Making Perler Bead magnets are a fun activity for children ages 6+. These DIY Queen of Hearts Magnets are sure to keep them busy and create something fun!
I’ve started writing the intro to the post probably 10 times and kept going down the rabbit hole. How appropriate that this post should be about Alice In Wonderland!
If we’re being honest, which we are, I’ve always been in love with Alice in Wonderland. As a book, it’s beautifully written. As a film (cartoon, movies, etc), it is a classic. I’m also a huge fans of the book re-imaginings. I think it speaks to Carroll’s legacy that his characters keep coming up in various forms and people are still inspired by his works of fantasy today. My favorite book iteration has got to be The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor.
So, with Alice Through the Looking Glass coming out this weekend and Allavelle’s Beautiful Children’s Book DIY, I was inspired to create these DIY Queen of Hearts Magnets!
I especially like working with perler beads with the older kiddos because it keeps them busy, helps them with motor skills, and teaches them about patterns and shapes.
DIY Queen of Hearts Magnets
Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue
Parchment or Wax Paper
For suits and painted rose:
Red, White and Black Perler Beads – You can buy the colors separately too if you like.
Large Square Perler Bead Board
For Red Queen:
I just used the above materials in combination with this Butterflies and Cupcakes Perler Kit.
Use the following patterns to create your magnet sets. The suits should all fit on one large square board and the painted rose on another.
Your queen should fill the heart peg board.
Place your wax paper of the finished designs and slowly go over with a hot iron set to medium/max heat with no steam until beads are slightly fused together.
Fun Fact: I set my travel Iron to max because it doesn’t get as hot as a traditional iron.
Let it cool then go over the other side very lightly.
Once everything has cooled, use your hot glue gun to attach your magnets. If you purchase the adhesive magnet strips like I did, the adhesive won’t stick very long so it’s important to use glue.
Stick on your refrigerator and show off your DIY Queen of Hearts Magnets like the queen you are… but maybe cut back on the “off with their heads” bit?