Proclaim the Christmas story on your wrist this holiday season with a sterling silver Nativity Bracelet.
It really isn’t that difficult to make a quality Nativity Bracelet. The colors in the bracelet above symbolize key concepts in the Christmas Story below:
The Nativity Story
God sent an angel (angel charm) to Mary, a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph. The angel said to her, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. Because of God’s love (red), He will save (cross charm) His people from their sins (black).”
Then Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to a son. She wrapped him in cloths (white) and placed him in a manger (brown), because there was no room for them in the inn.
There were shepherds in the fields (green) nearby. An angel of the Lord appeared and said, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today a Savior (yellow) has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. ”
Adapted from Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-20
You can buy the beads and supplies as a kit over at Beaded Royalty for $39 or you can pull the items together on your own. Here is what you will need:
- 8mm Siam Swarovski 5328 bead
- 8mm Emerald Swarovski 5328 bead
- 6mm White Alabaster Swarovski 5328 bead
- 6mm Jet Swarovski 5328 bead
- 8mm Light Colorado Topaz Swarovski 5000 bead
- 8mm Jonquil Swarovski 5000 bead
- 4 (four) 6-7mm round bead caps
- 8 (eight) 5-6mm star bead caps
- 3 (three) 7-8mm Bali beads
- Sterling silver clasp
- Angel charm
- Cross charm
- Heavy beading wire
- 2 wire crimps
- Sterling silver filler beads to make up the length you desire
- 6mm Split ring to attach the charms to the bracelet
How to Make a Nativity Bracelet
First lay out the beads – on a beading mat or folded cloth napkin to prevent them from rolling off the table.
Next string them on the wire one at a time. It is trial and error to figure out how many filler beads you need for your size, but consider that the bracelet pictured above is an average 7.5″ and go from there.
When the beads measure ~1 inch less than the length you want the bracelet be, you are ready to crimp. There is a great tutorial for crimping a bracelet at www.Handmade-Sterling-Jewelry.com.
Attach the charms to the 6mm split ring and then attach the split ring at the clasp.
Wear your bracelet with the accomplishment that comes with having done it yourself! If you just love the idea of a Nativity Bracelet and want to buy one that is already complete, head over to Beaded Royalty and get your Nativity Bracelet ready to wear.