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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).

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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 Amazon.com 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?

Book Review | Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids

Reported by Cassandra Darwin

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Martha Stewart is definitely one of a reigning queens in the crafting world. Since I have always enjoyed her cook books and crafting projects, I was excited to receive her new book “Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore, and Share“.

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I took a quick look through the book before deciding on a project that my almost 3-year-old daughter and I could do together.

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Although this craft (gluing cotton balls to a pre-cut shape) was just the right speed for my daughter, she lost interest before we got to the second side of the sheep. I was envisioning making a few of these and then turning them into a mobile to hang from the ceiling.

Martha Stewart Crafts for Kids: Cotton Ball Sheep

I also want to be sure to mention that there are many crafts in here that are not specifically for kids.  In fact, I went through the entire book and made a list of all the projects that I want to do for myself or make as gifts for Christmas this year.

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I especially love the list of supplies at the end of the book.  If a project calls for a supply that you are not familiar with you can look it up for a better description as well as helpful hints on where to buy the supplies.  Although most of the projects on my list will use up the supplies I already have, which is great!

PROS:

  • Well thought-out instructions and diagrams/templates included for every project
  • Lots of pictures of the projects and kids using the projects – which my daughter loves to see
  • The crafts in this book use common supplies that you will likely already have, and can be made for a variety of occasions

CONS:

  • Lacking any kind of indication for age groups that can work on each project (an index with age groups or a range listed on each project would have been very helpful)
  • I would like to see more projects for the “under age 5” crowd

Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore, and Share” is available online and in store with an MSRP of $24.99 (Buy it on Amazon.com for $17.48).  It features 175 projects for kids and adults.  Have you seen it or tried any of the projects?

Project | Using Project Life With Kids

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We finish out Kids Crafts Week with the hottest thing to hit scrapbooking for grown-ups in the last few years…Project Life!

My 10 year old daughter, Bridget, recently decided that she wanted to “make a scrapbook too”. Due to her limitations (she has arthritis and autism), I decided to try her out with Project Life as a “shortcut” to enabling her to scrapbook.

I let her browse the new Project Life releases online, and she went straight for the “Blush” kit, full of pink and doodle-y flowers. (A “Honey” kit just “accidentally” fell into Mommy’s cart while the kid was picking out her kit….you’ll hear more about that later!)

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We picked a topic for her first Project Life pages, the day we spent at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for her 10th birthday last month. Then we sat down at my computer and I opened up my Adobe Lightroom library. Bridget pointed to the pictures that she wanted and I took care of printing them the appropriate sizes.

Since we were just starting her album, we started by inserting the cards for the front and back pages. It gave her a chance to try out working with the pockets. I was pleasantly surprised at how fast she picked up the concept of having to insert the cards from the backside to do the reverse of the pages. We’re working with the Project Life Design A page protectors, and a We R Memory Keepers Classic Leather Album in Kiwi.

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Bridget was so proud of her completed front and back pages! For now, we just put the cards in place as an exercise. Later, we’ll go back and decorate them some and create a title and everything.

First, I had her insert all of her photos into pockets. Because she had so many, we inserted an extra protector in the middle of the layout – a Design G protector that holds two vertical and two horizontal photos along with two 3×4 slots.

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Next I had her create a title card for the Animal Kingdom spread. She picked out a background card for it and then I offered her a selection of letter stickers for the title. She went (predictably for a 10 year old girl!) for the glittery aqua ones – Amy Tangerine “Scene” Foam Thickers in Cascade Glitter.

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Then I had her fill in, one by one, the other empty slots that remained in the page protectors by selecting cards from the kit and putting them in the slots. She wrote journaling on a 4×6 grid card, and did a bit of minor decorating on a few other cards. The journaling was a sneaky mommy way of getting her to practice her writing during vacation, and is one of the reasons I’m encouraging her to do this project this summer.

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One card she stamped to show that we were celebrating her birthday that day – she did really well using the little mini pigment ink pads from Close To My Heart with a small rubber stamp. The tiny stamp pad was a very usable size for her small fingers!

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And here is the result! She loves her scrapbook pages! They were a great activity for us to do together. Beyond the fun, they had some educational value in practicing her writing and her motor skills.

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Here’s a closer look at the finished product:

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Supplies | We R Memory Keepers Classic Leather Album (Kiwi), Project Life Page Protectors (Design A), Project Life Page Protectors (Design G), Project Life Core Kit (Blush), American Crafts Amy Tangerine “Scene” Foam Thickers (Cascade Glitter), BasicGrey Nook & Pantry 6×6 paper pad, My Mind’s Eye “My Girl” 6X6 paper pad, My Mind’s Eye “Happy Day” 6×6 paper pad, Heidi Swapp epoxy word stickers, Close To My Heart pigment ink (sky), Stampin’ Up! stamp set.

I was concerned when we started this that it would be over my daughter’s head but she did really well and loved it and is already excited to make her next page! Something tells me that this won’t be her last Project Life kit…this is a great kid project!