Friday, August 15, 2014

DIY party fruit and a $50 Dollar Tree giveaway


Make a healthy summer party treat using my version of a project from Dollar Tree's Value Seeker's Club.

Get the details and enter a giveaway for a $50 Dollar Tree gift card at Dollar Store Crafts. Fifty bucks goes a long way at a dollar store.

Or check out one of the many participating blogs also hosting Dollar Tree giveaways.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Make a DIY perforated clutch



This is my kind of DIY. Super easy. Super cheap. And on trend. (See yesterday's post for why you need something perforated right now.)

Can you guess what this clutch is made out of?

Guess, guess, guess.

Give up?


Dish mats. Yepper. Pick up two white dollar store dish mats and glue them together. That's it, basically. I tried to make it harder but it didn't come out any better.

Use good glue, like 5-minute epoxy or E6000 glue. Glue three sides of your clutch.

You can add a magnetic purse clasp to the top or embellish in other ways.


You can slide in your phone, your beach reads and your sunnies. If you get sand in your DIY clutch, just put in the sink with the dishes.

I created this tutorial for Dollar Store Crafts.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

DIY inspiration - perforated fashion


One of my favorite trends this summer is the whole perforated look - eyelet, mesh, laser cut, lattice look - whatever you call it. With the humidity the way it's been, everybody could use some ventilation.










Perforated and mesh outfit inspiration from  Arc LineAtlantic-PacificA House in the HillsStyle Lovely and Tory Burch.

Inspiration perforated clutches by Stella McCartney, Alaia, Michael Kors and Topshop.

Monday, May 5, 2014

My DIY Kate Spade inspired floral necklace


To me, Kate Spade represents bold, bright, fun and . . . well . . . expensive.

You can do bold, bright, fun and free with this easy project I made for Dollar Store Crafts that was inspired by a Kate Spade necklace.


Below is my inspiration necklace, the Kate Spade gerbera garden necklace, which sold for $295 and is no longer available. I liked the color, shape and use of a ribbon, which I incorporated into my DIY necklace.


This necklace is made from .... dah dah dum .... silk flowers. You probably already have some. If not, you can get them super cheap at a dollar store or thrift store.


Go from this. To this.


All you need is flowers, thread and needle, Mod Podge, fingernail polish and a ribbon.


I popped off the flowers from a bunch of silk mums. I joined them together with needle and thread, soaked them in Mod Podge, let them dry then glued some washers on the backs to give the necklace some weight.


Then i painted it with a coat of white, then a couple coats of the color I wanted - tangerine. I sprayed the flowers with a gloss sealer to give it a lacquer look.

 Then I cut and glued a wide ribbon.


You can change the flowers, shapes and colors and make a bunch of spring necklaces.

See Dollar Store Crafts for more details.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My DIY Dannijo-inspired statement necklace


Spring is finally here, and what better thing would there be to do except make an extremely large, loud statement necklace?

This necklace was inspired by Dannijo's Bea necklace with a hint of Dannijo's Nathalia necklace thrown in. The inspiration necklace will set you back almost a thousand dollars and has more rhinestones in it than any other necklace I've ever seen.


My DIY version wasn't super cheap (probably $30 or so in supplies) but not so bad when compared to the real thing. Most of my supplies came from Consumer Crafts, one of my favorite sources for affordable rhinestones in settings.

To make this necklace you will need sew-on rhinestone slider beads in a variety of shapes and sizes. Use a limited color palette (such as blues and greens) to keep the necklace from looking gaudy. I used the following:
  • 14 8mm square beads in blues and greens
  • 16 10 x 14mm pear beads in turquoise
  • 16 13 x 18mm oval beads in turquoise
  • 35 7 x 15mm diamond beads (I picked out the green beads from several strands of multi-color beads and also used one strand of turquoise beads)
You will also need:
  • Jewelry wire
  • 1 sheet plastic canvas mesh (10 mesh) in a color matching your stone settings. (I used black.)
  • Triple jump ring chain or similar chunky chain
  • Matching extender chain (optional)
  • Matching lobster claw clasp and large jump ring
  • Good jewelry glue like E-6000
  • Four small jump rings (optional) 
The slider beads will have two sets of holes in the back which allow you to string them together using jewelry wire. Use two strands of wire for each set of beads.


Twist the ends of the wire together, cut to about a half inch and bend the ends behind the beads.


Mark the center point of each strand of beads. (I used a small piece of blue tape.) Line up the beads on your canvas mesh so that they are centered.

Use a few piece of jewelry wire to loosely wire each strand to the mat at the center point of each strand. This is to temporarily hold the beads in place.  You will later remove this wire.

Position the top strand of beads (the square beads) to have an even curve. Wire the ends of the bead strand in place.


At this point, the simplest way to attach the beads to the mesh is with jewelry glue. (See Step 7 before gluing. Don't glue down the mesh where you will be attaching your chain until after the chain is on.)


However, I had to be weird and also have a reversible option in case I want to dismantle this necklace later and make it into something else. If you also have commitment issues, you can stitch the bead strands to the mesh instead of gluing.

