We’ve Got Perler Fever — Hand Drawn Dreams

Have you ever used those plastic beads that you melt with an iron to make a mosiac? Apparently their called “perler” beads. We’ve (as in, the Hand-Draen Dreams family, aside from me, HDD Dad) recently been going all out on creations. HDD Daniel’s creation for his little sister We got a gigantic canister full of […]

We’ve Got Perler Fever — Hand Drawn Dreams

Baby Yoda 3D Figure with Perler Bead — Kandi Perler 🧚‍♀️ Fairy

Check out this Baby Yoda 3D Figure made with Perler Bead. It was a great challenge by my friend and it turned out to be one of my favorite creations. I hope you will check out this pattern and the tutorial on my youtube video to build you own little 3D Baby Yoda Figure using […]

Baby Yoda 3D Figure with Perler Bead — Kandi Perler 🧚‍♀️ Fairy

Other Yoda Perler Bead Guide on Youtube

Video via YouTube

This is videos shows you how to make a 2D Yoda with perler beads. Maybe the 3D version is a little instead. This pattern may be a natural step for a person before trying the 3D pattern.

The right tool for the job

This pattern isn’t complex. When I say complex, I mean a pattern that has a lot of different colors in the same area. This can be tricky. For long session, you may want to use a tool and reduce the stress on your hand.

Photo pulled from Amazon

This bead pen is simple to use and very helpful when it comes to getting the job done. If you use one can you drop a message in the comments below. We would like to know if you find it help.

Are you looking for more pattens to try?

Here’s a list of things to try.

Roblox Perler Bead Patterns to Try

Roblox DABBING NOOB Perler Hama Bead Custom Art 9×8.5

ROBLOX DABBING NOOB Perler Hama Bead Custom Art 9x8.5~Boy or Girl Birthday  Gift! - $29.93 | PicClick
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You haven’t lived life unless you seen a Roblox Noob dapping. I have truly lived a full life now. This is super creative. Who dreams up this stuff. Probably some 7 year old kids named Jeff. Who knows.

ROBLOX Noob Skin Hama bead perler

Image pulled from Pinterest

A very simple and easy pattern to try out. This looks like a great candidate for a pair of earrings or key chain. What do you think?

Easy to Make Roblox Noob 3D Perler Bead Pattern

Image pulled from Pinterest

Krysanthe created a guide for this one. The directions are clear. You shouldn’t have a problem understanding the pattern. If you do, let us know. We can help.

I don’t see many 3D bead patterns. If you know of a source please share. We’re always looking for new patterns to try and showcase here on The Perler Bead Post.

ROBLOX Perler Hama Bead

Pulled from Pinterest

This is a great pattern. It’s pretty simple with only for colors. The biggest challenge with this one is time. I would not be surprised if this took a few hours to complete. It still looks fun though. It’s likely hundreds of beads and not thousands to complete this pattern.

ROBLOX – Baconhair, Play_butiK, Noob and ujjllh

Pulled from Pinterest

Those are very creative names. I have no idea who they three are other than Noob. If you do, can you drop a comment below? I wonder if it’s a game everyone plays that I’m not aware of. Baconhair, hmm. Baconhair must have short hair. There’s a lot of bacon lovers out there. I can’t see this growing to long. Bacon is delicious, right?

Roblox Noob

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Image pulled from PNG Kit

I’ve recently discovered PNG Kit. There’s a lot of patterns there if you’re looking to try new things. Unfortunately, I only came across this Roblox’s pattern. If you find more there, let us know. We will add this to the list. We will also give you a shoutout for sharing the information with us.

ROBLOX Arsenal Game Delinquent head perler

ROBLOX Arsenal Game Delinquent head perler | Perlemønstre, Juletræer
Pulled from Pinterest DK

I haven’t played the Arsenal Game but it probably involves combat. If you’ve played the game, can drop a comment below. Tell us what’s fun about the game. Is it worth playing? Do you know if people are still playing? Thanks.

