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Perler Bead Crafts: 3 Fun and Fabulous Projects

Claudia has been writing about crafts online for many years. She is an avid crafter who has been creating for most of her life.

Make ear bud covers, a bowl, and a bracelet out of Perler beads!

Make ear bud covers, a bowl, and a bracelet out of Perler beads!

If you have children or grandchildren, chances are you have Perler beads at your house. Perler beads are those small multi-colored plastic beads that come in a big tub of about 10,000. They usually come with forms so that you can make all sorts of different shapes like stars or ponies by fusing the plastic beads with a heated iron. They are a great craft item to have on hand for those no-school days or when a big group of kids is visiting.

Most people use Perler beads the standard way, but there are lots of other things you can do with the beads. Here are three fun and fabulous projects made with Perler beads that will keep you and your children entertained for hours.

Please note that these crafts are not recommended for young children, and an adult should always be present when doing them.

Bowl, bracelet, and earbud covers made from Perler beads

Bowl, bracelet, and earbud covers made from Perler beads

Perler bead bowl

Perler bead bowl

1. Perler Bead Bowl

Perler bead bowls are fun and easy to make. All you need are a few supplies and an oven. The bowls make great and useful inexpensive gifts for friends and family.


  • Perler beads
  • Vegetable oil
  • Oven-safe bowl or dish
  • Paper towel

Safety Tips

  • Always have an adult present when doing this craft. It is not recommended for young children.
  • Always bake the bowl in a well-ventilated kitchen with windows open and the kitchen fan going. I have never noticed fumes when baking this, but I would think that fumes are emitted and that they are not healthy. I do not let my daughter in the kitchen when this bowl is baking.
  • These bowls are not meant for food storage. They are for decorative purposes only.
  • These bowls are extremely hot when they come out of the oven. DO NOT touch them until they are cool.


  1. Preheat your oven to 400ºF. Meanwhile, prepare your oven-safe bowl by pouring a little bit of oil on a paper towel and coating the inside of the bowl. Make sure the entire inside of the bowl is coated. The oil keeps the beads from slipping and makes it easier to take the bead bowl out when finished.
  2. Pour the beads into the bowl and then start gently using your fingers or knuckles to push the beads up the sides of the bowl, making sure the layer of beads is only one bead thick. You'll find a few stray beads. Just push those gently in. If you want the bowl to go higher up the sides, add more beads and continue pressing them in. When you are happy with the way it looks, it's ready to go in the oven. The beads stay where they are because of the oil.
  3. Put the prepared dish in the heated oven. Initially set the timer for 5 minutes and then check on the bowl. You will see the beads getting shiny and starting to melt. It needs to look like it's dripping before it can be taken out. Once you see the dripping, the beads will be fused. Keep checking on it frequently so it does not melt too much. The finished bowl in the photos took 12 minutes to bake.
  4. When you are happy with the way it looks, take the bowl out of the oven and put it on a cooling rack to cool. DO NOT touch the bead bowl yet. It will be extremely hot and you will burn yourself. Don't forget to turn the oven off.
  5. Let it cool for at least 15 minutes. Before you attempt to take it out, make sure it is cool enough to handle. Do not let it cool completely or it will be harder to get out of the bowl.
  6. Start peeling the Perler Bead Bowl away from the sides of the oven-safe dish. With a little maneuvering, it will come out. Sometimes a dull knife or a spoon will help the stubborn areas.
  7. Let it cool completely and you have a beautiful bowl.
Melted Perler bead bracelet

Melted Perler bead bracelet

2. Melted Perler Bead Bracelet

This is a little twist on just stringing the Perler beads. These beads are melted a little bit first, then beaded. Melting them gives them a bit of a shine and makes them flatter and thinner. They almost look like buttons.


