DIY enamal dots from perler beads


Yup, I jumped on this bandwagon over the weekend. I used this tutorial from Jen Chapin to make my own enamel dots from perler beads.

Please excuse the iPhone photos, but I wanted to share my results.

This is the bucket I found at Michaels. It was $14.99 regular price, but I used a 50% off coupon - which meant 11,000 perler beads for just $7.50.


Like Jen, I just preheated my oven to 325 and baked them for 30 minutes.


I also cut some in half and made mini dots. If you use a sharp X-Acto style knife blade, they cut SUPER easy.


Here's a comparison between the regular sized dots and the ones from a half bead. (Ring to show sizing).


And here's a comparison between real enamel dots and mine:


Finally, Brad suggested I try making "Mickey" dots.


The trouble with these is with the black beads - the black ones even after about 37 minutes still had dimples in them. I'm going to try an all black batch soon, on 350 for 20 minutes (suggested by a follower on Instagram) and see if that works. But all the other colors came out perfect :)


And if you really want to see/hear them on video - I've got one on my Instagram here. Just for fun :)

I had been hesitant to try this process because a) I thought it would be difficult and b) I was worried they would smell but I have to assure you - super easy, and no smell/fumes at all. It takes a little time to line them up on your cookie sheet but beyond that, it really is so easy. I rolled 3 trays through the oven - alternating them so I wasn't doing one sheet for 30, another sheet for 30, etc. I would start one, put another in, move that to the top when the first came out, and then put a third sheet in. Less time running the oven and they still melt in the same amount of time even if they start on the bottom rack.

I made a ton of these, in both the regular and small sizes, so I'll be set for awhile, and I didn't even make a dent really in my huge bucket of beads.

9 comments:

  1. I've seen blog posts about these as well, but was always afraid of how bad (toxic) they might smell. Guess I'll be searching my Michaels for these now.

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    1. This brand (perler beads from ek success) don't smell at all. I wouldn't risk a cheapo brand or anything...

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    2. Picked up some today at Joann's. They had a larger selection of some other brand, but I stuck with the Perler. Hoping to have time tomorrow to "bake" a few.

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  2. Love the Mickey ones, what a great idea. :D

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  3. WOW this is awesome, great job. I just wish we could buy the beads here in New Zealand as I would love to try it out. I am in the States in July, will be looking for these for sure.

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  4. I use my melting pot from Ranger to melt my beads. 20 minutes on the Utee setting with the lid on it and all the beads (even the dark colors) melt with no dimples! I'll have to try out the Mickey heads in the pot and let you know.

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    1. I haven't heard of the Ranger melting pot. Off to google it now!

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  5. I am excited to try this! My grandsons like crafting. I think they will help me make some for their mom this weekend.

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