Pinterest (90% of my day, really) when I saw this adorable necklace from Anthropologie. I immediately thought, "hey, I could make that!" And so... I did! And you can too :)
To make your own (non $38) plume necklace, you will need:
- Pink embroidery floss (a full skein)
- Blue, clear, and white beads
- 1 flat turquoise bead (or make your own- I'll show you how)
- Optional, but helpful: beading or embroidery needle
Take up the embroidery floss again and wrap it repeatedly and tightly around the top of the tassel. Be sure to leave enough room to thread the tassel onto your necklace later. If you want (I did), use a toothpick at the top to ensure you can tie it up later. Tie in a knot, and trim the excess.
Next, if you don't have a nice flat turquoise bead, you'll want to get starting making one. Find any color stone or clay bead in a flat shape. Then, mix up some paint until you get a bluish color you like, and paint your bead. Let it dry completely.
While your bead dries, start threading the beads onto your necklace. Get as long of a piece of embroidery floss as you can. Seriously, go much longer than you think you'll need. One, you'll want this necklace to hang down low, and two, you will eat up a lot of length tying little knots. I'd say mine was maybe four feet long to begin with.
Leave a few inches at the end and tie a single knot in the floss. Then, thread on one blue bead and tie another knot directly above it. Repeat the process over and over again. To get the identical look as the Anthro necklace, you'll follow this pattern: 12 blue, 12 clear, 12 white, 12 clear, 12 blue, 12 clear, 24 white, 12 clear, 12 blue, 12 clear, 12 white, 12 clear, 12 blue. Phew!
Well, by now, your painted bead should be dry. The next step in making it look like turquoise is using black paint and saran wrap. Pour a small amount of black paint onto a paper plate. Bunch up the saran wrap and dip it in the paint. Dab off the excess until you start to see the effect you like. Then, just dab it on the stone sparingly. This creates the look of the black ripples in natural turquoise stones.
Next, thread the two ends of your necklace through the top of the turquoise bead.
Then, thread one end through the top of your tassel, tie, and trim the excess.
Finally, cut the bottom of your tassel loops and fray the pieces of floss.
Now, wear it and revel in the fact that you made it yourself!
Wow girlie! Well done, this is super cute! I love that you can pick any color floss too!ReplyDelete
Thanks!! That's such a good idea- different colors would be so fun :)Delete
wow this necklace is really pretty !!ReplyDelete
Thank you! :)Delete
So cute, very clever way to make the turquoise bead.ReplyDelete
Thanks! :) I just couldn't bring myself to go buy another bead :)Delete
What a great idea! I love it.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much!Delete
This is so cute!ReplyDelete
This is so fabulous! You should start selling these - such a cute idea! <3ReplyDelete
Oh thanks! I wish I could, but I'd bet Anthropologie would have some complaints ;)Delete
Such a cute DIY Holly...it came out great!ReplyDelete
The Other Side of Gray
This is so adorable. I have a necklace like this that I love–I'm excited I can now make it in other colors!ReplyDelete
Oh great! I'm always wishing I had my favorites in every color 😊Delete
Great blog :)ReplyDelete
you are so talented! this necklace is awesome. the things you create look store-bought :) and p.s. you have such a pretty smile!ReplyDelete
Ginger @ Chic by Night
Oh, thank you so much! I think I need to work on my posing skills, though- maybe I'll study up on your blog :)Delete
First of all, you look adorable and I like your nail polish. And of course, what a beautiful necklace you made! I am very impressed.ReplyDelete
hugs from New York,
Aw, thank you! The nail polish effect is actually done with gold nail polish and Saran Wrap- just like the turquoise bead! :)Delete
Anthropologie has beautiful yet sometimes extremely overpriced pieces. I love your DIY, very creative and crafty :)ReplyDelete
Mili from call me, Maeby
Thank you! I totally agree- I love so many of their things, but so often I have to wait for clearance bin Anthro :)Delete
It looks really pretty! well done, Holly! Thanks for sharing such a nice post!ReplyDelete
Have a happy time!
Thank you, Alexandra!Delete
Hi Holly, I think I am going to make a few of these for Christmas presents. Don't tell Taryn:)ReplyDelete
Thanks for the great idea and easy to follow directions!
Haha! I won't tell :). Lori, you should send me some pictures when you're done! I'd love to do a post of reader features who have tried my DIYsDelete
Depending on how they turn out, I will send you some pics:) How's your adorable puppy doing/(I know she isn't a puppy anymore, but she still looks like one)ReplyDelete
I'm sure they'll be beautiful! Can't wait to see the colors you pick :) Inga is wonderful! And we still think of her as our little puppy :)Delete