January 22, 2014

DIY Leather Cord Necklace with Hardware

I feel like I haven't made anything (or at least, made anything and taken photos of the process) in ages! The last 6 weeks been an incredibly busy time for me with the holidays, work, and school, so it's been hard to feel motivated and on top of things on the blog front. However, I've long had this idea for a necklace inspired by a few of my favorite jewelry designers, mixing the hardware from one with the white leather of another. All the materials have been sitting on my desk for ages, so long that the black thread was collecting dust.  If you decide to try it, I'm sure yours won't take as long! Psst-- a lot of these materials (all but the cord, actually) are what I used to make these super popular DIY bracelets, so you can stockpile supplies for multiple projects.

Tools and materials:
Embroidery thread

1. Cut your cord to your desired length, then tie on the embroidery thread where you would like the color blocked section to start. Begin wrapping. 2. Wrap the thread the entire color blocked section. Make sure both sides match up on the necklace. Tie off the thread. 3. Add a dab of glue on the string knot and the cord. 4. Slide a compression sleeve onto one end of the cord...

5. ...and press firmly into the glue. 6. Repeat on the other side, and slide on a few more compression sleeves. 7. Put a drop of glue in the cord ends, and slide onto the cord. Allow to dry. 8. Attach the jump rings to each cord end and a clasp on one side.


  1. Simple, elegant, beautiful...that is what DIY is about!
    I like your version very much, because it is not that bold like your inspiration. Great work, nice tutorial!


  2. Anonymous8:22 AM

    Great! Thanks for sharing! <3

  3. Hi Erin, love this!
    I really like how you've covered the ends of the threads to give it a professionally finished look. Gorgeous!

  4. This is so beautiful and creative. x


  5. I did not know there was such a thing as "braided bolo cord," much less how to obtain it. THANKS! Also, I didn't know that those rings were called "compression sleeves." I love that you always include where to get the supplies--very valuable for me since I live in Alaska.

  6. So well done, Erin. I love this look and it effortlessly looks like a killer combo of your inspo pieces!
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

  7. This is gorgeous! I've been wanting to get something like it for myself for ages, but what could be better than making one myself! Thanks for sharing this DIY. :D


  8. i like it.. Simple leather jewelelry great job.. :)

  9. Love your creations!

  10. Very nice. Looks designer.

  11. Great! Thanks for sharing!

  12. great tutorial! easy and elegant finish! but, I find it hard to find the compression sleeves in my area :(



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