Beaded Lanyard Instructions
A Bead Jewelry Project

Make a beaded lanyard look like jewelry with these illustrated step by step lanyard instructions. You'll make a lanyard to carry your ID badge in style!

How to Make a Lanyard Look Like Jewelry

It's simple really.

First, just add a clasp to the middle of the neck portion of the lanyard, use some spectacularly gorgeous beads and cool findings. And viola, you've made a lanyard necklace.

Oh, and use a lanyard holder instead of a lanyard clip. Better still, make your own holder.

Beaded Lanyard

For the beaded neck lanyard pictured above, we'll make the lanyard holder( jewelry component) pictured below using sterling silver wire.

Handmade Wire Connector

Making the sterling silver jewelry connector is a great beginner wire jewelry project - you'll learn how to coil wire.

Of course, if you don't want to make the sterling silver jewelry connector, simply use a large single wire link, a key ring or donut type bead.

Prerequisite Jewelry Lessons

If you have never done bead stringing, complete this lesson first to complete the necklace portion of the lanyard.

1) How To String Beads

It contains step by step beading instructions for some of the beading techniques only referred to in this bead jewelry project.

To make the lanyard ID holder wire connector...

Complete these step by step wire jewelry instructions:

2) Coiling Wire - A Beginner Wire Jewelry Making Tutorial

3) Wire Jewelry Instructions for Making Wire Spirals and shaping coiled wire into a lanyard ID holder connector

New to making wire jewelry? First practice the prerequisite wire jewelry lessons with brass or copper wire.

Approximate Length of Neck Lanyard: 38" (96.5 cm)

Jewelry Making Supplies

  • 2 strands 6mm beads (black onyx)
  • 8 8mm dice or cube beads (black onyx)
  • 16 4mm crystals (black diamond)
  • 6 4mm spacer beads
  • 1 20mm focal bead (Kazuri clay bead)
  • 2 25" (63.5 cm) length of .014 or .019 diameter beading wire
  • 1 lanyard clip or holder
    (if you choose not to make the lanyard ID holder ring)
  • beading mat

Jewelry Making Tools and/or Pliers

  • Crimping pliers
  • Wire cutters

If you need it, here's a review of jewelry pliers used in bead stringing projects.

How to Make a Lanyard
Beaded Lanyard Making Instructions

1. Layout Beaded Lanyard Pattern

Gather supplies, tools and beads. Work on a beading mat so that your beads will not roll around.

Layout your bead pattern on the beading mat as pictured below.

Beaded Lanyard Step 1

Close up of bead lanyard pattern.

Beaded Lanyard Step 1A

2. Attach a Lobster Claw Clasp to a Split Ring

Using split ring pliers, open one split ring and slide a lobster claw clasp onto it (not pictured). (How to Open Split Rings)

3. Attach the Clasp to the Beading Wire

On one of the lengths of beading wire, string a crimp bead and the split ring with the lobster connected to it (Step by Step How to Attach a Clasp to a Necklace or Bracelet).

Thread the end of the beading wire back through the crimp bead.

On one end of the second length of beading wire, string a crimp bead and the second split ring.

Thread the end of the beading wire back through the crimp bead.

Beaded Lanyard Step 3

Using the crimping pliers, crimp each crimp bead.

Add crimp covers if desired (not pictured)

Beaded Lanyard Tutorial Continued

4. String Beads for Necklace Portion Onto Beading Wire

On each length of the beading wire, string one strand of round 6mm beads.

Beaded Lanyard Step 4

5. String the Beads of the Lanyard Portion

On each beading wire, string one 4mm bead, one cube or dice bead, one 4mm bead.

With both lengths of beading wire together, string:

  • one metal spacer bead
  • one 4mm bead, one cube or dice bead, one 4mm bead, one metal spacer bead
  • one 20mm focal bead
  • one metal spacer bead, one 4mm bead, one cube or dice bead, one 4mm bead and one metal spacer bead

On each beading wire, string:

  • one 4mm bead, one cube or dice bead, one 4mm bead
  • one metal spacer
  • one 4mm bead, one cube or dice bead, one 4mm bead
Beaded Lanyard Step 5

Beaded Lanyard Tutorial Continued

6. Attach the Beaded Lanyard to the Lanyard ID Holder

Onto one length of beading wire, string a crimp bead. Then thread the beading wire through the center (or a loop) of the spiral.

Beaded Lanyard Step 6

7. Thread the beading wire back through the crimp bead and a few of the beads.

Pull the wire taunt, drawing all the beads together on the beading wire.

Beaded Lanyard Step 7

8. Using the crimping pliers, crimp the tube crimp bead.

Using the wire cutters, cut the excess wire. (Add a crimp cover over the crimped crimp bead if desired.)

Beaded Lanyard Step 8

9. Repeat Steps 6 - 8 on the second length of beading wire.

Beaded Lanyard Step 9

You're done! You've made a beaded lanyard necklace - a beautiful piece of jewelry, with or without your ID badge attached.

Beaded Lanyard Step 10

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