The moment we saw this gorgeous $350 bib necklace on Anthropologie, we knew we had to hack it. We hit up the bead store and craft store and came out totally victorious, and spent less than $40! This project is definitely on the more involved side, and takes 2-3 hours to create. It’s a great weekend project, and the results are well worth the effort.

 – rope

– assortment of flat backed beads and gems

– assortment of seed beads

– silver cord ends + hook clasps

– felt sheet

 – hot glue gun

– needle nose pliers

– E-6000 glue

– Sharpie

– fabric scissors

– paint brush

As far as materials go, it’s best to hit up a local bead or craft store to find an assortment of gems, stones, and beads. We also used rope and paracord found at the hardware store.

First, you’ll need to cut 6 pieces of rope. Two should be shorter (these will hold your statement piece in place) and four should be the same longer length.

Create your hook clasps and glue in rope. Two pieces of rope folded in half will go into each cord end – so you should have four ends in each one.

Now you should have pieces that look like this. Knot the smaller pieces onto the bigger ones using a topsy tail loop knotting technique.

Next, it’s time to create the panel for your necklace. We used felt and created a collar or bib shape.

The glue you’ll use throughout the “beading” process is our favorite, E-6000.

Glue beads onto your felt and press firmly.

For smaller beads, you might want to use needle nose pliers to get everything in the right place.

To make the densely beaded center, use a paintbrush to apply glue in between all the gaps in the center of your necklace. Pour seed beads and press firmly.

Shake any loose beads off.

Last, remember those loose pieces of rope at the end of your necklace? That’s how we’ll attach the beaded panel we just made. Use hot glue to attach around the perimeter of your panel.

For one last finishing touch, add strands of beads around the rope on either side of the necklace.

And you’re done!!

It’s such a gorgeous piece, and way more affordable than the Anthropologie version. Best of all, you can totally customize this to fit your style, a specific event, etc.

What do you think of our take on this Anthropologie Bib Necklace? Would you make it? Or would you rather buy it? Talk to us in the comments below.