads in half using sharp scissors (Image 2). Apply tacky glue to the flower pot in small sections and add the Perler beads to make your design (Image 3). Allow the glue to dry completely.

PERLER BEAD POUCH

No-Heat Perler Bead DIY: Pouch

No-Heat Perler Bead DIY: Pouch

Cure your boredom this summer with this creative Perler bead DIY — no iron required.

Photo by: Karen Kavett

Karen Kavett

Materials + Tools

  • canvas pouch
  • letter stickers
  • pencil
  • mini Perler beads
  • scissors
  • needle
  • thread
  • cardstock

Place a letter sticker or other stencil on the front of the canvas pouch. Trace around it with a pencil and remove the sticker to reveal your design (Image 1). Place a piece of cardstock inside the pouch so you don’t sew through the back side of the pouch. Thread the needle and begin sewing on the mini Perler beads (Image 2). Continue sewing on beads to fill up the entire shape (Image 3).

PERLER BEAD FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS

No-Heat Perler Bead DIY: Friendship Bracelet

No-Heat Perler Bead DIY: Friendship Bracelet

Cure your boredom this summer with this creative Perler bead DIY — no iron required.

Photo by: Karen Kavett

Karen Kavett

Materials + Tools

  • Perler beads
  • embroidery thread
  • 2 embroidery needles
  • jump ring
  • jewelry clasp
  • scissors

Cut a length of embroidery thread that is long enough to fit around your wrist at least twice. Tie a jump ring to the center of the string. Thread each end of the string through an embroidery needle (Image 1). Add a bead by threading the needles through opposite sides of the bead (Image 2). Continue adding beads by looping the ends of the string back and forth through them (Image 3). When the bracelet is long enough to fit around your wrist, tie on a jewelry clasp and trim the excess string (Images 4 & 5).

PERLER BEAD JAR FILLERS

No-Heat Perler Bead DIY: Jar Filler

No-Heat Perler Bead DIY: Jar Filler

Cure your boredom this summer with this creative Perler bead DIY — no iron required.

Photo by: Karen Kavett

Karen Kavett

Materials + Tools

  • mini Perler beads
  • funnel
  • clear containers
  • faux flowers or succulents
  • skewer (optional)

Fill up your clear containers with mini Perler beads. Use a funnel if your containers have a small opening (Image 1). Make layers using different colored beads. Optionally, use a skewer to blend the layers of the beads together (Image 2). Finally, insert faux flowers or faux succulents (Image 3).

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