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DIY Style: How to Make a Woven Cord Necklace

Bold jewelry pieces are still very much on trend, but you don't have to go broke trying to stay in style. Make your own statement necklace with this DIY technique that combines woven cord and bright, colorful beads.

For my latest DIY style piece, I was inspired by this Shop Sosie Francine necklace. I loved the mixture of textures between the cords, string, and beads but knew I wanted to pump up the color. After a very long and drab winter, I am more than ready to bring some color to my wardrobe, especially with accessories, and there is nothing better than this colorful DIY necklace! This piece was pretty easy to make and doesn't require any special skills. And, once you have the basic technique down, you could make it in different colors and change out the bead types to do lots of variations.

To make this necklace, you'll need:

  • 3/4 yard woven cord (2 strands)
  • Embroidery thread
  • Strands of beads in various sizes (I used 2 small, 1 medium, and 1 large); need enough beads of each type to fill a 7-inch strand of wire for the finished necklace
  • Flexible beading wire
  • Crimp beads (10)
  • End caps (2)
  • Lobster clasp
  • Jump rings (3)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pliers

Step-by-step directions:

1. Slip the large strand of beads off the wire or string they come on and thread them onto a 13-inch length of flexible beading wire. Leave three to four inches wire bare on each end of the beads.

2. Slip a crimp bead on to one end of the wire; loop the end of the wire through and string through the crimp bead. Leave a small loop and use the pliers to flatten out the crimp bead to secure the placement of the loop. Trim the excess wire or slide through the beads.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the rest of your strands of beads. I added three more strands of beads to make my necklace.

4. Once you have all the strands created and the ends of the strands secured, connect them together by threading a length of wire through the looped ends. Add a jump ring to the strand of wire and thread a crimp bead onto the wire as well. Curve the other end of the strand of wire into the crimp bead to make a loop the same size as the jump ring, use pliers to pinch the crimp bead to secure, and trim off the excess wire. Repeat on the other side.

5. Lay out one strand of the cord and your joined beads centering the beads on the cord so they sit in the middle of the length. Using a 12-inch length of embroidery thread, secure the jump ring to the woven cord. Knot and wrap the remaining thread around the strand of woven cord, tucking the ends on the inside that will be covered by the second cord. Repeat on the other side.

6. Lay the second length of cord beside the first. Run a bead of hot glue along the inside edge of the first cord and secure the two cords together, making sure to hide any embroidery floss ends. Hot glue isn't pretty when seen, so don't add too much glue at a time to avoid seeping as the two cords are pressed together.

7. Repeat step 5 at the ends to further secure the two cords. (This step also will help cover the tape the fabric store uses on the ends of the cord when cutting to avoid fraying.) Using your hot glue gun, add a dab of glue on each end of the outer strand of cord and secure the end caps. Open the ring on the cap and add your jump ring and lobster clasp.

8. Rock that statement necklace!

And here's a Pin-able version of the steps for this DIY version.

For more inspired DIY fashion projects and style tips from Sam, visit The Brunette One.

Samantha McClelland

Samantha McClelland currently resides in Iowa as a full-time merchandise buyer. Before landing her job in the corporate world, she was itching for a creative outlet. After perusing many interior design, DIY, and fashion blogs, she created The Brunette One in July of 2010. The Brunette One is a collection of splendid things. A collection that includes Samantha's love of fashion; cataloging the latest trends and shopping tips, along with sharing her personal and street style inspirations. In her spare time, Samantha moonlights as co-owner and founder of StyleEsque, the director of communications for Go Blog Social and co-founder of Midwest Bloggers.

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