How to Make Adjustable Cord Necklaces

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A necklace is a simple way to dress up an outfit while also wearing something that makes a statement about your personal taste. A homemade necklace says even more about you than any necklace you can purchase in the store. One of the most intimidating parts of making a necklace, however, can be adding a clasp. Skip the clasp and make yourself an adjustable necklace instead.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cord (leather or synthetic)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Beads

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure and cut a 40-inch-long piece of leather or synthetic cord from the jewellery making department of the craft store.

  2. 2

    Thread the beads you want on your necklace onto the cord. An odd number of beads looks best. Don't thread more than 6 inches' worth of beads so the necklace is adjustable enough.

  3. 3

    Move the beads to the centre of the cord. Lay the whole thing out in a horizontal line across your work surface.

  4. 4

    Bend back 4 inches of cord on itself on the left side of the cord.

  5. 5

    Overlap the last 4 inches of the right end of the cord with the looped left end.

  6. 6

    Wrap the folded back tail of the left side around the three layers of cord twice toward the right side, push the end through the loop and pull both sides of the cord to tighten the knot down.

  7. 7

    Pull the unknotted end of the cord through the knot until you have an 8-inch tail.

  8. 8

    Fold the tail in half back toward the right side.

  9. 9

    Wrap the end of the tail around the three layers of cord twice, like you did with the other half, only this time toward the left side.

  10. 10

    Push the end of the tail through the loop and pull the two sides to tighten the knot.

  11. 11

    Trim the tails of the cord of each knot.

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