DIY: Lace and Flower Initial

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Everyone wants their space to be a reflection of their personalities, and if your personality is feminine, flirty and a little shabby chic, you’re going to love our latest DIY. Our cool, customized initial uses faux flowers and lace that look beautiful when paired together. You can make an initial that matches your personality by varying the trims. Use grosgrain for a preppy look, or jacquard for something more vintage-chic.

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What You’ll Need:

5.25” Floral Pattern Chantilly Lace

6” Chantilly Floral Lace

Wooden Letter

Fake Flowers

Sobo Glue

Hot Glue Gun

Paint Brush

Scissors

DSC_00061. Cut your lace into pieces.

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DSC_00112. Paint the Sobo Glue onto the letter.

DSC_00143. Gently lay the lace over the glue. Pat down. Let dry.

DSC_00214. Place on the letter in different spots, and glue down with the hot glue gun.

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Fashion DIY Summer Essentials

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We’re officially in summer! And you know what that means, lazy days outside DIYing your heart out. There a few DIY essentials that we think are sure to make your summer even more fun!

56035-2143_1Elastic – Super practical for summer, this trim is perfect for making hair ties, head bands, belts to cinch your summer dress, and straps for towel holders.

59872-beigeLace – The perfect summer trim for all of your fashion DIYs. We’ve been seeing lace crop tops and shorts all over fashion blogs and in stores, but why buy them when you can DIY them?

59871-bronze_1Leather Cord – Go on a friendship bracelet making spree with our selection of bolo cords. From neon brights, to leather neutrals, we have all of the supplies you need for a rockin DIY.

56821-goldChain – Not only is chain great for making necklaces and bracelets, it’s also perfect for creating full body jewelry!

Initial Art DIY Roundup

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Need a DIY that adds a personal touch to your house? Put your name on it! Or at least your initial, with these awesome DIYs that feature your favorite letters in the alphabet. These make great presents, especially for baby showers, and can also add a sweet touch to a wedding.

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DIY: Pearl Embellished Sunglasses

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Sunglasses can put the finishing touch on an already chic outfit, and really highlight your best features with frames that suit your face. This DIY is all about taking a simple pair of sunglasses, and transforming them into a stylish statement. We’ve used classic accents like pearls to embellish our circular frames, but you can use anything from rhinestones to studs if you’re looking for something more glamorous or edgy.

Materials for Pearl Accented Sunglasses6mm Faux Pearls in Gold and Silver

8mm Faux Pearls in Gold and White

 Hot glue or E6000

Gluing Small Gold Pearls to Circular Sunglasses1. Take your pearls and create a design on each side.

Adding Glue to Top of Sunglasses2. Take the smaller pearls and create a frame going on top of the sun glasses.

Sunglasses with Pearl Accents 3. Fill the center of the sun glasses with more pearls.

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Summer Sunglasses DIY Roundup

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Summer is only a few weeks away, making this the best time to get your summer essentials prepped! And everyone knows a perfect summer day at the beach, park or pool isn’t complete without a pair of fabulous sunglasses. These sunglasses DIYs are a great way to personalize this summer standby. 001-chained-sunnies-dream-a-little-bigger1These chained sunglasses are rockstar chic, and easy to make with a few feet of chain.

Polka Dot SunglassesPlain sunglasses get a retro upgrade with polka dots!

Embroidered SunglassesThese embroidered sunglasses from Honestly WTF are created with real thread! How crafty!

 

Fruity SunglassesThese summer fruit sunglasses are perfect for a day at the beach in the tropics.

DIY Doughnut SunglassesYes, these doughnut sunglasses from Studio DIY ARE the sweetest things you’ll see all day.

 

 

Leather Accessories DIY Roundup

Although the weather is warm and balmy, we have leather on our minds! There’s something so rugged about it that makes its addition to your home decor or outfit a little more earthy and cool. Its also a great medium to use when making gifts because its sturdy, durable and only looks better with age. Here are a few of our favorite DIYs that use this classic material.

Leather Wallet

Adventuring in distant lands this summer? Make this cool leather passport holder for your desert or jungle adventures!

Shelf DIYKeep your items up with this cool shelf DIY that uses thick leather straps!

 

Leather Herb LabelsThere’s something so natural and organic about these leather herb labels. You can use this same technique to create cool office supply jars!

