Time Required :
About 30 minutes
You're new to the skills necessary to complete this project, or maybe you've tried them just once or twice before.

kids beaded lanyard gift card holder

This project is intended for kids ages 6+.
Step 1

Cut two pieces of 48" [121.9 cm] of floss. Hold them together and align the ends.

Step 2

Fold the floss in front of you on your working table so you have 18" [45.7 cm] on one side and 30" [76.2 cm] on the other. Lay a split ring over the fold. Bring the ends up and around the outside of the smaller split ring and thread through the fold. Pull tight so the fold of your floss fits sung against the split ring.

Step 3

Slide a word bead onto the floss and slide down so it sits on top of the split ring. Separate the threads into two same-length groups. Tie a double knot to hold the word bead in place.

Step 4

On the longer length side, thread your first set of rainbow order beads (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple).
TIP: Dip the floss ends in water then smooth out with your fingers to make a point so it is easier to thread each floss ends through beads.

Step 5

Separate the two threads and tie three knots. Thread one floss through the hole in an alpha bead from the right to the left and the other floss through the same bead but through the hole on the other side from the left to the right. Pull the threads so the alpha bead sits vertical on top of the last bead added. Tie three knots in the two floss pieces.
TIP: Start with the last letter in the name (or word) you are adding to your lanyard.

Step 6

Repeat Step 5 for the remaining letters. Tie three knots at the top of the last letter.

Step 7

Hold the two floss pieces together again and add remaining beads.
TIP: Add word beads and/or bead shapes as desire within the faceted beads as you work up the rest of the side of your lanyard.

Step 8

Repeat Step 7 on the other side of the lanyard.

Step 9

Tie a triple knot in the two ends to close the lanyard.
TIP: End one side with a word bead so you can hide the knot inside.

Step 10

Use a toothpick to add a generous amount of glue to the knot, then trim the excess thread. Let glue dry.

Step 11

Add a lanyard hook to the split ring.

Step 12

Click here to download and print the template for the pocket; then cut out the shape.

Step 13

Trace shape onto cardstock and cut out the shape.

Step 14

Fold the shape into a pocket as indicated on the template by dotted lines. Brush glue across the bottom flap and fold one side flap over to attach. Brush the inside of the edge on the other flap and fold over. Fold the top flap to the back and glue to attach. Let dry.

Step 15

ADULT: Punch a hole in the middle across the top of the pocket, as shown.

Step 16

Attach the pocket to your lanyard with the lanyard hook and slide a gift card (or student ID) inside the pocket.

Step 17

Cut a long length of floss and wrap it around the outside of the pocket several times and tie a knot off to the side, as shown. Add beads, tie a double knot to secure the beads then trim the ends.

Step 18

Glue a few icon beads to the right corner of the pocket to embellish. Let dry.

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