We’re big Pokemon fans in our house right now. With an 11 year old, it’s pretty much all Pokemon, all the time. When Monkey stayed recently at her grandparent’s house, she came up with the design for these melty bead Pokemon.
The designs were all her, so she didn’t make any specific directions. However, you can tell from the finished product what beads she used to make each Pokemon.
I love this creative engineering activity for kids that she invented, and the little Perler bead Pokemon make really adorable magnets!
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DIY Melty Bead Pokemon
Follow these steps to make your very own Perler bead Pokemon:
What you’ll need for the melty bead Pokemon:
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- Perler beads (or generic melty beads)
- Square bead pegboard
- Craft tweezers
- Wax paper
Look at the picture in each section to see how to make your own version. Monkey used a square Perler bead board to make each design.
After she designed her Pokemon, she laid a piece of wax paper over the deign and ironed them on low heat for about 30 seconds. Wait for the beads to cool, then flip the design over.
Re-cover with the wax paper and iron for 30 seconds on the back side to seal the beads together.
Be careful, though, as you can see on our Squirtle design, Monkey ironed it just a bit too long and the beads started to melt a little TOO much.
So just watch out as your melting the beads with an iron. It helps if your iron isn’t super-heavy either.
Monkey’s grandparents have a really old iron that weighs a lot more than modern irons.
DIY Perler Bead Squirtle
Colors needed: Clear, light blue, darker blue, three shades of green, black, pink.
DIY Perler Bead Pokeball
Colors needed: Red, white, black.
DIY Perler Bead Pichu
Colors needed: Yellow, black, pink.