Turn a case of the "I'm boreds" into something useful and fun. Make this fun craft project for the kids Summer Perler Bead Coasters & Drink Lids. A simple functional craft that they will love!
Summer will soon be here and the notorious "I'm Bored" statement will creep into your day at some point. I try to stock the house with cheap, but fun, craft supplies for the kids. We always have these perler beads on hand but then.....then, they want to know what they should make. These Perler Bead Coasters and drink lids are too cute not to try!
Summer Perler Bead Coasters
What you Will Need
- Perler Beads
- Perler Bead Peg Board (comes in tubs of perler beads sometimes. Check description)
- Parchment paper
For these coaster and drink lids you are going to want to use a round perler pegboard. We lined a center circle to leave a hole for a straw. Then I let the kids design whatever they wanted. They chose fruit because it is Summery.
We ended up with lemons, limes, oranges, and watermelon. They used the glow in the dark beads for the center of the fruit, which I thought was super cute. Once they have their design laid out it's time for a parent to step in. Plug in you iron and heat it to a medium/high setting.
Cover your design with the parchment paper and iron. The idea is for the beads to all melt together and fuse into one shape. Once I melted one side I removed the pegboard and placed parchment on the other side and ironed it too. This gives the coaster a little more stability.
Here are our final four designs. Of course, now the kids are on a roll and we may end up with enough of these to give as gifts before it is all said and done. They love making something practical with their beads.
This is our coasters and drink lids in action. You can use them for either or. They are a perfect way to tell drinks apart and keep those flies out, or just for coasters! We have been using them all week and the kids love them!