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!

 

Where To Buy Perler Beads

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.

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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!

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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

You are here because you like perler beads… a lot.  You spend hours on weekends with your board and skewer.  You go on trips leaving your beads at home and can’t get your fix.  Does this sound like you?  If so, I have good news for you.  You can download these Android apps and do perler beading 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…

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This app is polished.  It looks good and remind 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: B+

 

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 digital beading.  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 picture you can look at.  There’s 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 transferring a picture to a perler bead pattern.

Grade: C

 

Summary

All of these apps are free!  You should download them all.  You maybe short space.  If you had to pick one, I would go with Bead Studio Free.  I would love to see what you create.  Please visit the contact us page and connect with us.  Cheers!

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Perler Bead Apps – Android Edition