Designed By Karen Benvenuti
This colorful mobile combines cute beach icons plus real seashells with Perler rod beads to create a fun decoration for any room or even a porch or patio. A perfect project for kids to make as a memory of a great beach vacation!
Bead Colors Needed:
- Blush - 95
- Hot Coral - 28
- Cheddar - 38
- Light Green - 10
- Pastel Blue - 10
- Tan - 17
- Black - 15
- White - 35
See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:
- 1/2 inch wide white ribbon - 1 spool
- 5 inch embroidery hoop or ring
- Fishing line
- 9 medium size seashells
- Hot glue gun
Download the PDF for the Beach Mobile Project Pattern. You will use the large hexagon, small hexagon, and small circle pegboards for your project. If you are using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. Place the beads for the project.
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. 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: Cut 11 pieces of fishing line 16 inches long.
Thread the Beads ’n Rods, your bead designs (except the octopus), and the seashells onto these anyway you choose, making some strands as short as 8 inches and some 10 inches, and making the center one the longest.
TIP: To attach the seashells, cut a 1/2 inch piece of ribbon and fold it in thirds. Wrap the end of one of your pieces of fishing line around it a few times and knot it. Glue this ribbon piece to the inside of the seashell.
Tie all but the longest strand onto the ring, spacing evenly. If you are using an embroidery hoop, separate the two pieces of the hoop and only use the inside part. Set aside the longest strand.
Cut two 20 inch pieces of ribbon. Glue one end of one piece to the ring, and the other end to the opposite side of the ring. Repeat for the other piece of ribbon midway between the ends of the first piece.
Pull the ribbons up until your ring is floating horizontally, then tie an overhand knot with the ribbons about 3 inches from the top. Adjust the knot as needed to make the ring hang straight.
Tie the last strand of beads you threaded to the knot.
With the remaining ribbon, glue one end to the inside of the ring. Wrap the ribbon around the ring to cover it. Finish by gluing the end to the inside.
Tie or glue the octopus to the knot of the hanger.