Have you been pining for an Anthro Necklace? I have been pining, I must admit.
And as we’re creeping hurtling closer and closer to the holidays, I’m always on the lookout for inexpensive ways to give cool gifts. :)
So of course I went “shopping” at my favorite place to knockoff – Anthropologie. I found the cutest necklace – duh- and I fell in love.
This time we’re doing a version of their “Into the Woods” necklace.
Here is mine . . .
And here’s the Anthro Original . . .
Same basic idea – but I wanted mine to be a bit more neutral so I can wear it with more things.
(yes. despite the nearness of the holidays I’m keeping this for myself. But I had to make one as a sample in case it didn’t turn out. Right? Hmmm?)
Though I do love that retro, floral ribbon. If I find any of that I’ll probably have to make another one.
Ready to make your own?
Here’s what you’ll need.
• Twill tape or decorative ribbon (about 1 yd)
• 2 yards of narrow cream ribbon (needs to fit through your beads)
• wooden beads (16)
• Accent Beads (2 large & 6 or 7 small)
• Headpins and eyepins
• Needle and thread
Round nose pliers and wire cutters
Start with getting your accent beads ready. We’re going to put them on eye pins, which are wires that have a loop in one end.
Thread the pin onto the bead and bend the wire at the other end of the bead.
Hold your wire with the round nosed pliers, snug against the bead. Wrap the wire around one side of the pliers so that it makes a loop.
With your wire cutters, trim off the excess wire. Make sure you face the wire cutters away from you.
After you’ve clipped the wire, with the round nose pliers finish making the loop. Repeat with the other accent bead.
Follow this same process only with head pins for your small beads. Put the wire through the bead and make a small loop in one end.
Open up one of the loops at the end of a large accent bead and join it to the other large accent bead.
Open up the loops of the small beads and add them to the loops between the two large beads.
You want the area between the beads to look pretty full.
Cut an 18″ piece of your narrow ribbon and knot it around one loop of a large accent bead.
It might help to thread your ribbon through a large needle.
Pull the ribbon through a large wooden bead and knot the ribbon after the bead to hold it in place.
Add two more beads the same way, knotting after each bead.
Cut a 54″ piece of ribbon and knot it to the loop on the other side of the bead cluster.
Add wooden beads until the bottom section measures your desired length. I used 16 beads and I knew that I wanted it to be a bit uneven.
Knot one end of the twill tape around the left side of the bead strand, catching the narrow ribbons in the knot.
Trim the narrow ribbons and the twill. Turn the short twill end under and with the narrow ribbons inside, stitch the twill down.
Use tiny stitches so they don’t show from the front.
Cut a small piece of twill for the bow. Overlap the ends and sew down the middle so there is a small gather.
Cut another small piece for the center of the bow and wrap that around tightly and sew.
Sew the bow to the right side of the necklace above the knot.
You’re all done!
I love the contrast of the pearls and the wood.
And the obligatory picture of me wearing the necklace.
(To understand my weird facial expression you need to know that our neighbor’s mangy cat was giving me the stink-eye from our fence.
You don’t turn your back on this particular cat.)
At least the necklace is cute. ha.
I can think of tons of combinations for this – it would be so cute in black and white – with big black beads and pearls and an ivory satin ribbon, maybe even a cameo where the bow is.
What colors/styles would you make this in?
I’d love to hear what you think.