DIY Morse Code Bracelets

I’ve been meaning to put my collection of Miyuki seeds beads to good use. They’ve always been one of those things that I can’t restrain myself from hoarding every time I step inside a bead store. The perfectly uniform, cylindrical beads come in nearly every shade of color imaginable and their itty bitty size make them that much more appealing. I’ve got a thing for anything miniature. So inspired by Sashi’s seed bead bracelets and George Frost’s morse code jewelry, I recently made a handful of mini seed bead bracelets, each encoded with secret little messages.

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You’ll need:

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Because the Miyuki Delica seed beads are super tiny, you’ll need a wire beading needle to help you string the beads onto the embroidery floss. Thread the embroidery floss through the beading needle.

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You’ll pick 4 colors for each bracelet. A base color, a color for the dots, a color for the dashes and a color separating the dots and dashes. Here I’m using red for the base color, green for the dots, turquoise for the dashes and gold as spacers. Thread on a few base color beads.

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Add a spacer bead – in this case, gold. Then spell out the first word with dots (green beads) and dashes (turquoise). Separate each letter with a gold spacer bead. Here I’m spelling out “I LOVE YOU” and the first word is “I” with is translated with just two dots.

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Add a few more base color beads and translate the next word, which is “LOVE” – and then “YOU” next. Add a few more base color beads.

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Thread on a crimp bead. Your crimping pliers have two notches – the first squeezes the tube closed with an indentation along the middle of the bead. The second notch is used to fold the crimp bead into a tube shape. Add another crimp bead onto the other side of the bracelet and crimp it closed.

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The closure for the bracelet is simply a tiny small bead, with an opening just big enough to snuggly slide up and down the embroidery floss to tighten. Thread both ends of the embroidery floss through your wire beading needle. Thread on the gold bead – it will be a super tight fit! Crimp on two more crimp beads an inch and half down from the ends of the last seed beads. Trim away any excess and you’re finished!

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Best Friends, XOXO, I Woke Up Like This, I’m So Fancy, WTF . . . say it with morse code!

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Make a few for yourself and of course, a few for your friends.

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(images by HonestlyWTF) 

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129 Comments

  1. Dominique wrote:
    11.4.14
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  2. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Luv it.
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  3. meg wrote:

    i love this idea! i bought my bridesmaids morse code necklaces for being in my wedding, and i would love to make some bracelets for myself! thanks for sharing!

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  4. Laura wrote:

    Wow love it !

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    Love from Paris

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  5. What a sweet idea! And they turned out just beautiful!

    xoxo
    agnes

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  6. ~ Carmen ~ wrote:

    I love the idea behind these. Others make think it’s a fun design but really you’re saying “I love you” or what have you. So clever. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯

    11.4.14
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  7. Paulina wrote:

    Amazing idea! I love the fact that they are simple and small but can have some secret code! http://www.thepaarblog.com/

    11.4.14
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  8. Jessie wrote:

    awesome idea! can’t wait to make some bracelets!

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  9. Dominika wrote:

    This looks so good! Very good idea 🙂

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  10. Tina wrote:

    Oh, looks so lovely!! Want to have them now 🙂

    11.4.14
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  11. Mun wrote:

    Another tempting project to try ..

    11.5.14
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  12. Oh, looks really cute and innovative! Want to get one!

    11.6.14
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  13. Lauren wrote:

    These are lovely, such a sweet idea
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

    11.9.14
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  14. Allie wrote:

    I just made these for a couple friends’ birthdays – you are a life saver!

    11.10.14
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  15. gina wrote:

    These are so cool, I can’t wait it!

    11.11.14
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  16. Love how you add purpose into your DIYs! Super duper cute bracelets!

    xx
    http://cinnamonspring.com/

    11.12.14
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  17. Beautiful

    11.17.14
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  18. Really beautiful. Love your DIY jewelry.
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    11.17.14
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  19. What a clever idea! I so love it and I know my readers would, too! This activity lends itself to a tween or teen on the go!

    I would love to link to this activity on my website http://www.theeducationaltourist.com where I write about traveling with the whole family. I would love a shout out from you!

    Thanks for sharing your cute idea!
    Natalie, The Educational Tourist

    11.20.14
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  20. Noemi wrote:

    Hello Erica,
    First, you are the inspiration for many women, you are very generous, thank you very much. Second, could you tell us which Miyuki Delica categories you used? Opaque, opaque luster, dyed, frost,…? Or just give us the DB number of some of them. I am from Canary Islands and it is impossible to find Miyuki Delica here, so I have to buy online and you know, sometimes picture and reality are very different. Sorry my english, I hope you understand me and once again, thank you very much.
    Noemi.

    11.21.14
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  21. Maureen wrote:

    Very nice!
    Thank you!

