38 Anthropologie Hacks

Ever walk around Anthropologie and think “I could make this stuff myself for so much cheaper”? Here’s how you can!

Home Decor

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1. Build this bookcase.

Filled with vintage 1st edition books, the Anthro versions costs $1400. With a few simple supplies from the hardware store, you can easily make a case to house your own books, for waaay less.

Instructions here.

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2. Make some rope coil planters.

They could also double as pen or utensil storage containers.
Directions here.

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3. Build a sculptural paper orb chandelier.

You can make your own chandelier that’s almost as beautiful as the original, using a plain paper lantern and some cupcake liners.

Instructions here.

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4. Craft some floral vases.

To make the first copycat you’ll need a cheap vase, paint, and some self-drying modeling clay.

The flowers for the other version are made from polymer clay and spray glaze.

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5. Transform old glasses into confetti patterned tumblers.

All you need is glass-safe acrylic paint and some dedication. Instructions here.

The second version uses paint pens, which make for tinier dots and easier cleanup.

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6. Sew some ruffled curtains.

For under $20, you can make your own using basic cotton sheets.

Directions here.

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7. Paint your own monagram mugs.

Admittedly, this tutorial requires lots of supplies, but would work great if you want to transform a bunch of old, plain mugs into gifts.

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8. Sew a duvet cover.

The “Cirrus” duvet makes it seem like you’re sleeping on a cloud, but it certainly doesn’t come with a heavenly price tag.

This tutorial shows you how to transform a few basic flat sheets into a similar looking cover.

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9. Sew a quilted bedspread.

The original Rosette quilt is made of comfy cotton jersey. Make a similar blanket from some basic jersey sheets. Sewing instructions here.

You can even add pillows to match. Directions here.

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10. Turn old jars into chalkboard spice jars.

Instructions here.

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11. Create a pendant light fixture.

This version, made from a metal storage bin, will cost you way less.

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12. Sew a ruffled shower curtain.

Make an equally delightful shower curtain for much less, following these directions.

The same technique could be applied to create regular window curtains.

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13. Build a tea cup lamp.

You can make your own for under $50, using secondhand dishes and some supplies from the hardware store.

Instructions here.

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14. Create a collaged fabric throw pillow.

You can make a similar pillow using scrap fabric.

Directions here.

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15. Make candlesticks out of a variety of trinkets.

The original candlesticks are made from pre-existing antique knick knacks. Go straight to the source and make your own candlesticks out of thrifted items. This whole set cost about $15 to create.

Tutorial here.

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16. Create a lace embossed dish.

Perfect for displaying jewelry on a dresser.
Instructions here.

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17. Transform an old dresser.

With about $30 and some tools, you can make an authentically rustic dresser.

Instructions here.

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Clothing & Shoes

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18. Make a half-lace, half-shirt top.

Make this version by easily sewing together an old striped shirt with a lace top.

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19. Embellish a dress with lace trim.

Add lace to a simple dress to achieve a similar look.

Directions here.

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20. Add ruffles to a top.

This tutorial shows you how to make a similar shirt for no more than $5.

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21. Paint polka dots onto a pair of jeans.

Use fabric paint to add polka dots to an old pair of jeans. To get as close to the Anthro look as possible, paint a pair with a super dark wash.

Instructions here.

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22. Add lace to a striped tee.

Simply sew some lace to the shoulders of a striped shirt.
Instructions here.

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23. Glitter a pair of flats.

Following this tutorial you can transform a pair of loafers, or really any kind of shoe, into glitter loafers.

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24. Craft your own hair ties.

For $12, you can buy what is basically 5 pieces of elastic. That’s $2.40 per hair tie. You might as well TIE YOU HAIR WITH DOLLAR BILLS.

You can make your own, by following the easiest instructions ever. For $12 worth of elastic, you can make over 80 hair ties.

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25. Knit a braided head wrap.

Instructions and pattern here.

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26. Knit a fox stole.

Use this pattern.

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27. Craft some woven rope bracelets.

With a few cheap supplies from a craft store, you can whip up a set of your own. Instructions here.

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28. Embellish bobbipins with cloth flowers

You can easily make the rosettes for these hairpins out of scrap fabric and buttons.

Instructions here.

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29. Sew a ruffled apron.

Instructions here.

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30. Make a tassel and rope necklace.

Directions here.

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31. Craft a thread-wrapped word necklace.

Instructions here.

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32. Create a hybrid scarf-necklace.

The original necklace is made from a variety of silk scarves, so you can easily make a similar version using thrifted ones.

Directions here.

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33. Make a woven ribbon statement necklace.

If you don’t have $278 to drop on a statement necklace, you can make your own by weaving some grosgrain ribbon. It’s like the adult version of an old-school plastic gimp keychain.

Directions here.

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34. Craft a pair of beaded chandelier earrings.

You can make a nearly identically pair with just a few cheap supplies from the jewelry making section of a craft store.

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Stationary & Gifts

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35. Make you own tagged journal.

Directions here.

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36. Craft a set of pom-pom thumbtacks.

This is a great way to use up small remnants of yarn. Bonus: you can make matching pom-pom magnets.

Directions here.

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37. Wrap a gift in pom-pom covered gift wrap.

This tutorial uses hand felted pom-poms, but you could also phone it in and use the pre-made kind.

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38. Decorate a cake with a miniature tassel garland.

For $26, you could buy a whole other cake to decorate.

Make your own banner using stuff you probably already own. Instructions here.

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