How to make a wrapped rope necklace.
I found this cute tutorial for a wrapped rope necklace on you guessed it Pinterest! For once I actually had the supplies for this DIY already in my craft cabinet…yay!
Don’t you hate when there are these amazing DIYs on Pinterest and you get all excited to try them out, only to read the supply list and realize its a ton of stuff you don’t actually have and will end up having to go to the craft store to buy…not to mention it will cost way more than it would cost to just buy something similar. I hate it so I always hunt for projects that I have at least similar supplies on hand to make it with.
I have never really worn a lot of necklaces as a fashion piece anyway. I do have a cross necklace that my husband gave me when we where dating that I wore every single day no matter whether it went with my outfit or not because it meant so much to me, still does but once we had babies it was always getting pulled on by little baby hands so I put it up and honestly haven’t worn any necklaces since!
I want to try to wear more necklaces with my outfits so I decided this DIY wrapped rope necklace was a perfect place to start experimenting with what kind of necklaces I might like to wear.
wrapped rope necklace
This was a really simple DIY but it did take a little while to finish.
- rope of some kind a lightweight kind works best
- embroidery floss in colors of your choice
- Glue (I used fabric glue)
- small metal rings
I found some rope in my craft drawer and just measured it to the length I wanted my necklace to be when finished and then cut it a bit longer so I could tie the ends together
Now in the directions it said to use a strong glue and glue the ends together instead of tying them to have a more flawless look ( I highly recommend doing so ) but I was worried the glue I had wouldn’t hold so I just tied it.
I had fabric glue on hand so that’s what I used to secure the ends of the embroidery floss to the rope which I think worked pretty well. I haven’t had any trouble with it coming undone. After deciding on what pattern I would do with the embroidery floss I began alternating wrapping the different colors around the rope, gluing the end of the floss to the rope every time I changed colors.
somewhere about when I took this photo I began to question if it was even a good idea to try to make this cause I was already over wrapping the thread haha. I tend to get impatient when I start a project and I just want it done. The good news is this really doesn’t take that long and could be done while sitting in front of the t.v.. which is what I should have done, not when I was 30 minutes from needing to start supper.
Lastly I added a few of these little metal rings to the necklace, I don’t think they are the same as what was used in the tutorial but I have a bunch of these little rings so I decided to use them.
I had to use the colors I had on hand but if I had white and black, or gray and purple O or yellow and gray then I think those would have been lovely combos. I may actually buy those colors and make those as well…just maybe not right before supper.
The colors you chose and the way you set up the pattern of colors will determine if you use this necklace as a casual piece or a more dressy necklace.
This is such a simple necklace which is perfect for me and I also love that depending on what weight rope you have this is a nice light necklace.
I chose to wear this necklace with a pair of jeans and a sleeveless gray top to go on a field trip with my daughter yesterday.