Christmas Cupcake Perler Bead Pattern

by kinworm

How to make a festive Christmas cupcake Perler or Hama bead pattern and create a cute brooch pin to wear or a handmade Holiday gift. A fused bead craft for kids and adults.

Have lots of fun with this easy and cute, step by step photo tutorial on how to make a Christmas cupcake out of fused beads such as the Perler and Hama varieties. I'll show you how to make an easy brooch pin from this cupcake pattern which makes an inexpensive but sweet handmade gift just perfect for the Holiday season.

Older children and adults will be able to easily complete this design which makes use of seasonal and festive reds and greens. You can use whatever color beads you prefer for this yummy and crafty treat. And, if you're in the mood to make even more treats after this one, make sure you visit my other instructions for cute cakes at the end.

Image Credit: All photographs and images on this page belong to the author of this article, Marie Williams Johnstone. Feel free to PIN!

Step 1: Making the Cupcake Base or Wrapper

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Step 1a: You only need a small square pegboard to make this pattern which requires a 13 x 13 peg area. So either use a small pegboard or a larger square one. First we start by making the base of the Christmas cupcake design.

I have chosen to make a striped base or wrapper from 2 shades of green. You could pick other color combinations or just the same green if you only have 1 shade of green Perler / Hama beads. You need 19 darker green beads for laid out in the order of image 1a.

Step 1b: Following image 1b, add in 15 lighter green fused beads. When you have finished adding all of these, you'll have a complete bottom for your sweet little Xmas cake to sit on top.

Note on pegboards: If you plan to make lots of small fused bead designs to make magnets, jewelry, decorations for handmade cards, brooch pins and other little items then a selection of the small basic shape boards are ideal.

Step 2: Adding the Red Frosting

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Step 2a: On this festive design, I've added two layers of frosting: a bottom one in red and a top layer in white. You can stick to this two layer style or you could just pick a single color to use with both parts.

You'll need 26 red beads to make the pattern shown in image 2a where you are just adding the pieces on top of the green base.

Step 2b: 10 further red beads are needed to add on the side areas which are outlined with white rectangles in the photo of image 2b. When you've finished this part, that is all the red frosted part of the pattern complete.

Step 3: Adding White Icing and Holly

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Step 3a: Next we're going to focus on making the white icing at the top of the Perler bead pattern. You need 21 white beads to work on the left side on top of the red area shown in image 3a. You can start to see how the shape of this sweet treat is forming with the design.

Step 3b: My favorite part on this design is adding in the holly detail. I've used 6 darker green beads for the leaves, 4 red beads for the berries and 1 lighter green bead for detail in the middle. Just this simple addition that you can see in image 3b turns the whole piece into a really seasonal design. I hope you are finding this wizzles page to be useful because it has been written with care. You will find the rest of the cupcake instructions below.

Step 4: Finishing and Adding an Optional Brooch Pin

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Step 4a: Now you only need a further 15 white beads to complete the right side of the white icing. This part is highlighted for you with the black outline over the top of the completed photo in 4a. You can see that the finished piece takes up most of a small square pegboard. An adult will need to iron the design to fuse the beads together - as per the instructions on/in your bead tub.

It would make an excellent size for a kitchen magnet if you glue a magnet on the back, a great sized piece for your festive handmade Holiday cards or how about turning it into a brooch pin for you or someone else to wear?

Step 4b: An optional instruction is how you turn this piece into a wearable brooch pin. Well you need to get hold of some brooch bar pins - the ones I am showing you here are the type that I use in my crafting. You can sew them on (not recommended with a Perler / Hama bead design) or you can glue them on.

If you have a hot glue gun, you could use that to fix your pin back onto the back of your finished fused bead piece. Or you can use a super glue that fixes plastics and metal. The one shown here has a fine nozzle which makes it easier to apply with small crafted items like this. I hope you've enjoyed reading my wizzles page today, thanks for your visit. Take care to read the instructions with glues - preferably get an adult to fix the pin to the back.

Completed Perler Bead Holiday Cupcake

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Updated: 8 days ago, kinworm
 
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kinworm 13 days ago

Hi Maria, thank you. There is an excellent video on youtube which explains and shows the whole ironing process. I use a medium heat setting, a dry iron (ie no steam) and move the iron in circular movements around the top of the special ironing paper. Here's the video link you may need to copy and paste it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ganLT... OR look up How to Iron Perler Beads. This video was by CraftingTutorials24.

maria 13 days ago

Your samples look so nice. When I iron everything melts together. Am I doing something wrong?

kinworm on 05/02/2013

Thank you, @ologsinquito. The only problem with liking crafts so much is never having enough hours in the day to do everything you want to. I have a good go though!

kinworm on 05/02/2013

Thanks Paul @pkmcr :) You should definitely have a go. I might be tempted to make up some Dr. Who designs at some point!

ologsinquito on 05/01/2013

Very cute. People who are crafty are so creative. Most of us never would have thought of this.

pkmcr on 05/01/2013

Really excellent explanation and some super pictures too. Almost tempted to have a go at some cupcakes LOL

kinworm on 04/30/2013

Thank you, Janet. My daughter's just starting to do designs like this with my help. She's really into it and it's easy to do on a tray indoor and out.

Janet21 on 04/30/2013

Very cute! My kids used to make perler bead crafts all the time :)

kinworm on 04/30/2013

Thanks, Belinda. Yes this is definitely an easy craft and smaller designs like this don't take too long to complete. I never get tired of making different cupcakes :)

belinda342 on 04/30/2013

I've been hearing a lot about Perler beads lately, but wasn't quite sure what they were. Your fun cupcake design just made me look. Great tutorial! I love easy crafts and can think of many ideas for this. But I'll start with a cupcake. ;)



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