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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.
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Step 1: Gather supplies

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To do this project, you will need:

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

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First, you will convert the image to a pixel-based pattern.

We downloaded a program that converts images to cross-stitch patterns from here:

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!

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The large bead plates have 30 pegs across and 30 down.  So, if your pattern exceeds these dimensions, you already know you will need more than one bead plate.  In that case, you will need to either (1) shrink your image and reconvert it to a smaller pattern or (2) buy more bead plates to accommodate the size of your pattern. 

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

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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
fgribbon2 months ago

Can anyone tell me what that tray thing is in step 3? I'd love to get one for my projects :)

U4563 years ago
Here is a good tip if you can't do that
1. Choose the pic you want
2. Print it out
3. Cut it out
4. Put it on the holder
Hope this helped!!!!,
When importing what are the specifications that you use? Say like chart size, palette, stich type, colors and Th. Count. Im trying to import the pictures but none come out as clear as yours
CAN YOU HELP?! I can't get an image imported into the program how did you?
Hi there,
Check out this link:
Kiteman5 years ago
(For UK readers, these beads are also called Hama Beads.)