How to Make Gratitude Beads

by Gail Logan

Being thankful is an important part of leading a happy life. It can be easy to forget common blessings, such as good health and a family. Making a strand of gratitude beads will help you remember to appreciate the many good things in life. Each bead on the strand is meant to represent a blessing that you think about or say out loud as you move it down the strand. Gratitude beads can be made from any type of bead that you wish and can be made in the form of a necklace, if desired. The key isn't the materials they are made of, but what you choose to remember and be thankful for as you make and use your gratitude beads.

Items you will need

  • String or a thin strand of material, such as a leather cord
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Beads, any size and color
Step 1

Cut the desired length of the material you will use to string the beads onto. If you will be using the beads as a necklace, measure the area around the neck and cut the strand to the right length, allowing extra to ensure the strand fits over the head and can still be tied together at the ends.

Step 2

Place the end of the strand of material through the eye of a needle so it will be easier to string the beads.

Step 3

Insert the needle through the hole of each bead so the beads stack up next to each other until the entire string is filled with beads.

Step 4

Remove the needle from the strand of material by clipping off with scissors.

Step 5

Tie the ends of the material together in a double knot to secure the beads on the strand.

Tips

  • You can string together colored beads in a certain order to make a design or just place them at random for a freehand design. Use as many beads as you desire. Often, gratitude beads have 101 beads for each blessing but can be customized to include as few or as many as you wish.

About the Author

Gail Logan is a magazine editor and freelance writer based in Atlanta, AL. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Patrick Henry College. For the past four years, she has written home design, travel and food features for national magazines, including "Coastal Living," "Texas Home and Living," "Log Home Design," and "Country's Best Log Homes." When not writing, she mentors inner-city children.