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Heart Keychain for Two

I know I know. Just two weeks ago I told you that Valentine’s Day wasn’t the thing for me, and now I post this and it seems like I’m a huge hypocrite. The truth is, I didn’t want to leave all those people hanging who are more than into Valentine’s Day, and all those pink and red blog posts made me think that I just have to do my bit. But what to do when there’s less than one week left and you don’t want to be greet your Valentine empty-handed?

Just coincidentally I came across the one thing that played a huge part in my creative work when growing up. And it probably annoyed anyone who received it as a gift: Perler beads. I bet every mother and grandmother has a heart/coaster/indefinable shape somewhere in her house, and who could blame the child crafting such a beauty: Working with Perler beads was easy, and they were so versatile that you could let your imagination run wild. So why not use this to your advantage? I guess a project has never been that simple:

You need:

  • Perler beads in red, white and black (in my case green as well)
  • Special perler bead pad
  • Large jump rings
  • Key rings
  • Flatiron
  • Tinfoil
  • Sharp Knife
  • Jewellery Pliers

It’s so easy! Think of a parted heart design or try to find one on the Internet (there are a few out there). Lay out the design on the pad with your perler beads. I decided to make the two halves in two colours because my boyfriend like green so much.

heart-1Place a sheet of tin foil on the heart halves and iron them for about 30 seconds. If everything works, the beads will stick to the foil.

heart-2The back of the beads will now be melt together. On the corner of one half, open the hole of one perler bead with a sharp knife. Do the same with the other half.

heart-3Attach a jump ring to the corner of the heart half and attach everything to the key ring. Now repeat everything with the other half!

I just love how simple this was (10 minutes top), and as a bit of a nerd who grew up with games like Super Mario, Zelda and Pokémon I adore the cute pixel design of it. Just imagine what can be done with this sort of thing! I can imagine doing a few things in the future with Perler beads, so stay tuned. Hope you are inspired!

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Emily
    8th February 2016 at 9:53 pm

    So cute! I might have to make one for my husband and I!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      9th February 2016 at 1:28 pm

      Glad you like it!

  • Reply
    Pia
    8th February 2016 at 10:09 pm

    OMG these were my FAVOURITE growing up!! I lov the idea of re=using them for a cute Valentines gift. So glad I came across your blog!
    xx, Pia

    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      9th February 2016 at 1:29 pm

      I feel flattered, that’s so kind of you to say!

  • Reply
    Alice
    9th February 2016 at 11:44 am

    What a cute and simple idea. Me and my other half have been known to sit and make things like this before so this is something we could totally do! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing x

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      9th February 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Glad you like this, have fun crafting!

  • Reply
    Carmen
    9th February 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Aaw such a sweet idea! I always did this when I was a little girl 🙂 But you just made me feel like trying it out again! xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      9th February 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Glad you like it!

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    Cheyanne
    9th February 2016 at 5:56 pm

    What a clever idea! I haven’t used perler beads since I was young, I had no idea I was missing out on all this fun 😉

    http://www.CheyanneFulton.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      9th February 2016 at 8:14 pm

      Hihi, I’m happy to have reminded you of all that fun!

  • Reply
    Enny Law
    10th February 2016 at 1:24 am

    very simple step but the result is awesome, thanks for sharing ^_^e

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      10th February 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks, glad you like this!

  • Reply
    Kelsey
    10th February 2016 at 7:07 pm

    These just threw me back to my childhood!!

    http://www.kelseymarie.co

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      10th February 2016 at 7:09 pm

      Glad you like them 🙂

  • Reply
    Annie Abbey
    11th February 2016 at 1:29 pm

    This is such a precious idea! I will have to try and think of something like this for my man for Valentine’s Day! Loving all the great DIYs I find here Michelle!
    xx Annie
    http://www.somethingswellblog.com/

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      11th February 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you so much, I feel flattered! 🙂

  • Reply
    Yoni
    13th September 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Maybe you can help me out.

    I came across your blog.

    My company manufactures crafts and toys and we created a new type of bead that’s very unique and has been a massive success with all the schools and camps that we’ve introduced it to and, within time, it will replace perler beads.

    I was wondering if you’d be open to reviewing our product on your blog.

    Warmest regards,

    Yoni Czegledi

    yoni@econocrafts.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      15th September 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Of course! Just send me an email and I’d be happy to talk further about this.

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