I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! With the holiday falling in the middle of the week, Jon and I decided to keep things low-key and stay close to home. That meant I had some time to finally focus on a few projects that have been pushed aside the past weeks.
So today I’m giving you the first of two neon paracord DIY necklaces. Because they tend to be a bit long I wanted to split them up. You’ll get one now and then check back on Monday for the second. Both using neon paracord and pops of gold hardware – and both can be completed in under 30 minutes each.
- flat nose pliers
- 2 60-inch pieces of 3mm 7-strand paracord (make sure to carefully melt any cut ends with a lighter to keep them from fraying)
- large clasp, keychain or swivel eye snap
- 1 or 2 large jump ring
- 30 10mm cylindrical beads or coils (opening should be 8-9mm; I got mine here)
Step 1: String two beads on one piece of cord, slid the second cord through the beads to criss-cross and pull all the way down to one end of the cords, leaving approximately 6 inches at the end. Repeat two more times, creating two loops.
Step 2: String one bead on the top cord, pulling the free end of that top cord back up through the bead, leaving a loop at the bottom. String a bead on the bottom cord.
Step 3: Pull the free end of the bottom cord through the top loop and then down through the bead on the bottom cord.
Step 4: Situate loop so that it is even on the top and bottom and pull beads tight. Repeat this pattern six more times.
Step 5: Repeat the initial pattern three more times. Crisscrossing the top and bottom cords through two beads.
Step 6: String a single bead onto each end of the necklace to hold them in place.
Step 7: This is how your necklace should look at this point.
Step 8: String another bead onto both cords of one end of the necklace. Slide the bead down to determine the length you want the necklace to and loop both cords back through bead creating a loop. Use a dull edge of your pliers to push the cords through if you have any trouble.
Step 9: Slide the bead down to the length you will want your necklace to lay. Make sure to measure this on both sides.
Step 10: Repeat this process on the other side, ending up with two evenly spaced loops. Cut off any excess cord and carefully melt the cut ends again. Secure the loop with some superglue or strong fabric glue of your choice and hide inside the bead.
Step 11: Take your clasp and add the large jump ring to it and connect one of the necklace’s looped ends. Tighten jump ring.
Et voila! You are done. You can use the other loop as your “ring” or certainly if you prefer, just add a second jump ring on that side for a full clasp closure. So, what do you think? Easy enough, right?