One day, I was casually browsing Anthropologie’s website, as I have been known to do, when I noticed a pretty fantastic looking vase. And then I noticed that the price was $198 which puts it about 10 times outside of my price range for vase purchases. When I looked closer at it, I thought to myself, “Why Megan, that looks like tiny command hooks with chains hanging from them. I bet I can figure out how to hang chains from a hook.” I sent the link to Colleen and we decided to give it a go. To be clear, we know that Anthropologie’s version is probably a fancypants blown glass vase with blown glass hooks and million dollar beauty chains and that is why it is so expensive. Ours is not quite so fancy.
What you’ll need:
- A glass vase- mine was purchased from Homegoods for $10
- Chains- I purchased mine from Michael’s and they were made from a company called Beadalon. They were 3.7 MM Figaro, 2 3.4 MM Elongado, 5.1 MM Stamp chains.
- Jump rings- I bought a little pack of varying sizes. These are also in the jewelry section of Michael’s. Some big and some small.
- Super glue- I used Gorilla glue
- Tiny command hooks (3)
What you’ll do:
1. Place glue on the back of each command hook and place them along the rim of the vase about an inch down at about equal distance from each other. I had to hold each hook in place for 30 seconds to a minute before they would stick. Then let all hooks dry completely.
2. Take 3 large jump rings, open them slightly by pulling, and hang one from each hook. Place the end of a chain on one jump ring. Being cognizant of how long the chain is and how low you want it to hang down, swag the chain around the vase and attach a link to each ring as you go until you run out of chain. The first chain I used was the shortest and I was able to get all the way around with a little left over. I used the spare section and attached it using a small jump ring to part of the chain that looped down. This may sound difficult but it is demonstrated below.
3. Continue with each new chain by attaching it to a large jump ring in the hook and swag it around in different lengths, attaching links to large jump rings as you go. I also continued to attach sections to other parts of the chain with small jump rings as well. A few small sections that were leftover I just let hang down unattached at the ends.
4. Go through and close up all your open jump rings.