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How to Make Bracelets with Perler Beads

Have you ever tried hama beads, aka perler beads? Learn how to make a perler bead bracelet in this tutorial. Easy and fun for adults or kids.

How to Make Bracelets with Perler Beads

Hi there! This is Amy from Maker Mama. Today I’m sharing a how-to with one of my favorite materials: hama beads (aka perler beads).

These Hama Bead Bracelets make a fun accessory for big and little girls alike, and you can make them in any color combination to suit your mood (or your outfit). Check out how I did this easy bracelet DIY project.

Perler Bead Bracelets

perler bead patterns

For this project you’ll need a large hama bead pegboard (I used a 10.5″ x 14″ board), hama beads in your favorite colors, parchment paper, iron, and a glass.

Measuring a perler bead bracelet

I chose a diamond design that was three beads wide and about 8.5″ long–this was the circumference of a bangle from my jewelry box.

Make sure the start and finish of your bracelet end at different angles so they’ll match up when you form the bracelet.

Ironing perler beads

Use your iron to fuse the strip of beads together.

Wrap perler beads around a glass

Take the strip while it’s still warm and wrap it around your glass, making sure to join the ends together. This part can be a bit tricky, but with some finagling, you can fuse the beads together while holding it in place.

I found it easier to wrap around with the already fused side touching the glass. Once you’ve fused the two ends together, work your way around the rest of the bracelet to give it extra hold.

how to make bracelets with beads

Leave the bracelet to cool on the glass–this will help it keep its shape.

How to make cute hama bead bracelets - they are so colorful and easy!

Now go to town and make some more!

How to make cute hama bead bracelets - they are so colorful and easy!

And don’t forget to show them off.

Yield: 3 bracelets

Perler Bead Bracelets

How to make cute hama bead bracelets - they are so colorful and easy!

Learn how to make DIY bracelets with hama beads! If your kids like perler bead crafts, they'll enjoy this project.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • Large hama bead pegboard (I used a 10.5" x 14" board)
  • Hama beads in your favorite colors
  • Parchment paper

Tools

  • Iron
  • Glass

Instructions

  1. Choose a design - I chose a diamond design that was three beads wide and about 8.5" long.
  2. Make sure the start and finish of your bracelet end at different angles so they'll match up when you form the bracelet.
  3. Use your iron to fuse the strip of beads together.
  4. Take the strip while it's still warm and wrap it around your glass, making sure to join the ends together.
  5. Once you've fused the two ends together, work your way around the rest of the bracelet to give it extra hold.
  6. Leave the bracelet to cool on the glass. This will help it keep its shape.
  7. Slide off the glass and repeat to make additional bracelets.

Did you make this project?

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Also don’t forget to visit Amy’s perler bead crown:

Make a Perler Bead Crown

Find more craft ideas on my blog, Maker Mama, and visit me on Facebook and Instagram to see what I’m up to day-to-day!

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Pearl

Sunday 31st of August 2014

What a great tutorial! I didn't know they made peg boards that big!!