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Make a Set of Space Invaders Christmas Ornaments

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I've yet to meet anyone who doesn't have fond memories of playing Space Invaders as a kid, so why not add a little geek nostalgia to the tree this Christmas with some colourful Space Invaders ornaments. This set of four ornaments are simple to make with Hama (also known as perler) beads, and can we whipped up in less than an hour. Read on for step-by-step instructions and the pattern layout...


Supplies

How to make Space Invaders Christmas Ornaments
  • Hama (or Perler) beads in assorted colours including green, yellow, pink, blue and white.
  • Square Hama pegboard.
  • Tweezers (optional but useful).
  • Silicone baking paper (ironing paper).
  • Iron.
  • Heat-proof surface
  • Heavy book.
  • 4 x 12cm (4 inch) lengths of metallic thread or embroidery floss.

What Are Hama Beads?

I'm glad you asked. Hama Beads (also called Perler beads) are small plastic beads/tubes that are placed one by one on to a pegboard and then ironed until the beads are fused together. They are available at some craft stores, online and even at IKEA.


Step 1: Lay Out Your Beads

Following the pattern layouts, place your beads, one by one, onto the peg board. Tweezers can help moving the beads around. It might help if you count the number of pegs over to work out where to start your design.

Pattern for Perler Beads Space Invaders Christmas Ornaments
Pattern for Perler Beads Space Invaders Christmas Ornaments
Pattern for Perler Beads Space Invaders Christmas Ornaments
Pattern for Perler Beads Space Invaders Christmas Ornaments

Step 2: Iron Your Bead Design

Place your non-stick ironing paper over your design on a heat-proof surface. Apply the iron (no steam!) for just a few seconds using smooth movements, making sure the iron doesn't touch the pegboard. Leave your bead design to cool for a short time, then carefully remove it from the pegboard.

How to make Space Invaders Christmas Ornaments

Step 3: Flip and Iron the Other Side

Once you have removed the design from the board, the beads will be fused together on one side. Flip the design and on a heat-proof flat surface, iron the other side with the non-stick ironing paper between the beads and your iron.

How to make Space Invaders Christmas Ornaments

Step 4: Weigh Down Your Ornaments

While still warm, place a heavy book on top of the ornament to avoid the edges curling up as it cools.

Perler Beads Space Invaders Christmas Ornaments

Step 5: Attach the Thread

Once the ornaments are cool, tie a loop with the thread through the hanging holes.

Perler Beads Space Invaders Christmas Ornaments

You’re done! Too easy, right? Now have fun decorating your tree!

Perler Beads Space Invaders Christmas Ornaments
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