How I Made a Japa Mala With Ties in Between Each Bead

Berta Lily
by Berta Lily
2 Materials
1 Week

I recently stumbled upon the concept of Japa Mala beads and was very inspired. They are beads consisting of 108 beads and one more guru bead in the center. They are used for meditation as you say a mantra for each bead until you make the entire loop. I loved the colorful nature and the healing aspect!

I had some beads that I thought would look really nice together.

I cut a really long piece of wax thread. I like using was thread because at the end you can use a lighter to melt the ends to secure them. I wanted to double up the thread and then I measured it double the length of the necklace. I rather have more then not enough!

I started by making the tassel with some string and just wrapped the thread through the middle.

Then I used a separate tread through the middle to create the tassel.

Then I used wooden beads for embellishment and tied it off.

Finally, I just cut the ends to make a tassel.

For the guru bead, I added this beautiful turquoise bead. Then I started to bead each bead and tying a not in-between.

I decided to use small turquoise beads in between each of the other beads as the pattern.

I created a knot by doing a loop over one strand using the other.

It came out so beautiful!

My daughter wanted one too! I made her one with a similar pattern and a sea shell we found at the beach!

Suggested materials:
  • Beads
  • Wire tread

The author may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.

Join the conversation
 1 comment