DIY Bead & Tassel Bracelets

Remember the tassels that I showed you how to make in this post: DIY Tassel Tutorial? Well, I guess you could say I am still obsessed with making them!! I have also been gathering beads and charms for quite some time now with the plan to make custom beaded bracelets with my girls. Well, we decided to bring the two crafts together and it instantly took our bracelets to a whole new level!! I mean, what little girl doesn’t love a bracelet with darling tiny tassels, cute beads and adorable charms?

They were super easy to make and my girls did a lot of the work themselves, which makes them even more special. Not only do I love how cute they turned out, but the time spent with Emily and Elizabeth was priceless!!

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Here’s an easy tutorial for making custom beaded bracelets for little girls!!

Supplies Needed >> Embroidery Thread, Jump Rings, Beads, Charms, Clear Stretchy Elastic Cord, Scissors, Super Glue, Gold Paint, Paintbrush, Cute Little Girls Hands for Helping 🙂

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Step One >> Gather a variety of beads. We used a mixture of glass, plastic and wooden beads for a fun eclectic look! Before we began I painted the wooden beads with Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding in Gold. I have tried a ton of gold craft paints and this one definitely has the best coverage and dries very quickly as well! Some of the beads I painted all the way and some I only painted halfway so that the wood was still partially showing.

Step Two >> Create your tassels. You can follow my tutorial for creating tassels here. The only difference here is that I used basic embroidery thread instead of a thicker yarn. We chose threads that coordinated with our beads and I would make the tassels as the girls were choosing their beads and designing their bracelets. We mostly chose to add one tassel to each bracelet, but you can also add two of varying sizes like we did on this one.

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I also found some variegated embroidery thread that I used to make this tassel. It creates a fun and different look!

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Step Three >> String the beads, tassels and charms onto your clear stretchy elastic cord. I used a thicker cord (1 mm diameter) so that the bracelets would be strong. This makes them not quite as stretchy but I think it makes them more durable in the hands of little ones. To get the right size we tried different lengths and added/subtracted beads until it was comfortable on the girls’ wrists. They ended up liking them to fit snug (rather than loose and dangly) but not too tight.

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Step Four >> Tie the ends of the elastic cord into a knot and repeat three times (creating three knots on top of each other). Then I added a drop of super glue right onto the knot to make sure it won’t come undone. I also added a dab of super glue to the knots on my tassels to make them nice and secure as well.

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Step Five >> Enjoy your finished bracelets and have fun creating lots of different combinations!

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Both of the girls are in LOVE with the bracelets we made! They loved being able to choose their own designs and then help create them and it was such a fun project to do together! We have already started creating more to give to their cousins and friends for birthday and Christmas gifts! There is nothing better than handmade!!

I hope you enjoyed our DIY beaded bracelet tutorial! Please let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Wednesday!

xoxoxoxo

 

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  • Karen Brown
    October 24, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    This is the sweetest funnest idea. I can only imagine how much fun you gals had!!!
    I so enjoy your products and your blog…makes me smile and be more creative. I want to get some beads and do bracelets for my great nieces. 🙂
    Keep up the good work.

  • Ashley
    October 27, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    These are soo sweet and beautiful!! Where do you get those gorgeous gold charms from?!

    • maggieholmes@mac.com
      October 29, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      I got them at Joann’s!

  • Gina
    November 15, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Adorable bracelets. Not as easy as you make them sound. We were going to make these with our 11 year old Girl Scouts so got all the materials and decided they were too time consuming. Let’s see, where do I start? 3 trips to the craft store to get different size jump rings that fit the lengths of embroidery thread. (and $60 on beads – ugh!) The tassels were such a pain to make with metallic embroidery thread because it’s very slippery and twisty. The crocheting thread was much easier. We had the toughest time getting the elastic cord to stay tied to even glue it together. We even got the gilded gold paint (gorgeous) and oh boy it is messy to paint wooden beads. My daughter and I are very crafty and do all kinds of projects so after a few attempts to come up with prototypes for the troop, we gave up and are doing another holiday project with them. We figured if we were having that tough of a time, the non-crafty girls wouldn’t be able to follow it. We kept some of the beads to do some bracelets on our own but just wanted to warn others that it’s not the easy project it’s made out to be. I tried emailing Maggie to ask for tips but never heard back…

  • neha goyal
    April 11, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    awsum

  • Erika cope
    April 16, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Hi! What size are the wooden beads you used? I’ve bought them twice now on amazon and have gotten the wrong ones each time. Thanks!!

  • Colleen
    April 24, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    I just love your pieces of art jewelry. I’ve been trying to think of something new, and interesting. THIS IS IT!

    Thank you,
    Colleen

  • Marie
    May 28, 2015 at 11:58 am

    These are fantastic! I love the different textures. They came together great! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Joanna
    April 22, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Love these!! Just made 2 of them for my boyfriends daughter and they came out great! Didn’t find them to be hard to make at all. A few tips, I stuck the wooden beads on skewer sticks to paint then and then just stuck them in a mason jar to dry. I bought beaded necklaces at the thrift store and just cut them up to save some money on beads. As for the elastic cord it really needs to be stretched out before you tie it at least three times and then glue it. Definitely going to make these again!

  • Beth
    June 8, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    What size beads and jump rings did you use?

  • Beth
    June 12, 2016 at 10:00 am

    How did you hold or stabilize the half-painted beads to paint them?

  • FashionBulb
    June 30, 2017 at 5:11 am

    So cute! Great for the summer – thanks for sharing!

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