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.
Well, we are back at it with copying Anthropologie. Ya’ll make sure you don’t go run and tell them now. Some time ago, our friend Kyle sent Colleen a message saying that she had a request (we totally take requests, by the way) that we recreate this $200 Anthropologie pillow. We obviously had to try. Let me start this off by saying we absolutely do not know how to sew. Luckily we have a lovely mother who is a sewing master and has always sewed our curtains and pillows for us. Unfortunately, we cannot teach you how to sew this pillow. So your first order of business, should you choose to make this pillow, would be to find your own sewing genius to put it together for you. Maybe one day we will make our mother do a pillow sewing tutorial for ya’ll (and for us).
Here is a picture of Anthro’s for comparison purposes…
I am sure you can find a stencil with a font closer to theirs if you searched the interwebs. We just weren’t working that hard.
What you’ll need:
1) Fabric. We used a shiny linen. For a little less than an 18″X18″ pillow, 1/2 a yard should do it according to our mother depending on how wide the fabric is. To be safe, I would get a yard per pillow. We made an 18″X18″ and a 20″X20″
2) Fabric paint
3) A small sponge applicator. We actually cut the sides down of ours a little so it was more narrow.
4) Letters stencil
5) Pillow form in the size you want
What you’ll do:
Step 1) Cut out your fabric by cutting out two squares of the size of your pillow adding 1/2″ on each side for the seam. For example, for a 18″X18″, cut your square out for 19″X19″. Measure carefully to make sure it is even all the way around. Right, Mom? Feel free to correct me. If your fabric is super wrinkly, you may also want to iron it after cutting it out.
Step 2) Lay fabric out over a piece of cardboard or something similar to protect your counter from paint. Use the letters that you punched out of your stencil (at least that is how ours came) to lay out and mark how many lines you will need to complete your message. This was easy for us because we were copying something else. You will have to play around with how many words will fit on each line and how to make all the spaces between each line look even.
Step 3) As you can see in the photo above, we used random letters to represent the first line of our pillow to see where we should start in relation to the margin of the pillow, how close the spacing of the letters needs to be and to make sure you have room for all the words on your line.
Step 4) Before starting to paint, we cut each letter out because we felt this was easier during stenciling. Make sure to leave plenty of room around each letter when you cut it out. It is complicated to try to explain but if you cut too close, you are more likely to get paint on the pillow in places you don’t want it. When you start your first letter, make sure to dab most of the paint off the sponge onto your plate and just add a little at a time. Too much paint will make your letters sloppy. Dab straight down from above. Work your way to the right. I blew off each letter for a few seconds to reduce possibility of smearing.
Step 5) Using your little letter marking guide, find where the next line should start and repeat the process until you complete your message.
Let dry and sew him up in his little form.
If you’ll notice, we had a little miscalculation and lost the word “dear” in the fifth line. Oops. We decided that wasn’t such an important word anyways.
Stenciled Herringbone Pillow DIY
Hey guys, it’s Colleen. Since Meg told you how to make the Anthro Stencil Pillow that sells for 50 million dollars (seriously, $200???), I also wanted to show you how I made my pretty little herringbone pillow that has now become the apple of my eye. We had decided we would make pillows a couple of weeks ago, and when I saw this post on Design Sponge, I figured I might as well include a pillow that looks like the beauty towel at the end of the post as well. You can actually buy these pillows for pretty cheap, so feel free to purchase instead of make. Me, I opted to make one, and I am kind of obsessed with it.
What you’ll need:
- Fabric – I used white linen
- Card stock to make a stencil. We actually bought the fancy stencil sheet that you can use to cut out you own, but I forgot them at Megan’s so I just used card stock instead. Works just fine.
- Fabric paint in colors of your choosing
- Several of these little spongey things. Use one for each color.
- Exacto knife
- Pillow form
What you’ll do:
1) Find fantastic person who will sew your pillow for you. Thanks Mom! Then cut your fabric to match the size pillow that you would like and iron, just like Megan talked about in step 1 above. Use your exacto knife to cut 2 different stencils into your card stock. One that is a slanted rectangle facing down on the left (for the left side of the herringbone pattern) and one that is a slanted rectangle facing down on the right. You can really cut two of the exact same stencils and then flip one over. You won’t want to use the same for both side because then you will get paint all over your pillow and be super sad.
2) With a piece of cardboard underneath the fabric, place your left side stencil on the fabric at your starting point. Dab your sponge in the paint, being sure to dab a bunch off onto a plate, ad then sponge on your paint into the first stencil. Let dry a little bit. Take your right side stencil and place right at the bottom right corner of the first stencil and sponge in your paint. Continue down the line. I did this pretty organically, just eyeballing to line up the stencils with those above them, and trying to keep very little space between right and left side. When you want to use your different color, be careful to let your stencil dry before you do so the paint doesn’t mix together and change the color.
3) Start your next row of herringbone wherever you would like (i.e., either above, below, or right beside your first row.) However, be careful that your left side stencils will fall in between the right side of your first row. If you look at the pattern a little you will see what I mean. I changed around the pattern by starting a little higher up or a little lower, depending on the row.
4) Let dry and then give to fantastic sewing person to sew. Then marvel at the beauty of your new pillow.
Thanks Bean! Both these pillows actually turned out pretty well (other than losing our “dear”) and we are quite happy with them. Let us know if ya’ll try to make them and have any questions.
Anthropologie has been one of our favorite stores for basically forever. Obviously I would love to own every dress, home item, and piece of jewelry, but most of all I love how the store makes me feel. Those people really know what they are doing, with their ridiculously fantastic scented candles and dreamy displays. Anthro is like a wonderland of constant inspiration. Whenever Meg and I walk in, we always discuss how fun it would be to recreate all of the delicious vignettes and garland decor that fills the store with such warmth.
Meg texted me last week with the following picture and we decided we would take a crack at Anthro’s paint dripped jars. Therefore, this is our first Recreating Anthropologie DIY. I know we say this all the time, but this is seriously one of the easiest DIYs we’ve ever done, and really quite a beauty.
What you’ll need:
- As many mason jars as your heart desires.
- Craft paint in the colors of your choosing. We decided to do three jars with each jar designated as one color scheme: pink, blue, and green. For each scheme, we used a couple of shades of the color along with white for some contrast.
- Shellac sealer (or other protective finish). We used Bulls Eye Shellac Traditional Finish and Sealer.
What you’ll do:
1) Take bottle of paint and pour a large drip onto the top inside edge of a mason jar.
2) Bang the mason jar against the table to help the paint run down the side of the jar. The more your pour, the easier it is for the paint to drip all the way to the bottom.
3) Take another color of paint and pour a second drip along side the first. Again, bang against the table until the paint journeys to the bottom of the jar. You can also turn the jar sideways if you want the drip to be thicker. Just keep repeating until you like how the jar looks. We added some white in between the colors to add contrast, but you can really do whatever you want.
4) The only issue with pouring all of this paint is that it gathers in the bottom in a big puddle and takes forever to dry. We had to take a blow dryer to it the next day for it to even be close to dry. So if I were you, I would do this well before you want to actually use the vases.
5) Once the inside is dry, spray with shellac to provide a protective finish.