Perler Beads

Well….just when I thought the perler bead craze was over, and had put away all the beads and the boards, the kids brought them out again!

Special Perler Beads.

Special Perler Beads.

The kids received these special perler beads as gifts for the holidays.

Striped Perler Beads.

Striped Perler Beads.

They didn’t do anything with them at first, hence my putting them away and out of sight.  This morning they were out in the sunroom looking for something to do and “found” them.

Design of her own making.

Design of her own making.

This little elephant is soooo cute!

Minecraft weapons.

Minecraft weapons.

Of course the 9yo boy, has to make minecraft “stuff”!

Minecraft weapons.

Minecraft weapons.

These are the most current batch of Minecraft weapons.  We are all about Minecraft around here right now.

Cute Elephant.

Cute Elephant.

This elephant was totally created by the 13yo – don’t you just LOVE it?!

3-D birds and stand.

3-D birds and stand.

I still can’t get over that perler beads can be 3-D and stand independently!

 

We’re Not Done With Perler Beads!

I think if I left the perler beads out for the rest of my life the kids would keep making things with them!

9 year old perler bead minion.

9 year old perler bead minion.

They just can’t seem to stop!

13 year old perler bead couch.

13 year old perler bead couch.

This couch is part of a bigger project…

13 year old perler bead "relaxation" room.

13 year old perler bead “relaxation” room.

My 13 year old is making a perler bead house including this “relaxation” room.  I really can’t wait to see it when it is done.

16 year old perler beads lilies.

16 year old perler beads lilies.

Even the 16 year old is also enjoying all the perler bead fun.

Close up of the lilies.

Close up of the lilies.

What will they churn out next?

More Perler Bead Art

The perler bead craze is still going strong over here!

16 years old and still enjoying the perler beads!

16 years old and still enjoying the perler beads!

All the kids from big to small have picked up this fun art form again.

Deer.

Deer.

Huge Wolf!

Huge Wolf!

This was by far the most complicated one completed so far.  “E” decided to make a wolf and after searching and finding many graphs on-line, she chose this one.  It took her a couple of hours, but I think the final result was worth it!!

Bunny

Bunny

Reindeer.

Reindeer.

Christmas Tree.

Christmas Tree.

Another deer?!

Another deer?!

As you can see, we are not stopping anytime soon!  Another trip to Michaels is in store for me … we are running low on beads!

Perler Beads

When my kids were younger, perler beads were all the craze.  They did them for hours and hours and our poor iron was in constant use.  As the kids got older and had more homework and other activities, perler beads fell to the wayside.  Well, I was reading this post the other day and decided to bring them out.

Perler Beads on Pinterest.

Perler Beads on Pinterest.

I also did a quick search on Pinterest (courtesy of Lucy at attic24) and found no end to the ideas there.IMG_3439

I am almost ashamed to admit that I was the one interested in these little beads of color to begin with – no children were sitting with me when I started.IMG_3435

Once they saw what I was working on they all came over to join in and help out.  Then they moved on to their own creations.IMG_3443

E decided on a flower.IMG_3440

Another child joined us.  As you can see, we were eating breakfast while we were working on our perler bead creations.  Arts and crafts happen early, early in our home :o)

Some 3-D art was born.

Some 3-D art was born.

More 3-D art.

More 3-D art.

IMG_3441Note the little beads on the bottom of the house.  This is how they make the 3-D art – they leave out beads on a mat of ironed perler beads, and add “pegs” to the bottom of the piece that they want to stand up.  Pretty clever if I do say so myself!

Candles.

Candles.

Someone has a birthday coming up!