Brian Nelson on Techerator posted this fantastic tutorial for How to make your favourite nintendo characters with perler beads. I love perler beads (actually, I use hama beads, because that’s what’s readily available in the UK, but they’re exactly the same thing so…) and I haven’t made anything out of them for about 10 years, so I bought myself a load of hama beads in all different colours, and put the tutorial to the test!
Being as it’s been so long since I did anything with hama beads, I started with something really simple – a mario mushroom! I also put several rows of beads around the edges of the design to make a coaster! (I love my creations to be functional!) See my attempt after the cut!
Craftster user zombiecakeses (awesome name, btw) had just moved and thought her new place needed some “geekery”. So she made these amazing Futurama Coasters! They’re made out of Hama beads. The details are amazing; the shading is fantastic! I can’t decide if my favorite is Bender or the Brainslug. Too cute!
Just in case you’re feeling more gangsta than geek, check out this Gold Dollar Sign necklace. (But if you’re all geek, there’s black nerd glasses, too.) Etsy seller MagnetGames makes these and more out of Perler beads.
Etsy seller Lauren of lost mitten makes all sorts of video game-related crafts, including these Pac-Man coasters out of Perler beads. The best part of this particular coaster set? They glow in the dark! You can make sure everyone uses a coaster even while watching a movie in the dark.
My daughter got a Perler bead set for Christmas. The first thing I thought of when I saw it was “That would be great for videogame characters!” So, last weekend I made a Mario Question Box. It now proudly hangs from my rear view mirror in my car. Now I’m hooked. I want to do a thousand different things with them. You’ll see lots more Perler crafts here.