How to Make a DIY Bolo Wrap Necklace

DIY bolo wrap necklace

When I saw an $80 version of this bolo wrap necklace, I knew I had to make my own. The materials should only run you about $6, so even if you had to buy some of the tools, you’d still come out way ahead relative to the store-bought version. DIY wins again!
DIY bolo wrap necklace
Lately I’ve been wanting to wear more minimalist jewelry. Luckily, since there aren’t many parts, it’s often the easiest type to make. The only way this necklace could be simpler is if it used actual bead end caps. But I couldn’t find any that were the right size and shape, so I figured out how to make my own from tube beads. The effect is just what I was looking for, though, and this type of bead seems to be easy to find, so there isn’t any downside except that you need a few tools (really just a hammer and wire cutters) to whip this necklace up.

DIY bolo wrap necklace

As you can see, I made two of these, one with suede cord I had in my craft supply stash, and one with a black waxed cotton cord. I think that the suede one drapes a little bit better, so if you want a vegan version, you could also use faux suede cord.

DIY Bolo Wrap Necklace Instructions

Materials

Tube beads with 2 mm opening
2 mm waxed cotton cord, OR suede cord – About 43 inches

Tools

Scissors
Wire cutters
Measuring tape
Marker
Hammer
Thick needle
Scrap wood or jewelry bench block

DIY bolo wrap necklaceI didn’t end up using the glue or the pliers pictured here.

Steps

1. Cut the cord to the length you want. I made both of mine 43 inches, which is long enough to wrap around my neck twice. But you can make yours longer if you want more wraps.

2. Take a tube bead, measure it, mark the halfway point, and cut it with the wire cutters.
DIY bolo wrap necklace

You’ll be left with two slightly-curved pieces of tubing that are each crimped shut on one end.

DIY bolo wrap necklace
3. Insert one end of the cord into the open end of the tube. I was able to just stick it in with the cotton cord, but for the suede I used a big needle to help push it in all the way. Repeat with the other end of the cord and the other half of the tube.

If you want you could stick some glue on the end of the cord before you put it in, but I didn’t use any since it seemed totally secure without it.

DIY bolo wrap necklace

3. Put the tube on a piece of scrap wood (or a bench block, if you have one), and gently hammer it flat. You want to both flatten the curve of the tube, and flatten the tube closed. Repeat with the other tube end.

A little bit of the silver metal coating flaked off on one of my tubes during this step. I didn’t really care, but it’s something to be aware of.
DIY bolo wrap necklace

That’s it! I think I’ll be wearing these both a lot, since they go with practically anything.

DIY bolo wrap necklace

DIY bolo wrap necklace

DIY bolo wrap necklace

DIY bolo wrap necklace

DIY bolo wrap necklace

2 thoughts on “How to Make a DIY Bolo Wrap Necklace

  1. I love this but cannot find the silver tubes – they are out of stock. Any suggestions for a substitute? I’ve been searching!

    Thank you!

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