Canvas tote bags are practical and great for running errands. But truth be told, they’re a little plain. Make your tote bag stand out with classic details that will instill your DIY creation with a preppy and sophisticated vibe, and avoid the question of paper or plastic once and for all.
What You’ll Need:
Faux Leather Bias Binding
Flatback Crystal Rhinestones
1. Glue the faux leather trim on top on the canvas handles of your tote.
2. Once the glue has dried, use E6000 to glue the trim across the top of the bag.
3. Use small pieces of the trim to cover the edges of the bag.
4. Write your initials, favorite word or phrase out lightly in pencil, and when you’re happy with the marks, go over it with your fabric pen.
5. Finish your tote off with some sparkling accents by adding small flatback rhinestones to the top and bottom of your design!
Tote bags aren’t just the perfect beach bags, they’re also great for carrying those books to your next class, picking up groceries, or holding your lunch for the workday ahead! These DIY tote bags are perfect for that transition from summer to fall, and they are inexpensive to make so you can make one for every season!
This DIY from For the Love Of shows you how to give your tote bag the paint chip ombre treatment.
This simple sequin tote from Madigan Made has just the right amount of sparkle!
Cupcakes and Cashmere knows how to keep things classy with this preppy DIY tote!
This tote from Homey Oh My was made completely from scratch, and no sewing was involved! Can you believe it?
Dare to take on leather sewing with this cool, classic leather tote from Melly Sews!
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!
Brit + 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!
This 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.
These 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.
We love the watercolor trend, especially on these beautiful napkins from Paper and Stitch! They’re the perfect addition to your dinner party place settings.
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.
Summer is all about having fun, seeing friends and family, going on adventures and bright, bright colors! Embrace the summer spirit by introducing some fun onto your dinner table with these pompom placemats we’ve created. They add the perfect amount of pizzazz to your summer table, and are great for using when entertaining friends!
What You’ll Need:
3/8” Pom Pom Fringe
Scissors1. Lay your pom pom fringe against one side of your placemat, and cut to fit.
2. Place a line of glue going down the edges of the placemat, and glue down your trim.
3. Repeat on all sides.
Summer is synonymous with sandals, which is all we’ve been wearing since June 21st! We’ve been seeing a lot of simple sandal styles as well as more elaborate ones, but sometimes those trendy sandals can cost a little more than you bargained for. Here are three of our favorite ways to “step up” your sandal game without breaking your budget.
8mm Beaded Snake Chain, 9mm Black Metal Chain, Sandals
Glue or sew chain trim to the straps of your sandals for a shining accent! Try to choose a chain that is the same width as your straps!
If your sandals have wide straps, we would suggest taking advantage of that space with a row of floral cameos!
Sandals, 1 3/4″ Multi Color Braided Vinyl, 10mm Two-Tone Spike Ultra Suede Ribbon
Black basic sandals are essential, but if you prefer yours with a little more oomph, add a strap of braided leather trim or studded leather trim.
If you were tuned into Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda on Friday, you may have seen some of our star trims in the spotlight during Bobbie’s Buzz, a segment focused on the most current fashion trends. This segment highlighted the DIY craze, and featured three different types of DIYs to take your outfits to the next level!
Our favorite DIY of the three was definitely trim-centric, and featured an ingenious way to add trim to your outfit without ever having to touch a needle and thread.
Watch the video to see the crafty way you can attach trim to your favorite pieces!
If you’ve ever wanted to imbue more personality into your outfit without going the accessory route, why not accessorize with your digits? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite nail art DIYs that are sure to add flavor to any outfit, and are perfect for a night of pampering.
This designer-inspired DIY comes in a beautiful knit that’s reminiscent of stitches, and you know how we love all things fashion!
A bold, graphic nail is just the thing to add some sharp contrast to a soft look.
The California sunset has nothing on this intricate Coachella-inspired nail art!
Watercolor is such a hot trend right now, and we love it even more on nails!
This fruity mani is perfect for long days of summer. We feel refreshed just looking at it!
We’ve been going nuts over knots the last few days, and we’ve finally decided to do something about it! We wanted a nautical-inspired accessory that could add a little class to any outfit, while also looking casual and simple. We created a knotted necklace using twist cord and tape in red and navy, but you can customize the materials to make this knotted necklace in whatever colors and styles you like!
What You’ll Need:
3/16” Rayon Twist Cord (keep the ends secured with tape to prevent fraying)
1/4” Heavy Apron Tape
1. Using two sets of two cords, create the knot above by following the arrows above.
2. Measure to make sure the necklace is your desired length, and cut off any excess.
3. As you cut, add glue and apron tape to the ends. Cut and glue each end one by one to prevent fraying.
4. Add E6000 to the inside of the end cap, and insert the cord tip into the end cap.
5. Attach jump rings to each end cap, one jump ring for two cords.
6. Add a lobster clasp to one end of the necklace.
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!
We love this canvas tote DIY from Lil Blue Boo. It’s perfect for taking to the beach or pool this summer!
You need a steady hand and artistic eye to pull off this dresser upgrade, but the results are worth the effort.
These rope heels are not only easy to DIY, but they look like a million bucks!
Let this little lantern light up your summer nights! It’s the perfect decoration for a beach-themed party!
A simple TV tray table gets a nautical upgrade, and makes the perfect end table to display vacation photos!
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!
Lighten up with these cute candies made of paper lanterns, tulle and ribbon!
These bright cupcake trays are just the ticket for a sweet summer party, and we love the candy-coated colors!
Deck out your cake with an adorable ribbon garland! Just as festive as candles, these are a fun alternative to traditional cake decor.
Your candy-themed party will be a blast with these Candyland-inspired decorations that are both adorable AND affordable.