Hama Bead Instructions

Updated March 20, 2018

Hama beads are a simple art project for children. They place coloured beads on a peg board to create the design they want. Your child can change the design as many times as they wish until they feel it is perfect. When they are done, they can make the design permanent by ironing it. Hama beads come in three sizes and are a choking hazard. Please supervise bead activities for the safety of your child.


With the wide assortment of colours, a child can create almost any picture they want. In fact, if there is something your child has drawn or seen in a magazine, he can lay the beads out until he has created a copy of it. You don't need to worry about mistakes; the Hama beads are kept in place on the peg board. You child merely needs to place each bead in the spot that she wants it.

Create a flower or a tree. Make a Hama pet that either is unique or resembles a pet your child already owns. Imagination is the only limit.

Make It Permanent

When you child is happy with his or her art creation, sit the Hama board on a flat surface or ironing board. Place a sheet of Hama Ironing Paper over the entire creation so there is a small barrier between the beads and the iron. Do not set the iron directly on the beads, or they will melt onto the surface of the iron. Set your iron to "hot" and carefully run it over the Hama bead creation. Do this slowly and with firm pressure to apply the heat to the beads. You will know that the beads are fusing together when you can see them through the ironing paper. Let the beads cool on the board.

Other Notes

You can see if the beads are fully fused by lifting the corner of the ironing paper. If any beads start to lift with the paper, iron it for a few more seconds. Once the beads are cooled, you can flip the creation over and place the ironing paper on the other side. Ironing both sides will give the object more stability and help it last longer. According to Bead Merrily, in Peterborough, England, once both sides have been ironed and have been allowed to cool, you can place the art project under a book to allow it to cool completely flat.

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