Tuesday, March 20, 2012

diy: Thread Wrapped Love Necklace

I was recently browsing Anthropologie's website, and came across this necklace below. It's adorable and fun, but I knew it could definitely be made for much less than $48. The supplies are also pretty basic, so I didn't even need to buy additional materials. If you're an avid DIY'er, there's a good chance you have everything on hand!

Thread-Wrapped Sentiment Necklace, $48 (Photo: Anthropologie.com)

I opted for a charm instead of a tassel, but you can obviously use whatever you'd like. Check out how I made it below!


- Craft wire (I used 24 gauge)
- Embroidery thread, one skein
- Scissors
- Round nosed jewelry pliers
- Chain (length is up to you)
- Clear nail polish (you'll use this in more than one way!)
- Jump rings and jewelry clasp (optional)
- Charm or tassel (optional, not shown)
- Ruler (not shown)

1) Cut a length of wire. About 10 or so inches should be enough. Using the round nosed jewelry pliers, create a loop at one end of the wire.

2) Keeping the skein of thread in tact/in the packaging (this makes it easier to work with), tightly tie the thread near the loop you just made. Triple or quadruple tie it for extra security.

3) Begin tightly wrapping the thread around the wire. I found that it was easier to do this if you hold the entire skein of thread in one hand while wrapping. Be sure to wrap the thread as tight as possible.

4) Continue wrapping the thread, until you've reached about 9 (or so) inches of wrapped wire.

5) Tightly triple or quadruple knot the thread.

6) Cut off the excess thread, and secure the knot with clear nail polish. Let dry.

7) Cut off the excess wire, leaving about half an inch. Use the pliers to create a loop, just like you did earlier.

8) Go back to the end that you started with, and cut off the excess thread. Secure with clear nail polish and let dry.

9) Start creating the "L" at one end. Bend the wire to the left, like the first picture above. Wrap the wire back over to the right, around the pliers as shown above. This will create the bottom portion of the L.

10) To make the "O", wrap the wire around the cap of the nail polish bottle. This will help guide the general shape. Remove the bottle and mold the "O" as you wish.

11) After you're done with the "O", make the sure the wire is bending up, like the first picture above. Sharply bend it back down to begin the "V". Tighten the sharp bend by squeezing it with the pliers.

12) Bend the wire back up, then horizontally. This will create the "V".

13) Wrap the wire around and over the pliers for the "e".

14) Bend the wire back up to complete the last letter.

15) Attach the chain to both ends. You can either use jump rings, or simply open up the loops with the pliers. You can also attach the chain to one end of the pendant, so that it hangs differently. It's totally up to you.

16) Attach a charm or tassel, if you'd like. I decided to add a vintage gold charm.

Pretty easy! With some practice and playing around, you can create other words as well. Each one for a lot less than $48, as well.

Xo, Kirsten



  1. very cute! thanks for sharing that.

  2. This is so good and resembles the original so well! I like it a lot!

  3. :O so lovely!!!
    I've to try it!!

  4. I need to go to the craft store and get supplies for this! It's so cute.

  5. Wrapping the wire with thread is so smart! I love the result, I definitely have to do this!


  6. LOVE this - need to get my mitts on some wire!!

    Sadie xx

  7. ooh it looks so cute! i need supplies immediately:)


  8. Love it! Im gonna try this once I get my crafts organized!

  9. this is so cute! I love it, i'll definitely try this once I'm free from school :)

  10. This is genius! Gotta try this one day :D

  11. Wow. This is great! Really simple and really nice

  12. perfect :)
    thanks for the tutorial :)

  13. this is SO smart! love it!



  14. This is a brilliant DIY! I love it when I see tutorials that set out to produce a certain item and actually achieve pretty much the real thing! Well done!

    Susie X


  15. so easy and smart.
    Tank you for the inspiration.
    // Gunilla

  16. echt süß :)

  17. Love your DIYs!
    What a coincidence! I did my version of this necklace too few weeks ago:

  18. Haha, I just did a LOVE-sign myself. Check it out here: http://paperdollsquared.blogspot.de/2012/03/being-crafty-again.html It's almost the same, but I formed the letters first and then started wrapping the wire.
    Have a nice day!

  19. WOW now this is so simple but amazingly cute!

  20. Great!

    Would you follow me?


  21. I have all the material to make it !!! So it would be my DIY of the week end!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  22. this is amazing~ thank you for sharing!

  23. this necklace is so cute! thanks for the tutorial!

  24. Cool! Nice tut. I will try making these, probably do ones with my name. :D

  25. Yours is cuter than the Anthropolgie one! Thanks!

  26. oooh they are so sweet I love them!

  27. This is so pretty! You amaze me every time I look at your DIY projects. You are so incredibly creative.

    The Lovely Memoir

  28. those L O V E necklaces are so adorable <3

    x the cookies

  29. When I saw a DIY like this I just became CRAZY! I love it and I have to try it

  30. This is so cute! Love it!!



  31. Omg this is so amazing! Im first time on blog and im defenitely following from now on!

  32. This is so cute. I am definitely going to give it a go. Would be a great handmade gift to friends! www.iamsourcerer.blogspot.com

  33. Love this! It looks just like your inspiration, well done! :)


  34. This is so cool! I'm doin' it tomorrow!

    I have my own blog, why don't you come and see?

  35. This is so cool! You make it look so easy to do...

  36. i love love love this tutorial!and i looovvee your blog!keep it up :)

  37. gorgeous!!!


  38. Thank you for this tutorial!! I just made one and it is great :-) Next I am going to try other words, too.

  39. I'm in love with this necklace...!!visit my blog on http://laviecestchic.blogspot.com
    xoxo Marika

  40. Wow, really like this tutorial, your ability to good support! ! !

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  42. Nice blog


  43. GORGEOUS! I will have to give this necklace a whirl! GREAT INSTRUCTIONS! Can't wait to make one and rock it!


  44. Wow, this is so cute, and simple too! I love it. c:

  45. This is so adorable! I found it via More Design Please and pinned it from there. I hope you don't mind! (great blog, fyi)

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  47. This is awesome. Simple and do-able. I see thread wrapped around wire hoops all the time; you could also do a series of lark's head knots to cover the wire with thread.

  48. This is awesome. Simple and do-able. I see thread wrapped around wire hoops all the time; you could also do a series of lark's head knots to cover the wire with thread.

  49. I just made this and it turned out great! Saw it on Pinterest.

  50. Amazing! i'm gonna use this idea to make a bracelet.

  51. I will do it!


  52. just finished mine and it was so easy cause your instruction were so great thanks LOVE it

  53. tried and loved it! I think you should try showing smile cause i had a hard time with the i in smile. :)

  54. new follower:)


  55. I used some floral wire and made my name! Also did 4 different blue threads for a nice gradient. Good tutorial.

  56. I love this so much. its beautiful!

  57. muito giro obrigada pela dica.

  58. This is so beautiful! I love the idea of the idea of doing an ombre or gradient look!


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  64. Wow what a beautiful neclace! I will try to do one, too. Thank you!

  65. thank you so much! i absolutely love it! i usually don't have all the things for diys at my house, but this is the first one i did! it came out great!

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