DIY: Chainette Fringe Earrings

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These beautiful tassel earrings pair two great spring colors and fun textures to create a dynamic statement accessory set. We love the glint of the sew-on jewel combined with the soft sway of the chainette fringe used to make the tassel. DSC_0413 Pink 4” Chainette Fringe (Pink)

Jade Green 18mm x 13mm Octagon Jewel W/2 Holes (Jade Green) #39210

Jump rings

Earring hooks

E6000

Scissors

Pliers


DSC_0416 DSC_04171. Lay your chainette fringe down flat, and glue a quarter over an inch. Take a quarter inch, and glue that over as well. Repeat about 4 times until you have a tassel, and let dry.

DSC_04222. Loop a jump ring through one of the chainette loops. Place the sew-on stone through the same jump ring and close.

DSC_04273. Take another jump ring and loop through the top of the sew-on hole. Then close the jump ring.

DSC_04294. Take your last jump ring and loop through the jump ring you just closed. Add the earring hook and close jump ring.

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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?

 

Quick and Easy DIY Roundup

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Let’s face it, everyone likes a little instant gratification once in a while. Whether it’s getting next-day shipping on those boots, ordering a cheeseburger through the drive-through, or eating your dessert way before dinner time, there’s a feeling of satisfaction when you get something right when you want it. Weekends are perfect for tackling long DIYs, but sometimes you just want to make something in five minutes and enjoy it!

Washi-0-Featured-645x429These easy DIYs made with washi tape from Brit + Co can be made while watching an episode of your favorite half hour sitcom with time to spare for a coffee break.

wool-felt-ball-coaster-1Speaking of coffee, make a rug for your mug with tiny felt balls! This colorful DIY from Inspired by Charm can be completed before your coffee even cools!

ispydiy_homefinds4While the jewelry that I Spy DIY made LOOKS like it took forever, we’re happy to report that it was quick and simple.

old_mantelwebWhile it may take more than a few minutes to figure out the secrets to alchemy, you can always fake it with this gilded bookend DIY from Design Sponge!

IMG_2120This set of key wristlets from Lizinspiration is the perfect DIY for us. With our selection of ribbons, we’re going to have to start making keys just so we can make all of our fabulous color combinations!

 

 

 

DIY Tips and Tricks: Jewelry

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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!

Rhinestones

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.

Organizer

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.

Chain

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.

 

Lace Jewelry Inspiration

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We love an unconventional approach to jewelry as much as the next fashionista, but we especially adore jewelry that’s made out of one of our favorite trims: lace! It’s romantic, has a vintage vibe, and is light and perfect for spring.
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a38e9fbcffcbe2f7a0ce2a66397636a2Jazz up your lace with a bright color to make it more playful and less precious-looking!
il_570xN.317724348The best part about the lace used on this necklace is its natural appeal. Each piece looks like a long and elegant feather or leaf.
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Do you love lace jewelry as much as we do? Let us know below!

Foray Into Floral Accessories

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Florals are big this spring, but sometimes the best outfits embrace trends subtly. Try these floral accessories on for size if you like to test-drive trends without the commitment of an entire outfit.

Flower Hair Comb from Etsy

Spring is the most popular time for weddings, and this flower hair comb is the ideal addition to any formal hairstyle. It’s garden party perfect!

Floral Bag and Shoes

Flower look better when mixed together, hence the invention of bouquets. But the same goes for fashion! Don’t be scared to mix floral prints, especially when the canvas is as small as an accessory piece.

Floral Rings and Bracelets

Stack those buds on your tips and wrists for a bohemian bouquet of jewelry.

Flowers on a Hat

We love this fun hat from Fashion Week! It’s whimsical, really beautiful, and easily DIY-able.

Pink and Purple Floral Umbrella

April showers bring April flowers! This beautiful floral umbrella will cheer up even the gloomiest rainy day.

