I’ve been trying to focus more on mindfulness lately — being present. I’m really easily distracted and often find myself getting anxious just trying to find moments of calm, so I’ll take any help I can get. Thus, I give you my wood and lava mala necklace!
Mala beads are often called prayer beads, and they’re a staple in meditation and prayer. They typically have 108 beads, so that’s the number I used for this tutorial.
Here’s a little blurb I like from Mala Collective: “You don’t have to be religious or have any spiritual practice. You can simply wear them as a reminder of an intention you’ve set. And if you are seeking a calmer mind, body and spirit.”
And even if you’re not looking for a meditation or mindfulness aid, they’re just really beautiful, too!
- Cotton or silk cord
- Beads – I used 8mm
5. Once you’ve tied on the first half of the lava beads, switch over and start tying on the wooden beads.
I did 18 lava beads, 72 wood beads, and then 18 more lava beads.
I ended up having to tie double-knots around the wood beads because the holes were too big. Ideally, the holes should be about the same size for both types of beads because having to tie double-knots takes up a lot of extra string.
6. After you finish the wooden beads, just start tying on the second half of your lava beads.
As you can see in the picture above, I occasionally used my jewelry pliers to really tighten a knot up against a bead if it felt like it wasn’t snug enough.
7. When you get to your last bead, tie it off just like you normally would, and cut the end, leaving a few inches of extra string.
Then, tie the two ends of the necklace together with a tight double-knot.
8. If you’re using a pre-made tassel, thread the string through the top of the tassel; tie it off; and you’re done.
If you’re making your own tassel, tie the string around the middle of a bunch of embroidery floss or silk cord. Tie a good double-knot as tight as you can get it.
9. Fold the tassel thread down over the knot, and wrap embroidery floss around it tightly several times to finish it off.
That’s it — you’ve got a beautiful new color-block mala!