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Backyard Play
Backyard Play
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Backyard Play

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Create your own cozy little backyard scene in a shadow box with Perler Beads!

Step: 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • Red - 61
  • Rust - 280-19
  • Orange - 31
  • Yellow - 50
  • Cheddar - 127
  • Kiwi Lime - 1718 - 2 Bags
  • Dark Green - 518
  • Turquoise - 131
  • Light Blue - 84
  • Dark Blue - 80
  • Light Brown - 120
  • Brown - 135
  • Grey - 445
  • Black - 31
  • White - 170

See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:

  • 12 x 12 inch shadow box
  • Bright lime paint and brush
  • Craft glue,
  • 3/8 inch high letter stickers
  • String or plastic cord
Step: 2

Download the PDF for the Backyard Play Project Pattern. You will use 2 large squares, the puppy, small circle, and small hexagon pegboards for your project. If you’re using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. Place all the beads for the design.

Step: 3

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.

Step: 4

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.

Step: 5

ASSEMBLY: Shadow box: Paint your shadow box inside and out.

Step: 6

Doghouse and Dog: Glue the Doghouse Base inside your shadow box about 3/4 inch from each side at lower left. Press or glue the Dog Stands into the slots on the lower side of the Doghouse Base, and the Doghouse Stands into the slots on the upper side. Sticker your pet's name or initials onto the Bone Sign and glue it to the Doghouse. Slide the Doghouse and Dog into their stands.

Step: 7

Tree: Glue the Tree Base inside your shadow box about 1 inch from the top and 3/4 inch from right side. Loop an 8 inch length of string or plastic cord through the Tire Swing and knot loosely. When your Tree is constructed, you will hang the Tire Swing from a tree branch and adjust the length as needed.

Step: 8

Hold your Tree Part A and Tree Part B sections at right angles to each other, then slide the slot in the branches of Part A up through the slot in the trunk of Part B. Align the pieces at the bottom of the trunk. Press or glue your tree into the slots of the Tree Base. Hang the Tire Swing.

Step: 9

Street, Flowers & Birds: Glue the Street diagonally into the upper left of your shadow box, aligning the edges. Press or glue the flowers and one bird into the small slots in the Tree Base. Slide two of the birds into the vertical slots in the tree. For a finishing touch, add a mix of loose beads in Kiwi Lime and Dark Green around the Tree and Doghouse Bases.

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