DIY: Cord Necklace

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This week we have a DIY that is the perfect piece to complete your spring and summer wardrobe. Inspired by Marni’s incredible rope necklaces, we decided to put all of our cord to good use! This simpler design features one length of cord at a time, but you can always add additional segments to the necklace. We like wearing a clustered bunch to really make a statement, but you can also rock one at a time. These necklaces are a little bit nautical too, making them perfect for your summer vacation at sea!

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6mm Braided Metallic Cord

12mm Imported Chenille Twist

End Caps (small and large)

Lobster Clasp

Jewelry Wire

Jump Rings

Pliers

Scissors

E6000

 

Chenille Cord NecklaceDSC_01381. Measure your chenille cord around your neck, and cut depending on how long you want your necklace. Cut cord.

DSC_01422. Take your jewelry wire and hold the tip with the loop with a set of pliers. Create a knot by twisting the wire into a ball. This will allow the wire not to fall through the opening of the end cap.

DSC_01443. Place the loop tip into the end cap so it come out on the other side.

DSC_01514. Add glue and place cord into the end cap. Let dry and repeat on other side.

DSC_01595. Add a jump ring to each end and a lobster clasp to on end.

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DSC_01531. After cutting your cord to the desired length, take your smaller end caps and add glue inside.

DSC_01542. Place cord end into the cap and let dry. Repeat on the other side.

DSC_01603. Add a jump ring to each end and a lobster clasp to on end.

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DIY Keychain Roundup

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If you’ve ever accidentally mixed up your keys with someone else’s, if you find yourself struggling to find your keys at the bottom of a big tote bag, you’re in need of a key chain. Key chains are the perfect DIY because they are small, can use a number of different materials, and don’t take very long to make!
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1c4a0d80814755f7d94b40b0c0939168Armed with some basic sewing skills and fun ribbon, you could make these adorable key fobs!

12105868654_4809f3fd9b_bGuard your precious keys with these fearsome painted beast keychains!

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Give your Jenga pieces new life by making them into Mod Podged map piece keychains!

DIY: Beaded Trim Pastel Clutch

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Looking for the perfect accessory for that party this spring? Make a basic clutch bloom with a little floral beaded trim! This pastel purse is great for a garden wedding, bridal shower, or any garden party! DSC_0290

What You’ll Need:

Plain Clutch

5/8” Sequin Flower

E6000

Scissors

 DSC_02931- Take your sequin trim and measure from the end of one side of the clutch to the other. Cut to size.

DSC_0300 2- Glue trim down.

DSC_03023- Add around row of trim above the one you just glued down. Glue down and let dry.

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DIY: Stud Earrings

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Studs earrings are a great way to add a simple touch to your outfit without going overboard, and with so many different nailheads and buttons, you can make a pair of earrings to go with any outfit! Here we’ve created three sets of stud earrings for almost any occasion. Whether you want to look preppy and classic with a plain white pair, or edgy with a gold spike; these simple accessories will elevate your outfit.

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What You’ll Need:

10mm Hot-fix Flat-Top Pyramid Stud

8mm x 7mm Sew-On Mini Metallic Plastic Spike

8mm Round Hot-fix Epoxy Nailheads

E6000

Earring Stud Bases

Pyramid Studs

DSC_0581Take your E6000 and place a dot on the blank earring base. Apply pyramid stud. Let dry.

Gold Spike Studs

DSC_0583Take your E6000 and place a dot on the blank earring base. Apply gold spike. Let dry.

White Studs

DSC_0584Take your E6000 and place a dot on the blank earring base. Apply white nailhead. Let dry.

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Winter Hat DIY Roundup

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6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c6fe0490970b-800wiHave a stained or shrunken sweater that doesn’t stand a chance paired with a chronic case of cold ears? Make a hat!

IMG_3867Another day, another hat made from a sweater!

oversized-pom-pom-DIY-square1-624x936Learn how to make a giant yarn pompom hat and embrace the pompom trend with open arms.

studded-beanieNo reason not to look cool while you’re warm and toasty! This studded hat DIY will make you look edgy without sacrificing comfort.

Favorite DIYs of July

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Summer is always a fun time to DIY because the projects can get bigger, more messy, and brighter! From accessories to art, bloggers have been crafting their hearts out making the coolest projects! Below you’ll find a snapshot of some of our July favorites that really expanded our creativity!
Gold Bulb ChandelierBrit + Co made the coolest chandelier using painted gold bulbs with larger circular ones. We love the clustered effect of this modern chandelier, and wouldn’t mind having it in every room of the house!

 

6a00d8358081ff69e201a511e22506970c-800wiThis month the beautiful sisters from A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make a simple beaded necklace. When working with natural gemstones, sometimes all you need is something simple to showcase their inherent beauty.

Bridal-Shower-Invitations-MintedThese bridal shower invites from Creme de la Craft are beyond adorable, and just go to show you that it’s the details that make all the difference.

watercolor-napkins-8We love the watercolor trend, especially on these beautiful napkins from Paper and Stitch! They’re the perfect addition to your dinner party place settings.

Sticker Mandala

From far away this looks like a piece of traditional Hindu art, but this mandala is definitely modern! Upon closer inspection you’ll find an array of different stickers that are sure to put a smile on your face. We love the stickers they picked out at HonestlyWTF.

Independent Handbag Designer Awards

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This year we were once again proud sponsors of the Independent Handbag Designer Awards, an awards show that displays some of the most inventive and unique accessories from designers all over the world. Now in its 8th year, the entries were out of this world! And while all of them were a spectacular feat of creativity, the winners were absolute standouts.

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The Optitex Best Student Made Handbag winner, Morgan Richards, had a rustic, burnished leather bag, with matching leather tassels.

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The handbag that won Best in Overall Style and Design was John Edwards’ bold, blue creation. The light blue paired with gold-toned accents made for a gorgeous combination. It also happened to be the fan favorite!

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This beautiful clutch, by Gili Rozin Tamam, won the award for Best Handmade Handbag. Creating this bag took a unique process of imprinting that is usually reserved for the automotive industry. This designer is always thinking outside of the box!

Above were a few of our favorites, but check out the rest of the Independent Handbag Design Awards winners, and let us know which one YOU love!

 

 

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!

Men’s Fashion Inspiration: All in the Details

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When it comes to men’s fashion there seems to be a lot less variety. While women can try on every trend from bold neons to crop tops, men usually have a more subdued style. Fortunately, there are elements that any guy can play around with to get a unique style that is all his own. It boils down to the tiny details. By adding unique elements in the way of accessories, men can easily add charisma to their classic looks. Layered Styles

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Rolex Watch with Beaded Bracelets

Jil Sanders Canvas Oxfords

Suspenders and Hat Fashion

Drop Earring Inspiration

 

 

As of late, we’ve been seeing a lot of beautiful statement stud earrings. And why not? They’re dainty, small, and can be worn without being too distracting. While we’re huge fans of these tiny ear gems, we’d also like to give a shout out to their longer and more flashy counterparts. The beautiful earrings below are some of our favorite dangling “drop” earrings. We love these types of earrings because not only do they provide extra bling, but they also seem to dance when you move, a feature that is found in almost no other jewelry! c6b5d7702c4b9efd4fad36c2875d203b

 

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What are your favorite types of earrings? If you prefer the stud, would you be willing to give the drops a try?