April Crafternoon

This month’s crafternoon was a laid back project that did not involve sharp blades, or complicated materials…..just Perler Beads (also called hama beads) and the little plastic racks you arrange the beads on before ironing. I asked everyone to bring a pattern or idea (cross stitch patterns work great, but you can find tons of perler beads patterns for free online too) Though some of the patterns take some time, they really are super simple to make! And smart phones make it real easy to look up even more patterns on the fly!
This crafternoon was a potluck, so there was lots of goodies to eat, and a white elephant gift swap as usual. Unfortunately I didn’t take as many photos as I usually try to do, but I think you get a good idea of the fun things everyone made.

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21 Responses to April Crafternoon

  1. Stevi says:

    I am so jealous of your friends!

  2. Catherine says:

    that is some SUPER awesome hama-beading you’ve got going on there!! My girls go through hama-bead-obsession-phases – I’m going to bookmark your post for inspiration, ready for the next time we release the hama’s.

  3. Rachel says:

    The deer head is so cool. I love yout crafternoon posts.


  4. Jessica H. says:

    Wow! Perler Beads have come a long way! I used to love them as a kid. I love the deer with its pink antlers. :)

  5. Persephone says:

    Finn the human! Love it!

  6. Heidi Kenney says:

    Persephone, isn’t Finn awesome! I love that so many people made such big ones!

  7. Heidi Kenney says:

    thanks Jessica, they were really fun!

  8. Heidi Kenney says:

    Thanks catherine, they were lots of fun…I still might need to make a few more items ;)

  9. Nat says:

    OMG those Nyanko tattoos! I love them! :D

    I have Muffin (Pom Pom Purin’s hamster friend) tattooed on my ankle :3

  10. Nicole says:

    My husband LOVES perler beads! Here’s a pic of our fridge with a bunch of his creations: http://www.pudgeandnico.com/www/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/fridge-perlers.jpg

  11. rae says:

    they turned out so cute! my mother in law went through a weird perler bead ObSESSION and made us make tons for her sunday school class.

  12. Heidi Kenney says:

    Rae, they really are so much fun to play with! I want to sit down and make some more, but havent had a chance

  13. Heidi Kenney says:

    Nicole, that is so awesome! I love the idea of turning them into magnets–because I cant think of a lot of other uses for them :)

  14. Heidi Kenney says:

    Nat, thats my friend Brittany, she has lots of fun tattoos :)

  15. I remember having this one when I was a kid and my mom always ask me to make a cute design out of this beads but I was never good at it. These are all so lovely designs.

  16. Nicole says:

    Heidi–Magnets are the way to go! Just slap some craft glue on a really strong magnet and put it on once the perler cools.

  17. Heidi Kenney says:

    nicole, thanks-will do!

  18. Heidi Kenney says:

    Alexis, I think the beads are some times hard for kids and adults…because if you bump it they can fall all over and mess up your design. My son used to get frustrated with them but this time (at age 10) had an easier time

  19. jane b says:

    my heart breaks a tiny bit each time i see these crafternoon posts :( someday i’ll make it.

  20. Heidi Kenney says:

    Jane, aw shucks–so far away!!! You should totally have a crafternoon!!