DIY Cowrie Shell Macrame Jewelry

DIY Cowrie Shell Macrame Jewelry

DIY Cowrie Shell Macrame Jewellery

Shell jewellery has been on the rise for a pair years now and it’s secure to say it has hit its peak this summer time! Evidently throughout Instagram currently you’ll find them stacked on wrists, wrapped round necks, and dangling from ears…however do you know that cowrie shell jewellery is really easy to make at house?!

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Cowrie shells, typically known as puka shells, are a traditional shell for making jewellery because of their flat form, which lends itself completely to being strung collectively to create necklaces, chokers, bracelets, anklets, and extra.

We’re completely obsessive about the macrame technique we’re sharing in in the present day’s submit, which is so easy but completely appears such as you bought these shell jewels at some cutesie boutique! All you really want to create the look are cowrie shells, knotting wire in no matter coloration you please, and gold seed beads to offer your creation an expert end.

Yow will discover all of the provides required to observe this tutorial precisely in our new Cowrie Shell Jewellery DIY Equipment! Or confer with the individually linked merchandise beneath to buy all of the parts in bulk.

Alright, what the shell are we ready for?! Let’s dive on into this beachy eager tutorial!


  • Cowrie shells with minimize backs* (you too can discover metallic ones* right here)
  • Nylon knotting wire* (I take advantage of this sort, however you’ll find extra choices on in our Amazon Store)
  • 4mm gold seed beads*
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Massive eye stitching needle*
  • Security pin* or washi tape
  • Tape measure*
  • Beading axe (non-obligatory)

*Signifies inclusion in our Cowrie Shell Jewellery DIY Equipment!


The size of knotting wire and quantity of cowrie shells you’ll want will change based mostly on whether or not you’re making a necklace, choker, anklet or bracelet. Listed here are our beneficial quantities for every of this stuff in common grownup sizes. Should you’re making for kids, you’ll wish to measurement down these measurements.

  • Necklace: 2 items of knotting wire @ 54″ every, 18 shells
  • Choker: 2 items of knotting wire @ 54″ every, 15 shells
  • Anklet: 2 items of knotting wire @ 38″ every, 10 shells
  • Bracelet: 2 items of knotting wire @ 26″ every, 7 shells

STEP 1: Knot your strings collectively and add a gold bead

As soon as your strings are minimize to the sizes indicated above in “Prepping Your Supplies,” knot them collectively on the very finish by holding each strands collectively and tying an overhand knot. Add a big gold seed bead to each strands — I like to string one string by way of at a time, except utilizing a beading needle. Subsequent, tie a second overhand knot decrease down in your strings. The kind of jewellery you’re making will point out what number of inches down this subsequent knot needs to be:

  • Necklace: 4″
  • Choker: 5″
  • Anklet: 2.5″
  • Bracelet: 2″

At this level, you may both pin or tape your string right down to preserve it in place and able to add the shells.

STEP 2: Connect your first shell

Including shells to your knotting wire is easy. All you’re doing is stringing every of the 2 strands by way of the shell getting in reverse instructions to create an X within the heart of the shell. First, determine which of the 2 strings appears to be on the underside. Thread the underside string up by way of the underside of the shell (minimize facet), then pull the slack by way of. Subsequent, take the highest string and thread it by way of the identical shell going downwards by way of the highest facet of the shell (ridged facet) and pull the slack by way of. Push the shell as much as contact the knot above it, pulling any remaining slack on each strings.

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STEP 3: Add a knot beneath the shell

As soon as your first shell is on, you’ll add one other overhand knot beneath it. The tough half right here is getting your knot to land flush up in opposition to the underside of the shell, protecting the strands contained in the shell good and taught. One of the best ways to attain that is to put your pointer finger contained in the loop of the unfastened knot and information the knot up in direction of the underside of the shell. As soon as it lands there, pull tightly on the strings earlier than eradicating your finger, then cut up the strings and pull them in reverse instructions to tighten the knot and inch it a bit of nearer to the shell. You’ll be able to see this in motion on this video, round minute 2:05. It’s also possible to use a beading axe as a substitute of your finger, if in case you have one helpful, to attain the identical consequence.

