How to String Beads with Thread

Beads are fun things. You can have to as collection or create various kinds of jewelry. A lot of people would want to create their fun ways to make some items for themselves. The best thing is that beads items are an excellent source for presents to your loved ones. But another great thing is that you can start earning with the things you can make with beads. Whatever is the purpose, here we will tell you how to string beads with thread.

How to String Beads with Thread

There are tons and thousands of beads available. Some of them are natural, and some of them are artificial. And when you have a massive collection of beads, you can create various kinds of designs. And with those designs, you can create bracelets, necklaces, rings, hair ornaments, and many other things. You can even make begs and some other handy accessories with beads. So, there are a lot of things you can make with beads. And one of the hardest things to do is to pick the right kind of beads for the design. But if you are creating your own designs and picking your own beads, then it would be easier.

A lot of people like the art of beads because they are not only creative but also an excellent source for the hobby as well. Yes, the work of beads is considered to be a form of art. There are many shops and brands available who makes amazing creation with beads. So, if you are a newbie and want to know how to start the whole process, then you can follow the tips below. First of all, you have to understand the basics of beadwork. It is a simple process where you need to use different materials like thread, wire, and needle. After that, you can start combining different colors and shapes of beads together.

Different Kinds of Beads

As you probably know, there are many kinds of beads, and each of them is shaped and designed in different ways. It does not matter what is the design and shape of the beads because they are not any problem when it comes to threading them. The main problem is created by the side of the hole that the beads may have. In case that the hole is rather large and open, it will not be a problem for you to thread the needle.

There are different sizes of holes available on beads. And they will make a significant difference in not only how you work with them but also on the design you are creating. You will not like it if you want to adjust a bead with a big hole with another bead smaller than the hole. That is not going to work. The most common size of holes is 1 mm. This can be a good size to work with, but the drawback is that you will have a lot of beads on the thread. However, if you need a design that has space in between each bead, then it is the best.

Before you start working on your project, you have to know the beads you have and think about ways to use them properly.

Different Kinds of Beads

Different Kinds of Thread

When you are done figuring out the beads you own, you will have to worry about the thread you are going to use because you will have lots of options.

One of the best options available for you is to use beading wire. Beading wire is specifically designed for use with beads and is stronger and more stable than regular thread. It works well to string through the beads and hold them together.

If you don’t have beading wire, you can use regular thread. But you have to be careful about the size of the thread. If it’s too thick, you won’t be able to get it through the beads with smaller holes. And if the thread is too thin, it might not work well with beads that have big holes.

So, the best way to prepare your thread is by getting your beads ready and see what kinds of the thread will work the best before you set for work.

Different Kinds of Thread

How to String Beads with Thread

Now we are going to start with our main business, which is learning threading to string beads. Before you can begin, we want you to gather all the materials you need for them. Some of them are going to be optional, which means you can still work your way through without them.


  • Beads
  • Threads
  • Needles
  • Clasps
  • Beading board (optional)

Steps to Follow

This is an essential part of everything. You need to read the steps thoroughly to learn without any difficulties.

How to String Beads with Thread

Step 1

The first thing you have to do is select and separate all the beads that you are going to use for making your item. This is the most crucial step as it will make working with the beads easier for you.

Step 2

Prepare your thread with the needles. The needles are used for making it easy to get the thread through the hole of the beads. But in case you do not have any needles around, you can skip them.

Step 3

You can now use the beading board to create the shape of the strings of beads you are going to make. This is an optional thing to do. You can still work without creating the outline.

So, if you do not have a beading board, you can start laying the beads around in shape to see what you are going to work with.

Step 4

Now take one bead at a time and start getting them in the thread through the needles (or, without it). You need to be extra careful not to mess up the sequence.

Step 5

After you are done with the suitable length, cut the excess thread with leaving the amount that you are going to use for the claps.

Step 6

Get the clasp ready and put that on the thread to have the final touch. And you are done learning how to string beads with thread.


We have a few extra tips that will help you out. They are-

  • If the thread is too thick, you can still work with it. Take a thinner thread and make a loop with it. Put the thick thread on the loop. Now, you have to let the thinner thread go through the bead’s hole with the thick thread following behind, and you will be done.
  • You can also use glue to glue the beads together. In that way, you will have an easy way to work, and even the beads will not budge.

Final Thoughts

There you have it- the completed tutorial on how to string beads with thread. We tried to explain everything easily. We hope it will help you to start your journey of creating beautiful items with beads.

You may read also – How to Make Ankle Bracelets with Beads

Jane Hubbard

Jane Hubbard

Jane has always been passionate about hair and beauty. After many years of working as a hairdresser specialist, she decided to start her own consultancy business. She is an experienced haircare and beauty consultant, and she loves helping others find the perfect look for them. She has been writing articles for DIY quickly for over 3 years. In her free time she enjoys keeping up with the latest news in the industry, practicing yoga, and spending time with her friends and family.

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