DIY // JEAN JACKET UPDATE
DIY// LINEN SUNGLASSES CASE
DIY// SUNGLASSES 3 WAYS
DIY// BAR EARRINGS
DIY// DISTESSED DENIM
DIY// MASON JAR LAMP
DIY// DUCT TAPE IPHONE CASE
You will need//
Colored Duct Tape
1. Choose a duct tape color palette
2. Cut triangles into various sizes
3. Layer and stick triangles into a pattern creating a Navajo inspired print
DIY// GEOMETRIC NECKLACE
DIY// FRINGE HOOP EARRINGS
DIY// LEOPARD PRINT VANS
DIY// SEASHELL CANDLES
DIY// GRAFFITI CHAIR
DIY// EASY CLOUD ART
DIY GIFT WRAPPING// PAPER FEATHERS
DIY// JEAN SHORTS MAKEOVER 3 WAYS
DIY // PAPERCLIP NECKLACE
DIY// TUXEDO PANTS
DIY// POP BOTTLE VASES
DIY// JEWELRY BRANCH
DIY: Gemstone Bar Accessories
This season Ger and I decided to give our bar carts a little lovin with a few new accessories.
Supplies: Cork Bottle opener, Glue (E6000 or similar) and your favorite rocks and minerals.
Press and hold gemstone for 30 seconds
Let dry overnight
Done In Collaboration with BecauseImAddicted.net
DIY: Color Block Coach Bag
Here's the DIY Coach duffle Geri and I revealed last night while co-hosting Fashions Night Out in NYC (we also made the orange stripe version which Ger is rocking above). Fun, fun!
Thank you to everyone at Coach for including us in such a special event!
p.s. we love you, solange!
Supplies: Purse, Masking tape, Acrylic paint, Flat Brush
1. Using masking tape, evenly mark of the area you want to color block.
2. Choose a color that compliments the bag. You can't go wrong with neon or white.
3. Evenly brush on layers of paint inside the taped off area.
4. Let paint dry for a minimum of 2 hours and peel back tape.
DIY: Color Blocked Spoons
A little something to spruce up your kitchen, use for your next dinner party and/or gift the hostess with the mostess!
Wooden Spoons (we bought ours for $3.00 from Rite Aid),
Paint: Colors of your choice
Mason Jar, for display
1.Wrap pieces of tape around the handles of your spoons. Leave at least 2 inches from where the handle meets the spoon.
2. Select your paint palette (we mixed pink and white to create an ombré effect then punched one spoon up with a shot of neon) and paint above tape.
3. Let dry and peel back tape.
Done In Collaboration with BecauseImAddicted.net
DIY: Key Rack
This past weekend Geri and I set up DIY shop at DNA (Designers + Artists) Shopsocial LA event. We decided to enhance one of our favorite DIYs: The Jewelry Branch with a little bit of paint and transform it into a colorful key rack to hang in your summer abode.
Branch, Twine, Scissors, Paint, Hammer & Nails.
1. Paint colorful stripes around your branch and let dry.
2. Hammer in the desired number of nails to use as key hooks.
3. Cut a piece of twine twice the length of your branch and tie to both ends of the branch.
4. Hang and enjoy!
Done In Collaboration with BecauseImAddicted.net
DIY: Fringe Collar
Yep, you guessed it. Geri and I DIY'd that Taylor Tomasi Hill show stopping fringe number from Aussie Fashion Week. Need I say more?
White T-shirt, Scissors, Glue gun, Suede string
1. Cut out the front flap of your t-shirt, leaving the collar attached.
2. Cut fringe strips until you reach the collar. Then cut strips of leather string of equal length.
3. Glue down the top of each leather strip to the pieces of fringed t-shirt, leaving excess amount to dangle.
DIY: Raffia Bowl
On a recent rip to our local hardware store Geri and I discovered how dope rope really is. We Baught 200 ft and coiled it up a simple yet rustic DIY. Our multi-use bowl happens to make for a great Mother's Day gift and ingredient holder for Cinco De Mayo. Guacamole anyone? Rope in the perfect summer center piece below.
