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Anthro-inspired Nautical Necklace

 Here’s my $5 version of Anthropologie’s Curls & Coils Necklace.
As soon as I saw this necklace, I was working out how to make it. I love the nautical, rough texture combined with the sparkle!
At first I was looking for cotton rope, but upon further inspection I discovered that it is actually made out of cotton upholstery cording. 

I hand-stitched the cording together, forming loops.

At the ends I was at a loss of how to finish off the necklace. Of course there are professional beading ends that you can buy made specifically for this type of project. But I didn’t have them in my stash of bead-making supplies.


 So I improvised, I wrapped the cut ends in a piece of scotch tape. Then I took metal wire and started about 1/2 inch from the end, I wrapped the wire tightly around the cording until I reached the end of the piece. Then I threaded the end of the wire through a metal beading cone (found at the craft store). I put some Gorilla Glue in the inside of the cone and pushed the end of the cord into the cone and let it dry. After it was dry, I made a loop with the wire and attached a jump ring to the loop. Then I took the other end of the wire and wrapped it around the base to secure the loop. I did this on each end of the necklace, making loops on both ends. On one side of the necklace I attached a lobster claw to the jump ring. On the other end I attached a 2 inch piece of find chain with 3 jump rings attached. That way the necklace is adjustable depending on the length I want to wear it. 

 On one side of the necklace I attached gold, rhinestone buttons that I found at Joanne Fabrics. I hand-sewed them on to the loops. 

I wore it yesterday!!
I’m linking up to Kimba’s DIY Day

and Today’s Creative Blog

and Reinvented’s

Have A Happy Day!



  1. Christine says:

    I made this necklace a while ago, and I love it so much! However, I’ve gotten sooo many comments from random people saying it looks like a noose around my neck… I’m half black so slavery usually pops up in that conversation. I wish I didn’t live in such a small town with such narrow minded people (Medford, OR) Has anyone else been asked this?

  2. I loved this and made this for one of mine blog posts! Thank you for the chic idea!!

  3. Thank you for tutorial..It is just awesome. I enjoyed your creativity. I never seen such a stylish necklace.. You are very creative man. I am impressed.

  4. The Beading Gem says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I just love the look of rope necklaces. You've inspired me for sure! I will link in an upcoming blog post! This is too good not to share.

  5. That is so cool! I will definately have to try and make this! Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. So cute! Nice work!
    Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com

  7. Oh my gosh, you did so good, I actually thought yours was the anthro one. Your ending with the wire was so much better then the anthro one.

  8. Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful says:

    That's awesome, Jen! It looks identical to the anthro one! Your whole outfit looks super cute!

  9. Grammy Staffy says:

    You are so clever!!!! I love your necklace…. and it looks especially nice on you.

    What did you find out from your daughter's MRI? I hope that all is well. Thanks for remembering my Lynell in your prayers. I appreciate your support.

    Hugs, Lura

  10. Kristen Andrews says:

    I love it very cute Jen and that last pic w/ your daughter in the background is sweet!

  11. Infarrantly Creative says:

    I am a sucker for Anthro inspired. That is just perfect! You are tempting me to make one. Here are a couple I made…



  12. In this wonderful life... says:

    WOW! identical! great job!

  13. You're so crafty! :) I love it!

  14. Connie Weiss says:

    I think I like your's better! Great job!

  15. Your necklace came out beautiful…I made one similar years ago and I threaded wire thru the cording to help it keep shape over time. Great job and it looks just as professional as the one from Anthropolgie

  16. Wow! I thought yours was the Anthro. and theirs was the $5 one. Way to go…it looks BETTER than the original!

  17. Rachel@oneprettything.com says:

    That is way cute and so perfect for spring. Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking.

  18. Kimm at Reinvented says:

    Love the necklace, Anthro's got nuttin' on you! :) Thanks for linking up.

  19. Carmie - the Single Nester says:

    Another great design! And, I love your new blog banner.

  20. Looks exactly like it!! Great job!
    Jenn :)

  21. AM from White House, Black Shutters says:

    love the necklace and your new layout! :) GREAT job!

    I wouldn't have tried the necklace if I saw it on it's own, thinking it would be too chunky. but oh my gosh, it looks absolutely stunning on you!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments! :)

  22. I think you did a fabulous job! Very pretty!

  23. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    I like yours better. :) The price is better too!

  24. Style Sisters says:

    I love this idea! You are so creative! Stop by to check out my Napkin Ring Promotion!

  25. inthehammockblog says:

    This is so pretty! I love it!

  26. Beth@The Stories of A to Z says:

    Cute necklace and love your new look! Congrats on the much deserved bloggy success!!!

