Making your own prayer beads is a fun, creative, group-building activity. And the bonus is, you end up with a great set of prayer beads that YOU created!
Interested? We’ve included a supply list and full instructions below. There’s even a YouTube instructional video at the bottom of this post for those of you who want to follow me step by step.
All of the supplies can be purchased at your local craft store or online.
We also sell kits in our Etsy store, which come with everything you need except the two tools. We generally keep all the kits in stock, though if you need to place a large order for a group, please contact me for information on volume discounts and shipping times. A good rule of thumb is we need two weeks to complete large orders (40 or more) of kits.
- 5 large (10mm – 12mm) beads
- 29 medium (8mm – 10mm) beads
- 36 seed (size #6 or #8) beads
- 1 cross or other pendant
- 2 crimp tubes (size 2 x 2)
- 20 – 24 inches of wire (49-strand.019 or .018″)
- 1 pair of chain nose pliers
- 1 set of side (flush) wire cutters
- L = Large bead
- M = Medium bead
- s = seed bead
1 Thread one of the crimp tubes onto the wire, then add the cross. Thread the end of the wire back up through the crimp tube. This will leave you with the two ends of the wire coming out of the crimp tube: the primary length of wire and a smaller “tail, ” about one inch in length. Using the pliers, squeeze the crimp tube until it is flattened.
2 String the beads in the following pattern, taking them all the way down so that the first bead aligns with the crimp tube that sits above the cross. (Note: make sure the beads cover both of the wires—the primary wire and the “tail” that extends from the top of the cross): s L s M s L s
3 String the crimp tube (this is a critical step!).
4 String the first section of week beads in the following pattern: s M (7 times), then 1 s. It will look like this: s M s M s M s M s M s M s M s
5 String 1 L bead.
6 String the second section of week beads by repeating Step 4.
7 String 1 L bead.
8 String the third section of week beads by repeating Step 4.
9 String 1 L bead.
10 String the fourth section of week beads by repeating Step 4.
11 Take the end of the wire and thread it back through the crimp tube that was added in Step 3 (the wire will be heading back toward the cross). Thread it through the crimp tube, the seed bead, the large bead, the seed bead, and the medium bead so that it comes out from the bottom of the medium bead.