DIY – Anthropologie Inspired Flag Bunting Necklace

Nov
08th
2010

I absolutely love this necklace, but with the $70 price tag I was like, ummmmmm… let me try.

(What can I say? I be cheap.)

Mine didn’t turn out exactly the same as the Anthropologie version, but I’m pretty happy with it! I plan on experimenting with some other different color combinations and making a few more necklaces, but here is my first version:

Supplies:

  • leather scraps (I found mine on clearance at the fabric store, but you could just as easily cut up an old purse or jacket or… pants? hee)
  • acrylic paint & paintbrush
  • necklace chain & jump rings
  • thin ribbon
  • scissors
  • a thick needle

Cut out several triangles from your leather. I ended up using 9 for this necklace.

This part was definitely an experiment. Being that I was using only supplies I had on hand at home & was trying to make this as cheap of a project as possible, acrylic paint was my only option. I’m no expert on paint, but I’m sure there’s another type that will last longer and hold up better. For now though, this works.

I poked teeny little holes in the flags with a needle, looped the jump rings through, and linked them all together side by side. About halfway through this process I thought to myself, “AHHH. Why didn’t I just glue this to the chain?”. It would’ve been a lot easier to assemble it that way, but I am no quitter. No siree.

(But I really, really wanted to.)

Attach the necklace chain to both ends of the linked flags. Tie a sweet little ribbon to the chain and call it a day… you’re done, sista.

The total cost for this knock-off necklace was about $5, since the only thing I purchased was the leather. Not too shabby!

54 Comments Thus Far

  1. adorable!

  2. I like your version better than the Anthro one!!! I’m totally going to try this. Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. very cute!..i may have to try to make one :)

  4. Morgan! I want one! Will you message me if you’re willing to sell one? Love, love, love!

  5. You should check out this site, she’s always doing Anthropologie necklace tutorials. The latest one she has on there is my favorite and makes me want to learn how to sew even more than I already do right now.
    http://www.flamingotoes.com/

  6. So cute! Thanks so much for sharing, I can’t wait to give this one a try!

  7. Also, could you mod podge fabric or paper onto your leather pieces to create a different look for the flags? just a thought…

  8. Very cute! I wish I was this crafty. I would have most likely glued something or painted something that shouldn’t and given up. :P

  9. So cute! I’d definitely buy one if you posted them in your shop :)

  10. I think it turned out just as cute, maybe even cuter because you made it! Werk it!
    xo
    Katy

  11. I like how yours has more space between the flaggies :) Lub it!

  12. I actually do have a pair of black pleather legging-like pants… hehe… bought them on ebay for 99 cents from a seller who was selling a bunch of victoria’s secret London Jeans and got free shipping… wore them for halloween last year as part of my rocker costume… toyed with the idea of making them into maternity pants just because the idea of a pair of pleather legging maternity pants gave me a massive case of the giggles, but sadly, I never did it….

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  14. Lovvvve thisssss. Way to get crafty!

  15. I think there is a special acrylic based leather paint that you are supposed to use along with some special prep solution that helps the leather absorb the paint. In any case your version is cute and by the time the paint wears off you’ll probably be ready for another Anthro DIY, right? ;)

  16. cute! Looks just like the real thing.
    I think its better that you did clasp them onto the necklace instead of using glue, looks more authentic :-)
    and if the paint wears off it can look a little vintage :-)

  17. veddy cute!

  18. Awesome! You do such a great job at copying Anthropologie necklaces. It inspires me to do it, too.

  19. Yeah, I would buy this from you. But, no, I won’t make it. I’m not crafty! Also I refuse to cut up my leather pants. Wait… what?

  20. yours is so cute! nicely done :)

  21. Very cute!!!!

  22. you are so freakin’ talented. I love it! I might have to try this but i’m sure mine will be nowhere near as cute as yours :)

  23. I love a good Morgan tutorial! Mmmmmmwah! xx

  24. Awesome feature! I had to share with the World to:
    http://paperliliesfrenchtoast.blogspot.com/2010/11/if-anthropology-can-do-it.html

    Love reading you and I make sure not to have hot coffee in my mouth before reading your posts. ;)

  25. If this is your level of creativity with pregnancy brain, I can’t imagine what you come up with on a good day! :)

  26. that is so cool! how interesting, have not seen that before. You look great in pink by the way!

  27. Very cute! You’re so creative. and, sorry if this is weird, but your pregnancy rack looks great. haha.

  28. You’re so artful! This necklace looks perfect for a party! I will try to make something like this, I looks pretty easy=) Thanks for posting this tutorial!

  29. Love love love this! btw, what is the font that is displayed in the first picture that says “the inspiration”?

  30. Thank you, everyone! I’m glad you all like it.

    Zoua, that font is called DJ Fancy. :)

  31. Fantastic. Looks just as good as the inspiration.

  32. I found your necklace on One Pretty Thing. It’s beautiful. Well done!

  33. TOO cute! I would love to see this with different fabric swatches – I wonder if you starch them (iron and starch) if they would stay stiff enough? What a great re-do girl!

  34. Well done, like your version better. …..and the price tag!

  35. you’re really pretty. cute necklace

  36. Having a serious ‘wish I had thought of this first’ moment. Super duper cute and clever. I blogged about it today and think I will try making my own soon.

  37. Thanks for the hint. I found it much easier to cut diamond-shaped pieces and fold them over an eyepin, no hole-making, loops are ready in the pin and the flag becomes sturdier and won’t turn or roll around the edges. Will post pics of mine in my blog soon!

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  39. I love this project I think I may try it with Polymer Clay and mix up the colors a bit :) Thanks for the great post !
    Rebecca

  40. This DIY necklace is amazing, and I can’t even tell the different between it and the original! Amazing job!

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  45. hi! LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Can you please tell me, how is the necklace holding up with the paint you used? Thanks!

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  49. That’s is so cute…definitely copy…just found your blog…and it’s truly amazing and inspiring…thanks for the tutorial!

  50. Love this tutorial! Do you remember the name of the font you used to write “the inspiration” on the first picture?

  51. Thank you, Angela! I believe that font is DJ Fancy…

  52. so adorable!!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

  53. I love love love this :-D I have featured you on my blog this week: http://emilysummers-designer.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/diy-saturday-jewellery-edition.html

    Thanks for sharing your fab idea!
    Emily
    emilysummers-designer.blogspot.co.uk