DIY Rope Necklace (Super Easy)

rope necklace

This is one of the easiest knotted rope necklace you can make! While the knot looks complex, it’s actually barely even a knot. I used two colors so you can see the difference, but any colors, or matching colors would work as well, especially nautical colors like red, white, blue, and beige. It would also make a really cute headband if you finished it with elastic rather than a ribbon AND/OR used thinner/lighter {in weight} rope.

Here’s My inspiration…

Rope Necklace DIY Inspiration

Rope Necklaces from Lizzie Fortunato Jewels {$300} & Masai Twisted Rope Necklace {£230}

Here’s What You’ll Need..

Rope Curtain Tiebacks

* Two curtain tiebacks {$4.99} from your local fabric or craft store and ribbon.


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Slide your ribbon through all the tieback openings… & Tie in a bow.

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Have Fun!


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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Celine

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    Man, you are good. That looks so easy but I would never have thought to do it! I love how it turned out – and the colors you used.

    Celine (

  • Suze

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    Wow- totally simple but really cool. I wouldn’t think to use curtain tie-backs, but they match!


  • Morgan

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    I love it! I’m definitely going to try. Nice DIY!

  • Jacqueline

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    Simple, easy, and looks amazing! Great job Maegan! xo

  • nickiefrye.etsy

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    OMIGosh, no way! That’s awesome! 😀

  • L.

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    Wow that is so simple! Thanks!

  • Jaime

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    You are so clever- love it! Now we need an outfit post w/ this… 🙂

  • Alex

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    Love this. I was just looking for another simple DIY project to do. Thanks!


    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    great idea!!

  • The Closet of Kim (ShopKim)

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    I really love this! I’ll definitely be trying it.

  • Amber

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    A DIY I can actually do without sewing skills! I’m loving this!! Thanks for passing it on. XOXO

  • anhesty

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    LOVESSS IT! you know i actually got a book on how to tie pretty knots for xmas and was going to make necklaces out of them too! this is a great diy! sometimes i think we live in a parallel world!

  • DiamondsandTulle

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    LOVE this DIY Maegan! It’s so affordable and simple but your finished project looks very luxe!

    xx Vivian @

  • Fell 4 Fashion

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    Ur a genius Maegan!

  • Sal

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    Brilliant, as always!

  • Millie

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    I love this!

  • God's Favorite Shoes!

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    WOW,’s funny that you did this on a necklace. I had a dream or a daydream (who pays attention) in the last day or so about a rope.

    For some reason, I was on the set of a Ralph Lauren photo shoot and the model had some khaki pants and no shirt…(You know that’s normal:)

    Well, I have no idea why I was there but the girl’s pants wouldn’t stay up. FOr some reason, I took the rope that was tying back the Red Velour Curtain (yes, I dream in color) and put it around her waiste.

    Ralph Lauren came in and told me it was brilliant and started making/selling ROPE belts for $300 but he didn’t give me any credit!

    Then, I kicked him in his eye because you don’t steal a black girl’s idea and think you are gonna get away with it! LOL

    …(totally joking about kicking Ralph Lauren in the eye part…it should have been part of the dream though)

    THe point is…we are both thinking about ropes! (don’t judge me)


  • vla*

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    so helpfull! it’s kinda sad since i can’t always find those supplies in my country (peru) but i will look everywhere this time!!!

  • Gwen

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    How fun is that!!! I think this might be something I actually do. 🙂 I could see myself with a bunch of color options and whipping up a necklace before work. Thank you for the fabulous idea!!! XOXO

  • Anonymous

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    OMeffingG, so pretty! And the cool thing is I like to make multistrand braids but can never figure out what to do with them. Imma gonna try this one.

  • Fabulocity in Amish Country

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    What a simple, but totally cool idea!! 🙂

  • Iva

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    LOVE IT!!! so fabulous!!! {love the color combo you used!! super!}

  • Lucilla

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh… thank you very much ;-)!!!

  • slcortez

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    Freaking Awesome

  • Elie's Papel

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    This is fantastic!!! love the DIY tutorial… Thanks!

  • pilcuis

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    Nice tutorial thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Nikki Aimee

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    Thanx for this DIY.

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  • steph

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    how are you so creative!? LOVE the idea, and you know no one else will be rockin’ it the same way! 🙂 love the idea!

  • Ying

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    You’re amazing!

  • Katie

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    Love the idea of this as a hair accessory!

  • X

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    omg i LOVE this!! Thank you!

  • sharonlei

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    Great DIY. Will be giving this a try. 🙂

    xx Love & Aloha

  • Kristi

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    You so Rock!

  • Ashley's Gettin' Real

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    you’re amazing.

  • ms. less is always more

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    FABULOUS! I totally need to do this! You make it look so easy!

  • Mimi

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    This is a great, fun project. You are awesome at taking trendy items and recreating them at a way affordable budget. Love it!!

  • drollgirl

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    this looks SO GOOD!!! i just love it! practical! easy! elegant! perfect!!!!

  • Fi

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    What a wonderfull project, it looks so great!

  • Kara

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    Sweet jesus! I am totally making this today! I’ll be sure to link you up when I blog it 🙂

    Thanks! Love your blog, read it on the daily.

  • taced di handmadecreativity

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    What great idea, thank you for sharing, taced

  • melissa

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    who would of thought, curtain tie backs? haha, great diy.

  • The Beading Gem

    March 4, 2010 | Reply

    Brilliant! I am so inspired. Will link in an upcoming post.

