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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.

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, you should be able to accomplish this project easily. You’ll be placing beads on pegboards and then ironing.

perler bead bracelet

Creating something beautiful and unique from the simplest of materials is a form of magic that we all possess. Today, I want to bring that magic into the spotlight with a craft that’s as colorful and vibrant as your imagination allows – perler bead bracelets.

Yes, those tiny plastic beads that we’ve all admired in craft stores, reminiscing about childhood afternoons spent creating pixelated masterpieces, are about to get a stylish upgrade.

These bracelets are about to become your next creative obsession. Why? Because perler beads offer an endless spectrum of colors and the flexibility to pattern them in any way your heart desires.

perler bracelet

Whether you’re aiming for a geometric dazzle, a whimsical splash of colors, or even a personalized name or message bracelet, these tiny beads are your canvas.

Whether you’re looking to craft a thoughtful gift, add a handmade touch to your accessory collection, or simply enjoy a creative escape, this tutorial is for you.

So, let’s set aside the notion that perler beads are just for kids or that bracelets are mere accessories. Together, we’ll explore how these small beads can be transformed into expressions of personality and style.

How to make perler bead bracelets

Ready your creative spirit, and let’s embark on a journey of color, creativity, and connection through the charming world of perler bead bracelets Here’s what you’re going to need:

Gather These Supplies

  • Perler bead pegboards
  • Hama beads in your favorite colors
  • Parchment paper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Jump ring
  • Acetate (optional)
  • Mini iron
  • Glass the size of the bracelet you want
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Jewelry pliers

Tips and Thoughts for This Project

Making the ends of the bracelet meet 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.

hama beads bracelet

Now go to town and make some more! I find this to be an awesome summer craft when kids get bored and I need to burn a few hours.

melted perler bead bracelet

And don’t forget to show them off. Get the how to below:

Yield: 3 bracelets

Perler Bead Bracelets

perler bracelet

Learn how to make the cutest bracelets with perler beads! There are so many options for customization here.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cool Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2


  • Perler bead pegboards
  • Hama beads in your favorite colors
  • Parchment paper
  • Painter's tape
  • Jump ring
  • Acetate (optional)


  • Mini iron
  • Glass
  • Scissors
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Hot glue gun (optional)


  1. Choose a design - I chose a diamond design that was three beads wide and about 8.5" long. Measure your wrist if necessary.Create a Strip of Perler Beads
  2. Place the perler beads on the pegboards to create the bracelet. Make sure the start and finish of your bracelet end at different angles so they'll match up when you form the loop.Create Your Bracelet
  3. Using the hexagon board, add beads to the pegboard to create charms.Create a Daisy Perler Bead Charm
  4. Place the parchment paper on top of the daisies and iron. Place painter's tape on top of the length of perler beads for the bracelet, then parchment paper, then iron.Create Your Bracelet
  5. Take the strip while it's still warm and wrap it around your glass, making sure to join the ends together. Once you've fused the two ends together, iron 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. If desired to reinforce the bracelet, cut a piece of clear acetate to fit the inside.Cut the Clear Acetate Backing to Size
  8. Attach the clear acetate using a hot glue gun and glue sticks - you can also use E-6000. Let dry.Attach Clear Acetate Backing
  9. Attach the charm to the bracelet using a jump ring and the jewelry pliers.Attach the Charm to the Bracelet


The painter's tape method keeps the beads together while you take them to the glass.

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Now that you know how to make these bracelets, here are some other perler projects you need to check out:

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Sunday 31st of August 2014

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

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