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Seed Bead Bracelets

Colorful beaded bracelets have signaled summer for as long as the coolest counselors at camp have been stacking them up their wrists.

seed bead bracelets on figure

Photography: Pernille Loof

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2018

Introduction

Our chic, grown-up versions are just as fun, but with one extra benefit—you don't have to sleep, shower, or swim in them, thanks to a crimp bead that makes sliding them on and off a cinch. Our secret to stringing these beauties without a headache or hand cramp? A flexible wire needle that slips right through the tiny beads.

 

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Handmade Bracelets.

materials

  • Embroidery floss (Pictured: DMC embroidery floss, 52¢ for 8.7 yd., michaels.com)

  • Twisted beading needle, size #10

  • Clear tape

  • Glass beads (Pictured: Blue-striped Ghana glass beads, $8 for 200, shopleekan.com)

steps

  1. Trim floss to loosely fit your wrist. Thread through needle, leaving a loose tail several inches long; tape other end to a flat surface.

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  2. Slide seed beads onto needle; push down along floss to create your pattern.

    seed bead bracelets how to wire
  3. Add crimp bead. Remove needle and tape, and thread needle onto other end of floss; pull it through crimp bead. (At this point, the beads should form a loop, and the loose ends of floss should stick out from the crimp bead.)

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  4. Trim floss and knot ends. To adjust bracelet, pull crimp bead up and down.

    single seed bead bracelet

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