ROBLOX CROCHET PATTERN

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Image pulled from Cuddle Up Creations

I know this is a crochet pattern, but I’m dying to know if anyone know which Roblox’s game this is from. I feel like I’ve seen this before, but I can’t put my hand on it.

Roblox Man cool dude

Roblox Man cool dude | Patrones
Image pull from Pinterest

Those are some funky glasses. I like how the pattern is a few layers and not completely flat. It’s not completely 3D but it’s not completely 2D either.

Roblox Logo Perler Beads

ROBLOX Perler hama bead | Hama beads design, Perler bead art, Perler bead  patterns
Image pulled from Pinterest

This logo looks identical to the picture above. The picture above is likely two patterns someone combined. This is pretty straight forward with two color. I think most people can finish this one quickly.

Roblox Logo Pixel Art

Roblox Logo Pixel Art
Image pulled from Breaking Point Value List

Do you want to give a pixel art pattern a try? If so, here you go. It’s not that you can take this pattern and use to create physical and digital art.

Roblox themed standing characters SANS and NOOB

Roblox Themed Standing Characters NOOB and SANS Roblox | Etsy
Image pulled from Etsy

These are cool and you can buy them off Etsy. I believe the intent is to put them on birthday cakes. I think you would need a large cake to do this. However, I can’t really tell the scale due to a lack of reference in the picture. Oh well.

Don’t stop at Roblox

If you love Roblox, here are some other things to try.

Fortnite perler beads – Llama Edition

Since you’re reading this, you’re probably a Fornite or perler bead lover. May be you love both. Either way, welcome to the site. Let’s take a look a few perler bead patterns that look cool and easy to try out. I did include a few patterns that will take a little more time to complete, but they are well worth the effort! Enjoy.

Note: All the patterns shared are pulled from Pinterest. If you would like to see the board I created for all of the patterns, let me know. I don’t mind sharing the board for inspiration.

The French Lama

The caption reads ‘Perle a repasser lama fortnite’. I believe that translates to ‘Fortnite llama iron bead’. But I’m not sure, my French isn’t that great to be honest. I wonder how many people french speakers play Fortnite. I would think it’s hundreds of thousands at the minimum. What do you think the number is?

Inspired Festive Fornite Llama

Pattern created with Pixel Art Builder

I tweaked the previous pattern with a few color changes. Let me know what you think or if you try the pattern out.

Fortnite Lama – Hama

Yes, that was the caption ‘Fortnite Lama – Hama’. I wonder what this person used to make the beards adhere together. I’ve used an iron in the past. Maybe they did as well.

This pattern isn’t too involved. I think most people can get through this patten in less than an hour. Let me know if you give it a try. I would like to know if you enjoyed the pattern and how long it took you to complete. Do you normally pay attention to the amount of time it takes to complete a project?

Fortnite Lama Hama Beads iron beads pattern 12×16

This is a very compact pattern at 12×16. I think this would make a great keychain, What do you think? Also, I think this is a classic 10 minute or less pattern, definitely placing it in the speed pattern category.

I really like minimal patterns, since they are great patterns to do with kids. It’s simple, fast, and not frustrating to complete. This is definitely one to try if you have a little one.

Fortnite Llama Kandi Pattern

Kandi Pattern is the name of the site that created this pattern. They create really cool patterns. If you’re looking for patterns to try, definitely give them a visit.

Side note: Looks like the llama has on shoes. That’s pretty funny. Is it just me, or does this llama look a bit like a camel? I don’t know. I think it’s in the face.

La llama de Fortnite Hama MINI

La llama de Fortnite Hama MINI

There is nothing mini about this one. This pattern is massive and spreads across five panels. You can see the full guide at https://www.megustahamabeadstienda.com/blog/37_plantilla-hama-beads-mini-llama-fortnite.

