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Perler Bead Letters (Six Alphabets)

It’s easy to make perler bead letters and then turn them into words or phrases! Get six alphabets here and use them in lots of projects.

perler bead letters

I know you’re going to think I’m crazy – but maybe you can relate – I’m absolutely obsessed with fonts. In fact, picking typefaces is one of my favorite things to do as a blogger.

But it takes me a long time.

I’ve made new car choices and signed job offer letters in a shorter time frame than it typically takes me to select a font for a project. I wish I were kidding.

And it turns out, there’s a reason! At least for me.

hama beads letters

Fonts are emotional. They evoke feelings deep within us! In fact, there’s an entire book called “Why Fonts Matter” that explains it:

“They’re hidden in plain sight, but they trigger memories, associations and multi-sensory experiences in your imagination. You may not believe it, but fonts can change the meanings of words right before your very eyes, alter the taste of your food, evoke emotional responses and reveal their users’ personalities.”

-Sarah Hyndman, Why Fonts Matter

I love it when real research backs up one of my thoughts or inclinations, don’t you?

easy perler bead letters

With our obsession with perler beads around here, I decided it was time to create some perler bead letters. There are six alphabets below that represent a wide variety of styles and applications!

Whether you are looking for something basic, fun, or a little extra, I think one of these six is going to be right up your alley.

And of course you can customize all the colors for your perler bead alphabet. You don’t have to stick with mine.

You can use these perler bead letters in alphabet crafts, magnets, keychains . . . or as a smaller part of another larger project. There are endless applications.

perler bead alphabet

Perler beads are recommended for ages six and up, so this is a very fun craft to try with your elementary age kids. 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 perler bead letter 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 patterns and tutorial.

Remember that the overall goal is to melt the beads together on both sides while still leaving the holes open. Here’s how you achieve success (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. Use small circles and keep the iron moving.

When ironed properly, the beads will still have an open center. Check and make sure your edges are melted. If they aren’t, keep ironing.

You can peel up the paper (slowly and carefully), check your design, put it back down again, and continue ironing. Let the design cool on the pegboard.

Ironing the beads with a mini iron

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

Now that you’ve had a refresher on how to melt the beads, you can get the patterns! Keep on reading.


I’m going to show you several options for perler letters below using regular square (29 x 29) pegboards.

hama beads alphabet

NOTE: use clear beads to attach punctuation like semicolons and exclamation points, etc. You’ll see some gray squares below in the patterns and you’ll know what I mean. Clear beads are good for any letter or pattern you feel is somewhat flimsy.

You’ll also notice in the alphabet below that the heights of the letters are virtually the same while the widths can vary.

I will give you the approximate maximum width and heights of the letters (which will also vary with the bead brand you use. Just something to keep in mind!


Sans Serif

Includes letters A – Z plus punctuation. Use four beads ironed in a square for a period. Letters are a maximum of 1.69 inches wide by 1.8 inches high (42.93 mm x 47.7 mm).


Colorful Blocks

Includes uppercase AND lowercase letters A – Z plus a few punctuation. The nice thing is every letter is the same size: 1.31 inches wide by 1.69 inches high (33.39 mm x 42.93 mm).


Groovy

Includes letters A – Z plus punctuation. Letters are a maximum of 2.25 inches wide by 2.25 inches high (57.24 mm x 57.24 mm).


Serif

Includes letters A – Z. Letters are a maximum of 2.07 inches wide by 1.69 inches high (52.47 mm x 42.93 mm).


Rainbow Dots

Include letters A – Z plus an exclamation. Every letter is the same size, and they are square: 1.69 inches wide by 1.69 inches high (42.93 mm x 42.93 mm).


It’s Electric

Includes letters A – Z. Letters are a maximum of 1.13 inches wide by 1.5 inches high (28.62 mm x 38.16 mm).


If you enjoyed these perler bead letter patterns, I’d love for you to let me know in the comments. Also don’t forget to visit our other perler projects:

4th of JulyAmong UsAnimalBaby YodaBatmanBirdsBlueyBob RossButterflies
Care BearsCatChristmasChristmas TreesCoastersDinosaurDogDragonEasterEmojiFairy & GnomeFlowersFNAFFoodFrogHalloweenHarry PotterHeartsHello KittyKuromiMickey MouseMinecraftMinionsMother’s DayMushroomsPandaPenguinPokemonPumpkinsSt. Patrick’s DaySanrioSantaSkullsSonicSpidersSpider ManStarsStar WarsStar Wars Hello KittyStitchSummerSuper MarioSuperheroThanksgivingUnicornValentine’s Day