To sew the beads to the mesh, use heavy duty sewing or embroidery thread that is double threaded and matches your mesh. Sew through the wire strands to the canvas mesh and tie off with knots.


After the beads are firmly attached to the mat, you can remove the wire used to position the the beads. Then cut around the plastic mesh. I cut roughly with scissors and then more closely to the beads using small wire cutters. (You can also use fingernail clippers.) If you have glued the beads to the mesh, you can cut very close. If your beads are sewn on, cut more cautiously so you don't sever any thread.


Divide your chain into two equal lengths. Double each piece of the chain over and attach the chain ends to the mesh. Use small jump rings if the chain is too bulky to attach directly to the mesh. Glue around the mesh where the chain is attached if needed.


Attach an extender chain to the chunky chain. Attach a lobster claw clasp. 


Be the envy of fashion bloggers everywhere.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

My DIY stenciled storage boxes


A few weeks back I shared 10 stylish DIY storage boxes, which got me thinking that simple storage looks the best. And what could be simpler than plain cardboard?

Yup, a nice cardboard box with the top flaps cut off looks minimal and and kind of hip if you don't ponder it too much.

Then Amy Anderson, the queen of Mod Podge, asked me to try out Plaid's new Mod Podge stencils. They are meant to be used with Mod Podge and glitter. There is no more useless element in the universe than glitter, so I opted to use my stencil with paint. What to stencil? How about those dumb cardboard boxes?

I picked this cool faux bois stencil designed by Amy. I framed it with blue tape to avoid getting paint around the edges. And I used a blue tape "level" to keep my lines straight.


The stencil came with a spouncer, which is just fun to say. Any small sponge would do for applying paint to the stencil.

I used acrylic paint, which I kept on the dry side. I allowed each section to dry a few minutes before moving the stencil and painting again. After a few sections, I rinsed the stencil to keep paint from building up on it.


This project was cheap and easy to do. The stencil has an adhesive that helps it stick to a hard surface. 

On the down side, it took forever. I cleaned my entire pantry in between drying sessions with the stencil. And this was one box. I need three more pantries to clean. 


Then I ran out of paint before doing my next three boxes.


I recommend:

  • smaller boxes
  • more paint 
However, it certainly elevated my cardboard to true hipster status.

Here is more info about the stencils from Plaid. I was provided the stencil and spouncer for free. All opinions are my own. 

Have you started organizing your closets this spring? 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

40 DIY ideas from Fashion Month F14


Here are 40 DIY fashion ideas inspired by Fashion Month street style and fashion shows. This should keep you busy until spring. Which will never really get here. 

Above, put a face on it like Prada.


Apply your rag rug making skills to a top or skirt like Altuzarra.


Make a layered collar necklace like Balmain or an oversized faux fur collar like 3.1 Phillip Lim.


Love this one: Draw on your white skirt with a sharpie (or embroider eye lashes on your sweater) like Band of Outsiders. Already done the pom-pom sweater? Do it again but make the pom-poms linear like Brandon Sun.


Wear your scarf asymmetrically and tucked into your belt and paint your bag or coat like Burberry Prorsum.


Make shiny arrows out of rhinestone trim and embellish your coat like Carven. Add HUGE faux gemstones to a little black dress like Celine.


More HUGE faux gems - as a bracelet or a necklace, both from Celine.


Brighten up your bike lock and turn it into a necklace like Chanel. Sew an extremely inventive sleeve like Christopher Kane.


Turn belts into bracelets or mix bits of several sweaters into one like Cynthia Rowley.


Embellish a dress with sequins and tassels like Delpozo. Or embellish a dress with the contents of your junk drawer like Cynthia Rowley.


Dig out some 1980s silk flowers and turn one into a brooch like Dries Van Noten. (Update: Honestly just did this one.) Excessively embellish your sunnies like Dsquared.


Make a collar necklace in an unusual shape or make a simple round shape and add a few HUGE gems like Emporio Armani.


Applique your dress with a glove like this fushia number seen via Harper's Bazaar street style or the pale pink one at Carven.


Make sequin flowers for your collar like Honor. Or tie a sash over your cardigan like Isa Arfen.


The wordy clutch was everywhere. Try something like this from Karen Walker. Or add floral contact paper to a kid's lunch box to make a bag like this one by Erin Fetherston.


Add layers of soft tassels to a dress like Maki Oh or add a million big sequins like Isa Arfen.


Cut a slice from your skirt and add a sheer fabric like NoNoo. Or mix two fabrics together like Oscar de la Renta.
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Another take on the wordy clutch from Red Valentino. Mix your faux furs into a geometric clutch as seen at J. Crew. (Update: Dare to DIY just posted a no-sew method using a thrift store purse to make your own fur clutch.)


Put lips on your shoes like Red Valentino. Add a bandana to your shirt like Karen Walker.


Add fringe to a clutch as seen by Tommy Ton.


Macrame or crochet a choker or unusual scarf/harness like Tse.


Make a wordy faux fur (with a more cheerful message) like Vfiles. Elevate the big bead with a necklace like this one from Josie Natori.

Did you see anything great and inspiring during fashion month?

Personally, I think something with HUGH faux gems is going on my to-do list.