Learn How to Make a Lanyard with Beaded Lanyard Patterns!

Jewelry making with beads takes many shapes and styles and these beaded lanyard patterns make it easy to create beaded lanyards that are individual, attractive and functional.

These are easy beading patterns with detailed instructions on how to be confident in making lanyards. They are affordable thus providing you the opportunity to possess more than one.

With a few simple directions and a few beading materials, you can make your own beaded lanyard pattern.

With a few simple directions and a few beading materials, you can make your own beaded lanyard pattern.

Listed below are the materials required and the instructions on how to make a beaded lanyard.

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How to Make a Lanyard Instructions.

Listed Below is one of my Beaded Lanyard Patterns. Choose your favorite jewelry making beads and follow the easy step by step directions.

Don’t forget to click on the link at the bottom of this page to make a Lanyard with matching earrings.

Step 1.

Begin by choosing the beads listed above or your favorite beads.

Beaded Lanyard Patterns

Step 2. Place them on your beading mat which prevents them from rolling away. I have layout my design on a beading board in the order in which they will be threaded.By doing this you can re-arrange them until you are happy with your design or see any flaws in the design before you begin stringing all the beads and find you have to correct any mistakes.

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Step 3. Cut a length of tiger tail 42” (106.68cm) long. This will give you an opening of 36” (91.44 cm) to go over your head. When finished your beaded lanyard will measure approximately 38.25” (97.155cm).

Tip

If you require a larger opening cut the wire at your desired length and add more beads to your pattern.


Step 4. By cutting your tiger tail on an angle it will create a point that will make it easier to thread the beads.

Tip

I have a pair of wire cutters that I only use for cutting tiger tail as this wire tends to make the cutters blunt.


Step 5. The other alternative if you don’t have a bead stopper is to work with the beading wire directly from the spool.

Step 6. If you cut your wire then on one of the ends clip your bead stopper spring and continue with the Beaded Lanyard Patterns.

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Step 7. Begin to thread your lanyard bead in the following sequence:

  • 1 x small round clear glass bead
  • 2 x pearls 5mm
  • 1 x small silver spacer
  • 1 x large round clear glass
  • 1 x small silver spacer
  • 2 x pearls 5mm
  • 1 x pearl 7mm
  • 1 x silver bead
  • 1 x pearl 9mm
  • 1 x large silver spacer
  • 1 x pearl 11mm
  • 1 x large silver spacer
  • 1 x pearl 9mm
  • 1 x silver bead
  • 1 x pearl 7mm
  • 2 x pearls 5mm
  • 1 x small silver spacer
  • 1 x large round clear glass
  • 1 x small silver spacer
  • 2 x pearls 5mm

Step 8. Thread your desired length of white seed beads. For an overall length for your beaded neck lanyard of 38.25” I have threaded 24” (60.96cm) of these tiny beads.

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Step 9. Continue threading the beads in the following sequence for your Beaded Lanyard Patterns:

  • 2 x pearls 5mm
  • 1 x small silver spacer
  • 1 x large round clear glass
  • 1 x small silver spacer
  • 2 x pearls 5mm
  • 1 x pearl 7mm
  • 1 x silver bead
  • 1 x pearl 9mm
  • 1 x large silver spacer
  • 1 x pearl 11mm
  • 1 x large silver spacer
  • 1 x pearl 9mm
  • 1 x silver bead
  • 1 x pearl 7mm
  • 2 x pearls 5mm
  • 1 x small silver spacer
  • 1 x large round clear glass
  • 1 x small silver spacer
  • 2 x pearls 5mm
  • 1 x small round clear glass

Tip

Before cutting your beading wire hold the two ends together and slip it over your head to make sure the length is what you require.


Step 10. If you are working with the wire on the spool, and have a bead stopper spring, now is the time to cut it at a length of 42” for a 36” opening or continue threading until you reach the desired length.

Step 11. If you do cut the wire place the two ends together, place the bead stopper spring on one strand of wire and on the free strand of wire thread in the following sequence:

  • 1 x crimp
  • 1 x white seed bead
  • 1 x crimp
Beaded Lanyard Patterns
Beaded Lanyard Pattern

Step 12. Loop strand of wire back through the key ring, crimp bead, white seed bead and through the second crimp. Use your chain nose pliers to pull the excess wire through smoothly. Allow a little bit of movement in the overall length.

Step 13. Position your crimp so that the tiger tail has ample length to move freely on the key ring. This will allow your beaded lanyard to function with ease. Using your crimping pliers crimp the crimp bead closest to the ring.

Tip

If you are new to crimping or not quite sure how it is done here are the instructions on how to use crimping pliers.



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Step 14. Crimp your second crimp allowing a little space between the white seed bead.Thread excess wire through a couple of beads then cut off excess tiger tail using your wire cutters.

Step 15.

Cover each crimp bead with a crimp cover using your nylon jaw pliers. These simulate the look of a small bead and give your finished piece a professional look.

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Lanyard Clip

Step 16. Repeat step 11 to 15 to attach the second strand of wire to your key ring.

The final step to this Beaded Lanyard Pattern is attaching your swivel lanyard hook to the key ring.

Beaded Lanyard Patterns


There are numerous types of beaded neck lanyards, some of the most popular lanyard patterns include: -


This Beaded Lanyard has an added touch of matching seed bead earrings with easy to follow instructions so let’s get started on another one of my Beaded Lanyard Patterns.


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