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Christmas Perler Beads (75+ Free Patterns!)

Unleash your holiday creativity with Christmas perler beads! You’ll love these patterns including Santa, reindeer, wreaths, angels, elves, the Grinch, and more.

christmas perler beads

Do you hear the sound of jingle bells? Do you feel that air . . . just filled with cheer? Yep, it’s the Christmas season. And that means it’s time to do all the Christmas crafts.

I’m excited to share one of my favorite Christmas kids crafts with you today: Christmas perler beads! Well, I use the term “kids craft” loosely. Because the fact is, adults love perler beads too.

They are recommended for ages six and up, and my ten year old niece loves them. All children seem to dig perler beads (also known as hama beads, fuse beads, or melty beads).

As you can imagine, my niece isn’t just doing this alone when she’s visiting. I’m right next to her, making designs with the beads and ironing away! I love them just as much as she does, if not more 😮

But, back to the holiday designs.

I’ve got over 75+ Christmas perler bead patterns below, including Santa and all his friends, reindeer, candy canes, gingerbread houses, Christmas trees, Christmas ornaments, the nativity . . . and even Buddy the Elf and the Grinch!

Some of the patterns are smaller and great for younger children to play with or use in other projects. But there are also larger, multiboard patterns for those who enjoy a fun challenge!

Basically no matter which pattern you choose, they’re all injected with a good bit of holiday spirit. What I’m saying is that when you try these, you’re going to feel the Christmas magic flowing! I promise.

If you’re currently caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, take a step away. Grab some perler beads, put on your favorite holiday tunes, and let out your festive (and also creative) spirit.

hama beads christmas

Remember, Christmas perler beads aren’t just colorful little bits of plastic – they’re a gateway to joy, creativity, and the true spirit of the season. I’m really excited for you to check these out!

Tips for Using Perler Beads

Before we get into the patterns, 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 Christmas perler bead patterns.

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 Christmas tree 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.


Heat your iron to the medium or medium hot setting (no steam). In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. Don’t press down too hard with the iron. I use small, circular strokes.

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 perler 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.


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.

Non melted sign of a perler 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!

Christmas Hama Beads

Make sure to check out these notes:

  • A few of these patterns are larger than a 29 x 29 pegboard, so you’ll either need a extra large pegboard (49 x 69 tall) or to put multiple square peg boards together to form a larger “canvas.”
  • Some of these patterns also use either small star pegboards, large heart pegboards, or hexagon pegboards, which you’ll definitely want in your arsenal just generally speaking.
  • You’ll see a couple of the pattern backgrounds below aren’t white – that’s simply to give contrast so you can see where all the white beads should go. You don’t need to add the background (but you can if you want to).
  • Clear looks gray on the grid, so make sure to check the notes for the correct type of beads.
  • I start with more simple patterns, so if you want the more difficult patterns then keep scrolling.

Mini Holiday Characters

Let’s start off with something easy! Get patterns for a reindeer, Santa, elf, Christmas tree, snowman, and an evergreen tree.

hama beads christmas

Down the Chimney

Get patterns for Santa, a Christmas stocking, a wreath, and a package wrapped with a bow.

christmas perler bead patterns

The Nutcracker Suite

I’m obsessed with nutcrackers! You’ll get a cute nutcracker, Christmas wreath, and plum pudding.

christmas hama bead designs

Mini Ornaments

Use these designs to create cute Christmas ornaments! Just tie string through a hole or two at the top.

easy christmas perler bead patterns

Christmas Bell and the Gingerbread Man

The bell uses 84 red, 25 clear, 52 gold, and 22 dark green beads. The clear beads keep the bow together! The gingerbread man uses 76 honey, 6 dark brown, 12 red, 10 white, 2 pink, and 2 kiwi green beads.

cute christmas perler beads

Small Holly and Christmas Ball Ornament

Both of these patterns use small pegboards.

holly and christmas ornament perler beads

Gingerbread Men

These patterns uses 40 red, 77 white, 137 cocoa, 295 brown, 24 black, and 16 dark green beads.

gingerbread man perler beads

Sweet Angel

This pattern uses 44 gold, 67 rust, 233 white, 70 peach, 44 clear blue, 2 light blue, 1 red, and 19 pastel lavender beads.

angel perler beads

A Christmas Story Leg Lamp

This pattern uses 100 black, 59 yellow, 4 toasted marshmallow, and 30 sand beads.

