Perler bead gift tags

You can use perler beads to make your own cool personalised gift tags in any shape you like. Simply choose some colourful beads and get beading.

Step 1

Affix perler beads to a pegboard to make your design and when it is ready, simply use an iron to melt the beads together. To do this, place a sheet of parchment paper over the beads and then iron over it with an iron on medium setting until the beads start to melt together. Lift up one corner of the paper to check if the beads are properly melted together before removing the paper completely. For extra stability, you can run the iron over both sides of the design. Place the finished design between a couple of heavy books and leave to cool down / flatten. Thread a piece of string through the tag and tie it onto the present. We have made 3 simple designs to inspire you. First up, this heart.

Step 2

Next, a simple butterfly.

Step 3

And finally, a flower. These are just simple ideas to get you started. You make just about anything, from your favourite video game or cartoon character to animal figures and anything inbetween. Once you get started, you'll find it hard to stop!