Bowl (we bought ours at the 99¢ store)
1 package of sisal rope
1. From the bottom of your bowl, glue down rope while continuously wrapping around the outside of the bowl. Press firmly. Continue wrapping until you've reached the rim of your bowl.
2. Cut off the end of rope and glue down securely.
3. Create a coil the size of the bottom of your bowl by wrapping rope around itself, glue coil together as you go. Glue coil to the inside of the bowl (do not cut off the end).
4. Using the rope at the end of your coil, glue in a wrapping formation working your way up the inside of your bowl. Once you've reached the top of the bowl cut off the end and glue down securely.
5. Measure a piece of rope the size of the rim of your bowl and glue to the top of bowl.
DIY: Miu Miu Inspired Glitter Glasses
It’s pretty much a known fashion fact that Miu Miu has mastered the art of glittering and bedazzling. So, Geri and I figured, why not follow suit and give their current sparklers a DIY go. Here’s how we transformed a pair of vintage sunglasses into the Italian house’s must have Noir glitter shades.
Vintage Sunglasses (Ours are from Etsy)
Transparent drying glue
Clear gloss finishing spray
1. Cover the lenses of your glasses in tape to protect them from the glue.
2. Create a paste with equal parts glue and glitter.
3. With your brush paint on the glitter mixture to the frame of your glasses.
4. Let the glitter dry and spray them with the gloss finish. Then remove the tape and wear!
DIY: Leopard Print Short Shorts
Everyone has a few spare pairs of shorts laying around. So we went ahead and revamped the classic cut offs with a pop of leopard. What better way to enhance your Coachella wardrobe than with some roaring basics.
1. Print and cut out leopard stencil with an X-Acto knife.
2. Place a piece of cardboard inside your shorts to prevent them from moving and keep them on a flat surface. Then trace the outlines of the leopard print with your fabric pen.
3. Fill in each traced leopard spot until entire surface is covered.
DIY: Raw Crystal Necklace
When Geri and I first saw those striking images from the Chanel Fall 2012 runway our hearts basically gave out. We just couldn't resist getting our hands on some of those jagged edged, violet colored amethyst and crystal gems then DIY'ing until our little fingers bled. Check out our latest haute DIY below!
p.s. thank you to those who came out to our haute-DIY event at soho house last night where we made variations of this crystal and shark tooth necklaces and wire warpped rings!
16 inches of chain, 5 raw crystal or amethyst beds, 2 jump rings, clasp, 6 inches of 24 gauge wire
1. Cut two 8 inch pieces of chain. Thread your wire through one end of chain. Create a loop with the chain inside leaving 1/4 inch excess wire. Wrap excess wire.
2. Thread gemstones through the wire attached to chain.
3. Repeat step 1, attaching the other end of chain. Wrap and cut remaining wire. Attach clasp with jump rings.
DIY: Neon Canvas Mouse Pad
Chances are you're probably reading this from your workplace. Whether it's a cubical, communal table, or home office it's still the 21st century. That outdated mouse pad you received with a free mailer 5 years ago just isn't cutting it anymore. It's time to update and personalize the space you spend at least 8 hours a day in with a little neon T.L.C.
Mouse pad, Canvas fabric or tote bag, Tape, Neon spray paint, Pen, Scissors, Fabric glue, Paper
1. Lay your mouse pad on top of canvas fabric and trace around the edges.
2. Cut out your canvas mouse pad shape and glue it down to the top of your mouse pad. Let dry.
3. Tape a scrap piece of paper diagonally across the canvas mouse pad.
4. Outside or in a well ventilated space spray paint one side of the mouse pad. Let dry and remove tape for an updated office look.
DIY: Shark Tooth Necklace
Shark teeth. So hot right now. Thank you Givenchy Spring runway!
