Are you ready to take your kandi making skills to the next level? After bracelets, and cuffs, next comes perler bead art! Perlers are awesome because you can basically make any shape you want. From your favorite Pokemon to more basic shapes like mushrooms, hearts and stars, you can create perler bead patters into whatever you're vibin' with.
Kandi master, @kandi_diva created this tutorial to show you how to make an awesome glow-in-the-dark perler! Then, she'll show you how to turn it into a perler neckalce.
To get started, check out the video, or read the steps below.
How to Make a Perler Bead Necklace:
Step 1: Gather the supplies:
You will need:
- 5 different colors of perler beads
- 2-3 perler pegboards
- Wax paper
- Iron (optional)
- Tweezers (optional)
Print this design (or draw your own!) perler design on a piece of paper and place pegboards on top.
First, begin by making the outline of the alien using 1 color, then fill it in with glow in the dark beads.
Next, move on to the outline of one side of the bow. Begin by filling in the outline of the bow, then fill in the flowers with some fun colored beads to give it some flair.
Step 5: Add the additional pegboards
Add two pegboards to both sides in order to finish the outline of the bow. Then fill in the inside of the bow.
Repeat step 5 for the opposite side of the bow.
Step 7: Iron your perler
Once you have all the beads added to the pegboards, get a piece of wax paper and cover your perler. Make sure your iron is hot and ready to go before you start ironing. Iron the entire upper side of the perler until you can see the perler beads all melted together through the wax paper. Then, flip the perler over and fold the wax paper over the backside. Lightly iron the other side so the beads are fused on both sides.
Step 8: Make Your Perler Sparkle!
You will need:
- Hot Glue Gun
- Small makeup brush
Apply a little hot glue in the area you would like the glitter to be. Use the small makeup brush to push the glitter into the glue.
Periodically, flip the peeler over and tap the back of the perler to remove the excess glitter and make sure the glitter is in all the right places.
To add rhinestones, add a tiny dot of glue in the are you would like them, then gently place the rhinestones.
Step 9: Turn your perler into a necklace
You will need:
Feed the string through the peeler, then add the beads to the other side of the perler. After adding 6 beads, add an accent bead to create a pattern. Repeat this process until you feel you’ve added enough beads for the necklace to sit comfortably on your neck.
Step 10: Make it Extra Sturdy
Reloop the string back up through the first accent bead so that you have beads coming out of the front and back of both sides of the perler necklace. Tie a knot on both sides and then cut the excess.
And - tada, you’re all done!