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Perler Bead Picture Frame | Easy Perler Bead Frames Pattern

DIY picture frame made from melty beads

Have fun making a Perler bead picture frame, using our simple step by step instructions and patterns! Have you ever seen a photo frame made out of melty beads? It’s such a cute craft!

Use these fun DIY frames to display a school picture or a favourite photo of your pet. These Perler bead frames make a great homemade gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, or any other special occasion!

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How to Make a Perler Bead Picture Frame

Use melty beads to make a Perler bead picture frame for Mom, Dad, Grandma, or Grandpa. It’s such a cute way to display memories!

Author: Debbie Chapman

Check Out The Video Tutorial:


Step 1: Find what you need

Step 2: Make your Perler bead design on the pegboard

Step 3: Iron your Perler beads

Step 4: Make a magnetic picture frame (Option 1)

Step 5: Add a cardboard backing to your frame (Option 2)

Helpful Tips:

  1. If you have a clear pegboard you can set the template underneath it, making it super easy to follow the photo frame pattern!
  2. Embellish your Perler bead picture frame with sequins or rhinestones for a sparkly touch.

Perler beads made into a picture frame

Get our free printable Perler bead picture frame patterns:

The links or pictures below will take you to our free, printable Perler bead picture frame templates! The PDF files will open in a new window.

Then simply follow along with the pattern on your device’s screen, or print the patterns in colour on 8.5 x 11 (letter size) printer paper.

>>> Perler Bead Frame Patterns #1 <<<

Free pattern for a Perler bead picture frame

>>> Perler Bead Frame Patterns #2 <<<

Free pattern for a Perler bead picture frame

What size picture does this Perler bead picture frame hold?

These Perler bead frames are made to hold a standard wallet size photo (2 x 3 inches).

Colourful picture frames made with Perler beads

Can I iron both sides of this Perler bead picture frame?

We like the look of the open beads on the front, but you can definitely iron both sides of your Perler frame if you’d like. This will change the look of the frame, but will also give it more stability.

Let the picture frame cool once you’ve ironed one side of it and then remove it from the pegboard. Flip it over and set parchment back on top before ironing the second side.

Perler bead frame beside a free, printable pattern

How do you melt Perler beads perfectly?

How long you need to iron your beads will depend on the temperature of your iron. Our Perler beads package suggests ironing for 10 to 20 seconds on medium temperature, but we don’t find that to be enough time. We iron our beads for about 30 to 45 seconds.

Some areas of the iron can be hotter than others, so use gentle, circular motions as you press the iron down. Don’t be afraid to lift the iron off and check under the parchment to see how your beads are progressing.

The Perler beads will be ready when the parchment paper sticks to them, but you can experiment with ironing for longer. We like to iron our beads until they’re just fused together, but you can create a completely different look by continuing to iron until the beads are closed.

DIY Perler bead picture frame

Choose your favourite colours of melty beads and make a Perler bead picture frame! It’s an awesome low cost, low mess craft.

You can place the magnet frames on the fridge, a filing cabinet, or in your locker at school. And the cardboard stands make adorable photo frames for Mom or Dad’s desk!

Free patterns for magnetic and desk Perler bead frames

Here’s even more Perler bead craft ideas:

Mushroom Perler Beads

Small mushroom Perler bead patterns

Dinosaur Perler Beads

Easy dinosaur Perler bead patterns

Football Perler Beads

Perler bead football patterns

Our book Low-Mess Crafts for Kids is loaded with 72 fun and simple craft ideas for kids! The projects are fun, easy and most importantly low-mess, so the clean up is simple!