When it comes to making your own crafts, fashions or decor, the hardest part is figuring out where to start. If you’ve never ventured into the world of DIY, it can be a little daunting at first. Don’t let it deter you because at the end of the day all of your hard work will have been worth it! Here are some of our favorite DIY guides for the more traditional homemade arts.
Quilting has been a relaxing art, and a fun group activity for decades. Learn how to start your quilt, and then pick up a gorgeous pattern to make a homemade heirloom!
Knitting is the perfect DIY for pairing with a great Netflix marathon because once you get going, it’s hard to stop! The first steps are to figure out what type of yarn and knitting needles you’ll need, and then you need to master the technique. You can also try your hand at crocheting if two needles are too many.
Take the first step toward fashion design by learning how to sew with a machine! When you finally get to the point of being a pro, the internet is full of fashion-forward patterns.
So which of these skills are you looking forward to learning? Which do you already know? Sound off in the comments below!
What’s something really useful that you could definitely DIY in less than a day? A wallet! They’re simple, but can make a real style statement. They’re also the perfect presents for loved ones. The best part? You could probably make all of the ones listed below in one Sunday afternoon.
This fabric option by Color Me Domestic is crafty, girly and fun! And while the button she used in her tutorial is a beloved basic, we can’t help but dream of which buttons we would use!
More of a card holder than a wallet, this style from Lovely Indeed is so sleek that it will make a memorable impact with anyone who sees it. Love the gold leaf for added luxury!
This leather wallet from Oh Sweet Joy is the PERFECT present for any guy in your life. It’s homemade and stylish, but rugged and manly all the same.
Love Maegan upgraded her wallet with some divine gold accents that we just can’t get enough of! The designs add a fun update to this basic style.
This card holder is perfect for those of us who make shopping a sport, or happen to be members at a lot of libraries. Keep your cards organized with this cool DIY!
These DIYs make us want to keep our wallets out just a little bit longer when we’re at checkout, just in case someone is checking out our fine handiwork.
When it comes to Fashion Week, the hottest styles aren’t just on the runways. Style icons strut the streets of Lincoln Center on their way to see the latest collections wearing some of the best outfits. Lucky for us, the snow didn’t stop these trendsetters from making their way out this year! Here were some of our favorite looks from NYFW Fall/Winter 2014!
We saw a lot of fur at Fashion Week, colored fur. Fashionistas donned fur stoles and coats in bold and brash hues for a fashion punch. If you want to test out this popular trend without having to buy a super expensive statement piece, make a hat with our pom poms that come in fantastic colors!
Off duty models kept it cool and casual with neutral ensembles. Judging from the blue hair streaks and dramatic winged liner, their looks on the runway were the opposite of their outfits.
This jacket from Moschino paired with the athletic knee-socks adds a playful touch to the gloomy winter.
Wearing winter white was another common thread that we loved seeing. It’s so clean and fresh! Just be careful when crossing the street because you might blend in with a snowstorm. Seriously, this winter has been crazy.
What were some of your favorite looks in New York this season? What do you think comes first, the street style or the designer fashion? We would love to hear your answers below!
New York Fall/Winter Fashion Week may be over for 2014, but we’re still raving about this season’s collections! From classic rich jewel tones, to unexpected extraterrestrials; this week has been filled with gorgeous styles that we can’t wait to see off the runways and on the New York streets next winter. Here are a few of our favorite collections from this past week.
As much as we love embellishments, sometimes the best style is determined by structure. Zac Posen’s dramatic gowns came in a limited palette without much pattern play. The magic of the styles was evident in their architecture, from gorgeous pleats to structured bodices.
Nanette Lepore went to a favorite palette for fall: berry and black. The silhouettes were simple and chic, and the lack of flourish made the collection look fresh and clean.
In a dark and drab winterscape, Ruffian offers a welcome splash of color and shape! Many of the pieces were dripping in luxurious silk, the perfect fabric for a glamorous winter gown.
The looks at the Tadashi Shoji show were romantic and mysterious. With ornate and intricate details, gorgeous lace and velvet fabrics, and billowing light skirts; these styles are sure to be red carpet favorites!
Venexiana’s collection this season had looks that were dark, daring and a little bit dangerous. Working with a cool icy palette, each style embraces the frosty season.
We can’t wait until Spring/Summer, but swooning over these looks might hold us over until then. For the time being, we’ll just imagine wearing these gorgeous frocks, while making our way through slush and snow of winter.
This winter has been intense to say the least. With the Winter Olympic Games in effect and the polar vortex ravaging the East, we’ve been seeing a LOT of snow this season. Needless to say we’ve become completely inspired by the iridescent crystalline colors of the winter, and had to include them in our latest Project DIY collection.
This collection is all about big bling. We love the look of heavy jewels saturated in vibrant colors. Cold as Ice features a lot of bedazzled pieces that are sure to catch and reflect light in a beautiful way.
This collection combines vintage rhinestones and shimmering metals that create an icy cool look.
Our favorite aspect of this collection is the customizability of the pieces. With so many components available, we guarantee that no piece has to look the same. Each unique element can be as stunning and unique as a snowflake.
What do YOU think this month’s collection will contain?
This February we have put some really special items up on the web. From furry pom poms to the perfect blazer button, we have everything you would ever need to create some stylish winter gear. We even have some cool new home decor additions too! Take a look below to see what’s new this February.
