Anthropologie Bonheur Necklace Tutorial

A few months ago (okay, six), I posted a photo of an Anthropologie-inspired necklace I made on a whim. I had a few requests for a tutorial, and I know it took me FOREVER… but here it is!

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A few things to note:

  • I strung the pearls on one 64″ strand of jewelry wire, folded in half. You can use two completely separate strands of pearls if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of figuring out the jewelry clasp and all that.
  • If you aren’t familiar with using a lighter to seal the edges of fabric, be extremely careful. You don’t actually have to touch the flame to the fabric to singe it and make it curl up, and you can easily catch the entire thing on fire.
  • Also, for the love of all that is holy, pin back your bangs. Hairspray + Flame = Bad Times. I’m speaking from experience.

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If you liked this, you may want to check out my other Anthropologie-Inspired Floral Necklace Tutorial.

G is for Gable. And Grrr.

Disclaimer: The following post is sprinkled with the sweetest bits of rage. I apologize in advance… you will soon understand why.

As of this morning, I still had our Christmas tree up in the living room corner. I know, the horror! The shame! Well honey, that is NOTHING compared to three years ago when I left it up until my birthday. Which juuuust happens to be at the end of the month… of February.

This year, I am on the ball and I happen to be very proud of myself. Today, not only did I rip down the tree plus gazillion ornaments and shove them in boxes in under 30 minutes take down the tree and tenderly store away each and every delicate ornament with care, I managed to squeeze in a little craft and a little sprucing up of the apartment.

I saw this tutorial on one of my new favorite blogs, The Prudent Baby, and decided I needed to make one, all quick-like. I just bought this cute green/white fabric that will soon be covering my $15 Craigslist-purchased dining room chairs (freaking adorable and eeeeeeeeeeeeeee! so excited to have them finished!), and have plenty to spare, so a-crafting I went.

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It’s blurry, yes… THANK YOU FOR POINTING OUT ALL MY FLAWS.

Here’s the after:

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Now, it may look really quick and simple, and you may think you could make one yourself while watching an episode of How I Met Your Mother with your husband sitting patiently on the couch, waiting for you to join him. You may be all, “This will only take a few more minutes babe! It’s going to be sooooo cute, omg I die.” but then two hours later, you’ll be sweating profusely and telling your husband to SIMMER DOWN, I SAID I’M ALMOST DONE! while trying to trim the millions of tiny pieces of thread hanging off the edges because you’re OCD and silently cursing the woman who invented this project in the first place because she is a devil woman with super crafting skills that obviously exceed mine. I mean yours.

If you attempt this, be sure that if your last name starts with a G you PICK ANOTHER LETTER FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY. Justin, why did you have to have such a difficult first letter of your last name? Explain yourself.

This project was a little B (New Years Resolution: use better language — I’m doing remarkably well), but after rearranging some furniture and adding a few more things to the walls, I think it was worth two hours in my own personal corner of hell. It’s pretty freaking adorable.

Anthropologie Floral Necklace DIY

Alright, so I just spent the last 2 hours making this thing. It was quite a bit more work than the last one I did, but I actually love it so much more!

The Inspiration:

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Anthropologie Ranuncula Necklace – $42.00

Supplies:

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  • Old HIDEOUS shirt I found at Goodwill, used for flowers
  • Two gold bracelets (Target) to be used for the chain
  • Misc. beads, chains, and other findings from old broken necklaces, used for flower centers
  • A thick piece of ribbon for the flower base
  • Two eyelets (found at your craft store) for attaching the chains to your base
  • A lobster clasp and jump ring — I used these from a broken necklace.
  • Needle and thread
  • Patience. A freaking lot of it.

Instructions:

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1. Begin cutting the fabric, making circles of various sizes. I used about 10-12 circles for each flower, the largest being roughly 3 inches in diameter, but feel free to make them smaller, larger, or use different amounts. And for heaven’s sake, don’t torture yourself and worry about them being perfect! They’ll be a little frayed and uneven, and that’s just fine.

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2. Stack 10-12 of the fabric circles, starting with the largest at the bottom and gradually becoming smaller as you go. Repeat until you have 4 nice little piles.

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3. Run your needle and thread through from the back, then go back down through the front. Make a few of these stitches until you feel it’s secure.

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4. While holding the fabric from the back side, pinch the whole thing in half and make a few stitches through the fold, close to the center of the flower. Do this a few more times until you get the whole puckered, petal look going on.  (How do you like my very technical instructions? I’m so not a pro at this, haha.)

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“The whole puckered, petal look”

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5. Now for the fun part… decorating those flowers!  String the beads on your thread and run your needle back and forth through the center until you get the look you want.  You can use beads of any shape, size and color for this. Go crazy… no one will judge you. :)

The next step is to make the base for the flowers.

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6. Take a strip of the thick ribbon and two eyelets. Cut a tiny hole at the edge of the ribbon and attach an eyelet.  This will be where your chained bracelets attach to the base.

Note: Eyelets are available at your local craft store and are surprisingly easy to use.  They come with directions too, so don’t be intimidated!

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7. Now, run a few stitches through the backs of each flower to secure them to the ribbon. There’s no rhyme or reason to this and doesn’t have to look pretty, just be sure each flower is stitched on there nice and tight.

Now that you know how wide your flowers are when they’re all lined up, you can trim the unfinished end of the ribbon (the one without the eyelet). Repeat Step 6 and secure the remaining eyelet to the ribbon. When you’re finished, go ahead and clasp the other chained bracelet through the eyelet hole.

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8. Take the jump ring, bend it open and hook it through the lobster clasp.

clasp39.  Now hook the jump ring through the end of one of the chained bracelets and close it.

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And Voila! Clasp the chain behind your pretty little neck and go on your merry way!

Anthropologie “Bonheur” Necklace Remake

My dear friend Anna brought this adorable necklace to my attention the other morning.

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She was right in suggesting we make one for ourselves instead of spending the $58 at Anthropologie.

I had all the pearls, organza and other supplies already, so this pretty little thing ended up costing me absolutely nothing! I am so thrilled with the end product…

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Bib Clips – A Simple DIY for Moms

If you’re like me, you forget to pack a bib in the diaper bag every freaking day of your life and want to smack yourself in the face when your kid gets orange baby food on all their cute outfits after only an hour. No, seriously… it’s an issue. I forget CONSTANTLY.

Anyway, I’ve seen these things called Bib Clips popping up around the internet for some time now, and I just think they’re the most brilliant, practical solution to my problem. You can keep one in your diaper bag so if you are in need of a bib while out at a restaurant, all you need is a paper towel or napkin and you’re good to go!

It sort of reminds me of that napkin-bib-thing they use at the dentist (highly fashionable, you know), but they’re super simple to make if you want to give them a shot.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • 2 small binder clips (Michael’s has cute and colorful ones in the dollar bins)
  • about a 15 inches of 3/8″ ribbon (or just eyeball it to fit around the back of the baby’s neck)
  • Hot glue gun or needle and thread

Step 1:

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Cut ribbon to desired length.

Step 2:

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Insert one end of the ribbon through one side of the binder clip. Loop it around and use a dab of hot glue to secure it to itself.
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You’ll end up with this.

Step 3:

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Repeat Step 2 with the second binder clip and the other end of the ribbon. You’re almost done…

Step 4:

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No no no… don’t go wake up the baby for a normal picture! Model it yourself like a huge dork. 

Have you ever made your own Bib Clips? How did they work out for you and baby? So far, so good over here!