Butterflies Fluttering By
These pretty 3D butterflies made with Perler beads have a very simple slot and tab assembly so you can position the wings as you like. Choose your own colors to make them as colorful as you wish! You can make hang them with thread or create plant picks with wire.
Bead Colors Needed:
- Pink - 106
- Black - 72
- Pink Candy Stripe - 108
- Cream - 46
- Pastel Lavender - 36
- Grape Stripe - 74
- Fire Stripe - 98
See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:
- Embroidery floss
- Wire - optional
Download the PDF for the Butterflies Fluttering By Project Pattern. You will use the butterfly pegboard to create your projects. Place your beads following the pattern.
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.
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.
ASSEMBLY: Put each butterfly together by pressing the wings onto the body.
To create a tail, thread a 6 inch piece of embroidery floss through the bottom single bead on the body and tie it in a knot.
You can create a hanger by threading another piece of floss through the top hole of the body. To make a plant pick, insert a piece of wire through the body.