Hama Bead/ Perler Bead Bracelets

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We do love Hama Beads in our house (also known as Perler Beads) and though we love making the “traditional” patterns and shapes (we love making gift coasters or gift key rings – both of which make great gifts to uncles, aunties or teachers), we also love looking for Hama Bead/ Perler Bead crafts that are a little bit different. This week we made some Hama Bead Bracelets – they turned out so well and the kids are so pleased. I think these make LOVELY gifts from kids to kids or maybe for Mother’s Day! So sweet. And before you ask – these Perler Bead Bracelets do NOT BREAK if you make them “properly”…

How To Make Perler Bead Bracelets - Great Gifts for Kids to Make
Making Hama Bead Bracelets since Sept 2014

Perler Bead Bracelets – Supplies:

  • a large peg board, ours is a hexagon which measures 16cm across. You can use a large square too – but you will end up with a slightly different pattern.
  • Hama Beads/ Perler Beads in desired colours
  • grease proof paper
  • iron
  • scissors/ something point
  • elastic
  • a glass or similar

How to make Hama Bead Bracelets:

We have a video tutorial for you on auto play or follow our step instructions.

Hama Bead Bracelet Patterns

Begin with measuring your child’s wrist and creatin a nice pattern to copy and repeat!

Perler Bead Bracelets How To and Patterns
Melty Bead Bracelets for Kids

1) Create your Hama Beads pattern. I have shared our two patterns above – we have made many more since, but not photographed them all.

Perler Bead Bracelet How To

2) Adults should do this step: Iron your Hama Beads, as per usual one side. Carefully lift off the tray, fold the baking paper over on the other side and now iron the reverse of your bracelet. I really melt the perler beads as much as I can and keep turning it until it all looks well melted together.

Hama Bead Bracelet How To

3) This is the important step: whilst hot – hold it to a glass or similar to shape – we used a small glass, so it will fit the kids too. Take care, as the bracelet will be hot! I mainly hold the PAPER.

Hama Bead Bracelet How To Make

4) Once cool enough to handle (but still warm), remove the paper and also hold to the glass for shaping again.

How to Make a Melty Bead Bracelet

5) Widen one of the existing Hama Bead holes to allow for an elastic.

How To Make Perler Bead Bracelets - Great Gifts for Kids to Make

6) Push through some elastic. Knot to fit a child or grown-ups hand (looser or tighter) and then add some little Hama Beads to the end as decoration. Your Hama Bead Bracelets are finished!!

Have fun!!

Want more Hama Bead Craft ideas? Check these out:

Perler Bead crafts
11 Friendship Bracelets. These are great for Summer Camp or for making and sending to your friends over the long summer holidays!

Looking for more DIY Friendship Bracelets ? Here are some great ones for Summer Camp and beyond!

Hope you like our Friendsip Bracelet ideas!

The video tutorial is also available on Youtube