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DIY Gift Idea: Perler Bead Coaster Set

Dec 12, 2017

I really love homemade gifts for a variety of reasons and we like to encourage our kids to make gifts for others as well.

My kids are practically pros at making homemade greeting cards already, so we're slowly branching out into more homemade gift ideas that they can gift to grandparents or teachers, for instance.


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These colourful homemade perler bead coasters are simple enough that my youngest, who is six, can make them on his own (with the exception of melting them). He also really enjoys making perler bead projects though. He usually has about six to seven designs waiting for me to melt every week.

Four coasters stacked with varying colours and designs.

Here's what you'll need to make these perler bead coasters:

  • square perler bead pegboard
  • perler beads in various colours
  • iron
  • ironing paper

The square perler bead coasters that my kids designed are 16 perler beads wide by 16 perler beads high. They wanted to design four completely different ones instead of making a matching set, which I think is cooler anyway.

Glass of water on a colourful coaster.

Once your child has completed their 16 x 16 design, place a sheet of ironing paper on top of the design. Use the iron to melt and fuse the perler beads together by moving it in slow circles for a few minutes. Once the first side is firmly fused together, carefully flip the board and design over. Place a sheet of ironing paper on this unfinished side. Again, use the iron to melt the perler beads together.

While the perler beads are still warm from the heat of the iron, place a stack of heavy books on top of the coasters to help make sure the design cools flat. Otherwise, your coasters may curl up or bend. And bendy, curvy coasters aren't going to do you much good.

These coasters are really only designed for cold beverages. I wouldn't risk placing any hot beverage containers on them, personally, since the perler beads could melt.

Article Author Dyan Robson
Dyan Robson

Read more from Dyan here.

Married to her high school sweetheart, Dyan is mom to two boys, J and K, who also teaches piano out of her home. On her blog And Next Comes L, Dyan shares her story of raising a child with hyperlexia, hypernumeracy and autism, amongst a variety of sensory activities for kids. You can find out more about their story on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

 

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