How to Make Beaded Lanyards

By Christy Flora

Identity badges, keys, glasses and more! Lanyards, once the summer camp craft project staple, are now a presence in the workplace. Instead of settling for a simple strap lanyard, make your own beaded lanyard and let your lanyard become a great accessory to your wardrobe. Make several in different color schemes to match all of your outfits.

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Make Beaded Lanyards

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Beading wire strung through key ring

Step 1

String both strands of beading wire through the key ring.

Step 2

Pull the 2 ends of 1 strand of the beading wire together, this will form 1 side of the lanyard.

Step 3

Thread a crimp bead onto the doubled over beading wire.

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Step 4

With the crimp bead 1/4 inch away from the key ring, crimp the crimp bead with needle nose pliers.

Step 5

Cover crimp bead with crimp bead cover.

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Décor beads, custom colors to match your clothes

Step 6

String 6 inches of décor beads on the beading wire.

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Step 7

String 8 1/2 inches of seed or filler beads onto the beading wire.

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Step 8

String a crimp bead, and one half of the magnetic clasp. String the beading wire back through the crimp bead.

Step 9

Pull snug.

Step 10

Crimp the crimp bead with needle nose pliers.

Step 11

Cover crimp bead with crimp bead cover.

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Clasp attached to lanyard

Step 12

Trim off excess beading wire.

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Step 13

Repeat process on other strand of beading wire.

Step 14

Place magnetic ends together and enjoy!