How to Make a Sliding Knot Bracelet or Necklace in 3 Easy Steps

Curly Made
by Curly Made
5 Materials
20 Minutes

If you’re into jewelry and accessory DIYs, then this pretty simple yet cool knot technique is something that will come in handy. I’m going to show you how to make a sliding knot bracelet or necklace without overcomplicating the steps.

After you’re done with this sliding knot tutorial, you’ll know the basics and be able to do this on your next DIY. Let’s start!

Tools and materials:

  • Cord
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Charms
  • Beads
Cut the cord for a bracelet or necklace

1. Cut the cord

Cut your cord to the desired length. Keep in mind that if you’re doing a necklace, you’ll need enough to go around your head and a little extra for the knots themselves. 

How to tie a sliding knot step by step

2. Make the sliding knot

Now, lay out your cord as pictured above, both ends on the opposite sides. 

Bend one end backwards

Bend the end backward. 

Pushing the end under the cord lengths

Then, push the end underneath the rest of the cord. 

Sliding knot tutorial

Pulling the loop through

Pull it through the loop you just created; don’t tie it entirely just yet. 

DIY single sliding knot

How to do a sliding knot

Tightening the sliding knot

Now, wrap the cord around the loop twice, and then tighten to secure. 

Tip: Make sure it’s not super tight, as then you won't be able to pull the cord. 

Second sliding knot

Now, repeat the technique on the other end of the cord. Bend it towards the opposite direction and follow the steps as listed above. 

Check the sliding knots are working correctly

3. Finish the ends

Now, see if the sliding knots are working correctly and put it on to see that it fits through your head. 

Cutting the excess off the ends of the cords

Cut the excess cords. 

Melting the ends of the cords

To ensure the knots don't come undone or fray, melt them using a lighter. Do not place the lighter directly onto the knot, as that can be a fire hazard. 

Finishing sliding knot tutorial

Voila! You did it! See how easy this sliding knot tutorial is? 

Adding charms to a sliding know bracelet

Of course, this doesn't end here! Give your creation a personal touch and add some incredible and lovely charms to your new necklace or bracelet. 

Remember, if you want to add beads, you need to do it before tying the sliding knot. 

DIY jewelry with sliding knots

How to make a sliding knot bracelet/necklace

DIY sliding knot bracelets

How to make a sliding knot bracelet tutorial

Thank you so much for watching this tutorial on how to make a sliding knot bracelet! As you can see, the technique is really simple, and the sky’s the limit when it comes to personalizing each piece. Let me know what you think of this tutorial in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • Cord
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
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  • Tawny Leste-Carlson Tawny Leste-Carlson on Nov 16, 2021

    Thank you so very much for this easy to follow tutorial! For some reason I've never been able to figure out how to do that sliding knot, lol, but after watching your video I actually learned how!! 😀 I have collected so many containers of beads, charms and that silky jewelry rope that it all fills a 3 drawer bin that's been just sitting there, waiting for me to make stuff.......This comes at the perfect time too I'm! Christmas is coming and I don't have much money for gifts, that has had me really sad, to be honest. Thanks ro you now,, I'm excited to make personalized, pretty jewelry for my family and friends as Christmas gifts. I appreciate you sharing your talents with the world more than I can say and you're such a beautiful girl with a lovely way of speaking. Bless you, sweetheart!

  • Ellen Ellen on Apr 10, 2023

    Can’t see and the cord is all wrinkly making it even harder to figure out what you’re doing. Yes, visuals are key, not the writing when it comes to instructional technical writing involving rope, knots, braids etc that is digestible to the avg layperson