How to Make a Gospel Bead Bracelet

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How to Make a Gospel Bead Bracelet
Pony beads are traditional, but any type of bead can be used in gospel bracelets. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Gospel bead bracelets are also known as wordless bracelets, scripture bracelets, faith bracelets and other similar names. They are usually simple bracelets of five or six beads on a leather or jute cord. Each bead is a different colour, and each colour represents a part of the foundation of Christianity as told in Bible scriptures. Evangelists, missionaries and Sunday school teachers often use the bracelets to explain the gospel to non-Christians or children. Sometimes they make the bracelets and give them as gifts; other times it is a craft activity. The beads' colours help the wearer to remember the scriptures.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1 black bead (pony bead or other type)
  • 1 red bead
  • 1 white bead
  • 1 green bead
  • 1 yellow or gold bead
  • 1 blue bead
  • 14-inch piece of cord, leather or jute
  • Scissors
  • Additional beads (optional)
  • Spacer beads (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Tie a knot about 3 inches from the end of the cording. Starting from the opposite end, slide on a black bead. Push the bead all the way to the knot so the bead is held securely on the cording and will not slip over the knot. The black bead represents sin and reminds us that everyone is a sinner.

  2. 2

    Add a clear or silver spacer bead, and after each coloured bead, if you are adding spacers to your bracelet. If not, skip this step and continue to Step 3.

  3. 3

    Slip a red bead onto the cording, sliding it down to meet the previous bead. The red bead signifies the blood of Jesus, which he shed on the cross to rid us of sin.

  4. 4

    Add a white bead to represent purity. Slide it down until it reaches the previous bead. The white colour is a reminder that Jesus' sacrifice cleansed us of our sins.

  5. 5

    Slide a blue bead onto the cording, pushing it down to reach the previous bead. Blue represents the water and reminds us of our baptism. Some gospel bracelets are made without the blue bead, so including it or not is up to you; it is still a gospel bracelet either way.

  6. 6

    Add a green bead to the bracelet, sliding it to rest next to the previous bead. Green stands for growth in our faith.

    How to Make a Gospel Bead Bracelet
    Whether you include the blue bead or not is up to you. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)
  7. 7

    Add a yellow bead and slide it down the cord to meet the other beads. Yellow represents the glory we will share with Jesus in heaven. Some people prefer to use a gold bead instead of yellow, so the glory of heaven will stand out.

  8. 8

    Add more beads of the same colours, in the same order, if you are making the full-wrist bracelet. Try it on your wrist several times to see how many beads you want to add. If you are making the basic gospel bracelet, skip Step 8 and go to Step 9.

    How to Make a Gospel Bead Bracelet
    Some people use a gold bead instead of yellow so it stands out, and some put the gold bead on first. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)
  9. 9

    Finish your bracelet with another knot close to the last bead. The knot should be tight enough to hold, and large enough that the beads will not slip off.

Tips and warnings

  • Read the directions all the way through before beginning the bracelet. Decide whether you will make a basic, six-bead bracelet or one with multiple coloured beads or clear spacers.
  • Other types of cording can be used, but some do not hold the knots well.
  • Tie the bracelet on your wrist and trim the dangling ends of the cord if you wish.
  • Knots can tighten or loosen with time, so check your bracelet periodically. If a knot has become so tight that the beads can slip over it, tie another, larger knot next to the previous one.

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