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Perler Express
Perler Express
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Perler Express

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Create an old-fashioned steam engine train complete with coal tender, box car, tank car, and caboose, all from Perler Beads! Foot stands you make with beads let you display your train on a desk top or shelf.
Skill level: NONE

Step: 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • Hot Coral - 149
  • Red - 509
  • Rust - 115
  • Orange - 76
  • Pastel Yellow - 29
  • Yellow - 166
  • Cheddar - 49
  • Butterscotch - 30
  • Tan - 12
  • Light Brown - 141
  • Brown - 167
  • Grey - 569
  • Black - 869
  • White - 188

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

Step: 2

Download the PDF for the Perler Express Project Pattern. You will use TWO large square pegboards for the engine (you will use just one pegboard for the other cars). Cut out the individual halves of the engine chart and tape them together so that you can see the whole design at once. If you’re using clear pegboards, slide the actual-size pattern underneath them. Now place all the beads for your project.

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 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.

Step: 5

ASSEMBLY: Each car has black stands. To make your train cars stand up, simply turn the stands at right angles to the car and slide them between the wheels. All aboard!