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What To Do With Your Beads

You may have just bought your very first beads, and now you are wondering what you can do with them. Or, perhaps you would like to purchase some beads, but are unsure of which ones might be the most helpful to you. Or maybe you are planning to start a collection of stones, and need some ideas on which ones you would like for your collection. Below are some common and simple uses for your beads.

Make Personal Stone Jewelry!

The most common use for beads is in the making of jewelry. Here are some ideas of jewelry you could make using beads:

  • Necklaces
  • Earrings
  • Bracelets
  • Anklets
  • Chokers
  • Beaded chains
  • Decorative pieces on clothes and bags
  • Beaded Bangles
  • Beaded Rosary
What to do with your beads

Use them around your home!

  • Put them on ends of Curtain Rods
  • Hang them on draperies
  • Use them on ceiling fan chains
  • Hang them from the rim of your plant pots and decorative bowls

Use beads to count your calories!

  • Use your beads as a calorie counting diet/bracelet that helps you count how many calories you consume. Each bead represents x number of calories and you slide the beads over as you eat that number of calories. When all the beads are on one side, you stop eating for the day!

Use your beads in healing!

  • Healers like to use flat beads for healing because they can lay flat on the body without rolling off during healing sessions.

Use your beads for prayer!

  • Make a strand of prayer beads - assign a particular prayer to each bead and use stones that represent the spirit of that prayer. For example a prayer for love would be represented with rose quartz, or a protection prayer might use a black stone such as onyx or obsidian.
  • Create a mandala bead for yourself. According to an old legend, the residents of a small remote village alongside a mysterious Crystal Mountain had discovered the secret of Happiness - playing 3 simple bead casting games with 5 coloured beads. These simple but wise people had seemingly solved the main challenges facing all happiness seekers; how to calm the mind, access inner guidance and maintain meaning and purpose for living. These were called mandala beads.

    Mandala beads can be used for meditation to help calm your mind; insight to discover what is really causing your problems and worries; and wisdom to guide you back to the path of Enlightenment.

    read more about prayer beads here...

Beginning a New Day:

Each morning when you wake up, reach for your prayer beads. Let the texture awaken your fingers, and allow this vitality to permeate your entire body. Now you are ready to set your intentions for the day. These can include anything you would like to emphasize: listening to people more carefully, telling the truth, being grateful for small things. As you make your way through your day, touching the beads will return you to your initial intentions.

Walking in the Present Moment:

As you move from place to place during the day, use these moments to acknowledge the transition between tasks. Bring your beads into the palm of your hand, and let their texture remind you to feel your feet on the floor and take a breath, feeling both the inhalation and exhalation. You might have your beads tucked away in your pocket, or, you might wear your strand on a leather thong around your neck. Be creative in ways to make your prayer beads accessible to you.

Grounding Practice:

During important conversations or even thinking about things by ourselves, we can find ourselves getting caught up in "what was" and "what if." You can use your beads to ground you when you find yourself worrying about the past or the future. When things get difficult, take up your beads and allow their pleasing weight to bring you into the present moment. You will then be able to see more clearly into the current situation. By remaining grounded in the present, you will be more open to listening and accepting life as it is, rather than as you wish it to be.

Calming Your Emotions:

Some people find themselves feeling very emotional in a situation at some point during the day. These emotions cause one to sometimes do irrational things. This could be regarding a work situation, your spouse or other family member or pretty much anything. When this occurs, take out your prayer beads and feel their smooth textures, consider their pleasing weight, observe their unique colors and absorb their beauty and eternal patience. This will help you feel more cause over the situation and will calm your anger or extreme emotion about something and allow you to see the situation rationally and come up with a solution. Try it!

Ending the Day:

When you are in bed and ready for sleep, pick up your beads and let their texture resonate in your body. As you rediscover each bead passing through your fingers, let yourself feel grateful for your day. It's also important to recognize the pain we might have caused or experienced. By acknowledging the truth of who we are, we can change and grow. As you approach sleep, breathe in and out with an awareness of your body. As you breathe in, focus on your toes, and on the exhalation, relax them. Continue breathing and moving up your entire body until you reach to the top of your head. It's perfectly okay to fall asleep while you are moving up the entire length of your body.

Chakra Beads:

  • Use one bead to represent each chakra. See chakra stone beads and meditate with these to clean and clear the chakras
  • Healers use flat chakra beads for healing and cleaning the aura

Zodiac Beads:

  • Using your personal zodiac sign, create a strand of beads to represent your element, ruling planet and zodiac stone.

Color Therapy Beads:

Other Uses for Beads:

  • As wine identifiers
  • To put fringe on purses
  • To sew on quilts
  • On spines of handmade books
  • Fringe on scarves
  • For game pieces
  • A bowl of welcome beads for visitors to your home to give as gifts
  • Flys for fishing
  • To decorate greeting cards
  • To adorn dolls
  • To hang on draperies
  • To decorate purses
  • To decorate frames
  • Meditation beads
  • Tassels


You can virtually use beads in any area where you feel creative - their uses are without limit. Beading is an ancient craft that has been popular for centuries. Use your imagination to unleash your personal creativity with beads!

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No claims are made. These alleged powers are gathered from writing, books, folklore and various sources.