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Think Pink Paper Bead Stretch Bracelets

Posted on Oct 18, 2009 in How-To's / Tutorials, Paper Bead Creations | 10 comments

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and if you need to make something quick and easy to give as a present to someone whose life is somehow  touched by this disease, or just to show your “pink” side, stringing on elastic is the answer.  I am going to show how to properly string beads on elastic, not just paper beads (because this is a paper bead site I will be using paper beads:).  You can certainly string swarovskis, pearls and other beads into elastic, you just need to use the right size of elastic for each type of bead: .5mm for smaller beads like swarovskis and pearls, .8mm for heavier beads like glass and stones.  It is really quite simple.

Mommy and Me Bracelet

Mommy and Me Bracelet

Here’s another example of  stretchy bracelet, using paper beads mixed with pearls and crystals.


This one is a baby bracelet, I added the “evil eye” charm believed to protect the wearer from evil spirits.

Baby Bracelet

Baby Bracelet

The materials are:

Materials for stretchy bracelet

Materials for stretchy bracelet

  • Saucer shaped paper beads in pink
  • clear nail polish
  • elastic .5mm (about 10 inches long)
  • scissors or a nipper tool

Step 1 -Cut a 10 inch elastic and put a bead stopper on the end so your beads does not fall off.


Step 2 – String the beads into your elastic, you can follow a pattern or you can string beads at random (which can also be fun).  In this case I have a pattern as you can see here:


Step 3 – Take both ends and tie a square knot: right over left and left over right.


Step 4 – Put a dab of clear nail polish into the knot.


Step 5 – Do not cut the elastic yet, leave it to dry for about 10 minutes.


Step 6 – Cut the elastic with the cutter or scissors, leave about 1/8 of an inch.


Step 7 – Pull the knot so that it goes inside the hole of the bead that has the bigger hole.  Tip:  always put a bead with bigger hole (paper beads is perfect for this) so that it is easier to pull the knot in.


Pull the knot gently to hide inside the hole of the bead next to it. I pulled the knot inside the paper bead in my right hand, so you don’t see the knot anymore.


The petite pink paper beads, comes in strands and you will need one strand for one bracelet (they’re really small).  Available at


I have a few to share to the first 50 visitors.  Just leave me a comment on what you want to make with it.  Thanks for stopping by.

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