DIY Leather Cord Necklace with Owl Pendant – Beginners Tutorial

This Beginners Tutorial for a leather cord necklace diy with an owl pendant will teach you how to create easy handmade leather jewelry at home in no time. This is a great project for beginners and for people who want to DIY their own unique jewelry.

Have I mentioned that I LOOOOOOVE Owls? haha! Well… I crazily do! I made this super easy leather cord necklace with knots and a super cute owl pendant.

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Seriously! This is super easy to make, really cute, and very crafty. The variations and alternatives are endless!

Last week I was shopping for some craft supplies and I saw this cute owl pendant, I couldn’t help it so I bought it (thankfully it was very inexpensive).

I also found some lovely leather cords and other nice jewelry accessories so I run back home super excited to start my new handmade jewelry piece!

Me wearing the Leather Cord Necklace DIY with Owl Pendant with a purple shirt

How to make this Leather Cord Necklace DIY

This cute leather cord and knot necklace is the easiest handmade jewelry you will ever make. Just a few supplies and your imagination. Learn how!

Here is how I made it:

Supplies:

  • 3mm Leather cords – I used 2 purple and green but feel free to use your favorite color combination.
  • Owl Charm – I used an owl but you can use your favorite one.
  • Jump rings (3-5mm)
  • Fold-over cord crimp ends (that match your cord thickness)
  • Clasp – I used a very cute toggle clasp (bar and ring)

Tools:

  • Jewelry pliers (flat nose pliers and bent nose pliers)
  • Scissors
All the Supplies needed to create the Leather Cord Necklace DIY with Owl Pendant

Instructions:

I used 2 colors, which means 2 cords. I used green and violet.

1. Firstly, I cut them to equal size, long enough that when the knots are made, the necklace is still on the wished length.

It’s always better to have leftovers than to need more leather later.

2 leather laces in 2 colors of equal size

2. Then, since the hanging loop was fixed and too small (no bail), I  used just one of the cords to attach the pendant. I took the violet string and I fold it in half.

one of the cords to hold the pendant folded in half.

3. Next, I inserted the folded end through the hole, from the back to the front.

inserting the folded end through the hole in the Owl Charm, from back to front

4. When it was out, I left a few centimeters (about an inch).

showing the extra centimeters of the lace outside the owl

5. I inserted the other end (both cords) through the folded end of the cord.

inserting the other end of the cord (both ends) through the folded end of the cord

6. I pulled the cord leaving a little space.

7. Through that space, I inserted the green cord halfway.

inserting the green cord halfway through the knot made with the other cord

8. I tightened the violet cord to secure the green one in place.

tightening the purple cord to secure the green one in place

9. At this point, you should have both colors on each side of the pendant.

separating the two colors of the laces for each side

10. I made the first knot a few centimeters (about an inch) away from the pendant.

making the first knot a few centimeters

11. Make it tight. I tried to make visible both colors on the knot.

showing the knot made with the two different colored cords

12. Keeping the same distance I made a knot for the opposite side of the necklace and here is the pattern you’ll follow

showing the knots made with the two different colored cords on each side of the necklace

13. From that point on I repeated the knots at the same distance until it gets the desired length.

14. When I got it done I measured again putting the owl where I wanted it to be on my chest.

showing the knots made along the length of the necklace

15. Made a mark to guide where to put the clasp.

marking guide with a pen to put the brooch

16. I used some fold-over crimp ends on the string ends.

showing in the palm the clasp

17. Then I placed it just before the mark because he clasps make the necklaces a bit longer.

placing the clasp in the mark made on the laces

18. Placing both cords in the cord crimp end, I tightened them with a plier to secure the cords well.

closing the clasp with a small pliers

I didn’t cut the leftovers yet just in case the length needs to be adjusted.

showing the clasp already attached to the laces
showing the clasps already fitted on both sides of the necklace

19. When I finished with both ends of the necklace, I took some jump rings.

showing some jump rings in the palm of the hand

20. With your pliers, open a little bit one jump ring, enough to insert the cord end ring.

opening a little bit one jump ring with  pliers

21. I inserted the cord end and the clasp on each end.

inserting the end of the cord and the clasp at each end

22. I closed the jump ring again, of course.

23. Lastly, if everything is ok and the length is right, cut the leftover ends of your cord.

cutting the excess cord with scissors

That’s it!!! You have a super cute leather cord necklace!

Finished Leather Cord Necklace DIY with Owl Pendant

Cute isn’t it???

close up of the Leather Cord Necklace DIY with Owl Pendant

Crafting Tips

* Use unconventional materials for your pendant. Sure, you can use a traditional metal or gemstone pendant, but why not mix it up a bit? Try using a seashell, a small piece of driftwood, or even a mini toy figurine as your pendant. The possibilities are endless!

* Experiment with different knotting techniques. Don’t just stick to the basic knots – there are so many different knotting techniques out there that can add depth and dimension to your necklace. Try a macrame knot or a lark’s head knot for a unique touch.

