DIY Fusible Bead Gift Toppers

This craft is a tree ornament and a bonus to any wrapped present.

Fusible bead ornaments and toppers create a festive pop of color and fun. In a matter of minutes, you can add sparkle to any gift or tree.

Sort out all the colors using a muffin tin.

Sort out colors to make designing easier. An old cupcake tin works really well for this task.

Layout the design on the pegboard.

Layout the design using the peg board. If making these to be used as tree ornaments or as gift wrap toppers, keep the design from 1 inch to 2 inches.

Press evenly with iron.

When the design is completed, lay a piece of parchment paper over the work carefully. The beads are easily knocked out of place. With the iron set to medium heat, press evenly and firmly over the parchment paper, running the iron over the beads.

Iron until beads have melted slightly.

Iron until the beads have melted slightly, enough to connect to each other on the ironed side.

Let the piece cool before removing from the peg board.

Let cool, then remove the piece from the board and gently peel off the parchment paper. Both the pegboard and the parchment can be reused several times.

Tie some thread to turn these into ornaments.

Cut some decorative thread and loop it through each piece. Use to adorn a Christmas tree or to make the presentation of a present extra special.


Great project to do with kids but adults should be the only ones handling the hot iron.


Use caution when using a hot iron.

About the Author

Susan Delaney was born and raised in beautiful sunny California in the area that is widely known as the Valley. She writes the blog Bittersweet Susie where she shows off her skills with a glue gun and misadventures that forced her parents to taste test jell-o recipes from the 1950s.