Instructions for Making Beaded Badge Holders and Lanyards

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Instructions for Making Beaded Badge Holders and Lanyards
Lanyards have been used for centuries. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

The term lanyard refers to a rope, string or cord used to hold or carry something. Sailors used them in the 1600s to tie down items on a ship; military men wore them around their waists in the 1800s to carry knives and other weapons; and many professionals wear them today to hold name badges or keys for easy access. Standard lanyards and badge holders are inexpensive but tend to be rather plain. If you would prefer something a little more fashionable, consider making one yourself.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Craft lace or stretchy wire
  • Two crimp beads
  • Lobster clasp
  • Jump ring
  • Assortment of decorative beads
  • Badge holder or lanyard clip
  • Scissors
  • Pliers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut a piece of craft lace or stretchy wire an inch longer than the length you want your lanyard or badge holder to be. Standard lanyards and badge holders are 36 inches or 91.5 centimetres long.

  2. 2

    Slide a crimp bead onto one end of the craft lace or wire.

  3. 3

    Slide a lobster clasp over the crimp bead.

  4. 4

    Fold the tip of the craft lace or wire into the crimp bead, forming a tight loop to hold the lobster clasp in place.

  5. 5

    Flatten the crimp bead with a pair of pliers to hold the lobster clasp in place.

  6. 6

    Cut off any excess craft lace or wire sticking through the crimp bead.

  7. 7

    String decorative beads onto half of the craft lace or wire. The crimp bead will stop the other beads from falling off. The design and types of beads you use is entirely up to you.

  8. 8

    String a lanyard clip or a badge holder clip onto the craft lace or wire.

  9. 9

    String decorative beads onto the second half of the craft lace or wire in the same design as the first half. This will give the lanyard or badge holder a symmetrical look.

  10. 10

    Slide a crimp bead onto the end of the craft lace or wire.

  11. 11

    Slide a jump ring over the crimp bead.

  12. 12

    Fold the tip of the craft lace or wire into the crimp bead, forming a tight loop to hold the jump ring in place.

  13. 13

    Flatten the crimp bead with a pair of pliers to hold the jump ring in place.

  14. 14

    Cut off any excess craft lace or wire sticking through the crimp bead.

  15. 15

    Attach the lobster clasp to the jump ring before wearing.

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