After a particularly chilly and snowy winter, there is no better time to head outside and enjoy the great outdoors than now. We’re at a pivotal point in spring when summer is just around the corner, and the possibility of adventures is just outside of our doorsteps! But what about our DIYs? How do we still get projects done and stretch our creative muscles when we’re outside?
Photography- The great outdoors offer an unmatched canvas for future DIYs that need photos. Take photos to use in upcoming DIYs to make them even more personal!
Painting- Watercolors are great for carrying around because they aren’t as messy as acrylics and oil paints. They’re great for painting outdoor scene s like flowers in a park or a beautiful oceanscapes.
Embroidery- Embroidery is a precise hobby that often takes a number of different types of thread. Pick a pattern that only uses a few colors to make it more mobile.
Knitting- Knitting is a great hobby that helps to relieve stress, but summer isn’t usually the best time for knitting new scarves. Make yourself an open weave cardigan or cover-up instead!
Bracelet making may seem hard on a sandy beach, but our tip is to leave the beads at home. Focus on friendship bracelets for a soothing summer activity.
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.
What You’ll Need:
35mm Imported Floral Jacquard
2” Striped Grosgrain
1.5” Ombre Grosgrain
Needle and Thread
1. Cut 3 inches of striped grosgrain, and put it aside. You’ll be using this strip for the center of the bow tie.
2. Take your longer piece of grosgrain, and fold one end of your striped grosgrain into the center of the ribbon.
3. Fold the other side over to meet the other piece.
4. Squeeze the center, and sew into place to secure the bow tie.
5. Fold your 3″ piece up horizontally, and wrap it around the center of the tie.
6. Measure the bow tie around a neck, leaving an extra inch.
7. 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.
8. Sew the female end to the back of the center of the bow tie.
Make these bow ties in an assortment of styles for any occasion! Use trendy trim and ribbons to keep your dad stylin’!
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.
These gladiator sandals are definitely for the bold and stylish. Imagine walking down the beach in these!
Jazz up a plain pair of flats with some fun colored lace!
All you need to embellish these cute flats is a pair of basic white shoes and a marker. Think of the possibilities!
These glittered sneakers are just the thing to wear on a sunny day! Your feet will certainly be attention-grabbing!
We’ve made quite a few warm-weather shoes ourselves, and these ombre flats are perfect for a stroll in Central Park!
Quotes are a powerful thing. They can inspire, make us laugh, make us thankful and bring on an entire spectrum of emotion with one key phrase. Quotes in design are comforting, and help you really speak your mind without ever uttering a word because, let’s face it, no one puts up a quote without being absolutely in love with it. There are plenty of ways to incorporate your favorite phrase into your every day with these fun DIYs!
This cute tote from A Beautiful Mess is the perfect thing to bring with you on a shopping trip.
Washi tape never fails to impress. This neat DIY uses patterned washi tape for a bright look!
This pillow DIY is the perfect typographic addition to any living room sofa!
We love this DIY from The Wood Grain Cottage because of the rustic wood grain peeking out from the white canvas.
How cool is this kitchen quote from Mollee Made? It makes us hungry just looking at it!
What quotes have you used in your DIYs?
If you want to jazz up your office supply stash, look no further than M&J Trimming! We have a stash of gorgeous ribbons, trims and notions that are perfect for personalized your office space. So whether you’re a recent grad looking to beautify their first cube, an intern dipping a toe into the working world in style, or a seasoned pro who wants a little more personality in their space; you can DIY office upgrades with ease! Check out these adorable paper clips that can be used as bookmarks, or hold together your thesis paper.
5mm Gingham Ribbon
9mm Rose Satin Jacquard
Paper Clip 1 1. Place your 9mm Jacquard through the top of the paper clip.
