Every December Rudolph and the gang have a special place amid the holiday decorations in our home. And, every year the Abominable Snowman holds the star high above the crowd, ready to place it on the tree, but sadly, there's no tree in the scene.
This year, I finally decided to make a tree to complete the happy scene by taking the basic concept for my perler bead snowflake ornament to the next level. I stacked layers of Perler beads, adding dimension to create a 3-D Christmas tree. This is a great project to enlist the help of your kids!
- package of 1000 green Perler beads
- 16 brown Perler beads (optional)
- large, hexagon Perler tray
- six inch bamboo skewer (You can find the bamboo skewers in with the kitchen utensils at the grocery store. They are usually used for grilling.)
- two quarters
- wire cutters or strong scissors.
If you are new to Perler beads, you can find them in the kid's section at your local craft store. They come in kits or you can purchase different color beads or trays separately. The trays also come with a piece of pressing paper so you can melt the beads together with an iron and not wreck your iron. Make sure to read the directions included with your Perler beads/trays before you begin.
My tree has sixteen layers. I put a brown bead (the tree trunk) at the center of each layer. It helped me easily locate the center of each layer when I inserted the skewer.
As you can see, each layer is slightly bigger than the last.
After you have set-up a layer on the Perler bead tray, use your iron to press it as described in the product directions.
Now you're ready to set the holiday scene with your tree.