How to Make a Snake Lanyard


A snake lanyard is created by using the cobra stitch with plastic lace. Plastic lace is a flat, flexible lace that is available in a wide variety of colors in most craft stores. The cobra stitch uses two colors to create the snake design of this lanyard; contrasting or bright colors work best to enhance this design. A third strand is used in the center of this lanyard but is not seen when it is completed.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic lace (three colors)
  • Scissors
  • Cut two colored, plastic lace strands the same length with scissors. Cut a third strand to be four times as long as your first two strands. Your lanyard project will be a couple inches shorter than the longest strand when finished. Cut your strands accordingly for your desired length.

  • Hold the two even length strands and make a loop at one end. Pull the ends through the loop to make a knot. Slide the longer strand into the knot and pull it halfway through so it's hanging evenly folded through the knot.

  • Take one of the shorter strands and make a loop over the two long middle strands. Take your second short strand and loop it behind the two long strands and through the loop you just created. Pull both short strands to tighten the stitch.

  • Take the same colored strand you made a loop with and make a loop over the two long strands again. Take the second short strand and loop it around behind the long middle strand and through the loop. Pull the short strands tight to secure your next stitch. You will see the snake pattern developing.

  • Make stitches always starting with the same colored strand. This ensures the pattern is consistent throughout the lanyard. Continue working until your lanyard is of desired length. Trim the ends, if needed, with scissors.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can add a lanyard hook to your project to make it a key chain. You can even tie the ends together to create a bracelet.
  • Do not pull your strands too tight or they may rip.

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