Are you part of the Perler beads craze?

I totally have Perler beads fever! I actually bought the beads for my son, but now am fighting with him when it comes to colours and not wanting to share my ‘special’ beads. I have totally find something crafty and totally addictive that you can literally make in an hour or two.

What are Perler beads?

Perler beads / fusion beads are plastic beads that fuse with heat. These colorful beads are normally arranged on small plastic speciall designed perler bead pegboards to form patterns and designs and then ironed with a normal clothes iron to fuse together. They are then used for key rings, coasters or even as jewellery. (Perler is the companies’ name in the US that produces the beads, there is also another brand called Hama)

Perler bead birthday card

Why am I so in love with these fusion beads?

I have no idea, I think it is the various colours that they come in, I can’t wait to get my hands on new ones, I have the most gorgeous, blush, even a see-through bead option and my latest – glow in the dark ones! This is a great activity to do with your kids and develops their counting and fine motor skills (note that they have an age restriction on as they are super small and can be a chocking hazard – so watch out!).

Where can you find the best perler bead patterns?

The Perler website is filled with patterns that will keep you busy for years! But then there is Pinterest off-course, see my Perler bead board here.

You can off-course easily make use of cross stich patterns for Perler Beads as well.

Some of the best Perler bead ideas I have come across include

Where can you find Perler beads in South Africa?

I normally buy my beads from Greenbusters, a toy shop in Greenside, Johannesburg. But there are some on-line options that include and

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  1. Oooo I absolutely share your craze…. I am sooo happy when madam says, oh mama, let’s play with these beads! Yes!!

    • Kari

      🙂 We can do some when you come!

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