Introduction: Simple Sliding Knot Bracelet

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Hi Everyone!  Ready for something quick and easy? In this Instructable, we will make a

Simple Sliding Knot Bracelet with an Antique African Coin

This bracelet is totally adjustable and can fit just about every wrist, depending on how much cord or string you use.

Step 1: Materials Used

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For this project, we used 

One Yard of Leather Cord

One Antique African Coin 


Step 2: Step One

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Okay, now that you have all the goods, you want to take your yard of string or cord and fold it right in half and cut it.

Take one strand of your cut cord and fold it in half again, making a simple bend at the top ( Important: do not cut this half)

Take the bend you just made and pass it through the center of the coin, like zis--

Step 3: Step Two

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Loop the dangling strands through the big loop you just created by bending it in half

Step 4: Step Three

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Now pull tight! (but don't pull so hard you break your cord. I've done it too many times)

Once one side is snug and fit into place, take the second strand and do the same thing on the opposite side of the coin.

It should look something like this!

Step 5: Step Four

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Great! you're lookin' good. The next step is going to be knotting the two (now four after folding them) strands of cord to each other

to create the sliding knot element of this sliding knot bracelet.

This part was tricky to explain in photographs so I just drew it out...

Basically, take both strands of one side and wrap it around the other strands of the other side at least 3 times

Step 6: Step Five

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This should create a small tunnel of loops around one side of cord.

Now, take the end of the two strands of one side that is wrapped around and lead it through that tunnel

Like This:

Step 7: Step Six

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Got that?

Now pull it tight, but again, don't use your lion strength, we don't want to break the cord or we'll have to start all over again.

Do it again on the other side and it will look something like this- (about 4 strands in a cute little knot)

Step 8: Finally

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Now pull it gently on each side to ensure your knots are not too tight and your sliding knot bracelet can in fact slide.

If it does, congratulations it is complete!

Now go give it to someone you have a crush on cause it's

totally gender neutral and anyone who is anyone would want to wear something you made ;D



BATHAM_ made it! (author)2015-10-04

I loved how this turned out. Used a washer instead of a coin. I think Im gonna etch it with my Dremel. Thanks for the tutorial. One quick question, if you use not loops when you tie it, does it keep from undoing itself?

what's a washer

Used to evenly apply compression force of a bolt. Rather than have a small area of force from the bolt head, you get a large even compression that remains tight longer.

EmK6 (author)beethovenisawesome2017-08-10

A washer is a flat metal circular thing with a hole in the middle. Washers can come in many sizes.

It's a type of screw kinda. It's in the picture above where it says:

"Used a washer instead of a coin.I think I'm gonna etch it with Dremel.

BATHAM_ (author)BATHAM_2015-10-04

more loops*

aleah.cruz made it! (author)2017-03-27


SueB171 (author)2017-02-11

lovely BUT ...

What happened to the cord between the last two photos? Four strands became two (between the knots) and two looks much better.

cereste (author)2014-06-30

I altered the design but I can finally make my healing crystal bracelets thank you <3

AnastaciaR (author)cereste2017-01-26

That looks really pretty! How did you alter it?

ChristineB156 made it! (author)2016-10-08

Awesome! Thank-you for sharing this, it's really helpful.

AnastaciaR (author)ChristineB1562017-01-26

That's really pretty!

beethovenisawesome (author)2016-12-29

I LUV ARROWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

beethovenisawesome (author)2016-12-29

Also, how do u get to switch ur prof

beethovenisawesome (author)2016-12-29


rocky2001 (author)2016-09-11

the knot is pretty clunky looking once finished, going to find a better option but thanks for the instructions anyway. I am sure it would be better with bracelet string I just have 3mm leather and it is too large for my desired results.

Hectate made it! (author)2016-04-24

Made this in about fifteen minutes to half an hour with a pendant given to me by a friend. Excellent tutorial! I do wish, however, that there were a more precise way to measure the cord to fit the individual wrist, since on the smallest setting this is still slightly too large for me (However, I recognize the smallness of my wrists). Overall, a fantastic tutorial, I'll just have to experiment to find a size and length that's perfect for me!

PilarM2 (author)2016-02-03

Fantastic instructions! Thanks a lot!!!

AnishaS3 (author)2016-01-27

I'm a little late to the party but how long of a cord do we use? Like enough to wrap around your wrist twice, thrice, etc.? Thanks!

StephanieP14 (author)2015-07-22

NiaG (author)StephanieP142015-07-26

I made this, the knots slid like they should but I couldn't slide them to make it small enough to fit my fiance's small wrists :(

BATHAM_ (author)NiaG2015-10-04

Try using a smaller cord. And when you make your knots, try making it so you have as little excess as possible.

scaso made it! (author)2015-05-11

Modified this design a bit to accommodate a small coin given to me by my girlfriend. It worked incredibly well. Thanks!

isuarez4 (author)2014-07-16

thank you! the illustration was a fantastic and indispensable part of this instructable.

