What are they?
Hama Beads (also known as Fuse beads, Melty beads and Perler beads to name a few) are brightly coloured plastic beads that are stuck together by ironing them. There are a huge variety of beads from single colours and patterned to ones that glitter and glow-in-the-dark.
Where can I buy them?
You can buy the beads and different shaped pegboards from all major craft stores, some toy shops and online. They come in either single coloured bags, themed sets or large multi-coloured tubs. You will also need protective paper to fuse your beads together with an iron, ironing paper comes with most kits, but greaseproof paper works just as well.
What can I use them for?
Hama beads (and all the other varieties) are great for making pixel art, key rings, coasters and badges. You can find plenty of inspiration and patterns over on Pinterest and I have found cross-stitch designs can work rather well too!
Why do you like it?
Working with the beads can be rather time-consuming but also rather therapeutic depending on how complex your design is. My favourite project was making a mobile for my best friend’s daughter, which was Disney princess themed.
What’s been your favourite thing to make? Is there a particular brand you prefer to work with?