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How to Make a Bead Bookmark and Beaded Keychain

Updated on May 30, 2016
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Finished Beaded Bible Bookmark1. Make paper into M fold.  Place beads in order.2.Make double knot about 3-4 inches from end of hemp cord.  Add first bead and make sure it won't go past knot.3. Add beads in the order you put them on your paper.4. Knot holds beads. 5. You can use a piece of wire or a toothpick to pull your final knot up close to the last bead.  Be sure to double knot.Finished bookmark with charm on one side.  Put a dot of clear nail polish on all knots and let dry before cutting off ends of hemp.More finished Bookmarks.Kit for group project.Bookmark packaged as a gift.Another design.Green bookmark.Bookmark with letter charm and large bead charm.Use same kit to make a keychain!
Finished Beaded Bible Bookmark
Finished Beaded Bible Bookmark | Source
1. Make paper into M fold.  Place beads in order.
1. Make paper into M fold. Place beads in order. | Source
2.Make double knot about 3-4 inches from end of hemp cord.  Add first bead and make sure it won't go past knot.
2.Make double knot about 3-4 inches from end of hemp cord. Add first bead and make sure it won't go past knot. | Source
3. Add beads in the order you put them on your paper.
3. Add beads in the order you put them on your paper. | Source
4. Knot holds beads.
4. Knot holds beads. | Source
5. You can use a piece of wire or a toothpick to pull your final knot up close to the last bead.  Be sure to double knot.
5. You can use a piece of wire or a toothpick to pull your final knot up close to the last bead. Be sure to double knot. | Source
Finished bookmark with charm on one side.  Put a dot of clear nail polish on all knots and let dry before cutting off ends of hemp.
Finished bookmark with charm on one side. Put a dot of clear nail polish on all knots and let dry before cutting off ends of hemp. | Source
More finished Bookmarks.
More finished Bookmarks. | Source
Kit for group project.
Kit for group project. | Source
Bookmark packaged as a gift.
Bookmark packaged as a gift. | Source
Another design.
Another design. | Source
Green bookmark.
Green bookmark. | Source
Bookmark with letter charm and large bead charm.
Bookmark with letter charm and large bead charm. | Source
Use same kit to make a keychain!
Use same kit to make a keychain! | Source

Included in This Article

1. Instructions for Beaded Bookmarks

2. Materials list

3. Step by step photo instructions

4. How to Make beaded Keychain

5. Group project tips and tricks

Great Gift or Group Project

Beaded Bible Bookmarks are great craft because they are inexpensive, easy, fast, fun and useful. This craft can be adapted to any holiday and makes a great gift or party favor too. These Beaded Bookmarks make an easy and elegant gift for mom on her birthday, grandma at Christmas, dad on Father's Day, teachers at the end of the year. They are a great way to honor a baptism or graduation too, especially if accompanied with a new Bible. Everyone needs a bookmark and most of us need several, so you can be sure this gift will be used and appreciated.

Because these bookmarks are so easy to make and inexpensive, they are also a great craft to make with a large group of kids or adults. Moreover, depending on the skill level of the group you are teaching, you can vary the difficulty of the craft. I will give you several different versions of this craft to help you choose what would work best for your group. Along with providing a list of materials and instructions, I will give tips for organizing the craft and teaching it. Furthermore, I will suggest how you can package kits of the craft to make the craft time go more smoothly no matter what the size of your group.

Beaded Bookmarks

These are the easiest and least expensive bookmarks to make. They cost under $1.00 each for the materials and don't require any tools. These can also be made with plastic beads if you are doing a kids project and that is even less expensive. What I especially like about the hemp bookmark is that the cord is thin and doesn't hurt the pages of the book at all.

