Handfasting Cords Made From Reclaimed Sari Silk Yarn - Darn Good Yarn

Handfasting Cords Made From Reclaimed Sari Silk Yarn

Written by Kate Curry

Handfasting is an ancient Celtic ceremony that my people have done for thousands of years. Many celts, wiccans, and pagans are picking this ancient ceremony backup and incorporating it into their wedding day. If you’re looking to make your own handfasting cords, we have this tutorial to help you! 


Sari Silk Ribbon. I used Pickled Pear, Vintage Ivory, and Teals Galore.
Charms and beads (optional)
Tape Measurer
Three little balls of reclaimed sari ribbon in white, teal, and dark green, are balled up into little nests on a shiny wooden table.


Choosing your colors! You don’t have to follow along with your wedding colors. If you want to have special colors - based on color theory or colors that have a special significance with your partner, go ahead! This handfasting is about you and the incredible bond you have with your partner! Most people choose three different colors, but you can go for a single color if that’s what makes you happy! 

Finished Length: 39 inches

Let’s Get Started

Step 1: Choose your ribbon and cut three strands, each 30 inches in length.
Step 2: Knot the ends of one side of your strands.
Against a shiny wooden table, a pale hand is holding the three strands of sari ribbon, all knotted together into one knot

Step 3: Braid your strands together, thinking of good thoughts and intentions while you plait.
Against a shiny wooden table, a pale hand is holding a braided plait of white, green, and teal sari ribbon yarn

Step 4: You can include charms, beads, or any other extras you’d like into your plait as you’re braiding.
Step 5: When you’re done braiding, leave the ends of your strands about 4 inches and knot the end of your cord.

Keep your cord(s) in a safe, dry place until your special day!

A pale hand is holding a finished handfasting cord, plaited together with white, blue, and dark green sari recycled ribbon yarn. The single plait is twisted around the person's hand.

Meet the Author

Profile picture of the author, Kate Curry, wearing a dark red Nanda Poncho sitting on concrete stairs in front of brick wall.

Kate has been on the Darn Good Yarn team since 2018.

They have their degree in Creative Art Therapy & Psychology - and like crafting and animals a little too much.