Dec 1st Sammy Rose´s Perler Beads

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I will start this Christmas-Blog-Tour, myself, with a DIY Christmas gift idea and giveaway. Me and my partner Jens make a couple of different popicon-portraits every Christmas for family and friends. They are so much fun to make and I think they look great.

What you need is Perler Beads, a pegboard (we used 29×58 pegs), ironing paper and a design pattern.

The design is the hardest part. Portraits from photos, up close make the best patterns. One bead for every pixel in your image is how to think.

I made this Superman portrait today and I have wrapped it for one reader to win.

Here is how to win it: Motivate in a comment why YOU should win, and I will pick a winner on Friday. img_27431img_2715img_2714

If you are a more of a “Mr-T-kind of person” below is a designpattern for you to make of him. Print it out and use on a pegboard with 29 x 58 beads.

If you are familiar with Photo Shop here is how to make your own.

1. Find a photo you like
2. What you want to do now, is to scale down the photo, so that each pixel represents one bead.
If we use two pegboards (29 x 29 beads each), we have 29 x 58 beads to work with, right? So, go ahead and scale down your photo to 29 x 58 pixels. You might have to crop out the sides, to maintain the aspect ratio.
3.Unless you have a huge collection of beads, you will have to decrease the number of colors.
4. Print it out and off you go!

instructions

Posted by myself, Jenny here at Dos Family. I also blog at  SammyRose

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32 Responses to Dec 1st Sammy Rose´s Perler Beads

  1. HELLO TIGER December 1, 2009 at 3:14 pm #

    Hehe, I love! Det var så länge sedan jag pärlade nu. Efter att ha gjort ett alldeles för stort rådjur för flera år sedan så har jag tröttnat. Måste börja peppa igen!

  2. Kristina December 1, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    Wow, I love that. The Superman movies are an annual Christmas tradition (along with the Lord of the Rings movies). I’d really like to put it under the tree for my brother.

  3. erry December 1, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    Måste testa det här, jag älskar att sitta och pilla med pärlor! Fin start på adventskalendern, ser fram emot resten…

  4. Anna December 1, 2009 at 5:22 pm #

    Åh! jag vill vinna :-D För att jag just nu håller på och renoverar vardagsrummet och allt är klart utan väggprydnader. Tror den skulle sitta fint bland våra masker, tavlor, farfars fiol och annat härligt. Underbart med kalender förresten på massa bra pyssel då hela dec!

  5. Anna December 1, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    I have a supermanprint on my door (tomorrow on my blog..not for the first time ;)). I bought it in NYC to (beside the fact that it just look really cool) remind myself that I can do so much more than I think.
    This would look perfect hanging next to it. And of course I am a loyal visitor :)

  6. Lotten December 1, 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    Wow! Vad coolt… skulle vara riktigt ballt att göra på barnen någongång ;-)
    Jag kan inte komma på någon bra motivering till varför jag skall vinna….

  7. Lina December 1, 2009 at 5:56 pm #

    Dylan, min son, blev blixtkär i Supersnällasilversara i morse. Så nu vill jag ge honom det finfina porträttet av min egen barndoms-superhjälteförälske: Stålmannen…

  8. Katarina December 1, 2009 at 6:33 pm #

    Jag tycker att han ska flytta hem till mig eftersom det finns en vakant plats på väggen precis bredvid min farmor. Hon kommer tycka att han är väldigt tjusig och underhållande.

  9. Julia December 1, 2009 at 7:05 pm #

    I have tried to make a portrait of my friend out of these breads a while ago but it didn´t turn out as well as your superman. maybe if i had it, it would help me do a better job next time… :)
    många hälsningar från tyskland

  10. Rebecca Elfast December 1, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    Å vilket frukostsällskap det skulle vara i köket! En äkta hjälte !

  11. Emilia December 1, 2009 at 8:44 pm #

    Wow. Vet inte vad jag ska säga men vill ju verkligen ha den här. Jag och Alma skulle behöva en karl i huset att vila ögonen på och jag kan inte tänka mig något vackrare än Superman himself.

  12. Jenny at Dos December 1, 2009 at 10:11 pm #

    I love you all for commenting but i would love you even more if you would show your pretty profilepictures. Go and get one at http://www.gravatar.com

  13. IngenFara December 1, 2009 at 10:25 pm #

    Överlägset! Jag var så kär i Stålmannen när jag var liten och såg filmen om och om igen.

  14. nath December 2, 2009 at 12:33 am #

    ha! check me, i HAVE a pretty profile pic.

    and guess what?

    i was in a Superman film once, long ago. really.

    well, okay. what really happened is this – there was a breakfast cereal promotion and you could send away for a customizable Superman poster, with room for you to stick a passport size photograph of yourself next to Christopher. so i has one of those on my bedroom wall and with it, an unswerving belief that i was really in a Superman movie.

    aw, i haven’t thought about that poster for a long time. i wish i still had it.

  15. Annelie December 2, 2009 at 7:39 am #

    Den skulle passa fint in i man “foto- familjevägg”, om Stålmannen ingick i min familj skulle väl inget dåligt kunna häna en eller? Han skulle alltid rädda oss!

  16. •lotta på solrum|fnurr• December 2, 2009 at 8:53 am #

    shit, vilken guide! där satte du ribban högt.
    passar ju oss utmärkt eftersom vi ska dra ny el för alla pengar denna månad.
    det blir pärlplattor till alla!

