We love to use Perler Beads and make projects, but we got tired of doing only shapes and suggestions from their catalogs. We decided to branch out and turn one of our favorite Mario Bros. characters into a bead picture, and here's how we did it. You can do this with almost any picture-- just use a tool to help you get started, then use your imagination to sharpen the results.
Step 1: Gather supplies
Perler beads in colors that match your project
1 pair tweezers (any style)
Electronic version of your image to manipulate on the computer
Minimum 1 large bead plate
Parchment paper that comes with Perler beads
Computer (for image conversion)
Step 2: Convert image to pixel pattern
We downloaded a program that converts images to cross-stitch patterns from here: www.iktsoft.net/kgchart-en/.
Another instructable uses this program, but I have not tried it:
After you download the program and convert the image, you have a pattern for creating the bead version of the picture.
Step 3: Bead!
Begin by beading only the first plate. You will attach the supplemental plates later.
We started with the first 30 pixels across that we could accommodate. Here, you are seeing Toadette's feet and the bottom of her dress.
Step 4: Finish pattern
Continue beading until you finish the piece (if it is 30x30 or smaller), or need to add on a plate. Here you see
1) We've maxed out the initial board
2) We've added on two more boards