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Paddle Wheel Necklace
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If you'd like to learn how to make leather jewelry, this Paddle Wheel Necklace is a great place to start. The rope cord and shape of the leather beads give it a fun, beachy vibe that is perfect for summer. This easy-to-make necklace is truly a work of art!

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Bead Project TypeNecklace



  • two round "templates," one of about 2", the other about 1-1/8" diameter
  • thick leather
  • vinyl glue and an old brush
  • clips
  • scissors
  • a rope, or yarn to make your own
  • a clasp
  • needle and thread

Paddle Wheel Necklace

Paddle Wheel Necklace


  1. Cut 5 round pieces of leather, both for the 2" and the 1" diameter.
  2. Apply some glue on slightly less than half of the circle.
  3. Place the other circle on top and clip it.
  4. Keep doing this until you get the shape of a 5-point star with a hole in the middle.
  5. Repeat for the other bead.

    Paddle Wheel Necklace
  6. Thread a cord or a rope through the leather beads. (I made an I-cord and twisted it to make it slightly thicker, but anything works.)
  7. I added a clasp and made loops wrapped in leather to give it the "pulled together" look!

    Paddle Wheel Necklace

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