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3D Empire State Building
3D Empire State Building
3D Empire State Building
3D Empire State Building
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3D Empire State Building

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Recreate the Empire State Building, one of America's cherished landmarks, in 3D with Perler beads. Surprisingly easy assembly!
Skill level: NONE

Step: 1


  • Light Grey - 590
  • Grey* - 4477
  • Dark Grey - 543
  • Black* - 2236
  • *We recommend the 6000-bead bag for these colors


  • 2 large square pegboards
  • Scissors and clear tape
  • Iron and ironing paper
  • Tweezers
  • Quick-drying adhesive
See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here.

Step: 2

Download the PDF for the 3D Empire State Building Project Pattern. Several of the patterns require you to connect the two square pegboards vertically. Cut out the patterns and tape together in the same orientation. If you are using clear pegboards, slide the actual-size pattern underneath them. Place your beads as shown.

Step: 3

FUSING THE DESIGN: An adult should do this step.
Place your pegboards 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 10-20 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

ASSEMBLY: Inner Section:
Matching tab to slot, connect A to B at right angles, then add A and B on the opposite side.

Step: 5

Matching tab to slot, connect C to D and then D to E, all at right angles to form a U-shape. Complete for the second set. Look at the photo and glue these sections to the assembled Inner Section as shown in the assembly diagram.

Step: 6

Main Section:
Matching tab to slot, connect F to G at right angles. Position these assembled pieces around the completed sections above aligning the bottoms, then connect the second set of F and G pieces to complete the back and other side of the building.

Step: 7

Lower Sections:
Center piece H on the side of the building, aligning the bottoms. Glue in place, and repeat for the other side. Set the I pieces aside for the moment.

Matching tab to slot, connect J to K at right angles and connect L to M in the same way. Repeat for the second set of these pieces.

Position the building inside the opening of the base piece N—this part of the building does not have tab/slot connections. Wrap your J/K and L/M pieces around the corners of the building in the position shown in the photo, pressing the tabs of these pieces into the slots of the base.

Connect the I pieces on each side pressing the tabs into the slots of the base.

Step: 8

Top Section:
Press piece O onto the top of the Inner Section. Matching tab to slot, connect P to Q at right angles, then add P and Q on the opposite side to form the rectangle. Press the P/Q pieces onto the O piece, matching tabs to slots.

Step: 9

Spire Section:
Matching tab to slot, press the R piece onto the P/Q pieces. Centering the S piece over the R piece, glue it in place.

Connect the T and U pieces at right angles matching slot to slot, aligning the bottoms. Glue in place in the center of the S piece.