diy perler earrings

I am about to share a best kept secret to making earring blanks

Oh my gosh it is so easy, and I am so excited to share with my readers this awesome diy perler earrings project. It did take me a few tries, and a few questions from the experts over at Rockin’ the Silhouette with Beads facebook group to get the temperature just right. Read on for the fine details as they are important to making this work. This post is for approximately 1/2 inch earring blanks once the beads melts down, and are made from perler beads.

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Perler biggie beads $9.33 for 1200 beads

Earring posts & backs $3.63

E600 glue $3.99

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diy perler earrings

Supplies needed for perler earrings

You are going to need some perler biggie beads, a package of earring posts and backs, and some E6000 glue or you can also use hot glue. You will also need an oven and a non stick baking sheet (caution, to be safe you can’t use this for food again) to lay your perler beads on.

perler beads unmelted


Preheat your oven to 300 degrees

Line a non stick baking sheet with perler beads, spacing each bead 1/2 inch from each other

Place the pan of perler beads into the oven for 1 hour. Your beads should turn to this at the 1 hour mark.

perler melted

Take sheet out of the oven, and let the blanks cool for 10 minutes just to be sage. It typically takes 3-5 minutes for them to be cool enough to touch, but the baking sheet might still be too hot to touch.

Once the blanks are cool, loosen them from the pan, and flip each one over so the flat side is facing upward.

Place a drop or two of glue to the flat surface of the earring post, and place it glue side down onto the blank disc. Do this to each blank disc.

perler blanks

Let cool completely, and then stick the earring backing onto each earring.

You can wear them without any decoration or decorate them anyway you like.

finished perler

Stay tuned for more great design posts coming in the next few weeks

I hope this help you all make these earring blank discs. Remember to use only perler beads inside the house because another other kind is not safe to cook indoors. Stay tuned for some more diy perler earring design posts so you will have some ideas for decorating these super cute earrings. I will have diy posts for boys, and girls over the next few weeks.

You can purchase everything you need on Amazon. Here are the links to each product

Perler biggie beads $9.33 for 1200 beads

Earring posts & backs $3.63

E600 glue $3.99

To learn about decorating these earring go here



  • Reply Johanna April 24, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    You are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing! I CAN’T WAIT to make these.

  • Reply Joshua April 25, 2015 at 5:44 am

    Thank you for breaking this down for all to see. Being a guy I tend not to get the answers I seek when it comes to these crafts.

    • Reply admin April 25, 2015 at 7:32 am

      Sorry to hear that 🙁 I am glad to hear the tutorial has helped you though

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  • Reply Kim June 22, 2015 at 1:04 am

    If you want to make them into larger round earrings, how would you arrange them? Stack them, lay them close together side by side…


    • Reply admin June 23, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      You really can’t make them perfectly round if you stack them. Use the biggie beads in my post, and they come out about 1/2 inch diameter. Or try a mold

  • Reply Jen January 31, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Why are my beads sticking to the parchment paper and everything else I try to lay them on?! They are the heat kind, so what is going on??

    • Reply admin January 31, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Don’t use parchment paper, and remove immediately off of the pan using a spatula.

  • Reply Kim wilkins February 11, 2016 at 3:35 am

    How can you make them bigger I need them bigger to but monograms on them

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  • Reply Carmen December 1, 2016 at 7:26 am

    How do you get the vinyl to stick. Mine won’t stay on the earring

    • Reply admin December 5, 2016 at 5:31 am

      I never had any issue with the vinyl sticking. Perhaps you are using the wrong type. What vinyl are attempting to use?

  • Reply Mandy December 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    How do you make them big enough to monigram or put posts on with extra room? Ive done one bead, 2 beads stacked on top of each other (which fit the earring post perfect) and three beads touching in a circle (which gave me a mickey mouse design.

    • Reply admin January 3, 2017 at 12:17 am

      are you use biggie beads?

  • Reply tammy mclain January 11, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    are these safe to put in your food oven

    • Reply admin January 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      Hi Tammy, perler beads are safe as far as I know but read the packaging on your particular one.

  • Reply Carrie Lackey February 16, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I cant seem to figure out why the blue beads turn colors on the same settings as I do the others…and haven’t had other issues help

    • Reply admin February 16, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      its just something that happens. there is really no way around it. you can ask in the group for ideas though

  • Reply beverly dowdy February 22, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Hi I am new to making things with the Cricut. I did melt the perler beads to make the earrings now I am totally lost is there anyway you can do a video on how to make the emoji design for them please and thank you. I’m not good with design space yet

    • Reply admin February 23, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      I will plan for it. Are you in the bead group? The link is in the post towards the top

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