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DIY Nautical Knot Rope Necklace

This fun and easy tutorial teaches you how to make a nautical knot rope necklace and how to tie a nautical knot!

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Nautical Knot Rope Necklace Tutorial

I am so excited about this necklace.  Don’t you just love when you make something that you are in love with?  

When I was getting all my ideas together for the DIY jewelry segment I did yesterday on Fox4 KC this necklace wasn’t even on the list, I was making some bracelets out of rope and then it hit me, nautical knot!  

I had seen a few nautical knot ideas on Pinterest and I still have a huge roll of rope in my basement so I started playing around and its my favorite necklace I’ve made to date.  I’m so happy to share this tutorial with you today!


I love that this project is so simple and only needs a few supplies. I used a twisted cotton rope because I wanted a large chunky necklace. However, you could use almost any type or cord or rope. Here are the supplies you’ll need for this project:

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How to make a Nautical Knot Rope Necklace

I love the look of the nautical knot and once you get the hang of how to tie it it’s pretty simple.

Step by step how to tie a nautical knot

There are 2 parts to making this necklace. Tying the nautical knot and then glueing the ends together to make a necklace.

How to finish the necklace

Variations on the Nautical Knot Rope Necklace

Once you know how to tie a nautical knot you could make this project into so many other things like…

  • Check out my post on rope bracelets!
  • Headband, tie the knot and then use some elastic to close it off
  • choker, make it shorter but add a toggle closure
  • belt

I’ve seen nautical knots used in home decor as details on pillows, tied around crocks or buckets and used as napkin rings. I can’t wait to see your nautical knot projects!

Nautical Knot Rope Necklace Tutorial

DIY Nautical Knot Necklace

Yield: 1 Necklace
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $10.00

This fun and easy tutorial teaches you how to make a nautical knot rope necklace and how to tie a nautical knot!


  1. Prep the rope by cutting 4 pieces to 40" in length. When you cut the rope use the scotch tape and wrap it around the ends so the rope does not fray, this also makes it easier to glue the ends together when making the necklace.
  2. Take two pieces and make a large loop, so it looks like a fish, and lay it flat on a table. Do the same to the other 2 pieces of rope and lay it facing the other. Step 1 to tie a nautical knot
  3. Then move the left loop on top of the right loop. You want to line them up so that the place where the ropes cross are in the center of the other rope's open loop. Step 2 to tie a nautical knot
  4. You are then going to weave the rope together so that each strand follows an over under pattern. This part is hard to explain with words, my best advice is to look closely at the pictures and copy them. how to tie a nautical knot
  5. I found it easiest to start at the ends and follow them around the knot, weaving as you go.Nautical Knot how to
  6. Once you have the rope woven correctly, pull the ends to tighten the knot.  I found it easiest to pull the top ends on the right and left a few inches, then pull the bottom ends as much as you did the top.  If you pull too much on either the top or the bottom your "tails" will be different lengths.  So as you pull make sure you are keeping the ends the same length. Pull until it is a tight compact knot. how to nautical knot how to make a sailor knot
  7. To make the knot into a necklace lay out the knot and form the tails into a circle.  You are going to notice that the strands on the inside of the circle are longer and will need to be cut.  I started with the outside strands. making a rope necklace
  8. Hot glue the ends together, remove the scotch tape as you glue the ends. Use the outside strands as the measure for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th ropes.  You want them to be the same length stacked on top of each other. You may need to cut some of the ends to make them the same length as the first pieces of rope that you glued. Hot glue the ends of the rope cord together
  9. Once they are all glued put a dab of glue about a 1/2" to the side of the glued seam and stick the end of the suede on it.  Wrap the suede string around the rope until it hides the seam and then secure it with another dab of hot glue.  I wrapped each strand separately. finishing the Nautical knot rope necklace

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