Fused Perler Bead Birthday Party Favors

by Marie

Save money and make your own little DIY goody bag and birthday party favors and small gifts from fused Perler and Hama beads. These make great Holiday stocking stuffers too.

If you're an adult who enjoys fun and easy crafts, consider making your own set of DIY birthday party favors or even little gifts from fused Perler or Hama beads. Making your own items for goody bags to give to kids at the end of a celebration does take time but it can be incredibly cost-effective, particularly if you already have most of the items you need on hand. Even if you don't, big buckets of beads and some pegboards are inexpensive buys and they will last for many more crafting sessions too.

After spending a small fortune buying favors for my daughter's party last year, this time I was prepared to cut costs and make my own instead. And my daughter and her friends who received them were delighted too. It was a win-win situation all round. Let me give you ideas on what to do.

Step 1) Planning Out Your DIY Perler Favors

Getting Started on the Basics and Planning What You Need

If you've never attempted Perler or fused bead crafting before, it involves placing tiny colored beads over a pegboard in order to make a pattern. Patterns can be found online, sometimes with the kits you buy and made up by yourself when you get the hang of using these - which does not take long! The beads are small and are harder for adults to pick up and place than kids which is why I prefer to use a good pair of crafting tweezers.

Fused perler hama beads are fun to create things with

When a pattern is complete then you place some special ironing paper over the top (this comes included with kits and bead buckets that you buy) and iron the item to melt the beads and fuse them together. Allow to cool, flip off the board, lie the paper on top and iron the other side.

This might sound laborious but I'll be recommending some birthday projects that I created specifically for my daughter's birthday party favors (shown in part 2) which can be made in bulk, with several items worked on a large pegboard which all get ironed at the same time. Let's see what you need!

Beadalon Tweezers, Curved

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Perler Beads Clear Square Pegboards 4 Pack

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Perler Beads 22,000 Count Bead Jar Multi-Mix Colors

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Because the fused beads are small for adult hands, I work so much faster with a pair of curved, craft tweezers. The precision curved tip can pick up small items like beads very easily and put them in the correct place on the pegboard. If I make a mistake then the tweezers can pick out the wrongly laid bead without disrupting the other beads on the board.

For making bulk batches of Perler bead items, you will want to stick to designs which allow you to create several on the same square pegboard. The reason why is that, when it comes to ironing, you will save a lot of time ironing several pieces in one go rather than just one piece at a time. So I have purposefully created designs which can be worked in multiple over a large square board. This set has 4 boards which means you don't need to get the iron out after using up a single board!

You need plenty of Perler beads and a good mix of colors. Although you're unlikely to use all 22,000 fused beads in this container, you will find that having a large selection means that you're less likely to run out of the specific colors that you want anytime soon! There are 30 different shades of color in this set including blacks and whites and 3 large sheets of the special ironing paper.

Step 2) Great Perler Projects for Party Favors

You Want Small Designs that are Easy to Make in Bulk

When deciding that you're going to make your own DIY gifts or party favors, do plan well in advance! You need to allow time to buy any items you need, decide what you're going to make (a list is good) and leave plenty of time to make the items - allowing for any failures too!

Don't do what I did and leave a couple of days before the actual party or event to start making the Perler favors because this becomes quite stressful although I managed to get everything done luckily. 

You really want to look for patterns that:

  • Are easy and small projects to make
  • Can be made in a variety of colors so you're not dependent on needing a specific bead shade
  • Can easily be replicated onto a single large pegboard so you can iron many in one go and save time
  • Look cute made into functional items like magnets, keychains and jewelry
  • Below are tutorials for some of the patterns I used for my own daughter's birthday party. Many of them are on the birthday theme.

Step 3) Turning Completed Designs into Goodies

Make Functional and Cute Items from the Fused Bead Favors

Once they've been ironed you can do a number of things with the finished Perler projects. Of course you can leave them as they are and they are merely decorative items. You can embellish them further with:

  1. Flat-backed gems stuck on with a good fine tipped plastic adhesive or tiny glue dots
  2. Brads that have metal prongs which push through the holes and fold round at the back of the design
  3. Small ribbon bows stuck on with glue dots or a strong adhesive
  4. Charms that can be fixed to the design with jump rings or glued on
  5. Googly, wiggly eyes which are great when creating cute monsters!

In addition to embellishing the finished pieces, you can make them a little more functional too. For my daughter's party I turned mine into refrigerator magnets and keychains. Magnets are super easy to make and keychains a little harder (you can see How to Make Perler Keychains Here) unless you're already into making jewelry. You can make jewelry items easily too and I show you how to with my Fused Bead Jewelry Making Page shown below.

The easiest way to turn a fused bead design into a functional party favor is to make it into a refrigerator magnet. This is incredibly easy to do using magnetic sheets that you can cut to the size you need and adhere to the back of your finished pieces.

A bit harder to make are keychains but they look fab. You need some blank key ring or keychain findings which you can buy in bulk and a corresponding number of jump rings which are roughly 8-12mm in size. You need a pair of pliers to fix the keychain between the jump ring and the Perler project. I hope you've enjoyed reading my wizzles page today, thanks for your visit. Have fun making some great little party favors.

Perler, Hama and fused beads can make fun, cute and modern pieces of jewelry. This article tells you how to make brooch pins, earrings, necklaces and other handmade items.

Some Completed Fused Bead Party Favors

Some Completed Fused Bead Party Favors
Updated: 10/06/2017, Marie
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Marie on 12/16/2014

Thank you, I don't make a lot of jewelry but I certainly know the appeal with all the fascinating colors of beads and gems that can be strung together.

WriterArtist on 12/16/2014

This reminds me of my sister who is very crafty, she makes beautiful bracelets and necklaces from beads. the perler beads are definitely going to excite people who love DIY projects.

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