How to make elastic beaded bracelets

Updated April 17, 2017

If you want to make a bracelet but don't have all of the necessary equipment, simply get some beads and elastic line. You'll be amazed at how fast you can design your own beautiful fashion bracelets. A few household implements will help you finish the job. Children as well as adults can easily make elastic bracelets.

Use the measuring tape to measure your wrist, add another inch or two to that measurement (or use the elastic line to measure around your wrist, adding some extra line to accommodate for the size of the beads). Cut the length of elastic line with scissors.

Place a small piece of tape on one end of the elastic, and secure the tape to the surface your are working on. This will keep the beads from falling off one end as you string them.

Place your beads by laying them out on the table the way you want them on your bracelet. It is easier to set them out this way than to re-bead the bracelet over and over.

Start the beading process by placing one bead at a time onto the elastic line with smaller beads and spacers in between the larger beads. When your beads sit an inch from the end of the elastic line, wrap the bracelet around your wrist to see how it fits. If you have too many beads and the bracelet is too loose, remove unwanted beads. Be careful to hold the line tightly during this process.

When the bracelet is long enough, take the two ends and pull them together. Remove the tape from the end after tightly knotting the ends together to secure the bracelet. Pull the beads over the end of the knot so it disappears.


Vary the size, shape and colour of your beads for more variety.


Keep beads away from small children.

Things You'll Need

  • .5-mm elastic line
  • Beads (your choice)
  • Spacers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Measuring tape (optional)
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About the Author

As an author and instructor in the arts, Jeanne Paglio has been writing since 2001 and has been an artist for over 25 years. Her articles have appeared in "Painting Magazine," "Quick & Easy Painting," and "The Decorative Painter." Paglio studied art and design at Rhode Island School of Design.