Not Your Average Knot

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With all of our talk about nautical style lately, we want to take a moment to send a shout-out to one of our favorite nautical elements: knots! There’s something so rustic and cool about an intricate knot, not to mention that it’s also surprisingly artistic. We often think of knots as a way to secure our projects, but what about making them the focus instead? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite unique knots, to help to make  standout DIYs!

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Nautical DIY Roundup

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Nautical style isn’t just for the open sea! Bring a little bit of sand and salty air back from the beach with these fun DIYs!
NauticalInspiredToteWe love this canvas tote DIY from Lil Blue Boo. It’s perfect for taking to the beach or pool this summer!

dresser2You need a steady hand and artistic eye to pull off this dresser upgrade, but the results are worth the effort.

3611-1These rope heels are not only easy to DIY, but they look like a million bucks!

IMG_6651Let this little lantern light up your summer nights! It’s the perfect decoration for a beach-themed party!

525561d1697ab06b1a0008a2._w.540_h.357_s.fit_A simple TV tray table gets a nautical upgrade, and makes the perfect end table to display vacation photos!

 

How Sweet It Is DIY Roundup

So you may have heard the bad news, Crumbs Bake Shop, one of our favorite places to snag a cupcake, is closing its doors. We’re definitely going to miss one of our favorite afternoon treats, but we know just the thing to get us through the bad times: sweet DIYs! Whether they’re made for sweets or just look like them, these DIYs are perfect for satisfying that sweet tooth without gaining a pound!

Candy LanternsLighten up with these cute candies made of paper lanterns, tulle and ribbon!

Tiered TraysThese bright cupcake trays are just the ticket for a sweet summer party, and we love the candy-coated colors!

Ribbon Cake GarlandDeck out your cake with an adorable ribbon garland! Just as festive as candles, these are a fun alternative to traditional cake decor.

Candy DecorYour candy-themed party will be a blast with these Candyland-inspired decorations that are both adorable AND affordable.

4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Neon Lights Shorts

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Summer isn’t hot without some neons to light up the night! We’ve taken a few of our favorite items to DIY with, and given a pair of white jean shorts the neon treatment. These shorts are perfect for a pool party, or a fun night out. This DIY would also look awesome with a black pair of jeans for a high-contrast look. DSC_0310What You’ll Need:

White Jean Shorts
10mm x 15mm Sew-On Neon Plastic Spikes
8mm x 7mm Sew-On Mini Neon Plastic Spikes
8mm Round Hf Epoxy Nailheads
7mm Flat Square Hf Nailheads
6mm Hf Octagon Rhinestone Stud
Iron
Needle and Thread

 DSC_03121. Create a pattern going down of side of the shorts using your spikes.

DSC_03162. Once you’ve settled on a pattern, sew them into place.

DSC_03223. On the opposite leg, create a pattern with your iron-ons.

DSC_03214. Once you’ve created your pattern, iron them on or use a hotfix setting tool.

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4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Braided Belt

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Sometimes the best way to accent a pair of shorts is to add an accessory to the mix! It’s also a great way to keep your favorite pair intact while also adding some interest. The best shorts accessory in our opinion is a funky belt! We used a leather and cotton braid with a pronged buckle to create a gorgeous (and easy) belt. No need to mess with leather hole punchers when working with braided trim!DSC_0287 What You’ll Need:

Colored Jean Shorts
Leather Braid
2 1/8” Rounded Square Metal Buckle
E6000
Needle and Thread

 DSC_03261. Punch the prong of the buckle through the center braided trim about 2 inches deep.

DSC_03272. Fold over the extra 2 inches, and glue and sew in place.

DSC_03333. Add some glue to the tip of the other end of the leather so it does not fray. Let dry.

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 Looking for more inspiration for your next shorts accessory at our 4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts Shop!

