Friday, June 28, 2013

DIY Anthropologie dip dyed knot necklace

dip + dyed + knot 

... three magic words in my DIY dictionary!

This is what I made for E's birthday... some weeks ago.
I saw the Anthropologie dip dyed necklace and I knew few facts:
- she loves anything Anthro;
- her favorite color is still purple,
- a girl can never have enough accessories.

left: anthropologie - collage by moi

DIY dip dyed knot necklace supplies:

Waxed Cotton Cord 2mm White (about 3 yards)
* 2- Leather Cord Ends  4mm
Pebeo Setacolor Transparent Fabric Paint Parma Violet
4mm delicate Curb Chain  1ft
a drop of E-6000 glue

because the necklace is rather long, the clasp and jump rings are optional (I decided to opt out)
* 1- Silver Plated Curved Lobster Clasps 10mm
* 2-  8mm Open Jump Rings 

DIY dip dyed knot necklace tutorial // how-to:

First: wash the cord with warm water and soap, to get the wax off.
Once dried, the cord will appear thicker.
(in the picture: on the right the cord brand new - on the left washed and dried)

make a 4 bights turk's head knot

the knot is very easy, just follow the arrows...
Fold the cord in half and wrap the knot around twice.

Once the knot is done, give it the "messy look" by un-tighten it a little. 
use a plastic container, and pour just the size of
a hazelnut amount of fabric paint into it.

Mix it with few spoonfuls of water,
and dip a sample of the cord to check the color intensity

Dip the knot into the dye, and leaving just the knot a little longer
to give it a darker shade.
Leave it to dry - for a more intense color,
once dried dip the part with the knot once again in the dye.

At this point, it's really up to you.. you can leave the knot as is

...or you can un-tight it a bit more, to show off the ombre effect.

Wrap the two cords tightly with some tape at about 3" over the dye

Cut the cords, leaving just about 1/8" to keep the two cords together

Using a drop of E6000 and a toothpick,
slide the cords into the cord end - on both sides

Slide the chain into the cord ends and
/additional/ use a jump ring to connect the clasp in the center
and another jump ring for the closure.

... head over to Encourage Fashion to see the red version with a 5 bights knot
(the same knot I used for the nylon cord coasters!!)

xox, d.

keep in touch! 


  1. Don't you love it when the DIY comes out looking better than the inspiration? Nicely done.

  2. Beautiful!
    and it´s perfect for the summer!
    Great DIY!


  3. Yours is sooooo much better than Anthro's D :D

  4. 1° il tuo è più bello
    2° che bel cordino!

  5. What a great project! I've featured this in a DIY anthro jewelry knock-off round-up on my blog today! Here's the link if you want to check it out:


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