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    11.23.14
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  22. Julia wrote:

    Reminiscent of Oskar Schell!

    11.23.14
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  23. BestMan wrote:

    Really nice 🙂
    Could make some for men aswell
    http://www.bestman.dk/shop/frontpage.html

    11.28.14
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  24. Jordan wrote:

    I’ve decided to make these for my friends/family for Christmas (love your post!). I spent a money to get the colors I wanted and I’ve followed your directions to a T. Biggest problem is the gold bead that both end strands go through to connect everything.. it’s not tight enough. I used the same size floss as you… what size bead are you using? I’m getting discouraged 🙁 please help!

    12.11.14
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  25. AmayaLady wrote:

    I love this idea ! With a secret morse message, it’s so cool ! 🙂 I’m going to share your post in my blog !

    12.19.14
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  26. Jody wrote:

    I don’t understand how to get the closure bead on. Help please?

    1.19.15
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  27. Ms, Powers wrote:

    I liked this idea so much I made one for each of my nieces who are 14 and under. They love them so much every time I go over to their home they are wearing them. Thanks for the idea that brings a smile to many.

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  28. Béatrice wrote:

    That is a great idea ! I’m gonna make this right away.

    3.2.15
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  29. Béatrice wrote:

    Hi,
    I tried making a few with exactly the same materials you used, but somehow, the thread always disassembles after I’ve put the saucer on. I think the edges of the saucer are cutting in the thread and then breaking one, which leaves e with a thinner thread that slides too smoothly…
    Any idea how to prevent this?
    Tx, Béatrice

    3.22.15
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  30. Ramona wrote:

    You’re very talented

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  31. Linda wrote:

    Very cute idea,

    4.6.15
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  32. Urban Lady wrote:

    i know exactly what you mean when you step into a bead shop you just can’t help but hoarding on beads! Beautiful project! Do you think it will look just as nice with round seedbeds? As I have mostly round edge seedbeads…. 🙁

    4.11.15
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  33. Cindy Anderson wrote:

    Hello! I am unable to print the directions for your DIY Morse Code Bracelet. Can you email them to me? It’s much easier to have them physically in my hand.
    If I need anything else printed should I just email you? Who should I email?
    Thanks so much!
    Cindy

    4.11.15
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  34. wendy wrote:

    i have the attention span of a goldfish
    and the tastes of a magpie.
    perfect use for those miyukis….

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  35. Hi, I love these simple bracelets for the summer! You can find the beads on my website http://millecreations.com/ to make the same!

    4.23.15
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  36. sojo wrote:

    I love the idea of these little bracelets. Want to make them for myself, my granddaughters & my daughter. Thanks so much.

    4.30.15
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  37. Gina wrote:

    Hello,
    I was browsing Etsy and found several crafters have been using your images as their own. Here is one example:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/228777723/personalized-morse-code-bracelete?ref=shop_home_active_1.

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. It has inspired me to pick up my seed beads again after 25 years!

    5.17.15
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  38. Fred wrote:

    bonjour
    Bracelets tres sympa, je me pose juste une question… quand on utilise les perles à écraser, elles peuvent couper les fils…
    Est ce le cas ?
    Trés belles réalisation

    5.22.15
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  39. Tessa wrote:

    Thank you for sharing! what a great idea 🙂

    6.4.15
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  40. Jeanine wrote:

    Awww these are fantastic, I am in complete love!

    6.12.15
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  41. Holly wrote:

    Looove this idea a link to official Morris code would help your readers out, though. I know I can just look it up on google but linking to it eliminates a step. xP

    6.27.15
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  42. Amy wrote:

    Question: My tiny gold bead does not hold the bracelet close to the wrist….I do did not order the small bead you recommended but was wondering if you had this issue? If not, I will order the small gold bead immediately. Thank you…..absolutely love making these and giving to my friends.

    7.8.15
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  43. Nisha wrote:

    Hi! Absolutely love this!!! Can you tell me what colors you used? Or the DB numbers? Thank you

    7.9.15
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  44. Tina wrote:

    This is such a beautiful simple idea for stacking bracelets, I would love to spend an afternoon making some of these, thanks for sharing!! http://www.mingleandmansome.com

    7.16.15
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  45. Zen wrote:

    Love how you’ve reinvented the simple bead bracelet! trying to learn from you with my DIYs 🙂 https://hapinesswherever.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/5-minute-diy-no-tools-filigree-hair-tie-cum-bracelet/

    8.22.15
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  46. kate wrote:

    could you tell me what color the green is? struggling to find it

    8.24.15
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  47. sorbier wrote:

    Hello

    I’m not speak English very well but i want to know where i can find the material to make the bracelet ?

