DIY cowrie shell anklet

Summer is here. And cowrie shell anklets are among the most popular or hip things you should add to your style.

cowrie shell anklet

A cowrie shell anklet is a popular beach ankle bracelet style among travelers and surfers worldwide. A cowrie shell anklet easily enhances any summer outfit.

If you like a certain kind of shell, I’m sure you’ll love such a cowrie shell anklet.

Even though there’s a wide selection of shell anklets online, I’ll show you how to make one yourself at home.

And I bet you know how it feels to wear something you made yourself. Do you?

Without further ado, let’s get started!

How to make a cowrie shell anklet


Step 1: Take two long strings ( make sure they fit around your leg and leave enough room for you to slide them on when you open them.
Step 2: Tie a knot at one end ( see picture below).

nylon cord
nylon cord with a knot

Step 3: Use the tape to tie this end somewhere ( like on the table’s surface) to work efficiently; however, you can also do without it.
Step 4: Start setting your first cowrie shell. Insert each string from the opposite direction (top and bottom).

cowrie shell and nylon cord

Step 5: After finishing doing that, tie a knot.

cowrie shell anklet

Now it’s time to know how to tie a knot for your cowrie shell anklet – a knot that will help you move the anklet easily when you put it on and take it off.

Check out the pictures below on how to tie a knot.

cowrie shell anklet
cowrie shell anklet

Repeat the process at least 4 to 5 times. After you finish, cut off the two ends of the string you’re using for the knot and tie them tightly so they don’t fall off. (see photo below)

cowrie shell anklet

If you find it difficult, you can watch this video.

When you are done, make sure you tie a knot on both ends of the double strings that the shells have.

Note: Before you tie these knots, you can add shells or beads for decoration if you want.

You have already made yourself a cowrie shell anklet with just 3-4 tools. I hope you have fun making your anklet this summer.

cowrie shell anklet

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