How to Make Stretch Bracelets


Jewelry is a fashion necessity for many people. When you make stretch bracelets, you can bring a smile to most anyone's face, including your own.

Children like to wear stretch bracelets because they're easy to take on and off. For very young children, supervise them when they wear bead bracelets in case it breaks so you can collect the beads.

And women of all ages have an easier time taking stretch bracelets on and off too. Many bracelets with clasps are difficult to put on by yourself.

Unlike bracelets that are made with jewelry wire that have to be fit to the exact size for the person wearing it, stretch bracelets generally offer one size fits all. For children, using a smaller piece of elastic and fewer beads will be necessary. For adults, consider the general size of the person's wrist and you should be safe.

Here's how to make stretch bracelets.

Things You'll Need

  • elastic cord
  • beads
  • super glue or jewelry glue like E6000 or GS Hypo Cement
  • Gather your supplies. You'll need elastic cord, beads, and glue (see the Things You'll Need section).

  • Determine the length for the bracelet. For children, use about 6 to 8 inches of elastic cord, depending on the size of the child's wrist. For adults, use around 10 to 12 inches of elastic cord, depending on if you want to make the bracelet for a smaller or larger wrist.

    Cut the elastic stretch cord. Add a bead stopper or binder clip to one end to pinch off the end so the beads don't jiggle off the other end when you thread them on.

  • Next, to ensure your elastic cord will not stretch out immediately and will be durable, gently pull on the cord, stretching it out several times. This will cause the cord to "give" and take out some extra stretch to be stronger.

  • Begin adding the beads in the desired design. Be creative. Come up with an appealing design that you think the person that you're making the stretchy bracelet for will like.

    If possible, add a bead with a large hole at the end so you can hide the knot inside the hole of that bead when finished.

  • When all of the beads are on the elastic cord, carefully remove the bead stopper or binder clip and grasp both ends of the cord. Make a surgeon's knot by wrapping or lacing the two ends of the cord over one another so the elastic cord looks doubled, almost braided.

    Next, pull snug then tie a knot. The beads should fill the entire cord. If there is any slack or cord showing, pull tighter. Tie another knot.

  • Trim the ends of the elastic cord somewhat close to the end, but leave enough of each end of the elastic so the knots do not come undone.

  • Add a drop of super glue or jewelry glue to the knot and let dry before wearing the bracelet. When the knot is dry, grasp the bead with the large hole and tug until the knot disappears into the hole and is hidden.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make stretch bracelets for a child's birthday party and give them away as favors. Good for boys and girls. Use chunky wooden beads for the boys' bead bracelets.
  • Make stretch bracelets for the residents of a nursing home. You'll be sure to brighten their day with a new bracelet they can put on and take off themselves.
  • Be sure to use glue on the knot when you make stretch bracelets to help keep it from coming undone.

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