Holiday Cupcake Perler Bead Pattern
You can have a lot of fun making up this easy yet cute perler bead Holiday cupcake design. There are easy to follow, step by step photos in this tutorial. It's a Christmas themed cupcake design created from fused beads such as popular Perler and Hama varieties. I'll also show you how to turn this into a simple brooch pin which can then make an inexpensive but sweet little handmade gift just perfect for the festive season. Or you can easily add some string to hang this to the Christmas tree.
Older kids and adults should be able to easily master this pattern that makes use of seasonal and festive colors like reds and greens. You can choose whatever color beads you prefer for this yummy looking and crafty treat. If you're still in the mood to make up even more patterns after this one, try making this design in different color combinations or altering it slightly each time.
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Step 1: Making the Base of the Cupcake Pattern
This pattern only requires a small square pegboard which has a 13 x 13 peg area or larger to work on. This means that you can use a small square pegboard or a larger one if you wish. It is easiest to start first by working from the bottom of the board and the base of the Holiday cupcake design.
I chose to make the base of the cupcake design (wrapper area) with a striped pattern in two shades of greens which works well with the festive look. You could choose other color combinations or just use one shade of green if you only have that to work with in your supply of Perler or Hama fused beads. Lay out 19 dark green beads in the pattern of the image shown above.
Following on from the previous image, now add in 15 light green fused beads if you have them. When you've finished adding these two green shades, you'll have a complete bottom or base for your sweet little Xmas Holiday cake to sit on top.
A note on pegboards: If you plan to create a lot of small fused bead patterns to make up items such as magnets, jewelry, handmade card embellishments, brooch pins and other things then it can really help to have a selection of the small basic shaped boards. If you've got a number of square boards then you can make more than one of these at a time.
Step 2: Adding on the Festive Red Frosting
On this festive patterned design, I added on two layers of frosting: a bottom layer in red and a top layer in white. You can follow my exact pattern with two layers or you could just pick a single color to use with both parts instead.
You need exactly 26 red bead pieces to follow the pattern shown in the image above. This involves placing the red pieces on top of the green base.
Add on a further 10 red beads to the side ares of the cupcake design - these are outlined with white rectangles in the photo above. When you've completed this section, that's all the red frosted part of the pattern complete and the bulk of the work done.
Step 3: Adding White Icing and Holly Pattern
Now you need to focus on adding the white icing or frosting at the top of the Perler bead pattern. You need 21 white bead pieces to start on the left side, working on top of the red area shown. You should be able to start to see how the shape of this sweet treat is forming with the design.
My favorite part on this whole design is when I get to add in the holly detail shown above. I used 6 darker green beads to make the leaves, 4 red beads for the berries and 1 light green piece for detail in the middle. With this little easy addition, you can see how it turns the whole piece into a really seasonal and festive design.
Step 4: Finishing and Adding an Optional Brooch Pin
Now you only need to add in a further 15 white beads to complete the right side of the white frosting or icing. This section is highlighted for you with the black outline which is over the top of the completed photo above. You can see that the finished cupcake pattern takes up most of a small square pegboard. Once done, an adult will need to iron the design to fuse these beads together - as per the instructions that came with your brand of fused beads.
This makes a great size for a kitchen magnet if you glue a cut piece of magnetic sheet on the back, also it is ideal for your festive handmade Holiday cards, a brooch pin or a hanging ornament for the tree.
An optional idea is to turn this piece into a wearable brooch pin. You will need some brooch bar pins. Look for brooch pin backs: the one shown in the photo above is the type I normally use in my crafting. You can sew these on for fabric crafts or fix them with glue in this instance.
If you have a hot glue gun, an adult can use it to fix the pin back onto the reverse side of the completed fused bead cupcake. Or you can use an adhesive that is suitable to fix plastics and metal. Adhesives that come with fine nozzles make it easier to apply to small hand crafted items like this. Take care to read the instructions that are supplied with glues before using them.
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Page Last Updated: 13th July 2016