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Fusion Bead Stranger Things Banner

on October 20, 2017

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner.

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner. | Fusion beads | #Strangerthings | perler bead pattern | Christmas Lights | DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

True Story you guys. I have 2 days during the week to actually be productive. Otherwise, I’m either working, planning for work, or burnt out. So that is 2 days for blog content, cleaning my house, laundry, etc. You know what is NOT productive? Video games. You know what I did ALL last week? Played the new Stranger Things app. It ate all my time! And honestly, I regret NOTHING. Okay, maybe I regret a little bit but darn it, I love that show and I love those kids.

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For real though you guys, I’m a little obsessed with that show. And the soundtrack – Yes I have it on vinyl and it sounds amazing. I’m sure there’s definitely a nostalgia factor but that show came out of nowhere and just took everyone by surprise!

To re-creates these cool Fusion Bead Christmas Lights and turn them into a Fusion Bead Stranger Things Banner is relatively simple. If you’ve got kiddos, this is a perfect project to get them involved in – but maybe don’t let them watch the show? Don’t blame me for nightmares that may or may not happen 🙂

Fusion Bead Stranger Things Banner

Supplies:
Fusion Beads: Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Black, White
Large square Perler bead board (or 2)
Wax or Parchment Paper
Iron
Black Embroidery Floss
Tapestry Needle
Awl – Optional
Black alphabet stickers

To create this banner, you’re going to need 8 of each color. I found that you can fit eight per board so the process goes relatively quickly – just do one color per board and you’ll end up with 32 lights total. Once your patterns are finished, cover the beads with parchment paper and iron each side on high for about 30 seconds keeping medium pressure and moving in gentle circular motions. Do this to each side – Don’t melt them down completely, you still want SOME holes in the beads to thread.

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner. | Fusion beads | #Strangerthings | perler bead pattern | Christmas Lights | DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

 

Once your beads have cooled its time to thread them! Thread a 6 foot strand of black embroidery floss through a tapestry needle. Begin to string your creations onto the floss. Going in through the back of your the top two black beads of each light, passing back through the front and repeating for each light. This will make sure that your banner doesn’t slide around and you can get the positioning right. Leave about 1 inch length between each. – If you don’t have a clear hole to thread through, use the awl to punch a larger hole in the top two black beads.

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Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner. | Fusion beads | #Strangerthings | perler bead pattern | Christmas Lights | DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

Once you’re finished, secure your creation to the wall however you like – I used some tacks and masking tape – and affix your letter stickers beneath.

That’s it! You’re done! Treat yo’ self to a cocktail or delicious Eleven inspired Eggo cupcake! Just don’t get stuck in the upside down. The demagorgon might get you.

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner. | Fusion beads | #Strangerthings | perler bead pattern | Christmas Lights | DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

 

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Two Hearts Jammie Dodgers Recipe

on April 5, 2017

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

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Sometimes a Jammie Dodger is just a cookie… but sometimes its a TARDIS self destruct button. Usually though, its just a cookie and a ploy to make Daleks believe its a self destruct button. Yep. Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey stuff. Shout out to all of my Doctor Who, Torchwood, Adventures of Sarah Jane, and Class fans. This Jammie Dodgers recipe is for you!

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

Okay, so flash back a few years. I had just met my dear friend Natalie (who makes awesome jewelry! Check it out) and she was having her 30th birthday party. I had NO CLUE what I was walking into but I ended up finding my tribe… or one of them. You see, Natalie and all of her friends were Doctor Who fans and well, so did I and that was the start to a beautiful geeky friendship. Isn’t it kind of amazing how you find your people when you’re least expecting to?

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

If you’re unfamiliar with Doctor Who… well that could take a while to explain so I’m just going to direct you to Amazon Prime where you can stream it all to your hearts content. Start with BLINK then go back. Trust me on this one.

Celebrate the return of Doctor Who with these Time Lord two hearts Jammie Dodgers! Crisp and sweet for a yummy snack with tea or TARDIS themed drinks!

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DIY Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace

on March 29, 2017

Let your geek flag fly with a DIY Legend of Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace. Pull out some perler beads and your nintendo and party like it’s 1986.

This post may contain affiliate links, that means I make a few pennies if you purchase through my links….but the price for you stays the same!
Let your geek flag fly with a DIY Legend of Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace. Pull out some perler beads and your nintendo and party like it's 1986.

Photos by Rodnesha Green of Inspired Photography

Okay, show of hands… who has been downright obsessed with the Nintendo Switch lately? If you raised your hand, you’re not the only one. The last few days have been spent in this weird pizza and wine fueled haze of Zelda: Breath of the Wild  and too few hours of sleep in between craft projects and work. I feel like I’m back in college discovering Kingdom Hearts and not coming out of my dorm room for days. You guys!!! I have regressed! Is there a support group for this? I’m sure it’ll wear off right? Right?

Okay, so video game playing aside I’m working on getting in to
uch with the side of me that says… “I don’t care what everyone thinks, if I like it, I’m gonna wear it!” That side coupled with my “Hey I can do that for cheaper” side has resulted in this really awesome geek chic perler bead statement necklace. Pretty cool right? Even better, it was basically free using products I already had on hand from other projects. Don’t worry though, start up costs are minimal and super rewarding. Especially if you have a class full of 6-12 year olds that you have to keep quiet and busy and don’t have a Disney movie handy.

Let your geek flag fly with a DIY Legend of Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace. Pull out some perler beads and your nintendo and party like it's 1986.

Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace

Supplies:
2 Large Square Pegboards
Black, White, Red and clear Perler or Hamma Beads
9 MM Jump rings
Red satin ribbon
Iron
Hot Glue or E6000
Pen or Awl
Parchment or Wax paper

Time: 30-60 minutes (I spent a lot of time sorting beads okay!?!)
Cost: FREE to $10 for a whole bunch
Geekery Level: a solid 6

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