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Four Feet of Beads - Versatile Jewelry

Updated on February 1, 2015
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One Piece of Jewelry, So Many Ways to Wear It

This is a great single piece of jewelry your kids can make themselves. Four Feet of Beads is a continuous strand of beads on elastic cord that can become a necklace, headband, bracelet or anklet depending on the outfit and styles of the person wearing them. I love this simple fashion tool to dress up or dress down any look!

With just a few inexpensive supplies, you (or your kids) can be making beautiful jewelry. On this page, I will share with you a few techniques that help make this easy craft project even easier, and I provide pictures so you can see the many ways to wear this seemingly simple piece of jewelry.

All photos on this page are my own.

Bead Stringer Kit

Fun with Seed Beads - Bead Stringer Spinner Kit
Fun with Seed Beads - Bead Stringer Spinner Kit

Here's a fun way to get started. I enjoy beading by hand, but for those who are a bit more impatient or those for whom beading strains the eyes, a bead spinner like this is a great way to speed up the process, make it easy, and add some fun. The carousel spins while a curved needle picks up beads. Slide them on and spin again. This kit comes with beads, findings, spinner, needles, and more.

 

Materials for Four Feet of Beads

With just a few simple supplies, you'll be making "Four Feet of Beads" for every outfit in the closet.

Creating Your Own "Four Feet of Beads" - Visual Project Instructions

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1 - Measure and cut 4.5 feet of elastic cord (In a pinch, you can use a dollar bill - about 6 inches). Clip a clothespin to one end as a bead stopper.2 - String your beads in whatever pattern you choose.3 - When the cord is nearly full of beads (about 2 inches on each end), stop beading.4 - Tie the ends in a square knot, making sure that the knot is tight against the beads and doesn't allow for any gaps between beads on the strand.5 - Place a dot of super glue on the knot to help strengthen it.6 - When the glue is dry, if possible, slide the knot inside a neighboring bead to hide it.7 - If possible, slide the knot into a neighboring bead to hide it. If you can't, the knot is usually not very noticeable.8 - Wear your new piece of jewelry however you like best!
1 - Measure and cut 4.5 feet of elastic cord (In a pinch, you can use a dollar bill - about 6 inches). Clip a clothespin to one end as a bead stopper.
1 - Measure and cut 4.5 feet of elastic cord (In a pinch, you can use a dollar bill - about 6 inches). Clip a clothespin to one end as a bead stopper. | Source
2 - String your beads in whatever pattern you choose.
2 - String your beads in whatever pattern you choose. | Source
3 - When the cord is nearly full of beads (about 2 inches on each end), stop beading.
3 - When the cord is nearly full of beads (about 2 inches on each end), stop beading. | Source
4 - Tie the ends in a square knot, making sure that the knot is tight against the beads and doesn't allow for any gaps between beads on the strand.
4 - Tie the ends in a square knot, making sure that the knot is tight against the beads and doesn't allow for any gaps between beads on the strand. | Source
5 - Place a dot of super glue on the knot to help strengthen it.
5 - Place a dot of super glue on the knot to help strengthen it. | Source
6 - When the glue is dry, if possible, slide the knot inside a neighboring bead to hide it.
6 - When the glue is dry, if possible, slide the knot inside a neighboring bead to hide it. | Source
7 - If possible, slide the knot into a neighboring bead to hide it. If you can't, the knot is usually not very noticeable.
7 - If possible, slide the knot into a neighboring bead to hide it. If you can't, the knot is usually not very noticeable. | Source
8 - Wear your new piece of jewelry however you like best!
8 - Wear your new piece of jewelry however you like best! | Source

Project Shopping List - on Amazon

9-Piece Beadsmith Deluxe Jewelry Pliers Ergonomic Tool Kit with Case
9-Piece Beadsmith Deluxe Jewelry Pliers Ergonomic Tool Kit with Case

I'm crazy about the ergonomic handles on these Beadsmith tools. I have a few individual tools from this set and love them! I wish all my tools were like these! This is a great basic kit for anyone just starting out or for those looking for an upgrade.

 

Tip:

Before you begin stringing beads, check your elastic cord to make sure there are no weak spots. If you see any, do not use that part as your Four Feet of Beads is more likely to break at that spot.

BAZIC Mini Colored Clothes Pin (50/Pack)
BAZIC Mini Colored Clothes Pin (50/Pack)

I like colored clothespins for my jewelry projects since they're so easy to keep track of. This is my preferred tool for a bead stopper - it's more affordable and multi-purpose!

 

7 Ways to Wear "Four Feet of Beads"

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1 loop: Necklace2 loops: 2-Tiered Necklace3 loops: Choker2 loops: Headband4-5 loops: Anklet6-7 loops: Bracelet 10-15 loops: Hair tie
1 loop: Necklace
1 loop: Necklace | Source
2 loops: 2-Tiered Necklace
2 loops: 2-Tiered Necklace | Source
3 loops: Choker
3 loops: Choker | Source
2 loops: Headband
2 loops: Headband | Source
4-5 loops: Anklet
4-5 loops: Anklet | Source
6-7 loops: Bracelet 10-15 loops: Hair tie
6-7 loops: Bracelet 10-15 loops: Hair tie | Source

What will be your favorite way to wear "Four Feet of Beads"?

What will be your favorite way to wear "Four Feet of Beads"?

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Why stop at 4 feet?

Make it 5... or 6... or 10 feet. Turn it into a belt or draw even more attention to it on your wrist, neck or head.

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What colors will you be using to create Four Feet of Beads?

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      Jacobb9205 3 years ago

      Awesome!

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      erleneamat 3 years ago

      I've never seen a bid stringer spinner, but it would be so useful to have when string bugle and rocaille beads. Thanks for sharing this on Merry Monday.

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      This is a grand idea! I love the idea of looping it into a bracelet. My first 4 foot string of beads will be in green and blue. Thanks for the ideas!

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