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DIY Edible Perler-Style Beads Featuring Rainbow Twizzlers Licorice Candy Straws

February 06, 2020

DIY Edible Twizzlers Rainbow Perler-Style Beads and Craft

Remember Perler beads from when you were a kid?! Introduced in the 1960s, crafty kids (and adults) began creating decorative shapes and designs with these colorful beads, and to this day, Perler beads continue to be a fun and inspiring activity. 

Here at All City Candy, we have put a tasty twist on the classic activity, with a fun way to make your own Perler-style beads . . . from candy! That's right -- EDIBLE Perler beads! 

We hear your questions now . . . How can this be? Are we wizards? Has the sugar finally gone to our heads? We will gladly answer those questions: magic, yes (see the previous answer), and of course! Using Rainbow Twizzlers you can make a variety of fruity-flavored, yummy Perler-style bead treats and create fun memories along the way.

Watch our how-to video for instructions, or follow the detailed instructions and photos below.


How to Make Candy Perler-Style Beads & Edible Crafty Creations 


Directions to Make Edible-Style Perler Beads:

Step 1: Carefully cut your Twizzlers into 1/4 inch pieces

1. Cut your "beads" - carefully use the scissors to cut the Twizzlers into 1/4-inch pieces (use the ruler to make sure they're all the same size), about 18 pieces per Twizzler.

Step 2: Cut and place parchment paper over design template

2. Choose the template design you want to make and tape it down on a stable work space. Cut 2 pieces of parchment paper so they fit over the design, with some extra space around the edges. Place one piece of the parchment on top of the design (don't worry, you'll still be able to see the design through the parchment), and set the other piece aside.

Step 3: Fill the design template with beads

3. Using your choice of colors, place the cut sides of the beads on the parchment paper, filling in the design completely. Make sure all the beads are touching.

Step 4: Cover bead design with parchment paper

4. Once your design is how you want it, gently place the second piece of parchment paper on top of the bead design.

Step 5: Fuse beads together with heat from the iron

5. Keeping the parchment paper on top of your design, carefully hold the iron on top of the covered design until the beads start to melt and fuse together, about 30 to 60 seconds on the iron's highest setting.

Step 6: Turn design over and fuse other side with heat from the iron

6. Once the first side is melted, gently flip over the design keeping the parchment papers in place, and fuse the second side with the iron (this is optional but highly recommended).

Step 7: Allow design to cool and peel away the parchment

7. Allow the design to cool (we didn't wait, and man was that hot!), then slowly and carefully remove the paper from the candy designs.

Finished Twizzlers Rainbow Perler-Style Bead Craft

When you're done, not only will you have a colorful design, but a delightful and tasty snack. Yum!

Don't forget to share your designs with us on our social media! We would love to see them :)

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