I really love how they tell you how many beads of each color is needed to complete the pattern. Someone did their homework.

Note: The guide’s in Spanish. If you need help because you don’t speak Spanish, I can translate for you. Please just ask.

Pixel art lama Fortnite

Today I learned llama is lama in French. I read the title and thought, “wait, that’s not in English…”, which is completely fine.

Looking at this pattern, I noticed how informative it is. I’m going to be honest. I don’t really understand the numbering in each cell, but I’m intrigued. If you understand the scheme, please share. All that being said, I think this pattern is simple and straightforward. I definitely can see most people completing this pattern in 30 minutes or less. What do you think? Can you complete this one in 30 minutes?

What I couldn’t find

I was very disappointed that I didn’t find a silver or golden llama perler bead pattern. Those are the best llamas in the game since they have the best loot. I don’t really get excited unless a llama is silver when I play Fortnite.

How to Turn Pictures into Perler Bead Patterns #2

If you’re like us, you spend time trying to find a great picture to bead. Perler beading is fun and rewarding. You can sit back and look at your work and be proud.

After you find a picture, what do you do? Luckily we have an app to help us convert pictures to patterns. You can use it too, but before we tell you how, let’s give you an update.

What’s happened since the last post?

We’ve been busy. We’ve done a lot of work testing the new application. The application isn’t ready for primetime, but you can still benefit. I will tell you how later, but I wanted to share a story.

Michelle B. gave us a challenge. She signed up to test the new application. Check out part one for details on how you can use the new app for free. The directions are at the bottom of the page.

When we saw this picture, we definitely saw a challenge. For one thing, there’s a lot of dark to dark color contrast in the original picture. Most of our tests were with light and dark color contrast.

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If you look at the picture above, you can see what we mean about contrast? This was going to work. We had confidence. Well, at least we hoped so. We ran the picture through our program and this is what we came up with.

clown

Pixel Beads Update

It’s been a few years since I created my program. I can still use it and I do from time to time. I recently found Pixel Beads. I’m going to be honest, the app puts my app to shame. I really suggest you use that app and try it out. If you want to request that I convert you images with what the app built, I’m definitely game for this. I would also suggest you give Pixel Beads a try. It’s a very cool tool.

Look at all the options. Image pulled from Pixel Beads.

How to Turn Pictures into Perler Bead Patterns

You have a great picture that you would like to convert to a pattern for Perler Beading. Has this happened to you? I’ve run into this problem from time to time. I tried a few apps but the results are mixed.

I really need your help. We created a web app. We don’t even have a name for it yet. Eventually, we will name the app and create a site. I would love for you to send me your pictures to convert.

How much will this cost you?

Zero.

I’m looking for feedback. I need to do a lot of testing before I release this to the public.

Here’s the original picture:

prinny

After running the picture through the software, the result is:

prinny-pixelated

Pretty good, right?

How do I use your service?

It’s super simple. Just fill out the form below. You will receive an auto-reply with the next step in the process. Thanks for your help!

 

Where To Buy Perler Beads

What are perler beads and where can you buy them?  Perler beads are small circular pieces of hard plastic that you put together on a peg board to form a design. Then you melt the plastic using an iron with bead ironing paper. The final look of the project will look joined and meshed together, not like the tiny separate circles that you started out with.

You can  buy them in small packs or large bins of 22,000. Most craft stores like Michael’s, Jo Ann Fabrics, A.C Moore, and Hobby Lobby sell perler beads. Some other places to look for them can be online at Amazon, eBay, Walmart, and Target. I find that in my area, I get lucky at the local thrift store. I have found large bins of perler beads at Goodwill for about $3.94. Shopping at Savers and 2nd Avenue has also worked out for me. You even have a choice to buy the mixed or separated. The mixed colors come in bigger containers ranging from 6,000 to 22,000 beads. While the individual colors come in smaller bag size, anywhere from 100 to 600 pieces.

