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How to Make Your Own Perler Bead Crafts From Drinking Straws

Drinking Straw Perler Bead Heart Pendant www.daniellesplace.com

What you need:

Plastic Drinking Straws - Experiment with different sizes and color combinations. The straws will get darker when you melt them and may change color slightly.

Wide Sticky Tape - Blue Painter's tape works very well. You can also use sticky double-sided tape.

Containers Such as Bottle Caps - You can also place the drinking straw perler beads in containers so they will keep their shape.

Iron

Waxed Paper or Parchment Paper

Scissors and a Ruler

 

drinking straw perler beads heart shape www.daniellesplace.com

How to Make Drinking Straw Perler Bead Crafts:

1. First decide what shape you want to make and pick out the straws you would like to use. It may help to draw out the shape or pattern before you start.

2. Cut your straws up into 1/2" pieces. Try to keep them all the same length as much as possible. If you are using a bottle cap as a container for your beads cut the straws so that they protrude from the cap about 1/4".

3. Roll up a piece of painter's tape (or use double-sided tape) and flatten it out onto a piece of card board. Make sure it is big enough to hold your design. If it isn't, use another piece of tape and place it along side the first piece. If you are using a container, you can pour a small amount of white glue to cover the bottom of the container. Let it dry a little before starting so that it is sticky.

drinking straw perler beads heart shape instructions picture www.daniellesplace.com

4. Start by placing the drinking straw perler beads into a design, and then fill in your design with other beads. Make sure all the beads are touching each other. To make it easier, place a straw bead on the end of a paint brush. Hold onto the bead with your thumb while you place the end of the paint brush where you want the bead. Then let the bead fall down the end of the paint brush and press it down onto the tape. Hold down your design while you remove the paint brush.

If you have two different sizes of straw beads you can place the smaller straw beads inside the larger ones. This is how the heart pendant above was made. Don't place a smaller straw bead in the middle bead so that you will have a larger hole to place a string through if you are making a pendant.

drinking straw heart www.daniellesplace.com

5. Once all your beads are in place heat up your iron. The cotton setting works well. Place a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper over your design just to cover all the beads. Place the iron evenly on top of your design and let it set until the beads start to melt. You don't have to press down. You can lift the iron to check your progress. When all the bead are melted together remove the iron.

Let the beads cool and you will be able to pull away the paper easily.

Turn your design over and melt the other side a little. The picture of the heart pendant above is actually the side that was melted very little. The other side was melted so that all the beads ran together.

 

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Gift Boxes for Mom Using Drinking Straw Perler Beads

Straw Perler Bead Gift Boxes for Mom www.daniellesplace.com

Go to the Mother's Day Crafts and Activities for Kids page for directions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drinking Straw Turtle Craft

Drinking Straw Turtle Craft www.daniellesplace.com

What you need:

Plastic Drinking Straws - Experiment with different sizes and color combinations. The straws will get darker when you melt them and may change color slightly.

Small Bottle Cap

Iron

Waxed Paper or Parchment Paper

Tacky Glue, Scissors and a Ruler

 

How to Make Drinking Straw Perler Bead Crafts:

1. Use a ruler to measure the length of the inside of the bottle cap and add 1/4". Cut your straws into pieces to make perler beads using your measurement. Try to keep them all the same length as much as possible.

2. Pour a small amount of white glue to cover the bottom of the bottle cap. Let it dry a little before starting so that it is sticky.

3. Place the cut up pieces of drinking straws (Perler beads) into the cap. Fill in your design with other beads. Make sure all the beads are touching each other. To make it easier, place a straw bead on the end of a paint brush. Hold onto the bead with your thumb while you place the end of the paint brush where you want the bead. Then let the bead fall down the end of the paint brush and press it down onto the tape. Hold down your design while you remove the paint brush. If you have two different widths of straw beads you can place the skinner straw beads inside the larger ones.

4. Once all your beads are in place heat up your iron. The cotton setting works well. Place a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper over your design just to cover all the beads. Place the iron evenly on top of your design and let it set until the beads start to melt. You don't have to press down. You can lift the iron to check your progress. When all the bead are melted together remove the iron. Let the beads cool and you will be able to pull away the paper easily. Pull the design out of the cap and wash off the glue.

You may want to melt the beads together a little on the other side of your design.

5. Cut short lengths of straws for the legs and tail and glue them to the design. Glue a pompom on for the head.

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Drinking Straw Crafts on Other Pages

Drinking Straw Paw Print Frame Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

Paw Print Drinking Straw Craft for Kids

Go to the Dog Crafts and Activities Page for directions to this craft.