DIY: Nautical Knot Necklace

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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!

Nautical Knot Necklace Materials

What You’ll Need:
3/16” Rayon Twist Cord (keep the ends secured with tape to prevent fraying)
1/4” Heavy Apron Tape
Jump Rings
E6000
End Caps
Lobster Clasp
Scissors

Nautical Knot Necklace Diagram1. Using two sets of two cords, create the knot above by following the arrows above.

Measuring Nautical Knot Necklace2. Measure to make sure the necklace is your desired length, and cut off any excess.

Nautical Knot Necklace Gluing Apron Tape3. As you cut, add glue and apron tape to the ends. Cut and glue each end one by one to prevent fraying.

Nautical Knot Necklace End Caps4. Add E6000 to the inside of the end cap, and insert the cord tip into the end cap.

Adding Jump Rings to Nautical Knot Necklace5. Attach jump rings to each end cap, one jump ring for two cords.

Adding Lobster Clasp to Nautical Knot Necklace6. Add a lobster clasp to one end of the necklace.

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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: 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: 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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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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DIYing in the Great Outdoors

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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!

Sailboat Watercolor by Etsy ArtistPainting- 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.

Organized Embroidery FlossEmbroidery- 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.

Yarn Organized by ColorKnitting- 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.

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’!