How to make a beaded handbag charm

Updated April 17, 2017

Beaded handbag charms usually hang from the bag's zip, which is why these charms are also known as zip pulls. You can make your own beaded handbag charms to add some flair to an otherwise plain handbag or to customise a bag to better show off your personality and creativity. The procedure for making beaded handbag charms is similar to the one for making making phone charms.

Slide the first spacer bead onto the headpin.

Slide the decorative beads onto the pin. Get creative. Use small black beads and alternate them with larger purple beads to create a pattern, or switch up bead colours and textures. Leave at least 8.5 mm (1/3 inch) of room at the top of the pin.

Slide the second spacer bead onto the headpin.

If necessary, trim the top of the headpin with the cutting pliers so that there is only 8.5 mm (1/3 inch) of pin not covered by beads.

Thread the lobster clasp onto the headpin. Use the round-nose pliers to grab the tip of the headpin and shape it into a loop. Get the looped tip of the headpin as close as you can to the top spacer bead to securely fix the lobster clasp in place.

Using the lobster clasp, attach your completed beaded handbag charm to your bag's zip.

Things You'll Need

  • Headpin
  • 2 spacer beads
  • Decorative beads (large and small in assorted colours)
  • Cutting pliers
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Lobster clasp
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Vivian Gomez contributes to Retailing Today, the Daily Puppy, Paw Nation and other websites. She's covered the New York Comic Con for NonProductive since 2009 and writes about everything from responsible pet ownership to comic books to the manner in which smart phones are changing the way people shop. Gomez received her Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Pace University.