How to make a tray with Perler beads

It's always a good idea to have a dedicated space for small, important items such as rings and keys, as well as less-important items such as the change that falls out of pockets after clothes have been in the dryer. For someone who sells crafts at fairs and festivals, this Perler bead tray also might double as a business-card holder.
This project will take a while, so set aside a good amount of time. This video tutorial uses white, pink, peach and yellow Perler beads, but any color scheme may be used.
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Materials
- Perler beads, white and three additional colors
- Square pegboard
- 4 small bowls
- Tweezers
- Ironing paper
- Iron
- Nylon fishing line
- Scissors
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Instructions
1. Set out the square pegboard and fill a small bowl with white beads.
2. Count four pegs in and four pegs down from the top left. Place the beads vertically along that line until you reach four pegs in and up from the bottom left.
3. Continue horizontally until you are four in and up from the bottom right. Go vertically until you reach four in and down from the top right. Connect the top right and top left. You should have a square.
4. Fill a small bowl with colored beads.
5. Count seven in and two down from the top left white bead. This is where the tip of the first diamond is. Use four colored beads to create a diamond shape.
6. Repeat Step 5 from the top right white bead.
7. Count 10 down and two in from the top left white bead. Use four colored beads to create a diamond shape.
8. Count eight pegs to the left of the tip of this new diamond. Create another diamond (this should fall in the center of the pegboard. Repeat to create a third diamond in the row.
9. Count 13 down and seven across from the top left. Create a diamond. Repeat from the right side.
10. Count four down and three across from the top left. Using a new color, create a diamond. Repeat from the right side.
11. Count four down and 11 across from the top left, and create a diamond. This should fall between the two just made.
12. Count eight down and seven across, and make a diamond. Repeat from the right side.
13. Count six up and 11 across from the bottom left white bead. Create a diamond.
14. Count three up and seven across from the bottom left, and make a diamond. Repeat from the bottom right.
15. Count six up and three across from the bottom left, and make a diamond. Repeat from the bottom right.
16. Place a different-colored bead in the center of each diamond.
17. Fill in all empty spaces with white beads.
18. Place the ironing paper over the project and iron. Remove and flip over the beads. Place the ironing paper on this side and iron.
19. Set aside the project. Place the pegboard on the work surface. Repeat Step 2 using one type of colored beads.
20. Repeat Step 18 with this border.
21. Repeat Steps 17 and 18 with another color. You should have two borders. Stack them on top of the tray to make a lip.
22. Thread fishing line through the bottom right corner, going through all three beads of the lip. Tie in a knot and trim the excess. Repeat for the remaining three corners.
23. Thread the fishing line through the center of one side of the rim, going through all three beads. Tie it in a knot and trim the excess. Repeat for the remaining three sides.
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