Materials

  1. 4-6 larger glass or metal beads
  2. 4-6 smaller glass or metal beads
  3. 24 seed beads
  4. 12-18 inches of hemp cord (or other cord which fits inside your smallest beads)
  5. nail polish
  6. 1/2 sheet of typing paper

Instructions

  1. Fold the paper like an accordion so that it is shaped like an "M" and has a well where you can line up your beads in order.
  2. Decide how big you want the middle part to be. For a large Bible or hardcover books 9” is best. Smaller books are closer to 6-7”. Fold the hemp cord in half to find the middle. Then between 3-5 inches away from the middle tie a double knot on one side. Do the same for the other side. These double knots will keep your beads in place.
  3. Next, take your beads and line them up in the order you want to string them on your bookmark. You will be beading on both sides of the bookmark, so you will want to divide the beads into two sections, one for each side. Usually, you should put a seed bead or two in between each of your larger beads. Generally, it looks best to have a pattern something like 2 seed beads, small bead, seed bead, large bead. However, you can really do any pattern that looks good to you.
  4. Now you will need to start stringing your beads on each end. Just thread them on in the order you have them laid out on your paper. If you have some trouble putting the cord through, you can cut off the tip of the hemp to make it easier to thread. You can also put on a little nail polish on the end to stiffen it (let it dry before trying to bead). For beads that have too small of a hole, you can enlarge it easily with a beading tool that you put in and twist to make a bigger hole.
  5. (optional) Charms--when you finish the last bead, tie a knot, then string on your charm. Tie a double knot to hold the charm on (sometimes you need to tie the knot around the ring of the charm).
  6. When you have finished putting all of your beads on, then tie the ends of your hemp again in a double knot. Use a thin piece of wire or toothpick to pull the knot up to the beads if you need to.
  7. Finally, you will make sure the knots don't come undone by putting your bookmark flat on a piece of foil or plastic and putting a small drop of clear nail polish on each knot. Let it dry and enjoy giving it as a gift or keeping it for marking your own place in your book or Bible!

Another Method for Beading

KeyChain Instructions

What I really like about this craft is that it is two crafts in one. You can use the same materials to make a beaded key chain. I usually give the option of doing either one when I teach this to a group. The instructions for making a keychain are similar to the bookmark. The only additional thing you need is the keyring, which you can find at any craft store. You can use clip rings or round ones. Charms look particularly good on key chains, so I often include them.

Materials for 1 Keychain

Materials

  • 4-6 larger glass or metal beads
  • 4-6 smaller glass or metal beads
  • 24 seed beads
  • 12-18 inches of hemp cord
  • nail polish
  • 1/2 sheet of typing paper
  • 1 key ring

Instructions for Keychain

  1. Fold the paper like an accordion so that it is shaped like an "M" and has a well where you can line up your beads in order.
  2. Fold the hemp cord in half to find the middle. Put the loop of the cord through the keychain ring. Then pull the two end strings through the loop. This ties the cord onto the keychain. Put a little clear nail polish on this knot to hold it in place and let it dry before starting to bead.
  3. Next, take your beads and line them up in the order you want to string them on your keychain. Remember that there are two cords you will bead on, so you will want to divide the beads into two sections, one for each side. Usually, you should put a seed bead or two in between each of your larger beads. Generally, it looks best to have a pattern something like 2 seed beads, small bead, seed bead, large bead. However, you can really do any pattern that looks good to you.
  4. Now you will need to start stringing your beads on each end. Just thread them on in the order you have them laid out on your paper. If you have some trouble putting the cord through, you can cut off the tip of the hemp to make it easier to thread. You can also put on a little nail polish on the end to stiffen it (let it dry before trying to bead). For beads that have too small of a hole, you can enlarge it easily with a beading tool that you put in and twist to make a bigger hole.
  5. (optional) Charms--when you finish the last bead, tie a knot, then string on your charm. Tie a double knot to hold the charm on (sometimes you need to tie the knot around the ring of the charm).
  6. When you have finished putting all of your beads on, then tie the ends of your hemp again in a double knot. Use a thin piece of wire or toothpick to pull the knot up to the beads if you need to.
  7. Finally, you will make sure the knots don't come undone by putting your keychain flat on a piece of foil or plastic and putting a small drop of clear nail polish on each knot. Let it dry and enjoy giving it as a gift or keeping it for yourself!

How to Package Your Beaded Bookmark Kits or Keychain Kits for a Group

Unless the group you are teaching is small, you will probably want to put together a package of materials for each person to use. I find that this method also helps me to figure out if I have purchased enough materials and ensures that everyone gets what they need. You can have your kits color coordinated in blues, greens, purples, reds or pinks. Or you can have two or more colors included. Lots of times, I put in 2-4 of my fancier glass beads first, then add other beads to match. These sorts of kits allow you to order beads in bulk and then match up small kits. What is wonderful about this project is that you really don't need to have any of the beads be exactly alike.

