Ok, I know we have all seen a lot of these perler beads Mario coasters (as have I, that's where I got the idea to do them
But I just finished a set of 6 and I was really happy with the way they turned out so I thought I would share. Here's the finished product:
I had never done any work with perler beads and it seemed like a simple project and like it wouldn't take very long. I decided to make my sister a set of these for her birthday coming up in a few weeks so I headed down to Joann's and bought the big bucket of perler beads that came with some pegboards. I also bought some tacky glue and a roll of cork board. When I got home and started sorting through my purchases, I quickly realized that the bucket just wasn't going to cut it. First off it was missing some colors I really needed and secondly, the peg board it came with was way too small for proper coasters. So first thing Saturday morning I went back to Joann's and bought a big tray of sorted beads and another small package of beads that came with a really big peg board. So now I was really ready to go:
Most of the beads I used did come from the big bucket of beads which I sorted into that little paint palette thing I had lying around. But I think if I were ever to buy more perler beads I would definitely stick to sorted trays. There is something to be said for the hours and hours of time you spend sorting out the colors. And I'm not being dramatic like "OMG! That took like a billion years!!!" I literally spent like 4 hours just sorting out colors.
I was really surprised at how long it takes to bead. I started around noon and didn't finished all 6 of them until about 7:30 that night and I hadn't even done the cork backing yet. It just takes a long time to sort and bead and iron. And you really just do one bead at a time. It definitely helps to have some tweezers. I just used the ones I pluck my eyebrows with and they worked great.
I ironed each one a little longer than they said to. My sister has kids and I wanted them to be securely melded.
I know what you're thinking, "her ironing board looks like a towel on her kitchen counter." And you're right, it is a towel on my kitchen counter. You take the towel off and it becomes my work bench.
Once they were all ironed and ready to go I traced their size onto some cork board, then cut out the square and used Tacky Glue to glue it onto the side I thought looked not as nice as the front.
I used a lot of glue too. Once I had them all lined up I place them on the board and weighed them down over night so they would dry flat. I just used my yoga book and some 5 pound hand weights.
Here is a picture of the cork backing:
And it works!!
**EDIT** I used the cross-stitch patterns from Birdy's post to make these designs. She made Mario coasters too and they are awesome. Check it out:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293851.msg3341090#msg3341090