We’ve been watching all the episodes of Doctor Who lately. For me it’s a re-watch, for Wonder Boy, it’s his first time seeing it. He’s loving it! As a momma, it’s so cool to watch your kids get entranced by something you love.
As with all of our fandoms, we decided to celebrate by making something with Perler Beads. He wanted to make a 3D sonic screw driver and he wanted me to make a 3D Perler Bead TARDIS.
He never did find a sonic screwdriver pattern, but he found one for a TARDIS that he wanted me to make. I honestly wasn’t a fan of the pattern he found, but I was able to tweak it quite a bit to make our very own 3D Perler Bead TARDIS.
The pattern didn’t take long to make with Perler Beads, and let me tell you, putting it together was much easier than some of the other 3D patterns we’ve created Yes, there are 18 pieces that you have to make, but they were all so simple. I’d have to say this would be the perfect project for anyone wanting to delve into the world of 3D Perler Bead. projects.
Supplies needed for 3D Perler Bead TARDIS
- Perler Beads (white, light blue, dark blue, and yellow)
- Perler Bead pegboard
- Ironing Paper
- Hot glue gun (with glue)
Now if you aren’t really that comfortable with using Perler Beads you may want to check out my Ultimate Perler Bead Guide before getting started. It will give you step by step instructions on using these amazing fusing beads.
3D Perler Bead TARDIS pattern
The pattern for this is basically a bunch of 7 x 7 Perler Bead squares. Easy, right? I’ve put the images below so you can follow the pattern.
You may notice that there are a couple of errors when you look at my pattern. You can fix them if you find them, but you don’t have to. I didn’t fix them, and the TARDIS still turned out just lovely.
There is also one extra all light blue square that I didn’t need. I’ve crossed it out in the image. You don’t need to make it. I made it because I wasn’t sure how tall the TARDIS would be when complete. Honestly, I didn’t want to make another piece later if it turned out to be too short. I was happy with the height without it, so I didn’t use it.
Lay your beads out on your pegboard as the pattern suggests, and then iron the beads.
Pro tip: Place a heavy object (like a book) on top of the beads while they cool. This keeps each piece flat. Flat pieces are REALLY important when glueing together 3D Perler Bead projects.
Putting your Perler Bead TARDIS together
So now you have a ton of Perler Bead squares that look nothing like a TARDIS. All that’s left to do is assemble them and glue each piece together.
I use hot glue when creating 3D figures from Perler Beads. It’s what we used for our 3D Perler Bead Roblox Noob. Hot glue dries fairly fast, but it also gives you a few seconds to manipulate the piece into place. It usually isn’t the most sturdy glue for Perler Beads, but for something that will be looked at and not played with it’s perfect.
The image below has the order for glueing the pieces together. You start with the Perler Bead piece in the top left corner and work across as if you were reading. Apply the glue on the bottom piece as close to the inside as possible. Be careful not to use too much glue or you may get a bit of a gap between pieces. You can see the spots where I used too much glue in my photo below.
If you notice lots of strings of glue on your TARDIS once it’s complete just run a hair dryer over it to soften the glue a bit. Then you can just pull the strings off.
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