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I am sure as soon as the weather is nice again I will be able to score a few from yard sales and community yard sales. Church rummage sales are another good place to score some beads. You can always ask the person  if the have any to sell even if you don’t see them out on the table. Especially if they already have crafty looking stuff in their yard sale. Let’s face it, people don’t bring out everything they want to get rid of. There are some other places that you can find perler beads that you normally wouldn’t think could sell them. I have gotten small themed sets from Barnes and Nobles, Five Below, and Kohls.

The possibilities are endless with perler beads. You can find so many creative projects online on YouTube, etsy, ebay, and Pinterest. My son and I do projects together all the time. We have made earrings , small gifts, and drink coasters so far. I get so many compliments on my pixel feather earrings. Everyone thinks they are Minecraft arrows. His next project will be a large Pokemon that he wants to put on his wall. Shopping to them is fun too. I don’t only  just look for the beads, I try to look for storage bins, perler boards, and bead ironing paper. Going to the Goodwill is an adventure. I get so excited to find a 22,000 bin that is barely used for under $5.00.

Perler Beads 22,000 Count Bead Jar Multi-Mix Colors
22,000 Perler beads via Amazon.  You can see more details at Amazon.  Please click here.

Perler beading is a fun activity for the whole family to get into. It is a low cost activity with fun results ! Even save money buy making the kids key chains, birthday cake toppers or even cool party theme favors. Your collaborative creative ideas will inspire you to make projects your whole family can enjoy. I would love to know what projects you or your kids have created. Please leave comments below!

Perler Bead Projects

If you’ve seen these little beads before, or have some just sitting around and have absolutely no clue what do to with them, then you came to right place. Perler beads are are great for making projects! If you just use a bit of creativity, you can create anything. Here are a few ideas.

Pixel Art

When most people work with perler beads, they usually create some kind of pixel art. these kinds of projects are very fun, and can range from something as easy as a simple square, to something as extravagant as an 8-bit sprite from your favorite video game. Keep in mind that bigger projects do take more time. The plus side on this is that after a long project, it feels very rewarding to see the amazing finished result. These are great gifts, or items to display in your home or office.

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Assassin’s creed perler bead sprite, image courtesy of pinterest.com

Coasters

If you have little ones around, a great thing to do is make perler bead coasters. It’s something very simple, and a great way for younger ones to express creativity, all while keeping your drinks from ruining the coffee table. Don’t think of this project as making a colorful square (although you can if desired) , but think of it as a way to add some creative spice to your home, and really lighten up the place. With different shaped templates such as hexagons and circles, the bead layout possibilities are endless!

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Flower coasters, image courtesy of blissbloomblog.com

Perler Bowls

This project can be a real conversation piece for your home, office, or just about anywhere. This is also a very simple and fast project. I wouldn’t recommend doing this project unless you are using a surplus supply of beads. All you need is a microwave safe bowl, some random or assorted collections of beads, non-stick cooking spray, and of course a microwave. Then coat the bowl with cooking spray,and a thin layer of beads and throw it in the microwave for ONLY about 10-15 seconds, we don’t want to start a fire now! Please note that your bowl does not need to be as intricate as the one shown below.

perler bowl
Decorative perler bead bowl, image courtesy of pinterest.com

Game Boards

Now before even starting this project, I would like to say that this is a bit time consuming. No matter, it’s still very fun. You can create a diy game, make up rules and even game pieces! But lets not get to ambitious now, we haven’t even talked about how to make this. First and foremost, you will need perler beads… a lot of perler beads. Also, you will need to invest in huge perler grids. The best kind are the clear ones, as you can see the design you are working with under it. That brings me to my next point, a design. The design that you work work with could either be a printed out mini game board, or an actual game board, such as the one from the famous game, Monopoly or the unique and hexagonal board of Catan. With all of this said, just know that this is a great long-term project to try!

perler game board
Perler Settlers of Catan, image courtesy of pinterest.com

3D Perler Patterns

Now these are on the more complicated side of making perler projects. This involves making lots of layers, and having tons of beads. I personally recommend getting assorted bags of certain colors, so 1,000 count bags  are usually the best. Also you will need some type of pattern, because these projects require some type of reference. But do not let this discourage you, because once you have one of these marvelous creations, you will have a great display item. Note that is activity is only limited to your imagination!

