March is National Craft Month!
Perler Bead Tray
Perler Bead Paper
Hot Glue Gun
Choose a pattern if you like, or make up your own as you go. I used this pattern, which is 34×34. By dividing the pattern into quarters, each coaster will be 17×17. Start placing the beads along an edge of the tray, then work each different shape. This is easier than placing beads row by row.
After you have placed all the beads, make sure you like the design before moving ahead. I changed the colors on mine several times before I was happy.Using the paper that came with the perler beads, iron the beads on a medium setting. Leaving the beads on the tray, place the paper on top, then iron using light and even pressure. You should be able to see the beads through the paper, and judge how much you have fused them together. After the beads have cooled, peel off the paper. Flip the coaster and iron the other side. This will make the coaster more durable and help make sure all the beads are well fused.
Using a hot glue gun, glue the felt to the bottom of the coaster. Start with just one edge. If you try to spread glue over the entire coaster and then place the felt, the glue will cool before it attaches the felt.
Continue gluing the felt a small amount at a time until the entire piece of felt is attached. Trim any excess edges from the felt, and you’re finished!
Use up scraps of yarn by making a basket!