Picture of Pac Man Beverage Coasters (Perler Beads)
Hey everyone!

This instructable will show you how to make a set of beverage coasters featuring your favorite retro video games using Perler Beads.

In this guide, I have included the pattern for a set of 6 Pac Man themed coasters, and you can view my other instructables for patterns featuring Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda…


…the pixel-like nature of Perler Beads makes it incredibly easy to turn just about any classic video game character or item into a pattern! 

…SOOOO…if you love the coasters, but goombas, ghosts, or triforces just aren’t your thing, skip to step 6 for instructions on how to create your own patterns from YOUR favorite games!
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Step 1: Supplies Needed:

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- Perler Beads*

- Base plate

- Cork backing

- Parchment paper

- Iron

*Perler Beads are available just about anywhere, from your local craft supply store to your local Walmart, but they come in a plethora of sets, so be sure to choose a one with a variety of colors that best suits your theme.

Step 2: Bead Placement:

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Red Ghost.jpg
Orange Ghost.jpg
Pink Ghost.jpg
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Place the beads onto the base place as indicated in the pattern.

Step 3: Ironing:

Place a piece of parchment paper over the top of the completed pattern.  Make sure the paper is big enough to generously cover the whole pattern surface; if it slips off during the ironing process, the beads may adhere to the iron.

With the iron on medium heat, iron over the beads and parchment paper in a circular motion for 5 – 10 seconds.  Allow to cool, and peel off the paper.

WARNING: Be sure you are using parchment paper and NOT wax paper!
The wax will melt off of the wax paper and stain your coasters.

Step 4: Ironing, Part 2:

Gently flip the coaster over and off of the base plate.

Repeat the previous ironing step on the back side of the coaster.

I have beaded and ironed the Packman portion of this project and I notice you don't have instructions on how to attach the cork to the bottom. What is the best way? Will hot glue melt the beads more?

mikeasaurus3 years ago
Neat project! Why not make the edges into corresponding fingers/openings so more than one can snap together?!
Love it! I love how you even took the border into consideration and made it just like the game!
toughschmidt (author)  Penolopy Bulnick3 years ago