Have you tried making Perler bead art before? It’s a fun craft using small plastic beads to make pixelated images. The design options are endless. This past month the whole family got hooked, and being a big valentine enthusiast I started creating a handful of pop culture icons re-inspired as hearts. To start out the collection, a Perler bead heart to match the Pokémon valentine card box I crafted up.
- heart pegboard
- 28 white beads
- 66 red beads
- 28 black beads
- parchment paper
- Starting from the bottom, lay the white beads in an inverted triangle filling up the bottom of the heart pegboard.
- In the middle of the last white line place one black bead. Just above that bead place one white bead. Then another black bead just above the white bead.
- Fill out the remainder of the 3 lines just above the white with black beads.
- Fill in the remainder of the heart with red beads.
- Set an iron to medium. Place a piece of parchment paper over the top of the beads. Lightly press, moving the iron in circles. Continue heating for 15-20 seconds until the beads are melted together.
- Take the heart of the peg board. Flip over and replace the parchment paper on top of the heart. Repeat melting the opposite side with light pressure in circular movements.
- Place a heavy flat object on top of the parchment covered heart until cool. This will prevent the heart from curling as it cools.
Looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas. Checkout more crafts and printable valentines here.