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3D Perler ice cream cones, image courtesy of perler.com

Summary

To sum this up, you can do so much fun stuff with perler beads. I would suggest this  to anyone who is interested in a new hobby. Start small, and work up to bigger projects, and see what’s right for you. But don’t overwhelm yourself, because the purpose of a hobby is to relax and enjoy yourself. Just remember that what ever project you may choose to do, make sure you enjoy it. It’s only limited to what you can imagine! Happy beading!

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Perler Bead Apps – Android Edition

Hi! I need your help. Can you help me test this product? Please check out How to Turn Pictures into Perler Bead Patterns. It’s free to use and thanks!

Are you trying to figure out which perler bead app is worth your time? You spend hours on weekends with your board making patterns. If you go on a trip can you see do bead work? If so, I have good news for you. If not, you can download these Android apps and do create patterns anywhere. Yes, that’s right anywhere!

Pixel Art Builder

Pixel Art Builder is a powerful and lightweight pixel art editor.
Our goal is to let you create pixel arts as easy as possible…

pixel-art-builder-in-app

This app is polished.  It looks good and reminds me of a great photo editor.   It’s not really a bead template creator but you can use it for this.  The focus of the app is creating a template for beading.  Overall is a solid pick.

Grade: A

Update 1: I’ve started using this app again in 2021. There are a lot of new features in the application since the last time I used it. I really like how you can email png files directly from the app. This hands down my favorite app at this time.

Bead Studio Free

Create your fusible bead designs with Bead Studio and transfer the design to real beads afterwards. Use the built-in generator to convert your images to photorealistic designs.

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This app is amazing!  It’s a digital beading app.  I really enjoyed using this app.  You can save your work to an SD card.

Grade: A

Fuse Bead Picture Examples

Fuse beads are fun for children of all ages. Lose your imagination in creating flowers, hearts, cartoons, small or big designs and much more. Follow the colorful examples and enjoy!

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This is app has a list of pictures you can look at.  There are around 20 pictures to choose for.  I reviewed the rabbit, horse and rainbow pictures.  The picture quality was okay.

Grade: D+

Bead Template Creator Free

Create your own bead template! With Bead Template Creator you can pick any photo or other digital image, and generate a printable bead template.

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An in-app picture of a magic mushroom

For me, the ‘Choose Picture’ option never worked for me.  I was able to get the ‘Take Picture’ option worked.    You cannot interact with the template once it’s created.  This app is useful to transfer a picture to a Perler Bead pattern.

Update 1: I’m still having issue with converting picture to patterns. Every time I try I create a pattern that require 1,000s of beads. Don’t get me wrong, I like how you can create a very detailed pattern with a few clicks of a button. I’m just not invested in marathon patterns. I burn out quickly when I attempt them. How about you? Do you like pattern you can complete fast or do you like the ones you have to spend a significant amount of time on?

Grade: C

Summary

All of these apps are free!  You should download them all.  You may be short on hard drive space.  If you had to pick one, I would go with Bead Studio Free Pixel Art Builder.  I would love to see what you create.  Please visit the contact us page and connect with us.  Also, please send us photos of your work. We can showcase them in a future post.

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns then contact us here. We love to provide answers, advice, and additional information. Remember, there’s no such thing as a stupid question.

A few more ideas

I love the ability to use these apps and create your own pattern. This is fun, but can be time consume. You should check out this book for starter ideas. The book may let you focus more on beading then creating patterns.

Image pulled from Amazon