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Beach Buggies


Create a fun scene with beach buggies, surfboards, waves, and more! Build it in a shadow box with your own sand for a cool 3-D effect!

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Step 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • Pink - 18
  • Magenta - 134
  • Plum - 36
  • Hot Coral - 76
  • Orange - 100
  • Cheddar - 147
  • Yellow - 133
  • Kiwi Lime - 149
  • Toothpaste - 17
  • Pastel Blue - 11
  • Light Blue - 170
  • Turquoise - 263
  • Dark Blue - 18
  • Pastel Lavender - 6
  • Black - 132
  • White - 29
  • Clear - 149

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

  • Scissors
  • Clear tape

Step 2

Download the PDF for the Beach Buggies Project Pattern. You will use the following pegboards: daisy, dolphin, car, small circle, small square, and large square. If you’re using clear pegboards, slide the actual-size pattern underneath them. Now place all the beads for your project. To create the waves, you will need to assemble TWO large square pegboards as shown of page 4 of the Project Patterns. Cut out the two individual halves of the wave charts and tape them together so that you can see the whole design at once.

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.

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