Perler Bead Gift Pattern to Make

How to make a fused hama bead gift design

Small fused Perler and Hama bead designs are ideal for little gifts, as advent calendar fillers, stocking stuffers and also to use as little party favors. We made up a large batch of small and cute designs for my young daughter's birthday and chose patterns that had a distinctive celebration theme which could be popped into goody bags for her friends to take home at the end of her big day.

The completed designs are easy to turn into magnets for sticking on the refrigerator or to use as cute hair clips, keychains and jewelry too with necklaces. I like the idea of using this Perler gift pattern in Holiday colors to use on the front of handmade cards and to finish off wrapped items with some unique style.

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Fused Perler Bead Tutorial to Make an Easy Gift Pattern Design

This easy to make gift pattern with a little bow is a quick make and can be made up fast in bulk so you can make sets of them for parties and events.  As well as making cute items for goody bags, you could also complete this photo tutorial with a small group of kids who like crafting because it's so simple and quick to make. It's a great idea for a craft activity to do in the Holidays.

Each child would require a square pegboard, just the small sized square board is big enough, and sit them around a table with a big supply of beads in the middle for them to get hold of and use. It's a good little crafting project that kids and adults can enjoy. Hope you have fun!

Materials and Tools Needed:

  • A square Perler pegboard in a small or a large size
  • A selection of colored Perler or Hama beads
  • The special ironing paper and an adult to iron the finished piece(s)
  • Optional embellishments for decorating the finished piece

Step 1: You will need a square shaped pegboard. It can be a small or a large size and you will need different colors of the beads to work with. For this simple design, I like to work just two different colors which go well together but have good contrast: one color for the main gift and one color for the ribbon and bow part of the design.

You need to allow for the design taking up a 10×7 peg area on the board.

Square of blue fused beads

I like to begin a few rows in from the edge of the board because ironing finished designs which are right up at the edge of a pegboard can be a little tricky to do. Choose a color for the main part of the gift, I chose blue, and work a 3×3 square a few rows up and in from the left side of your board.

Setting up initial pattern of square design

Step 2: Leave a gap of 1 peg on the right side of the square that you've just made and repeat the 3×3 pattern to the right using the same color.

white pegboard with light blue beaded design

Step 3: Leave a gap of 1 peg on the top of these two squares and work a third 3×3 square over the top of the first one.

Perler Hama Birthday Gift with Bow Pattern Step 4

Step 4: Again, leave a 1 peg gap to the side of this new square of beads and make the fourth and final small square to the right. You can see from the images how this has made a shape of 4 little squares with a cross shape of blank pegs in the middle.

hama beads blue purple on peg board

Step 5: Taking your second choice of color for your Perler beads, you need to fill in the now empty cross section of pegs that is in the middle of the four small squares that you just made. It is best to use a color which goes well with the first one but is distinctive enough to stand out in contrast. I used a dark purple for this part which makes the ribbon area.

Christmas Holiday perler pattern

Step 6: Now you can start to make the bow shape on top of the gift design. Use the same color as your ribbon color used in step 5. Add a bead at the top middle of the gift which follows on from the vertical ribbon going upwards. Add two beads either side as shown in the corresponding image.

Step 7: Finish off the bow part of the design by adding in a further two beads on either side which you can see from the photo supplied.

Cute pink and blue perler hama gift design small pattern

Step 8: An adult needs to iron the completed design with the special ironing paper. This paper normally comes in with many of the larger bead tubs and packets and it also can be bought separately in order to fuse the design together. When the design is cool, you can decorate the front. I added a single heart brad onto all my gifts but you can stick a flat-backed gem on or something else.

magnetic black sticky strip on back of design

To turn your finished piece into a magnet, cut a strip of magnetic sheet off and stick it onto the back of the completed design. Most magnetic sheets come with some self-adhesive backing and can be cut to size using scissors.

Step 9: If you're making up a bulk load of these as party favor, advent or goody bag fillers, you can easily fit 6 designs at a time onto a large square pegboard. It's a quick and easy pattern to make and looks cute too.

large square peg board with gift designs hama perler fused beads

Magnetic sheets with adhesive are what I use to turn completed fused bead designs into refrigerator magnets because these sheets are strong enough to stick small and light objects. Just cut the sheet to the size that you need and fasten to the back of your design.

There are many more small patterns you can make up in bulk for small gifts and party favors. Have fun making these up.

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