28 inches of chain, 1 foot of wire, 1 clasp, 1 jump-ring, 1 shark tooth (From Ebay), Pliers, Wire cutters
1. Using wire cutters, cut 1 foot of wire. Create a wire loop (how-to here).
2. Holding wire loop against the back of the shark tooth, wrap wire around the right side then the left. Alternate sides 3 times.
3. Wrap remaining wire 3 times around the the loop you made in step 1.
4. Slip chain through the loop. Add clasp and jump-ring using pliers.
DIY: Tuxedo Pants
No longer do you have to wait for a gaudy black and gold invite to dust off the tuxedo! From the runways to the streets and the glossy pages of magazines the verdict is out - tuxedo satin lined trousers are a fashion must! And we're not talking about the standard boring black pair - from cobalt blues to an array of patterns donning harem pants. Geri and I created these trousers, in 5 easy, no-sewing steps.
Trousers, 9 ft ribbon of your choice, iron-on fabric adhesive (we used Heat-n-Bond), scissors, iron
1. Measure: Lay your pants on a flat, iron safe, surface with the outer seam side up. Using your ribbon, measure your trousers from top to bottom - leave an excess of 2 inches at each end. Double this length and cut two equal size pieces.
2. Adhere tape to ribbon: Cut adhesive tape to be the same length as your ribbon and lay flat on the back side of ribbon to be bonded. Heat iron on medium heat, no steam setting. Once heated, place iron on top of the tape for 3 seconds, continue to heat until both ribbon and tape are completely stuck together. Then peel back the remaining tape.
3. Adhere ribbon to pants: Tuck the end of your ribbon (adhesive side down) inside the waistband and hold iron to ribbon pressing down for 6 seconds. Adhere the rest of your ribbon to the outer seam of your pants by holding iron down on ribbon for 6 seconds along your seam. Iron any excess ribbon to the inside seam of your pants hem.
4. Repeat: Repeat steps 9-12 on the other pant leg and any other trousers that need a little pick me up.
If a splurge at Tiffany's isn't in your budget this Valentine's Day you can still gift a classic accessory made with love by you! keep it simple and pair a crisp new suit shirt with a pair of cufflinks, for a do it yourself gift that doesn't get any sweeter.
2 shank buttons, 2 toggle clasps, 2 jump rings, Pliers
1. Use your pliers to open a jump ring and attach a button.
2. Attach the part of the toggle clasp shaped like bar to the same jump ring and close tightly. This will create 1 cufflink.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to create your second cufflink. Done In
DIY: Waxed Denim
If you're anything like us then you've probably been eating Cup Of Noodle for the past month, to save up for those ultra luxe, leather pants you've been dreaming of. Well, now you can give your microwave a break and get the leather look without spending hundreds. Ever since Zara sold out of their burgundy waxed denim jeans Geri and I have been searching for the perfect pair, better yet we found a way to do it ourselves. Update some old jeans you already own with just a few key ingredients.
Heavy Duty Fabric Wax - Otherwise known as Otter Wax
1. Lay your pants on a flat work surface. From the bottom of your jeans, rub the wax in even strokes covering the entire surface.
2. Use your hairdryer to soften wax and smooth out with your fingers to create an even surface and create a waterproofing seal.
3. Hang your jeans in a cool-dry place for 24 hours to let the wax set.
DIY: Neon Lace Clutch
We're guessing the likelihood that you have a clutch sitting on your shelf untouched for a while is pretty high. So why not dust it off and re-invigorate the staple with some Christopher Kane inspired neon lace? Talk about a statement piece!
Neon lace fabric or salvaged tank top from the abyss of your closet. Old clutch or makeup bag
needle and thread
1. Cut up one seam of your tank top to split open and lay your clutch inside with seams parallel to one another.
2. Fold over the open flap to cover the clutch and cut off excess fabric along the outer edges of the clutch.
3. Turn the fabric inside out and sew along 3 of the edges to create a case to fit your clutch inside of.
4. Turn the fabric right side out so that the edges are seamless and slip your clutch into the lace shell.
5. Glue down the fabric to the clutch and let dry.
DIY: Fringe Keyring
Lanyards may have been cool during your camp crafting days but now it's time to liven up your keys with a bit of fringe. This easy DIY takes less then 5 minutes and makes for the perfect last minute gift. Check out the full steps below.
