Tuesday, September 20, 2011

DIY - "Perler Beads"? $0 Guarantee!

Yup.  Make your own faux Perler Beads!  Zero cost guarantee but ... 100% quality and satisfatory...that's will depends how 'open minded' you are to my 'new idea'!

A sample of my 'creation'...it suppose to spell " i  u" but it sort of out of shape at the end...Well, I'm not a perfectionist anyway.  Just want to share with you all the 'idea',  the 'result' will be perfect if I have more patience...

OK.  Happy with the sample above so far?  Now, let me show you the 'idea' or the 'method'.

You will need :-
1.  A piece of release paper or what you call a backing paper from sticker sheet.  Yes, the sticker sheet your kids use up... remove the sticking paper, keep the waxing paper.  Yup, I keep this all the time to substitute wax paper when 'in need'.  Or, you can use your wax paper if you have that in hand.

2.  Straws.  Never throw away straw, they can be pretty useful and fun.  Check out my other project on straw here.

3.  Hot iron.  The one you use on your clothes.  What for? Hmmm... you'll see. ;)

Method :-

1.  Cut the straw into 4 - 5 mm in length.
2.  Arrange them into pattern on the backing paper on the top of the wax surface.

As you can see here, the straw don't have to be exactly the same height,
so + / - is ok.

3.  Now, cover the top with the backing paper with wax area face in - or you just fold over and cover the 'beads'.

4.  Switch on you iron.  I do this on a concrete tiles floor.  I tried it on the iron board, but it was too soft.  I turn my iron on medium heat.  Just rest and touch the paper.  Don't press!  Wait for about 20 - 30 second.  The 'beads' will 'stick' on the paper from inside, turn around and press the other side too to have the pattern surface even.

5.  Remove the iron and wait about 10 seconds or until the paper cool down.  If you rush like I did, you will have some 'flashing' when opened up the paper.

If you happened to have this 'fray' or 'flashing', just remove with a craft knife.
6.  Now, enjoy your zero cost "perler beads".  This idea is good for making small items like little pendent, earring, small frames.... but I prefer ...

Thanks for stop by

Hope this 'idea' inspired you 
to do something 'different' today!


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  1. Meijo the idea is so creative and nice! Thanks a lot! Have a wonderful week!

  2. This is amazing, Awesome How-To..
    these beads are not available here, so when i saw your post i really feel good :)
    as you know i always Love Reuse+Recycling+Cheap stuff into creative line...so i admire & enjoy this post a lot :)
    keep sharing lovely ideas as usual *(*
    Lots of Love

  3. Hi, PC! What a fun way to use straws! I love that they stick together in a pattern - I must try to think of a way to use this idea. Cute project - and zero cost is my favorite amount!

  4. Hello MeiJo,

    What a fun project! I would never have thought of using the straws. It turned out so well. Very nice blog you have here. I have just begun perusing some of your posts and look forward to reading more.

    Thank you for stopping by my place and leaving your comment!

    Kindly, Lorraine

  5. Totally fun project, I would never have thought of using the straws. It turned out so well. I have been browsing through your posts and find your this post to be really unique and stylish also beautiful colour combinations.
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  6. Wow! What a great idea. Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  7. What a clever cost saving idea! Thanks for the lesson, can't wait to try it.

  8. Ha, who knew?!

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

  9. What an awesome idea! You are one of the features today!

  10. Wow, cool! I remember playing with those beads. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  11. How creative are you?! My girls LOVE making things with those beads, but we're going to have to give this a try! thanks so much for linking up to WWWW! Hope to see you again this week!

  12. This has to be the best idea of the season for me!!

  13. This is a lovely and creative idea. Found you thru Creating Success Around the World. :-)

    Agy from Green Issues

  14. What a creative, thrifty, and eco-friendly idea! I'm so inspired--thank you!!

  15. Wow! What a great idea. :) I can't wait to save some straws and try this idea out!


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