STEP 4: Add the remainder of your shells

Proceed including shells with the sharp ends of the shells dealing with the identical course till you obtain the size you’re going for. Earlier than including the knot after every shell, we advise spot checking the shell to verify it isn’t the wrong way up or showing to twist. If both of these items are the case, you could wish to change which of the 2 strings goes by way of the shell top-to-bottom and bottom-to-top — normally this does the trick!

As soon as all your shells are on with a knot beneath the final shell, string on a gold seed bead and tie a ultimate knot beneath it, the identical distance down as in STEP 1. Reduce the remaining knotting wire beneath the knot. You must have about 16-18” of knotting wire left, which you’ll use within the subsequent step to create adjustable sq. knot closure.

STEP 5: Create an adjustable sq. knot closure

Earlier than creating your first sq. knot, you’ll wish to prep your strings. First, take one of many scrap strings you simply minimize off and minimize it in half — set these two small strings apart. Subsequent, take the ends of your necklace/anklet/bracelet and lay one on high of the opposite getting in reverse instructions so that you simply’ll have the ability to pull each ends to regulate. Use the 2 small strings to briefly tie your adjustable ends in place (tie one on the high and one on the backside), similar to the purple strings within the images above. This can preserve all of your strings in place for including your sq. knot closure.

Now it’s time to start out your sq. knots! Take the opposite piece of scrap string, slide it underneath the adjustable strings and even out the scrap string so it’s the identical size on either side.

To start your first sq. knot, lay the left strand of your scrap string horizontally over the middle strings. Then place the suitable string on high of the horizontal string.

Subsequent, feed the suitable string underneath the middle strings and pull it out by way of the loop that shaped on the left facet. Pull evenly on each the suitable and left strings to tighten. That is one half of your first sq. knot.

To finish your first sq. knot, repeat the steps above however this time on the alternative facet: proper string lays horizontally over heart strands. Left string then goes on high of the horizontal string, then underneath the middle strands, and at last out by way of the loop on the suitable. Pull evenly on each strands to tighten.

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STEP 6: End your adjustable closure

Repeat the sq. knot course of, ensuring to all the time alternate sides as you go. You’ll cease when you may rely 5-6 vertical notches on both sides of your closure. To neatly end the adjustable closure, you’ll want your massive eye needle. Thread your needle with one or each ends of your remaining string, then go underneath the final two stitches of your knot together with your needle, pulling during and pulling tight. Should you’re doing one after the other, repeat with the second string. We advocate barely loosening these final two stitches to verify your needle goes underneath and never by way of them.

STEP 7: Use a lighter to complete your ends

As soon as each strands have been threaded into the final sq. knot and have been pulled tightly, minimize off the remaining string leaving a few half centimeter of size. Rigorously soften the ends that you simply simply minimize utilizing a lighter. This can preserve the adjustable closure safe and forestall these minimize ends from fraying.

Take away the short-term ties and burn the knotted ends of the adjustable strands.

And voilà! That’s all it takes to create a brilliant stylish piece of macrame shell jewellery!

You’ll be able to have enjoyable together with your shell creations and alter them up nevertheless you want: use two totally different coloration knotting cords, add a gold bead after every shell, combine in metallic shell beads, or add different kinds of beads into the combo. The design prospects are countless!

I sincerely hope you’re keen on this shell jewellery DIY as a lot as we do right here at TNTP! If in case you have any questions concerning the steps on this tutorial, any of the provides featured, or wish to hash out any concepts you have got, please depart them within the feedback beneath! And as all the time, for those who do this tutorial, make sure to tag @theneonteaparty on Instagram so we will see what you create!!

Joyful crafting!!

Peace, love & neon, Marisa

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