How to Make Beaded Zipper Pulls


Sly Snake Zipper Pull
Sssssstay away from this backpack!
Sssssstay away from this backpack!

This sly snake zipper pull can double as a guardian for whatever item it's attached to. And although it looks a bit tricky, this sneaky snake is easy to make with the instructions and illustrations below.

What You'll Need:

  • Lanyard hook
  • 3 yards green plastic lanyard
  • 1/2-inch pom beads: 26 green, 14 orange, 2 yellow
  • Scissors

What To Do:

What To Do:

1. Tie the center of the plastic lanyard to a lanyard hook, forming two tails. String a green pom bead on one lace. String the other lace through the same bead in the opposite direction. Pull the bead snug to the lanyard hook.

2. String two green pom beads on one lace. String the other lace through the same beads in the opposite direction. Pull snug against the first pom bead.

You've just made the tip of the snake's head.

3. String one yellow pom bead, one green, and another yellow on one lace. String the other lace through the same beads in the opposite direction. Pull snug to the second row of pom beads.

4. On the next row, string two green pom beads on one lace. String the other lace through the same beads in the opposite direction.

5. Repeat, this time with a row of two orange pom beads. Continue in this manner with two rows of green beads, followed by one row of orange beads, until you have 18 total rows.

Follow this guide to get your snake going.

6. To make the snake's tail, string a green pom bead on one lace. String the other lace through the same bead in the opposite direction. Pull snug. Add a single orange row, a single green row, and three more single orange rows. (Is that a rattle?!)

7. Tie the laces in a double knot and trim the ends. Attach this zipper pull to your backpack for a sleek, sly look!

Finish your snake with a sleek, tapered tail.

Next up? A friendlier sort of beaded zipper pull that puts your name right on the item of your choice. Continue to the next page for directions.

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