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How to Make a Perler Bead Cup Holder

I have always been the kind of crafting enthusiast who adores making things that are partially decorative but also still rather practical. Not only does this make me feel very productive, but it also helps me show off my handiwork to guests when they visit my home. That’s how I found myself wanting to make my own DIY cup holders or coasters! Of course, there are plenty of ways to do that, using all different kinds of materials, but I’ve been on a little bit of a perler bead kick lately, since my kids were recently gifted a large tub of them and they’re a blast to use.

How to make a perler bead cup holder

Here are the different steps I followed to make my very own perler bead coasters. You’ll also find a video tutorial version of these steps at the end of this post, just in case you’re more of a visual learner!

How to make a perler bead cup holder diy

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Round shaped template
  • 133 black beads
  • 126 white beads
  • 24 blue beads
  • 24 red beads
  • 24 purple beads
  • Hot iron
  • Wax paper

How to make a perler bead cup holder craft

How to make a perler bead cup holder project

Step 1:

Gather your materials!

How to make a perler bead cup holder step 1

Step 2:

Five rows in from the edge of your perler base or template, make a full ring all the way around in black perler beads. This will be the outside border of your coaster. You’ll make a circle of 60 beads all the way around. Next, you’ll divide the circle into sections with lines, making it look like the slices of a pizza. We placed a line every ten beads around the border so the sections stayed nice and even from their rounded edge to their taper at the centre.

How to make a perler bead cup holder step 1