This easy craft can be as goofy or as meaningful as you want, and it’s a fun way for kids to to make “secret message” gifts for their friends. It’s also a great way to keep a favorite quote, bible verse, or a loved one’s name and birthday close to your heart. If your message is longer than your wrist, you can wear your bracelet doubled (or tripled), or make a necklace instead.
For the dashes, I chose tubular beads in silver, because it suits my skintone. I’m using a 3mm x 8.5mm size, but of course you can use whatever size you prefer. If you want to put a shorter message or a single word on your bracelet, it will probably work better to use slightly larger beads.
For the dots, I picked 4mm glass beads with metallic foil in ocean colors, because they go with a lot of the clothes I wear. I used some good old seed beads in between each letter to separate them, and two seed beads in a row mark the beginning of the message.
I can’t find the exact round beads I used, but I did find some natural gemstone, faceted glass, and some pearlized glass beads that I think would all look amazing! I put them all together on this idea list, along with some other colors of “dash” beads, and the beading cord I used.
You can use a clasp and wire foundation, but I really do like elastic beading cord for this project. It’s really simple and easy enough for kids to use, too. Here are a few tips for using elastic beading cord:
- Be sure to cut a piece that’s longer than you need, so that you will have enough extra room to tie the knot at the end.
- Stretch it good a few times before you begin stringing your beads, because it will sometimes “grow” when it’s being stretched and used for the first time, which can result in your finished bracelet or necklace having more slack in the cord than you’d planned.
- Wrap one end of the cord around a bobby pin, or clip on a binder clip, so that you won’t have to worry about your beads sliding off while you’re stringing them.
- After I finish the bracelet and tie the knot, I always dab some permanent glue on the knot (I use my favorite fabric glue) and roll the glue into the knot with my fingers, just to make sure nothing is going to come undone.
- Once the glue is dry, I trim the ends of the cord short, and gently ease the knot into the center of one of the beads so that it doesn’t show.
The message on my bracelet comes from Psalm 73:23, and it says “Thou holdest my right hand”. I wear it doubled, on my right wrist, of course. 🙂 Here’s a Morse Code chart so that you can work out a secret message of your own:
I hope you’re inspired to make a Morse Code necklace or bracelet with a message that’s meaningful to you!