DIY Thread-Wrapped Horn Necklace

When it comes to DIY jewelry, combining different materials is an awesome way to create texture and dimension. It's also the perfect chance to use miscellaneous remnants from past projects. To get you started, check out this necklace tutorial inspired by a $125 Aurélie Bidermann piece. For under $15, you can create a version that is all your own.

Finished thread-wrapped necklace
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Things You'll Need

  • Leather cord

  • Embroidery thread (1–3 colors)

  • Strong craft glue

  • Double horn bone crescent pendant

  • Jewelry clasp

  • Jump rings (4)

  • Crimp cord ends (2)

  • Scissors

  • Jewelry pliers

Materials needed for thread-wrapped horn necklace
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Tip

To purchase a similar pendant, search for "double horn bone crescent" on Etsy or eBay. Because they are available in a variety of sizes, you can select one that fits your taste and style. This project used a 20-mm crescent.

Step 1

Cut long strands of embroidery thread measuring 15 inches each. Use one strand per color.

Cut embroidery thread
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Tip

It's always a good idea to cut more than you think you'll need. Remember, you can always take away, but you can't add more.

Step 2

Glue the thread to the crescent. The thread should be placed in the center of the crescent, about 2 inches from the end of the thread.

Apply glue
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Step 3

Tie the thread into a tight double knot.

Knot the thread tightly
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Step 4

Wrap the thread a few times around the crescent. Apply a dot of glue every now and then; this will add extra security.

Wrap the thread
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Step 5

Continue wrapping the thread in the opposite direction. Make sure there is an equal amount of thread dispersed across the crescent.

Wrap the thread
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Step 6

Bring the remaining thread toward the first 2 extra inches from Step 3. Tie a tight double knot.

Tie the remaining thread
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Step 7

Using the jewelry pliers, bend open the ends of one jump ring.

Open a jump ring
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Step 8

Insert the jump ring in between the strands of thread. Bend the ends of the jump ring toward each other to close.

Attach the jump ring
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Step 9

Attach a second jump ring to the first one.

Connect another jump ring
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Step 10

Cut the excess thread.

Trim extra thread
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Step 11

Cut a strand of leather cord measuring 12–18 inches. This length of this cord will determine the final length of your necklace.

Cut another set of embroidery thread strands. Each thread strand should measure at least 20 inches.

Cut leather cord and thread
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Step 12

Tie the thread around the cord, a few inches from the center point of the cord.

Tightly tie a thread
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Tip

To find the middle point of the leather cord, fold in half so that the ends meet up.

Step 13

Wrap the thread tightly around the cord.

Wrap the leather cord
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Step 14

Continue wrapping tightly around the cord, adding glue every now and then. Tie the ends and cut away the excess thread.

Wrap the leather cord
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Step 15

Add the thread-wrapped crescent to the thread-wrapped leather cord.

Attach the pendant to the cord
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Tip

To add the crescent, bend open the top-most jump ring. Carefully slide it through the thread wrapped around the leather cord.

Step 16

Glue the ends of the leather cord into the crimp cord ends.

Glue the cord ends
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Step 17

Using the flat portion of the pliers, squeeze the cord ends to secure.

Press the cord ends close
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Step 18

At one end of the cord, attach a jump ring and jewelry clasp to the cord end. At the other end, attach a jump ring.

Attach the jewelry clasp
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Step 19

To add extra security, you can apply clear nail polish to each knot.

Add clear nail polish
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Once the polish dries, your new necklace is ready to go!

Closeup of finished thread-wrapped necklace
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Looking for ways to customize this project? Try adding a small charm on top of the horn pendant. Incorporate metallic thread for a sparkling touch. You can even add beads to the thread as you wrap the leather cord.

Finished thread-wrapped necklace
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This piece is an awesome way to mix and match materials in an off-beat way. It's also excellent for adding a summery bohemian touch to your favorite look.

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