Pearl & Leather Necklace DIY

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Flipping through the October 2011 InStyle Magazine, I came across Lauren Hutton’s picks and found this delicate pearl necklace from Calypso Sea and loved the contrast of the raw leather with the pretty pearls. I went to my local bead shop to find some really great pearls but they were closed so I used the budget version from JoAnn’s and it turned out just as nice.


Leather and Pearl Necklace DIY - Materials

* Raw leather cording… I used very fine leather cord for this & bought two packs but didn’t use it all.
* Pearls
* Bead reamer for plastic pearls or a pearl reamer for real pearls.
* Scissors

Leather and Pearl Necklace DIY - 1

* Cut two strips of leather cord between 20″-30″ depending on the length you want and tie a knot about an inch from each end. I didn’t get fancy with a closure, I figured I’d just tie it around my neck. Cut three 9″ strips and two 6″ strips. Using your bead reamer to make the hole in your pearls larger if necessary, slide one on each end of your 5 strands and knot the ends.

Leather and Pearl Necklace DIY - 2

* Find the center of your necklace and using one of your longer strands of pearls, create a half slipknot around your base necklace and pull it tight. {*there may be a proper term for this knot but I don’t know it}

Leather and Pearl Necklace DIY - 3 Leather and Pearl Necklace DIY - 4

* Make a loop… slide under your base necklace… pull ends through and tighten. Knot your small strands on either side of your center long strand.

Leather and Pearl Necklace DIY - 6

* Continue knotting your two longer strands on either end of the shorties.


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I stopped at five but it would be pretty to go further up the sides as well in descending size.

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I made earrings as well by knotting two shorter strands on a pair of medium gold hoops.

pearl and  leather  drop  hoop earrings diy

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.


  • K.M.

    October 18, 2011 |

    love this DIY looks so nice ♥

  • Sara Pierce

    October 18, 2011 |

    This is adorable! I’ve always wanted to “branch out” and try leather jewelry so I’m definitely going to try this out!

  • Gawgus things...

    October 18, 2011 |

    Now this looks like something even I could try!

  • CessOviedo

    October 18, 2011 |

    So elegant! Pearls are always a cute touch for instant chicness, another fantastic DIY!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  • Michelle

    October 18, 2011 |

    LOVE this MIY. I’m such a pearl girl but am constantly looking for unique ways to wear them. This is fantastic and I think that even I can make it! Thanks!!

  • ♔Reyna♔

    October 18, 2011 |

    Love this! Gonna have to try it out! Just got some great beads from my husband that he brought from the Philippines and I am excited to make some cute stuff. This for sure will be one of them:) Thanks so much for sharing! BTW: Just started a page on fb for my fashion blog & YT channel. Will you stop by & like the page. Thanks it would be awesome!


  • Annika

    October 18, 2011 |

    So cute! I am totally doing this.

  • Liesl

    October 18, 2011 |

    You are so darn crafty and I love it!!!

    Liesl 😉

  • skippysays

    October 18, 2011 |

    Wow, so cool! I am not crafty at all but I love this idea so I might recruit my really artistic auntie to help me 🙂

  • Anonymous

    October 19, 2011 |

    I. LOVE. This!!!! I will be making one or two or three!!!

    – Caity

  • Food, she thought.

    October 19, 2011 |

    Love it! I can see that necklace dressing up my sometimes necessarily conservative (but classic) work outfits…

  • Nicole

    October 19, 2011 |

    Great DIY project! The necklace is so beautiful, but it seems that it is very easy! I will try it!

    Kisses from Hong Kong,

  • The Curvy Girl

    October 19, 2011 |

    Love this! I looked at the originals and you hit this spot on! Nice job…I cannot wait to try it myself.

  • Saturday Sequins

    January 26, 2012 |


    I love this necklace! There are so many possibilities for variation, like using size 8 seed beads, faceted glass, or even Swarovski crystals in place of pearls.

    — Sarah @

  • G.J

    April 20, 2012 |

    you have been told me a great way to make beautiful pearl necklaces.
    freshwater pearls

  • Muhammad Atif

    May 16, 2012 |

    Making pearls decoration with leather is really a new idea, I am going to try it.
    Freshwater Pearls

  • Chiwei @ One Dog Woof

    May 6, 2013 |

    I love how classy and beautiful it is. Would work great at the office but still add a bit of flair. Thanks for sharing!

  • shikha

    August 22, 2013 |

    This tutorial is very useful . Excellent, thank you for that great tutorial.
    This is awesome.ilike leather cord jewellery. leather cord jewellery

  • Laura Everett

    September 10, 2013 |

    Beautiful! !!

  • Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims

    January 4, 2014 |

    I love this project! I featured it on a Pearl Necklace round-up on my blog! Here’s the link:

  • Helen

    March 8, 2015 |

    Where can I buy the leather cording? Can’t seem to find it in local stores.

  • Lauren

    July 15, 2015 |

    Beautiful and super easy peasy! Great job!

  • Denise A Winant

    October 26, 2018 |

    Love this! Boho chic!

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