DIY: How to Make Anthropologie's Pinned Strands Necklace

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

I can be inspired by Anthropolgie just by walking by their window display. seriously. Which is why I love stalking their site on-line and dreaming of doing some serious shopping... if it weren't for those prices. Which is why, for the next couple of weeks, I'm going to be doing some Anthropolification DIYs (which is just a fancy way of saying I'm going to make a few things inspired by what they have in the store). Up first is this fabulous necklace...

gorgeous, no? But at $98, a bit out of my price range. So we're going to attempt to make it using only what I can steal from the dress up trunk and scavenge from the art room - we'll be doing some serious hot gluing and using techniques I'd never use for my sterling jewelry... are you ready?

Step One:
You'll need an old necklace, ribbon, glue, cheap chain from the craft store, buttons or other fun accessories and glue... as with all DIYs I go in blind, not knowing what will work... don't waste time with the fabric glue on this one - pull out your glue gun girls.

Step Two:
Cut out a bit of your old necklace into two sections. Tie one  into a loop.

Step Three:
Then tie a longer piece of the necklace to your loop.

Step Four:
Take a long piece of ribbon (about 20" long) and double it up. Hot glue the beads to the inside of the ribbon. Repeat on the other side.

Step Five:
Next take your chain and wrap it around your fingers to make loops (I wrapped mine about 5 times). Tie the loops together at the top with a piece of string or wire.

It will look like this.

Step Six:
Hot glue your loops to the ribbon (right where it meets the beads)

Step Seven:
Make yourself a little rosette out of ribbon. Click here if you don't know how to make a rosette. It's very easy!

Step Eight:
Hot glue (don't you just LOVE hot glue? me too.) a button on your rosette then glue the whole shabang onto your ribbon so it overlaps with your loopy chain.

Step Nine:
And your finished. All you need to do now if figure out how long you want your ribbons and cut those off. Make sure to leave them long enough to tie around your neck.

See? Maybe not as fancy... but it sure does look a lot like the Anthropologie one, right? And this baby cost me less than $2. So, go on raid your kids dress up trunk and see what you can make. I'll be posting more Anthropolifications for the next few weeks!

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  1. Erika4:41 AM

    Genius! You inspire me everyday my friend!

  2. WOW! That is quite lovely! Wonderful idea. You could make one to match any dress- or even a set to match bridesmaids or a wedding party!

  3. Cool! I love stuff from Anthropologie. I can't wait to see more. :)

  4. I am a fan of Anthropologie. Love the necklace and the vintage feel. Good job! xo

  5. gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous and i love that you did it yourself!

  6. awesome step-by-step.
    where can i purchase patience?

  7. Fantastic :) I can't wait to see what you re-make next. Have you ever tried to make a necklace in the style of 'Subversive Jewelry'? A bit more complicated..but those sell upwards of 300.

  8. OK, so nobody tell my wife that her necklace did NOT come from her favorite store! :-)

  9. Good one Derek! lol
    This is really cool. I never though of making it to look like what you see in the store.