Category Archives: Melty Beads

Backpack Character Bling

It’s that time again!!  School’s back in session!!

We went a little backpack crazy last year for our daughter’s Kindergarten year and bought her a couple of backpacks (she couldn’t decide and we were SUPER excited for school).  Since we have an almost new backpack that she only used part of last year we couldn’t see buying her a new one for first grade.

To reignite her excitement in her backpack from last year I made her some “Character Bling” with melty beads.

My daughter is into video games, zombies and about anything on cartoon network so I had a lot of characters to choose from that would spark her interest.

I pulled out my trusty bead board and melty beads and got to work.

Below is Finn from one of her favorite shows, Adventure Time……..

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After melting my beads and cooling them (See 8-bit bow posting for details) I drilled a hole into each of my characters.

Now it was time to figure out how to get them to stay on her back pack.

Last year I made her a character for her backpack and it was a nightmare because I used one of these gadgets to hook it on………

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It broke or came off every other day and was SUPER frustrating to get on in the first place 😦

I recently found these clever little clips at the craft store and they are pretty perfect because she can take them on and off herself…….

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I attached some cord to one end of the clip and then put the cord through my character in the hole that I drilled………

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and attached to the opposite end of the buckle.

Below we have Finn, Baby Mario, Creeper, Nyan Cat, Zombie and Boo…….

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She was all smiles when she saw all of her new backpack bling 🙂

At first she wanted to clip on Nyan Cat (a rainbow pooping pop tart cat that she discovered…..so random but she LOVES it).

After some more thought she finally decided to go with the Creeper and Finn for her first day of school……..

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As an afterthought, this backpack didn’t have the name and phone number tag like her other backpack so we made our own with the melty beads………

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Hope you enjoyed this project.

Come back soon for some new and fun stuff!!

 

8-Bit Bow – Melty Bead Style

My daughter LOVES video games and Minecraft as well as Mario top the list so anything 8-bit is pretty popular in this house.

When I discovered Perler Beads aka Melty Beads I was in heaven.

They come in absolutely beautiful colors and they are SUPER easy to work with.

The colors are amazing……..

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One of the first things I ever made with these lovely little beads were 8-bit bows.

My Project List:

  • Perler Beads
  • Bead Board
  • Glue Gun
  • Iron
  • Iron Paper
  • Headband
  • Your favorite music to jam to

First I outlined my bow on the bead board…….

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Then I colored it in.  It is fun to mix it up by using several colors also.

I used the striped beads for this bow…….

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Once I had the bow all put together it was time to bust out the iron.

I placed my ironing paper over the bow and ironed it until the beads melted together.  I knew it was time to stop ironing when the beads were all filled in by the melted plastic.

Next it was time to pull off the ironing paper and take it off of the bead board.  I have burned myself several times doing this so if you attempt this be careful because the plastic is of course VERY hot from the iron.

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Once the bow was off of the bead board I turned it over and put it between the ironing paper and ironed the other side to seal it.

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I normally don’t melt the back completely.  I just melt it enough to seal it a bit.  Once I have the back done I let it cool for about 30 seconds and then wrap it around my headband.  This has to be done when it is still warm enough to bend.

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I prop the bow against the headband for a minute or so (again this is hot plastic I am working with so I have to be careful not to burn myself).  Once it hardens enough to still be slightly pliable but not ridiculously hot I hot-glued  that bad boy to the headband and the project was complete!!

After it cooled completely (takes about 10-15 min to cool) I had my sweet daughter model it (she was so happy to model, can you tell?)……..

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We made a bunch of these bows for all of her friends and they were a hit……….

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These beads are great!!  There are so many fun things that can be made with them.

I have plenty more Perler bead projects to share so stay tuned……..