Oh, perler beads. We loved making all kinds of perler bead craft projects when we were younger. In fact, shhh, don’t tell anyone but we still love making them! They’re quick and easy to make and so incredibly versatile.
When we first started making crafts from them, they were mostly fridge magnets. But people have gotten way more creative in using these beads and now there are all kinds of projects to make – keychains, headphone cases, coasters, kaleidoscopes, crowns, and so much more. We have rounded up some of our favorites for you here.
Perler Bead Craft Projects
FRUIT PERLER BEAD MAGNETS From Frugal Mom Eh
The classic fridge magnets. These are fun to make and give as gifts! Simple designs mean this project is good for beginners and experts alike.
PERLER BEAD NECKLACES From Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Turn those fun perler bead designs into necklaces. We used to make these at camp using a different symbol for each cabin.
PERLER BEAD FLAMINGO From The Cent’s Able Shoppin
We’re picturing this flamingo attached to a wooden skewer and stuck in a flower pot. Cute, right?
SLOTH PERLER BEAD From Cutesy Crafts
Sloths are the cutest. This one made from perler beads would make a fun Christmas ornament or window decoration.
SUMMER PERLER BEAD From 5 Little Monster
More simple perler bead designs for beginners – again these would be great for the fridge magnets, ornaments, or maybe even a fun charm to hang from your backpack or purse?
DIY HEADPHONE CASE From My Frugal Adventures
This might just be our favorite project on the list. Who would have thought you could make an adorable headphone case out of perler beads?
PERLER BEAD COASTERS From Brit+Co
Coasters! Why didn’t we think of this before? Perler beads are perfect for making coasters. Functional and fun.
MOTHER’S DAY PERLER BEAD TRAY From Tried And True Blog
Love, love, love this tray made from Perler beads. It’s a little bit more advanced than some of the other projects but get a few of those under your belt and you’ll be all set for this one. Makes a great gift!
RETRO CAMPER KEYCHAIN From The Scrap Shoppe Blog
We know those of you with campers will love this one! The colors and style are so perfectly retro!
HARRY POTTER PERLER BEAD DESIGNS From 5 Little Monsters
Harry Potter fans take note of these fun designs!
PRINCESS DIY CHIP CLIPS From Do It Your Freaking Self
Or maybe you’re more of a Disney princess fan? (Hey we say make them both!)
3D MINECRAFT PERLER BEAD CHARACTERS From Homemade Heather
And for the Minecraft fans, these 3D characters are a must-make.
DIY PERLER BEADS BRACELET From Unicorn Hat Party
We never would have imagined that you could make bracelets from these beads. You have got to check out this tutorial and see how they do it.
MELT PERLER BEADS INTO EARRINGS From A Girl And Glue Gun
Getting ready for a Disney trip – or just dreaming of one? These Mickey and Minnie earrings are perfect.
DIY CACTUS KEYCHAIN From Mein Feenstaub
Another take on the keychain, these cacti are so cute! And you won’t get pricked when you touch these.
DIY MICKEY MOUSE PERLER BEADS BOOKMARKS From Krysanthe
More ideas for you Disney fans – we think these would be fun as a gift for a teacher, student, or even those who love adorning their planners or bullet journals.
PERLER BEAD CROWN From DIY Candy
This. Is. Amazing. What a fun way to use those Perler beads! Make a crown and attach it to a headband. Every little girl will want one.
MINI DIY KALEIDOSCOPES From Babble Dabble Do
We love this unique idea and we think the kids will too. Perler beads are used here to add the changing colors of the kaleidoscope.
PERLER BEAD BFF PICTURE FRAME From Consumer Crafts
Make one for yourself and one for your BFF. It’s the perfect gift! Include your favorite photo of the two of you.
PERLER BEAD DIY IPHONE CASE HOLDER From Color Made Me Happy
The possibilities are endless here. Show your personality with a Perler bead cell phone case.
Perler beads have come a long way and we’re here for it. Grab a bucket of beads and start crafting!