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Charm Earrings

Charm Earrings

Description:  These Charm Earrings are hoop earrings that feature a small charm at the bottom, and a chain of knots running through the center.

This Micro-Macrame earring design can be changed in a variety of ways.  Other decorative knots can be used in all areas, and beads can be applied where you want them.

I recommend you use jump or split rings on the hook as well as the charm, so the earrings move more easily. Make sure you choose beads that have holes around 4mm in size.  Smaller beads can be applied on the hoop (2mm holes).

Since you are working with fine cord, make sure you know how to tie all the knots listed. 

Below step 2 is a list of knots you can use for the center as well as below the hoop.   Choose one you like and practice ahead of time.

Supplies Needed:
  • 1mm cord material
  • 1 pair of hoops (1-inch to 1.5-inch size)
  • 2 Earring hooks
  • 2 Rings (split or jump style)
  • 2 charms
  • Beads
  • Project Board and pins
  • Glue that dries clear
Knots Used:

Step 1:  Cut 2 cords, 60 inches long.  When using hoops over 1.5 inches, increase the length of the cords.


Attach one ring to both the earring hook and the hoop, connecting them.

Attach one ring to the charm as well.

This is optional, but the rings help to make the Charm Earrings dangle more freely.

Charm + Knot

Pass the two cords through the ring on the charm, and center them by matching the ends.

Tie an Overhand knot and tighten it firmly.

Beads and Knots

Step 2:  Add a bead, sliding it next to the loop.  Tie another Overhand knot.

You can add more beads, or use different knots in this area.   This is the portion that dangles below the hoop in the image at the top of the page.

Here are some suggestions for knots you can try for this portion of the Charm Earrings, as well as the part running through the hoop (step 5):

Step 3:  Place the hoop over the design you just made, so the top of it is near the charm

This way it's not in your way as you attach the cords to it.  You will flip it over later.

Attach Hoop

Separate the cords.  The two in the middle are fillers, and they should pass over the bottom of the hoop.

The other two are working cords and rest under it.

Square Knot

Step 4: Tie a Square knot with the two working cords, around the fillers. 

Before you tighten the first half of it, move the bottom of the hoop against the last knot tied in the design you made previously.

Step 4, continued:  Tighten the first half of the SK firmly, and then tie the second half. 

Center Section

Step 5:  Flip the ring the other direction so you can see the area within the hoop.  Tie the knot you selected, adding beads if you wish.

Make sure the last knot you tie is close to the top edge of the hoop, when the knots are pulled taut. The center portion will bend if you tie too many knots.

Design Tip:  You can flip the hook back the way it started if it interferes with your ability to tie the knots in the center section of the Charm Earrings.

Top of Earring

Step 6:  Attach the cords the same as in step 3

The fillers go over the top of the hoop and the working cords go under

Tie a tight Square Knot to secure the cords.

Design Tip:  The next step is to cover the hoop for the Charm Earrings.  Larks Head knots are the best, but you can use other knots.  Here are some suggestions:

First Half

Step 7: Separate the cords so two head right and the other 2 go left.   Use two cords working together.

The first half of the Larks Head is tied by passing the cord through the ring over - under, and over the cords.

Second Half

The second half of the Larks Head knot is tied by passing the cords through the ring from below, which is under - over.

Pass it under the cords when you bring it down.

Adding Beads

Step 8:  Repeat step 7 several times, until the first half of the hoop is covered.

You can add beads anywhere you want. 

Make sure the beads are small and the hole big enough for both cords.  

Step 9:  Repeat steps 7 and 8 to cover the other half of the hoop, using the other set of 2 cords.

Step 10:  To finish the Charm Earrings, flip the hoop over so you work on the back.   Take one cord from each side and tie a very tight Overhand knot.  Apply a small amount of glue and tie another one.

Do the same with the other two cords.  These knots will be next to the bead, which will make them hard to see.    When the glue is dry, cut off the extra material.

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