Perler Bead Key: Ideal Craft for Special Birthdays

by Marie

How to make a presentation worthy key from fused perler or hama beads. An ideal easy and simple craft for a special, milestone, birthday such as a 21st or 18th that you can gift.

When I realized I soon had a special, milestone birthday coming up on the calendar, I thought about something sweet that I could make as a little extra and thoughtful gift. A key symbol sprang to mind because it is a traditional symbol for reaching adulthood here in the UK. I could have cut out a suitable shape from gold card but I wanted something more lasting so picked up my Perler beads.

Keys are symbols associated with other meanings to such as romance and giving your heart over to someone as well as with moving into a new home. So this is a fun project that can be made and given for any number of occasions. The design is my own and if you work with the standard sized fused beads, it makes a finished product that is about as long as a small hand. I hope you have fun with this project.

A Fun Birthday Memento!

How to Make an Antique or Vintage Style Perler Hama Fused Bead Key
How to Make an Antique or Vintage Style Perler Hama Fused Bead Key

Work in Golds and Cream to Make a Perler Bead Key

It's not that easy to tell from the photographs but I used two main shades of gold color beads to work this key pattern. The outer and darker shade looks like dark brown in the photo but is a darker, antiqued gold color which looks nicer in true view and you especially pick up on this around the edging. The main part of the middle coloring is a bright gold color which gives a good contrast.

You could try using a couple of shades of silver toned perler beads or come up with your own color choices. Maybe pick out a favorite color for the person who you're giving it to.

Step 1: Making the Main Key Outline

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You Need a Large, Square Pegboard and 3-4 Colors of Beads

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Step 1a: You need to start right near the bottom of a large, square pegboard because the length of the key is almost as high as the board. I like to start 1 row up. For the outside edges of the key, I chose an antiqued gold color which looks quite brown except when you catch it on the sides where it looks beautifully metallic. Work the first step of the pattern as shown in the photo which forms the bottom part.

Step 1b: The next photo shows the part you worked already and adds on a little more to the stem of the key shape. In fact the pattern is almost repeated.

Step 1c: This is the top part of the key shape which is added on to the stem section. It is worked almost like a large heart shape. It isn't hard but you need to get this part right before you carry on with the next step. You should have 2 rows of pegs left free at the top if you started one row up from the bottom back in step 1a. Then you know you've completed it right.

Make it in Golds, Make it in Silvers

Or Try this Project in Your Own Choice of Colors
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Step 2: Adding Detail Top and Bottom

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Step 2a: This step focuses on adding in some detail to the head area. You are adding in perler beads to thicken the exterior of the shape once completed and also creating two circular areas which are left blank as you would expect with an older style, vintage or antique key. This part is possibly the most difficult to see. Of course you can experiment with your own ideas if you like to create something that looks just a little different. 

Step 2b: Once finished, move to the bottom of the pegboard to add in some beads which make the blade section - this is the part that inserts into a lock. This part is much easier to complete. 

Step: 3 Filling in the Color

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Step 3a: Now comes the best part which is filling in the interior shades. Since you've already made the outline, this part is much easier to complete. For this part I used a bright colored gold shade of perler bead which provides a good contrast with the darker, antiqued shade. You'll notice that there are some pegs that do not get filled in. If you happen to make a mistake and pop beads in where they shouldn't be, the easiest way to get them out again (without disturbing other beads) is to use tweezers.

Step 3b: To finish the design, I used 4 cream colored beads in the shaft and 1 clear one to fill in the single space at the head of the key. You probably just need to choose a lighter shade of whatever colors you're using. 

Once complete, an adult needs to iron the beads in order to fuse them all together. Always iron using the special paper that you get in most of the big sets and tubs of beads (you can buy it separately too) and read the manufacturers instructions on how to do this process. Of course you can dress up your completed key any way you choose - I added some gems and a bow to mine to make it look even more special. I hope you've enjoyed reading my wizzles page today, thanks for your visit. Come and look at the presentation box I used for this fun gift below.

Also See the Key to My Heart Perler Pattern Tutorial

Completed Perler Bead Key

Cute Handmade Gift for 18th, 21st, Moving Home and New Romances
Fused Perler Beads Key in a Presentation Box - Great for Cute 18th, 21st and other Milestone Birthdays
Fused Perler Beads Key in a Presentation Box - Great for Cute 18th, 21st and other Milestone Birthdays
Updated: 10/05/2017, Marie
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Marie on 01/17/2014

A good luck key - I like that. That was a nice thing to share, thank you.

Tolovaj on 01/16/2014

Some people in our country believe it brings good luck if you find a key on the street. We also have a saying 'Everybody makes his own luck'. Can we say 'We can make our own luck' in your case?

Marie on 01/16/2014

Thank you :) I had a lot of fun making this one today!

ologsinquito on 01/16/2014

These are nice and they look relatively easy to make, with the great instructions you provided.

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