We are experiencing perler bead mania over here, and my kids are making everything in sight. One of the newest creations is Star Wars perler bead lightsabers. These are designed by my six-year-old and definitely a great perler bead activity for little hands. In fact, it is a perfect project for a beginner!
I introduce perler beads to the kids when they turn four-years-old. Most children are usually old enough to make creations at this point as well as pick up the beads that go tumbling off the table onto the floor. You’d be surprised how often that happens! Perler bead activities are also great at teaching children to be gentle because the beads can easily fall off the pegboards, so they have to carefully move the pegboard around.
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What’s great about this perler bead lightsaber pattern is that the entire lightsaber is made of pairs. This is what makes it nice and easy for beginners. If you have never used perler beads before, this is what you’ll need.
Here is how you line up the beads. Just put three pairs of black beads at the bottom, then add your desired color all of the way up.
Again, this is nice and easy. Once the Star Wars perler bead lightsabers are all on the pegboard, it is time to fuse them together with the iron.
That’s where I come in. Make sure to put the provided paper between the beads and the iron. If not, THIS will happen. 🙂
*Side note: If you accidentally melt the perler beads to the iron, turn the iron off as quickly as possible. Let the perler beads cool on the iron. Once it is completely cooled, your perler bead creation should easily come off.
Once the perler bead lightsabers are finished cooling on the pegboard, you are ready to roll!