How to Make a Mala Necklace

How to Make a Mala Necklace

A mala necklace is a necklace that people use when they are meditating. This can be a beaded necklace or a piece of jewelry that is made out of different materials. People do not wear these necklaces as a fashion statement because this is not the point of it, and it can cause spiritual people to be upset.

Malas are beads that are put on a string and they can be used in things like meditation or other religious thoughts or actions. Some people compare these to a Rosary. The beads are sometimes counted during meditation to help to keep calm and to concentrate.

A mala is sometimes called a Japa and this is a necklace used by Buddhists, Hindus and more. Since yoga is so popular, people have been using the necklace during yoga so that they can help their life in love, their career or other things.

Idea of the Mala Necklace

When you make a Mala necklace it can mean that you want to reach your goals and that you are going to go through your spiritual journey. When you wear this, it can help you to meditate better and help you when you say your mantras.

The mala beads are made up of things such as:

  • Seeds
  • Wood
  • Jade
  • Rose Quartz
  • Onyx
  • Emerald
  • Bodhi seeds
  • Lotus Seeds
  • Bone

No matter what materials you use, each bead will work with your energy and will help you to reach the spiritual journey that you are trying to reach. The material can be one or many of them listed.


The beads are made up of different materials, but they are also different in size, shape and cuts. The string will have 108 beads and the beads can be larger than some. They are used to count, and some can be bigger.

The stones are often used for the mala and this is a property of guru beads. This can be a bead that is larger so that it can be seen or counted easier.

When you count the beads, they are normally between 6-10 mm, but 8 mm is the most common. The beads are made with a tassel at the end and they are usually cotton or silk. The mala has a knot at the bottom and if you are wearing a wrist mala, it will have only 27 beads.

Taking Care of Your Necklace

The Mala necklace has a lot of spiritual energy and you have to make sure that you keep it clear and grounded. Make sure that you wear this so that you can be calm and protected.

When you don’t have this necklace with you, you can put it in your clothes drawer, or you can keep it in a good place that you are at. Make sure that you have a sacred place to store your necklace in.

Making Your Mala Necklace

Here is what you will need to make your own necklace:

  • 1 guru bead
  • 104 beads with 4 markers.
  • Cord
  • Thread
  • Tassel
  • Scissors
  • Beading board
  • A beading needle if you want one.

Lay out your beads and your thread and have a good intention on what you want the necklace to do for you. This should be used as a tool to help you.

String the beads in rows and tie one end of the thread.

Tie two tight knots after you string the beads.

Add the guru bead up and make sure you put the tassel on.  Tie your knots good so it doesn’t break.

Using the Mala for Meditation

  • Find a quiet place to meditate.
  • Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing.
  • Deep breathe.
  • Hold your mala in your hand and use your thumb to count the mala beads.
  • Pull the beads with your fingers until you have counted all 108 of them.