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A couple of months back I received a whimseybox containing a bundle of gray and neon yellow paracord and various other supplies to make a macrame wall hanging. I wasn’t a huge fan of the suggested project just because it’s not my personal style, so I have been pondering what to do with the supplies ever since.
A few weeks ago I found this super cute tutorial from Stripes & Sequins for a chevron + chain necklace and I was like “Oh! I can totally make this with my supplies”…. except I didn’t have a chain.
I looked for a chain at Amazon and Hobby Lobby, but Whimseybox had chain for sale and free shipping because I’m a Pro member so I bought it there.
- Large Metal Curb Chain – Antique Gold 30″
- Paracord Bundle
- Presenica Mouline Embroidery Floss – Medium Seagreen #4059
- Embroidery Needle
How I Did It
The original tutorial calls for you to cut 6 strands of paracord 5-ft long each, in two different colors. Unfortunately the paracord bundle from the Whimseybox only included 8 feet off the neon cord, so I had to get creative. Also – the paracord from Whimseybox is thicker than the one from the tutorial, so I decided to only use four strands instead of six. In the end I had one set of two gray strands, and one with a neon yellow and a gray strand. While the results are not a chevron pattern, I thought it had an interesting abstract vibe.
I also realized once I got my chain in that it was a lot smaller than the chain in the instructions.. oops. But considering the colors of the paracord, I think it gives it a slightly industrial look, which I like. I ended up choosing option 4 because that is the one most of my friends picked. Which one is your favorite?
Here’s a short-hand set of instructions to make your own:
Fold in half one of the sets of 2 strands, tie a knot leaving approximately 1 inch loop at the end | thread other set through the loop and around the knot | thread the second set between the first two and begin fishtail braiding (see video below) | once reach the end tie a large knot | seal the ends of the paracord with a lighter | cut approximately 1 yard of embroidery thread and tie to one end of curb chain | Using a needle, attach the chain to the braid (I hit every other chain) | cut the remaining chain off using wire cutters | wear & enjoy!
While Stripes & Sequins has a good picture-based step-by-step, I had a devil of a time figuring out the fishtail braid. I found the following video tutorial which helped though – jump to time point 3:50 for the braiding technique. Oh, and I used the loop I made at the beginning to hold on to the whole thing – by hooking it over my big toe! #dontjudge If that weirds you out you can try clipping it down to something – but keep in mind it’s about 2.5 feet long as you are braiding it.
I still have quite a bit of gray paracord, and about 3 feet of yellow – so maybe I will make a macrame man or a neutral version of this necklace:1