4 Ft. leather cord
1 D-Ring Keyring
1. Cut four 12 inch pieces of leather cord.
2. Fold one piece in half and thread through the D-Ring
3. Loop through and pull tight to create on piece of fringe.
4. Continue to do this with the 3 remaining pieces of leather.
5. Attach your new and improved keyring and voila!
DIY: Thank You Notes
The last thing somebody needs after a week long, family filled, holiday gift extravaganza is the stress of finding the perfect thank you card. Your loved ones were thoughtful enough to hunt down your must haves so why not return the thoughtfulness with a handmade thank you note. Just tell them like it is with a creative card that will be pinned to their fridge forever.
Paint Brush or you can use your finger
Blank card stock
"Thank You" stamp
Pen to write your letter
1. Dip your brush lightly into the paint.
2. Paint horizontal lines across the card stock to create a striped pattern.
3. Let dry.
4. Press your "Thank You" stamp firmly on your ink pad to soak up ink.
5. Stamp the center of your card.
6. Let dry and enclose your personalized message inside before mailing off your thank yous.
DIY: Holiday Wrapping Paper
This season give someone special in your life a gift they'll be dying to open. We learned this DIY trick way back in our grade school art class. Be creative with the extra time you have and stamp some personalized packaging that does more then just conceal your gift.
Speedball carving tool
Rubber block stamp
Paint or ink Brush
Solid color wrapping paper
1. Use a pencil to draw your design onto the stamp.
2. Hold your carving tool at an angle and cut into the block, making shallow grooves along the curves of your design.
3. lay out the desired amount of wrapping paper.
4. Apply a light layer of paint to the face of your stamp.
5. Continuously stamp the surface of your wrapping paper to create a pattern design.
6. Wrap your gift and save your stamp to use again next year!
DIY: Feather Trim Fedora
Planning a red eye flight for your holiday vaca? Geri and I have found the must have travel accessory that you'll never fly without. No, it's not a horseshoe neck pillow. Get your glue out for a DIY fedora that has a feathery touch of fierceness.
1. Carefully add a moderate amount of glue underneath the bow of the fedora's brim.
2. Stick the pointy end of one feather under the bow, gluing it down.
3. Continue to glue feathers around the hat, placing each one slightly beneath the other to give the brim a layered effect.
DIY: Valentino Inspired Studded Clutch
With so many designers featuring studs in their collections it was a no brainer which Italian accessory we would be getting pricked by this week. This DIY is as easy as pie and while you have some extra time over your Thanksgiving break why not stud it up!?
1 package of studs
Pliers or a long metal spoon to flatten the edges of your studs.
1. Starting from the corner of your clutch punch studs one by one measuring a quarter inch apart.
2. As you lay them in use your pliers to fold over the prongs of studs so that nothing is poking out.
3. Once you've outlined your clutch in studs it's be ready to wear to all your upcoming holiday parties.
DIY: Punk Pin Necklace
If you're a jewelry hoarder like Geri and I and your interested in changing up your everyday accessories, grab some safety pins and try this fresh layered look. Easily transform a few beaded necklaces into one chunky neck piece. Stand out from the rest of the fashion crowd and add some Tom Binns inspired safety pins to keep your beads perfectly coiled. Check out the full steps below!
