How to make perler or hama bead bowls

By popular demand (ie: 2 people asked me), here’s a short how to on the bowls I posted a few days ago.

First of all, for those of you that don’t know, perler or hama beads are little plastic fusible beads (strijkparels). Typically fused using an iron, in this case it’s done in an oven. I bought mine on Amazon, but you can find them in any good toy store, and even Ikea.

perler hama beads pink white

Step 1: Choose some bowls you’re not too fond of (they came out clean for me, but I’m not making any promises). Cover them in oil as you would a baking tin, be generous on the oil, then cover the bowl with the beads, the oil makes them stick easily.

beads sticking to the oily bowl

Watch out for stray ones, that blue bead nearly made it in

Step2: Pre-heat the oven at about 180°C. Put the bowls in for about 10 tot 20 minutes, depending on how ‘droopy’ you want them to be, keep checking regularly.

hama bead bowl out of the oven

Fresh out of the oven

Step 3. Let them cool and remove from the bowls. Wash with warm soapy water to get rid of the oil. Et voilà! Your new shiny bowls are ready to be put to use…

hama bead bowls

2 thoughts on “How to make perler or hama bead bowls

  1. Hi
    Is it safe to put in a normal kitchen oven
    And then cook food in the oven?
    Is the oven plastic in smell??
    🙂 thank you

    • Hey Jess

      It should be safe, just pay attention to the safety warning on the beads you purchase, and only buy from reputable brands!

      Good luck


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