DIY Beaded Rosary Instructions
This year we enrolled my daughter in Catholic school. We really did not know what to expect from this school. However, her school experience has been a great one. She has learned so much, from reading to the basic math.
We were a little surprised when, one day, she came home from school and asked for a rosary. We wanted to fulfill this request right away, so we gave her a rosary that was once her Grandmother’s. However, after a while I decided it was time that she had a rosary that was uniquely hers.
This is the origin for the DIY rosary instructions that you will find below.
Rosaries have a very specific design that can be implemented in many ways. When designing these rosary instructions, I chose to use pre-strung sections of chain (with beads arleady on the chain). This makes the project easier and faster, and allowed my daughter to better participate in the construction of her rosary. The chain I used comes in a variety of bead colors and metal finishes. I purchased mine at Rings and Things. You can also find the other materials you need on that site (note that I have no affiliation with the site).
3.3 feet (at least 53 beads) Bulk Chain with 6.2 x 4.3 mm rondelle glass beads
6 Faceted Glass Beads, 7mm in diameter
1 Rosary Center
24 Gauge Wire in the same finish as your chain
Needle Nose Pliers
Round Tipped Needle Nose Pliers
1. Cut the Bulk Chain (chain with your beads) into 5 lengths. Each length should have 10 complete beads. The loops on the ends of each length of chain (call these the virgin loops) should be uncut, as shown above.
2. Cut a 3 inch piece of your wire. Thread the wire through a virgin loop at the end of one of your chain sections. Do not make any loops or wraps in this step.
3. With your round tipped needle nose pliers, put one tip through the virgin loop of the chain. Using the other tip of the pliers as a form, take the 3 inch piece of wire from step 2 and wrap one end of the wire around the pliers, forming a loop. You want this loop to match the diameter of the virgin loops from step 1. Wrap the wire around itself twice, as in the beaded chain, to secure the loop. Remove the pliers and trim the extra wire at the end of the wrap. Use the traditional needle nose pliers to bend the end down. At this point you have attached the wire to the chain using a loop to loop connection, as shown below.
4. Thread a 7mm bead onto the long end of the wire that you added in step 2. Using the same technique as in step 3, create another loop to loop connection. At this point you have used loop-to-loop connections to connect 2 strands of 10 beads, one on either side of a 7 mm bead (as shown below, the big bead in the center is the 7 mm bead).
5. Follow steps 2 through 4 until you have connected all five lengths of chain into one really long strand (do not connect them in a big circle). When completed you should have a 7mm bead separating each of the 10 bead chain lengths. These 10 bead chain lengths are called a decade.
6. Cut the last small bead and its wire from one end of your chain, so that now the final decade has only 9 beads and ends with a virgin loop. Cut a new 3 inch piece of wire and attach it to the virgin loop where you just removed the 10th small bead. Do this by creating a loop in the same manner shown in steps 2 and 3 above. Add the small bead you just removed onto the new wire (you need to add this 10th bead onto the strand of 9 small beads to reconstruct your decade). Slide the wire through one of the side holes on the rosary center that you purchased. Attach to the rosary center by creating another loop in the wire with your round tipped needle nose pliers as you did when creating your chain. Note that I tried to simply loosen the loop already in the chain instead of making a new link, but most wire tends to break when being reworked. It is much better to remake the link.
7. Repeat step 6 to attach the other side of the 5 decade chain to the remaining side of the rosary center.
8. Cut a piece of beaded chain with three complete beads and a virgin loop on either end of the chain.
9. Cut a piece of 3 inch wire. Use your round tipped needle nose pliers to make a loop and secure it to the new 3 bead piece of chain as in steps 2 and 3 above. Add a 7mm bead to the wire and attach the free wire end to the bottom of the rosary center by making a loop.
10. Cut a piece of 3 inch wire. Use your round tipped needle nose pliers to make a loop and secure it to the new other end of the 3 bead piece of chain as in steps 2 and 3 above. Add a 7mm bead to the wire and attach the free wire end to the crucifix.
You are now done with your rosary!
I hope that you found these DIY rosary instructions to be helpful.