  17. Krickelin December 2, 2009 at 9:20 am #

    Wow, snyggt! Den skulle passa utmärkt i min Ottos rum där hans stora tavla på superman hänger. :) Härlig idé det här med kalendern, ser fram emot att se mera.

  18. Meyer-Lavigne December 2, 2009 at 10:01 am #

    Wow. that is just too cool.

  19. Marjolijn December 2, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    What a great artwork! How much time it must take to prepare such a portrait! My children like to play with their beads and I already have ironed many of their little works. I never thought about the possibility of making portraits :)
    So, thank you for this nice invitation and YES, I definitely would like to take part in your lovely give-away!
    Many greetings from Belgium,
    Marjolijn

  20. Malin December 2, 2009 at 3:08 pm #

    Å vad fint! Vad jag önskar att jag förstod mig på photoshop för jag vill jag vill jag vill! Jag vill också göra fina pärlplattor. Vilken underbar kalender! KRAM på Jenny, Märta och Isabelle som har så kul idéer!

  21. Karin D December 2, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    När jag flyttade in ensam i min lägenhet kände jag att här saknades en man. En liten krutgubbe som kunde ge mig lite kraft och energi de dagar jag kände mig lite segare. Idag hänger Karl Gustav på var och varannan väg här hemma, och visst är han en liten söt krutgubbe, men jag saknar lite pondus, lite kraft och lite mer ös. Visst är en kung alltid en kung…men en man med krafter som slår Pippi Långstrump-det saknar man. Han skulle behövas här hemma på väggen!

    Bloggen är fantastisk, som alltid. Varje dags-måste.

    Fortsätt med allt braigt!

  22. Doredoris December 2, 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    Mycket trevligt, ser fram emot att få ett nytt inlägg varje dag! Jag behöver ingen superman för jag har redan en (fast inte en gjord i pärlor, mer köttig liksom). Därför kanske en pärlman vara fin också? :)

  23. Thouraya Battye December 4, 2009 at 12:46 am #

    For my husband.

    Three nights in row this week there has been a Superman movie on.

    Superman 1 Tuesday Night
    Superman 2 Wednesday Night
    Superman 3 Thursday Night

    Each night my husband has turned on the television in amazement that each movie is on. And even though we own 3 different versions of Superman 1 and 2. And of course one version of Superman 3, he insisted on watching them all because they were on TV.

    I love my husband and his love of Superman. It reminds me of the child in all of us and how we all secretly (or not so secretly) remain in childhood forever.

  24. Shell December 4, 2009 at 4:52 am #

    I have been a lifelong fan of Christopher Reeve since I was a kid. My favorite Chris movie beside the Superman movies, is Somewhere in Time. He is one of my acting heroes. I adore him still. I love to win the beaded picture of Christopher. Here is a post i wrote about him and me,:
    http://swanofdreamers.blogspot.com/2009/02/somewhere-in-time-and-christopher.html

  25. Becci December 4, 2009 at 4:55 am #

    When my son was 2 months old he was paralyzed by his vaccines. He will never walk. He is now 7 years old and he loves superman. We belong to the Christopher and Dana Reeves foundation and we frequently talk to our son about how inspirational he was both before and after his accident. We use him as inspiration for our son to realize that he can do anything in the world!! I think he would love to have this hanging in his room. It is so cool. Thanks…Becci (mom to Austin…Superboy)

  26. malin December 4, 2009 at 5:20 pm #

    Eftersom de enda julklappar jag får är dom jag köper själv (så går det när man är vuxen och singel…), så skulle det vara fantastiskt med en Stålman i brevlådan. Han skulle vara jättesnygg antingen med mina andra pärlplattor, eller med mina tavlor.

    Älskar förresten DosFamily – ett av mina topp tre ställen att alltid hitta inspirerande inredning, tillsammans med Family Living och Paumes Stockholmsböcker. Vore förresten väldigt trevligt om ni utökade, antingen i pappersformat (tidningar! böcker!) eller rörliga bilder (på tv!) – jag saknar bra inredning på tv.

  27. Jenny at Dos December 7, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    Hello everybody!
    Thank you for all the comments. It was just to hard for me to pick a winner so I used random.org to help me out and the winner turned out to be…

    Emilia

    “Wow. Vet inte vad jag ska säga men vill ju verkligen ha den här. Jag och Alma skulle behöva en karl i huset att vila ögonen på och jag kan inte tänka mig något vackrare än Superman himself.”

    So Congrats!
    Send me an email with your address and he will be on his way to you and Alma!
    jenny at dosfamily.com

  28. Emilia December 9, 2009 at 9:09 pm #

    Tack!!! Jag blev så himla glad. Årets julklapp till mig!

  29. Orange Pop January 10, 2010 at 12:18 am #

    Having been a bit too busy the last couple of weeks I totally missed out on the blog fun and advent blog count down. Was fun though, to see all (1 to 24) lined up, bubbling with energy, fun and creativity. What a great idea, both sharing ideas and involving blog friends. Absolutely loved it! Love from Amsterdam.

  30. Anna Marie April 21, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Hi, I would like to know how to this family portrait coz I really want to make one for my Bf whose a Marine for his birthday!!whose awesome gift

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