1.20.2011

Anthropologie Inspired Necklace from Wedding Dress

Last summer I told you how I was cutting up my wedding dress to make all kinds of fun (more useful) projects.  I called it "I DO, re-done".  It was supposed to be this big event and even had a button.  Well as it turns out I'm not a big event person and although I love making things from the endless supply of fabric that is my wedding dress, I wasn't strict enough to do a month of just that.  So here and there I share projects made from (yes my ACTUAL) my wedding dress.

It's my first official "inspired by anthro" project!  To be honest I didn't even know what Anthropologie was until I started blogging and saw it all over the blogs.  We don't have one here, but I do love it!  I say Inspired by because it was not my intent to completely copy it, I took what I loved about it and created something more ME.    So here was my inspiration-
And here is what I ended up with-
The flower portion is made from my wedding dress skirt.  There were three different layers to the skirt, satin, organza, and tulle.  So you will need bits of different textured fabric in the same color (white in this case)

You will also need a fashion pearl necklace (mine was thrifted) and some chain
A hot glue gun
Two jump rings
Some felt

Cut a TON of circles out of all three of your fabrics in roughly three sizes.  No need to be anything close to perfect.  Once your circles are cut fold each one into fourths and cut a petal shape.  Again, mine were completely wonky and you won't be able to tell in the end.  Just give it some points here and there, leave some rounded, texture is what we are after.

Cut a felt base in a kidney bean shape that gets smaller at the bottom.  Fold each flower in fourths and tack down to the felt base with needle and thread.  Large ones at top working toward the smaller end with the smaller flowers.



I did the outside layer in all satin so I didn't have any itchy parts next to my skin.  Then worked my way in with the other textures sticking satin here and there.  Work until your felt is full!
I shortened my pearl necklace a bit and added some silver chain by attaching it to the pearl necklace hardware with jump rings.


To attach the flower portion to the necklace I used hot glue on the felt.
Then more hot glue and a strip of felt again to cover all my glue mess and polish it off.
Voila! Reminds me a little of the butterfly wreath everyone loved so much :) 
Enjoy!

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41 comments:

  1. I LOVE that you used your wedding dress for this!!! What a great idea! Mine is just sitting up in the attic taking up {lots} of space! I'm inspired!

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  2. Beautiful! Anthropology would be proud.

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  3. Taylor, that is wonderful!! And I like yours much more than the original!

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  4. oh so sweet! the color of the pearls is what catches my eye.

    Di

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  5. thanks for the how to. I think yours is prettier than the Anthropologie though

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  6. So pretty and what a wonderful momento of your wedding day. I love it!

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  7. So gorgeous! Looks fairly simple too. Love how it turned out.

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  8. Absolutely love this!! Well done. It's so cute!

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  9. I forgot all about that series. I still can't believe you cut up your wedding dress though. I can't imagine cutting mine up. I do love your necklace though. It look better than the original.

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  10. Oh... I Love yours so much more than theirs! It looks so much better! Fabulous job!

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  11. Beautiful and I loved the tutorial...thanks!

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  12. Oh I love this too much for words...

    Malory

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  13. Your necklaceis even prettier than the anthro one! I loved your wedding dress posts. Wish I had the courage to cut mine up. Maybe someday.

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  14. I love your necklace soooo much more than the Anthro necklace!

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  15. Your necklace is sooo pretty! I think it's a great way to use your wedding dress - great tutorial too!!

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  16. Really lovely and fresh. Great tutorial!

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  17. Wow! It's so beautiful! I love it.

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  18. That is awesome that you used your wedding dress for this. I love it. I would love it if you would come and link up to Fantastic Friday at http://ironvioletdesigns.blogspot.com
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  19. DEFINITELY better than the anthro necklace! Love it!! props to you!!

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  20. very creative of you! and turns out beautiful too! thanks for the tutorial! easy peasy it seems!

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  21. Beautiful AND meaningful! :o) Love it!

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  22. Thanks for coming and linking up to Fantastic Friday. I would love to have you come back this week and share your latest creations with everyone!

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  23. wow this is AMAZING!
    malia
    www.yesterdayontuesday.com

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  24. This is adorable! I am in the process of planning a vow renewal ceremony/wedding and I have my mother's dress that won't fit me so this may be the perfect use for that gorgeous satin to add to my own outfit. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. so nice thats what they called a piece of art :)

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