Perler Beads. Hama Beads. Fuse Beads. Whatever brand (or off-brand) you choose to use, fusing bits of plastic together is really fun and I'm so glad that this craft is as cool as ever.
A few years ago I made some Perler bead magnets for a friend as a Christmas gift, this year I've helped my little sister make some favorite video game characters for our brothers, and I love the idea of making ornaments from these little beads.
If you visit Pinterest and search for Perler, Hama, or fuse beads, you'll find TONS of amazing inspiration (and I just started a new pin board just for fun designs I find!)
But maybe you'd like to make some designs of your own? Or perhaps some Wild Olive fuse bead designs? I used the pattern designer on Kandi Patterns to make mine, and I saved them and put them into a PDF for you to download. Just be sure to pay attention to the direction that the board is turned...it does make a difference on the wreath. Also, the pattern designer fills in with white "beads", but every area that is white in the pattern should actually just be open.
I have seriously been having so much fun with these. So tell me...have you made any fuse bead projects lately? It feels like a blast from the past, and it's fantastic!