How to make Minecraft perler bead patterns

Do you love Minecraft? So do we. And what’s the only thing more fun than playing it? Creating your own Minecraft perler bead patterns of course!

Here’s how using the Perlypop app for iPhone & iPad.


  1. Find a Minecraft image online
  2. Choose your pattern size
  3. Choose your pattern settings
  4. Adjust the color selection
  5. Edit your pattern
  6. Done

Step 1: Find a Minecraft image online

Let’s get started by choosing an image online. Perhaps you’d like to make a Minecraft sword out of perler beads? Or a potion? Or maybe a pickaxe? Whatever it is, simply find the image you’d like to use online and save it to your device.

We’re going to choose a sword. So we just search for “minecraft sword image” using our favorite search engine, choose an image and save it to our device.

The app can convert the following image types:

  • JPEG: This is usually used for photos. If a JPEG image contains text or graphics, it may contain more colors than expected when creating a pattern. To avoid this, you should use the PNG image type instead.
  • PNG: This is usually used for graphics. PNG images can support an empty/transparent background. This means that a white background will be output as empty pegs (instead of lots of white beads).

It doesn’t really matter which file type your image is, since you can edit your pattern later to get rid of any white backgrounds (as we’ll see later).

Once you’ve saved your image, you can create a new pattern in Perlypop by pressing the ‘+’ button > ‘Convert a photo’.

Or, if you’d prefer, you can also draw your own Minecraft perler bead patterns from scratch. To do this, just choose ‘Draw your own design’ instead.

Tip: If you’ve saved your image to the ‘Files’ app on your iPhone or iPad, choose ‘Import a file’ instead when creating a new pattern.


This will bring up the first screen in the process: choosing your pattern size.

Step 2: Choose your pattern size

The first screen in the process allows you to choose your pattern size (please note: you will need the full version to access all sizes).

For this pattern, we’re going to set the pattern size to match the number of squares in our sword image. So if we look at the image, we can see there are 16 squares across and 16 squares up. Therefore, we set our pattern size to 16 x 16 by pressing the ‘More’ button and entering ’16’ as the width.

Since we’re using an exact pixel count as our pattern size, we also need to make sure that our image fits the pattern size exactly (i.e. there isn’t a border around the edge). We can do this by pressing the crop button to crop our image.

Tip: When cropping, you can press the central button at the bottom to select an aspect ratio. For this example, we chose the ‘Square’ aspect ratio.


If you now press the next arrow at the top right of the screen, you are taken to the next screen in the process. Here you will see the first glimpse of your final pattern. We can now select the best pattern settings.

Step 3: Choose your pattern settings

So we’ve already generated a pattern from our image, but it may need some improvement. On the second screen, you can choose your pattern settings. Let’s take a look at them one by one:

  • Palette: This determines which colors are used in the pattern. You can choose from Perler, Hama, Artkal and Nabbi fuse beads.
  • Blending: This allows you to reduce blocks of color in your pattern. You can choose between Low, Medium and High blending. Low will contain more blocks of color than High.
  • Number of colors: Choosing a higher number of colors will generally improve the look of your pattern, but will also mean you will have lots of different beads to buy. (Please note: you will need the full version to change the number of colors).

Since we want our pattern to match the input image as closely as possible in terms of pixel colors, we should choose the ‘Low’ blending mode. You can see the difference between the different blending modes in the image below.


Now you’ve found the best settings for your pattern, press the next arrow to go to the color selection screen.

Step 4: Adjust the color selection

This screen is useful for adjusting the colors that are used to generate the pattern.

You can turn them on and off individually, or replace them with another color. Each time you do this, your pattern will be updated to reflect the changes.

Tip: The count of each color is shown under the name. Depending on the pattern, you might want to turn off colors that are only used a few times in the pattern (e.g. colors that have a count of 1 or 2). This can help to make your pattern neater.


Once you’re happy, press the next arrow.

Step 5: Edit your pattern

Perlypop does a lot of the work for you, but if you feel your pattern needs tweaking in particular places, you can do this on the edit screen.

It’s super simple to edit your pattern. Just select the color or tool you’d like to use, zoom in to your pattern using two fingers, and then tap the bead that you’d like to edit.

As well as changing the color of individual beads, you can also:

  • Remove beads
  • Use the color picker to select the color of another bead in your pattern
  • Paint a large area of beads by sliding your finger
  • Change all of one color to another
  • Fill an enclosed area
  • Cut and paste part of your pattern
  • Copy and paste part of your pattern
  • Mirror part of your pattern
  • Insert another pattern into your current one

As mentioned earlier, our pattern currently contains lots of white beads in the background. This is because the input image was a JPEG, rather than a PNG. But that’s OK, because it’s easy to get rid of them using the following process:

  1. Press the remove bead button
  2. Press the fill area button
  3. Tap both areas of white beads to replace them with empty pegs

Tip: You can use the replace tool to test out different color schemes in your pattern. For example, if you wanted your sword to be gold, you could choose a relevant color, press the replace button and then tap the blade to see how it looks. If you’re not happy, just press undo at the top.


After making all of your edits, press the next arrow to finish the process.

Step 6: Done

Awesome! You’ve just created your own Minecraft perler bead pattern. The final screen in the process allows you to view your pattern and/or export it.

Export your pattern

You can create printable Minecraft perler bead patterns by choosing the PDF option when exporting. You can also export your pattern as an image or Perlypop File. To do this, just press the export button at the top right of the screen > ‘Export’.

Let’s take a quick look at each option:

  • PDF: This will create a printable PDF of your pattern, which you can then print or view in another app. You can also change the print scale to 1:1, meaning the printed pegboard will fit perfectly under your physical pegboard.
  • Image: This will create an image of your pattern, which you can then share online. You can change the background color of the exported image using the slider. This allows all beads to made visible in the pattern.
  • Perlypop File: Use this option to send your pattern to a friend or another device. (Please note: you will need the full version to use this option).


View your pattern

If you’d prefer to view your pattern in the app, you can do this by pressing the full screen button, which is next to the export button.

You can tap individual beads to see their color, highlight all beads for a given color and also measure the distance between beads.


We hope Perlypop makes it super easy for you to create your own Minecraft perler bead patterns.

Thanks for reading and happy beading!

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