    Thank s for your answer

    10.5.15
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    • Erica wrote:

      @Sorbier all the links to purchase are in the supply list above.

      10.5.15
  48. josefa wrote:

    Hello, what type of embroidery floss do you use?
    Thanks

    10.17.15
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  49. Lynn wrote:

    Love these bracelets!! I used size 11/0, bugles for dash, beads for dots, and a clear crystal for the space! I don’t have a way to show a pic, but they turned out great!

    10.21.15
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  50. ShishkaBerry wrote:

    I’m going to make these, buuuuut they probably won’t say I love you 😉

    10.21.15
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  51. Lucy Ince wrote:

    What size delica bead did you use?

    11.17.15
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  52. Kaline Schultz wrote:

    Absolutely love these bracelets! They are such a great idea to use as a gift! My friends have been begging me to make them more and more. But, the gold bead that you use doesn’t hold the bracelt close to the wrist? Have you encountered this at all? Can you help me? I would greatly appreciate it. Many thanks<3

    11.22.15
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  53. Natasha wrote:

    Cute idea…Also all the people out there asking her for what colors she used.. Get creative and pick out your own colors and own ideas! I’m pretty sure the point is to be creative! Go out to the store and get whatever, make it your own.

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  54. Amy W wrote:

    Great idea for some HAM operators I know.

    3.29.16
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  55. Jeannie wrote:

    It looks like you didn’t specify what type of bead you are using for the closure part. It looks different from the spacer beads. Could you please say what size and what type you used for the single closure bead? thank you

    3.30.16
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  56. WOW – Just Amazing.
    Men love it 🙂

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  57. WOW – Just Amazing.
    Men love it 🙂

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    4.29.16
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  58. Christine wrote:

    HI! I followed your instructions for the morse code bracelets, bought everything, but i must have missed something. the Embroidery floss is too thick when its doubled up and wont go thru the beads. the beads are too small.

    Is there a size I should have bought. I don’t remember you specifying a size, sorry for being such a dork… could you please help me solve this mystery – I want to make these so bad!

    5.24.16
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  59. Christine wrote:

    this is what I bought on Amazon:

    DMC 1008F-S310 Shiny Radiant Satin Floss, Black, 8.7-Yard

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  60. Alex wrote:

    What size seed bead did you use? Thanks!

    7.14.16
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  61. Emma wrote:

    I have a question. Can you only use one wire beading needle per bracelet?

    8.17.16
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    Excellent information you’ve provided in this post. A person should discover related facts at a site like this one. That kind of website is of help for individuals interested in this subject.

    10.24.16
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  64. Nakkase wrote:

    Nakkase ananın ak sütü gibi helal takı.

    Beatiful jewelry. 🙂

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  65. Emily Engeman wrote:

    Hi Erica,

    I have the same question as Noemi- I can’t find them instore where I am so I’m looking to buy some online, but I was wondering if yours were the matte opaque or just opaque finish? I can’t really tell from the pictures and I’m a little hesitant to buy online if I’m unsure what the matte ones will look like in real life!
    Thanks,

    Emily

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  66. Cosin wrote:

    They look great. I will start to make a similar bracelet but using thin colorful wires.

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  67. Omgggg this is so creative ! I’m saving this for a weekend project. This would be a really nice special gift.

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  70. Donna wrote:

    What size seed bead did you use, these are beautiful.

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  72. Flair wrote:

    very nice diy tips to make a simple bracelet

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  73. Oh Beautiful! The idea of a Morse code bracelet got me. Thank you for sharing the tutorial! I guess I should learn some Morse code to have a more meaningful bracelet.
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  74. Archana wrote:

    Very nice idea.Thanks for sharing such a valuable and helpful Article.

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  75. chaii wrote:

    hi i’m from Philippines. can someone know where i can buy the materials? thanks!

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  76. Nicolas wrote:

    Hi, that’s wonderful 😀
    I wonder why I never though about that before, thanks a lot.
    However, I’ve to say there could be some misunderstanding in the translation as there is no color in this example nor specific way to distinguish letter separator from intra-letter separator.
    For example, ‘..’ could be translated as ‘i’ or as ‘ee’.
    Assuming you use the longest recognizable character, ‘I LOVE YOU’ become ‘I L:N Y8T’, which is a very special way to express your feelings 😉

    So just saying, find a way (color or separator length or another trick) to identify letters inside your text.
    And thanks again 😀

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  77. Marie wrote:

    J’adore!

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  78. May wrote:

    These bracelets look very colorful. I would love to make it for myself or give it to my sisters. Thank you so much for put up the pictures for us to see the instructions how to make it. A picture is always better than word. I am more of a visual person.

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  79. Adriana wrote:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! Unfortunately, the links to the materials are not working. Would it be possible for you to send me the sizes and details, please?

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