  • Perler beads
  • Elastic cord
  • Baking/cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Glue

Safety Tips

  • Always have an adult present when doing this craft. It is not recommended for young children.
  • Always bake the beads in a well-ventilated kitchen with windows open and the kitchen fan going. I have never noticed fumes when baking this, but I would think that fumes are emitted and that they are not healthy. I do not let my daughter in the kitchen when the beads are baking.
  • The beads are extremely hot when they come out of the oven. DO NOT touch them until they are cool.
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  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF.
  2. Cover the baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and start placing the beads down. Stand the beads up so that the hole is facing upwards. Leave a bit of space between each one because they spread when they melt.
  3. Carefully place the baking sheet with the beads in the oven, taking care not to knock the beads over.
  4. Don't leave the kitchen. It only takes about 3 minutes for these to melt. Keep a close eye on the beads. Once they are done the way you like them, take them out of the oven and put the baking sheet on a cooling rack. DO NOT touch the beads yet. They are extremely hot. Don't forget to turn off the oven.
  5. Let them cool for about 10 minutes. They will come right off the parchment paper, ready to be strung.
  6. Cut a piece of elastic cord approximately 9 inches long and start beading.
  7. Once you have your desired length beaded, tie the two ends together with multiple knots. I tie at least 3 knots just to be safe. Clip off the loose ends of the cord and put a dab of glue on the knot for extra hold. Let the glue dry.
  8. You now have a gorgeous bracelet!
Perler bead earbud covers

Perler bead earbud covers

3. Perler Bead Earbud Covers

This craft is especially fun for older kids. Everywhere you look these days people have earbuds in, and Perler beads make a great decoration for them. Get the beads in your child's school colors or his/her favorite colors and have them start beading. The result is a cool and creative look that only takes a little time.


  • Perler beads
  • Cutting board (preferably an old one)
  • Box cutter

Safety Tips

  • This craft should be done by an adult.
  • Always take care when handling the box cutter, making sure to retract the blade when not in use.


  1. Using your box cutter, carefully slice down one side of the Perler bead. Don't go through the entire bead or you'll have two half beads.
  2. Put the box cutter down, making sure to retract the blade. Then pry open the cut bead and wrap around the earbud cord. Note that the lower part of the cord is too thick to cover. You'll only be able to cover the cords above the split. Wrapping the bead around the cord can be a bit tricky. I use one fingernail to pry it open and then the thumb from the other hand to split open the bead and wrap it around the cord. The beads are flexible so don't be afraid to work with them. If they are on the cord and haven't gone back to their original shape, give them a squeeze and they look fine. Once you get the hang of it, it goes smoothly and quickly.
  3. Finish beading and you have a great-looking pair of earbuds.

Perler Bead Earrings

If you are looking for another fun and fabulous project, check out my video on how to make perler bead earrings. You'll love them!

How to Make Perler Bead Earrings Video

© 2012 Claudia Mitchell


Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 02, 2014:

Happy New Year to you too pstraubie. My daughter still loves working with perler beads.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 31, 2013:

Hi Glimmer these are such fun. Kids enjoy so much creating with these. thank you for sharing.

Angels are on the way to you today and Happi Happi New Year ps


Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 31, 2013:

Hi Fiona - These are definitely a pain if they spill, but they are fun. Thanks for commenting. My apologies at the delay in responding. I was out of town for a little while. Happy New Year to you.

Fiona from South Africa on December 25, 2013:

Thanks - I keep getting these stuck in my feet when I visit friends' houses - I didn't know you could melt them though.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 15, 2013:

Thank you so much Jaya Sanghita.

Sanghita Chatterjee from Kolkata on October 15, 2013:

Beautiful and fun!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 21, 2013:

Hi FlourishAnyway - We love the covered earbuds and her friends are liking them too. They'd be a great birthday gift for someone. Glad you enjoyed the projects and thanks for commenting.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 19, 2013:

I love the idea for covering earphone wires. My daughter is always losing hers so it will also help us with keeping them visible. Unique idea! Voted up and more.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 11, 2013:

I love the bowl too theryanpride. I put hair clips in mine. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Sonya from Indiana on June 09, 2013:

Love this thank you for shreing know I know what to do with all the beads we have. I especially love the bowl.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 01, 2013:

Thanks idigwebsites. The headphones definitely stay untangled better and I like wearing them. I get a lot of comments on them when I do. Glad you liked the article.

idigwebsites from United States on May 31, 2013:

Oh that's nice!!! I will do this on my earphones... I'm annoyed by them cos they tangle inside my bag. Plus it's really cute! Want to do this! Thanks. :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 30, 2013:

Thanks so much pstraubie. Perler beads are great fun and not too expensive which is even better. Hope you have a good day.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on May 28, 2013:

These are so much fun for kids, Glimmer. I have had summer camp at my house and this was always one of the activities. I also used them when I taught summer school on the last day before it would end. We would have a fun activity period and this was always popular.

