How to make a surfer necklace

Surfer necklaces: it's easy to make a homemade, surf-inspired collar adornment | Photo: Outer Banks/Netflix

Necklaces are one of the oldest types of adornments used by humans. Learn how to make a simple yet cool surfer necklace.

Hawaiian leis are a symbol of love, empathy, and Aloha.

They're used on many occasions, especially at weddings, graduations, welcoming events, and parties.

These flowered adornments worn around the neck serve spiritual, magical, religious, ceremonial, and even funerary purposes.

Hawaiians have also been stringing puka shell necklaces for a long time. They were part of the Native Hawaiian culture and gifted to kings and queens from all over the world.

In the 1970s surf and beach culture, Southern California surfers started wearing a Saint Christopher necklace as a symbol of good luck for their surf trips and swell-chasing adventures.

Saint Christopher is the protector of travelers and those who embark on journeys.

Today, there are surfer necklaces for all tastes. And they become even more special when crafted by the wearer.

Our DIY surf-inspired necklace idea is lightweight, colorful, and comfortable to wear and is suitable for all ages, men, women, and children.

Here's how to make a cool, homemade surfer necklace in less than 30 minutes:


  • 100 percent cotton embroidery strings
  • Clasp
  • Tape

DIY Surfer Necklace Instructions

Here's how to make your first surfer necklace:

  1. Fold each colored string in half;
  2. Put all embroidery strings together;
  3. Tie a knot at the top of the folded strings and tape it to the table;
  4. Cut the excess at the bottom so that all colored strings have the same length;
  5. Start grabbing each colored thread and wrapping it around the other ones;
  6. To change the color pattern, find the next colored thread and start wrapping it around the other strings;
  7. Once you're done, create a little loose loop with the last colored thread and pull it through to make a tight knot;
  8. Make another loop and a second knot;
  9. Put the clasp through the last colored thread;
  10. Double-knot it to make sure that it's not going to undo;
  11. Repeat the earlier knot to tie everything in place;
  12. Make a final knot higher up using the excess string and cut the excess;
  13. On the other end of the necklace, pull one of the colored loops through the clasp;
  14. Get another string and double-tie a knot to secure the clasp in place;
  15. Cut the excess, and it's done;

Remember that colors don't have to have the same length. You can display a two-inch marine blue followed by a one-inch light blue or mix multiple hues.

It's also up to you to decide whether you want them with different or similar lengths.

You can also add one or more puka shells, clamshells, or vinyl disk beads to make it look even more surfy, summery, and bohemian - just add them between steps 4 and 5.

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