Wish Bracelets

In trying to be better about working out of my stash, I am finding all kinds of fun stuff to play with.  Some new ideas, some oldies but goodies.  This one is an old idea, but one that I loved when I was growing up!

It’s been like 20 years since I used to make these, so I am just going to say, I feel they’re due for a comeback. Can I declare such a thing?  It’s similar to a friendship bracelet, and makes up really quickly (I did this short stack in an hour).

The idea behind a wish bracelet is that you make a wish, and tie it on.  Eventually, the hemp wears out, and you will lose the beads.  Which sounds sad, but when this happens, your wish is then “released” and is supposed to come true.  And because 20 years ago I loved making wishes, I loved, loved these bracelets.

You need some hemp twine and large seed beads, making this a really inexpensive project, too.  You need beads at least size 6/0.

Edit to add: some people have asked for video! So I put this YouTube tutorial together. You can view it in action (it’s under 8 minutes from start to finish), or you can scroll down for the photo step-by-step.

First things first.  Cut three strands of hemp twine to about 15 inches.  You could probably use jute, too – I just had hemp cord from the jewelry section of Hobby Lobby on-hand from last time it was half off.  You only need seven beads for each bracelet, but since seed beads can be inconsistent in size and shape, just take a look and make sure the hole is as large as possible.

Tie a knot in the end.  Make your ends longer than this, aim for about 2 to 2 1/2 inches (I really wasn’t sure if I had cut enough length when I started taking photos).  Now, braid your three strands down about three inches.  Nothing fancy, just a simple braid.

Now, because I’m right-handed, I’m going to add beads from the right.  When I show you how to do this, feel free to add them from the left instead if that’s more comfortable for you.  But you’ll only be adding beads on one side, and I will show you what I mean.

That strand I have just pulled from the right to the center, I threaded a bead onto my strand.  Snug it up close to the braid, and pull your left strand to the center like normal.

Now that you’re pulling from the right again, add another bead on the strand you pull to the center.

When you pull from the left, no bead.  When you pull from the right, add a bead.  Add all seven of your beads.  Why seven?  Because that’s a “lucky” number, of course! ;) There may be a real reason I don’t know, but mine always had seven as a kid, so I made them up with seven now.  You could always play with a different number of beads if you like!

Once your beads are all added, braid the rest of your strand normally, adding another 3 inches in length (give or take, depending on your wrist size, of course).  Tie the end off and trim the strands up evenly.

Now just make a wish before you tie it on!
They make great gifts for your friends, or are a fun craft to do for groups.
 So – what are you wishing for?
Wish Bracelets

~ Adrianne


  1. Michelle says:

    They are so cool! I've never made them before. I'm going to get some twine so I can make them for some friends :) thanks for sharing.

  2. Terry says:

    I've never heard of these (I think I was much older than you 20 years ago,..well now too I guess huh, lol). They are adorable and I am definitely making these with stash stuff. Yay.

  3. Kadie says:

    My 7 year old is going to love this!! I can't wait to make some with her. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  4. MrsFoxsSweets says:

    Those are really cute! I havent seen them before. It does seem kinda sad that they wear out, but like the idea of the wish being released :) Need to add these to the to-make list with my girls!

  5. Crafty Cousins says:

    These are so fun! I love the colors!

    Link this one up, too!

    ~Natalie @ Crafty Cousins

  6. Kimberly says:

    Cool! I have everything on hand to make these already. My girls will love them, great spring break project this weekend.

  7. Mother and Mother-in-Law says:

    Do you just tie these onto your wrist? No hooks or any kind of clasp? Going to make some tonight. Have to keep my hands busy to justify sitting and watching tv. Haha Thanks. Excellent tutorial.

  8. Yes, just tie them on! That's why you'll want “tails” that are a little longer than what's pictured above. They are much like a friendship bracelet. :)

  9. Rachel Marie says:

    I LOVE these :) I have been browsing the internet trying to find a fun project for my niece when she comes over, because any one person can only take so much of Netflix — and this is perfecttt. Thanks for sharing lovie :) I'm your newest follower from the hop by the way. Please follow my blog at the happily ever after project

  10. Mindie Hilton says:

    This is probably a dumb question, but how do you fasten it on to wear?

  11. Mindie Hilton says:

    Super cute by the way, and I never knew all that fun stuff about wishes and 7 lucky beads. Love it.

  12. I use to make things like that all the time, but I have not dun it in such a long time thanks for the reminder. I love your Blog and the pictures are wonderful. I'm following you on GFC, I would love it if you could come and visit me @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/
    I have a Sunday link party it is still open if you would like to share.

  13. These are so cool! I work with special needs high school kids and I think I may have them do this. :o)

  14. Jean Davis says:

    This is a perfect project for our upcoming girl scout meeting. And I bet I have everything in my craft stash too(is that scary?) Quick and easy, I love it!

  15. Ladies Holiday says:

    I am bookmarking this for a fun summer project with my kids. Thanks for the step by step.

  16. Kelly says:

    I love this!!! I kind of like the idea of the hemp wearing down and the wish being released too. Thanks so much for linking up at LLL Thursday. Have a Happy and Blessed Easter.