So glad to see this highlighted.

Angels are on the way ps

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 27, 2013:

I appreciate it Neinahpets. They are fun to wear and I get lots of comments too. Thanks for commenting.

Stephanie from Canada on January 27, 2013:

LOVE the earbud idea!! Great, voted up!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 05, 2013:

I like that idea! Good luck.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on January 04, 2013:

Cool idea-the school colors! My kids participate in the Breast Cancer fundraising and maybe they can get some ideas from this hub. :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 04, 2013:

I appreciate the comments Denise. My daughter loves the earbuds too! She wants me to make her some in her school colors. Glad you enjoyed the hub!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on January 03, 2013:

What an interesting hub. I remember these beads, but never really had any in my home for my kids, and don't recall them having any. My granddaughter uses the jewelry beads.

I loved the idea for the earbud covers. And, the bowl is very cool! Thanks for sharing.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 23, 2012:

Hi Madelyn - I have more crafts on my profile page. Thanks for commenting.

madelyn on November 22, 2012:

do you have any more crafts?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 18, 2012:

Thanks so much TToombs! He'll have a blast and so will you. I appreciate your support.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 18, 2012:

awesome craft ideas, Glim! I'll have to pick up a tub and keep my little guy entertained over the holiday vacation! Voted up and sharing.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 14, 2012:

Thanks ignugent! These crafts are loads of fun to do.

ignugent17 on September 14, 2012:

Great hub ! Very useful ! I would be back if I get all my materials and try to make something.

Voted up and more.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 13, 2012:

Thanks so much Grace! Have fun!

Grace Prows on September 12, 2012:

that is so cool i can't wait to try it!!!!!!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 09, 2012:

Thanks so much Magdaleine!

Magdaleine on September 09, 2012:

Great.. so beautiful and creative..

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 30, 2012:

Thanks so much for the comments vote and share Jamie! I'm glad you like the crafts. They are a lot of fun!

Jamie Brock from Texas on August 30, 2012:

oh wow! I have seen these beads before but never knew you could do such cool things with them! Thank you for sharing these projects.. These beads are so pretty and colorful. I LOVE the bowls!! Voting up useful and awesome, sharing !!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 27, 2012:

Mama Kim 8 - Glad you like them! They are fun and now my daughter will only use those earbuds. She has also requested certain colors. Thanks for the comments and pin!

Aloe Kim on August 27, 2012:

What adorable ideas!! My favorite is the earbuds ^_^ so cute. voted up and pinned

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 26, 2012:

Thanks alocsin. I'm glad I brought something new here. It's always fun to put a different twist on things. Many thanks for the votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on August 26, 2012:

I've never heard of these crafts before, so I appreciate the pictures. Quite lovely. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 26, 2012:

Au fait - Thanks so much for the votes and the share! I really appreciate it. I like the idea of making a small one for rings while in the kitchen! That way if it gets knocked over it won't break. Glad you enjoyed the hub!

C E Clark from North Texas on August 26, 2012:

You have some interesting projects here. The bowl is pretty and great for holding rings while you work in the kitchen or garden, or trinkets, etc. I would never have thought of melting beads to make things like this.

Great hub! Voted you up, interesting, useful, and will share.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 26, 2012:

Thank you for the comments MargaritaEden! My daughter has really enjoyed doing these and has invited friends over to try them as well. They are lots of fun to do.

