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:
- Perler beads in red, white and black (in my case green as well)
- Special perler bead pad
- Large jump rings
- Key rings
- 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.
Place 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.
The 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.
Attach 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!