Anthropologie Party Animal Necklace DIY Tutorial

Easy DIY Party Animal Necklaces

I have a purely fun, whimsical necklace tutorial for you today.
It’s the Anthropologie Party Animal Necklace DIY!

Here are mine –

And here are Anthro’s (which will set you back $38 each!!):

There are just some days when I would love to wear a circus animal around my neck.

If you feel the same, here is what you’ll need:
• Animals (I got these at Michael’s – and I think they are the same animals they used.
They were in a tube – take your 40% off coupon)
• Beads, chain, ribbon, fabric, rhinestones, wire, etc for embellishment
• 22″ chain and closure findings for necklace
• bails (to make the animals into pendants)
• Glue (I used E-6000)

We’re going to start with the elephant so you can see what I did, then I’ll show you closeups of all of them.
The beauty of these though is that you can dress them up any way you want!

Start by gluing a rhinestone spacer to the top of the elephant’s head.

Add a colorful bead on top of that.

I think he likes his hat. :)

Cut a piece of ribbon for his blanket.
(I got this gorgeous jacquard ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat. I have a nifty project planned with it but this little scrap made a perfect blanket piece.)

Glue to the back of the elephant.

Trim the blanket with a small piece of chain.

Add a strip of rhinestones between the blanket and the tail.

Wrap a bit of wire around each foot.

Glue a bail to the elephant’s back, towards the top.

Let everything dry thoroughly before you add your chain.

Cut a piece of chain the length you want your necklace to be (I cut mine 22″).
Feed the chain through the bail.

Add the closure pieces to the ends of the chain. I used a lobster clasp on one side and a jump ring on the other.

Now you have a super cute Party Animal Necklace!!

Here are some shots of the others so you can see how they’re dressed up.

Our zebra has a crown (lucky him!) and a fabric blanket.

Our giraffe likes rhinestones and sequins. Snazzzzy.

Our tiger is wearing a pompom collar (all the cool tigers do) and some chain around his middle. He has a flat bail, which was easy to cover with the chain.
Here’s a pic before I wrapped it.

Aren’t they fun??

Ok – be honest now.

Fun? Silly?
Well. Obviously.
Too silly?

Don’t you have days that would be made brighter if you were wearing a tiger dressed in a pompom collar and crown?

You know you do.


  • Reply March 5, 2013

    Amy Myers

    ABSOLUTELY love these animals. So cute!

  • Reply April 3, 2013


    These are too cute! I just threw a circus-themed baby shower for my sister and I made these as prizes for the games and raffle….plus a panda for me :) Everyone loved them and they were very easy to make! Michael’s still has the tube of animals in the kids section.

  • Reply April 11, 2013


    Quelle belle idée, j’adore, bravo, c’est superbe ! Amicalement

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    I just fell in love with these necklaces ! Being an absolute fan of any funny “animal” fashion item, i doubt i will be able to resist making these. They are just too cute to ignore !
    Thank you for the idea, i LOVE IT !

  • Reply April 26, 2013


    These are not silly – this is haute couture! Thanks.

  • Reply May 20, 2013


    I just finished making the whole collection you did, plus the rhino (awesome!) and the koala. My nieces are in a frenzy to get their grubby little paws on them. (Pun intended.) I’m keeping the rhino and the zebra for myself though.

    Best DIY ever, keep up the great work. Terrific blog!!!!!!

  • Reply May 24, 2013


    I personally ADORE them..xo

  • Reply June 27, 2013


    Might I ask, how well does the glue hold? I have a project in mind, a necklace as well, but am fearful the object I would like to use will weigh too heavy for the glue to withstand. My object might weigh a pound or so. When I first seen your photos, without reading their captions, I thought perhaps you had somehow pierced the plastic of your objects; which is what I was hoping to do with mine. But if E-600 is miracle glue, I am thinking I might not have to go that far? Any suggestions? : ^ ) By the way, your necklaces are priceless!!!

    – Jacqueline

    • October 24, 2013


      E-600 is a super, super strong glue. Just be sure you let it dry for 24 hours :) So when I do these I’ll actually be doing them in a span of 1-2 days

  • Reply July 4, 2013


    OMG super and so much fun!! I’m off to buy some wild animals! Quirky, bright, fun, unique!! Thanks so much for sharing…i feel a new addiction coming on :)

  • Reply August 5, 2013


    absolutely darling! very clever and easy to try… love love these and going to really fancy them up as gifts! thanks for excellent tutorial brilliant photos and instructions WONDERFUL PROJECT FOR KIDS TOO XO

  • Reply August 15, 2013

    Heather - Chickabug

    Great idea! These zazzled guys are so cute – especially the giraffe! I’m definitely trying this! : )

  • Reply August 28, 2013

    Lisa @hooplapalooza

    i’d much rather wear these than the ole boring jewelry! they are fantastically fun! :)

  • Reply August 29, 2013

    kathleen babbitt

    Love these. I have a new item to add to my dress up box christmas items.!!! Is it all right if I steal your idea I would embellish them differently . I know people are going to want them and I do craft shows. also I’m starting to teach sewing and cooking and crafts to children. I would love to have permission to use your idea for teaching purposes. thank you for sharing. If you say no I will abide by your wishes what ever you want. thanks for considering. kathleen

  • Reply December 2, 2013


    I loved this (too) much! Loved it.

  • Reply December 29, 2013


  • Reply July 30, 2014


    I’m pretty sure this is the cutest + most original DIY I have ever seen.

  • Reply April 2, 2015


    Great idea! Just beautiful! What size beads though?

  • Reply May 9, 2015



    • May 10, 2015

      Beverly McCullough

      Hi Luda,
      I bought mine at a craft store a few years ago so I don’t remember the brand. But I found these on Etsy – They look like they’d work if you cut the ring at the top off with some wire cutters. You might check around on Etsy – they had a few different crown options. Hope that helps! :)

    • May 10, 2015


      Thank you so kindly for your prompt response, Beverly. This helps tremendously. Can’t wait to make these.

      God bless

  • Reply July 1, 2015

    graniet tafelblad

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