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Football Party Ideas: Football player coasters craft for kids

DIY football coasters for a Super Bowl party

Looking for football party ideas for the upcoming Super Bowl? Today’s football craft is a guest post from my six-year-old son who’s sharing how to make Perler Bead football players that double as handy DIY drink coasters. Kids can make this football coasters craft for a Super Bowl party or any football-themed party.

My artsy little boy suddenly transformed this fall into a Super Duper Football Fan. He and Daddy have been spending quality time together watching weekend football games and discussing plays, teams and players. One Sunday morning, Liam decided to make some football players out of Perler beads fuse beads. I was astonished. He made these Perler Bead templates himself by tracing a picture of a football player (Tom Brady, ugh) onto a piece of paper, putting that under a clear Perler peg board, and then filling it in with Perler Beads.

DIY football coasters for a Super Bowl party
Liam making perler beads - copyright Kathy Beymer
Perler bead football player template

We are using these Perler Bead football players are coasters for drinks, but you could also use the as Super Bowl party decorations or Super Bowl activities for the kids.

See also: ‘DIY no-sew football shirts and onesie for kids’ »

Liam made three different football player poses: two throwing the ball and one receiving the ball. You can use any colors for your favorite team …may I suggest blue and white for the Colts?? I love useful things so we’re using them as Super Bowl party ideas for the table. Get Liam’s DIY football tutorial and free perler bead templates below.

Perler bead colors in a tray

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Supplies for making DIY Football Player Coasters crafts (Super Bowl Party Ideas):

How to make DIY Football Player Coasters (Football Party Ideas):

Step 1: Download Liam’s free football player Perler bead templates.

Liam’s free Perler bead football player templates (PDF) includes two different football player poses to make, and you can make your own variations from there. Print the football player templates onto white printer paper.


Step 2: Fill in Perler beads

Fill in the template using a clear square Perler pegboard and your choice of football team colors (I like this Perler beads fuse beads color assortment).

Liam making perler beads - copyright Kathy Beymer


Step 3: Iron Fuse Beads

Cover Perler beads with a piece of Perler bead ironing paper and iron evenly with a good iron per package directions. Let cool.

Ironing Perler Beads without an ironing board


Step 4: Add beverages to coasters

DIY football coasters for a football party


Be sure to pin this football crafts project for later:

DIY football coasters for a Super Bowl party


And see more Super Bowl party ideas and Perler Bead projects.

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