Summer Camp Craft: Perler Bead Bowls

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We’re so excited to be back over at Design Dazzle for Summer Camp again this year! This time we’re thinking outside the box by creating these brightly colored bowls from perler beads (also called hama beads). They are so simple that even the littlest hands can help make these fun catch-alls (though all kiddos will need a parent’s help with the oven!).

melted perler bead bowl
These bright and cheery bowls are perfect for storing all of your small trinkets and treasures (my guys like to put Legos and special rocks in theirs), and they make a special gift for friends and grandparents.
perler beads and supplies for making bowl
All you need is an oven-safe bowl, perler beads, cooking spray and an oven that has been pre-heated to 375 degrees.
colorful perler beads added to bowl
Lightly spray the inside of your bowl with cooking spray, and pour in a handful of perler beads. Gently push the beads around so that there is only a single layer of beads covering the bottom of the bowl. The cooking spray will help the unmelted beads temporarily stick to the walls of the bowl in order to build it up and make it taller.
beads shaped to sides of bowl
Place your bowl on a baking sheet and into your oven. After about 5 minutes you’ll see the beads start to stretch out and begin to melt.
beads after melting still inside of glass bowl
After 15-20 minutes the bowl will be fully melted and can be removed from the oven. Please, be careful because the bowl will remain hot for quite awhile after it’s removed from the oven! At this point while the melty beads are still flexible, you can use the back of a spoon to gently push the softened beads around and fill in any large holes or gaps.
Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes before removing the bead bowl from the outer bowl! Give the outside of your bead bowl a light wiping with a soapy sponge to remove any cooking spray residue.
perler bead bowls removed from bowl
These fun bowls are textured on the inside and perfectly smooth on the outside. I love the way the top row of beads melt and slide down to create unique teardrop shapes – lovely! Try making them with different colored bead combinations (I think red, white and blue would be fantastic for 4th of July!) and by using a variety of different sized and shaped bowls. There are so many exciting possibilities!
child holding diy perler bead bowl

signature from Heidi, at Happiness is Homemade


  1. Hello. Found this website via Pinterest & so glad I did bc I have a lot of these beads& had planned to make Bowls,Flowers, & Butterflies for Key Chainsm. I am a Mom, Grandmother,Crafter & DIYer who loves to try New Things. 😃

  2. My grandkids love the perler beads. We have done many designs that you iron over to adhere. We just made our second bowl this morning. They turn out beautifully.

  3. Have you tried putting the beads on the outside of an upside down bowl? The inside of the bowl would be smooth and the outside would be textured.

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