Travel Crafts: Beaded Ring Tutorial

A travel craft should be a small project you can easily stash away in your pocket or your bag. You should be able to work on it pretty much anywhere with few or no tools. Everything you need to make this ring can be tied into a handkerchief and squished into your coat pocket.


  • White Handkerchief. This will be your work surface. The white cloth makes it easier to see your beads and prevents them from rolling around. If you want to make this project more portable, you can lay the cloth on the water bucket tray in your hotel room, or the pie pan of your vacation rental.
  • Beading Wire size .012
  • Delica Beads or Seed Beads size 11. The hole in the bead needs to be big enough for the wire to pass through twice. If you are going to use the seed beads for other beaded ring projects, you may even want to use the slightly harder to find size 10.
  • 4mm beads. For a 6.5 ring I used nine Swarovski crystals. Play around with what you have in your stash or happen upon in a bead shop.
  • Scissors or nail clippers in a pinch


1. Measure out some wire about the equivalent of 5.5 Bic pen lengths, (24 to 30 inches) and string a 4mm bead onto the middle.

2. Add 4 seed beads to the left and the right of the 4mm bead.

3. String a 4mm bead onto the right end of the wire. Guide the left end of the wire through the opposite side of the bead so that the wires cross within the bead.

4. Pull the wires taut.

5. Repeat Steps 2 through 4 until you reach the desired length. For a size 6.5 ring I used 9 crystals. You should end with 4 seed beads on each side of the 4mm bead.

6. Now close the ring by threading one wire through the first bead and the other wire through the opposite side of the bead in the same manner as Step 3. Pull the wire ends taut.

7. Continue threading the wire through the ring along the first pass through, essentially doubling the wire. This gives the ring more stability and helps you weave in the ends. Cut off any excess when you close the round.

Now show off your latest jewelry and when somebody asks you about it tell them, “This little thing? It’s something I just threw together on the road.”

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10 Responses to Travel Crafts: Beaded Ring Tutorial

  1. Rachel says:

    I love the idea of a travel project, this is great! I’ll be linking to this.

  2. Myrnie says:

    Awesome tutorial! I love that it’s portable…I might have to make a few of these on the road this weekend :)

  3. Emily says:

    This is really cool! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  4. gg says:

    Cute and cool!

  5. Love this ring. You did a wonderful job on the tutorial.

  6. Nancy Ward says:


    Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

    Would you let me know if that’s OK?


    Nancy Ward

  7. Zubradevine says:

    Love this design so simple to make i have made 3 so far since they are so easy and they look great, thanks for sharing!

  8. Adriana says:

    Adore this tutorial! I’ve made a few rings and bracelets so far, the pictures really helped.

  9. Jane says:

    Hello there! :) I find your tutorial so helpful and so I shared it ♥ Here’s the link:


  10. Ramya says:

    Love this… thanks for your tutorial…

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