Handmade jewelry is easy and fun to make. These simple instructions on how to make a stretch bracelet will leave you with a colorful, wearable bracelet in less than an hour.
Gather your supplies. To begin making a stretch bracelet, start by gathering your supplies. You'll need a roll of 5 mm stretchy elastic string, scissors, beads (glass or plastic) and a closure (if you so choose). You may also want to have a light-colored towel handy to help you keep your beads from rolling away as you string your stretch bracelet.
Start by measuring the length. Before you can begin putting beads onto your stretch bracelet, you first need to know the length that you want to make your bracelet. So measure the size of the wrist it will need to fit onto, and cut the string an extra 3 or 4 inches longer than that (to allow for wiggle room and length to tie it). Remember that your bracelet is made to stretch, so it is not necessary to make the bracelet longer than the width of the wrist - it will stretch to fit over the hand and then perfectly fit around the wrist if measured properly.
Create your pattern. You can now start to think about what kind of a bead pattern you want to create on the stretch bracelet you're going to make. Will it be all one color? Will you use random beads? Or will you use a mixture of beads in differing amounts to create a unique color pattern? The look of your stretch bracelet is really up to you. Just ensure that you lay out your pattern on the table or the towel before you start stringing on your beads. This way, you will know for sure that you have enough of each color bead that you'll need.
Make your stretch bracelet. With your elastic string cut and your beads laid out, you're ready to make your stretch bracelet. Start by tying a knot in the end of your elastic string, leaving a bit of string in excess to allow you to tie the bracelet together. If you are going to be using a closure for your stretch bracelet, tie on the closure at this point and don't worry about leaving any extra string (as you won't need to tie the end). Depending on how thin your elastic string is, you may want to use a needle to help you get your beads onto your string. But if you have a good eye, you should be able to string all of your beads onto your elastic string without too much trouble. Make sure you stop to look at your overall bracelet once in a while as the pattern forms so that you can be sure you haven't made a mistake. Place all of your beads onto your elastic string.
Ensure your beads won't fall off. Holding the end of your stretch bracelet firmly (dropping it now would be a catastrophe!), tie the two ends of your bracelet together, or attach the second half of the closure. There should be no elastic string visible on your stretch bracelet once it is completed.