Safety pins, Beaded necklaces, Neon spray paint, Clasp, Jump ring, Pliers, Beading cord
1. Spray paint a handful of safety pins and let dry.
2. Take your necklaces and if they're not already beaded string them leaving 2 inches of excess cord at each end.
3. Lay out your necklace strands and arrange them in the order you want them to hang when worn.
4. Using your pliers attach a clasp and hook with jump rings
5. In the order you arranged the strands, tie your necklaces to one another
6. As your necklace grows hold it up to make sure each strand lays correctly.
7. Attach your safety pins at random points throughout.
DIY: Cap Toes
Cap it up with this week's do it yourself project. From Chanel to Alexander Wang this designer trend is perfect for Fall. Add a cap toe to a pair of old boots or pumps for an easy updated look.
a pair of boots or heels
black or white paint
Clear gloss finish spray
1. Cut and place a piece of tape around the toe of your shoes.
2. Apply 1 coat of paint to each toe and let dry for about 10 minutes.
3. Apply 2nd coat of paint and let dry.
4. Spray a moderate amount of clear finish to each toe and let dry.
5. Slowly peel back tape to reveal your crisp new cap toes.
DIY: Elbow Patch Sweater
This week's do it yourself project takes inspiration from grandpas old sweater. Our version of suede elbow patches are an easy way to jazz up your favorite Fall knits. This style works well on both men's and women's blazers, sweaters, and collard shirts. Take some time this Fall to cozy up with a cup of tea and patch things up.
1 square foot of your favorite color fabric
A comfy sweater
1. In Photoshop or by hand, sketch your desired size oval onto paper and cutout your stencil.
2. Trace the paper oval around your fabric and cut.
3. Try on your sweater and with the help of a friend or in the mirror pin the fabric to the elbows of your sweater.
4. Lay your sweater flat and sew along the outer edge of the patches.
DIY: Gold Collar
Gold: A shiny, metallic luxury item that signifies wealth. We'll it's your lucky day because you're about to strike fashion gold after trying one of our favorite Fall trends. This $20.00 gilded collar gives new meaning to gold. Metallics aren't just meant for Vegas anymore. The loot we created is perfect for the office. So get you're gold on below!
Scissors, 2 ft x 6 inches gold fabric, White button up shirt, Fabric glue, Pen, Paint brush.
1. Unbutton your collared shirt and lay it flat on top of your gold fabric.
2. leaving about an 1.5 inches from the edge, loosely trace around the collar.
3. Cut out the gold fabric that will be used as your collar.
4. Use a paint brush to evenly distribute the glue onto the side of your collar that will be visible when worn.
5. Place your fabric onto the collar and press down to make sure the fabric is not bumpy. Let dry for 10 minutes.
6. Flip your shirt and repeat step 4 and 5 to the opposite side of the collar.
7. Apply glue to the ends of your gold fabric at the collar's tips. Fold back and let dry.
DIY: Pearl Collar Necklace
Pearls have always been a symbol of wisdom and class. Wearing them can instantly transform a look from casual to sophisticated, and when you combine that with a peter pan collar you get a major fashion breakthrough. We're updating two classic looks to create one modern piece of neck candy. Not to mention the insane amount of pearls seen on the Chanel runway yesterday. These collars compliment almost any look, wear it with a dress in the evening or a crew-neck sweater for an easy daytime look.
1 piece of 81/2 x 11 creme piece of felt
2 yards of strung pearls.
glue gun or E600 adhesive
1 ft ribbon
1 piece of paper
1. Fold your piece of paper in two. Sketch half of your collar from the folded side out. You can also print an image of your favorite peter pan collar and trace over half of it to make this part easier. Then cut out your paper collar and unfold it to reveal your stencil.
2. Place your paper stencil on the felt and trace around the edges. Then cut out your felt collar.
3. Place your adhesive around the outer edges of the collar.
4. Keeping the pearls strung, carefully place them in rows behind one another. You can cut the end of each strand and continue to use it as each row gets smaller.
5. Add in pearls where missing and let dry.
6. To turn your collar into a necklace punch holes at each end.
7. Thread one piece of ribbon through each hole and tie.
DIY: Ankle Cuffs
This week's do it yourself project is inspired by some heavy metal goodness from the fashion house of Lanvin. We recreated their haute metal ankle sandals all for under $20.00! Metal just got better with these sleek, silver ankle cuffs. You'll be in the winners circle come your gladiator game day!
