Make your own Mala Instructions
Step 1: Untie the cord and bring both ends of the cord to meet. Thread the needle through both ends. Loop needles through the tassel, making sure both sides of the cord are equal in length. String both ends of the cord through the guru bead. Slide guru bead down toward tassel. Optional: Add a tiny spacer bead on each cord and slide to the top of the Guru bead.
Step 2: Adding beads & knotting: Note: each side will have 54 mala beads, plus the optional counter beads if you have chosen to add them. Make a knot on top of each bead, sliding the knot as close as possible to the bead. Add a bead. Knot tightly above the bead. Add a bead. Knot. Your final knot will be exactly between the 54 beads on each side of the mala.
Step 3: One side of mala: add 18 beads and 18 knots. Add one counter bead and one knot. Then continue with 36 more beads and 36 knots, which will put you exactly at ½ of the mala. Add one counter bead and a knot (this is the counter bead at the nape of the neck). You have completed ½ of the mala.
Step 4: Another side of mala: add 18 beads and 18 knots. Add one counter bead and one knot. Then continue with 34 beads (note 34 beads… you’ll see why in a moment) and 34 knots. At this point, you should have only two beads left. The last step is the final knot. (Insert 54 beads on each side, plus optional counter bead)
Step 5: Final knot: Add one bead on each cord end—the knot between these two beads. Repeat the knot one more time, so it’s secure. Add a dab of fabric cement glue to the knot on all sides. Snip excess cord.
Step 6: Take a deep breath; you did it!