How to make a necklace with knotted cotton cord

Many possibilities await once you begin creating jewellery out of different beads and wiring materials. One of the more simple methods of stringing a necklace uses cotton cord and beads with larger holes. When you string using these materials, tools are unnecessary because you can create the necklace closure out of the same materials you use to string the necklace. Using overhand knots, make a necklace with knotted cotton cord and beautiful beads.

Determine the length you desire for your necklace and double this length. Add 150 mm (6 inches) more to this length and cut the cotton cord to this measurement.

Fold the cotton cord in half and make an overhand knot about 25 mm (1 inch) from the folded loop of cord. Pull the knot tight. You now have two long strands of cotton cord coming out of the overhand knot for stringing beads.

Lay your beads out onto the bead mat and find a design you like for your two-strand necklace. Arrange and rearrange the beads until you are sure you like the order of beads.

String each strand of cotton cord with beads according to the arrangement you designed in Step 3. Stop stringing when you have approximately 130 mm (5 inches) of cord left.

Tie the two strands of cotton cord together in another overhand knot so the two strung strands of beads are snug and tight. Add a larger bead to both strands together. This bead will be a part of the necklace closure so make sure the bead fits through the loop of cord on the other end of the necklace.

Tie a second overhand knot snugly on the other side of the last bead using both strands of cotton cord. Pull the knot tight and clip off any excess cord approximately 25 mm (1 inch) away from the second knot.

Wear the necklace by fitting the last large bead through the loop on the other end of the necklace. The closure goes at the back of your neck.


Apply a drop of bead glue to the knots to ensure they hold, if you desire.

Things You'll Need

  • Unwaxed cotton cord (2mm thickness)
  • Scissors
  • Beads (large and small diameters)
  • Bead mat
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