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3D Hello Kitty Characters (Perler Beads!)

Learn how to make a 3D Hello Kitty using simple supplies! Kids will love this easy perler bead project they can play with or display in their room.

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, these kitties are easy to make. You’ll be melting beads with an iron. The patterns are at the bottom of the post.

3D Hello Kitty Characters

Hello friends! I’ve noticed something this year – and maybe you have too – Hello Kitty is having a little bit of a comeback.

She’s always popular, as are most Sanrio characters, but this year is particularly special. It’s her 50th anniversary (birthday)! She’s only a little bit older than I am, and I can say, she’s aging beautifully.

I’ve loved Hello Kitty since I was little, and we’ve done lots of perler bead projects with her cute face around here. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, I made these little characters for my craft room!

These 3D Hello Kitty characters are easy to make with two fuse boards, and sit on a surface all by themselves. You can change the outfit and the bow to be any colors you like.

Just so you know, perler beads are recommended for ages six and up. So this is fun to make together with the littles. All children seem to love perler beads (also known as hama beads, fuse beads, or melty beads). But don’t be shy – adults love them too.

Tips for Using Perler Beads

Before we get into the pattern, I want to review a few basics of using fuse beads to make sure you get the best results. If you don’t want the tips, scroll down to the bottom to get the patterns and instructions.

Remember that the overall goal is to melt the beads together on both sides while still leaving the holes open. Here’s how you get the best results (with a rainbow as an example).

Use Ironing or Parchment Paper

Place ironing paper or parchment paper over the beads on the pegboard. Be gentle so you don’t disturb the beads underneath.

Ironing paper laid over the beads

Heat your iron to the medium setting (no steam). In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. Don’t press down too hard with the iron. When ironed properly, the beads will still have an open center. Check and make sure your edges are melted. Let the design cool on the pegboard.

Ironing the beads with a mini iron

Note: BE CAREFUL about lifting up the paper while you’re ironing! If you want to check, carefully peel back paper around the edge of your design and see if all the beads are melted.

If you lift the paper up quickly and there are a lot of unmelted beads, they will easily fall off or go flying and you may be forced to start over. Sometimes the edges need more time so when you check, just check the edges and peel paper back slowly.

Peeling back the paper to check if the beads are melted

Another Note: some beads melt faster than others (clear melts faster than white, for example). So some holes might be larger than others. It’s okay! That’s part of the look of the project.

Iron the Other Side

Remove the bead design from the pegboard. Flip it over to the non-melted side and repeat the fusing process.

Ironing the other side of a fuse bead design

Remove the Paper

Let cool completely and remove the paper again (which is reusable). Some people pull the paper off after they iron the first side, but I just wait until the end and peel off both pieces. It’s up to you!

Peeling the ironing paper off the finished project

3D Hello Kitty

To make one 3D Hello Kitty, you’ll need 256 white, 20 black, 1 yellow, 82 beads for the overalls (red below), 20 red for the bow, 8 pink for the bow, and 25 cheddar beads. You’ll either need two 29 x 29 boards or an extra large pegboard to fit this.

There are some delicate parts on this project, so I would make sure to fuse the beads together well.

3D Hello Kitty hama beads
Hello Kitty 3D perler beads part two

Iron the pieces as usual, then you’re going to assemble them.

Attach the two main body pieces at the bottom using the long blue piece with white ends.


To finish Hello Kitty’s outfit, you’ll put a solid blue piece on the tail end . . .

Add the left side of the pants part

. . . and on the other side with the feet sticking out, you’ll add the remaining two clothing pieces.

adding the sides to the Hello Kitty base

On the feet end, add a white piece. Do the same on the tail end.

add the ends of the feet and tail

Add the largest white piece to the top of the head.

Add the white piece on the base of the feet

The two small white pieces go on either side of Miss Kitty’s head. The piece with the red bead sticks out to the front so you can attach the bow.

Add the right side of the head with a bow holder

Add both white matching side pieces for the head.

add both sides of the head

Attach the arms on either side with the cheddar pieces.

Add both arms

Then you’ll add the bow – slowly working it onto the red bead.

Attach the bow on the red peg

Then of course, once you make one Hello Kitty – you’re going to have to make more than one.

3D Hello Kitty Characters

If you try this perler bead Hello Kitty, let me know in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these additional patterns for 3D perler items:

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