Anyone else experience major nostalgia when they see Perler Beads? I think it was sometime between 3rd and 4th grade that I became too cool to craft with the little plastic tubes, but lately I haven’t been able to stop. I’ve been dying to think up an excuse to bring a pack of Perler Beads into the office, but it wasn’t until I started thinking in terms of Valentine’s Day that I had my aha! moment, and this punchy project was conceived. Since then, they’ve become something of an addiction around these parts — carefully placing plastic beads onto tiny pegs has become our new form of meditation (try it, you’ll see!) Keep reading to see how we made & packaged these irresistible little guys to send to our Valentines this year…

  1. Arrange beads on pegboard in desired design. For a 2.75-inch envelope, we created squares that were 12 pegs across.
  2. Carefully lay parchment paper over beads.
  3. Set heated iron on parchment paper and hold for 10-15 seconds.
  4. Once melted plastic is cooled, remove square from pegboard and stuff into small glassine envelope. Use piece of washi tape to secure shut.

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Comments (31)
  1. 1
    Lindsay {Everistta} February 7, 2013 at 8:24 am

    What a cute idea! Haven’t thought about these in years! Love it.

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    Adrienne B {Blonde + Brit} February 7, 2013 at 9:07 am

    These are so cute, what a great idea!! Definitely feel nostalgic looking at these! 🙂

  3. 3
    Sarah [Sarah The Architect] February 7, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Hahaha. Yes! I made these constantly in elementary school.

  4. 4
    ash February 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

    oh chanel-just stop it. now i have to make MORE valentines! xoxo

  5. 5
    Camille Styles February 7, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I hadn’t played around with Perler Beads in YEARS, and once Chanel busted them out at the office, I couldn’t stop!! They are so fun, colorful, and actually do make some of the cutest Valentines ever. Absolutely love this concept Chanel!!

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    Ivana @ Macarons and Pearls February 7, 2013 at 11:55 am

    This is brilliant! And yes, it makes me nostalgic too, because I used to be very taken with them when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade. This is the perfect throwback! Now I just need to hunt them down to give this DIY a try!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

  7. 7
    Chanel Dror February 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    So glad you all love… I was extra-obsessed with this project! Perler Beads 2013!!

  8. 8
    danamcdowell February 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Love love love. I think this project is what those were made for!

  9. 9
    kate February 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    so colorful! love it!

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    kitchencounterchronicles January 16, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Love this idea and I have included a link to your post in a Valentine craft round-up on my site…



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