Miniatures of famous paintings made out of iron beads are great fun and a moment to commune with art and learn about the works of famous artists. Together with the third graders, we started the new year 2024 with creative activities using La Manuli ironing beads. This time the children created iron bead paintings.
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Famous paintings served as inspiration (link to patterns are below in the next section of the post):
🌊 Big wave in Kanagawa by Hokusai Katsushika
👩🏻 Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
⬛ Geometric abstraction by Piet Mondrian
🎇 Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
👩🏼 Girl with a Pearl Earring by Jan Vermeer
🌻 Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh
🌾Wheat field with cypresses by Vincent Van Gogh
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You will need
- Ironing beads – we used La Manuli beads. We made the easel from light brown beads.
- Iron and baking paper – special ironing papers are also available in all La Manuli bead sets.
- Tweezers – not necessary, although tweezers, which are part of La Manuli sets, are very useful. It is also added to mini sets, such as the kitten.
Iron beads paintings patterns
1. Patterns from perler.com
The first materials we used were patterns of 4 paintings (Mona Lisa, abstraction, Wheatfield, Sunflowers) and the easel template from perler.com.
We modified the mounting of the horizontal part of the easel a bit and extended the pins so that there are two pins. Because the shelf didn’t want to stay on a single bead. The easel is sometimes unstable and falls apart, so it is worth gluing the legs with plasticine.
2. Set of simple miniatures
Another batch of patterns we used is available here.
3. A treasure trove of bracelet patterns
My latest discovery for bead patterns is the braceletbook.com website with bracelet patterns. It is a real treasure trove of inspiration that is definitely worth visiting. Just like on Pinterest, there are always suggestions for related patterns, so by entering one you can then jump to the next ones like a chain. Here are some examples:
- Starry Night Vincent van Gogh
- Son of Man by René Magritte
- Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
- Girl with a Pearl Earring by Jan Vermeer
- Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh
- Self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh
4. La Manuli pattern book
In the La Manuli pattern book, among 300 various creations on a 1:1 scale for square placemats, there are also templates for 3 paintings: Mona Lisa, Girl with a Pearl Earring and Merlin Monroe.
3D Perler Beads Famous Paintings from Etsy
Absolutely brilliant patterns of 3D Perler Beads Famous Paintings Portraits Series total 9 Patterns are available on Etsy.
Iron beads paintings – miniatures of famous paintings out of iron beads
Check out our ideas
For more iron beads patterns and inspirations check our Iron beads section.
If you are looking for more inspiration for playing with children, check our section DIY with kids.
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Nothing gives more satisfaction than doing something yourself. I haven’t even thought about DIY as my hobby, I’ve just done different “projects” when it was needed. Sometimes it’s a disguise for the Masquerade Party in kindergarten. Another time, cutting out the pumpkin and baking the witch’s fingers for Haloween. Or simply organizing holiday souvenirs. Now I decided to share my realizations with you. Let’s go it together!