Deadpool69 (author)2013-08-12

Hi Alisha,

My knot is stuck and cannot slide. How can I loosen or fix it?


alisha145 (author)Deadpool692013-08-28

Hi Deadpool,

If your knot is stuck, I would totally take the whole thing out and start over giving the knot a little slack as you tie it. Try tying and untying it a few times for practice. Once you get the bends down, you will find a snugness to your knot that will work just right for you :)


Deadpool69 (author)2013-08-12

i made one but the knot was too tight. How can i loosen it?

alisha145 (author)Deadpool692013-08-12

Hi Deadpool,

Is the knot stuck? Or just falling into place too high on your bracelet?


jneffster (author)2013-06-20

Hi, I have tried this a few times now and I cant seem to get it. Where is the coin when all this is happening? can you make a youtube video and post that here?
I am a crafty guy, but I cant get it.

alisha145 (author)jneffster2013-06-23

Hey Jneffster,

I know when I can't quite master something, I get a small group of friends together to work on a project all at once. We then share ideas and techniques and maybe someone might be able to help you get that knot down pat. Unfortunately, we aren't equipped with a recording device just yet in the shop but hopefully soon, we will be able to make tut vids! Let me know if you still have a hard time getting this to work for you and I'll see what I can do!


daleinmrtz (author)2013-06-05

Nice bracelet, but "antique african coin" ? It's dated 1989 !!!.

alisha145 (author)daleinmrtz2013-06-06

Oh no, I think my reply was deleted because it contained a link, but yes, the coin is tricky to see from the photo but it is dated 1939 :)


Alex-95__ (author)daleinmrtz2013-06-06

Ah dude..... that's a 3, not an 8. It's dated 1939 :)

Alex-95__ (author)2013-06-06

Hey, nice work, this is so cool, but i was wondering what diameter of leather cord you used?

Thanks :D

alisha145 (author)Alex-95__2013-06-06

Hi Alex,

I believe the cord we used in the photo is about 1mm-1.5mm.


Ranie-K (author)2013-05-28

Great photos!

alisha145 (author)Ranie-K2013-05-28

Thanks Ranie!

Do you have any favorite photographers?


Ranie-K (author)alisha1452013-05-31

Wow -my courteous reply was deleted! It was TOTALLY nice! Anyway: Yes: My cousin is a very skilled professional:

Here's two other highly skilled people I know:



And (of course) most the Magnum photographers are sooooo good!

alisha145 (author)Ranie-K2013-06-04

Hi Ranie,

Those photos your cousin took really hit me. Oooof. So well done. Seeing the softer, vulnerable side of humanity really gives you a sense of how breakable we really are. What kind of care facility is that? A hospital? Mental care ward?

artdreams (author)2013-06-02

Great photos, drawings worked perfectly, easy, clear instructions.
Nice job!

alisha145 (author)artdreams2013-06-04

Thank you artdreams! I'm glad the illustrations were clear, I was worried the double cord wouldn't be easy to see by the drawing but I guess it was :)


mattsinger (author)2013-06-02

Is there a size of leather cord that you recommend for the project? Thanks!

alisha145 (author)mattsinger2013-06-04

Hey Mattsinger,

I would say it depends on how chunky of a bracelet you want to wear. We use the smaller, thinner cord because we prefer the bracelet to be delicate and easier to stack with other bracelets for a layered look. If you would like to use a thicker cord so it becomes more a statement piece, I can totally see it working very well. How bout try it out with the thicker cord and send a photo of it to us at and let us know how you like it? If you think it's swag enough, we'd totally put what you made up on our facebook page too!


crazyndhed03 (author)2013-06-03

Two rolling hitch knots on the ends would probably use far less cord. They are easy to tie, untie, and hold very strong under tension. They would adjust very easily too. Well done, though.

In general this site is also a fantastic place to learn knots.

alisha145 (author)crazyndhed032013-06-04

Hey Crazyndhed,

Thanks for the suggestion! I'll have to try it out. I love any jewelry that uses knots, decorative or practical. I just think it's so clever. I see the site you suggested says it's animated, omgosh! can't wait to look :):):)


ep1c r1ot (author)2013-05-29

Hey can you do this with paracord

alisha145 (author)ep1c r1ot2013-05-30

I'm sure it can be done. The key to this knot is making it snug enough to stay together, but loose enough to slide easily around the other strand. Give it a try and let me know how it works!

Gelfling6 (author)2013-05-28

I've seen similar done for adjusting a necklace, just overlapping the ends to eachother, so the knots would slide on the cord of the other knot. When I got a medallion made at a renaissance faire, (New York Renaissance Faire, Tuxedo Park, NY, USA Sorry, shameless plug, done on a 'DaVinci Hammer'), this was the method they attached the cord. The cord could then be adjusted to size, from a loose hanging, to a close choker style. and the knots would hold position, and never untie. Nicely done!!

alisha145 (author)Gelfling62013-05-28

Thank you Gelfling! There are so many interesting knots to be found at Ren Fairs. I just attended the Robin Hood Faire ( in Guilford, CT and was surprised to see a vendor carving celtic knots into rings! It was so delicate and intricate, I couldn't believe it was hand carved. Do you have a favorite decorative knot?


Gelfling6 (author)alisha1452013-05-29

LOL! Well, if my finances weren't so frazzled, I'd be visiting that same faire myself. (used to be part of the front-gate crew at their faire out in Hebron.) As for a favorite, none really.. I used to do the rope tying class for the Fire Department, so know a few for either securing or hauling things to where you want them. Stephen

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