star wars perler bead garland

star wars perler beads

2 little known facts about me: 1- i love to do puzzles, but pretty much only at christmas.  i totally become anti social, unless you want to do a puzzle with me, then i’ll talk to you the whole time.  i just have a hard time walking away from the puzzle.  my family all knows this.  sean was the best this christmas and got me TWO new puzzles (though i will happily do old puzzles over and over).  one of them was a hideous cat puzzle, which is hilarious because he and i are not so much fans of the felines.  the other fact, similar to puzzles, is that i love to work (play) with perler beads.  i try to convince my kids to do them with me, but really i am happy to do them alone as well.  its just that perler beads are definitely a “kid” activity, so i need to at least get them to start with me, then, if i have to, i’ll finish up on my own ;)

star wars perler beads

this christmas break, we had quite a few veg out days, so we got out the basket of perler beads that we’ve had in the rotation of use for several years now.  we even used them for gracie’s craft camp party!  here’s the thing about perler beads, and i guess lots of kids crafts in general: you make something with them and then what?  you hang a melted plastic bead creation on the wall?  in an effort to be more thoughtful about what we bring into our home, or what we give away to have a purpose, we had to think about what we were going to put our time into.  my kids, the girls especially, are so into pinterest.  its fairly safe, for the most part, but there have been several times that i’ve had to mark pins with inappropriate content.  the girls found some adorable examples of perler bead creations and we all decided to make a bunch of little star wars characters, then string them together like a bunting and pass them along to our trio of younger boy cousins who are big star wars fans (the youngest could hum the star wars anthem before he could talk).  our creations had a purpose, and even better, a home (that wasn’t mine).

star wars perler beads

we found our inspiration here, here, and here, and had to just make up a few of our own characters on our own.  also, please forgive our portrayal of rey – we just had run out of beads and were trying our best to make her look human, though she looks a bit more monkey-like, unfortunately!

star wars perler beads

star wars perler beads

we have a giant multi-color bucket of beads (i’d say get it at michael’s or hobby lobby with a coupon), and then we’ve bought specific colors if we needed them, like these.

hopefully this can help your star wars loving kids (or you) make your own perler bead creations!

modern geometric canvas art

i’m bringing back some old posts for you  to enjoy!

remember my canvas from yesterday?  i thought i’d show you a little how-to so you can do it too!  it was super easy and i want to make a million more.  i’m thinking covering a whole wall like this would be amazing!

so this is the original i wanted to copy was inspired by.  isn’t it amazing?!  i love the randomness, the use of colors and neutrals, and the fact that the artist left some spots unpainted.

nicole decided to make one as well for her guest house.  her’s is the bigger one on the right.  i ended up making mine more of a parchment color, different from what is pictured here.  the grey was too close to my existing wall color (silver sage by restoration hardware).  we used a mix of acrylic craft paints – grey white, brown, gold – and just squirted them all over randomly then brushed over them to blend and smooth them out a bit.  we made sure to get the edges at the same time so we had the same mix of colors at the edge to match the canvas.  i also used some water to dilute my paint a bit, too.

this was the trickiest part, but still super easy, just a bit time consuming.  we first decided what size we wanted our circles to be.  we ended up using an upside down drinking glass.  i measured the diameter of the top of the glass (3 1/2) then divided that number by 2 and got 1 3/4″.  so that’s the spacing we used for the stripes, vertically and horizontally.  after all of those lines were marked we used the glass and just traced with a pencil around it to make the circles.

then came the fun part!  i just randomly used colors, mixing a few together, and filled in the “petals”.  i found it was kind of hard to be random, like being intentionally unintentional ;)

i use a super fancy tray for mixing my paints – a pie tin.  when i mixed my paints, i didn’t want to color to be solid so i dipped my brush in a few colors at a time and let them mix a little on the canvas.

i kept my laptop out to refer back to the original.  i kept wanting to add more color, but new i’d get too rainbow-y if i didn’t balance it with neutrals and blank spots.

our finished art!  nicole’s is totally different from mine – she had a color pallet she was working with and i was going more random.  i love how both of them turned out!

so fun!