 

DIY Leather Camera StrapCarrying around a heavy camera can be a bother, especially when you have a standard strap. Give your tech a rustic upgrade with this soft leather camera strap.

 

Makezine Leather Tool Kit Still need a gift for Father’s Day? Make this tool roll that any guy would love!

DIY: Father’s Day Bow Ties

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Do you need a gift for your fashion-conscious father or husband? We have the perfect gift to send dad off with style, and the best part is that this completely customizable gift is easy to make yourself! Check out these DIY bow ties we created just in time for Father’s Day. Materials for DIY Bowties

What You’ll Need:

35mm Imported Floral Jacquard

2” Striped Grosgrain

1.5” Ombre Grosgrain

Scissors

Needle and Thread

Button Fastener

Cutting Striped Grosgrain Ribbon1. Cut 3 inches of striped grosgrain, and put it aside. You’ll be using this strip for the center of  the bow tie.

Folding Grosgrain Ribbon2. Take your longer piece of grosgrain, and fold one end of your striped grosgrain into the center of the ribbon.

Folding Ribbon into Bow3. Fold the other side over to meet the other piece.

Sewing Ribbon Into Bow4. Squeeze the center, and sew into place to secure the bow tie.

Folding Grosgrain Ribbon5. Fold your 3″ piece up horizontally, and wrap it around the center of the tie.

Measuring Grosgrain Ribbon6. Measure the bow tie around a neck, leaving an extra inch.

Sewing Snap to Bow Tie7. Fold the corner tip of the ribbon to the center, and the other corner tip to the center. Sew the male side to the tip.

Sewing Snap to Bow Tie8. Sew the female end to the back of the center of the bow tie.

Completed Grosgrain Bow Ties

Make these bow ties in an assortment of styles for any occasion! Use trendy trim and ribbons to keep your dad stylin’!

 

Father’s Day DIY Roundup

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Father’s Day is right around the corner, and we have just the DIYs for you to make your dad!  Father's Day Shirt CardStart the day off right with these cards shaped like shirts!

Swiss Army Key Ring

Your dad will never misplace his keys again when they look like a rugged swiss army knife.

DIY Leather Sunglass CaseThe weather is warm and the sun is out. Make this great sunglass case  to keep his shades safe from scratches.

Cuff Links

Is you father formal? Make these cool cufflinks for his next event using our cool buttons!

Eye Chart DIY

Is your Dad a sci-fi fan? Make this cool Star Wars-inspired wall art!

Need some more suggestions? Take a look at last year’s roundup for some equally awesome ideas!

Espadrille Flats DIY

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We love the look of canvas flats for warm weather, but sometimes they need a bit of an upgrade! We took a pair of basic flats and gave them a warm-weather makeover with some jute trim and colorful appliques!

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What You’ll Need:

 1/4” Jute Braid – Dark

2 2” Bullion Beaded Appliqué

Canvas Flats from Rainbow $12.99

E6000

Scissors

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1. Place glue around the bottom of the edge of your shoe platform.

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2. Glue a row of jute trim to the bottom of your shoe.

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3. Glue another row of jute above the first row of trim.

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4. Glue your applique onto the center of the front of the shoe, and let it dry. You can also sew your applique on for added security.

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Stylish Spring Shoe DIY Roundup

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The weather is fine, the sun is out, and it’s so close to summer you can actually taste the sea salt in the air. If you haven’t already, now may be the best time to banish those tall boots! Don’t have enough shoe options for spring? Don’t worry! These DIY options are perfect solution to your footwear woes.

DIY Gladiator Sandals from A Pair and A Spare

These gladiator sandals are definitely for the bold and stylish. Imagine walking down the beach in these!

Blue Lace Flats DIYJazz up a plain pair of flats with some fun colored lace!

Patterned Flats from Amy New NostalgiaAll you need to embellish these cute flats is a pair of basic white shoes and a marker. Think of the possibilities!

Glitter Sneaker from Teen VogueThese glittered sneakers are just the thing to wear on a sunny day! Your feet will certainly be attention-grabbing!

Ombre Sneakers from M&J TrimmingWe’ve made quite a few warm-weather shoes ourselves, and these ombre flats are perfect for a stroll in Central Park!