These colorful fur pom poms are the perfect addition to any winter hat! We love the gorgeous rainbow of colors they come in.
Need to make a fashionable style statement? Try one of our fashion buttons! The Dome Faceted Button adds some dimensional sparkle, and the Concentric Ridge Button comes in an unexpected design. Our Perforated Faux Leather Button with Shank is also a great choice for adding some classic style to your clothing!
Nothing looks better on a blazer than our gorgeous Dome Blazer Button with Crest! For added interest, try our Two Hole Metal Concave Button or Cast Metal Flat Rim Button!
Dress up your home with this gorgeous Braided Tassel Fringe! It comes in an array of colors to match any decor and style.
Which of these items are you most excited to try out?
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, one of the sweetest gifts to give and receive is something handmade! This year, why not make your sweetheart something they can see every single day? This DIY is a perfect piece of wall art, and will fit right in no matter what your home decor looks like because this DIY is completely customizable.
What You’ll Need:
Buttons: (Use different sizes)
Hexagon Fashion Button 4 Holes #39945
Octagonal Fashion Button #41710
Shiny Fashion Button 4 Holes #39789
4-Hole Button Classic #20919
6 Yards of Black and White 25 mm Herringbone Ribbon #43800
10″ x 10″ Foam Core Board or Canvas Board
1. Lay out your herringbone ribbon on one side. Be sure to leave enough ribbon to cover the sides of the foam board.
2. Begin creating the pattern with the ribbons. Make sure that what you do to one side, you mirror on the other side.
3. Pin down or glue the ribbons, and cut the excess.
4. Keep creating a pattern with the herringbone until the entire board is covered.
5. Turn the board over and cut the excess ribbon.
6. Lay your buttons out into a heart-shaped pattern.
7. Pick one button up at a time, and glue down to maintain your desired shape.
We love how personalized you can make this project. You can grosgrain ribbon, metal buttons, or make the shape into a monogram. The options are endless, and allow you to make a DIY that really comes from the heart!
Fashion week is well underway, and the air in New York City is vibrating with excitement. The latest trends are on display, and the most fashion-forward are strutting their stuff on the runways and sidewalks of Lincoln Center. While we all try to look our best in case a fashion photographer decides to snap a street style shot, sometimes we’re struck with a fashion emergency! These quick fixes will get you back on the catwalk in no time.
Did your earring back fall out? Erasers are a great substitute. Just pop one off of your pencil, and place the flat end against your ear. It may be better than the real thing!
Static overload? Spray the area with a light mist of hairspray to make all cling subside.
Scuffed shoes are messing with your swagger? Use some Sharpie markers for a temporary fix. Word of warning: this won’t hold up as well in bad weather, so just carry a marker with you wherever you go!
If you’ve got a run in your stockings, use the oldest trick in the book: clear nail polish. That run will stop in its tracks (temporarily).
If you’re having problems with your hem, use a stapler! We wouldn’t recommend this on very expensive pieces, but if you’re in a bind and need a quick fix, there’s no easier way to adjust a hem. You can also use packing tape for a sturdy hold that does minimum damage.
Another use for tape is furry friend damage control. The tape easily picks up any unwanted animal hair!
Have you every had a fashion disaster that you fixed with a DIY? Tell us your story!
Valentine’s Day is a polarizing holiday, and we totally get it. All the talk of love, hearts and chocolate could make anyone go a little crazy! But we’re challenging you to embrace the holiday for the day in the name of DIY. This holiday is ripe with adorable DIYs that will keep you busy all weekend! And unlike Christmas trees, hearts never go out of season. Check out some of our favorite ways to DIY your heart out!
Schools may be cracking down on giving candy valentines on February 14th, but what are their stances on slime? This awesome glitter goo is fun to make and receive whether you’re a kid, or a kid at heart!
Lay your weary head on these puffy heart pillows from designlovefest, and try not to smile. Impossible. These pillows are a great DIY to make for yourself!
Make any valentine infinitely cuter by putting it in this heart envelope from Mommy Savers!
These gorgeous floral letters from Honestly Yum are honestly the prettiest way to dress up a table for Valentine’s Day.
This throwback from Glitter n’ Glue is the perfect gift for your gal pals! It’s totally DIY, but looks simple, chic, and super expensive. Another great and totally crafty gift for your girlfriends? A Project DIY pillow pack of course! Just grab a bunch and have a craft party!
So which camp are you in? Do you hate V-Day, or love it? And if you usually hate it, have any of these DIYs changed your mind?
Valentine’s Day happens to be a sore subject for some, but we think that’s just silly! Even if you don’t have someone special to celebrate, why not celebrate that VERY special shape that is the heart! Here are some of our favorite ways to wear it, and we’re not just talking about on your sleeve either!
Kelly, you’ve done it again. Not only is this sweatshirt adorable, it’s totally DIY-able. Check out Studio DIY to learn how to make it! We’re swooning just thinking of the nailheads we could use!
So it’s still a little cold to rock these bad boys, but we had to put them on the list because they are fantastic DIY inspiration! A stencil and some fabric paint is all we need!
Keiko Lynn shows us that it’s all about the tiny details with these delicate hearts rings!
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and we’re definitely fond of these amazing negative space heart gloves!
If you’re really feeling hearts, then this casual maxi from Wildfox is perfect for you! Bold print, big design; this dress is bound to make a statement.
So where will you be wearing your heart this Valentine’s Day? With these fun picks, the options are endless!