3D Sleigh and Reindeer

Santa will soon be on his way and you can create his sleigh and reindeer in Perler Beads! Easy and fun to make, this project makes a great table centerpiece throughout the holidays!

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Step 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • Peach - 2
  • Hot Coral - 168
  • Red - 120
  • Yellow - 41
  • Dark Green - 63
  • Pastel Blue - 2
  • Tan - 224
  • Light Brown - 752
  • Black - 470
  • White - 33

See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:

  • String for reins

Step 2

Download the PDF for the 3D Sleigh and Reindeer Project Pattern. You will use the large square pegboard for your project. If you’re using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. Place all the beads for the design.

Step 3

Ask an adult to fuse your designs. Place your pegboard on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the pegboard. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have open centers. DO NOT OVER-IRON as this will cause the beads to close and can make assembly of your project more challenging. Let the design cool.

Step 4

Remove the paper and bead design from the pegboard. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat step two. Let cool completely. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboards and ironing paper are reusable.

Note: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly. Lift the paper occasionally to see how the beads are fusing. Additional heating time may be required.

Step 5
Step 5

ASSEMBLY: Insert the black spacer into the reindeer’s side slot.

Step 6
Step 6

Align the partner reindeer as shown, and insert the other end of the spacer into the slot. Repeat for all four sets of reindeer.

Step 7
Step 7

Assemble the sleigh in the same manner as the reindeer using the spacers and slots.

Step 8
Step 8

Add Santa to his sleigh by hooking his arm over the side of the sleigh to hold him in. Connect the reindeer to Santa’s sleigh with string for the reins.

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