MargaritaEden from Oregon on August 25, 2012:

These are such wonderful ideas! My girls would love to do projects like this, thank you for a great idea! You are very creative!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 24, 2012:

Thanks so much for your comments newusedcarssacram. It is fun to use crafts to decorate. I have some things around the house that my daughter had made, but sometimes it's fun for us "older kids" to make things too.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 24, 2012:

Thank you sujithbeta. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 24, 2012:

Jenna - I hope you and your grandkids have fun doing these crafts! Thanks so much for your visit.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 24, 2012:

Thanks lyricwriter - This is definitely something for bigger kids, but (and I don't know how old your children are) a good way to get them involved would be to let them pick out the colors. One down side to perler bead is that I seem to find them when I'm vacuuming. They have a tendency to disappear from the surface we work on. Thank you for your kind comments!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 24, 2012:

Teaches - I appreciate the comments and the share. These beads are great to have around. Sometimes those rainy and snowy days can get really boring. Thanks for the visit!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 24, 2012:

Thanks for the vote and share rebecca! They really are lots of fun.

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on August 23, 2012:

What a creative work! Never thought something like this before. We can easily use beads to make interesting things and decorate our room...voted up.

Sreejith k from Kerala, India on August 23, 2012:

Great craft works. I love craft works .Thanks for sharing

Jenna Pope from Southern California on August 23, 2012:

These are awesome!!! I'm going to order some from Amazon for an activity to do with my grandkids. Voted up.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on August 23, 2012:

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting Glimmer. Great job on this well written hub. Commend you for your hard work and a great job. I love crafts cause it gives me a chance to interact with my children. My wife and I do crafts with them, something like a family thing. Good advice on this hub, especially around young children. My little girl is bad for putting things in her mouth. Sound advice all the way through, just a remarkable job well done. Keep it up! Take care and see you around Glimmer:)

Dianna Mendez on August 23, 2012:

My granddaughter loves these beads and asks for them as gifts. They do make lots of interesting items and they can keep children occupied for hours on end. Great hub to share and I know many will find it so useful.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 23, 2012:

I've seen those things. (perler beads) . These look really cool a fun for kids to do. Thanks! Shared and voted+

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 23, 2012:

I wore the bracelet today! They really are fun to wear. Thanks for the visit Dirt Farmer.

Jill Spencer from United States on August 23, 2012:

So that's what perler beads are! Forget the kids--I'd like a bracelet & matching earphone set!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 23, 2012:

Thanks so much manicpanicplease! It's always fun to learn different crafts with the supplies we have on hand. I hope you try it and enjoy it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 23, 2012:

Thanks for the comments Tammy! You're right! They are like those big beads. I never thought of those. These are fun to do for us big kids too!

L Brander from Canada on August 23, 2012:

Nice Hub! I especially liked the pictures, they're so colourful! I've never thought of making a bowl with perler beads, I'll have to try that. Voted up, awesome.

Tammy from North Carolina on August 23, 2012:

These look like great fun for little hands and so colorful. These remind me of the beads in the old fashioned jump ropes from grade school. You just can't find those any more. Excellent hub!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 22, 2012:

I'm glad you liked it joanie. Thanks for reading. The bead bowl is a lot of fun and the fun part is doing it in different colors. Thanks for the vote and share too!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 22, 2012:

Thanks for reading thebookmom! My daughter loved those too and said she wanted to do them in her school colors.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 22, 2012:

Thanks so much mollymeadows! They really are fun to do. I hope you give it a try.

joaniebaby on August 22, 2012:

What wonderful ideas. I am definitely going to try the bead bowl. Hope I have the patience for it. Voted up and awesome and shared.

thebookmom from Nebraska on August 22, 2012:

Awesome, ideas! I love the earbud covers, my girl will be thrilled with this project. :) Great work!

Mary Strain from The Shire on August 22, 2012:

Kewwllll! I love doodling with things like these. These are too cute!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 22, 2012:

Wow Janine - Thanks so much! I'm glad you like it. My daughter loves doing all of these and helped with the demos!

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on August 22, 2012:

Glimmer Twin Fan, love these activities for my young girls and have pinned to try in the future. Have of course voted up, shared and tweeted too!!