Get over 20 patterns for Care Bear perler beads! There are a variety of options perfect for anyone who loves these iconic teddy bears.
Tell me you’re a child of the 80s without telling me you’re a child of the 80s! You loved all sorts of toys including Pound Puppies, Super Mario, Cabbage Patch Kids, Glo Worm . . and Care Bears.
You’re going to love my story about Care Bears. It’s a typical kid story.
When I was younger I absolutely didn’t love pink. It wasn’t a conscious choice by any means. Honestly I look terrible in most reds and pinks now, so I guess my little mind already knew that and drifted towards other colors.
I was around age 6 or 7 when the Care Bears came out, so it was prime time for me. Of course I wanted one! And so did my little brother, who was about 3 at the time. Whatever big sister wanted, so did he.
For Christmas that year, we all received one of the cute stuffed bears, even my youngest, brand-new baby brother. Mom opened baby brother’s for him, which ended up being Grumpy Bear (blue).
Colin (age 3) opened his, and there was Tenderheart (brown with a red heart). I couldn’t wait to get open mine. Which would it be?
I shredded the paper – so excited – to reveal – PINK. I got Cheer Bear. You should’ve seen the look on my face. And my first thought? How can I make the swap with my infant brother so I could have the blue one.
Would anyone notice if he ended up with a pink bear? Could I tell them he was he that wanted mine? Wait – he can’t talk.
So I didn’t do it. I kept the pink, and never said anything to my mom.
Almost 40 years later, here we are. And I can buy a Care Bear ANY color I like! Or I can make all the colors out of perler beads. So that’s what I did, with my niece (who had never heard of them before).
We made a bunch of patterns together. And I’m excited to share with you a bunch of Care Bears hama beads, and I’m excited to share them with you today! There are several on my list, and they’re all free for you to try.
Perler beads are recommended for ages six and up, so this is a very fun craft to try with kids. They love perler beads (also known as hama beads, fuse beads, or melty beads). But don’t be shy – adults love them too!
Tips for Using Perler Beads
Before we get into the patterns, I want to review a few basics of using fuse beads to make sure you get the best results. If you don’t want the tips, scroll down to the bottom to get the Care Bear perler bead patterns.
Remember that the overall goal is to melt the beads together on both sides while still leaving the holes open. Here’s how you get the best results (with a rainbow as an example).
Use Ironing or Parchment Paper
Place ironing paper or parchment paper over the beads on the pegboard. Be gentle so you don’t disturb the beads underneath.
Heat your iron to the medium setting (no steam). In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. Don’t press down too hard with the iron. When ironed properly, the beads will still have an open center. Check and make sure your edges are melted. Let the design cool on the pegboard.
Note: BE CAREFUL about lifting up the paper while you’re ironing! If you want to check, carefully peel back paper around the edge of your design and see if all the beads are melted.
If you lift the paper up quickly and there are a lot of unmelted beads, they will easily fall off or go flying and you may be forced to start over. Sometimes the edges need more time so when you check, just check the edges and peel paper back slowly.
Another Note: some beads melt faster than others (clear melts faster than white, for example). So some holes might be larger than others. It’s okay! That’s part of the look of the project.
Iron the Other Side
Remove the bead design from the pegboard. Flip it over to the non-melted side and repeat the fusing process.
Remove the Paper
Let cool completely and remove the paper again (which is reusable). Some people pull the paper off after they iron the first side, but I just wait until the end and peel off both pieces. It’s up to you!
Now if you’re ready for the Care Bear perler beads, here are the patterns.
Care Bear Hama Beads
Note: A few of these patterns are larger than a 29 x 29 pegboard, so you’ll either need a extra large pegboard (49 x 69 tall) or to put four square pegboards together (or two depending on how wide the pattern is).
The patterns below use a regular 5.7″, 29 x 29 pegboard.
Care Bear Perler Bead Head
This head uses 69 medium blue, 156 aqua, 17 white, and 4 black beads.
Uses 230 pink, 39 white, 6 black, 1 brown, 30 fruit punch, 1 light brown, 8 cheddar, 16 yellow, and 15 blue.
Uses 213 pastel lavender, 45 white, 6 black, 7 plum, 1 honey, 43 dark purple, 10 magenta, and 8 blue beads.
Uses 219 light brown, 53 white, 8 black, 8 flesh, 21 dark brown, and 27 red beads.
Uses 221 light green, 58 white, 7 black, 29 parrot green, 1 brown, 9 cheddar, 8 orange, and 5 yellow beads.
Uses 228 yellow, 66 white, 7 black, 35 cheddar, 1 brown, 6 neon yellow, and 13 orange beads.
Uses 221 light blue, 55 white, 10 black, 29 cobalt, 35 dark blue, 4 lagoon, and 1 cheddar bead.
Good Luck Bear
Uses 207 kiwi lime, 56 white, 7 black, 56 shamrock, 1 dark green, and 1 fuschia bead.
Uses 220 mist, 57 white, 14 black, 8 toothpaste, 1 cobalt, 34 robin’s egg, 18 light blue, 2 gray, and 1 cheddar bead.
The Care Bear hama bead patterns below use an extra large 10.5 x 14″, 49 x 69 pegboard.
Large Cheer Bear
Uses 144 pink, 305 light link, 52 white, 16 black, 4 brown, 15 red, 15 orange, 11 green, and 7 blue beads.
Large Tenderheart Bear
Uses 144 dark brown, 284 light brown, 73 white, 16 black, and 27 red beads.
Large Funshine Bear
Uses 138 cheddar, 258 yellow, 84 white, 16 black, 9 brown, and 23 orange beads.
Large Love-A-Lot Bear
Uses 144 pink, 276 light pink, 100 white, 16 black, 4 brown, 6 dark red, and 6 red beads.
Large Grumpy Bear
Uses 137 light blue, 253 pastel blue, 85 white, 15 black, 27 cobalt, 4 brown, and 1 red bead.
Large Birthday Bear
Uses 146 honey, 276 butterscotch, 89 white, 16 black, 4 brown, 12 pink, and 9 blue beads.
Large Wish Bear
Uses 143 light green, 261 mint, 82 white, 16 black, 4 brown, 15 yellow, and 15 orange beads.
Large Good Luck Bear
Uses 169 shamrock, 279 kiwi lime, 71 white, 16 black, and 4 brown beads.
Large Goodnight Bear
Uses 166 turquoise, 292 sky, 71 white, 16 black, 4 brown, and 5 yellow beads.
Share Bear and Love A Lot Bear
These patterns can be done together on a larger board, or individually on a smaller board. Uses 113 dark purple, 113 dark pink, 230 purple, 230 pink, 181 white, 24 black, 8 aqua, 13 magenta, and 6 red beads.
Tenderheart Bear and Good Luck Bear
Uses 113 dark brown, 142 dark green, 230 light brown, 230 light green, 152 white, 24 black, and 27 red beads.
Birthday Bear and Bedtime Bear
Uses 113 orange, 149 medium blue, 235 yellow, 230 mint, 158 white, 24 black, 1 red, and 8 magenta beads.
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