Aloy necklace tutorial – 8 stranded braid

So, I recently started working on Aloy’s costume from Horizon: Zero Dawn. I am in love with her design and her costume provides some nice challenges for me (working with EVA foam and leather, mostly). I figured, seeing as not many people have made this costume yet, that it’d be nice to post a tutorial every now and then.


Today I will be going over Aloy’s braided necklace. This necklace is made from braided blue suede.

This is what you’ll need:

  • 8 strands of suede or fake suede. Each strand should ideally be about 2,5 m long. I bought four packs with 5 metres of chord and cut those in half.
  • A jump rope or cable. You’ll have to braid around something. The cheapest available option for me was to buy 3 metres of jump rope at my local toy store. Pick something that’s not too thick and that has plenty of flexibility.
  • A fastener. Now, I was lazy and used key rings I still had lying around. On the plus side, I think this is actually something that Aloy herself might do as there are probably no jewelry fasteners where she lives 😉 It doesn’t matter though, your hair or wig will cover it.
  • TIME. The finished braid (without the leather accents) took me 8 hours. Yes. 8 HOURS. This will take a lot of time, even if you’re faster than me.

Now for the actual braiding.

  1. Tie the chords to the key chain and section them off onto two sections of four strands. So four strands on the left, four strands on the right.
  2. The beginning is the hardest part, so don’t despair! Take the outer most right strand and move it behind the chord/jump rope/cable to the left.
  3. Then you go over the left strand, under the next, over and under again before putting it back with the (now three) strands on your right.

So: move the chord to the other side, go OVER, UNDER, OVER, UNDER.

4. Take the outer most left strand and move it behind the chord/jump rope/cable to the right.

5. Go over, under, over and under again and let the strand join its buddies on the left again.

After you’ve braided a section, be sure to tug on all the strands to make sure they’re nice and tight and your braiding is even. It’s okay if you make minor mistakes. They won’t be all that noticeable in the end and you can always cheat by putting some leather over some of them 🙂


This is what mine looked like after a little while. As you can see, I’m keeping a constant pressure on the strings to make sure the braiding is nice and tight. Leave a bit of the chord hanging out, you can cut that off later.

Want to know where you left off? Always continue with the side that has a chord on top.


This is what the front of your braid will look like after a while. Pretty, right? As far as I can tell, this is the exact technique used for Aloy’s braid 🙂


This is what the back will look like. Note that it is not braided like the front, but that the chords simply overlap.

So basically, that’s it! You just braid and braid and braid and eventually you will end up with a long necklace. To finish up, just tie the remaining chords around a second key chain. You can tie the two key chains together with a piece of string.

You can then try the necklace on and find a place to position the leather bands. You can either stitch the leather together at the end or glue them on if you use pleather or pvc.

Let me know if you start braiding by tagging me in it on Facebook or Instagram! (username: RavenStarCosplay) I would love to see it!