You know life is busy when you have to schedule phone dates. But that’s what it has come down to for me. And I might venture to guess I’m not the only one battling the busyness bug? Maybe you have little munchkins running around your ankles or maybe you work long hours with barely a moment to catch your breath? Maybe you have an unending to do list, too?
I don’t know about you, but when I don’t have much margin in my life, I tend to relegate my creative endeavors to the back-burner…when in reality, the thing I probably need most is to get lost in a good craft project. Nothing relieves my stress more! Are we wired similarly, dear reader?
Well, I have news for you, friends: crafting doesn’t need to take all day. In fact, I have a fun project to share with you all that only takes 10 minutes. Did you hear that? 10 minutes! (No lie.) And for you busy bees, it might be the best 10 minutes you spend all day. You can even invite the kids to join in on the fun.
Here it is:
Do you remember Perler beads? From craft time in Sunday School? Summer camp? With your gum-chewing babysitter? This craft is a total throwback to the 80s, and why not? The 80s are baaaack! (Or maybe they never left.) Here’s the scoop on how to make these cutesy earrings in 10 minutes flat.
Perler Bead Earring Tutorial:
SUPPLIES: $6 total.
- $1.00: Perler bead set with pegboard, parchment paper, beads. Purchased at Dollar Tree
$3.99$2.40 (with 40% off coupon) Darice Silver-Plated Jump Rings from Jo-Ann’s $3.99$2.40 (with 40% off coupon) Darice Silver-Plated Ear Wire from Jo-Ann’s
- Needle-nose pliers
- Iron & ironing board
Step 1. Arrange the beads on your pegboard in a design that suits the eye! I was able to fit both of my earrings on the pegboard at the same time, which helped ensure I had enough beads to cover the set.
Step 2. Iron time! Lay down the piece of parchment atop your design, then with a hot dry iron, gently iron the beads. Because the parchment is semi-transparent, you can tell when the beads have fused together. It really only takes around 10 seconds with a circular motion of the iron. You want to make sure that you can still see the holes in the beads, so don’t go too crazy with fusing! If the parchment sticks to your design, allow it to cool a bit, then peel it away.
When you peel away the parchment, one side will look a bit melty, but the other side is pretty much unscathed. It’s up to you if you want to flip it over and repeat the ironing process on the back to make it more durable; I chose to leave it since I found the fused beads secure enough for ear-dangling.
Step 3. Use your pliers to attach your jewelry findings. First, attach a jump-ring through an opening at the top center of your bead design. If you stop here and add the hook, the earring will hang parallel to your neck instead of perpendicular to it. I prefer the look of the earrings a bit better when they’re perpendicular, so I added a second jump-ring to the first, and then the ear wire.
Annnnnnd in three easy steps and no more than 10 minutes, you’re done!
This project was so speedy, I even knocked out a few more sets of earrings with the rest of my Perler beads.
Oh yes. The 80s are most definitely back, and I dare say, they’re here to stay.
If I had this much fun making them as a 30-year-old, imagine how much fun they’d be as a craft activity at a girls’ birthday party or slumber party. Someone send me an invitation!
Dollar Store Run:
I hope you all are feeling a Dollar Store run coming on to pick up some Perler beads of your own. And while you’re there, you may want to nab some plastic toy animals to make Gold Animal Place-Card Holders. And some nail polish and bobby pins, so you can make some Color-Blocked Bobby Pins, too!
These quick n’ dirty crafts will help keep us afloat when the waves of busyness threaten to knock us down. It’s amazing what a 10 minute craft can do for the soul. Don’t you agree?
Have a terrific Tuesday, dear reader!
P.S. I originally shared this post on Darling Doodles. Thanks, Brie, for having me!
P.P.S. Sometimes I party here.