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Dragon Perler Beads (20 Free Patterns!)

Discover the magic of dragon perler beads! Dive into twenty designs and patterns that will bring these mythical creatures to life.

dragon hama beads

My first interaction with dragons was in 1984 with the movie “The Neverending Story.” If you’ve ever seen this movie, then you’re well aware of Falkor the white luckdragon. Like me, he’s probably one of your favorite characters!

He’s wise, optimistic, friendly, and all of the things you’d want in a dragon mentor. He never gives up, never loses hope. Who better to have an adventure with?

“Never give up and good luck will find you.”

Falkor, The Neverending Story

Dragons are also featured in one of my favorite books of all time, The Hobbit. Smaug the dragon on top of the treasure of Erebor which caused his underbelly to be crusted with gems and fragments of gold.

And who doesn’t like a blinged out dragon? What’s better than a regular dragon, I say? One covered in drip, of course!

dragon perler bead patterns

If you’re here that means you probably like dragons too, and you’re ready to check out these dragon perler beads. As well as the 20+ patterns I’ve got for you today!

You might be looking for a small and cute dragon, or maybe something large and fire breathing. Either way, I’ve got you covered. There are patterns in this collection ranging from very simple to requiring multiple boards.

Plus if there’s a pattern you’d like for us to make, just let me know in the comments! My niece and I love making new creations all the time.

Perler beads are recommended for ages six and up, so this is a very fun craft to try with your elementary age kids. If you’re ready to use perler beads (also known as hama beads, fuse beads, or melty beads), you’re going to love this collection of patterns.

And let’s be honest – the adults are going to love these patterns too. If you’ve never tried perler beads, they’re so fun and relaxing. And they’re much less messy than paint, for example.

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 dragon hama beads.

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 Baby Yoda as an example).

Star Wars perler bead pattern on a pegboard

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.

Placing parchment paper 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 parchment paper with an 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.

Ironing the other side of the melty beads with the iron

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!

Dragon 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 star 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).

Let’s jump in!

Small Flying Dragon

This pattern uses 7 white, 68 dark green, 33 sherbert, and 3 black beads.

small dragon perler beads

Breathing Fire One

This pattern uses 35 sour apple, 122 bright green, 1 black, and 18 orange beads.

fire breathing dragon perler beads

Breathing Fire Two

This pattern uses 10 light gray, 202 bright green, 178 sour apple, 9 black, 16 pastel yellow, 2 red, and 13 orange beads.

dragon perler

Dragon Head

This pattern uses 18 toasted marshmallow, 120 dark green, 42 tomato, 28 orange, 31 kiwi lime, and 8 black beads.

perler bead dragon easy

Dragons with a Heart

This pattern uses 83 black, 81 dark green, 35 purple, 35 pastel green, 1 orange, 1 sherbert, and 27 red beads.

dragon perler bead heart

Night Fury Head

This pattern uses 247 black, 22 fern, 2 white, 2 robin’s egg, 15 hot coral, and 3 flamingo beads.

night fury perler beads

Taking Flight

The dragon on the left uses a large hexagon board; the dragon on the right uses a small star board.

dragon perler beads

Cute Green Dragon

This pattern uses 217 shamrock, 117 pastel green, 147 kiwi lime, 2 white, 6 black, and 4 blush beads.

perler dragon

Happy Blue Dragon

This pattern uses 147 midnight, 17 robin’s egg, 48 pastel blue, 212 cobalt, 94 dark blue, 67 mist, and 29 sky beads.

blue dragon hama

Orange Dragon

This pattern uses 143 black, 108 tangerine, 89 tomato, 33 yellow, 55 brown, 79 light blue, and 16 white beads.

dragon melty beads

How to Train Your Dragon Night Fury

This pattern uses 475 black, 817 dark gray, 39 kiwi lime, 4 white, and 4 gray beads.

how to train your dragon perler beads

Cute Purple Dragon

This pattern uses 154 purple, 63 plum, 137 grape, 186 pastel lavender, 202 light lavender, 2 white, and 8 black beads.

dragon fuse beads

Chinese Dragon

This pattern uses 69 orange, 88 red, 101 white, 106 gray, 72 sky, 20 yellow, and 23 black beads.

chinese dragon perler beads

Large Pink Dragon

This pattern uses 354 black, 116 blush, and 591 hot coral beads.

dragon hama beads easy

Scaly Lizard

This pattern uses 33 white, 85 black, 62 purple, 52 shamrock, 171 pastel green, 15 red, 42 yellow, and 23 orange beads.

hama bead dragon

Mythical Scales

This pattern uses 96 peach, 94 blush, 103 robin’s egg, 24 tangerine, 128 pastel blue, 38 white, 1 black, and 1 gold bead.

dragon hama bead pattern

Green Dragon Head

This pattern uses 39 light brown, 14 gingerbread, 21 dark gray, 15 rust, 237 shamrock, 199 kiwi lime, 21 pastel green, 4 black, 1 gray, and 1 purple bead.

green dragon head

Green Flying Dragon

This pattern uses 452 black, 267 dark green, 205 bright green, 71 sour apple, and 2 red beads.

melty beads dragon

Blue Dragon with Spread Wings

This pattern uses 580 midnight, 198 mint, 42 pastel blue, 568 cobalt, and 170 white beads.

hama bead dragon pattern

If you’ve enjoyed these dragon perler beads, let me know in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other posts:

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Judi Johnson

Wednesday 6th of September 2023

I have been loving the Perler Bead posts. And I LOVE Night Fury and was so Excited to see him. Now if I could find a sublimation print I'll be even happier. Thank you for all the perler projects. Keep them coming.


Monday 11th of September 2023

MY pleasure! I'm glad you like them!