How to Make a Leather Necklace With Knots, Braids & Silver Beads

Curly Made
by Curly Made
10 Materials
2 Hours

Today, I'm showing you how to make a leather necklace by braiding and knotting. This gorgeous leather necklace with silver beads is an outstanding gift idea, perfect for a dear family member or best friend.

I’ll teach you in this leather necklace knot tutorial step-by-step instructions on how to make the knots. Here’s how to make a leather necklace that you’ll be proud to wear or give as a gift!

Tools and materials:

  • 5½ yards or 5 meters of 2mm brown leather cord
  • 7 silver beads
  • Clasp
  • Jump rings
  • Crimp ends
  • Chain
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Ruler
  • Tape
Measuring the leather cord lengths

1. Cut the leather cords

Measure the leather cord. Each one should be a little over a yard (1 meter) long.

Cutting the leather cords

Cut the leather cord into 4 parts.

Taping 4 lengths of cords to the table

2. Braid the cords

Gather the 4 cords so they are equal at the top. Cut a piece of tape (masking or painter's tape) and tape the 4 cords.

Making a 4-strand braid with the leather cord

Begin by doing a 4-strand braid, working your way down to about 5 inches or 12 cm in length. If you're not sure how to do this kind of braid, watch the video.

Measuring the length of the braid

Measure the braid so you know its exact length. 

Knotting the leather cord pieces

3. Make the knots

Divide the cords into 2. Make a right knot: tucking the cords under, securing the cords on the right side, and looping the left cords around.

These are the same types of knots you do in macrame. Keep it as flat as possible. 

Alternating right and left knots with leather

Then make a left knot, tucking the cords under, securing the left cords, and looping the right cords around. 

Threading a silver bead onto the leather cord

4. Add the silver beads

Add a silver bead to the right of the 2-strand cord group. Hold it while looping the other cords around.

Knotting the leather cord with the bead

Tuck the silver bead into the loop. 

Knotted leather necklace knot tutorial

Tying an empty knot after the bead

Make an empty knot to the left.

How to make a leather cord necklace

5. Continue the knotting pattern

Repeat this technique (right knot, left knot, silver bead, tuck, empty knot) until you’ve placed all 7 silver beads. Once the 7 beads are in, make 2 right and 2 left knots to finish.

Braiding the opposite end of the necklace

6. Braid the end

Once the knotting is completed, continue the 4 strand braid until the length is equal to the other side of the necklace - about 5 inches or so.

Trimming the excess leather cord

Trim the excess so they are equivalent.

Adding crimp ends to the leather necklace

7. Finish the necklace

Place crimp ends on either side of the necklace on the braided area. Secure them with the pliers.

Adding chain pieces and jump rings

Add the chain and jump rings to one end with the pliers.

Adding a clasp to the leather cord necklace

Attach a clasp on the other end.

DIY knotted leather cord necklace

You’ve just made a gorgeous DIY knotted leather and silver beaded necklace!

How to make a leather necklace

How to make a leather necklace tutorial

I do hope you try this leather necklace knot tutorial and make your own necklace for yourself or to give as a gift! Please let me know in the comments if you enjoyed making it or the compliments you received!

Suggested materials:
  • 5½ yards or 5 meters of 2mm brown leather cord
  • 7 silver beads
  • Clasp
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