DIY Bracelets

We have been doing a lot of beading around our house lately. The girls were ready to move beyond elastic string and knots, so I decided to create simple instructions for them to make the process easier.



  1. String the crush bead & clasp onto the tiger tail wire.
  2. String your tiger tail wire back through the crush bead and push the crush bead towards the clasp.
  3. Use flat nose pliers to “crush” your crush bead flat.
  4. Design bracelet and string beads onto tiger tail.
  5. When your bracelet is complete, add the crush bead and jump ring to the end.
  6. String tiger tail wire back through the crush bead.
  7. Push the crush bead towards the jump ring and if possible thread the tiger tail back through a couple of beads.
  8. Use clippers or sharp scissors to cut off the remaining tiger tail.
  9. Use flat nose pliers to “crush” the crush bead flat.
  10. Wear and enjoy your handmade bracelet!

With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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