  • Milly

    March 5, 2010 | Reply

    Love it!!

  • Hollie

    March 5, 2010 | Reply

    okay, so many of your DIY’s are above my talent level, but this one i think i can do! 🙂 and i’m so excited! i love big, chunky necklaces and this one is so dang cute.
    thanks for sharing!

  • Rosa in DC

    March 5, 2010 | Reply

    Wonderful work! I love it. You are so talented.

  • Eli

    March 5, 2010 | Reply

    ah that is so cool! and so easy

  • Ashley

    March 5, 2010 | Reply

    Girl, I AM LOVING THIS! Im thinking I need to do this tomorrow! Thanks for sharing! 😉 CUTIE!!!

  • diane

    March 5, 2010 | Reply

    Your idea is pretty good. I’ve actually done a similar thing, with real rope intertwined with pearls.

  • Annie Spandex

    March 5, 2010 | Reply

    That’s awesome! Can’t wait to see it with an outfit. 🙂

  • Amber

    March 5, 2010 | Reply

    fabulous DIY!! Love it!!

  • Brandy

    March 5, 2010 | Reply

    AWESOME. I’m definitely going to be doing this!

  • Marisa

    March 5, 2010 | Reply

    Hey, I randomly came across your blog.
    Just wanted to say you have great style. Cool DIY necklace!

  • Down and Out Chic

    March 5, 2010 | Reply

    so smart and i really like it with the ribbon combo. good job!

  • gigiofca

    March 6, 2010 | Reply

    Crazy good! Me loveth :-0


  • Idy

    March 6, 2010 | Reply

    The queen of DIY projects is baaaaaaaaaaaacccccccccccccccck!(not that she went away,hehe)I love it!Off to the shops.

  • Mademoiselle Frou-Frou

    March 6, 2010 | Reply

    you are one clever lady! i wish i thought of these things!
    xoxo alison

  • prashant

    March 7, 2010 | Reply

    totally simple but really cool. I wouldn’t think to use curtain tie-backs, but they match!
    designers video

  • Polished Sense

    March 8, 2010 | Reply

    I love this. It turned out awesome 😀 Thanks for the DIY inspiration!


  • Fashion Mini

    March 8, 2010 | Reply

    i love this.. so amazing 🙂

  • marietta

    March 9, 2010 | Reply

    I tried it this weekend and I think it turned out ok. I just did my college’s colors so I can wear it to games, but I will be going back to get some fun colors. I’m wondering wear you can get those metal ringers the designer rope necklaces have… Seeems easy enough to make a necklace fancy!


  • ines

    March 10, 2010 | Reply

    awesome~ i enjoy your blog so much, so inspiring ^_^) take care and keep it up!

  • Trish

    March 10, 2010 | Reply

    OMG that is so GENIUS. Thank you.

  • Cassandra

    March 19, 2010 | Reply

    Woah, too cool!
    I happened upon your blog from CraftStylish.
    I think I am going to make something like this this weekend! Mhm!


    March 25, 2010 | Reply


    thought you’d be interested in this DIY I found!

  • Xizi Luo

    March 28, 2010 | Reply

    Just goes to show you that nothing being sold these days are actually worth it’s cost. Wonderful, easy to follow tutorial! Keep doing what you are doing~ Middle School Student

  • Micaela

    March 30, 2010 | Reply

    just FABULOUS!!!! thank you!!! 🙂

    love love love

    found this through dollop and am SO pleased as pie i did. of course i’ve always loved your spot 🙂


  • the red bungalow

    April 1, 2010 | Reply

    This is really cool! I think I might have to reference you on my blog and show this off…somethings this great you can’t keep to yourself. 😉

    Bre @

  • Frenchi

    April 10, 2010 | Reply

    I just found out these are cool! My roommate has a whole bunch of fancy-looking rope lying around… Think he’ll notice if a few inches disappear?

    Frenchi @

  • whoozqueen

    April 15, 2010 | Reply

    Hey, love your idea, so I tried making a couple for myself:

  • Silvia

    June 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hi, I love meeting blogs and found your blog today and enjoyed it. I loved the tips on necklaces and customize clothes. You have a very good taste in fashion.
    Even more …

  • Mens Necklace

    June 15, 2010 | Reply

    Awesome… everything seems very nice..great work.

  • Toi

    June 18, 2010 | Reply

    so loving this sexy necklace…
    this one is on my summer list of
    jewelry to make.

    fantastic blog, maegan!

  • costume jewellery

    July 20, 2010 | Reply

    the whole rope necklace idea is fantastic..we can use different colour each day and its very good looking with affordable price.. nice post thanks a lot..!!

  • Swarovski Crystal Jewellery

    July 23, 2010 | Reply

    rope necklace is really innovative way of having an affordable and home made jewellery and very fashionable. idea is very innovative thanks very useful article.

  • Beaut

    August 1, 2010 | Reply

    Excellent work,
    I love your rope necklaces and
    even better you share a really simply tutorial

    Thanks a million
    Beaut xxxx
    Vintage Clothing Australia

  • Kate Che

    February 12, 2014 | Reply

    Great idea to use curtain tiebacks) Color blocking is also on point.
    Love this rope jewelry trend. I’m pretty sure it’s here to stay))

    QACHESA handmade rope jewelry

  • Zen

    August 23, 2014 | Reply

    Never thought of using curtain tassels before- nice one! 🙂

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