DIY Decor Trend: Hama Bead Crafts

DIY Decor Trend: Hama Bead Crafts

Dabney Frake
Apr 25, 2014
(Image credit: Leizy B)

Do you all remember Hama (or perler) beads from your youth? The ones you melted together as a quick, easy hobby? Recently I've seen an upsurge in DIY craft projects made out of these bright, large, and colorful beads from back in the day. Today's iterations vary from cute to downright beautiful — something I didn’t think was possible from grade school crafts. Here are some favorites:

1. Above, a bead pattern by graphic designer Kathrine Højriis, inspired by cross stitch and heraldic patterns. As seen on Lisbeth's living room wall. It's also totally possible to do yourself, as seen here.

(Image credit: Stjernepels)

2. Beautifully patterned coasters in pink, orange and gray, from Stjernepels.

(Image credit: Fine Little Day)

3. Elisabeth Dunker of Fine Little Day has a collection of baskets made from beads.

(Image credit: Marie's Factory)

4. Marie’s Factory strung some bead triangles on a tree branch for a striking piece of organic-meets-plastic art.

(Image credit: Minieco)

5. Minieco got in on the act and made some beads into a colorful votive cozy.

(Image credit: Fine Little Day)

6. Artist Cilla Ramnek makes beautiful patterns out of hama beads, which become great wall art.

(Image credit: Majoca)

7. Majoca shared this bold Marimekko-inspired pattern on Instagram.