few nights ago, I fell down the Pinterest rabbit hole and ended up looking at endless images of various Anthropolgie installations. I will never tire of their use of everyday objects that are transformed into gorgeous art within their stores.
I obviously had to create some for myself.
I mentioned my desire to Bobby and told him that I needed to find the perfect branch to hang above my crafting desk. My goal? To create 6 Anthropologie-inspired installations throughout the year…so one every couple of months.
Popsugar had lots of inspiration.
Bobby found the PERFECT branch for me when he was taking Graham out the other night. It had fallen on the ground and was completely calling my name.
I hauled it up in the elevator, Graham’s leash in one hand and my prized branch in the other. I was hoping to slip up to our apartment unnoticed but that didn’t happen. A woman saw me and was like, “Oh, I bet your dog is going to love that branch!”
“Uh, yes, he really would but I’m actually going to hang it on my wall and craft with it…”
Fortunately, she took this in stride and told me that she loved to craft, too! Future friend?!? I definitely think so.
Look! So much potential!
Seeing as this initial installation would be up for Christmas time, I wanted it to have some winter-pizzaz (ha, yes, even in Miami). This pin inspired me.
I bought a roll of 1,000 gold foil stickers – office supply style – and some white kitchen string. (No, I didn’t use all 1,000 but I have that girl scout mentality of “always be prepared” and I didn’t want to run out mid-project. Plus, it only cost $8.95 on Amazon while sheets of them with far fewer counts were more expensive. Scratching my head about that one…)
It was time to get to sticking the stickers!
Stickers officially stuck.
Then I flipped the string over and placed stickers over the backs. I’m sure this is intuitive, but just want to be thorough, you know?
I started to feel so productive, quickly creating multiple garlands.
Graham came over to ask if he could help. Sorry puppy, denied.
One and a half podcasts later, I was able to string up all of my garlands to the branch!
SO CHRISTMAS-Y! SO ANTROPOLOGIE! Can you even stand it?!?
The stickers, scissors, and string just got along so well…really made this former 1st grade teacher proud.
Can’t wait to enjoy this every time I craft over the next couple months…Keep your eyes peeled for a new Anthro-inspired installation come February!
Such a great installation to walk into this evening! The blog post might be even better than the installation itself. I am always so inspired by your creativity.
You’re the best husband ever. Period. Thanks so much for the constant encouragement, my love!
So cute and festive! I might have to do this in the tiny house!
I hope you do, Leah! Send me pictures once you make them, I’d love to see these in the tiny house!
Grace! I love this idea! I need an idea of how to make a year round one above my bed – what do you think???
You’re in luck because I’m going to create one for above our bed soon…so stay tuned, I think I have a pretty killer idea!
Perfect! Love it. I’ve always been a big fan of the beauty of sticks. (There was that one time I tramped through Newcastle’s city centre carrying two big bundles of sticks under my arms. You have to take joy in wondering what people are wondering about you and your sticks.) I love the shadows your installation is casting. Beautiful desk too! What a nice work station.
And wow! That’s neat you have so many leftover stickers. I’m sure you’ll come up with some great uses for them. :)
I have a whole book case shelf of Free People and Anthropologie catalogues. I’m always inspired by the stuff they put out, so I look forward to seeing more of your work inspired by them!
So glad I’m not alone in hauling sticks through the city! (When we were in New Orleans, I found a HUGE magnolia branch that was gorgeous but way too big to carry home on my own – plus, it was kind of far away. So Bobby, being the saint that he is, helped get it in the car – which was a rather precarious process – and then drove with this branch poking up through the front seats.)
Yes, I sense some mail art is in store for those leftover stickers…the wheels are churning…