Fall is here, and it’s time for some pumpkin perler beads! Celebrate your favorite season with these easy hama bead patterns for kids and adults.
If you’re new to my blog, then you definitely don’t something about me. And I’m excited to share – because I’m one of those “sharing” people. Whether you want to know or not. Especially when it comes to stuff that I’m passionate about.
And pumpkins are one of those things.
The whole shebang!
We’ve been using perler beads a ton lately, so we decided to try a TON of pumpkin perler bead patterns! I’m excited to share them with you. There are a bunch of ideas, and I’m excited to share them with you today!
There are over 30 patterns on my list, and they’re all free for you.
Just FYI: Perler beads are recommended for ages six and up, so this is a very fun craft to try with kids. They 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 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 pumpkin perler 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 (using 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.
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. Let the design cool on the pegboard.
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.
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!
I always recommend trying a practice piece and just getting used to the feel of ironing the beads before committing to larger patterns.
Now if you’re ready for the pumpkin perler beads, let’s dive in!
Pumpkin Hama Beads
Make sure to check out these notes:
- Some 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.”
- In addition to square pegboards, you’ll see round and hexagon pegboards. These are fun to have in your arsenal if you plan to do a lot of perler-ing.
- 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).
- Don’t stick to my colors necessarily. Customize with your favorite color beads.
- I typically start with easier, smaller patterns in my list and then move on to the larger ones. Keep scrolling to see everything.
Let’s begin with some small gourds.
These tiny pumpkins are great starting patterns, and three of them fit on small square pegboards.
This pattern uses 147 black, 7 bright green, 218 tangerine, and 102 orange beads.
This pattern uses 148 black, 10 yellow, 17 plum, and 62 orange beads.
Pillsbury Pumpkin Cookies
This pattern uses 56 tan, 52 sand, 97 toasted marshmallow, 35 bright green, and 76 orange beads.
Trick or Treat
This pattern uses 71 black, 57 clear, 3 kiwi green, 5 light blue, 4 bubble gum, 3 plum, 1 sky, 4 red, and 183 orange beads.
Big Eyed Jack O’ Lantern
This pattern uses 12 shamrock, 114 black, 189 tangerine, 45 orange, and 42 white beads.
Pumpkin in a Pirate Hat
This pattern uses 222 black, 44 white, 101 tangerine, and 118 cheddar beads.
Fresh from the Vine
This pattern uses 19 cocoa, 10 tan, 13 light brown, 10 pastel green, 36 kiwi lime, 35 dark green, 78 tomato, and 187 orange beads.
Jack O’ Lanterns in the Window
This pattern uses 128 purple, 36 light lavender, 54 orchid, 174 clear, 5 shamrock, 118 orange, and 17 black beads.
Happy Jack O’ Lantern
This pattern uses 13 shamrock, 192 spice, 290 orange, and 68 black beads.
Pumpkin with Large Green Witch Hat
This pattern uses 73 evergreen, 110 dark spruce, 47 black, 4 gold, 98 tangerine, and 111 orange beads.
Smiling Jack O’ Lantern
This pattern uses 11 clear (to keep the stem together), 24 pastel green, 208 cheddar, 111 yellow, and 41 black beads.
Scarecrow Pumpkin and Geometric Pumpkins
The scarecrow head on the left uses a large round board, and the two pumpkins on the right use a large hexagon board.
This pattern uses 165 black, 8 shamrock, 62 yellow, and 199 tangerine beads.
Snoopy on a Pumpkin
This pattern uses 232 black, 115 white, 45 light gray, 41 spice, 117 orange, and 63 cheddar beads.
This pattern uses 65 dark green, 10 pastel green, 114 orange, 321 butterscotch, and 58 tan beads.
Happy Jack O’ Lantern
This pattern uses 50 forest, 29 pastel green, 246 cheddar, 72 orange, and 86 black beads.
Pumpkin Tealight Holder
There’s a front, back, and two sides for this tealight holder! Snap everything together then use an LED tealight for your Halloween decor.
This pattern uses 514 orange, 8 shamrock, 87 cheddar, and 25 black beads.
Mickey Mouse Pumpkin
This pattern uses 356 tangerine, 126 apricot, 17 dark green, and 141 black beads.
This pattern uses 90 black, 45 pastel yellow, 58 rust, 139 cocoa, 97 cheddar, 115 orange, 104 spice, and 81 tangerine beads.
Owl in a Pumpkin
This pattern uses 6 clear (to hold on the top and feet), 3 brown, 196 orange, 149 cheddar, 111 black, 95 pastel green, 64 white, and 36 yellow beads.
Sinister Jack O’ Lantern
This pattern uses 281 black, 51 white, 192 orange, 176 butterscotch, and 67 yellow beads.
3D Pumpkin Box
You’re going to make one face, one top, one bottom, and THREE sides! Assemble the sides with the face and bottom. Then add the two green stem pieces to the lid as a handle.
Hello Kitty with a Jack O’ Lantern
This pattern uses 59 forest, 127 black, 269 white, 43 cheddar, 86 mulberry, 267 orange, and 30 pastel yellow.
Witch Pumpkin on a Broom
You’ll make this on a large horizontal board.
Three Black Cats on a Pumpkin
This pattern uses 780 black, 40 clear (to hold on the whiskers), 12 yellow, 121 brown, 33 light brown, 620 orange, and 81 cheddar beads.
Did you enjoy these pumpkin hama beads? Let me know in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other posts:
- Halloween Perler Beads (50+ Free Patterns!)
- Thanksgiving Perler Beads (40+ Patterns!)
- Christmas Tree Perler Beads (20+ Free Patterns!)
- Kids Christmas Tree Garland with Perler Beads
- Santa Perler Beads (Free Christmas Patterns!)
- Perler Bead Drink Covers for the 4th of July
- Valentine’s Day Perler Beads (50+ Patterns!)
- St. Patrick’s Day Perler Beads (50+ Patterns!)
- Easter Perler Beads (50+ Free Patterns!)