Perler Beads® Photo Frames
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Perler Beads® Photo Frames

Age Range: 6-8
Craft Time: 30-60 minutes
Messy Rating:
1 2 3 4 5
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Perler® Bead Mania Bucket
  • Cardstock
  • Photo
  • Blunt Scissors
  • Craft Smart® All Purpose Glue
  • Iron

Developmental Skills

  • Fine Motor
  • Visual/Spatial
  • Cognitive
  • Virtue

Project Instructions

  1. For the square frame we used Neon Blue, Lime Green, Neon Yellow, and Toothpaste beads. For the star frame we used Neon Orange, Cheddar, and Pastel Green beads. For the heart frame with used Pastel Purple, Bubblegum, and Light Pink beads.
  2. Work on a flat surface to create the frame designs as shown. Each frame will have two parts, a frame and a base. Follow the color patterns shown, or create your own.

  3. ADULT ONLY: Preheat a dry household iron to the medium setting. Cover the beads with the ironing paper. Keeping the iron level, gently iron the beads in a circular motion for 10-20 seconds to fuse the beads evenly. Let cool. Once the design has cooled, peel off the ironing paper. Lift the design from the reusable pegboard and flip the design onto your ironing surface. Cover the pattern with the ironing paper and iron the other side to fuse it evenly.
  4. Cut your photo so that the image will be shown through the frame. Glue the cut photo to the back of the frame.

  5. Cut a piece of cardstock in the shape of the frame that you have made (square, heart or star). Glue this on top of the back of the photo and onto the back of the frame.

  6. Insert the frame into the base and push it down so that it fits securely.


Fuse your beads on both sides so that the bases are strong enough to support the photo frames

Craft Notes

Adult supervision is required at all times.