perler bead ornaments

My girls have loved crafting with perler beads over the years.  You know those beads…the ones that kids use along with a plastic pegboard template to create a picture, and then (if you are like me) it sits on an ironing board FOREVER until it is ironed and the beads fuse together.

Well, here’s another way to use those beads…


To create these perler bead ornaments, you will need…

  • metal cookie cutters
  • perler beads
  • parchment paper
  • baking sheet
  • bakers twine (any string will work)


First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Then, line your baking sheet with the parchment paper.  Place the cookie cutters on top of the parchment paper.


Fill the cookie cutters with the perler beads in a single layer so that they melt evenly.  Be careful not to overlap the beads.



Place the baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.  The beads will melt enough to stick together and to the sides of the cookie cutter, but not completely.


Let them cool completely, and then remove them from the parchment paper.

Finally, put the bakers twine through one of the holes to make a hanger for the ornament.



I think they look so pretty on the tree with the lights shining through them…kind of like stained glass.



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