Bead Colors Needed:
- Orange - 275
- Yellow - 51
- Brown - 11
- Purple - 27
- Black - 78
See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:
- Paper bags - white or brown
- Dye ink
- Craft glue
- Battery-powered flicker lights
- Stones or sand
Download the PDF for the Luminaria Project Pattern. You will use the large hexagon pegboard to create your project. If you are using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. 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. 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. 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: Decide where you want to position your pumpkin and witch hat on the luminaria bags and trace them lightly with a pencil. Cut the shape out of the bag about 1/2 inch inside the traced line. This will allow more light to shine through. Then glue your Perler piece in place.
Use your favorite Halloween stamps and black ink to stamp your luminaria bags. Put stones or sand in the bottom of the bags to weigh them down. Place battery-operated flickering candles inside, then display after dark. Great for party decorations or a porch display for trick-or-treaters.