Bugs! Zoom


Designed By Holly Craft

Create this fun collection of pretty bugs with Perler Beads and a a few fun extras to give them a lifelike look! Set includes a butterfly, bee, beetle, and ladybug.

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Step 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • Red - 41
  • Cheddar - 64
  • Kiwi Lime - 1
  • Parrot Green - 19
  • Light Blue - 76
  • Periwinkle Blue - 64
  • Dark Blue - 11
  • Light Brown - 27
  • Clear - 48
  • Black - 173

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

  • Black chenille stems
  • Glitter
  • Gold jewels - 2
  • Glue

Step 2

Download the PDF for the Bugs Project Pattern. You will use the butterfly, small circle, and small hexagon pegboards for your projects. 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 unless otherwise directed in the steps below. 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

ASSEMBLY: Butterfly: While the beads are still warm from ironing the butterfly, gently bend the wings at an angle. Wrap a length of black chenille around the body and twist the ends. Trim the ends to about 1 inch to create the antennae.

Step 6

Bee: Again, while the beads are still warm from ironing, bend the wings. Use the glue pad on the wings, then add glitter. Attach chenille through the body along the lower black stripe, then create a coil underneath to attach to a paper leaf.

Step 7

Ladybug: Insert short lengths of chenille stems at the red beads marked with white dots on the pattern to create the legs. Thead 3 black beads on each leg, then bend the end of the chenille to hold them in place. Insert another length of chenille stem at the black beads marked with white dots to create antennae. Thread a black bead on the end of each antenna, then curl the ends.

Step 8

Beetle: Adhere the two gold jewels to the head as eyes.

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