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  • Bugs!

    Designed By Holly Craft

    Create this fun collection of pretty bugs with Perler Beads and a a few fun extras to give them a lifelike look! Set includes a butterfly, bee, beetle, and ladybug.

Directions:

# Beads Needed for the Butterfly and Bee:
Cheddar - 16
Light Blue - 76
Neon Blue - 64
Dark Blue - 11
Clear - 48
Black - 124

# Beads Needed for the Ladybug:
Red - 41
Black - 22

# Beads Needed for the Beetle:
Cheddar - 48
Kiwi Lime - 1
Parrot Green - 19
Light Brown - 27
Black - 27

1. Download the Bugs Project Pattern. Use the butterfly, small circle, and small hexagon peg boards for your projects. If you’re using a clear peg board, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. Place all the beads for the design.

2. Ask an adult to fuse your designs. Place your peg board on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the peg board. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have an open center. Let the design cool.

3. Remove the paper and bead design from the peg board. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat step two. Let cool completely. Note: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly. Depending on the size of the project, additional heating time may be required. If you are working on a 3-D project, DO NOT OVER-IRON the beads as it will make the centers of the beads close and can make assembly more challenging.

4. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Lift your design from the peg board; flip the design over and repeat step #2. Your peg boards and ironing paper are reusable.

5. Butterfly: While the beads are still warm from ironing the butterfly, gently bend the wings at an angle. Wrap a length of black chenille around the body and twist the ends. Trim the ends to about 1" to create the antennae.

6. Bee: Again, while the beads are still warm from ironing, sprinkle with glitter, cover with ironing paper and iron a few more seconds, then gently bend the wings. Attach chenille through the body along the lower black stripe, then create a coil underneath to attach to a paper leaf.

7. Ladybug: Insert short lengths of chenille stems at the red beads marked with white dots on the pattern to create the legs. Thread 3 black beads on each leg, then bend the end of the chenille to hold them in place. Insert another length of chenille stem at the black beads marked with white dots to create antennae. Thread a black bead on the end of each antenna, then curl the ends.

8. Beetle: Adhere the two gold gems to the head as eyes.

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