Instructions for Making a Serenity Prayer Beaded Bracelet

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Instructions for Making a Serenity Prayer Beaded Bracelet
Express the serenity prayer with different gemstone beads. (bead bracelets image by Alison Bowden from

Reinhold Niebuhr, a theologian and social activist, penned the serenity prayer that has become popular among many Christian denominations. Make your own beaded serenity prayer bracelet to help guide you through the prayer in times of hardship or distress. Make one for yourself as well as friends and family. You will save money on store-bought versions and have the opportunity to express your faith through creativity.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Beading wire
  • 2 crimp beads
  • Crimping pliers
  • 1 round rose quartz bead
  • 1 round chrysocolla bead
  • 1 round onyx bead
  • 1 round aquamarine bead
  • 1 round white quartz bead
  • 4 crimp ends
  • Jewellery glue
  • Black leather cord
  • Chain nose pliers
  • 2 jump rings
  • Clasp

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  1. 1

    Measure your wrist and take note of the measurement. Cut a length of beading wire four inches longer than the length of the five gemstone beads laid end to end.

  2. 2

    Run one end of the wire through a crimp bead and the loop on a crimp end. Bring the wire back through the crimp bead. Tighten the loop and crimp in place.

  3. 3

    String a rose quartz bead (serenity), a chrysocolla bead (acceptance), a black onyx bead (change), an aquamarine bead (courage) and a white quartz bead (wisdom) onto your beading wire.

  4. 4

    Add the second crimp bead and another crimp end to the other end of the wire. Pass the wire end back through the crimp bead and pull to tighten. Crimp in place. Run any excess wire through the strung beads.

  5. 5

    Subtract the length of the beaded strand plus a half inch from your wrist measurement. Cut a piece of leather cord to this length and cut it in half again.

  6. 6

    Apply a dab of jewellery glue into a crimp end attached to the beaded strand. Insert a piece of leather cord into the crimp and squeeze shut with your chain nose pliers. Attach the other leather cord to the other side of the beaded length.

  7. 7

    Attach a crimp end to each of the two remaining leather cord ends. Finish the bracelet by attaching each loop on the clasp with a loop on the crimp ends using a jump ring.

Tips and warnings

  • Cut the leather cord at an angle to make it easier to insert into the crimp ends.
  • Beads are a choking hazard for young children.

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