The tradition of the Christmas Pickle is one many families celebrate. The original pickle ornament is made of colored glass, but now you can make your own with Perler Beads! The tradition says that a pickle ornament should be placed on the tree by Mom or Dad late on Christmas Eve, hidden deep in the tree where it is not easy to spot. On Christmas morning, the first of the children who finds it receives a special gift.
Bead Colors Needed:
- Kiwi Lime - 14
- Dark Green - 42
See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:
- Thread or ornament hanger
Download the PDF for the Christmas Pickle Project Pattern. You will use the small hexagon 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.
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: Add a hanger using thread or a regular wire ornament hanger.