I became interested in making rosaries and chaplets last year as a fundraiser for my school. Saints Peter and Paul High School is a small Catholic high school in Easton, in Maryland's Eastern Shore. Founded in 1958 and in its 52nd year, our school was threatened with closing, but thanks to the efforts of dedicated parents, students, and faculty members, this did not happen.

I had been collecting loose beads and broken beaded necklaces for a number of years and though I had planned to, never did anything with them. When my school (and my job) was threatened, I became nervous. I always used crafts -- and prayer -- as a way of calming myself down. I am not exactly sure how it happened, but I started to make some rosaries, chaplets and keychains using saints medals, crosses, rosary centers, eyepins, and some of the beads that I had squirreled away. Then I thought that maybe I should sell these items as a way of raising money for the school. I sold a few of these items to staff members right before Christmas, and quite a few more were sold at a spring fundraiser event, raising several hundred dollars.

The purpose of this wiki is to tell a little bit about rosaries and chaplets, how they are made and used, and perhaps inspire you to create some of your own. You are welcome to make suggestions, give ideas, share web links, or upload pictures of your own beaded creations, religious or otherwise.
Please do!