What are worry beads?
Worry beads are traditionally from Greece. Worry Beads make great gifts too! Everyone in Greece carries glass or gemstone beads strung on a cord. They are usually strung very loose so they can be flipped around your hand throughout the day. Worry beads are great for people with anxious or busy minds. These are a wonderful way to help you focus. Almost like a beaded fidget spinner. You can also leave them in your car for when you’re sitting in traffic or even commuting on the train.
Worry beads look a lot like prayer beads or Buddhist prayer beads. Buddhist prayer beads are 108 beads usually knotted between each bead and they are used for meditation. There are many parts to a mala, or prayer beads which we go over in our “Anatomy of Prayer Beads” post.
How do I make my Worry Beads?
You will need:
- A strand of your favorite gemstone rounds (6mm or 8mm work best)
The proper size silk cord for your gemstone rounds
A focal bead
- Hypo- Cement Glue
- Silk Knotting Tweezers
To make your worry beads:
- Leaving a 5-inch tail before your first bead
- Knot as many beads as you would like to make you worry beads with(I usually use around 30 depending on what size beads)
- After you knot all your beads add your focal bead
- Feed the silk down through your focal bead so both ends of the silk are coming out of the bottom
- Tie a knot and add some hypo-cement glue
- You can also add a tassel or add a few focal beads going down the bottom