This is a quick and easy DIY for a cord bracelet with a single gemstone or bead and an adjustable sliding knot. This is a really good make for using up random beads or if you want to recycle some old or broken jewellery into something new.

You just need a few supplies:

  • Cord – I used s-lon with a diameter of 0.4mm to fit through the bead
  • Gemstone or bead – these ones are amethyst
  • Large knitting or tapestry needle
  • Nail varnish or glue – for the sliding knot
  • Small silver beads – to finish off the cord ends if you want


To make the bracelet:

  1. Cut a length of cord, I cut about 30cm, and tie a simple knot roughly in the centre of the cord. Thread your bead onto one side of the cord.
  2. Make another knot on the other side of the bead to make sure it stays in place. To get the knot as close to the gemstone as possible, place a large needle (like a tapestry needle) inside the knot before you have tightened it (see the middle photo below. Move the knot down using the needle so it is next to the bead and then tighten it.
  3. Make a sliding clasp using the tutorial here. Trim down the ends of the cord to the length of your choice. You can add a bead to the cord ends if you want, before tying the end of the cord.

I made four of these bracelets while watching an episode of Ab Fab this morning but will definitely be making more, especially if I have any odd bits of cord that need using up. I hope you like them. Let me know if you have a go at making one!