Raise your hand if you remember playing with Perler beads while jamming out to the Spice Girls on your walkman. While the Perler beading days of your youth were probably spent making hearts and the first letter of your name, we鈥檝e hacked the old-school kid鈥檚 craft so it can be used in a totally grown-up kind of way. Coasters! They鈥檙e cheap to make, the design possibilities are endless and most importantly, you get to reunite with a classic 鈥90s activity. Now if only we could figure out a way to bring Lite-Brites into the 21st century鈥



鈥 Perler beads

鈥 peg board

鈥 parchment paper


鈥 tweezers (optional)

鈥 iron



1. Using the tweezers, grab the Perler beads and begin placing them on the peg board.

2. Arrange the beads in your choice of design.

3. Once your coaster is complete, lay a piece of parchment paper over it. Make sure all the beads are covered.

4. Using low heat and no steam, place the iron on top of the parchment paper. Move the iron around the entire design in a circular motion until the entire top is melted. This should take anywhere from 3-5 minutes.

5. Allow the coaster to cool.

6. Once it has cooled, peel the parchment paper off and remove your coaster from the peg board.

7. Make a million more!


Tweezers aren鈥檛 totally necessary, but they鈥檒l make your life a whole lot easier, especially if your beads aren鈥檛 already sorted by color. Another thing to remember while creating your design is to make sure it will fit evenly within the coaster鈥檚 dimensions. Our coasters are 20 beads x 20 beads.


After your design is complete, then comes the fun part: melting! Before the iron gets involved, make sure your parchment is totally covering all the beads (otherwise they鈥檙e going to melt to the iron, and nobody wants that). Then place the iron on top of the parchment and begin moving it slowly around the coaster. Be sure to get the corners. You鈥檒l know it鈥檚 done when you see that the top layer is totally melted.


And that鈥檚 pretty much it! To keep things cohesive, we chose to use two different color schemes and two different designs. That pixelated chevron makes our eyes hurt, but we can鈥檛 look away.


Need a homemade housewarming present? If the new homeowners (or renters 鈥 let鈥檚 be real), are 鈥90s kids, we鈥檙e betting they鈥檒l be more than stoked to get these as a gift.


Or forget that, and keep these cuties all to yourself for your next party ;)

Do you use a kids鈥 craft in an adult way? Tell us all about it in the comments below!