Anthropologie Inspired Large Bead Chiffon Necklace

We shared this tutorial over at Pretty Life Anonymous last week . . . if you ever need help in the fashion department, that is the blog for you!! Those sisters are seriously so cute and have a GREAT eye for inexpensive fashion. Anyway, here is the tutorial we shared on their blog:
My inspiration came from this cute Anthropologie necklace that they were selling earlier this year.  I love, love, LOVE Anthropologie . . . but usually everything is out of our price range. However, this little necklace went on sale for $20, but even then I didn’t buy it because I knew that I could make it for less money. Way less money. Maybe even for free . . .

So here is what you need:

  • 5 to 7 chunky beads (I love the wood beads that Anthro used, but I was trying to make this using things around my house. I found these big beads on a necklace that my sister gave me.
  • Scrap piece of chiffon or sheer fabric (I was even thinking that you could make this necklace with some thick ribbon and it would be really cute too!)
  • Scissors

Step 1: I cut (well, actually I ripped because I liked the “unfinished edge” look) a piece of sheer fabric that was 3″ x 58″ long. I also ended up cutting off the selvage edge.

Step 2: Now you want to start with your middle bead and string it onto the piece of fabric. I realized that this sheer fabric is super hard to squeeze through a tiny bead hole, so I started looking around my house for something that I could use to push my fabric through. At first I found a skewer, but it was too fat to fit through the hole. And then . . . I found the perfect tool! This is one of the little tools that comes in an at-home hair highlighting kit (yes, I totally highlight my own hair . . . I am cheap like that!) to pull your hair through a cap. It worked perfectly!

Step 3: Once you string the bead on, tie a big loose knot on either side of it. In the Anthro original, I think that they tied a couple of knots between beads. You can do whatever you feel like. :)

Step 4:String a bead on either side of the first bead and tie more knots.

Step 5: I ended up only using 5 beads- you can use more if you would like to. Tie a knot after the last bead.

Step 6: Bring your two ends together and tie a bow (or tie a knot like I did).

Super easy – I finished the whole necklace in about 10 minutes!

Have a great day!
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  1. Stephanie says

    Thanks for the inspiration! As soon as I read this I went straight to my craft are to see what I could find. I made my own version using orange wooden beads from a napkin ring I broke and navy tulle. It turned out pretty cute, especially for free! :)

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