So recently I shared my love of Hama beads (or fab off-brand IKEA ‘Pyssla’ beads) but lately, my obsession has grown to new heights with this colourful and oh-so-cute DIY Hama bead bunting! Now, fair warning, arranging the beads into these cute chevron stripes does take some time but there’s definitely something cathartic about it and the final product is worth the time!
So, to begin, you’ll need:
– Hama beads (or IKEA ‘Pyssla’ beads will definitely do the trick!)
– A large square pegboard
– An iron
– Baking/greaseproof paper
– Baker’s twine
– A darning needle
To start, mark out the bunting shape with a pencil on your pegboard then begin to place the beads in the chevron stripes.
Once your beads are all laid out, you’re ready to iron! Place your greaseproof paper over the beads and set your iron to hot. Carefully run the iron over the beads, making little circles as you go. You want to iron the beads so they’re obviously sticking together but the inner hole is still open.
Once you’ve made up all your bunts (is bunts the singular form of bunting? It kind of feels right? Well I’m going to use it anyway!) it’s time to thread them onto some string! Thread up a large needle with baker’s twine and pass it through the beads on both top corners so the twine runs along the back of the triangle. If you want to add a little extra colour, you can thread some beads along the twine before you add each triangle. Super cute right?
Once you’re ready, tie a knot in either end of the twine and you’ve got a cute set of bunting to string up wherever you please! Perfect for parties, events or just around the house and because they’re made of hama beads they’re super durable and can be used time and time again!