* The finishing touches can make a big difference in the overall look of your bracelet. Make sure to trim the ends of the leather cord neatly and use jump rings to attach a clasp for easy wearability. You can also add a dab of glue to the ends of the leather cord to secure them and prevent fraying.

* Play around with asymmetry. Who says your necklace has to be perfectly symmetrical? Try placing your pendant off-center or using different lengths of cord on each side for a playful, casual look.

* Add beads or charms for extra flair. If you want to add a little extra something to your necklace, try incorporating beads or charms into the design. You can use them to add pops of color, texture, or even symbolism to your piece.

* Don’t stress too much about achieving perfection. Handmade bracelets are meant to have character and charm, so embrace the imperfections! If a jump ring is a little wonky or your knots aren’t perfectly even, don’t worry about it. It’s those little quirks that make your bracelet one-of-a-kind and full of personality.

Full view of the Leather Cord Necklace DIY with Owl Pendant on a patterned background
Me wearing the Leather Cord Necklace DIY with Owl Pendant with a white blouse

How do I look? I LOOOOVE it!!!

What do you think????

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of leather cords should I use for my necklace?

You can use any type of leather cord that you like! Some common options include round leather cord, braided leather cord, and flat leather cord. You can also mix and match different types of cord for a more textured look.

Can I mix and match different colors of leather cord?

Oh, absolutely! Mixing and matching different colors of leather cord is a fantastic way to add a playful and vibrant touch to your bracelet. Don’t be afraid to go wild with your color choices and let your creativity shine!

Can I add other charms to my leather cord necklace diy?

Oh, absolutely! Charms are like little personality boosters for your handmade jewelry. You can choose charms that resonate with you – whether it’s a cute animal, a fun hobby, or something meaningful to you. Charms can add a playful and personalized touch to your design.

Can I use different textures of leather cords?

Totally! Mixing up textures is a great way to add some visual interest and tactile appeal to your necklace. You can try braided, stitched, or even embossed leather cord to add that extra oomph to your design. Get playful with it!

How do I make sure my necklace is the right length?

Measure your desired necklace length using a tape measure or piece of string. Keep in mind that the knots and pendant will add some extra length, so factor that in when measuring. You can also try on the necklace as you go to make sure it’s the right length.

How do I care for my leather cord necklace?

Leather can be sensitive to water and oils, so be sure to remove your necklace before swimming, showering, or applying lotions or oils. You can also clean your necklace with a soft, dry cloth if it gets dirty.

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DIY Leather Cord Necklace with Owl Pendant – Beginners Tutorial

Camila Rojas
This Beginners Tutorial for a leather cord necklace diy with an owl pendant will teach you how to create easy handmade leather jewelry at home in no time. This is a great project for beginners and for people who want to DIY their own unique jewelry.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Crafting Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Category DIY & Craft
Topic Gifts, Handmade Jewelry
Pieces 1 Piece

Tools

  • Jewelry pliers (flat nose pliers and bent nose pliers)
  • scissors

Supplies
  

  • 3 mm Leather cords – I used 2 purple and green but feel free to use your favorite color combination.
  • Owl Charm – I used an owl but you can use your favorite one.
  • Jump rings 3-5mm
  • Fold-over cord crimps that match your cord thickness
  • Clasp – I used a very cute toggle clasp bar and ring

Instructions
 

  • I used 2 colors, which means 2 cords. I used green and violet.
  • I cut them to equal size, long enough that when the knots are made, the necklace is still on the wished length.
  • It’s always better to have leftovers than to need more leather later.
  • Since the hanging hole is too small, I used just one of the cords to attach the pendant. I took the violet string and I fold it in half.
  • I inserted the folded end through the hole, from the back to the front.
  • When it was out, I left a few centimeters (about an inch).
  • I inserted the other end (both cords) through the folded end.
  • I pulled the cord leaving a little space.
  • Through that space, I inserted the green cord halfway.
  • I tightened the violet cord to secure the green one in place.
  • At this point, you should have both colors on each side of the pendant.
  • I made the first knot a few centimeters (about an inch) away from the pendant.
  • Make it tight. I tried to make visible both colors on the knot.
  • Keeping the same distance I made a knot on the other string set and here is the pattern you’ll follow
  • From that point on I repeated the knots at the same distance until it gets the desired length.
  • When I got it done I measured again putting the owl where I wanted it to be on my chest.
  • Make a mark to guide where to put the clasp.
  • I used some fold-over crimp on the string ends.
  • I placed it just before the mark because he clasps make the necklaces a bit longer.
  • Placing both cords in the cord end, I tightened them with a plier to secure the cords well.
  • I didn’t cut the leftovers yet just in case the length needs to be adjusted.
  • When I finished with both ends I took some jump rings.
  • With your pliers, open a little bit one jump ring, enough to insert the cord end ring.
  • I inserted the cord end and the clasp on each end.
  • I closed the jump ring again, of course.
  • Now if everything is ok and the length is right, cut the leftover cord.
  • That’s it!!! You have a super cute leader cord necklace!
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