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Button Necklace

Button Necklace

Description: The Button Necklace features shank-style buttons for the pendant, clasp, and for decoration.   It shows you how buttons can be used in Macrame designs.

Only basic decorative knots are used in this Macrame necklace, so it's a suitable  project for beginners and children (6+).

The example was made with crochet cotton. Yarn, Satin, and Hemp are also good choices. 

Supplies Needed:
  • 1.5 mm to 2 mm cord material
  • 1 button for pendant
  • 6 buttons for decoration
  • 1 button for clasp
  • Project board and pins
  • Glue that dries clear
  • Flexible measuring tape

Knots used in design:

The Pendant

Step 1:  Cut 2 cords, each 4 yards long.  Apply glue to the tips and allow it to dry completely.

For a Button Necklace longer than 24 inches, cut the cords longer.


Pass one of the cords through the button you will use as the pendant. 

Center it so both halves are even.

Fold the second cord and place it under the first one, securing it at the center (see next image).

Half Knot

Step 2:  Make a Half Knot with cord 2 by moving the left half of it over both halves of the first cord and under the right half of cord 2 (left to right). 

Move the right half under the first cord and over the left half of cord 2 (right to left).


Button Necklace Design

Half Hitch

Step 3:  Separate the 4 cords into pairs. Mentally label the two cords in one set right and left.

Make a Half Hitch by moving the left cord over - under the right cord, rotating counter-clockwise

Pull it to the left and bring it over the left cord to complete the loop.

Switch Cords

Switch cords and make the next Half Hitch with the right cord onto the left.  Tie the knot in a clockwise direction.

Be sure to gently tighten the knots so they are not too tight.   Make sure they are close together and don't overlap.

Step 4:  Repeat step 3 several times, until the sennit is 1/8 the total length you plan to make. 

So if you are making an 16-inch Button Necklace, each Alternating Half Hitch sennit should be approximately 2 inches long. 

Designer's Tip:  Remember that the total length includes both halves of the necklace, and each half contains four sennits of knots.  

First Button

Add the first button by passing the right cord through the shank from right to left.  The left cord should pass through from left to right.

Make sure the button is facing upward when you are through (the same as the pendant). 

Sennit 2

Step 5: Repeat step 4 again, tying another Alternating Half Hitch sennit followed by another button.


Repeat step 4 two more times, attaching a button between them.

Measure carefully so the sennits are close to the same length.

Same Size

Go back to the pendant, and use the other two cords to make the left half of the Button Necklace.

Repeat steps 3 and 4.  Measure the sennits to make sure they are the same length as those on the other half, so the buttons are in the same positions.


Clasp and Finishing

OH Knot

Step 6:  First, make sure the Button Necklace fits.  Tie extra knots if needed.  Take into account that you will have a button-loop clasp.

Tie a tight Overhand knot to secure the Half Hitches in the fourth sennit, on both halves of the necklace.


Attach the button for the clasp at one end of the necklace.  The two cords should pass through it in opposite directions (like the others).

Tie one Overhand knot with the two cords.  Apply glue to the button itself as well as the knot, then tie a second Overhand knot. 


Step 7:  Make a loop at the opposite end of the Button Necklace by tying an Overhand Knot. 

Do not tighten it.  Make sure it's the same size as the button.


Wrap each cord around 1/2 of the loop, heading toward the last Half Hitch in the sennit.

Before moving on to the final step, pass the button through the loop to make sure it still fits.

Designer's Tip: The key to preventing a wrapped loop from twisting is to hold it steady while you work. 

Try to keep the same tension as you wrap both cords around the loop. 

Tie Off

Step 8:  When the loop is wrapped and is able to rest flat without twisting, tie a tight Overhand knot with the two cords. 

Apply glue while tightening, so it's on the inside of the knot.

Step 8, continued:  Apply a light coat of glue to the entire clasp and let it dry flat for several hours, before cutting off the extra material. 

Cut off the excess material at the other end, too. 

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