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Published on April 8th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain


Perler Bead Necklaces

A couple weeks ago, I got out my collection of Perler beads.

You can find a lot of ideas for the beads on Pinterest, they are also called Hama Beads.

They are plastic beads that you can melt into fun pixel-ated shapes.

Once they are melted together, usually with a medium setting iron, the beads stick together and you can then either hang them or play with them.

But, have you thought of making perler bead necklaces with them?

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The beads are bigger, which is perfect for kids to use. I am showing a more sophisticated color scheme. (How great would these be for mom for Mother’s Day?) However, you could let the little’s play and create with basic colors.

When I showed my girls these necklaces, they told me they reminded them of those shell necklaces that we find during summers at the beach. I think they are right.

But you could switch the colors, and they could be necklaces for year ’round.

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I bought several sets of beads, and I even spent about 6 hours sorting some mixed beads into a container to use the beads as I need them now.

It was well worth the time.

You need a good bit of thread, and a needle, just for the beads to fit through. I used nylon monofilament. You can use any good strong thread you might have.

This can be a plastic needle if you have them, for the younger kids.

For a long necklace (one that pulls over your head) you need about 4 feet of thread. I double it so I have a length about 24 inches. At the end, where the two pieces meet. I tied a good knot, and then retied it several times.

Start your beading.

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I use Krazy glue singles, and add the glue to the inside of the bead and slip the knotted part into the bead, leaving the untied ends out for the end of the necklace.

This helps keep the beads from slipping off the end. I recommend a parent do this part.

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Once you have made your necklace, hold the two ends together and make sure it fits over your head. Then tie the two loose ends together.

Snip off any excess thread, and Krazy glue the knot into the final beads.

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You can make a lot of necklaces fast with this idea, and you could even use a thicker cord so the beads don’t shift around as much on the necklace.

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Annalise loves these necklaces, they are great for making necklaces in colors that are hard to find. We have a lot of mint and coral clothes, and finding jewelry in these colors can be hard.

We customized our own jewelry for just a couple dollars!

Perler Bead Necklaces - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Perler Bead Necklaces - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Such pretty necklaces!



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