If you’re looking for simple, yet fun activities to do with your kids this time of year, Halloween melting bead art is a wonderful idea.
My kids have gone nuts over the past few months creating tons of melting beads creations and my 10 year-old came up with this adorable pumpkin and bat combo inspired by one of her favorite games, Minecraft.
Our jack-o-lantern and bat melting bead creations are a fun way to bring a bit of melting beads fun to the holiday. We like to hang our melting bead creations from a window with yarn so we can look at them all season long!
The best thing about this Halloween melting bead art project is that the pattern is already complete for you. Just follow along with our guide and your jack-o-lantern and bats will look just like ours!
What you’ll need:
- Melting beads (sometimes called Perler beads) in:
- Square 14X14 bead board
- Wax paper
- Round 15 diameter bead board
- Tweezers (optional, but helpful)
We used the generic melting beads sold in a large bucket at Michael’s, but any brand of melting beads will work for this Halloween activity.
Follow the design outlined below to create your own Halloween melting bead art. If you follow the pattern exactly, you can start from the top and work your way down.
If you use tweezers to pick up each individual bead and place it on the pin you are less likely to knock over other beads and have to repeat what you’ve already done.
Use the square base for the pumpkin and the round base for the bat. We based our patterns around the precise dimensions of our bead boards, but if you have different sized boards, you may need to modify the designs a little.
Row 1: OOOOOOGGOOOOOO
Row 2: OOOOOOGGOOOOOO
Row 3: OOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Row 4: OOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Row 4: OOOBOOOOOOBOOO
Row 6: OOBBBOOOOBBBOO
Row 7: OOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Row 8: OOOOOOBBOOOOOO
Row 9: OOOOOOBBOOOOOO
Row 10: OOBOOOOOOOOBOO
Row 11: OOBBOBOOBOBBOO
Row 12: OOOBBBBBBBBOOO
Row 13: OOOOOBBBBOOOOO
Row 14: OOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Row 1: XXXBXXXXXBXXX
Row 2: XXBBBXBBXBBBXX
Row 3: BBBBBBYBYBBBBBB
Row 4: XXXBBBBBBBBXXX
Row 5: XXXXXBBBXXXXXX
After finishing the designs, place a sheet of wax paper over the beads. Iron the beads with an iron set to medium-high heat for about 30 seconds. Don’t do it too long or the beads will turn into a puddle.
Once the first side cools, remove it from the bead board and place the wax paper on the other side. Iron the back side for 30 seconds to fuse the other side of the beads together.
Repeat this process for all your Halloween melting bead art!
Once you are finished, tie a piece of string or yarn through one of the holes and hang your (err your kids’!) Halloween melting bead art from a window or anywhere else you want!
You could also attach a magnet to the back and have adorable fridge magnets for the season.