Create a Boho Bone Bracelet

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Stunning boho stretch bracelet using African batik bone beads and ethnic metal spacers.

Time: 10 min
Skill Level: Easy

This awesome tutorial teaches you how to make a basic beaded bracelet! Use fair trade boho beading supplies in this easy-to-do tutorial. Feel free to be creative and swap out supplies for beads you may have lying around!

Things You'll Need

  • Batik Bone Beads
  • Metal Spacer Beads
  • Gossamer Floss
  • Beading Wire
  • Hypo-Cement Glue
  • Pliers
  • Ruler

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Measure Elastic Cord

Measure 20 inches of elastic cord on fold.

Step 2: Insert Needle into Cord

Insert the wire needle on the fold of the elastic.

Step 3: Create Alternating Pattern

Lay out your beads in the desired pattern. For this design, we chose to alternate evenly between batik bone beads and brass spacer beads.

Step 4: Bead Away!

Bead your pattern on the elastic, until you reach your desired length. Standard length for female stretch bracelets is 7.5 inches.

Note: Keep the gossamer elastic on the spool before cutting. This will prevent the beads from coming off the strand.

Step 5: Cut the Cord

Cut the end of the gossamer floss when your pattern is finished

Step 6: Criss Cross Cord

Make both ends of the beads and criss cross Gossamer beads to make a loop

Step 7: Knot the Cord

Wrap gossamer floss around the middle finger to make a loop.

Release loop.

Tighten knot to secure.

Step 8: Apply Glue

Apply a dab of glue to the knot.

Step 9: Hide the Knot

Hide the knot inside one of the beads.

Step 10: Let Glue Dry

Let glue dry for 5 minutes.

Step 11: Cut Extra Elastic

Once dry, cut the extra elastic.

Step 12: Enjoy!

Congratulations -- you're done!

Tips & Advice

  • Use quality brand-name stretch cord to ensure your bracelet lasts a long time!
  • Choose matte bone beads to give your bracelet the ultimate boho look
  • If you don't have cement glue, use Elmer's glue but double the portion size


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Shop Supplies

1. Choose your pattern of batik bone beads

About the Materials

Batik bone beads are traditional African bone beads from Kenya. These beads are not only recycled, but 100% fair trade and sourced direct from independent artisans in central Kenya. The Bead Chest offers Batik Bone Beads in 10 different shapes and over 20 different designs making for an awesome shopping experience!

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