2 metal cuffs - We bought ours for a whopping 2 bucks a pop at Michael's Art Supply. 2 yards of leather rope, simple black sandals, duck tape, scissors.
1. Cut 4 pieces of leather rope, each measuring 1 1/2 ft long.
2. Cut 4 pieces of duck tape in a 1x 2 inch square
3. Tape each piece of leather inside the cuff so that it's not visible when being worn
4. To rock these new metal ankle cuffs just put them on after your shoes, wrap around your ankle twice and tie!
Done In Collaboration with StyleHive.com
DIY: Friendship Links
Accessory lovers start your engines, get ready to start stacking! After trying our newest DIY you're going to have some serious bracelet bling.
It's summer time and you don't have to be a camper to make these friendship bracelets. It seems like bloggers, celebrities and even jewelry designers have all been exchanging them. The mix of rich, heavy metal textures and colorful, light weight string make this the ultimate arm candy!
Scissors -31/2 ft of colorful cord
2 inches of chain link
1 small bolt that matches the chain
1. Cut your rope into two equal sections, fold one piece in half and string through one end of your chain link tying a loop knot
2. With the same rope now attached, tie a loose double knot where your bolt closure will go through.
3. Repeat step 2 with the other piece of rope tying a few knots to keep your blot from sliding down the rope.
4. String your bolt though and tie a few tight knots to hold the bolt in place
5. Cut the remaining string on both ends.
DIY: Geometric Necklace
Modern jewelry trends are taking a style note from ancient civilizations. Bib necklaces, cuffs and modern earrings are starting to resemble hieroglyphics or something out of Cleopatra's jewelry box.
As we've learned from designs by House of Harlow, Eddie Borgo, and Missoni, wearing a statement piece of jewelry isn't all that complicated. That's why we're showing you how to do it yourself.
Take some inspiration from your ancestors or the runway to create a one of a kind necklace.
Long tubular beads about 1.5 " long
12 inches of chain
1. Lay out your beads in the geometric pattern you desire,the possibilities are endless.
2. String one eye pin through each bead making a loop hole at the end with your pliers.
3. Using your pliers attach the beads to one another to create a triangle pattern.
4. Attach your chain to the geometric design with your pliers, jump rings and clasp.
DIY: Color Blocked Stationary
Splitting ways with your BFF for a summer internship or vacation abroad? Look no further for a great going-away gift!
Jot down some quick notes, or sketch at your favorite museum in a color blocked notepad that you can personalize for yourself or gift to your best friend.
Add a touch of chic to boring summer classes - Here's an easy way to transition your favorite color blocking trend from your closet to your backpack!
Notebook, Acrylic paint, magic marker, or coloring option of your choice that will adhere to the notebook's material (or you can use colored duct tape!) Masking Tape, Paint brush, A large piece of paper.
1. Tape off the section that you would like to color block and press firmly. This will give you a clean line.
2. Completely color in the area with a few coats of paint.
3. Carefully tear off the tape before the paint drys and let sit until completely dry.
Done In Collaboration with StyleHive.com
DIY: McQueen Knuckle Clutch
Make it easy on yourself and leave the tote bag at home this weekend. Take your effortless summer style to the next level, by adding a statement clutch that doubles as some serious ring bling. The legendary Alexander McQueen inspired this fierce knuckle clutch, big enough to carry some cash, your lipstick and a pair of sunglasses!
We picked up all our supplies for under $20.00 (a steal compared to McQueen's version, priced over a grand). Try this DIY and you'll see how easy it is to look chic and effortless on a budget.
Pick up a cute sunglass case or use an old one you have laying around, 2 pairs of double finger rings - (We got ours at Forever21), Heavy duty glue such as E-6000.
1.Take your case and stand it up so it's facing you in the direction you want to open it.
2. Glue each ring down (We made ours bling side down, but it's your DIY so you choose!) They should almost be touching one another.
3. Hold down the rings for about 3 minutes or until they are dry enough to stand alone. Let dry for 24 hours.
Done In Collaboration with StyleHive.com