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Perler Bead Craft Cancer Ribbon Patterns

By Edited May 28, 2016 0 0

Fused perler bead cancer awareness ribbon patterns

If you like the idea of using your crafting skills to raise both awareness and funds for specific cancer charities, I have come up with some Perler bead ribbon patterns and designs that you can use for this purpose.

Fused beads such as Hama and Perler are a very popular and an easy craft activity that both kids and adults can have fun with and enjoy taking part in. Once the design is complete on the peg board, an adult needs to iron over the design with some special paper and this then melts the beads so they stick and fuse together.

I based the patterns and tutorials on the cancer awareness ribbons. This means that you just need to alter the ribbon colors for the specific type of cancer that you want to raise support for. Breast cancer ribbons are pink and melanoma ones are black. Wikipedia have a list of the ribbon colors which you can refer to for your charity crafting. [1]

1: Breast Cancer Ribbon Perler Bead Pattern

Pink cancer ribbon craft made with fused beads

This photo shows a very recognizable pink ribbon Perler or Hama bead design. I came up with this pattern to work on one of the small square peg boards because most people doing this craft already have one of these boards to use. The design can also be made on a larger square board too. This follows the same ribbon pattern shown on my Melanoma bead craft page.

The outline for this is in a darker pink and the inside of the ribbon design is in a lighter pink shade. You can easily change the colors to whatever type of cancer you are supporting in terms of fundraisers. You can use these to make other people aware of how they can help to prevent this disease.

You could use just one color for this simple design but I have tested this out and it always looks better having a darker outline with a lighter interior. The only main exception to this is the Melanoma ribbon which is black so I choose gray beads for the outline.

Pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness made with perler beads

You can see this simple pattern worked on a small square board in the photo. You can alternatively make a very similar version, just worked on a larger board to add in some pointed ends to the ribbons instead.

2: Angel Cancer Aware Ribbon Fused Bead Design

Angel cancer ribbon fused beads pattern

The Angel theme is a beautiful one for remembering those dear to us who have lost their lives to cancer. I think many of us now sadly know people who have succumbed to this terrible disease. I have lost both friends and family who were very dear to me and so I had inspiration to create this Angel ribbon design. I designed this so that the Angel's wings are enveloping the ribbon and watching over the person who is no longer here.

Step 1: Choosing Your Colors

Yellow and orange selection of perler and hama beads

Depending what type of cancer cause you are supporting in terms of fundraising and educating others, you will want to use the specific and official colors. Wikipedia has a great page which outlines all the different colors and designs for the awareness ribbons and symbols of support. [1]

The color chart list on Wikipedia is ideal if you do not already know which color you should use. I used yellows for the Angel design but these colors might not work well if you also have a yellow ribbon. In that case opt for another set of bead colors that will give a good contrast with the pattern.

Step 2: Make the Ribbon Design

Black melanoma cancer ribbon made from beads

You will need a large, square pegboard for this project. You will also need to work the ribbon pattern, in the colors that you need. It helps to start at the center bottom of the board with this design so you have plenty of space to work the angel character around it.

Step 3: Making the Head of the Angel

Part of a pixel pattern

Using a darker shade of yellow, you could use orange instead, I have added 26 Perler beads to the very top of the ribbon design on the board. The two circular shapes make up the outline of the Angel's head and face.

Step 4: Filling in With Yellow Beads

Filling in a section with beads

Fill inside these two outlines on the head with 16 beads in a lighter shade of yellow.

Step 5: Finish the Head Area

Angel head pixel filled in

Fill in the rest of the head with your choice of color to represent the Angel's face. Any flesh color or skin tone will work but I used white just because these beads worked well with the yellows.

Step 6: Starting the Shape of the Wings

Making the wing section

You now need 22 darker yellow beads in the same color as the head outline to start to create the shape of the Angel's wings. The wings start just underneath the head area.

Step 7: Completing the Wing Outlines

Finishing the wing outline

This photo shows how to finish off the wing outlines with your Hama or Perler beads. The wings spread out next to the top loop of the ribbon design. Once you've made one wing it is relatively easy to work the other in reverse.

Step 8: Adding in a Lighter Shade to the Wings

Filling in the beads of the wings

You need 40 yellow beads in a lighter shade to work along the inside of the wings. Just follow around the inside right next to where the darker yellow colors are. Repeat this for both sides.

Step 9: Finish Off the Angel Pattern

Angel cancer ribbon craft made with perler beads

Fill the rest of the wing design in the color of your choice to complete your pattern. I used white to match in with the face. White is also a color that has long been associated with angels as well. On the finished design, I added on a heart and a ribbon bow embellishment once I had ironed the angel design and the beads were all stuck together. 

These Designs Can Offer Support

Once made, you can use the patterns for giveaways or for fundraising events to raise awareness and funds for your chosen cancer charity. It could also be a nice idea to create the angel design to give to someone who has lost someone dear to this disease as a memento in memory of the departed.

You can add all kinds of decorations and embellishments to these completed patterns and then turn them into items such as magnets and pieces of jewelry. [2]

Image Credit: all images on this page belong to the author of this article, Marie Williams Johnstone



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  1. "List of Cancer Awareness Ribbons." Wikipedia. 10/12/2015 <Web >
  2. Marie Williams Johnstone "How to Make Perler Bead Jewelry." Wizzley. 10/12/2015 <Web >

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