Mini Beads Nativity


This tender Nativity scene features the Holy Family, 3 Wise Men, 2 shepherds, the angel, and a host of animals in mini beads. Designed by Kyle McCoy.
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Step 1

MINI BEAD COLORS NEEDED:

  • Sand - 130
  • Red - 204
  • Orange - 115
  • Cheddar - 392
  • Yellow - 664
  • Kiwi Lime - 97
  • Dark Green - 162
  • Toothpaste - 159
  • Light Blue - 147
  • Dark Blue - 218
  • Pastel Lavender - 139
  • Purple - 97
  • Tan - 2009 (2 bags needed)
  • Light Brown - 1118
  • Brown - 986
  • Grey - 380
  • Black - 221
  • White - 936

REGULAR BEAD COLORS NEEDED:

  • Light Brown - 1967 (2 bags needed)
  • Brown - 1695 (2 bags needed)

YOU WILL ALSO NEED:

  • 4 Mini Bead square pegboards
  • 2 large square pegboards for regular beads
  • Mini Beads Neutral Tray of colors
  • Iron and ironing paper
  • Scissors and clear tape
  • Mini bead tweezers
  • Regular bead tweezers
  • Two 14" x 14" pieces of sturdy cardboard
  • Masking tape (optional)
  • Glue gun
See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here.

Step 2

CREATING THE DESIGN:
Download the PDF for the Mini Beads Nativity Project Pattern. For the Mini Beads figures, assemble 4 mini bead square pegboards as shown by the patterns to create the pieces of your project, placing them on one of the large pieces of cardboard on a heat-safe surface that you can later use for fusing. Slide the actual-size pattern underneath them. Place your beads following the patterns.

For the stable which is made with regular beads, assemble 2 large square pegboards to create the stable pieces, placing them on one of the large pieces of cardboard. Cut out the pattern pieces and tape together. If you are using clear pegboards, slide the actual-size pattern underneath them. Place your beads following the patterns.

Step 3

FUSING THE MINI BEADS PIECES: An adult should do this step.
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 the beads as it will make the centers of the beads close and can make the assembly you do with your project more challenging. NOTE: Beads need heat for about 10 seconds per side to fuse evenly; it is possible some colors may need a little more time. Let the design cool.

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

Step 4

FUSING THE STABLE PIECES: An adult should do this step.
For this part of the project, we recommend our Tape Method for Fusing Large Projects (you can find it here on Perler.com under Projects & Inspiration). If you are more comfortable with our standard fusing instructions, please use the instructions above and adjust the fusing time to be a bit longer as needed.

Step 5

ASSEMBLY OF MINI BEADS FIGURES:
Press the coordinating stand onto the bottom of each figure. If you wish, you can secure with a glue gun (adults only, please).

Step 6

ASSEMBLY OF STABLE:
Aligning tabs and slots, join the side pieces to the back piece. Insert the tabs on each end of the front support into the slots near the windows on the side pieces.

Aligning tabs and slots, join the two roof pieces and create a slight pitch to each side. Gently lay the roof over the assembled walls of the stable to see if the amount of pitch in the roof looks good. Then secure the center of the roof with hot glue (adult only, please). Once set, apply hot glue to the tops of the side walls and place the roof on top. Glue the star in place at the center front of the roof.

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