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Message Hearts
Message Hearts
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Message Hearts

★★★★★ ★★★★★

Designed By Karen Benvenuti

These sweet message hearts are so quick and easy to make with Perler beads—they are the perfect thing for classroom Valentine exchanges!


Skill level: NONE

Step: 1

Bead Colors/Quantity Needed:

  • Peach - 85
  • Bubblegum - 30
  • Red - 44
  • White - 93

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

  • Cardstock: white, peach, pink, gold
  • Toothpicks
  • Candy kisses
  • Scalloped heart punch, 2.5" wide
  • Craft glue
  • Foam adhesive
  • Pen or marker
Step: 2

Download the Message Hearts Project Pattern. You will use the small heart pegboard to create your projects. If you are using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. Place your beads following the patterns.

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. 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. Sometimes additional heating time may be required.

Step: 5

ASSEMBLY: Punch two hearts from contrasting colors of cardstock. Choose the heart you will use as the backer for the Perler bead heart. Glue the end of a toothpick to the bottom of the cardstock heart.

Step: 6

Adhere your Perler bead heart to the front of the cardstock with foam adhesive.

Step: 7

Adhere the other cardstock heart to the back of the first one with foam adhesive, leaving room to write a message. Pen the message to your Valentine.

Step: 8

Gently insert the bottom of the toothpick into the top of a candy kiss.