Recently, we made the Perler Bead Bowls, which turned out great and were a lot of fun. The kids have loved having these bowls to store things. I had purchased a huge container of the beads, so I had a bunch left. I know they can make the normal stuff, but I began to think, “What else could I make out of these?” A placemat was one of my ideas, and it worked.
I took a jelly roll pan and placed a wooden dowel across the pan to create an edge for the beads to go up against. I also put down wax paper to prevent the beads from sticking to the pan. Next, we poured out the beads and patted them down flat with our hands. I baked it at 350 for 5-10 minutes. I removed the wooden dowel after 3 minutes so that the beads wouldn’t stick to the dowel but would stay in place in the pan. After 3 minutes, they had started to adhere to each other so the edge stayed nice and straight, and it was easy to remove the dowel at that time. I cooked mine for 7 minutes. I would say 5-10 minutes is a safe bet. Just keep your eyes on it. The kids love their new placemats.