Bead Colors/Quantity Needed:
- Black - 138
- Dark Grey - 143
- Grey - 269
- White - 23
- Hot Coral - 256
- Cranapple - 631
- Red - 458
- Orange - 57
- Cheddar - 863
- Yellow - 48
- Pastel Yellow - 4
- Brown - 6
- Dark Green - 906
- Green - 218
- Kiwi Lime - 426
- Pastel Green - 8
- Light Blue - 273
- Pastel Blue - 112
- Toothpaste - 188
- Cinnamon Stripe - 30
- Spearmint Stripe - 18
- Turquoise/White Stripe (from Winter Frost Mix) - 24
See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here.
Download the Holiday Train Project Pattern. You will use two large square pegboards to create your project. If you are using clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath them. 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. (See the special note in the pattern sheet about fusing the Steam Engine Body.) 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. Depending on the size of the project, additional heating time may be required.
ASSEMBLY: Slide the train floor into the slot of the steam engine front piece A. Then insert the stem piece E through parts A, B, C, and D as shown.
While the beads are still warm from ironing, gently curve the steam engine body with the unfused side out, and insert tabs on the assembled front piece into the slots on the body. Hold or brace in position until beads cool.
Slide the rail into position at the front of the engine. It should be at a slant.
Attach the front and sides of the conductor's booth to the engine as shown, aligning tabs and slots.
Attach the the back window to the conductor's booth. Insert one of the couplings into the opening in the rear.
Connect the boiler pieces making sure the light grey pieces face forward. This creates the illusion of sunlight and shadow.
Insert the boiler and the lights (parts F) in their slots. The engine is now complete!
For each car, connect the pieces as shown, again making sure the lighter pieces face forward.
Insert a loop coupling in the front of each car, and a hook coupling in the rear of the first two cars. Connect the couplers for each car to complete the Holiday Train.