If you’re a basketball fan or player who wants to make a meaningful craft with your children, you’re in the right place because I’ve found the best basketball Perler beads around.
The patterns below include simple basketball designs to which you can introduce your children, team logos, and the art of famous players from the NBA.
Trust me, you cannot drop the ball on these Perler bead patterns even if you wanted to, because they’re so easy to make!
Speaking of easy patterns, be sure to check out our easy Perler bead patterns guide, where beginners will find a comprehensive tutorial about everything Perler beads.
3 Perler Bead Basketball Kits
First things first, just like a basketball athlete, you need to come to training mentally prepared and dressed in the appropriate attire.
Not that you’ll need any kind of jersey while making Perler beads, of course, but these three items below will facilitate you and your Perler bead activities.
- Orange Perler Beads
- Large Square Pegboards
- Keyring with Chain for Perler Bead Keychains: Perler bead projects can be easily transformed into a keychain. Simply attach one of these to a small basketball design or team logo, and voila, you have a DIY keychain that you can proudly carry around.
Alternatively, you can make these kawaii Perler beads to show your love for cute things!
9 Basketball Perler Beads
Small or big basketballs, hoops, and people playing basketball, I’ve got them all right here in these first eight basketball Perler bead patterns.
If you’re passionate about sports in general, these baseball Perler bead designs won’t let you down.
1. Easy Basketball Perler Beads for Kids
If you’re looking for a quick activity for your little ones, here’s headspace_kel giving us a straightforward pattern that can be done easily by toddlers and preschoolers in just under 30 minutes.
Speaking of quick, you might’ve heard of the speediest hedgehog in popular media. If so, then you might enjoy these Sonic Perler beads.
2. Quick Basketball Perler Bead Project
Here’s feathervines giving us another angle of the basketball.
I love the asymmetry that went into the design, which challenges kids and teaches them about perspective.
For more ideas on perspective, this list of how to draw a train is a great resource.
3. Detailed Basketball Perler Beads
Learn more about shading and lighting from sodapop, who shares this fantastic basketball Perler bead design.
A simple addition of dark orange, almost brown, shade on the bottom right corner of the ball brings another dimension to an otherwise flat basketball Perler bead design.
Tired of 2D Perler bead designs? It’s time for an upgrade with these 3D Perler bead patterns!
4. Basketball Backboard
It’s not basketball without the basket part, so here’s a pattern of the hoop and backboard, delivered to you by SusanGuinto.
All that’s left are basketball players to shoot balls in this hoop, designs of which are included below.
5. Basketball-Themed Mario Mushroom Perler
The Mario Mushroom is a blank canvas on which you could design anything you could conceive of.
For example, tashar_h shares this basketball-inspired mushroom, which you probably wouldn’t have thought of had you not seen this pattern.
6. Basketball Boys Perler Bead Activity
Kids love to play pretend, so it’s would be a big opportunity missed if they didn’t make these basketball patterns from Perler.
The patterns include two players, one doing a lay-up while the other dribbling, as well as a hoop and a basketball.
If you had to make one activity from the entire list, I’d say it’s this one.
The patterns are shown in this template.
7. Easy Basketball Player Perler Beads
You could potentially make an entire team out of this single basketball player, provided by customsbathe6. Simply change a couple of details, like the hair, the color of the jersey, and the headband, and you’re set!
8. Basketball on Fire
It’s normal for the fans to get fired-up after a slam dunk or a shot with milliseconds on the clock. What would be abnormal—and most likely a safety hazard—is a basketball catching literal fire.
So when you see something similar to ello_mate‘s pattern—which resembles a comet—it’s probably best to evacuate the premises, even if it means postponing all the hype.
9. Jordan Shoes Perler Beads
Some people love to watch and play the sport, while others like the merch that basketball brings.
One immediately thinks of basketball once they see this Jordan shoe design by zoewro.
This one makes for a great keychain if you ask me.
17 NBA Perler Beads
There’s no better time to be alive than to be rooting for your favorite NBA team and players during playoffs and championship tournaments. Here are just some of the popular teams and players, made into Perler beads.
10. NBA Logo Perler Bead Pattern
There’s no better way to start Perler bead teams and logos than with the official NBA logo, which can be displayed in your basketball collection room, or even your children’s room if they’re huge fans of the sport.
11. Golden State Warriors Logo
The Golden State Warriors have exploded in popularity this past decade, due to their consecutive NBA championship wins.
Fans of the GSW, here’s the Perler bead pattern you’ve been waiting for, courtesy of Brik.
12. Klay Thompson Perler Bead Pattern
Along with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson is known to be part of the Splash Brothers, who together have set impressive records for the sport.
Here’s a great Perler bead pattern for Klay Thompson fans, brought to you by syntaxfire3.
13. Chicago Bulls Perler Bead Logo
The Chicago Bulls is probably one of the most iconic team logos of any sport around the world, period.
Here’s mindofmiller giving fans the Perler bead designs that they deserve.
14. San Antonio Spurs Logo
With five NBA championships under their belt, the San Antonio Spurs cannot be underestimated. Proud fans will display this pattern by autumelon in their trophy room.
15. Larry Bird 33 Jersey
“33” is what Larry Bird proudly wore for most his career, including his peak in the ’80s. Teach your little ones a little bit of NBA history with this jersey of a legendary player.
16. Michael Jordan Perler Bead Art
You cannot talk about the Chicago Bulls without mentioning Michael Jordan, who’s considered by many to be the GOAT.
Long Black Fingers commemorates perhaps the most famous person in basketball history with this amazing Perler bead design.
Take your basketball Perler bead activities a step further (no pun intended) with these 3D Air Jordans with a Chicago Bulls theme.
The tutorial is made by Beyond the Bead, who makes an excellent job of explaining each component of the shoe.
18. Air Jordan Logo Perler Bead Pattern
Here’s another simple yet iconic Perler bead idea, the Air Jordan Logo, which can be transformed into a keychain, shared by Brik.
19. LA Lakers Logo
Here’s another successful team franchise, the L.A. Lakers, in which some of the most exceptional basketball players have played, like Shaq, Magic Johnson, Pau Gasol, and of course, the late Kobe Bryant.
This LA Lakers logo is surely a must-do for true and loyal fans.
20. Kobe Bryant Perler Beads
Known for his fearless and unconventional style, Kobe Bryant was considered the best player in basketball history by many LA Lakers fans.
PIXL Fuse Bead pays tribute to the “Black Mamba” through this flying Kobe Bryant pattern.
KandiPerlerFairy challenges LA Lakers fans to create their very own 3D Air Jordan.
If you’re having difficulty with this one, I suggest going back to item #17 to get some inspiration and imitate this project.
23. Miami Heat Perler Bead Logo
While I’m not a hardcore basketball fan myself, I do enjoy the thought teams put into their logos.
I especially like the Miami Heat logo, which captures the intensity and dynamism of the sport.
If you want to recreate the Miami heat, too, here’s moushtie providing a great pattern.
Shoot Your Shot with These Perler Bead Activities!
There’s no harm in trying out these Perler bead activities if you’re a beginner. If you’re a basketball fan, then these basketball Perler bead designs are right up your alley!
Here are other Perler bead projects that might interest you and your kids: