This week was supposed to start off with this post, but we ran into a few computer issues that meant I was taking Monday off as well. But alas, we are back up and running with a DIY that I prepared with a sweet friend in mind after she showed up to a DIY night put on by a few friends of mine with a necklace that I knew we could do ourselves for quite a few pennies less.
- 15-18″ of heavy gold chain
- fabric or super glue
- 2 large gold jump rings
- at least 5 feet of 7 strand 3mm paracord
Step 1: Take your long piece of cord, fold it in half and then fold it in half again. Loop it through a jump ring and then knot it off.
Step 2: Start off by knotting and weaving your two double strand pieces with the idea of creating the half moon shape.
Step 3: Knot one piece, knot the other piece, knot them together. Repeat this process, looping, wrapping and weaving your pieces around each other.
Step 4: Keep going. Starting to build out the downward triangle and the half moon shape. If you run out of cord, weave the ends in and secure with a bit of glue. Knot on a new double strand piece and keep going. There is really no rhyme or reason to how to weave, just use your eye and keep adjusting – it’s just a bunch of knots so you can always adjust as needed.
Step 5: Once you get to the end of your half moon wrap the cords around another jump ring, knot and tuck the ends into the back of the necklace. Secure with a bit of glue. If you need to, take a bit of additional double strand cord and wrap around both ends of the necklace to bulk up the space around the jump rings, weaving the ends back into the necklace.
And here you go! Certainly if you prefer to add a clasp closure you can go ahead and do so, but this should be long enough to pull over your head.