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Blooming Cacti
Blooming Cacti
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Blooming Cacti

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Create this dimensional trio of ever-blooming cacti with easy, fun Perler beads. Set them in real flower pots for a colorful accent on a shelf or windowsill.
Skill level: NONE

Step: 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • Red - 10
  • Orange - 5
  • Yellow - 5
  • Dark Green - 1036
  • Evergreen - 60
  • Brown - 1000 (to fill in top of flower pots)

You will also need:

  • Large square pegboard
  • Ironing paper
  • Iron
  • Small flower pots (3)
  • Floral foam oasis

See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here.

Step: 2

Download the PDF for the Blooming Cacti Project Pattern. You will use the large square pegboard to create your projects. If you are using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. Place your beads following the pattern.

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 the fusing. Let cool completely. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboard 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: Slide together the two pieces of each cactus.

Cut foam oasis to fit each flower pot. Insert the base of the cactus into the foam. Cover the top of the foam with brown beads.