Get creative and glam up any outfit with Emily Dornbusch’s chunky rope necklace.
Fancy making your own jewellery but not too sure where to begin? Then give this bold statement neon necklace a try for instant crafting gratification.
Combining simple techniques and colour blocking, you’ll create an eye-catching piece from rope, faux leather and a pom pom, so nothing too fiddly. Plus, you can easily find all the materials online. Pair with a plain tee for effortless style, and customise the colours to suit any (and every) outfit.
You will need
- Cotton rope, 65cm (255/8″), 8mm (3/8 “) thick
- Flat faux suede cord, 3mm (1/8 “) thick, 25cm (97/8″) each of coral, burnt orange, pink, fuchsia and neon orange, and 30cm (117/8”) of gold
- Brown faux leather, 5 x 3cm (2 x 1¼”)
- Pom pom, 2cm (¾”) diameter
- Hot glue gun
- Strong glue
- Two silver cord ends, 8mm (3/8 “)
- Two silver jump rings, 6mm (3/8 “)
- Silver lobster clasp
How to create the necklace
Fill your silver cord ends a quarter full with strong glue, then press either end of the rope firmly into a cord end, ensuring the glue comes into contact with the rope.
Roughly 10cm (4″) down from one rope end, place a small dot of hot glue onto the rope and attach the end of your coral cord. Wind this around the rope, leaving a small space in between each wrap so the necklace rope shows through. Once you reach the end of the coral cord, use a small dot of hot glue to secure it in place.
Place a small dot of hot glue directly after the coral cord and attach your burnt orange cord. Wind this around the rope; this time making sure each wrap lines up with the previous one so you can’t see the rope. Glue down the end of the cord as before.
Repeat Step 3 using the gold coloured cord. Next, fold your length of pink cord in half to find the centre. Add hot glue onto the rope just after the gold trim, then stick down the middle of the pink cord. Cross the two ends of the cord under, then over, the rope, working your way along the necklace. Once you reach the ends, secure in place with hot glue.
Repeat Step 3 to attach your fuchsia cord, then your orange cord, running on each cord colour after the other as before. You should now be opposite where you first started winding the cord.
Cut a series of lines along one length of your small piece of leather, roughly 0.5cm (¼”) apart and not all the way through, to create a fringed effect.
Add a dot of hot glue onto the rope, just after the last wrap of your orange cord. Wrap the uncut section of the leather around the glued rope, with the fringing hanging down over the orange cord. Add a final dot of glue to secure the fringing in place.
Place the necklace right side up (choose the neatest side), then use the hot glue to attach the pom pom to the top of the fringing.
Using the pliers, open one of the jump rings. Hook it onto one of the silver cord ends, then hook one end of the lobster clasp onto the jump ring and close. Repeat with the second cord end, the remaining jump ring and the other end of the lobster clasp to finish.
About Emily Dornbusch
Emily lives on Victoria’s beautiful Mornington Peninsula in Australia. As well as running her jewellery business, Emeldo, she also works as the Creative Specialist for Cotton On Kids. Emily loves spending her downtime at the beach, and enjoys great wine and laughing.