May Craft: Star Wars Perlers

My how time flies! How is it almost mid-May already? May the Fourth has already passed us, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make a few Star Wars themed perlers!

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Star Wars has gained in popularity again as the three new movies hit theaters in upcoming years. If you’re into epic space operas, fun sci-fi, and interesting characters and somehow haven’t seen Star Wars in the past 40+ years, give it a watch IMMEDIATELY!

That said, here are three fun perlers you can create and customize to your own liking. Just make sure you have the correct colors (or the colors you want to use), and the supplies below:

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Workstation at the ready!

  • Perler Beads (in various colors)
  • Perler Bead Board (the little pegboard you place the perlers on to keep them in order)
  • Parchment paper or Perler ironing paper (either will work just fine)
  • Iron that can be used on a medium, steam-free setting.
  • Masking tape (if using the masking tape method to iron)
  • Heavy books!

Yoda: Original Pattern Here

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Colors Needed:

  • Pastel Green (skin)
  • Dark Green (eyes)
  • Parrot Green (eyes)
  • Neon Green (lightsaber)
  • Dark Brown (cloak)
  • Butterscotch (sash)

I went with neon green for Yoda’s lightsaber as it matches his original’s the best, and the neon also gives it a cool glowy effect when light passes through.

BB-8: Original Pattern Here

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Colors Needed:

  • White
  • Orange
  • Light Gray
  • Black
  • Dark Blue
  • Red

The perfect little companion!

Light Saber: Original Pattern Here

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Colors Needed:

  • Neon Green (or Neon Red for the dark side)
  • Clear (saber piece)
  • Black (handle)
  • Light Gray (handle)
  • Butterscotch (handle)
  • Red (power button)

Go with clear and neon colors for the actual saber portion of the light saber. This will help give it a more glowy effect when light passes through, rather than an opaque appearance of the other beads. It almost gives it a stained glass appearance!

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Pre-book flattening, you can see how things warp if not fully ironed/flattened with a book immediately.

Ironing Tips:

  • Do: Preheat your iron first!
  • Do: Remember to iron evenly, don’t hold the iron in place (see the image above for what uneven ironing looks like)
  • Do: Poke holes in the back of the masking tape (if using this method)
  • Don’t: Iron directly on the board (you’ll melt the pegs!)
  • Don’t: Forget to use a book to flatten your pieces post ironing! Smaller sized items are especially prone to curling as they cool, so placing them under a heavy book will keep them from warping badly. (Old college textbooks make great weights)
  • Do: Have fun! Customize your perler by adding magnets, making it a keychain or necklace, or changing up the colors to suit your tastes.

Pretty simple and fast! These took me about a half hour to make, but expect a little more time with masking tape or if you’re not used to making perlers.

As always, you can check out our last blog post here.

Not able to make your own perlers? Check out the collection at the Etsy store available for customization!

Stay tuned for next month’s craft, something that will help you through your ODYSESSY at E3! Can you guess what it is?

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Happy crafting!

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