In order to make packing the kits easier, I usually count out the larger beads, but just use a 1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon to measure in the seed beads (I actually count out the amount I would need then see what size measuring spoon it fits into). It goes faster if I cut all of my string first. Generally, I pack up my kits in Ziplock bags, which can be used to take the craft home too.

Packing Supplies for a Group

Pack a kit of the following in a zip lock bag:

  • 15 to 18 inches of hemp string for bookmark (12 inches for keychain)
  • 6-8 Big Glass or metal Beads
  • 6-8 Medium Glass or metal Beads
  • 24 seed beads (about a 1/4 teaspoonful)
  • 1-2 charms (if you are using them)
  • keychain ring (for keychain project)

Have available on tables for people to share:

  • clear nail polish
  • plates, paper, and paper towels for people to use for containing their beads and putting them in order

An Even Cheaper, Easier Version!

If you are doing this project with a really big group, or for kids in a VBS or some other situation where you need to keep costs down, then you can use plastic beads, which are even less expensive. Many of the plastic beads look like glass ones. You can tell the difference only because they are lighter in weight.

Moreover, I've recently seen beads that look like metal but are really plastic. I can hardly tell the difference with those! With plastic beads, you may just want to use larger/medium size ones and skip the seed beads. That would be especially good for younger folks. You can also save money by using string, yarn or hemp you buy in a big roll.

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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      You're very welcome. It looks like fun too. Wow, that's a lot of people! Smart idea!

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      Virginia Kearney 21 months ago from United States

      Thanks so much Kristen! We've enjoyed making these beaded bookmarks and keychains a lot at my house and I also prepared the kits for 80 people at my MOPS group. It is hard to find crafts that are inexpensive, easy to do and look nice enough to keep or give away!

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Virginia, this was just beautiful, awesome and useful, all together. Voted up for a swell crafty idea!

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      Seraph 2 years ago from Canada

      I have been browsing through various projects that I can incorporate into my gemstone collecting (need something to do with the raw gems). This is something that I can use with my gemstones! Thanks for sharing.

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Wow looks great!

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Wonderful Mohammad! Check back because I'm working on some other instructions on jewelry making!

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      Mohammad.Wasim 4 years ago

      It's really very appreciable idea to make jewellery with beads .

      one should be proud to self made jewellery to carry. I will try to follow the idea and make for me and for my friends the self hand made jewellery.

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      talfonso--I hope you do! If so, come back and tell me about it.

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      talfonso 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      Those ideas for bead bookmarks and beaded keychains sound so easy and quick. Maybe I should try doing it!

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the "up" vote Danette!

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Victoria Lynne--I've never met someone with a name so close! There aren't that many of us "V" names around, so we really do need to stick together! I'm surprised at the HOTD myself. I'm sure you'll be soon!

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for looking in livingpah and nmdonders!

      Rebeccamealy--I like the ID tag idea. I'm going to have to try that!

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks urmila--One thing that I think Hubpages does well is let you give a step by step photo directions.

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Yes Moonlake--these are so easy. I taught a group of 80 ladies and everyone could make them. I actually just saw some leather that was like thread and I want to try it with that.

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks Davenmidtown! Love your true bug profile picture!

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      Congrats on HOTD! Very pretty beaded bookmark and key chain. Very clear instructions and photos. Voted up

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, our names are similar! Our hair may be, too! LOL. You are more talented than I, though. I don't think I"d have the patience for this, but I am impressed with those who do. Congrats on Hub of the Day, VirginiaLynne! Perhaps Victoria Lynn will be next! :-)

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These are really pretty. I'll bet these would make popular ID tag holders too. Like for work. Congratulations!

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      nmdonders 4 years ago

      This is a beautiful and unique idea. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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      Milli 4 years ago from USA

      Congrats on HOTD!

      Nice and useful project. Voted up!

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      Urmila 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Look so pretty. I need to make one. Thanks for providing an easy instructions. Useful and voted up!

      Congratulations on Hub of the day award!

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      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This is beautiful! I have kept beads from boken jewelry to use in some project! This would be a great use for them!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Congrats on hub of the day on Hub of The Day. I can do this I know I can. I have made bracelets so I should be able to do this. Voted Up.

