How to Make an ID Badge Lanyard a
Beaded Badge Holder

Your ID Badge Lanyard need not be boring. Jewelry lanyards are quite the fashion so create a beautiful beaded ID lanyard from gorgeous jewelry making beads.

Neck lanyards are great beading for beginners and with these free jewelry making instructions you will soon have your badge lanyards ready to wear.

The average beaded lanyard measure between 26” (66.04cm) and 44” (111.76cm) end to end. When you make a lanyard the length can be customized for each individual.

Beaded ID badge holder is a convenient way of displaying ones identification. They are more convenient than having to pin a badge or name tag onto your cloths, which can often damage the garment.

Bead lanyards look attractive are versatile, not easily misplaced and have become very popular. Beaded lanyard ID badge holders make a wonderful gift for a work colleague or what about giving the teacher a beaded badge lanyard for Christmas.

Choose this beaded lanyard pattern offered here or design your very own.


Large beads around the neck may be uncomfortable if there is a reasonable weight on the lanyard. Seed beads or bugle beads are great for the neck area.

Jeweled Beaded Lanyards - ID Badge Lanyard

Instructions on How to Bead a Neck Lanyard.

Listed below are the materials required and ID Badge Lanyard Instructions.

Jewelry Making Supplies
ID Badge Lanyard
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How to Make an ID Badge Lanyard.

Choose the beads listed above or choose your favorite jewelry making beads and follow the easy step by step directions for your beaded badge holder.

Step 1. Begin by choosing the beads.

Step 2. Place them on your beading mat which prevents them from rolling away. This also makes a nice surface to work on.

Step 3. Cut a length of tiger tail 40” (101.6cm) long. When finished your ID badge lanyard will measure 37” (93.98cm) from end to end –excluding name card holder.


If you require a different size 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.


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.

Step 7. Begin to thread your beads in random order adding 1 x seed bead between each glass millifiore bead chip.

ID Badge Lanyard

Step 8. Continue threading the beads until they measurers 10.5” (26.67cm).

ID Badge Lanyard

Step 9. Add 10.5” (26.67cm) of seed beads.

ID Badge Lanyard

Step 10. Continue by adding another 10.5” (26.67cm) of glass millifiore bead with 1 x seed bead between each bead chip.

ID Badge Lanyard

Step 11. On the end of the beading wire string the following:

  • 2 x seed beads
  • 2 x crimps
  • Thread 0.75” (1.90cm) French Wire Bullion onto your beading wire
  • 1 x lanyard clip
ID Badge Lanyard

Step 12. Position your French Wire, then loop the strand of wire back through:

  • 2 x crimp beads
  • 2 x seed beads
  • and a couple more beads
ID Badge Lanyard

Step 13. Position your crimp so that the tiger tail has ample length to move freely on the adjustable end. This will allow your beaded lanyard to function with ease.

Using your crimping pliers crimp the crimp bead closest to the French wire.

ID Badge Lanyard


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

Step 14. Crimp your second crimp allowing a little space between the two.

ID Badge Lanyard

When you have finished this step just check to make sure the crimps are secure and won’t break.

Continue with your ID Badge Lanyard.

Step 15. Thread the excess wire through a couple of beads then cut off excess beading wire using your wire cutters.

Cut off Excess wire.

Step 16. If you are working with the wire on the spool now is the time to take your wire cutters and allowing approx 3” (7.62) or more of excess wire, cut at this point.

ID Badge Lanyard

Step 17. Repeat steps 11 to 15 to attach the second strand of wire to the remaining lanyard clip allowing a little movement in the overall length of your beaded lanyard.

ID Badge Lanyard

Step 18. Cover each crimp bead with a crimp cover using your nylon jaw pliers to close them. These simulate the look of a small bead and gives your finished piece a professional look to your jewelry lanyards.

ID Badge Lanyard

This completes your Beading Instructions on How to Make an ID Badge Lanyars.

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