I’ve been making a lot of bracelets lately, partly because I love bracelets and it’s on the verge of spring weather here, but I’m also working on a project I’ll reveal soon. Bear with me as I’ll  have a few more DIY bracelet posts over the next few weeks. This bead and knot cord bracelet was something I originally saw on Pinterest from Baby Kaed (no current website found). I figured out how to make my own version.

Beaded and Knotted Cord BraceletBeaded and Knotted Cord Bracelet


  • 66-70″ of leather, bamboo or other cord
  • Small round beads
  • Scissors
  • Bead Glue (optional)

Step 1: Cut leather cord into three 18″ lengths and one 12″ length. I measured 3 times around my wrist for the 18″ length, so you may need to adjust for your wrist size. Set aside the 12″ cord. (you won’t need this one if you decide to do a different closure)

Beaded and Knotted Cord Bracelet Suppliesbead and knot bracelet

Step 2: Line up your three 18″ leather cords, move down about 4-5″ from the end of the cords. You’ll tie a knot at that point. For the one I created with leather cord, I used the method below so my knots didn’t look too thick and bulky. Wrap one of the cords around the other two cords 3 times, then go over the top and through all 3 loops to tie the knot. For the bamboo cord, I just tied all three together since it was a lot thinner.

bead and knot cord bracelet

bead and knot cord bracelet tutorial

Step 3: Add 2 beads to each cord strand and push them up to the knot. Stagger the beads a little and spread them out over an inch of the cords.

bead and knot cord bracelet tutorial

bead and knot cord bracelet tutorial

Step 4: Tie another knot about an inch from your first knot with the beads in between. Repeat this process until the bracelet can go all the way around your wrist. For most people this will be 5-6 sets of bead clusters. I used five.

bead and knot cord bracelet tutorial

Step 5: For my clasp, I used a macrame sliding square knot closure. I learned the process from this YouTube video, so that’s what I’m going to share with you rather than my own photos (it’s really hard to take one handed pictures for something like this that requires two hands!). You can choose to use any closure you want to though. If you do the sliding knot closure, you’ll overlay the two ends of your bracelet next to each other. You can either keep all 3 cords or clip one. I clipped one after the knot on each side because I didn’t want all three hanging. If you do this, you’ll probably want to glue it with bead glue so it doesn’t pull out.

bead and knot cord bracelet tutorial

bead and knot cord bracelet tutorial

Step 6: If you’re doing the sliding knot closure, open your bracelet up enough to fit it on your wrist, then tie a knot at the end of each side. Clip the cord close to the knot and glue the ends.

Beaded and Knotted Cord Bracelet

Here’s the final one with black leather cord.

Bead and Knot Cord Bracelet

And here’s another one with green bamboo cord.

Bead and Knot Cord Bracelet




  • Crysta Icore
    Posted April 3, 2013 12:44 pm 0Likes

    Reblogged this on ~ Morning Tempest Studios ~ and commented:
    These are amazing. I really want to try doing these this week.

  • punktohnekomma
    Posted April 4, 2013 3:44 pm 0Likes

    Cute Bracelet 🙂 I love bracelets with beads!

  • realcoake
    Posted April 6, 2013 6:54 pm 0Likes

    Gorgeous bracelets! I love how they turned out. I would love if you would share this at my link party. http://www.realcoake.com/2013/04/real-family-fun-8.html
    Take care,

    • sometimes-homemade
      Posted April 8, 2013 12:53 pm 0Likes

      Thanks! It looks like I missed out from last week, but I’ll stop by for the next one and link up.

  • Diana Rambles
    Posted April 10, 2013 8:34 pm 0Likes

    Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party. I hope you come visit & link again.

  • Diana Rambles
    Posted April 12, 2013 8:24 am 0Likes

    Congratulations! This post is featured over at Diana Rambles today and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

  • Mixed Kreations
    Posted April 22, 2013 4:19 pm 0Likes

    Found your cute bracelet at a linky party. This looks simple to make and looks great layered with other bracelets. Thanks for sharing! Pinning and sharing at http://mixedkreations.com/blog/2013/04/diy-bead-and-knot-bracelet/

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  • Pamela
    Posted November 3, 2013 5:53 pm 0Likes

    I love the dainty bracelets you created and they look great with the silver bracelets. I also love the cross bracelet, but I can’t find one like it. Where can I find one of these or who is the maker?

  • sometimes-homemade
    Posted November 3, 2013 5:57 pm 0Likes

    Hi Pamela – the bangle with the cross-looking design was from Stella and Dot. Not sure if they sell it anymore. It’s one of my faves. The other is a Celtic knot and my parents bought that one for me in Ireland.

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