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Review | Perler Beads Super Pegboard

Reported by Maria del Pinto

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Perler Bead Super Pegboard

The Perler Beads Super Pegboard makes it easy to reproduce larger images with Perler beads, Nabbi beads, Fuse beads and/or Hama beads.  Perler Beads have been gaining popularity with Anime fans because of the ability to easily reproduce Anime characters with the beads and make fun jewelry and other accessories. In the package you get:

  • 1 Super Pegboard (10.5″x14″)
  • 1 ironing paper
  • 1 set of instructions

The Perler Beads Super Pegboard is clear which makes it easy to use with various patterns.  You just place the pattern beneath the board and load the beads onto it to create the pattern.  My kids enjoyed the versatility of this board.  We were reviewing DNA for science and realized the beads would be great to create a DNA Replication Strand.  So we printed out the pattern for the DNA strand and placed it beneath the board.

DNA Replication Strand Pattern for Perler Beads
DNA Replication Strand Pattern for Perler Beads

You can see above how easy the clear board makes it to see the detail in the DNA pattern. Below is the finished piece.

DNA Replication Strands in Perler Beads
DNA Replication Strands in Perler Beads

That worked out so well, that we decided to make a “Hello Kitty” style piece next.  So we went over to one of our favorite web sites, Kandi Patterns, to see what patterns she had that would work. We found one we liked and printed it out.

Hello Kitty Perler Bead Pattern

It only took a few minutes to set down the Perler beads and iron them out.

White Kitten Perler Bead Pattern finished piece.
Hello Kitty Perler Bead Pattern finished piece.

These are so fun and easy to do.  The Perler website has a bunch of free fun patterns for 3D butterflies, playing pieces, jewelry projects and more. Perler beads and boards are not just for little kids – my teen loves creating jewelry pieces with them as they are perfect to use over an iPad to create various patterns. To use this pegboard with an iPad, gently place the pegboard over the Ipad and follow the pattern on the iPad. Then remove from the iPad and carefully melt the beads using the iron (as described by the manufacturer).


  • Transparent frame makes it easy to use with your own designs and templates. You can even lay this board over your iPad to follow some of the cool online patterns so easily available on various sites.
  • The price is very reasonable.
  • The board works with many types of fuse beads like: Hama Beads, Nabbi Beads, Ikea Beads, and Perler Beads.


  • The board is large, so you need to store it carefully to avoid cracking or scratching  it.
  • The peg tips are really close together.  Depending on the brand of beads you use, you may have to use tweezers to put the beads onto the pegs.

The Perler Beads Super Pegboard holds 3381 Perler Beads and is available at major crafts stores or at for around $7.28.

What type of Perler bead projects do you do?  Have you any favorite similar type beads that you use for your projects?

CHA Winter 2012 | Martha Stewart Crafts for EK Success

Reported by Sarah Moore, Founding Editor

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We know you love EK Success’ Martha Stewart Line. I’m happy to report they have a new line of products coming out. MSLO celebrity Alex Peruzzi showed us around…

Introducing, Martha Stewart Crafter’s Clay and silicone molds…

This is an air dry clay that is very lightweight and versatile. It’s extremely soft and smooth. You can mold it, sculpt with it, paint it, or even add glitter to it. The end result is an embellishment you can use on papercrafts, jewelry, or home decor items.

Using the white base clay, add a little bit of color to make the shade you seek. A color chart comes with the clay.

Press the clay into the silicone mold with the sculpting tools…

Pop it out of the mold. It’s a soft clay that really holds its shape. I handled this clay before it dried and it remained flexible but didn’t pick up my fingerprints.

Glue the embellishment in place when it is dry…

Best of all are these floral kits. They include step-by-step instructions on how to create these amazing flowers…

These look real!

So what do you think of Crafter’s Clay? What would you create?

Review | American Girl Crafts Mosaic Frame Kit

Reported by Maria Del Pinto

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The American Girl dolls are pretty popular in my household, and we have been blessed with another opportunity to test out one of their kits. The American Girl line of craft kits by EK Success can be found at local craft stores, online and other retailers.

The American Girl Craft Kits vary in price, and are geared to specific ages. This particular kit is recommended for American Girl fans ages eight and up.

The American Girl Mosaic Frame Kit retails for about $19.99.

The Mosaic Frame Kit comes complete with:

  • A project & idea booklet
  • Acrylic Frame
  • 142 Patterned Shapes
  • 1 Green Square Stencil
  • 1 Pink Circle Stencil
  • 24 Clear Plastic Bubble Stickers
  • 16 Self Adhesive gems
  • 3 Ribbons
  • Adhesive Foam Squares

The instructions include some drawings that make it fun for the crafter to follow, without having to stop and read the whole booklet.

You really should read it, though, because the booklet offers some great tips and ideas for personalizing the projects.  There are even instructions for creating a fun scavenger hunt game to entertain the kids.

The colorful papers in the kit are actually pre-cut shapes that the kids can use to decorate their frame.

The clear bubble stickers are pretty neat and a nice finish to the pictures and/or die cuts used in the project.

The frame itself is really cute, it is made from acrylic which is safer for the kids to craft with.

Making the project is pretty easy, just choose some pictures.  My girls found it easier to hold the photo stencil to decide which pictures to use.

Or you can use the frame to see how the pictures will look.

Once the kids have picked out the pictures, then they just need to cut them out.  The pictures are pretty small, so if you are working with younger children, then I would recommend cutting the pictures out for them.  If you have one of those fun inch-sized square punches, then those will work too.  The project took about 30 minutes total to make and came out great.  Below is the frame done using just the kit supplies and our pictures.  

My oldest daughter glued some of her favorite jewelry pieces (from pieces she had broken but did not want to throw out) to her frame.  Now she can enjoy both the memories from her pictures and from the pieces of jewelry.  So the possibilities are endless with this kit.  If you are looking for a fun quick and easy craft for your American Girl fan, then this kit will not disappoint. It is super easy and a fun memory project for your own American Girl to do.  The finished project is so cute.


  • Lay everything out so you can pick your colors, shapes and photos.
  • If you are using the kit for younger children, you can help avoid frustration by using either the enclosed adhesive foam squares, or use glue dots (my personal favorite).
  • Your kids may want to keep adding decorations (stickers, buttons, etc.), so be prepared to have fun items on hand for them to add to their frame.


  • Easy to follow instructions.
  • All the supplies you need are in the kit (except the photos and scissors).
  • Easy to finish in a short time period.


  • Really geared for one child at a time. (Beside the one the manufacturer sent me, I purchased another kit so that both of my girls would be able to do one).
  • Habit forming, once we started the girls wanted more to make for friends.
  • Price may be an issue for some, however, I found some great deals online.

We would love for our readers to share with us what types of crafts do their children enjoy making? Post a comment and let us know.