So young. So innocent. That’s what I thought anyway until I watched Robot Chicken. There are a handful of scenes in the Star Wars movies that will just never be the same again. Luke at Uncle Owen’s breakfast table is one of them. Who would have thunk that the Tosche station was not, erhm, really a store?
If you have not seen the Robot Chicken Star Wars spoofs, you should know that it takes about as long to watch one episode as it does for small-to-medium-sized kid to make one of these perler coasters. So put your kids to work, pour yourself a tall glass of Bantha milk, and go and watch an episode (or two). Just do it with the volume down low, because the show is not meant for the little ones!
Here, to keep your kids busy while you watch TV: #13 in the Perler bead/cross-stitch/Lego/pixel/mosaic series.
- Perler Beads
- Tweezers (optional)
- Perler Clear Pegboards
- Removable Tape
- Printout of Pattern (download above image)
- Baking Parchment Paper (Perler Ironing Paper)
- Heavy Object with Flat Bottom
- Cork sheets with Adhesive Backs
- Scissors or X-acto Knife
- Bantha Milk (optional)
- Robot Chicken: Star Wars 1-3
- Download and print out the pattern provided (mirror it, if you only plan on ironing on only 1 side).
- Cut out, then tape pattern to the back of the Perler Pegboard so the dots line up with the pegs.
- Add the Perler beads (tweezers are pretty handy if you don’t have a 6 yr old’s tiny fingers).
- Carefully move pegboard to ironing board, place parchment (or Perler ironing paper) on top.
- Iron until the beads start melting together (If you have never done this before, it might take some practice to get it “just right”).
- Let cool for a bit, remove from Perler Pegboard and remove paper.
- Optional: turn over, cover with parchment paper and iron on other side. (put something solid and heatproof underneath to make ironing easier)
- If you only iron on 1 side, place it under something flat and heavy while it cools, to avoid curving.
- Cut cork about 1/4” smaller than the square, affix to the back.
- Don’t forget the Bantha milk. Enjoy!
Usually people iron on both sides of the Perler bead design, but I prefer to only do the back. The designs look crisper and more “pixely”. With the cork on the back, I have not had any problems with the coasters falling apart, but feel free to iron yours on both sides.
Note, if you only plan on iron on only 1 side, you need to mirror the pattern.
Also, the coasters are pretty hard to clean, so try not to get anything too gunky in there.
Perler Beads – Black
Perler Beads – White
Perler Beads – Pastel Blue
Perler Beads – Sand
Perler Beads – Butterscotch
Perler Beads – Tan
Perler Beads – Light Brown
Perler Beads – Red
Perler Beads – Neon Blue
Feel free to use these patterns for any personal use – but please do not sell items made with them. Also, feel free to link to this blog so others can download the pattern, but do not download and then re-upload in order to offer them as downloads on your own site/blog. THANKS!