When planning my daughter’s outdoor wedding, we were a little hesitant to plan a unity candle ceremony for fear it might be a windy day and it would be impossible to keep the candles lit. We debated on some other options, including an idea of pouring sand into containers that we seemed to keep seeing everywhere. We finally settled on another option that we heard about that was the braiding together of three cords.

The most popular version of this is the God’s Knot.  To see a picture you can click below:

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This is based on a verse in the Bible (Ecclesiastes 4:12 to be exact) which says:

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

We really liked this verse and the promise and symbolism it contained and it was decided that we would use this in the wedding ceremony.  When we looked a little closer at the God’s Knot that was for sale, we agreed it was very attractive, but it was basically and ring and three cords.  Maybe . . . we could make our own!

God's Knot Cord of Three Strands

Our Cord of Three Strands went together quickly and our final cost came in at just a little over $10. We used drapery tiebacks that were available at Hobby Lobby for $2.99 each.    {* See update below **}  We bought one in white, one in gold, and one in beige, but you certainly can use other colors with  meaning and symbolism to you.  Here’s a picture from the Hobby Lobby website of the tiebacks:

** 3/8/14 Update:  Since making this project in the summer of 2011, it appears that Hobby Lobby no longer carries the drapery tie backs I used, nor is that product on their website.  I used a brand called “Wrights” and after doing some searching it appears these drapery tie backs are still available on their website (Wrights is part of the Simplicity sewing brand).   Here is a link that was currently still available as of the date of this update:     Wrights 1444020 Allison 26″ Twisted Tieback

To make the Cord of Three Strands, besides the three tiebacks you will need a ring.  We used a 2″ D-Ring from the fabric store.  A two pack cost $2.09.  I also used a needle and thread in coordinating colors, a glue gun, and a wire cutter.

Gjod's Knot Cord of Three Strands

The drapery tiebacks have fabric covered wire loops on each end.  On one end, pinch the loop together.

God's Knot Cord of Three Strands


Next you will bend the pinched end over the straight side of the D-Ring and then glue it back down onto the cord so that it is attached to the ring, but not actually glued to the ring.  After I glued it, I still used a needle and thread to make sure it would hold together really well.

God's Knot Cord of Three Strands

I used my wire cutters and snipped off the loop on the other end of the cord.  If you don’t have any kind of wire snippers, a heavy duty scissors could probably do the job.  It is not very thick wire.  Repeat this with the other two colors of cord.


God's Knot Cord of Three Strands

And here is the final result in use at the wedding.  We used a white colored hair elastic to wrap around the end when they were done braiding.  (I think we put the preacher in charge of hanging on to that, but I can’t quite remember)

The Cord of Three Strands symbolizes that not only do the man and woman come together and form a union, but with God as the third component, the union has been made even stronger.

“Though one may be overpowered, 

two can defend themselves.  

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”


You might also like to read the other wedding articles in this series:
Make Your Own Wedding Jewelry 
Sew your own $5 Bridal Veil Tutorial 

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