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Kids Crafts: Space Invader Hama Beads

| June 27, 2012 | 20 Comments

space invadersWelcome back to Kids Get Crafty! Hooray! With a “Space Get Crafty” only around the corner, we fancied some more “space related” themes… so how about the iconic Space Invaders? Needless to say, they mean nothing to Red Ted, but he thought they look like cool little aliens and they are perfect for “Hama Beads”. A whil eback we had a go at Maxi Hama Beads and the kids loved them. I decided we could move on to the “Midi” Hama Beads  – basically your standard Hama bead. Again, the kids were smitten. And Red Ted spent ALL day beading away and making things – mainly “coasters”, with which he later invented a launchpad game!

cool hama bead ideas

1) I sketched out our little Space Invader for us to follow and then sat down with Red Ted to see if he would like to make one. He did. I showed him, you follow the pattern and count the number of beads you are placing on your  board. Of course I had to help. But he managed to aliens all by himself. I made some more (whilst he was at nursery). Once you have your decide you use some baking paper and an iron to melt your beads and preserve your pattern.

space invader crafts

2) When he came home, we decided to “expand” on the theme.. and make little Space Invader coasters. The easiest way for Red Ted to manage (without constantly mixing up colours), was to use the aliens from Step 1 (already ironed and fixed) and then fill in the space around them. Red Ted made four of these.

cool space craft  ideas

hama bead coasters

3) … and then moved on to his own creations. I love how carefully he arranged his blue and green beads (alternating them and making whole rows of one or the other colour!

What do we think of Hama Beads? Well.. big thumbs up. You can make them “cool” and for boys. I think our space invaders, will look great as coasters and key chains and make fabulous Father’s Day crafts. I reckon they would make a cool pendent too.

And who can knock the fine motor skills Red Ted is developing?!

space invaders

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Happy Hama Beading! Need more ideas? Then check out our special Perler Bead Crafts “round up” and video:

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  1. Pinkoddy says:

    They are fab. We did the letter A this week – wish I’d thought of ailiens :)

  2. Red Ted Art says:

    Ah Aliens are GREAT. We do rather like them! Be sure to check out our handprint crafts if you are looking for other letter inspiration! :-)

  3. Amy Rhodes says:

    We have just brought some Maxi Hama beads they are MASSIVE! I really like the way that they are also supplied with a template as well this makes it really good for colour matching as the template fits underneath the seethrough peg board. I used to love playing with these when I was younger and am relly enjoying being able to share the activity now with my daughter.

  4. Red Ted Art says:

    Oh yes, we have had some of the Maxi Beads, they are great! And Agree, the little templates are fabulous too.

  5. Judy says:

    My 5 year old just informed me when seeing your post “I think I want to do that someday!” These sound like a lot of fun and I’m sure both of my boys would love working with these beads.

  6. tina says:

    these remind me of the graffiti artist, invader. he goes around the streets and posts these little space invaders around. but i love that you did this with the hama beads. we used to use them for vbs. i might just get some to craft with on my own after seeing this. thanks for sharing!
    tina

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Awe thanks – love being compared to a real artists ;-)))) (even if it wasn’t quite meant that way!)

  7. oooh, i love these Maggy. I must get some Hama beads, Z would think they were fab. x

  8. Red Ted Art says:

    Hooray! Great for fine motor skills too! Perfect for boys! :-)

  9. Once again you’ve aided my thoughts! I’m in the process of having a major clearout and cam across hundreds of these beads! x

  10. Oh I knew there was something else I wanted to buy Molly for her birthday, hama beads! Great for rainy days.

  11. such a cool idea! xxx

  12. Bella says:

    Love your space invaders! You left a comment on my blog, which ended up in my spam. I thought I rescued it before I erased everything but I didn’t. Ooops! At least I read it before that happened, so thanks for dropping by. I think it’s hilarious that we both did space invader projects this week. Must be something in the water!

  13. I love how you created your coasters by surrounding your already melted space invaders with new beads – a super way to keep the pattern. Thanks for sharing at The Sunday Showcase.

  14. This is a PERFECT gift idea for my husband! I think I might need to go out and get some supplies ASAP. My boys will totally be into these beads now, plus, they LOVE “olden days” video game characters.

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