Beaded Watch Strap

Convert a simple watch into a beaded masterpiece with these simple step by step instructions. This Watch strap uses two threads to create an entwining design that looks like a masterpiece.

Beaded Watch Strap

What you need

Watch Face
3 Large beads 8-10mm
45 Assorted smaller beads
Elastic Jewelry Thread


I used a childhood Mickey Mouse watch I had that the strap no longer fit me. But you could even use an inexpensive store bought watch and just remove the straps.

The best thing about this design is it’s use of assorted and odd beads.

We used plastic beads, glass beads and added some jade beads for a rich expensive finish.

Cut 2 pieces of elastic thread to desired length of the total watch and add around 15cms for tying off.

Holding the 2 pieces together as one tie them around One side of the watch face. You should have an existing bar where the old watch strap was as shown in the picture below. Tie the cord around that area so it is secure.

Separate the threads and add 9 beads to each strand then place the threads together and add a large bead.

Separate the threads and add 9 beads to each strand and then place the threads together and add another large bead.

Keep doing this one more time until your beads are used up and then finish off by tying the end threads to the watch.

If your 45 beads do not reach the desired length add some extra beads, we used beads ranging from 4-7mms in size.

The key to a great watch strap is it’s color scheme, pick beads that are on the same color palette for a blended look.


  1. What size elastic thread does one use? They come in 3 4 5 25 mm.. Who knows what size to use.

  2. Well, it sounded pretty good, only I don’t know where the pictures are…can you email them to me? And also, if you are using the pins that came with the original strap…wouldn’t pulling on the elastic (new) band pull these pins out and make the watch fall? Thanks for the help.

  3. Very nice colours! I saw this when I was looking for more ideas of colour schemes and design ideas for beaded watches I make and sell. Using an old watch or one with a broken band is a great idea if you’re making it for yourelf or a family member. They also sell watch faces at craft stores specifically for the purpose of making beaded bands. I usually make my beaded watches more like a bracelet, with beading wire and a toggle or other clasp, which requires crimp beads, etc., but this way is great for a beginner! :-)

  4. NOW I know what I can do for my watch face ! Great Idea ! Thank you for the good idea !

  5. I Like it! looks neat and easy
    thanks ~

  6. Creative with a CAPITAL C!

  7. thebeadedpathway says:

    Can’t wait to try this.

  8. i love it!

  9. Thanks for the idea!

  10. very creative

  11. motheroftwo says:

    love it!!

  12. These bead bands came out some time ago, however, I have seen them selling at cracker barell restaurant for quite a bit. I like the green added,where do you find emerald green now a days, in anaything, especially in jewelry and fashions.?

  13. Brilliant idea to use left over beads and renew an old watch

  14. It’s like a bracelet and a watch

  15. Easy and looks great!

  16. What a fantastic and uniqu design. I love it!

  17. picklesmum says:

    I make watches using a stretch elastic (it isnt clear like normal jewellery elastic it looks more like a dental floss) they are strong and durable and I sell them and other items I make in my local hair salon. I like your style. Its great.

  18. Looks VERY cool! I can’t wait to try,
    good job!

  19. pretty neat

  20. i thought it was really clever idea, i wouldnt have thought of it

  21. CraftBits (Shellie Wilson) says:

    I don’t think an elastic thread would be strong enough for this project. You need your strap to be durable for getting it on and off regularly

  22. Do you think I could use stretchy elastic thread?

  23. “tie them through and around One side of the watch face” ?? I’m sorry but I find the “around” part of that thoroughly confusing.

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