Bead Colors Needed:
- Bubblegum - 20
- Pink - 67
- Toothpaste - 624
- Parrot Green - 161
You will also need:
- Large and small square pegboards
- Ironing paper
- Flowers, candy, or battery-powered votive candle
See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here.
Download the PDF for the L-O-V-E Gift Box Project Pattern. If you are using clear pegboards, slide the actual-size patterns underneath them. 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. 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.
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: Create a box by gently pressing the side panels together at right angles, matching the tabs to the slots.
Lay the bottom piece on the tabletop, and gently press the assembled sides onto the bottom piece, again matching the tabs to the slots.
Add flowers, a battery-powered votive candle, or candy inside the finished box.