To create a version of your own, reach for a durable kitchen drawn liner, heavy duty, colorful tapes (Duck, Gorilla, and Gaffers are my favorites), Velcro and scissors. Measure (by wrapping your ipad around), and cut to size. Fold bottom half up, and tape all around to seal and secure. Continue to tape and smooth away any lumps and air bubbles. Stick pieces of velcro as the clasp and your clutch is complete! Get creative with your patterns and colors. Yell it from your pipes: I love STRIPES!
Get inspired by Burberry, and create your own version. Reach for lots of chopsticks (use anywhere from 50-100 pairs or more if you crave more spike-age). Using a handsaw (carefully) and cut down chopsticks tops. If you don’t feel comfortable with a saw, try heavy duty clippers. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the spikes, gold. Wait till dry, flip over- and spray to cover. Use chalk to outline where the spikes will go. Use droplets of hot glue on the bottoms of the spikes, place down- and hold for a few seconds till they set. Remove any straggly glue hair strands, let dry- and rock it
Creating a convertible accessory will take just minutes! Reach for a piece of ribbon. Measure to your size. I suggest a double-faced ribbon or a grosgrain ribbon option. Next, choose from a wide variety of gems. Scour eBay or flea markets for vintage options or try M&J Trimming for oodles of options to oogle over. Find the center point of your ribbon and use your glue gun to secure down. Lay flat to dry and you’re ready for any Spring fling! PS- Get creative with color combos and try your hand at making shorter version for cuff bracelets
Measure and cut two pieces of ribbon and/or material. The “front” material should be longer than the “back X”. We chose a wide satin ribbon and delicate organza combo. Find the center point of each, and slightly overlap, creating a “U” shape. Loop it. Slip it. Knot it. Throw over your shoulders, keeping the “X” in the back and secure by tying knots to the belt loops on your pants. Get creative with materials and widths and don’t be afraid to indulge your inner MAN REPELLER
To create your tassel belt, measure your waist and cut fabric to wrap all the way around, leaving approx. a 4-6 inch gap. Leathers and suede are great options as well. Slice two slits on both sides, large enough to thread through. Gather and thread your cord/ropes through, knotting tassels on the ends. Make sure you have enough cord to go all the way around and to tie off in the front. A monochromatic color scheme is always chic choice, however get creative with colors, textures, and tassels- mix and match ‘em! Have fun getting waisted (no age requirements here)
To create a waterfall of wonderful chain inspired by Uncle Karl’s, connect jump rings to long pieces of cut chain using small pliers. Create two long clusters of chain, attaching them together by threading fishing line through a ribbon clamp. This will create a full chain with lots of movement. Triple knot and snip off ends of fishing line. Use a strong adhesive glue to attach earring posts onto the back of the ribbon clamp. Hold in place for a few seconds, and let dry completely before moving. To achieve a bottom of black ombre, lay earrings on flat covered surface and lightly spray from middle down, using matte spray paint. Let dry- flip, and spray another light layer (PS- spray outside!) When earrings are dry, you’re ready to rock em
To create your own version of the caplet, use one yard of sheer silk chiffon, rhinestones or sequins, Gem Tac glue, and a sharp pair of fabric scissors. Round off 2 opposing corners to achieve a lovely draping. Measure the length in between your shoulders and mark on the fabric for cutting. Use scissors to create a slit for the neckline. Before gluing your choice of sparkle, line the underneath surface with waxed freezer paper to keep from gluing down to the surface. After sparkles are glued, wait until it’s completely dry to wear. Get creative with your embellishments! Style your caplet over any dress and PS- you will impress
To make a VOWL duster, use approx 3 yards of fabric (P.S.- Mood Fabrics has the best selection), and fold in half. Fold and glue down angled corners, which will create an A-line silohoutte. P.S.- Make sure you’re folding/gluing on the inside of the piece. Create an exaggerated fold at the top for the cowl collar (approx. 10 inches), and glue underneath the fold. More experienced DIY’ers can opt to stitch. Measure your shoulder width, and cut arm holes just under the collar. Use a Large pin to close, or wear open for a more free-flowing option
To create a pair of earrings that reflect these unique and rich cultures, reach for rhinestone or mirrored buttons and pipe cleaners. Slip and twist as you go, and join together with a final tight twist, then loop for your earring wires. Don’t tell me, “Sari, I’m not crafty”, because anyone can do this DIY
Choose your favorite feather trim and a skirt of the same color. With just a pair of scissors and fabric glue, you will be in business and ready to fly away with your newest DIY fashion. Glue and wrap the entire way up, starting at the bottom, leaving approx. 2-3 inches. P.S.- Check the weather report: Feather weather is in full effect
P.S.- My bag was painted with Hudson Chalk board paint (yes! you can draw and erase on the surface), studded on the bottom with edgy silver spikes from M&J, faux stitched with Sharpies, and finished off with a bag charm (chalk not included)! Take a page from Kate Spade’s world of style and remember to have fun, and have courage- don’t be shy with your DIY
Get swept up in the sweater storm and update an existing cardigan with uber chic, sparkly, and ornate buttons… AND WEAR IT BACKWARDS! Old Navy has great cardigans or you can re-purpose one from your closet. Use vintage buttons or purchase some- my gems are from M&J Trim. Make sure to sew buttons on the side where the button holes are, and the original buttons will still go through the existing button hole. P.S.-DO NOT COVER THE BUTTON HOLES! The decorative buttons, will cover the existing ones when buttoned up. Note: Be a style warrior and wear your buttons on the back -if you want to be a front-runner in fashion!