A Christmas Story leg lamp perler beads

Buddy the Elf

This pattern uses 88 dark green, 8 red, 73 yellow, 27 gingerbread, 42 sand, 27 white, 43 black, and 84 bright green beads.

buddy the elf perler beads

Small Snow Globe, Christmas Light, and Penguin

These cute patterns are a great way to get rid of extra beads! You can make the Christmas lights in all sorts of colors.

snowglobe christmas bulb and penguin

Small Gingerbread House

This pattern uses 205 pastel blue, 160 white, 37 bright green, 25 red, 168 brown, 16 cotton candy, and 10 light brown beads.

christmas melty beads

Christmas Bells with Holly

This pattern uses 122 black, 52 bright green, 10 white, 25 red, and 75 yellow beads.

christmas bells perler beads

Winter Windows

These patterns use 292 cherry, 105 light blue, 77 sky, 105 dark blue, 140 white, 18 black, 5 yellow, 13 cocoa, 39 dark green, 3 orange, 44 gingerbread, and 11 grape beads.

hama christmas designs

Elf on the Shelf

This pattern uses 172 red, 62 white, 12 brown, 50 toasted marshmallow, 2 light blue, 2 blush, and 4 black beads.

elf on the shelf perler beads

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

This pattern uses 131 black, 99 sand, 147 light brown, and 4 red beads.

reindeer hama beads

Snowglobe Buffalo Plaid Ornament

This pattern uses 14 gold, 84 mist, 85 lagoon, 80 white, 83 caribbean, 75 charcoal, 87 clear, 19 pastel green, 3 gingerbread, and 22 salmon beads.

buffalo plaid perler bead christmas ornament

3D Gingerbread House

This pattern uses 215 white, 219 honey, 58 mint, 51 salmon, and 48 lagoon beads. Once you’re done, you’ll snap all the sides together and put the roof on top to form the house.

3D gingerbread house perler beads

Snowman with a Winter Tree

This pattern uses 238 white, 70 pastel lavender, 42 dark green, 22 purple, 6 black, 3 orange, and 42 lagoon beads.

hama bead xmas

Candy Canes and Holly

This pattern uses 605 mint, 103 red, 84 white, and 49 shamrock beads. Note: you can also make the candy canes and holly leaves without the background, then glue them onto another project.

candy cane hama beads

Santa Head

This pattern uses 59 red, 244 white, 85 gray, 36 flesh, and 2 black beads.

hama beads santa claus

Mrs. Claus

This pattern uses 86 red, 18 bright green, 67 white, 111 gray, 113 toasted marshmallow, 3 black, and 9 blush beads.

mrs claus perler beads

Candy Cane with a Bow

This pattern uses 69 red, 69 white, 90 black, and 113 Carribean sea beads.

candy cane perler beads

Pretty Poinsettia

This pattern uses 116 cherry, 86 red, 26 clear (gray below), 7 yellow, 31 dark green, and 12 pastel green beads.

poinsettia perler beads

Standing Reindeer with a Santa Hat

This reindeer comes with a cute Santa hat and a stand! The pattern uses 42 red, 25 cheddar, 46 white, 18 shamrock, 155 light brown, 40 brown, and 10 black beads.

christmas melty bead patterns

Mr. Grinch

The pattern on the left uses 212 black, 108 red, 78 white, 207 kiwi lime, 24 yellow, and 4 fern beads. The pattern on the right uses 103 kiwi lime, 52 shamrock, 75 black, and 16 yellow beads.

Ugly Sweaters

The pattern on the left uses 259 pastel blue, 411 dark blue, 34 mist, 40 silver, 158 light blue, 72 red, 25 white, 5 parrot green, 17 light green, 30 light lavender, and 19 salmon beads. The pattern on the right uses 82 white, 148 parrot green, 18 light green, and 14 blush beads.

Christmas Front Door and Light Post

This pattern uses 109 black, 118 clear, 200 cherry, 1 yellow, 3 white, 17 shamrock, 11 pastel green, and 34 cotton candy beads.

hama beads christmas ideas

Crackling Fireplace

This pattern uses 523 robin’s egg, 29 pastel yellow, 42 shamrock, 2 red, 3 cheddar, 8 white, 25 orange, 9 light brown, 120 rust, and 80 black beads.

christmas fuse beads

Two Happy Snowmen

The pattern on the left uses 85 black, 15 red, 15 honey, 158 white, 16 brown, 8 orange, 53 pastel green, and 8 shamrock beads. The pattern on the right uses 45 black, 19 red, 3 kiwi lime, 173 white, 1 orange, 33 bright green, and 7 robin’s egg beads.

