DIY Rope Necklace

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When I was adding the rope accessory to my panama hat back in July I had bought some extra rope in a cream color because I wasn’t sure which color I wanted to use at the time. Now I got around to use it to make a DIY necklace that is simple and fast to make.

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I had bought 24 inches of the rope because that was how much I needed for the hat. I cut it into thirds because I thought I’d try to make two different necklaces, but only one turned out the way I liked. I’ll try to salvage the second necklace, but in the meantime I wanted to share the one that did work out. So the materials picture shows all the materials I used for both necklaces, you won’t need as much rope.


3/8 inch Twist Rope – The rope can be whatever length you want, but I used 8 inches for this project.

10mm (or larger) Crimp Ends I ended up using 4 crimp ends because I couldn’t find a size that was large enough for my rope. I improvised and used two on each side.

1 Large Bead – It needs to be large enough to easily fit over the rope piece. I used a bead that was meant for t-shirt scarves.

40 inches Metal Chain – Again, this is depends on your preference of how long you want the necklace to be. You may need more, you may need less. I bought the 100 inch long chain for this project to have the flexibility of choosing.

1 Lobster Clasp – Or any kind of clasp or toggle for the necklace.

Tape – I used washi tape because it was cute and easy to see against the rope for tutorial purposes, but it can be whatever type of tape you have on hand.

E6000 – You can use a different type of glue, such as super glue or tacky glue, but I’ve found with jewelry E6000 works best because it has a flexible bond.

Scissors – Your scissors need to be sharp to cut through the rope cleanly. I started off with dull scissors and ended up with a really jagged rope end.


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Cut your piece of rope. Glue the crimp ends to each end of the rope. I used two crimp ends on each side of the rope.

If you found a crimp end large enough, use one.

(Tip when cutting the rope: Put the piece of tape on it before cutting; otherwise the end with unravel.)

While you’re waiting for the crimp ends to dry, cut two 20 inch chains.

If you are just using one crimp end cut two 10 inch chains.

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After the ends dry, string the bead on.

Fold each 20 inch chain in half and attach each end to the crimp ends.

If you’re using one crimp end, attach one end of the 10 inch chain.

Attach a lobster clasp and jump ring. Wear your new necklace!
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