Beaded Toe Ring Tutorial

Hello everyone,

This beaded toe ring tutorial will teach you how to make a wire ring!

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending my cousin’s wedding in Chicago.  I am from a large, close, fun loving family.  Therefore, my cousins and I all arrived in Chicago a few days before the wedding and we took the bride out on the town for an evening of fun.  In the end, sisters and cousins (both present and future) gathered together to celebrate the upcoming wedding and the deep bond that we all shared.

 This was certainly a night to remember.  So I designed a simple toe ring that we could all make together, a small piece of memorabilia that would commemorate our night together.  This blog post contains a tutorial for this simple and elegant beaded toe ring project.  The “toe ring” also serves as a great pinkie or child’s ring.  This pattern or tutorial answers the question: “How to make a wire ring?”.

This toe ring can fit any project budget by varying the wire type and beads used.  It is also a great project for using up beads that may be left over from other projects.  Pay attention if you are buying beads.  You need to make certain that the holes are large enough to fit onto the larger gauge wire.  I particularly favor czech faceted glass beads and I found that 3 to 5mm diameter beads were a great size to use for this project.  For the most interesting toe ring designs you should use beads of slightly different diameters.  You can find all of the supplies that you need at Ship Wreck Beads (note that I have no affiliation with this store).

See my Beaded Toe Ring Tutorial (or How to Make a Wire Ring Tutorial) on YouTube for video instructions!


20 gauge wire

Various beads – 3 to 5mm diameter

Needle nose pliers with wire cutters

A round form that has the same diameter of your preferred toe or finger.  I used a marker.

Instructions for making a wire ring:

1.    Cut a piece of the wire at about 5 times the diameter of the finished ring size you want.  Then wrap the wire around the form you are using, completing just less than 2 wraps as shown above.  The two ends should extend straight out,  parallel to each other as shown in the image above.  I found a kids marker worked well as a form for my toes, but you may want to use a different form.

2. Add your beads to the wire, bring them all the way around to the top were the single section of wire is.  3 to 5 beads works well depending on the size of the beads.  Please see the image above.

3. Place the ring back on the form and bend the wire ends down along either side of the beads, thereby passing each wire end along and parallel to the string of beads.  Holding the beads tightly in the center bend one of the wires at a 90 degree angle around the beads.  Repeat on the opposite side.  When you are done, your ring should look like the image above.

4. Take the ring off the form and gently curve one of the wires and pass through the center of the ring.  Use the pliers to pull tight once it is through.  Repeat the process on the other side.  At this point your ring should look like the image above.  Check the size and shape of the ring.  Once any final adjustments are made wrap each wire around one more time by passing back through the center.  Trim the excess wire and press down the wire end so that it will not snag on anything.

Enjoy your new creation!  I know that we enjoyed them and will wear them along with the memory of this wonderful night.

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And please, leave a comment below if you tried this tutorial.  Thousands of people have already visited this page, and they spend many minutes looking at the page – so I know that people are making toe rings out there somewhere.  Please share your creative experience by using the comments section of the blog!



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10 Responses to Beaded Toe Ring Tutorial

  1. Jewelry Rage June 27, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    Great tutorial, and the rings look great!

    • Kirsten June 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

      Thanks. I love your modern use of macrame in your work. I am waiting on the materials for a few bracelets I have planned, so I hope to have more fun stuff up soon.

  2. Sherry July 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Thanks for this awesome tutorial! I found you while searching through craftgawker and I will soon be making toe rings! I haven’t wore them in a really long time because of the costs… but I had tons of beads left over! Thanks Again!

    • Kirsten July 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

      I am so glad to know that you are making one (or more)… I love the pendants on your site, it makes me realize there is room for improvement with my wine charms. Thanks for posting!

  3. Julia June 21, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Hi, loved this tutorial…!!!!!really useful! I already made some nice toe rings!!!! thanks!

    • Kirsten June 21, 2013 at 9:53 am #

      I am glad you liked it. I am glad it is time again for toe rings!


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