Christmas Tree with Presents

This pattern uses 61 cheddar, 2 clear, 204 dark green, 41 white, 12 grape, 27 salmon, 21 raspberry, and 19 light blue beads.

christmas perler

Nutcracker and Santa Star

The nutcracker uses a large hexagon board, while the Santa uses a small star (this makes a cute ornament!).

nutcracker and santa perler beads

Wreath with Buffalo Plaid Ribbon

This pattern uses 121 flamingo, 57 red, 57 white, 25 cherry, 80 shamrock, and 51 pastel green beads.

perler bead holiday patterns

Three Wise Men

These patterns use 108 tomato, 86 gold, 100 sky, 100 tan, 50 black, 42 gray, 30 orange, 94 pastel lavender, 120 dark blue, 54 cream, 96 blush, 34 spice, 36 white, 108 mulberry, and 134 pastel blue beads.

three wise men perler beads

Penguins with Scarves and Hats

The penguin on the left uses 65 dark green, 22 pastel green, 176 white, 74 black, 8 light blue, 70 red, 24 yellow, and 10 light gray beads. The penguin on the right uses 78 shamrock, 83 bright green, 434 white, 71 cherry, 98 white, 91 red, and 68 orange beads.

Heart Angel with Halo and Heart Wreath with a Bell

Both of these patterns use heart hexagon boards.

angel and bell wreath perler beads

Santa with a Sack of Gifts

This cute Santa uses a 29 bead square tile, and you can make the stand separately. The pattern uses 171 red, 2 green, 142 white, 36 flesh, 52 black, and 30 blue. The stand uses 116 black beads (or whatever color you like).

Santa perler beads with stand

Candle with Greenery

This pattern uses 12 cheddar, 4 orange, 6 yellow, 4 dark gray, 13 pastel yellow, 53 white, 145 dark green, and 11 red beads.

christmas candle perler beads

Bright Wreath with a Pink Bow

This pattern uses 96 blush, 71 bright green, 103 dark green, 48 salmon, and 57 sherbert beads.

christmas wreath perler beads

Christmas Elf

This pattern uses 72 salmon, 65 red, 69 cherry, 146 white, 19 toasted marshmallow, 27 black, 99 light gray, 54 gray, and 7 light blue beads.

christmas gnome perler beads

Angel with a Large Halo

This pattern uses 28 gold, 42 gingerbread, 52 peach, 54 white, 2 dark blue, 1 spice, 184 light blue, and 15 clear beads (you can also use glitter).

angel hama beads

Christmas Bears with Stands

These two bears are dimensional, and they both have a stand! To make the stand for the bear in the wreath, grab 28 matching green beads and make a stand identical to the brown one on the left.

Winter Scene Ornament

This pattern uses 53 black, 34 cheddar, 212 cobalt, 76 pastel blue, 36 red, and 166 white beads.

perler ornament

Christmas Coffee and Donuts

On a holiday morning, there’s nothing like a cup of coffee and a sprinkle donut!

Christmas coffee and donuts perler beads

Tree Branch with Ornaments and Scandinavian Christmas Wreath

Both of these patterns use large hexagon boards.

ornaments and wreath perler beads

Skating Mouse

This pattern uses 160 dark gray, 70 peach, 83 clear, 124 black, 252 red, and 64 black beads.

skiing mouse perler beads

Santa in a Sled and Santa on a Reindeer

Both of these patterns use large hexagon boards.

santa in sled and santa on reindeer perler beads

Nutcracker with Drums and Nutcracker with Present

The nutcracker on the left uses 111 black, 28 cheddar (or gold), 55 white, 55 peach, 99 cobalt, 6 blush, 22 silver, 22 cranapple, and 50 cherry beads. The nutcracker on the right uses 132 black, 88 cheddar (or gold), 52 white, 53 peach, 16 cobalt, 6 blush, 53 dark green, and 48 cranapple beads.

Nativity Scene

You’ll get several shepherds, animals, a wise man, a manger, and baby Jesus.

Santa in a Sleigh with Presents and a Tree

This pattern uses 107 forest, 142 white, 101 cherry, 281 black, 24 sand, 2 light blue, and 515 red beads. Then you’re going to use random colors to make up the packages!

santa in a sled hama beads

If you enjoyed these Christmas perler bead patterns, I’d love for you to check out these other ideas for various holidays!

EasterHalloweenMother’s DaySt. Patrick’s DayStarsSummerThanksgivingValentine’s Day


Tuesday 5th of December 2023

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