There are countless Perler bead designs to choose from, but I believe that 3D Perler bead patterns are hands-down the coolest!
Making 3D Perler beads is similar to assembling and constructing LEGO pieces, bringing to life what your little ones envision in their imaginative brains.
The process of building Perler beads may take time, especially 3D ones, but the experience gained from these activities is invaluable for their mental and motor development.
3D Perler beads can be challenging for toddlers, so here’s a list of easy Perler bead patterns for those who are just beginning their Perler bead journey.
4 Awesome 3D Perler Bead Kits
I’ll be providing a list of Perler bead kits that will get anyone started on their 3D Perler bead adventure.
This compilation of 3D paper flowers might also pique your interest.
Stock up on fuse beads by getting a fuse bead set that contains assorted beads of 48 different colors, pegboards with different shapes, and 3D patterns.
This is a great choice for beginners who don’t have the proper materials yet as this will provide them with everything they need.
Bring the ocean to your home by getting this 3D ocean and mermaid Perler bead kit. It contains beads, pegboards, and unique ocean-themed patterns like sunken treasures, seashells, and coral reefs.
Take a magical journey to Hogwarts and the rest of the Wizarding World through this Harry Potter Perler beads kit, which contains fuse beads, a large square pegboard, ironing paper, and an instruction sheet to create your kids’ favorite characters.
3D Perler beads requires more than just assembling and ironing. Some of the 3D patterns you’ll encounter below may also need to be glued together with a strong adhesive like this one.
9 Simple 3D Perler Bead Patterns
These first nine 3D Perler patterns are on the simpler side of the difficulty spectrum. These range from 3D animal designs to simple Perler bead food ideas.
5. 3D Perler Bead Dog Design
It’s super easy to make a dog with Perler beads. This simple 3d pattern promotes your kids’ development, such as their fine motor skills, problem-solving, and so much more.
6. How to Make a Cute 3D Perler Bead Fox
Get to know more woodland creatures by completing this 3D fox Perler bead design by Lacey’s Crafts. Each part of the fox’s body is so easy to do!
7. 3D Sea Turtle Perler Bead Tutorial
Enlist a marine companion for your little one’s bath time by creating this adorable 3D sea turtle on Wii its Mii’s Youtube channel.
While this 3D sea turtle is already quite impressive, here are some more turtle Perler beads.
8. 3D Giraffe Perler Bead Pattern
Here’s a fun video tutorial by SabrinasCraftingClub of a 3D giraffe Perler bead pattern. It’s not too difficult for toddlers since it involves only two colors. Plus the tutorial will guide you and them every step of the way.
It’s important to develop many of their skills early on, so here are easy animals to draw for kids!
9. How to Make 3D Perler Bead Cacti & Succulents
Cacti and succulents have a bad reputation for being spiky and dangerous. But Karen Kavett DIY’s video tutorial shows us that the Perler bead version of these plants is harmless and makes for a very good decor on your children’s desk.
Follow their guide to know how to create this cute cactus.
10. 3D Perler Bead Ice Cream with Magnet
Hot summer days call for eating refreshing beverages and making ice cream crafts like this 3D popsicle Perler beads, which will make kids scream for ice cream!
Crafting MIX’s video tutorial shows us how to make the basic popsicle and how to attach a magnet to make it a DIY fridge magnet. Encourage the kids to choose their own ice cream flavor.
11. Six-Pointed Star Perler Bead Pattern
Make your little ones shine like the stars with this six-pointed star featured by Fuse Bead Store. Not only do they show the pattern of the star, but they also provide the bead count for this twinkling star.
12. Heart Chest Box Pattern
Panda Hall provides us with an easy Valentine’s day pattern in the form of this heart chest.
Share the love with the kids by making one of these kids’ Valentine’s box ideas and Valentine’s crafts for toddlers.
9 Advanced 3D Perler Bead Designs for Older Kids
13. DIY 3D Perler Bead Geometric Planters
Take your DIY pottery to the next level by following QDCrafts guide on 3D Perler bead geometric planters. They don’t solely serve as houses for plants, they can be used as pencil holders, too.
The best thing about this is that your children can be as creative as they want with the colors, enhancing their color recognition and creative skills.
