melted perler bead and cookie cutter ornaments


Our family makes a new Christmas ornament every year for our tree. I’ll share some of the ones we’ve made in the past later, but today I want to focus on our new ones. These adorable ornaments turned out so much better than I anticipated and I absolutely love them. They were super simple to make and look fabulous hanging on our tree. The kids had so much fun making them too! Here’s how you make them:

What you’ll need:

a baking sheet
metal cookie cutters
perler beads
parchment paper
string/yarn/ribbon for hanging



1. Preheat your oven to 400F

2. Sort out your perler beads into the colours you’re going to want to use.





3. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and place your metal cookie cutters on top.

4. Fill your metal ornaments in a single layer with perler beads. You want them to just be in a single layer so they melt evenly. No overlapping! I helped the kids with the tougher details – like the snowman’s eyes, nose and buttons, but they basically did the rest all themselves.



5. Place the baking sheet in the oven at 400F for 10 minutes. This will melt the beads enough that they stick together/stick to the sides of the ornaments, but not melt them completely.

6. Take them out of the oven and let cool completely.



7. Remove from the parchment paper – they should remove very easily once cooled – and string a piece of yarn/ribbon/string through one of the holes to hang from the tree.




8. If you’re making a lot of these, you’ll want to write your kids name and date on the back!

TIPS – We made these ornaments with 2 different types of metal cutters. In the type I showed you, the beads stuck firmly to the sides of the cookie cutter – which is exactly what I wanted. The other metal kind was a painted/coated metal type and when I tried to take them off the baking sheet, the cutter separated from the beads. That wasn’t the look I was going for, although it still was pretty. If this happens to you and you don’t like the look, just simply glue the beads back onto the cookie cutters. I can’t say for sure why the beads stick to some cookie cutters and not others. All I can say is experiment and see what works for you! For us, it was the silver metal cookie cutters that worked, and the paint-coated metal cutters didn’t.

Here are some more pictures of our beautiful ornaments:

These are mine:


Even the backs are pretty!


Here are Kirsten’s:


And here are Camden’s:


And here are my goofy kiddos with their favourite ornaments:





Here are the perler beads I used to make these:

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28 thoughts on “melted perler bead and cookie cutter ornaments

    1. Jill

      Nope. We’re leaving them in the cookie cutters. At about a buck a cookie cutter, it’s still a pretty inexpensive DIY ornament for the kiddos. I just liked the look of them inside the cookie cutter frame better.

        1. Jill Post author

          Sorry Charlie! The ornaments we made stuck to the cutters too – that’s the look I was going for. I don’t know how to get them off once they are stuck. It’s melted plastic stuck to metal. Hopefully mom wasn’t too upset!

  1. Kristi Palmer

    Where do you find your cookie cutters? I’m looking for some but it seems impossible to find them this close to Christmas – go figure. Guess I should have shopped in October – haha!

    1. Jill

      Well, I bought my cutters at a local grocery store but that probably won’t help you unless you live in Canada. If you do, they have them at Superstore. You might also try bulk stores, walmart or target, or even craft stores like Michael’s or JoAnn’s. Good luck!

  2. Joan

    Just another idea for the same type cutters, as a gift last year my neighbors children filled mine with fudge. You could use the cutter later.

  3. Dee Ann

    One of the coolest crafts EVER! I usually goof up every craft I try, but I believe this one is fool proof. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  4. Jen

    My son’s birthday is 10 days before Christmas, thinking about doing this with the kids that come to his party! Thanks for sharing this idea!

    1. Jill Post author

      These perler beads are made specifically for melting. There are other brands that are just like the perler if that is what you mean. You could use those. I wouldn’t recommend using just any plastic beads though. Other plastic beads aren’t made for melting and I’ve heard they will stink up your house something awful when melting in your oven. I hope that helps!

  5. Janice

    I haven’t tried yet, but to get them to not stick you could possibly line the inside of the cookie cutters with parchment paper too


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