Seeing as I  am about to embark on a birthday holiday and September is the season for birthdays (nine months after new years…use your imagination…or not) I decided an easy gift giving idea was in order.

Macrame gemstone necklaces are not only easy to make they can be a very personal present when you choose the specific crystals or trinkets you would like to store in it.

For this you will need:

  • waxed cotton or crochet cotton- I have made them using both options before and they are equally as good, but photographed is crochet cotton option.
  • beads- optional but good for holding stones in place.
  • stones or trinkets- gemstones are great options but this project can be used for shells, coral or bone.
  • around an hour (the four way braid takes a little while).

First up you will need four equal lengths of cotton, the length is up to you but will determine how long your necklace will be. Remember that braiding and knotting will take up some thread length. Each one of my equal lengths were around 2.5 meters long for this project.

Step one and two-

Holding all four lengths of cotton, tie a knot (base knot) in the centre of all four strands. You will now have eight equal length strands to work with to create your crystal holder (this is sounding just like the pot plant holder DIY because they are virtually the same project!)

Step three-

Separate the strands into pairs and tie a knot in each pair, you will have to keep in mind the size of the gem stone you would like the bag to hold. If the gems are small your paired cotton knots will be tied lower down (near the base knot) creating a smaller weave so stones don’t escape.

Step four (and beyond)-

From your paired knots you can tie each individual strand to its neighbour. You will notice as you do this that a ‘bag’ shape starts to form. You can keep tying neighbouring strands together until you get the ‘depth’ required for the gemstones you have in mind. Again the size of holes the ‘netted bag’ you are creating will be determined by the size of the gemstones you would like it to hold.

Once you have the depth required you will take four strands in each hand and tie a knot at the top of the ‘bag’ on each side. This will leave you with two ‘necklace’ lengths, each with four strands of cotton. From here you will four strand braid  each side of the necklace together (this is the longest part of the whole project).

When your braids are complete knot the end of each strand so they don’t unravel, then slide your bead/s over both strands to sit at the top of your gemstone bag. Then tie both of the braids together at your desired necklace length.

There you have it. A super easy (and dare I say it, inexpensive) way to keep all the fussy Virgo’s and some balanced Libran’s that sneak in at the end, happy for the September birthday month.