DIY Urban Rustic Turk’s Head Knot Bracelet

by Alicia on November 18, 2010

Turk's Head Knot Rope Bracelet

I was reading the latest issue of Marie Claire (December 2010, with a pixie-cut Emma Watson on the cover) and loved the look of the items in the ‘urban rustic’ gift guide. The perfume bottles with the stone tops are amazing!

Natural Rustic

It reminded me that I bought supplies to make a turk’s head knot bracelet months ago after being inspired by some of the awesome dip-dyed designs by Tanya Aguiniga.

I bought some rope but it was polyester and not cotton. Don’t do that- there’s nothing ‘rustic’ about polyester. Later I ran across some of the material that’s used inside cording for upholstery. It’s rope-like, made of natural colored cotton and available in different diameters. To make the bracelet you’ll need 2 1/2 to 3 yards. I paid $0.29/yard – super inexpensive.

To make the knot I recommend watching this video: It’s a little tricky but I got it right the second time around. One site recommended using a pop can but I found it easiest to wrap the rope around my hand. Keep it loose and large enough to be able to fit your hand through when it’s finished! I wrapped the entire knot three times around. Tuck the ends inside and tie off with thread.

Once I completed the turk’s head knot I felt like the bracelet still needed something so I added 36 in of 1.5 mm brass chain to each side. Just wrap it around the rope and secure with a jump ring on the inside.

Then go admire your view of the neighborhood Texaco sign…

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

madi November 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm

i love this bracelet, but i can’t seem to view the video..could you post it again?


Alicia November 8, 2011 at 9:14 am

Whoops, the link got messed up somehow but I’ve corrected it now!


Bridget Rose December 23, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I still don’t see that the video is working…can you provide the url in a comment?


alicia December 27, 2011 at 10:07 am
beta February 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Just made a red one..looks perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!


alicia February 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm

You’re welcome, glad you made one and love it!


cynthia April 24, 2012 at 11:37 pm

where did you by the cotton rope-like?


Alicia April 25, 2012 at 1:02 am

Check your local hardware store!


Kim June 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Love this! What was the diameter of the rope that you used?


Alicia June 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

Ack, I wish I knew better and I don’t have the bracelet nearby at the moment. Maybe about 1/4″ or a shade less?


Nate B. January 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm

That was a horrible video that is linked in my opinion. I had to YouTube another one. The rope he used had a pattern so everything blinded in making it hard to see and his hands kept getting in the way of what we needed to do. Still I had a finished project and very much thankful.


alicia January 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

I didn’t have any trouble following the video. Feel free to share the one that you liked better.


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