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It’s here. Finally. Perhaps the most requested tutorial I’ve ever had: How to Make Beaded Bracelets with Elastic! This tutorial will walk you through EVERYTHING: How to tie a bracelet knot, how to tie a surgeon’s knot, how to measure your bracelet so it’s the right size…and lot’s more.

Supplies for Making Beaded Bracelets with Elastic

Basic Supplies for Making Beaded Bracelets with Elastic

With the supplies pictured above, you can create tons of pony bead bracelets. Once you get the hang of it, you can start getting creative and adding on charms, tassels and more.

The basic supplies you will need are:

  1. Alphabet Beads: THESE are the ones that I love most but you can also use this multi-pack or these colorful alphabet beads
  2. You’ll want a great selection of colorful pony beads to make your bracelet. THIS rainbow pack is by far my favorite. We’ve had our box of beads for months and still have plenty to use for more bracelets.
  3. Crimp Cover Pliers: This tool is a must have if you want to create a neat, finished end on your bracelet.
  4. Elastic: I recommend using 1mm elastic for making beaded bracelets.
  5. Jewelry Glue: You’ll want to use a dab of glue on your bracelet knots to make sure they are secure. This glue has a thin, fine applicator so you don’t end up with glue everywhere. It’s easy to apply only to the small knot.
  6. Scissors: any pair of scissors will do, but I really like these for small detail work.
  7. Crimp Covers: you’ll want to get the 3mm crimp covers. They are a must have for this project if you want to create finished ends on your bracelet that won’t unravel.

How to Make Beaded Bracelets with Elastic

Alright! We’ve got all our supplies gathered up, let’s make some bracelet. Beware: you can’t just make one. Once you get this down, you’ll want to make pony bead bracelets all day long!

How to Measure your Wrist

Before you start designing your bracelet, you’ll need to make sure the finished product will fit your wrist. Every wrist is different, especially if you’re doing this with little ones. Here’s the easiest way I’ve found to get the right wrist measurement.

STEP 1: Hold the elastic around your wrist…not too tight!
STEP 2: Remove from your wrist while still holding it together
STEP 3: Use a pencil or pen to make a mark next to your fingers. These markings will show you where to place your beads
STEP 4: Design your bracelet using the markings as a guide. You want your beads to fit between the markings.

How to Tie a Knot on your Beaded Bracelet

This is by far the biggest pain point when making your own beaded bracelet. You want to tie a knot so that your bracelet doesn’t come apart! To do this, you’ll want to tie a surgeon’s knot. Watch the video below to learn how to tie a surgeon’s knot.

Once you’ve created the surgeon’s knot on you bracelet, use a bit of glue to make sure it’s secure.

Add glue to the knot to make sure it’s completely secure and won’t come unraveled.

How to Finish off the Ends of your Bracelet

When your bracelet is knotted, you’ll have two free ends that you’ll want to finish off. If you leave them be, they will unravel over time and become very frayed. There’s an easy way to avoid this by using crimp covers and a crimp cover plier tool.

Create a knot on each of the tails on your bracelet.
Supplies for using the crimp covers. Once you have created a knot on both tails, grab the crimp cover pliers and the crimp covers.
Use the tip of the pliers to place the crimp cover over the knot.
Use the open circle part of the pilers to close the crimp cover around the knot. Squeeze firmly to make sure the crimp cover is completely closed.
Once the crimp cover is completely closed, the knot will be completely hidden creating a clean finished look.
Use a pair of sharp scissors to trim off the excess elastic. Cut as close as you possibly cal to the crimp cover.
Your beaded bracelet is done!

Easy Beaded Bracelets for Kids

If you’re looking for a much simpler way to make beaded bracelets, I’ve got you! This is super helpful if you’re crafting with kids who may need a lot of help through each of the steps. You can use

Silkie’s Necklace and Bracelets are perfect for making pony bead projects with kids!

I found these cool necklace and bracelet strands that have an easy closure on them. Once you push the closure together, the bracelet stays together quite well so you don’t have to worry about it coming apart. No need for tying knots, using special glue or finishing off the ends.

Add your beads to the strand. Kids love using shaped beads like these hearts.
Push together the closure to finish off the bracelet.
Your bracelet is done!

How easy was that?! Just make sure you pick up a few packages of those Silkie Bracelets and Necklaces because your kids will go through them quickly!

This awesome tutorial was created in partnership with Joann Fabric & Craft Stores! Thanks for supporting the sponsored content that keeps the lights on in this joint!

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  2. Hi! My kids just got to the age of making bracelets! Glad I found this page as I was struggling to know how to make them so they don’t break. We have pony beads so they have wide holes and easier for kids to put on string. I wasn’t sure I how knot it to keep those big beads on. Wondering where you got your supplies from? All the links aren’t working for me. I love the beads and the colorful string! Thanks.

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