More sparkly accessories? Yes, please! Too bad Anthropologie's are $24 for a pack of three. Looks like it's time to get crafty!
For those of you that are just joining the party, I've teamed up with 4 other awesome bloggers to bring you Anthro Knock-off Week! Every day for one week, all 5 blogs share a new Anthropologie inspired post, and on the last day, we're having a themed link-up. To see what the other bloggers have going on today, you can scroll to the end of this post, or check out our Pinterest board.
- Elastic bands – I found a pack of 5 at the dollar store for – you guessed it – only a dollar. They had a pretty good selection of colors, and you really cannot beat the price, even by making your own.
- Beads and things – Michael’s has some cool geodes and whatnot. I’m currently on a geometric everything kick, and I was super excited by all the cool things they had.
- Fabric Glue – I prefer Aleene’s Fabric Fusion.
To begin, we’ll need to untie all of the elastic bands so that they can lay flat to dry. If you don’t, you run the risk of your beads sliding off.
Next, plan the placement of your embellishments. I did three minimalist ties with these really fun geode thingies I found (and they come in a bunch of different colors/tones), and two with a more world-traveler Anthro feel. One thing to consider is that the elastic wont stretch one it’s been covered in glue. I only decorated the middle sections to ensure that there was plenty of room for the bands to stretch around the beads. The larger the decorated area, the less stretch.
Now you can glue! Using your fingers or a pair of tweezers, dip each bead into fabric glue, and then place it on your elastic. I recommend dipping them individually to make sure that they’re really secure. Painting the glue on the elastic can also work, but a) you’ll have to paint on a thick layer to make sure they don’t fall off once dry, and b) it’s easier to end up with misplaced glue.
Anndddd that was the easiest Anthro tutorial ever! They need to dry at least over night, and after that you can re-tie and wear them. Mine have held up great, and as a test I glued some beads to a piece of fabric, let them dry, and then tried to peel them off. It was actually pretty difficult, which gives me plenty of confidence that they’ll last.
This post is part of Anthropologie Knock-off Week! Click on the photos below for four more fun tutorials.