Hooray it is Melty Beads Crafts time!!! Some may know of these as Hama Beads and others as Perler Beads… in essence they are the little plastic beads that you put on peg boards to make a pattern and then iron so they “melt together” and fix into a permanent shape. They are a great Kids Craft that keep my two busy for hours..
Many parents, hate them. I have no idea why – as they are so bright and colourful and my kids ADORE THEM. They are great for fine motor skills and I have to say, though you are “restricted” to the use of pre shaped peg boards, my kids are showing a lot of creativity with them and creating their own little creatures and shapes.
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Top tip: Hama Bead creations do sometimes “break apart”, it is worth ironing them on BOTH sides to make them nice and strong.
Hama Bead Craft Ideas
Melty Bead Bowls from Red Ted Art – we think these make great gifts for kids to make on Father’s Day or for Christmas – perfect for key or loose change holding.
Make adorable Heart Shaped Hama Bead Frames.
Hama Bead Greeting Cards, a great way to, uhm, share all your Hama Bead creations with friends and relatives – especially delicate ones that may break.
I love Blue Bear Wood approach of incorporating your Hama Bead creations into mix media collages – turning your craft project into a great Art Project.
I do LOVE the necklace that Mark Montano made using Zip Ties to make a necklace. Genius and so pretty!!
Another clever necklace ideas is Mod Cloth’s wonderful creation, take a peak! Very designer on trend!
Or make some cute Hama Bead Pendants!
Love the Hama Bead Weaving that Mini Eco has created -either as bracelets or little tea light holders!
How about some melted Melty Bead Bracelets? Love these! But getting the melty bit right is a little tricky!
Or use the Melty Bead and Cookie Cutter Ornament technique to make shapes in Autumn or Winter!
of course the “classic” Hama Bead squares make great Coaster Gifts for Daddy. A while back we went retro and made SPACE INVADERS coasters!
More Perler Bead Bracelets here!
Perler bead keyrings – teacher appreciation gifts.
Don’t forget to order your batch of Hama Beads today!
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