Continuing with the 80's geek theme that we have going in our living room, I decided that we needed some 8-Bit Super Mario Coasters!
They go along perfectly with our Nintendo Controller Coffee Table. :)
(Left to right: star power, yoshi egg, coin, mole, fire power, green mushroom, ghost, red mushroom, turtle shell, spitting rose, feather flying power, wind up bomb.)
I would take me forever to make patterns for all of these so here is a head on view of them that should make it easy for you to follow. These are made out of perler beads which I am sure most of you played with as kids so I won't do a big tutorial or anything. Even if you aren't familiar with it they come with instructions to help you out. If you want the melted side on top then place the beads exactly as they are shown above. However, if you want the unmelted side on top like I did, you will need to flip it over and do a mirror image.
If you want a more uniform look or don't want to have to purchase so many different colors, here they are with all gray backgrounds:
These coasters are each 18 pegs wide and tall which makes them about 3 1/2 square inches. You will need the large square pegboard to make this size. To make sure they wouldn't scratch the table, I hot glued some felt onto the back. It seems to work best if you put the hot glue on the felt and then lay the coaster on top. If the hot glue dries too fast and the pieces don't want to attach, you can reactivate the hot glue by laying your coaster on a table with the felt facing up, place a piece of cotton fabric over it and heat with an iron on low heat, moving in circles until they stick together.
The best price that I have found for perler beads is this 22,000 Piece Multi Mix which I had shipped straight to the store for free. Sorting through all of them can be a pain though and you might end up not having enough of a certain color. If you want to buy the colors separately here is the best price that I have found for 1,000 Piece Solid Color Packs. I have been keeping each color in a snack size ziploc bag then I dump some of each color that I need into a paper cupcake liner while I am working on it.
I also made a little caddy to hold all of my coasters. I made these four panels then put them all together with hot glue:
It holds all twelve on my coasters with room for a few more. :)
If you like these coasters but don't have the time to make your own there are now a few available in my Etsy Shop: