I love Perler beads and I’m always thinking about how I can use them in DIY projects. Yes, they’re kids toys, but they’re so happy that I can’t resist them. I had this idea recently, but after a quick internet search it turns out lots of folks have had this idea. I’m not claiming ownership, but this is my take on it. Simple, graphic, and fun! You just need Perler or other plastic peg beads, a round peg board, parchment paper, and an iron. Now, let’s make something fabulous together, shall we?
You will need (These are affiliate links, if you click on a link and make a purchase we get a small percentage of the sale.)
Perler Beads (Yellow, White, Green, Orange, Pink beads)
Perler Bead Ironing Paper
Perler Beads 3″ Circle Pegboard
Mini Crafting Iron
Optional: Perler Beads Bead Tweezers
Arrange the beads on the peg board. Start with the fruit slice color around the outside edge.
Arrange a row of white beads around the inside edge.
Outline the segments with the white beads, starting in the center and radiating to the edge as shown.
Fill the slice spaces with the colored beads.
The iron should be heated to medium. Place ironing paper over the beads and iron. Don’t press too hard and keep the iron moving while you heat. You want to melt the beads together, but try not to melt into a blob!
Let beads cool enough that you can touch them, place hand over paper, flip board on to hand, place board on table top facing down. Remove board.
Place paper on top of the bottom of coaster. Iron for just a few seconds. Remove paper. Place a heavy object on top of beads while warm to flatten the coaster.
Mix up the designs, like I did with these tonal coasters.
Serve up your favorite cocktails with a twist!
I used a 3″ pegboard, but you can use a larger pegboard if you want larger coasters. These are the perfect size for a cocktail tumbler or wine glass. However you slice it, these Perler Bead Fruit Slice Coasters are sure to make you smile every time you take a sip. Cheers, darling!