the cord wooden beaded ones can be very attractive, as well as the knotted twine ones. How attractive are your plastic beads/parachute cord ones? A pic if its convenient would be nice. Right now I’m getting very happy with the knotted twine ones, pretty/attractive, low cost and only need one thing...twine!
Is this what you're talking about with the twine? -
Our parish has a project group that makes these. All you need is the thinner (3mm) parachute cord, or twine. The beads are made of barrel knots.
Directions here: knotted rosary.