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Checkerboard Can Cozies

By: Holly Craft for Perler Beads

Using these Perler Bead patterns, you can make drink cozies in many different designs! Create these checkerboard can cozies or get creative with your favorite pattern, your teams colors, or a unique design.
 

Checkerboard Can Cozies
 

Materials:

  • Large Basic Shapes Pegboards: 5 Ct
  • 1000 Beads-Butterscotch
  • 1000 Beads-Dark Blue
  • 1000 Beads-Black
  • 1000 Beads-White
  • Bead Tweezer Plus
  • Ironing Paper (6 sheets)
  • Craft glue
  • Pattern

# Beads Needed for the Checkerboard Cozy:
Black - 745
White - 576

# Beads Needed for the Striped Cozy:
Butterscotch - 745
Dark Blue - 576

 

Instructions:

  1. Download the Can Cozies Project Pattern. Use the large circle peg board for your projects. If you’re using a clear peg board, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. Place all the beads for the design.
     
  2. Ask an adult to fuse your designs. Place your peg board on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the peg board. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have an open center. Let the design cool.
     
  3. Remove the paper and bead design from the peg board. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat step two. Let cool completely. Note: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly. Depending on the size of the project, additional heating time may be required. Since you are working on a 3-D project, DO NOT OVER-IRON the beads as it will make the centers of the beads close and can make assembly more challenging.
     
  4. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Lift your design from the peg board; flip the design over and repeat step #2. Your peg boards and ironing paper are reusable.
     
  5. Assembly: Using the solid circle as the base, align and glue the first ring to the base. Repeat for the remaining rings.
     
  6. To create the checkerboard pattern, align the black and white colors for the first 4 rows, then rotate them for the next 4 rows so that black aligns with white. Repeat every 4 rows.
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This is so awesome. My kids have an over abundance of perler beads that we are not doing anything with. These can cozies would be perfect to get rid of some of those! They are also practical, which is even better. You can use all the colors, or you can make a pattern with only a few.

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