Right now, grab a bag… embrace this cozy and cute trend, get inspired and get crafty. I opted for this cute FOREVER 21 bag paired with gray POM POMS. Use your trusty glue gun and dot a dab of glue on each pom and place on the bag. Make sure you don’t leave too much space between each pom, they should completely cover your surface. Feel free to get creative with your colors and infuse the pom on practically anything and everything!
P.S.- October is Breast Cancer awareness month- try and infuse the color and cause into your life! Sharpie is spreading the word, which benefits The City of Hope! Get involved
To create you own version of this macrame-style rope necklace, grab a spool of rope and loop around your thumb. Weave over and under your fingers, back and forth until you create 2 rows of rope of each finger. Remove the bottom string over the top on each finger, until you leave just one row left. Continue to weave over and under, always creating 2 rows of rope and pulling the bottom rope over the top. After you’ve created your woven design, remove from the fingers, loop the strand through all the finger holes, add beads and chain- and you’re ready to roll
Celebrate Independence Day the right way and pay homage to amERICA the beautiful’s birthday with a barbecue! Think twice this year before you discard the dishes and cutlery. Round up and recycle plastic forks, napkins, a coaster, buttons and shells and declare a DIY with the help of a trusty glue gun. Secure finished embellished brooch to dresses, bags, and tops with a safety pin to sass up your style. Check out Design*Sponge for the FULL Step-by-Step tutorial
P.S.- God Bless America, and the BBQ Brooch
Pollinate your Summer style with Polynesian-inspired accessories. Fashion’s tropical thunder is striking from the shores to the city streets with this exotic trend. The sounds of South Pacific and Gilligan’s Island’s Ginger are classic Tropical treasures I’ve always bowed down to, but my current crush stems from Richard Nicoll’s SS10 collection which is alive with sprinkles of hula-happiness! Whether you’re on vacation or on your way to a summer soiree, no tiki torch can hold a candle to this straw-sational statement necklace.Pick up Straw Finger Traps, reach for scissors and a glue gun and you’re in business. Cut and glue pieces of the straw finger traps together to create rustic, lush flowers, then simply tie and knot them together with twine to create your accessory. P.S.- Get creative and make brooches, headbands, and belts
To make your beachy boho headpiece, get some rawhide material, colorful beads, feathers, and neon tape. Braid approx 1.5 yards together, leaving some strands at the end to add beads and feathers. Secure feathers on with Duct or Gaffers tape.
**P.S. - For all of you West Coasters, we will be on-hand making these headpieces with ROXY at PacSun’s Summer Solstice Beach Ballyhoo on the Santa Monica Pier. See ya there
Dip your spoon into a bowl of sorbet of accessories and infuse any other design crushes you may fancy. Hit up your ribbon/trim shops for fun size and color combos of Poms. Sew onto different texture and lengths of chain and connect with pliers. Remember to indulge just as you would with other succulent treats like Sorbets and sweet Macaroons! Speaking of which, just bought this j’amazing book on Macaroons- P.S.- Get it and Make it!
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