Lanyard Knot Instructions


Lanyards have been a part of kids' camping and scouting experience for decades. This simple craft teaches motor skills and hand-eye coordination and makes a great key chain or other craft. Whether you use rope or plastic lacing, tying lanyards is fun.


Macrame rope and plastic lacing work well for this craft. If making the lanyard knot for the first time, it helps to use two colors of rope or lacing. Making this particular knot uses a lot of lace, so cut lengths of 2 feet of each color to begin.

Making the Knot

Think of this knot as a building knot. Each layer of the knot will form a square and you will build upon that to make the next knot. Lay the two colors of lace so that you have an "X" in the middle. Loop the top of the first lace downward and the bottom of that same lace upward. Loop the right end of the second lace to the left, weaving over the first loop you made and under the second loop you made with the first lace. Weave the left end toward the right, weaving under the first loop and over the second loop of the other lace. Hold all four ends and gently pull them tight at the same time. A square will form in the center. The color of the upper, right square and the lower, left square will be the same. Repeat these steps until you have the length you want for your lanyard.

Finishing the Lanyard

If you used macrame rope, simply tie one end of the lanyard to a key ring, zipper pull or whatever you are using it for. Plastic lacing can be tricky to finish and tends to unwind eventually. Solve this problem by dipping the end of the lanyard in boiling water for 30 seconds. The plastic will soften and hold its place.

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