The one craft item that should be in every Mom's “toolbox” is melty beads (also known as Perler beads)! Melty beads crafts are fun to create, and we make new ones every summer as part of our DIY summer camp at home!
Getting Started with Melty Beads
You can find melty beads at any craft store or buy them here .
You'll need the plastic trays to hold the beads in place before you melt them. You can use basic square trays to create virtually any design, or you can purchase shaped trays which make it easier to create specific crafts.
For younger kids, you want to go with larger sized melty beads called Biggie Beads . The larger beads are much easier for little hands to work with!
And you'll need trays and designs that work with biggie beads .
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Tips for Melty Beads Crafts
The fun part of a melty bead project is taking the time to lay out all of the beads on the plastic tray- getting the colors and patterns to be just the way you want!
Then you'll oh-so-carefully take your plastic tray to the counter or board when you intend to iron them.
Place a sheet of ironing paper (which comes with the plastic grids) over the beads, and heat them until the beads melt just a bit and join together. For younger children- this is a task best done by Mom!
Pro Tip: After you are done ironing the design, leave the paper on top until the beads have cooled completely. Otherwise, you risk lifting the beads out of position!
If you find that your creation is completely fused after the first ironing, place the paper back on top and iron again until you can see the edges of beads coming together.
Please check out my DIY Summer Camp page for lots of ideas on how to host your own kids summer camp at home!
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How much do you think your kids would love to create some melty beads crafts this summer?