September 19, 2011

Super Simple Beaded Bracelet

Today I'm going to show you how to make a really simple beaded bracelet.  It's a fun, quick project.    Here are two I did and one my mom did.




There are two slightly different versions shown above and I'll give you the low down on both.  I started with some leather and beads I got at Hobby Lobby.  Both were in the jewelry making section.  The beads were 1/2 off and often are.

I used the full length of the leather strand to make the yellow bracelet.  I started by folding the leather in half and tying a knot in the middle as shown.  The loop I just created will become the button hole.

For this particular bracelets I threaded both strands of leather through the bead.  It is important to select beads with large holes for this project.  I liked the big wooden ones.  To make it easier to thread the beads you can use scotch tape around the end of the leather to create a pointed end.

I added a bead....

...and then tied a knot.

I did this until I had enough to go around my wrist twice.  If it's a little short for you you can tug on the leather to get it to stretch a bit.

Before I show you how to end it, let me show you what I did different on the other bracelet.  I put beads on both strands separately.  This method used less leather because the knots were smaller.

To finish the bracelets, I took a button and threaded one piece of leather through it....

...and tied a knot.  Then I clipped the ends.

It looks almost the same on, but it only wraps once.  The bracelet my mom made (above with the square wooden beads) was done this way as well.  

Using the second method you can get away with a smaller bead that has a smaller hole since only once piece of leather gets threaded through each bead.

Pretty simple, huh?  Sometimes it's fun to have a project you can whip up quickly - especially when you need a quick gift.  I made the yellow one to give to Rex's preschool teacher on her birthday.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you tomorrow.


  1. It looks great! In your directions, you say to clip the ends after you put on the button and tie the knot, but you don't tell how to make the loop to latch onto the button with. Could you explain that please? Thanks!


  2. The loop is in the first step I think...

  3. Thank you for such a quick, easy, fun idea!!!! Yeah a project for a rainy day!!

  4. ooo, I do love this. I've been wearing more jewelry lately and this might be a fun little project to try! :) thanks cheri

  5. Oohh... great idea! I also have a huge jug of those wooden beads that I had no idea what to do with. :)

  6. Love. I think I will try it with ribbon. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. I love that, so quick and easy, and pretty too!

  8. Very cool! I feel like this would make a neat necklace, too!

  9. Wow that scotch tape trick is seriously the most genius thing I have ever seen. I am floored right now. I can't believe I never thought of that!

  10. super cute! love the brown beads with the yellow! thanks for sharing!!!

  11. So cute! I can't wait to make it - found you from Pinterest and I'm officially a follower!

  12. Very pretty. I love that yellow one. I have been wanting to make some bright bold necklaces like this but haven't wrapped my head around how I want to do it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. I have these wooden beads that someone gave me and I couldn't figure out what jewelry to make with them. Thanks SO MUCH for this idea! :)

  14. Made a bracelet and shared it on my blog. Linked back to you. Thanks so much!

  15. This is a great and so simple! I think tweens would LOVE this!


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