Here's how to do it:
- Tie the cord to the pendant. I looked at photos of necklaces I liked on Etsy for different ways to tie the cord, and asked Jaymz if he was interested in reproducing any of the knots for me (because he likes to do things like that with his hands). I chose this double-looped version for the first try, and it turned out great!
- Cut the cord off at your desired length, then wear your necklace! Keep in mind that you might want to tie it a bit lower when your nursling is playing with it and then tighten it up afterward, so leave a little extra slack just in case.
- Oops, that's it! Just two steps.
- Check out the bead section of your favorite craft store for sales. Buying beads (and donuts like this one) on sale will save you a lot of money.
- Keep in mind that your baby might put this in her mouth at some point, so (if you care about these kinds of things) be mindful of what materials the donut is made out of.
- Also think about stimulating colors and textures when you're choosing a pendant for your necklace. A smooth, cool stone or glass pendant would be a great option, or carved wooden rings would be fun and pretty, too!
- Consider using a smooth, round nylon or silk cord for a different look.
- You could even add a bead in a contrasting color to the cord above the knot. Have fun experimenting with different ways to make your necklace!
Daniel is really enjoying playing with this when he nurses. I enjoy it because it keeps him from twiddling, pinching, or pulling my arm hair. (I can't be the only one with a fidgety nursling, right?) It looks pretty while still being durable enough to wear around a baby, and it looks and functions like a normal piece of jewelery.
For another attractive, inexpensive, baby-safe, DIY necklace idea, check out this tutorial from Lauren at Hobo Mama for how to make a knotted fabric bead necklace. Or, you could make one like this. So many options for us crafty-types to choose from!