How to Make Perler Bead Fruit Slices

by Marie

Step by step photo craft tutorial for you to make some fun summer fruit slices out of fused Perler or Hama beads using a circle pegboard. Great for making real drink glass slices.

Fun fruity slices are so easy for you to make up with fused Perler or Hama beads. They also make for a really awesome summer themed craft, especially since you can quickly turn either whole sliced designs into round coasters or mats for beverages and also create some very cute drink decorations that will really sit on the top of your glass - just like the real thing. These are just perfect for party and poolside fun!

If you've never actually worked with these small plastic beads before, you may want a bit of a primer on what they are and how to use them. Otherwise, this makes for an easy how to tutorial that you can use to make up a number of cute items with. Mine shows the colors for a lemon but you can also use lots of summer themed colors like lime, hot pink and orange to whip up a whole batch of citrus fruits. Have fun!

Perler bead fruit slice tutorial step 1Perler bead fruit slice tutorial step 2

Materials and Tools
1 small round Perler pegboard
Selection of white and yellow Perler beads
Tweezers (optional)

Step 1: These citrus fruit slices make use of a small, round pegboard but you can also use a larger one to create the same designs. I've highlighted the bead pattern in yellow so you can see this design much more easily but this part, which is the pith, needs to be worked in white beads. This will make half a slice - you can see a pattern for a whole slice further down. Work this pith section onto your own board - it is fairly straightforward because you make a row of beads almost across the whole midpoint and then follow the circle around.

Step 2: Making the outer edge of the lemon (or other fruit) skin. You can use a single flat color for the edging but I really love the look of using 2,3 or 4 different shades of creams, yellows and pale orange which gives you an overall impression of a lemon skin. Adding the beads randomly around the edge instead of in a fixed pattern does give a more natural look.

Perler bead fruit slices pattern step 3Perler bead fruit slices pattern step 3

Step 3: Once you've done the outside edging, it only leaves the segments of fruit in the triangular areas to fill in. You can choose a solid color yellow to fill in the fruit segments but I really love the look of the translucent beads you can get (I used yellow glitter beads) which have a really juicy look to them and are ideal for the insides of fruit patterns.

Step 4: The half slice is fun but you can easily turn that into a whole slice by following the same design on the other side as I have here. These will make small drink coasters once ironed and fused together or use a larger circle board and extend the pattern to make larger coasters or decorations.

Perler bead fruit slices pattern step 5Perler Hama bead fruit slice pattern complete

Step 5: Turning your half citrus slice into a drink decoration is easy. You just need to work the pattern and then remove 4 beads from the white pith pattern on the pegboard which I have drawn around so you can see this area more clearly. Removing these beads gives you a perfect gap so that you can use your finished design to decorate drinks.

Step 6: Fancy ice and a slice? Here's the completed design which you can see fits on a standard glass perfectly. Decorate your drinks for a summer party with slices of orange, lime, lemon, pink grapefruit and more. And why not add in a matching coaster too? I hope you've enjoyed reading my wizzles page today, thanks for your visit. See what products you need to make this with a handy shopping list below.

How to Make Perler Bead Fruit Slices
Updated: 02/15/2016, Marie
 
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Marie on 07/07/2015

Thank you :)

CruiseReady on 06/24/2015

Looks like fun! I may try this one day soon.

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