I have said before I am a pretty classic dresser.  I wear a lot of solid colored tops with a pair of jeans. Although, I am a classic dresser I love making a statement with big, chunky jewelry and hair accessories.  So when I saw this gorgeous necklace at Anthropologie I had to have it.  There was no way I was paying $58 for it when I knew I could make this beauty for less than $5. Want to know how?

Anthropologie version943709_017_bInfarrantly Creative versionIMG_0714  Materials:

6 inch wide organza fabric
6 inch wide shiny tulle
14lb fishing line or clear thread
8MM pearls
6MM pearls
Sewing needle
scissors
Flower pattern
lighter
1.  First I googled “flower pattern” and found this pattern that worked perfectly for the necklace.  You will need to cut out enough fabric for three flowers (one large and two smaller ones).  I used the large and medium pattern.
2.  Next, I quadrupled up the organza and tulle fabric.  I like to be lazy efficient so I pinned the pattern to the fabrics and cut out all 8 flower petals at once.  You do not need to cut them perfect.  In fact, I made the petals rather boxy and they were easier to singe.IMG_0697 3.  I quickly singed the edges of all the flower pieces with a lighter.  You have to move really quick so that you don’t burn the edges.  You just want it to curl a little.  The picture shows the difference between the singed and unsinged edges.IMG_0698
4.  Now layer all 8 layers of the tulle and then organza on top of each other ending on an organza bloom.  With the fishing line and a sewing needle sew 3 6MM pearls on the front of the flowers sewing through all 8 blooms.  This will secure the flower petal in place as well.  You can add more pearls if you want.IMG_07055.  Set the flowers aside and string 8MM pearls on the fishing line to equal 28 inches in length.  IMG_06996.  Without cutting the fishing line I added a needle to the end of it and strung a smaller flower on the line by going through the back of the flower to the front.  Then I went from the front to the back, now your fishing line is in the back of the flower.  IMG_0700 IMG_0701 7.  I then added 7 more beads and did the same thing with the large flower.  Add 7 more beads and then add the last smaller flower.IMG_0703IMG_0704
8.  When all three flowers are on tie the fishing line into a necklace leaving a long tail of fishing line.  You want it to be a tight knot BUT do not pull it too taut or your flowers will not lay flat.  IMG_0710 9.  Add 80 6MM pearls to the second fishing line.  Then tie a tight knot (but not too taut) to the center back of the necklace (wear it to make sure it is where you want it to be).  Cut all the loose strings.IMG_0712 IMG_0711.Wahla you are done!!!!  You just Anthropologized your wardrobe for less than $5!  Ooh and you look oh so classy!  DO YOU LOVES IT?

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49 Comments

  1. wow, that is absolutely gorgeous, Beckie. I love the flowers – should really make a stack of them for general decorating purposes…

  2. *sigh* of COURSE it's that easy! How come I couldn't figure that out? … 'cause it needs that special Beckie touch to see the potential and make a fabulous necklace tutorial! Great job again!

  3. Love it! I would love to have this for a few holiday events I am having. But I've never done anything other than knit scarves and I mean knit 1 purl 2 kind of scarves.
    I am going to do it Saturday and let you know if its anywhere as fab as yours.
    But the dilemma now? I don't know if this post knocks my other favorite, lamp refabulous out of the top spot! Maybe I should have categories? These are both slammin'!

    Xx

    Cristina

  4. Simply gorgeous… I am filing this away at thecraftersfilebox.blogspot.com.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Did you already have the fabric or pearls? I'm curious how you spent the $5. It turned out so beautiful!

  6. I Like yours Much better!!! I think you should sell it to me 🙂

  7. Oh Mama! I'm going out today and buying materials to do one with white flowers and then one with black flowers! I have been wanting a necklace like this forever! I saw one similar for like $20 somewhere, but I was even to cheap to pay $20 for it!

  8. LOVES it! I think of myself as fairly creative, til I saw this! I'd never even try it, but you make it seem do-able.

  9. I love it! Way to Go! That is truly beautiful! I love it too, because I do the same thing! I can't justify spending $58 on one necklace either. I love it!

  10. This is gorgeous, amazing job! Thanks so much for sharing this with us, I'll be linking.

  11. I do loves it. 🙂 Thanks for today. And btw you are not a follower on my blog. I'm so hurt. ha ha.

  12. I really do loves it!!!!

    I do have a special attachment to black and white…this would be a great Christmas party outfit…

    oh the wheels turn…

  13. I want to be in your brain! I love it! I'm going to tell Santa I want one of those, the one you made of course! Oh, and a new outfit to wear it with! 🙂

  14. FUN!! You are amazing. Thanks for the great idea! I'm always looking for fun, easy & cheap ideas to do with girls from church… this will be a hit for sure!

  15. I LOVES it!

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I'm most definitely going to have to make one for myself.

  16. This turned out lovely! I saw a similar type flower but on a headband clip at J. Crew and sketched it into my idea notebook. I love the 3 flowers on the pearl strand.

  17. Loved this so much I had to make one as a gift. Now I need to make one for myself….in several colors!

  18. Your tutorial is well done and shows how easy it is to make this necklace. Thanks so much for sharing. I will link in an upcoming post.

  19. You've inspired me to try my own! I like how you knotted in the flowers. I will link in an upcoming blog post.

  20. Heres a tip- if you want the flowers bigger, as I did, I went to print preview and scaled it 125%. They turned out too small when I printed them as the pattern was.

  21. Hi! Just wanted to stop in and let you know I linked this post on my blog. Thank you so much for the instructions.

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