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Back to School
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Back to School

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This fun project helps kids get in the mood for heading back to school. It’s easy with Perler beads! Make it a family project, or present it as a gift to the teacher.   

Step: 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • Peach - 39
  • Light Pink - 2
  • Blush - 10
  • Pink - 12
  • Red - 23
  • Orange - 2
  • Cheddar - 4
  • Pastel Yellow - 7
  • Yellow - 384
  • Kiwi Lime - 10
  • Parrot Green - 8
  • Toothpaste - 10
  • Turquoise - 10
  • Pastel Lavender - 10
  • Purple - 2
  • Light Brown - 16
  • Brown - 16
  • Grey - 18
  • Black - 775
  • White - 100

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

Step: 2

Download the PDF for the Back to School Project Pattern. You will use the 2 large squares and a teddy bear 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.

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 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.

Step: 5

ASSEMBLY: Insert the arm of the stop sign into slot on the side of the school bus near the door. Insert the wheels of the school bus into the open slots in the street. Insert the longer leg of each parent into the openings in the street. And you’re off to your first day of school!