How to Make Skull Earrings With Perler Beads



White and black skull earrings made from fused Perler Hama beads craft for Halloween

Learn how to make skull earrings with an easy craft of Perler beads. This easy craft is ideal for adults and older children to enjoy.

With Halloween just around the corner, why not make yourself some easy skull earrings to wear for the occasion. These make a great costume accessory as well as being a fun craft.

Use some fused beads like Perler or Hama beads to create some very cute earrings or other items of jewelry such as necklaces that you can wear come October 31st.

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How to Make Skull Earrings Using a Simple Fused Beads Craft and Wear Them for Halloween


This simple black and white skull design is a quick and easy motif to make using Perler or Hama beads. If you've never used these fused beads before, you need some beads and a square pegboard (small or large) to make this pattern.

All you need to do is work a simple pattern of beads over the board. When done, an adult places the special ironing paper on top and irons over to fuse the beads together so they all stick. Once cool, the motif comes off the board and is ready to use as you wish.

Step 1: Make 2 Perler Bead Skull Motifs 


The Supplies You Need:

1 square Perler (or Hama) pegboard, small or large

13 black Perler beads per skull

38 white beads per skull

black and white simple easy small skull pattern made with beads on a fused pegboard


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It should be fairly easy to copy the photo above to make your own skull motifs. If you are stuck for a starting point, place the middle black bead first. It is positioned 5 pegs across from the side and 4 pegs up from the bottom.

This makes a very good starting point. Once you have that bead placed, you can then quickly add in the black eye sockets which are made using 4 beads each and then add in the white beads around them.

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Although I've used black and white, you could use other colors to make your skulls. I would stick to using just 2 colors for this simple pattern. How about bright monster green and black or pumpkin orange and black for Halloween.

Once you've finished the pattern, an adult needs to lay the Hama or Perler ironing paper over the top and iron the design to fuse the beads together as per the manufacturer instructions. When cooled, the beads should stick together and the whole motif will come off the pegboard.

Step 2: Equipment to Turn Your Skull Motifs into Earrings


The Supplies You Need:

2 matching skull bead designs

Blank earring hooks

Open jump rings, around 8-12 mm in size works well

Jewelry pliers and tweezers if you have them

Jewelry making equipment and supplies with pliers open jump rings earring hooks

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This photo above shows the jewelry making equipment needed in order to make this simple Halloween craft project.

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There are some blank earring hooks, open jump rings (which are round rings which have a break in them to open and close) a pair of small jewelry pliers and your finished little skull patterns.

Step 3: Adding the Jump Rings to the Top of the Skulls


Open open jump ring jewelry equipment held with pliers

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First you need to open one of the jump rings a little. If you don't know, open jump rings are small metal rings. They are not whole rings since they always have a break or opening in them. They are designed so that they can be pulled apart.

Get hold of a jump ring with the pliers on one side. Then use some tweezers if you have them to pull at the other side of the ring so you can open up the gap. Depending on how pliable and soft the metal is, you may be able to use your fingers instead.

Push the partially opened jump ring through the middle hole at the top of the skull design on one of your Halloween beaded motifs. You need a hole at the top of the skull design and preferably in the middle so that the earring will hang properly when you wear it.

If the hole is not big enough, you can use a paperclip end or similar to widen it. The holes in the skull design may have closed over too much from when they were ironed. You then need to widen them by inserting something through with a very fine point like a paperclip or needle which will then make the hole wide enough for the jump ring to pass through.

Step 4: Turning the Skulls into Finished Earrings to Wear


Earring hook inserting into a completed Perler bead motif

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Once you have the open jump ring attached through a hole near the top of your completed Perler bead design, you need to add on a blank earring hook. Slip the bottom ring of the blank hook over the top section of the jump ring as shown in the photo.

Close up the jump ring with your jewelry pliers. This will ensure that the earring hooks are attached properly to the skull design.

Step 5: Completed Perler Bead Skull Earrings for Halloween


Black and white beaded skull design earring held in the hand

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To finish up, you might need to twist the ends of the earring hook depending how you want the skull patterns to hang down when worn in your ears. These not only make fun, novelty DIY Halloween earring designs to wear but also make great little gifts too.

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