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Perler TARDIS tutorial

6 May

My Perler TARDIS post from a few days ago was a huge hit! I’ve gotten a few people asking for a pattern. And so, here’s my best attempt at a pattern and tutorial. I kind of made this up as I went so forgive me if it’s hard to understand.

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  1. Make all pieces as shown. Note when multiple pieces are needed. For example, the light blue box that says “Top x3” needs to be made 3 times. For the light at the top make sure you do the glow in the dark beads properly (see finished product below). Allow pieces to cool under something heavy to keep them flat.
  2. Using embroidery thread, stitch details onto perler pieces, being sure that they will look right when finished.
  3. Using embroidery thread, stitch the light blue “Top” pieces together with the thicker piece on top.
  4. Stitch the dark blue “Top” pieces onto the light blue pieces with the thicker piece in the middle connecting everything together.
  5. Snap the light together and slide the two prongs into the hole in the dark blue “Top” piece. Hot glue the prongs on the underside to keep it secure (either now or later). Set the whole top assembly aside.
  6. Snap the body of the TARDIS together and hot glue the joint securely from the inside.
  7. Snap base pieces (minus large square bottom) together. Turn TARDIS body upside down and hot glue the base pieces together, making sure to leave room for large square bottom.
  8. Quickly glue and place the large square bottom. I only glued along two sides as my hot glue was cooling too quickly. Do NOT attempt to melt the hot glue as you will damage your TARDIS.
  9. Turn TARDIS right side up. Snap Police Box pieces together and hot glue to the top of the body. Make sure to leave enough room that the lid (which we set aside before) will fit fairly level.
  10. Allow everything to cool and fill with anything you want–it’s bigger on the inside!!


3 May

I haven’t entirely given up my crafty side! I’ve been focusing more on nail art recently but I still can’t give up on crafts. Most of the stuff I do isn’t worthy of a whole blog post but this….I’m really proud of this!

Perler beads are also known as fusible or hama beads. They’re little tubes of plastic that can be melted together to form various patterns. I’ve posted a few perler projects in the past and this is perhaps my most epic one.

The TARDIS is an integral part of the Doctor Who series; more or less, it’s a spaceship that can travel through time and space. I’ve really gotten into Doctor Who in recent months and I’ve been doing a lot of Doctor Who crafts: papercraft, 2D perler, cross stitch, and now 3D perler. As a side note, if anyone’s interested in a cross stitched TARDIS  (or anything else) let me know and we can talk prices, I absolutely love commissioned work!!

Now, on to the project!

The light on the top is made with glow in the dark beads, I embroidered the details, and everything is held together with a mixture of embroidery floss and hot glue. And yes, it’s bigger on the inside ;-) I think this is going to be my new desktop candy dish!

Welcome, Reddit!

22 Nov

I was chosen as Redditor of the Day for today! I wanted to post something reddit-related in honor of that so I give to you the perler orangered! For those not familiar with reddit, when you have a new message it shows an orangeish/reddish envelope. Pattern is below :-)

This pattern can also be used for cross stitching. Colors used are white, orange, and neon orange from the neon mix.

The finished piece is 3″x2″, I use mine as a coaster but you could turn it into a magnet or a small wall-hanging instead :-)

Perler Mario Question Block Tutorial

27 Sep

Hi everyone! I’ve posted my Mario question block a couple places and it seems to be pretty popular, so I figured I’d do a tutorial!

First off, the finished product(s)! (and a few more exclamation points!!)

Small box

Large box. Yes, I realize I made a tiny mistake, I don’t care anymore ;-P


I made both of these boxes using Perler beads, they’re great little fusible beads that you melt together with an iron. Hama beads are basically the same thing just a different brand. You’ll also need a huge embroidery needle, as long as you can find, and coordinating embroidery thread. I chose dark brown thread for both boxes. You may also need a large paper clip, slightly unbent, to push your needle through all the way.

First, decide if you want to make the large box or the small box! Patterns are below. Also decide if you want a functional lid or just a cute, non-functioning box. Next, iron all the pieces for your box as shown on the pattern, making sure not to iron too much, you want to be able to thread your giant needle through the holes. Remember that some of the pieces might look wrong if you flip them upside down so check before you freak out and disassemble them (don’t you all like how you can learn from my mistakes?? I did that like 3 times when I didn’t need to). I like to put my freshly ironed pieces under something sort of heavy, like a book, to make sure that they cool flat.

If you want to make a lid, make one square outline that is one peg smaller on all sides (for example, if you do the small box, make one square that’s 12×12 in addition to those found on the pattern). Using your iron and ironing paper, carefully melt the sides of your smaller square so that it will fit snugly within a normal-sized square; be careful to make sure you can still thread your needle through the holes.

When you’ve made all of your pieces, line them up and make sure they look correct. If you want a lid, take the top piece and your smaller piece and keep them separate. If you’re doing just a simple box, you can toss a bell inside before stitching so that it makes a noise similar to the sound in makes in Mario when the block is hit. If you’re electronically-inclined you could make something that will play the actual Mario sound when the box is moved and stitch it up inside the box!

Thread your needle with a long piece of embroidery thread and tie a double-, triple-, or even quadruple-knot at one end, just make sure the knot will be able to fit in the hole without slipping out. Making sure to keep your pieces properly aligned, thread the needle all the way through all pieces using the running stitch method and carefully push your knot into one of the little holes, this will keep it secure, just don’t push it too far. Go all the way around your box with a running stitch in one direction first. If your needle isn’t long enough you might need to carefully push it through with the paper clip; make sure you don’t stab yourself! When you reach the end of your thread, tie a large knot as close to your box as possible and push it into the hole the same way you did at the beginning. Once you’ve gone all the way around with your running stitch, reverse and go all the way back to make it look nice, neat, and keep it secure. For the lid, stitch it the exact same way only placing the small square in the center of the larger square so it fits properly.

That’s it! Pretty simple but a little time-consuming. I use my boxes to hold spare change, quite fitting for a Mario block I think.


These are all of the pieces you’ll need to make the blocks. For the first and last pieces shown for each pattern, make those as full squares. For all other pieces they’re only square outlines, nothing in the center. Some of the beads are white, keep that in mind when making your outlines, I should have figured out a way to differentiate between “white” and “nothing”. Oh well!

Large box pattern

Small box pattern

Perler 3D Motorcycle

11 Aug

Here’s a really old project I finished probably 2 or 3 years ago. I’m really happy with out it turned out but it was soooo hard. I made the pattern entirely on my own.