2. Fold over the bottom piece and cut. Glue pieces together.
3. Once dried, cut the top piece on a slant or different shape.
Paper Clip 2
1. Place your 5mm Gingham Ribbon through the paper clip, and tie it in a knot.
2. Glue one side of your ribbon to the back of the knot going on a slant.
3. Place the other side of your ribbon across the opposite side to create a bow. Glue down.
This spring and summer we’re really feeling sparkly embellishments, especially on unexpected pieces! This neon pink skirt was the perfect canvas for jeweled embellishments because it’s bold and will stand out at any party. If you want to tone this look down, try using a neutral base with monochromatic jewels instead! What You’ll Need:
18mm x 13mm Octagon Jewel W/2 Holes
28mm x 16mm Oval Jewel W/2 Holes
24mm x 10mm Oval Jewel W/2 Holes
14m Round Jewel W/2 Holes
1. Lay out your skirt and start to place your jewels where you would like them. We created a geometric pattern with ours. 2. Once you have planned out your design, sew each jewel in place. Now you have a great skirt for going out in! You can also use this same technique to embellish a shirt or a jacket!
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if your mom loves to DIY as much as you do, we have some suggestions that will make her jump with joy.
The Seamstress – If your mom loves to sew, give her some enhanced essentials! Make a kit with fashion tape, a rainbow of thread, and a unique array of buttons.
The Home Decor Diva – Does your mom change her decor according to styles and not just seasons? Give her some trim that she’s bound to love! How about an elegant tassel fringe, or a fun pom pom fringe?
The Social Butterfly – If your mom is a VIP who is always attending parties and galas, make sure she shines with rhinestone or beaded trim! It’s the perfect trim for adorning an evening dress or clutch.
The Accessory Queen – If your mom loves making her own stylish accessories, check out our Project DIY kits! They have everything you need to make stylish, runway-inspired accessories.
Jewelry-making is a popular way to DIY right now because the projects are usually quick, easy, and the results are stunning. There’s also the added bonus of having a completely custom piece that will have all of your friends asking where you got it! While making jewelry is usually a simple affair, there are a few things you can do to make it even easier!
When working with rhinestones, a crystal jewel setter is your best friend. It allows you to easily pick up and place rhinestones without the hassle of turning them over and fiddling around with them manually. It also allows for more precision. Don’t have a jewel setter? A toothpick with beeswax on the tip works just as well.
Opening jump rings the right way is a lesson that will help you throughout jewelry making. Almost every piece needs a jump ring to attach closures! Check out our video to see how to open and close jump rings properly, so that you aren’t stuck with that annoying gap.
Keep it in a caddy. With all of the tiny beads and charms floating around, its good to keep them organized so that you’re able to find the exact piece you need when you need it.
When it comes to buying supplies, the least noticeable parts are probably the most important. When buying thread or chain, make sure to get the good stuff, or at least the medium stuff. If you’re using a mediocre chain or thread to keep your item together it could easily snap and break.
Our most popular rhinestones are the Crystal and Crystal AB variety which have a clear or iridescent shine. They’re classic and elegant, and perfect for making any accessory or outfit more special and statement-worthy. But if you like a little more sass with your sparkle, our Swarovski crystals come in a full spectrum of colors! Sometimes adding a little bit of color goes a long way, and these DIYs prove it!
This necklace from Swell Mayde is great for repurposing old, inexpensive necklaces that you wouldn’t otherwise wear. Just a few coats of paint and you have the perfect spring accessory!
If you’re in school or just love having beautiful office supplies, these fun magnets are a great weekend DIY! Created using inexpensive earrings, these are sure to set your locker apart from the rest.
These Miu Miu-inspired earrings are so sweet and elegant, and you know our thoughts on ombre anything. Must have.
This mirror from Designlovefest is a favorite because it is so unique. It’s an exciting addition to your home, and would make a fantastic house-warming present.
This clutch from Honestly WTF is fierce and fashionable. We love the drama of the beautiful crystal shards.
We’ve been seeing these creative bottle stoppers all over the internet, and it’s no wonder why! They’re funky, add a little fun to your party, and make a terrific gift. This DIY will teach you how to make these cool bottle stoppers out of decorative buttons!
What You’ll Need:
Domed Buds Metal Button
Glitter Button with Shank
Curved Top Metal Button with Shank
1. Push your button into the top of the cork.
2. Pull your button out of the freshly made space, and add some glue to the shank of the button.
3. Push it back into the hole you’ve created in the cork.
It’s really as simple as that! Now you can dress up any bottle with a few simple materials, and we guarantee you’ll be the life of the party!