  27. Julie Harward says:

    Thanks Jen, that was really sweet of you! ;D

  28. wow! This is SO pretty! Yours looks just like the Anthropology one! I can't believe how great this turned out.

  29. I am such the sucker for anthro and nautical. I love, love, love this!! Totally making it myself. Thank you!!!!


  30. Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com says:

    So cute! I love nautical stuff. I am always happy when it comes back in style.

  31. Julie Harward says:

    It's SO cute…you make everything look so easy! šŸ˜€

  32. Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria says:

    How fun! Can we just live next door to each other? We would have so much fun creating…it would be non-stop! lol Another great creation by Jen!! :)


  33. I like your version better than the anthro version. It looked so great with your red, white, and blue outfit. As always, I'm impressed!

  34. Love your step by step instructions!

    Adorable necklace!

  35. Cute Jen! Love your blog makeover, it looks great! :)

  36. Such a good copy! You did fabulously!

  37. PeaceLoveApplesauce says:

    OMG.. I LOVE IT!!

  38. Jen, that is a neat idea. You know you should really start selling this stuff. By the way love the bracelet!

  39. That is too cute!

  40. Kimmie @ live fancy. says:

    I love this. LOVE. And that last photo is precious. After you retire the necklace, you should frame that photo and make a frame using the necklace from the photo. Thanks for the tutorial!

  41. I love how you are using your God given gifts and talents and sharing it with the rest of it.

    Looks so cute on! Have a great day!

  42. This is so cool.

  43. Mrs. Dunbar says:

    By far one of my favorite projects of yours to date. Awesome. Totally awesome.

  44. There is absolutely no END TO YOUR TALENT!!!!

    You are soo gifted! Great job :)

    blessings to you Jen

  45. SO cute! What a great idea!

  46. Shuggilippo says:

    I am in LOVE with this. Totally making one this weekend.

  47. pk @ Room Remix says:

    My goodness, girl! You're unstoppable. :-) I love it! Very fun.

  48. I never would have thought of this, even if I had seen it at Anthro….Love your creative mind!

  49. Country Dreaming says:

    Your version looks much better! I like the more specific loops as opposed to the "cram it together" loops of the original.
    This will be a great necklace for summer.



  50. Jenglamgirl says:

    We are alike in so many ways… starting with JEN~ I just bought a Nauticual top and cardigan and a cute nautical necklace (fam pics to do)… I was going to feature it Friday, for Friday Favs.

    LOVE WHAT you made, its darling, how creative. Also did you get my email, on the html post for Wed. I know you probably get SO BUSY with emails and stuff… your followers have grown tremendous!!!! anyway, shoot me an email when you can. Hugs, Jen

  51. wow that is amazing!!!

  52. Your creativity NEVER ends!!!!! It's unreal. AND how in the world do you have ALL of this stuff????? :)

  53. michelle@somedaycrafts says:

    Ok! That. is. cool! First one I've seen like that! Way to go!

  54. Laura Ingalls Gunn says:

    Very cute you clever girl!

  55. Sonja @ Craft-Werk says:

    Fantastic recreation – you've been very creative with that bit of cording! Cool.

  56. Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training says:

    Love! I added this to my must make file on my computer.

    Kendra "Domestic Princess in Training"

  57. it looks so good on, good job!

    Work From Home


    That's awesome, I like your better than the Anthro one. Love it paired with the red & white shirt.

  59. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    So cute! I love the nautical look…but horizontal stripes are not my friend!

  60. How wonderful Jen!! I love your flair!! ALso love that last picture of mother and daughter love. XXOO

  61. Gay Vaughan says:

    Now that is one sweet necklace! Don't you just love when you make something that didn't cost a whole lot in time or money and have it turn out so awesome! I liked it once I saw it on you. Great job.

  62. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    You really did a great job with this. At first I had a hard time picturing it as a necklace, until I saw it on you. It looks great…and even I could do this one! I love the added bling.


  63. Manuela@TPOH says:

    That looks amazing! I love Anthro but don't have one really close so I rarely go. It looks great!


  64. really nice!.thanks for sharing your projects with us.

  65. Love love love this! I haunt Anthro, always wishing I could buy more, but you've inspired me to look at it another way :)

  66. Heidi@TheCraftMonkey says:

    It looks just like the original! great job!

  67. 1 Funky Woman says:

    Wow, it looks so good on, good job!

  68. Pretty Things says:

    Nicely done!

  69. That is amazing Jen- it looks fantastic!! And it almost looks simple enough for a non-crafter like me to try!



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