Beaded Bookmark Tutorial

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, here’s a tutorial for making an easy, inexpensive gift for the special lady in your life. It’s a method I created for making a satin cord bookmark. (People still read printed books, right?) 🙂

Here's the finished product - read on for the instructions!

Supplies: Satin cord, pendant, large-hole beads, glue, and scissors.

1. Start with approximately 2 feet of satin cord. String a pendant on one end, and leave about a 2″ tail. Tie an overhand knot with both cord ends, and snug it close to the pendant.

Snug your knot up tight, and leave a little tail of cord.

2. String a large-hole bead over both cord tails. Place a drop of glue as shown below, and smudge it around with your finger. (The glue will keep your cord end from slipping out later.)

Place a dab of glue like so.

3. Snug the bead down, clip the extra tail off as close to the bead as possible, and then tie an   overhand knot as close to the bead as possible. This effectively hides the raw cord end.

Like this. See, no raw cord end!

4. Now for the end of the bookmark. Slide on two or more large-hole beads. Tie a double overhand knot on the end of cord, and leave about a 2″ tail.

Double knot like so

5. Snug the knot tight.

6. Slide the tail up through the bead closest to the knot. Place a drop of glue as pictured below, and pull both strands tight. Snip the tail end as close to the bead as possible.

Almost done now!

7. Slide the final beads down to end of the bookmark, and secure them with an overhand knot over the final bead.

Et voila! Look, ma, no raw cord ends!

Why don’t you make one for your mom? You know she will like it, because you made it!


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