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Twisted-Rope Necklace

Here’s a simply chic necklace with an unexpected twist -- it’s made of materials commonly found in the hardware store. All you need to make your own is a length of cotton rope and a pair of aluminum sleeves and glue.




  • 64-inch piece of 3/16-inch cotton rope
  • Two 1/4-inch aluminum sleeves
  • All-purpose clear-drying white glue
  • Scissors


  1. Step 1


    Holding one end of the rope tightly, twist the other until the rope is very twisted.  Fold rope in half and allow it to twist around itself.

  2. Step 2

    Thread folded end through one of the aluminum sleeves until a 1-inch loop forms on the other side. Glue around sleeve edges to secure cord and allow to dry.

  3. Step 3

    Thread both cord ends together through the second aluminum sleeve until 2 inches of each cord appear through the other side.

  4. Step 4

    Trim one of the cords, and pull the sleeve back over it slightly until the cut end is hidden halfway inside the sleeve; add glue inside the sleeve to secure the cord. Allow to dry.

  5. Step 5

    Thread remaining cord end through the loop you formed with the first aluminum sleeve in step 2.

  6. Step 6

    Add more glue inside the second aluminum sleeve where the other cord end is hidden and insert remaining cord end into the sleeve to create a second loop to close the necklace. Allow to dry.



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