Make Your Own Sacrifice Beads

When St. Therese was a little girl, she used a string of beads that she made herself to offer acts of love throughout the day. She called it her “chaplet of practices”. We now call the “sacrifice beads” or “good deed beads”. St. Therese used them as preparation for her First Holy Communion, and they are still a great tool for kids learning to make sacrifices today!
The idea behind sacrifice beads is that when you move the bead, it stays in place. This allows for you to keep the string in your pocket all day. Whenever you make a sacrifice or do a good deed, you move one bead over. You can read more about the history of St. Therese and her sacrifice beads here


St. Therese invented Sacrifice beads. Isn’t that cool?!
The Little Ways has the history behind sacrifice beads,
and great directions on making your own sacrifice beads.
The Little Ways includes a tutorial for making sacrifice beads,
Karen in Mommyland also posted some directions
You’ll find all of my St. Therese resources for kids here.


  1. I want to say Thank you for such a Beautiful Blog you have been award the Beautiful Blog award but also all of your hard work! God bless you and your family!

  2. Alicia@Playing With Paper says

    Great idea! You may see this one on my blog when we get a chance to make them! SO SO glad I found your blog!

  3. JOYfilled Family says

    My girls love making these. In fact I have my Little Flowers group make them every year at the start of a new session. They find someone to give them to if they already have a set.
    I'm glad you posted the tutorial from The Little Ways. I have been using their instructions but could not recall the source. Their tutorial is very easy to follow.
    Keep sharing all your free ideas and new finds!
    Pax Christi – Lena

  4. Dear Lacy,
    I am so impressed with all the wonderful activities and ideas you share.
    Thank you for putting this together.
    God Bless

  5. Amazing_Grace says

    Those sacrifice beads are so pretty. The kids will really enjoy making them and adults will too! 🙂

  6. Angie @ Many Little Blessings says

    Thanks so much for mentioning the new toolbar and Catholic Mothers Online. You already know that I love your site. I was actually talking about it with some of the people at our homeschool co-op this week. (Since about 15+ of my FB friends are now fans, so that was some of those people.)

  7. Our Legion of Mary has a first Saturday Potluck , bonfire, rosary. The the first Saturday of March we made the Sacrifice Beads, for Lent, the children loved the project. and the adults did too. Thank you for your many projects and ideas.

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