After a few months of trying my hand at crayon art, I decided to try something new. My girlfriend and were browsing the aisles of Hobby Lobby when my eyes suddenly spotted a colorful array of Nintendo characters. On the shelf in front of me was a bucket of Perler beads from which you could create sprites from one of my favorite games of all time, Super Mario Bros 3 (NES, 1990 USA).
I follow a few Instagram pages of people who make Perler art, and I was excited to have the opportunity to create some of my own. I bought the bucket and immediately set off to try it out.
The pail included everything I needed: colored beads, a pegboard, ironing paper, and a guidebook with templates for all the various sprites I can make. Just a short time later, I was dragging out my Dad’s iron and ironing board to finalize my first project. I admit, this was the most tedious part, but we had game shows on in the background to keep us entertained.
Everything turned out great! If you’re looking for a fun craft activity to do at home for yourself or with the kids, I definitely recommend grabbing a Perler kit. I love what I’ve done so far, and I can’t wait to try some custom ones when I get enough beads!
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