How to Make Lanyard Designs

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Lanyards are used to hold identification, badges and glasses so you can easily wear them around your neck. You can create own lanyard designs with beads, braided cording or ribbon to make a personalized fashion statement. Each of these designs can be altered to fit your style with changes in color, texture and length. You can find supplies to make lanyard designs from your local craft store and from online retailers.

How to Make Lanyard Designs
(Marcela Becerra/Demand Media)

Things You'll Need

  • Craftlace
  • Clasp
  • Beads
  • Beading cord
  • Craft glue
  • Ribbon
  • Button
  • Needle and thread
  • Lanyard clip
Step 1

Cut a strip of craftlace to the desired length of your lanyard. Slide the lanyard clip over one end of the craftlace to the center.

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Step 2

Hold both ends of the craftlace together and slide beads over the two cords to the top of the lanyard clip. String one to two inches of beads over both strips of craftlace.

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Step 3

Separate the craftlace so that you have two strands. Bead both strands to one inch from the ends. Tie the clasp onto each side to complete your lanyard.

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Step 1

Cut three strips of beading cord to fit twice the desired length of your lanyard. Tie the three cords onto a clasp at one end. Secure the knots with a drop of craft glue.

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Step 2

Braid the three strands together by crossing the side cords over the center cord. Continue braiding the cords until the braided strand is the desired length of your lanyard.

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Step 3

Slide the lanyard clip over the end and tie the three cords to the remaining section of your clasp.

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Step 4

Tie a strand of beading cord around both braids above the lanyard clip to hold the clip in the center of the braid.

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Step 1

Cut a strip of one-inch-wide ribbon to the desired length of your lanyard, plus two inches. Hook one end of the ribbon around your clasp and stitch it securely in place.

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Step 2

Thread the lanyard clip over the other end of the ribbon to the center. Cross the ribbon strand about one inch above the lanyard clasp and stitch on a decorative button to hold the ribbons together.

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Step 3

Stitch the remaining end of ribbon onto the other section of your clasp to finish your lanyard.

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