4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Ripped and Chained

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Does your summer need a little more edge? Take your ripped denim shorts up another notch with chain! In this DIY we’ve take a regular pair of ripped denim shorts, and added a metallic element with various chains. These are the perfect shorts to wear if you’re feeling a little more dark and daring!
DSC_0250-2What You’ll Need:

Black Ripped Jean Shorts
4mm Metal Chain
5mm Jewelry Metal Chain
4mm Jump Rings
Pin or Small Hole PuncherDSC_0256-21. Start out by punching a hole near the edge of a large rip.

DSC_0262-22. Push a jump ring into the hole, and add a chain end to the ring before closing it.

DSC_0266-23. Add another hole to the opposite side of the ripped hole. Push a jump ring through, add the end of the chain to the jump ring, and close.

DSC_0268-24. Repeat this process on random rips.

DSC_0270-2Need some more chain to make your shorts rocker-chic? Check out our 4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts Shop!

4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Ruffled Lace

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Lace shorts have been seen on style blogs and in stores all over the country, and we absolutely adore this trend! The light and airy look of lace with a relaxed pair of denim shorts is the ultimate salute to summer. We chose a ruffled trim to capture the carefree nature of the season, but you can pick any style you like. You can even mix up the color with black lace on red shorts for more of an evening look.

DSC_0277What You’ll Need:

Light Wash Blue Jean Shorts
Frilly Ruffled Lace Fringe
Needle and Thread

DSC_02781. Turn your shorts inside out, and line up the lace trim where you want it to go.

DSC_02842. Sew the lace trim around each leg opening.

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To find more inspiring materials to work with, check out the 4 Ways shop!

Independence Day DIYs

Independence Day is only a few days away! Get ready for fireworks, Americana outfits and the best parties of the summer! If you’re throwing your own shindig and need some decor ideas to liven up your abode, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the hottest DIYs for your 4th of July party.

july-fourth-star-pinatas-diy-ehow-600x900Always planning for the best party, Studio DIY have the most star-spangled piñatas for your BBQ!

101901866.jpg.rendition.largestLearn how to make an easy fireworks centerpiece for your table from Better Homes and Gardens.

IMG_7487This patriotic wreath from the Sweetest Survival brings a little understated festivity to your doorstep, and we obviously adore that navy ribbon!

IMG_1236editIf you’re a typography buff, making a patriotic statement has never been easier with this printable from eighteen25!

burlap-runnerHosting a patriotic get-together? Take a tip from Domestically Speaking, and serve them on this rustic burlap table runner with beautiful ribbon inserts.

 

DIY: Preppy Pocket Towel

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Going to the beach is always an adventure, but sometimes it can also become a treasure hunt when your items go missing in the sand! Stop losing your beach essentials with this cool DIY that makes a simple towel into the perfect accessory for carrying everything you need. DSC_0135 What You’ll Need:

Towel
Sewing Machine
1.5” Roman Stripe Ribbon
7/8” Grosgrain Ribbon in Pistachio

DSC_01381. Lay out your towel, and fold it up to create a big pocket.

DSC_01512. Place ribbons where you want the pockets to be, and sew closed. Sew a ribbon to the top of the towel without going through both layers.

DSC_01473. Sew the the ends of the towel in place as well.

DSC_01624. Take your pistachio ribbon and create two bows. Sew at the top of each spot where the ribbon goes down vertically.

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Best DIYs of June 2014

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This month was full of fun summer/spring DIYs that are perfect for those upcoming summer parties and beach vacations! Take a look at some of our favorite DIYs this month to help get your creative juices flowing!

untitled-136Amp up your home with a sequined ampersand made by Sugar and Cloth! We’re happy to find another use for our sequin trim!
DIY-Ice-Cream-Cone-Balloon-Weights3-600x900Stay sweet with Studio DIY’s delicious ice cream balloon weights!

miss-kris-diy-pom-pom-ponchoMiss Kris does it again with this pom pom trimmed poncho that’s perfect for the beach!

ehowstyle-mixedmediatasselnecklace-21Studs and Pearls mixed it up with a cool mixed media necklace.

6a00d8358081ff69e201a511d1d084970c-800wiThis table cloth created by A Beautiful Mess is perfect for summer cookouts, and uses a DIY essential, Rit Dye!