EASY STEPS to Learn how to make a Rosary or Scapular Try one of our Rosary or Scapular Kits for beginners!


Cut a length of cord 61 inches long, a little longer if this is your first rosary. Measure and mark with your finger 8 inches from the left end of the cord.  (Reverse all directions if you are left handed)

Make a Barrel Knot at this 8 inch marked place as you learned how to do on the previous page.


Tighten that knot and do not cut off the excess cord.

String ten Hail Mary beads onto the cord. Place your thumb between the last Hail Mary bead and the cord laid over the tool to mark the spot for the placement of the next knot. From the Basic Instructions, learn to string the Decade Beads.

Proceed along using the same techniques until you have completed all five decades: 5 sets of 10 Aves (Hail Mary) Beads, separated by 4 Paters (Our Father) beads. 


After adding the beads for the last decade, hold your work out as shown above to line up your beads. With practice you'll find you are able to space the knots for the Paters so that they lie directly across from each other, evenly spaced.

Mark the spot on the cord of the last decade where you will place your last knot so that it lies directly across from the very first knot you tied when you began your rosary.

 Tie a barrel knot here as usual. 

Now line up the two knots up beside each other to mark
the spot with your thumb where you will tie a      
double barrel knot.


Position the finished decades in your left hand, the remaining cord in your right. Holding the two end knots securely in your left hand, lay both cords over the tool as shown above. Wrap both cords around the tool twice to form the coils as usual for a barrel knot.


Tuck the end of one of the cords into the tunnel of the tool and pull through, as shown above.

Then thread the other Cord through the tunnel, pulling both cord through and taut.

Holding your tool and end knots securely, with index finger placed on top of the coils as shown, pull hard on both cords with your right hand to secure the knot, making sure the loop is pulled up as tight as possible against the coils, as shown above. Carefully slip the Knot off the tool.

Roll the coiled knot as shown and move it into proper placement, about a thumb's width from the other two knots. When knot is in place and coiled tightly, pull hard on both cords, offering resistance with your left hand holding your completed work.

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This completes the Decades and Knotted center part of your rosary.

Continue on to add a Pater bead to the longest Cord, another knot, three Aves, followed by another knot. Do not add a knot after the last Pater bead. This knot will be formed when you add the Crucifix.

Leave a little space  between the Pater knots and the Ave beads. As explained previously, the rosary should have some "slack" to it, or it will be too stiff to fold and carry in pocket or purse. The proper spacing of the Our Father knots provide just enough "give" to the rosary. TOO MUCH space makes it difficult to handle the beads while one is actually praying their rosary, because they will silde around too much.  About a thumb's width,Ý/2 to 5/8 inch is best on the decades, a little less on the placement of knots in this section of your cord rosary.

Insert the end of the remaining bit of cord into the opening in the Crucifix. There should be enough cord left over now for you to get a good enough grip on it for the final pull on the last knot. If not, you have spaced your Pater Knots too far apart.

Arrange the Crucifix and Cord as shown to mark out the placement of the final Knot which will secure the Crucifix to the Rosary, again, a space about the width of your thumb.


Lay both Cords over the Tool as shown above and wrap around twice, using both cords

Draw the ends of the Cords up into the tunnel of the tool, catching the cords that lead from the Crucufix.

Position the Crucifix as shown and hold firmly. Tuck the end of the cord in under the coils in the tunnel of the tool and pull through. Pull fairly hard as you want this knot to be very tight, even before you slide it off the tool. You don't have much space to work with in this step, so make sure you have a good hold of the Crucifix, as you will pull against it to tighten this final knot.


Slide the final Knot off the Tool


Roll the knot as usual for a barrel knot, until you have it in the proper place: about a thumb's width from the end of the Crucifix, and closely butted up against the Pater bead. Keep the knot as tightly coiled as possible when positioning it, offering resistance with your left hand holding the Crucifix, while you pull the cord and tighten the knot with your right hand. When it is in position, pull hard. Reverse your work to the other hand and pull hard on the cord and Crucifix again.


Snip any remaining cord with a sharp pair of scissors


Leave enough of a "nub" as shown on the left above to melt slightly with a lighter. Notice how the cord yellows slightly, as shown above on the right. This is normal when melting bonded cord. Hold the flame to the nub only long enough to slightly melt it. This ensures the knot will not unravel. Do the same for the nubs remaining on your center piece knots.


For Non-Bonded cord, apply a light coat of clear nail enamel to the nubs. This too undergo a slight yellowing, which is unavoidable. Both methods of melting or clear enamel will secure the knots.


Thank you for becoming a Rosary Maker for Our Lady!

~ May God richly reward your work in His service ~