  17. Those are so cute!! I love the look of the twine. So pretty! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

  18. Maureen Hayes says:

    I don't have any of this in my stash but I plan to buy it and make some anyway because they are so darn cute and remind me of my teenage years as well. Also, I am on high doses of steroids and I can't wear a lot of my regular bracelets right now due to swelling, this I can make to fit me., Thanks for sharing! I too am now subscribed to your blog.

  19. Lauryn Clemmer says:

    very pretty! i would love for you to link this post or any other posts you want up to my weekly link party called spread the love. it's a weekend wrap up party where you can share anything and everything you want! there is also a really awesome vinyl giveaway going on there right now too, so go check it out! http://www.lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/2012/04/spread-love-5-decallove-giveaway.html
    have a wonderful weekend!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

  20. nicolette says:


    yup. totally made these in junior high. which was 20 years ago. gah. we are old, lol… takes me back… i could use a few wishes coming true about now…

    i'm featuring you today from last week's creative juice party. i'm also sharing this at pinterest and facebook. thanks for linking up and have a lovely week!

  21. Katie Adams says:

    I love this bracelet! I want to make a couple for me and my girls! Thanks for sharing on Blog Stalking Thursday!


  22. Kelly Rowe says:

    Featured these lovelies at the LLL Thursday par-tay :)


  23. I know I have commented on this before, but I just wanted to let you know that I am featuring your cute bracelets at today's link party! Wahoo!!!


  24. Love these bracelets! Featuring them today on Thursday's Top Ten! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Friday!!

  25. - Kim says:

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing.
    I want to let you know that I found it on pinterest, but it was linked to a spam site. You should report the pin for your intellectual property.
    Good thing your photo was detailed and I still found you. Best of luck. :)

  26. Maureen Hayes says:

    Congrats on winning The Readers Choice Award from Live.Laugh.Rowe. Obviously we liked this a lot because we voted it our fav project! I look forward to more inspiring ideas from you.

    Have a great night,

  27. Shatzi says:

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing!!

  28. Mayve says:

    I would love to make these with my daughter, but haven't the funds to buy supplies just now. What about using yarn and pony beads, would that work? :)

  29. Carla at Preschool Powol Packets says:

    I LOVE these! My daughter has recently been into making beaded bracelets and necklaces, and I think these would be right at her level! I'm going to share them on my PreschoolPowolPackets Facebook page too!

  30. So simple and cute! I made one for my daughter and a month later she still has it on (and waiting so patiently for it to fall off so her wished come true)! Thank you for sharing!

  31. Susuko says:

    I love them! So simple and so cute! And had instantly made one for me – I could´t resist!
    Thank you for showing!

  32. Mango Mom says:

    Loved this post, so sharing this on my site. Thanks Mango mom :)

  33. Maria C says:

    Great instructions and pictures. So simple to make and simply beautiful! Thank you for taking the time to post pics and instructions. I can't wait to make these with my daughter.

  34. Lynnie says:

    We have called these prayer bracelets. Each bead (7) reminds us to say a prayer each day.

  35. Jenn Seale says:

    I stumbled across your blog today, by way of Pinterest! Love, love, love this!
    What size mm beads did you use? I can't seem to find any at my local Joann's or Michaels that have a large enough hole. :(

  36. I really don't know what mm they would be, I pulled them from my stash that has been accumulating over the past 10-15 years (wow, that's sort of sad, LOL) but they are the biggest size seed beads. Some of mine also didn't fit, even though all the beads looked the same size. One thing you can try if it's close is to use a bead reamer and open up the hole just a little bit more. I also had better luck when I made more by buying hemp twine that was smaller in diameter, as well (which I found at Michael's).

  37. Barbara Hiatt says:

    Yey, I was 'stumbling' and there you were! Love these bracelets Adrianne!

  38. Those are really cute! I havent seen them before. these are so nice and easy to make it. thank you so very much for sharing this.

  39. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I want to try it. So cute!

  40. I used to LOVE these! Clicked over here from your non-wearing-out-wish-bracelets. Although I am thinking this could be a really fun thing for me to make in my wedding colors & then as we are on the plane for our honeymoon, my (then husband) and I make a wish & tie them on together (since we are doing an adventure-honeymoon in Central America, chances are they won’t last till we come home – so then while we are on our honeymoon, our “dreams can come true together”

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  41. How do you keep the beads from ‘popping’ out of the braiding?

  42. Nice to meet your blog ! I’m from Barcelona. Thanks for sharing this cute tutorial !!! I love this bracelets.

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  43. Those are so adorable… and so simple! I think I’m going to make some right this moment with my daughter! :) Lisa
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  44. Lindo, por partida doble. primero por compartirlo y segundo por que es lindo y sencillo.

  45. Lindo por partida doble. lindo por que lo es y lindo por que lo compartiste.

  46. Wow, looks so simple and so cute. I’ll try to make one too. Thanks for sharing! :)

  47. Super cute! I used to do macrame back in the day so am pretty sure I can make these and rock them too! Great tutorial!
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