14. 3D Perler Bead Zelda Treasure Chest
Fans of the Legend of Zelda series can now create the treasure chest typically seen in the franchise. SpeedBead provides a video tutorial on how to create this container, in which little ones can store their valuable loot in their adventures.
15. 3D Pirate Ship and Treasure Chest Pattern
Not everyone has a fascination with sailing the high seas and pretending to be a pirate, but for those who do, the Perler website has an instruction sheet with the bead count and pattern for a pirate ship and treasure chest waiting to be filled with pillaged goods.
16. DIY Battle Ship 3D Perler Beads
For a modern version of a ship, Lightning Rocket Creates has an interesting video tutorial. The guide is easy to follow, proceeding from making the components of the ship to assembling it all together.
17. 3D X-Wing Perler Beads
Enforce the law and maintain order throughout the galaxy with this 3D X-Wing created by Beyond The Bead. I highly recommend watching the entire video tutorial which contains timestamps to let the viewer easily jump from one step to another.
18. How to Make a 3D Perler Bead Leprechaun Trap
Try your luck at catching a leprechaun with this 3D Perler bead trap, who, according to Irish legends, supposedly grants three wishes to anyone who catches him.
19. 3D Gingerbread House
Anyone who has always dreamed of a house made of sweets will finally be able to make the Gingerbread House. Although it’s not as sweet nor edible as the real thing, kids will still have tons of fun making and playing pretend with this Perler pattern.
20. 3D Olaf Perler Beads
Do you wanna build a snowman? Wolleplanet has you covered with their 3D Olaf Perler beads pattern. Prepare plenty of white beads for this one because you’re gonna need them!
21. 3D Mickey & Minnie Mouse Perler Design
Mickey Mouse is the face of Disney, so it would be surprising if kids didn’t know who these characters are. Here is KandiPerlerFairy’s version of a 3D Mickey and Minnie Perler bead figures.
4 Minecraft 3D Perler Beads
Minecraft graphics are pixelated, so making 3D creations with Perler beads should be an easy task.
When you’re done with the ones below, make sure to make more by following our compilation of Minecraft Perler bead patterns.
22. Minecraft Steve 3D Perler Beads
Create a 3D version of Steve, the main character from Minecraft.
The incredible part of this 3D project by Joy of Art is that Steve’s head and arms are movable, allowing your little ones to mine things and be wary of a zombie attack.
23. 3D Piggy Bank Made of Perler Beads
GiovyHobby’s video tutorial takes an innovative approach and creates piggy banks out of Minecraft blocks. This inspiring DIY project allows kids to choose their favorite block and use it to save money for Minecraft accessories!
24. 3D Perler Bead Minecraft Parrot Figure
While not part of the original animals that first appeared in Minecraft, the parrot is undoubtedly one of the cutest that has been created. Let your kids tame their own parrot in real life by making this 3D DIY Minecraft parrot by QDCrafts.
25. How to Make a 3D Perler Bead Minecraft Ocelot
Brought to you by Lightning Rocket Creates, this 3D ocelot pattern is perfect for all the cat lovers out there.
3 Pokemon 3D Perler Bead Patterns
Finally, to catch ’em all, you’ll need to make one of these 3D Pokemon Perler beads.
It takes an insane amount of beads to create 3D Pokemon, so here are some regular Pokemon Perler beads patterns as well.
26. Small 3D Pokemon Perler Beads
These starter Pokemons made by Pink Stripey Socks are the best for novice Pokemon trainers as well as Perler bead beginners.
They’re small and easy to craft when you follow the guide detailed on their webpage.
27. Openable 3D Pokeball Perler Beads
How can you catch them all without a Poke Ball? Follow this blueprint made by QDCrafts and you can have as many Poke Balls and Pokemon you want!
28. 3D Pikachu Perler Beads Tutorial
Follow this video tutorial made by FiloPixie to have your own copy of Pikachu.
More Dimensions Equals More Fun
Perler bead projects in 3D might sound complicated at first but their completion pays off for your kids with the excitement and skills they learn throughout the entire process.
To develop their skills further, I suggest these easy drawings in their free time: