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Over and over again I remember this quote "anything worth doing is worth overdoing".

So my friends, here I'm again with another DIY jewelry idea for you :). I call it Ethnic Necklace because it resembles Indian ethnic jewelry which is popular and worn over traditional saree dresses.

This necklace design is an original Idea of mine and And you know what, it is super easy to make. Yup...super easy. Lets see how you can make this beautiful necklace.

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Step 1: Things you will need

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You will need:

  1. Some paracord or macrame strings, I used about 15 feet of Paracord.
  2. 20-25 acrylic beads ( I chose metal finish). The hole in the bead must be large enough to let paracord (or string you choose) pass through.
  3. A cigarette lighter.
  4. A Sharp scissor.
  5. A ruler

OPTIONAL: This is required only if you want to add end-caps to the necklace.

  1. Flat nose pliers.
  2. Jewelry wire cutter.
  3. Some metal or hard object like a small rod (for making wire coils)[Sorry not in the picture above]. A pen or pencil should also do.
  4. Some jewelry wire of your choice. I chose silver coated wire.

Step 2: Selecting the length and begining the weave

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You have to start by choosing the length of the necklace on one side. So, see images above and follow:

  1. Take two paracord string or 7 feet length.
  2. Take 1st piece and fold it to middle.
  3. Choose a length of the folded cord, I choose about 10".
  4. Hold the cords at 10" using your hand and turn the cords to opposite direction.
  5. Introduce second cord from below the two cords (see image above.)
  6. Make a firm cross knot.
smathew5 months ago


Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  smathew5 months ago

Thank you :)

GillyJames6 months ago

That's gorgeous! Very clear instructions too - thank you.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  GillyJames5 months ago
Sorry to respond so late. Thank you so much.
WendyT72 made it!8 months ago

Love this design! I think my next one will be a rich cocoa brown and gold beads. I think I'll use this pattern a lot!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  WendyT728 months ago

Oh.. Beautiful... I loved your choice of color. Please check your inbox. Thank you so much for sharing.

jslarve11 months ago

That looks pretty dang nifty. And it's something that one could integrate wearable electronics as well.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  jslarve11 months ago

Thank you so much:). +1 for wearable electronics.

786Ayesha11 months ago

This is gorgeous! I love the color and you have mastered in Paracode.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  786Ayesha11 months ago

Thank you so much Ayesha for your kind words :)

hunter99911 months ago

Very neat idea bro! Such a beautifal necklace, thank for sharing!

Voted! :-)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  hunter99911 months ago

Thank you so much Bro :), that means a lot to me :)

antoniraj11 months ago
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you are an expert with paracord... nice jewelry projects (sorry I had to correct a spelling mistake)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  antoniraj11 months ago

Thank you for your kind appreciation Sir, I am no expert but just getting very Knotty :D.

BakeitUp11 months ago

It looks just so amazing :) Beautiful color and beads go well with it..

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  BakeitUp11 months ago

Thank you so much :), my friend helped me finalize the combination. I also experimented using yellow and orange but this came out just perfect.

shazni11 months ago
You sir are the king of paracord! Lovely...hope yo see more ftom you, Muhaimina and Emily ;-)
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  shazni11 months ago

Oh Shazni :), you are just so kind. Thank you so much :). I will try to post more.

Shubh V11 months ago
very ethnic!! you're real artist with luck for contest:-)
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  Shubh V11 months ago

Thank you so much :), it means a lot to me :)

faiza00711 months ago

wow..!this is such a beautiful necklace.. :D and those silver beads goes very well with turquoise paracord..lovely !
i used to make similar bracelets when i was a kid :P

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  faiza00711 months ago

Thank you so much Faiza :). I tried with 3 colors but this one went top on my rating :). I am so happy to know that all of us did something creative in our childhood :). Kids these days rarely go beyond facebook :-\

lindarose9211 months ago

Great idea!! This is one of the few knots I know (I used it to make scoubdous when I was little), but I never thought of adding beads to it...the result is so nice!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  lindarose9211 months ago

Thank you Linda :), it was my first ever knot too and also when I was little I use to make it using colorful shoe laces :).

Oh yes, it was a big fashion! I remember using colored plastic cords sometimes, they were thinner but I liked the look :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  lindarose9211 months ago

Oh yes, it was. Every kid in my school use to have one and we use to show-off during lunch.

bricobart11 months ago

I hope my wife doesn't see this because otherwise she'll give me something to do ;), very creative!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  bricobart11 months ago

Thank you so much :). Why don't you surprise her ;)

The necklace looks gorgeous! your the paracord master ;)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz11 months ago

Thank you Muhaiminah :), you are just so kind :)

It's absolutely beautiful! I'm wondering if it would work as a bracelet as well, all around knotted.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  emilyvanleemput11 months ago

Thank you so much Emily :). Yes this can also work as bracelet, a bit thick though, it may look like a bangle.