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      David Stillwell 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

      An excellent hub that is not only well constructed and written, but interesting as well... Congratulations on HOTD... well deserved.

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks Thelma--I do like the step by step of the photos but I need to work on lighting!

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Deb--Yes, I've done this the same way and I like having those tulle bags on hand to give them as gifts. I get them at the Dollar store.

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Coffeegginmyrice--that is a great point about the rosary beads!

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks Comfort! I have another dear friend with that wonderful name!

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks Janine--it was so funny that I'm visiting in California right now and happened to stay up late writing on a forum for Hubpages, so I actually got my email right as the Hub was published. I appreciate your votes!

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks Happyboomernurse--the only problem with winning HOTD is that I immediately wanted to go and edit the hub and make it better! This was actually one of my earliest hubs and I hadn't looked at it in a while. It is very nice to get to have all these viewers.

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      ktrap--that tool is such a lifesaver since I'm over 50 and my close eyesight makes it hard to do the littler beads these days. It came in my bead tool set and it took a while to figure out what it was!

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Great idea pstraubie--I've seen these made with several strings to keep places in a different parts of a book. Since they are thin they don't break the binding.

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for stopping by bibleguidejo!

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Princess with a pen--love your name! You are right about it being a conversation starter. When people see my cross one or my "mom" one, it gets me talking about my faith or my kids--two of my favorite subjects!

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks RTalloni--I always appreciate your support and your own hubs on crafts are always so well done!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Congrats on the hub of the day! This is a beautiful creative beaded Bible bookmark. The photos are great. Thanks for sharing.

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      Deb Welch 4 years ago

      Nice Hub. I made a Bible Bookmark such as this about 5 yrs. ago downstairs in the church on a holiday. Everyone made theirs differently but without the cross on the end. Lovely gift for someone in the tulle bag tied with ribbon. Congratulations.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Very nice craft Virginia! Pretty dainty and useful! I know many of the Catholic 'Filipino' community who craft rosary beads and shortened ones to hang on a car rearview mirror too. Both the rosaries of varied bead designs and colours come in different shapes and sizes. Great for gift giving especially to children having their first communion or teens on their graduation day.

      Voted way up for your hub! Congratulations!

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Beautiful. Like how you included the pictures too. Voted useful, and congrats on being the HOTD!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Congrats on the Hub of the Day. This is truly a wonderful Hub and have shared and voted it up. Will need to try this in my spare time. Thanks!!

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Congrats on earning HOTD status for this well written and illustrated, step by step craft hub. The final product looks lovely and as you say, would make wonderful gifts for special occasions.

      Voted up across the board except funny.

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      I never knew there was a tool to make the hole in a bead larger. This is such a clever project and I like how the bookmark can be personalized by the selection of unique beads and charms. Congratulations on Hub of the Day.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks for sharing this. These little bookmarks are very helpful as others will discover. I used them in my science notebooks as it helped children to be able to locate where to begin a lesson. I wrote about it in

      Science Notebooks for Kindergarten and Beyhond.

      Congratulations on hub of the day.

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      bibleguidejo 4 years ago from India

      Very nice article and very good photos.

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      princesswithapen 4 years ago

      The beaded bookmark looks beautiful and very unique. It would be a great conversation starter in a place like a library.

      This post is a treat for any book lover!

      Princesswithapen

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Congratulations on your Hub of the Day award. This is a neat tutorial, especially because you wrap it up with the instructions for making up the kits. Really nice!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      A very interesting hub and the bookmarks are stunning. I'm always looking for something a bit different as smaller filler gifts at Christmas and birthdays and these are perfect. Also two of my nieces are becoming interested in some of the crafts I do - knitting, cross-stitch - but I know they would also love bead work like this. Being youngsters beads are a big 'in thing' at the moment. Many thanks for sharing this great hub!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      This reminds me of prayer beads I made with other kids at my local Buddhist temple when I was a kid. It was really fun! Great Hub. And your photos are super helpful!

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      Celiegirl 5 years ago

      This sounds like something fun and pretty, i think i'll try thanks for the info.

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      Cari Jean 5 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      I'm not very crafty but I think I could even make the beaded bookmark - so pretty!

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      Mark 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Voted up and useful - I really like your photos and they truly are beautiful bookmarks

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