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Stretch Bracelet How-To

In just a few easy steps, make a stretchy bracelet with round beads and a charm for a touch of your personal style. Stack the bracelets for a textured and on-trend look!


First, gather your supplies… You’ll need the following:

  1. A length of stretch cord. The 0.8mm size is the best bet for most beads. Use the 1mm cord size if you know the holes on your beads is large enough.
  2. About 22 8mm beads to string on the cord.
  3. Shears or cutters to cut the cord, and some adhesive.
  4. A meaningful charm or tassel, and findings to connect it to the cord.

The supplies you’ll need are shown above 

Step 1 – Cut 11” of stretch cord. (Tip: if you use a bit of adhesive along the end and then cut a touch off at an angle, you will have a easier time stringing your beads). Begin stringing your beads. You will use approximately 22 8mm round beads. If you want to hide your knot, you’ll also need 1 bead with a larger hole to be strung first.

Step 1 shown above


Step 2 – when all of your beads are strung, test the size around your wrist. If the size feels good, tie a knot, pulling securely. Make sure not to pull too tightly, you don’t want to take out all the stretch. Carefully add a touch of adhesive to this part of the knot.

Step 2 shown above


Step 3 – Tie another overhand knot, making sure that it’s tight. Add a touch more adhesive to the knot before trimming the tails approximately 3mm from the knot. Tuck the knot into the larger hole bead that you strung at the beginning, or if you prefer, leave your knot exposed. In this design, the large hole bead I used, is a slide bail with a little charm hanging off.

 Step 3 shown above


Now, it’s ready to wear! :) Stack several bracelets for a textured, on-trend look!


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    Digidiva says:

    A friend gave me a bunch of beads and asked me to make some stretch bracelets for her. These instructions are perfect.

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    T Nolan says:

    I love making stretch bracelets. They are super easy and so stylish. I have not used a bail slider before I have a few and I’m going to try them today.
    Thanks for the ideas

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    Diane N says:

    I’ve been making these for years, but never thought to glue both overhand sections of the knots – thanks for the tip!

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    M Neal says:

    These instructions are so easy. I had followed some others, and they were awful! So, many thanks for this!!! Perfect!!!

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    S Behn says:

    I never thought about using a bail slide.Thanks for that idea.

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    Y Kirkland says:

    Love these..great look..super easy!

  7. Roger W
    Roger W says:

    Ready to start making men’s jewelry, I think this is the place I can order all my supplies from.

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    Evan N says:

    Do you have to use the glue?

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    Moogie says:

    The glue really helps the stretch cord stay in that knot & also into the bead you’re hiding it in, if you use one (I recommend). And I have used both Hypo Cement & E6000, & prefer E6000 because it stays stretchy rather than get brittle. Either would work. Just sharing my experience…if you make some, take a few pictures and share in the Design Gallery!

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    C Lamorte says:

    I agree about the need for glue – it’s essential for a stretch bracelet that won’t come undone! For ease of gluing (in a way that minimizes the amount of glue needed as well as allowing maximum control over its placement) I prefer Hypo Cement. It’s all a matter of preference – I’ve used both but tend to use Hypo more often.

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    A Frantz says:

    I am very new to beading and love tutorials online.

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    D Sgrignoli says:

    What size of cording to use for 6mm stone beads? Thank you in advance!



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    BeckyAnn N says:


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    Gabriele P says:

    The stretch material used in this tutorial doesn’t seem like the one listed. Can someone please let me know what the black string is called used.

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    Sheri Z says:

    I enjoy the tutorials.

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    J rovner says:

    best tutorial I’ve read in a long time. i’ll be making some tonight!

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    S Gogna says:

    Gabriele P: the stretch cording comes in black and clear. They used black here.

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    C Edmonds says:

    I used the elastic cord for awhile,but switched to the nylon cord for more strength(.05mm),because my heavy beads were making the stretch cord sag after awhile. I use stretch cord for lightweight beads. I am finding so many helpful hints here on this thread!! So glad to have found this forum!!

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    Joy T says:

    I’ve read in other tutorials to cut the elastic cord length needed and lightly pull each end two times before stringing beads.

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    Tater says:

    Excellent tutorial and superb photos. Cute bracelet!

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    J Jackowitz says:

    You carry the most beautiful beads, bar none. I tie a surgeon’s knot for more security, but it even slips sometimes. Do you recommend that kind of knot?


  22. Kat R
    Kat R says:

    Love the instructions, but which stretch cord are you using? I don’t see one like it for sale.

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    S Brewer says:

    I want to string the wool beads together with elastic thread in a needle. Which size elastic thread & needle do you recommend for this?

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