Use Pyssla beads the next time your children are looking for an art activity. These small, plastic beads can be used in developing fine motor skills for younger children. Pyssla beads are sold exclusively at Ikea stores. They're like Perler beads and can be used in the same manner. The beads come in several colours and can be made into several designs. A few items are needed when completing a Pyssla bead project.
- Skill level:
Things you need
- Pyssla beads
- Iron or parchment paper
- Pyssla or Perler grid boards
Take out a Perler or Pyssla pegboard. Place it on a flat surface.
Place the beads onto the pegboard, one by one to create a design. Place beads next to each other on the pegs so they will fuse together when you heat them with the iron.
Preheat your household iron to medium. Set it to a dry setting.
Place a piece of ironing paper over the finished design.
Move the iron in a circular motion gently over the beads for about 10 seconds.
Let the design cool before removing the ironing paper.
Tips and warnings
- Pyssla and Perler boards come in several shapes and sizes.
- The paper needed for ironing comes with the grid boards.
- Use a toothpick to pick up and place the beads on the pegboard if you find it difficult.
- Use parchment paper if you've run out of ironing paper.
- If you want to fuse the other side, flip the design over onto your ironing surface. Then repeat Steps 4-6.
- Use the iron with caution and don't touch the beads while they're hot.
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