Tassel Fashion DIY Roundup

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Tassels used to conjure up images of old dusty libraries with curtains that weigh more than a small car. They were seen as antiquated and out of style. Now tassels are back with a bubbly vengeance, and they’re making their way into your closet!

Tiny Tassel Bracelet from Maize Hutton

This cute bracelet from Maize Hutton is so colorful, and a perfect addition to your spring jewelry box!

Tassel Shoes from Honestly WTF

These tassel heels from Honestly WTF are such an amazing upgrade to a basic pump! This look is so easy to DIY with cord and single tassels.

Vanilla and Lace Tassel Accent Skirt

The tassels on this skirt from Vanilla and Lace add a fun and whimsical feeling to this already feminine piece. We love how they add just a touch of color to an all-white canvas.

The Sweetest Occasion Tassel Necklace

These tiny tassel necklaces from The Sweetest Occasion are so easy to make. You can make a bunch to coordinate with any outfit!

Gina Michele Yellow Drop Earrings

These tassel earrings from Gina Michelle are gorgeous! Their skinny style and long length makes them look so sleek.

Would you rock tassels on your clothes, or do you prefer keeping them on decor only? Let us know below!

Winter Olympics DIY Roundup

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The 2014 Winter Olympics are underway which means that for the next couple of weeks you and your friends are going to be glued to the television set rooting for the home team! If you’re more of a doer than a watcher, you might want to take a peek at some of these fun Olympic-inspired DIYs. Make them with friends, use them for a party, or support your favorites with some custom jewelry!

Olympic Chocolate Medals

Who needs a gold medal, when you can have a chocolate one? Make these cute chocolate medals with some satin ribbon, and you’re ready to celebrate!

Olympic Ring Candy Jars

Does your Olympics party have a dessert table? Bring the theme full circle with these painted candy jars from nobiggie.net!

Olympic Ring Necklace

Show your support with this adorable Olympic ring necklace from CraftGawker user RemarkablyDomestic!

Olympic Ring Door Wreath

Throwing an Olympic party? Let guests know where to go with this DIY Olympic Door Wreath from Confetti Sunshine!

Olympic Inspired Rattail Bracelet

This bracelet gives a subtle nod to the Olympics through it’s use of color and jump rings. You can follow this Brassy Apple tutorial to a tee, OR switch out the colored cords for something more your style.

Bronze Laurel Headband

Go back to the first Olympics with this polymer laurel wreath from Hands Occupied! The best part about this bronzed headpiece? You can wear it long after the Olympics are over!

Will you be watching the Olympic Winter Games? Which events are you most looking forward to seeing?

4 Ways to Embellish with Statement Pieces for Fashion Week Part Four: Sequin and Stone Drop Earrings

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If you’re looking to make a totally glamorous statement, this DIY is for you. Our final DIY for our 4 Ways to Embellish Statement Pieces segment is a gorgeous set of sparkling earrings. Any time you want to make a statement Swarovski and sequins are the way to go!

Sequin and Stone Drop Earrings Materials

What You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Wine 5/8 in. Sequin Flower #00757

2 Crystal AB Pear Sew-On Stones #27474

E-6000

2 Large Earring Posts with a Loop for Jump Rings

Jump rings

Scissors

Cutting Sequin Flower Trim

1. Take your sequin trim and cut off 3 flowers. Cut off excess trim if needed.

Gluing Sequin Flowers to Post

2. Glue each flower to the earring post. Let dry for an hour.

Connecting Flowers to Crystal

3. Connect the jump ring to the earring post loop and the crystal opening. Close the jump ring.

Cutting Sequin Flower Trim

4. Repeat steps 1 – 3 for the other earring. Let finished piece dry for 24 hours.

Finished Sequin and Stone Drop Earrings

We adore the look of this blinged out statement piece! (Especially in that iridescent Crystal AB finish.) Check out our additional material inspiration!

4 Ways to Embellish with Statement Pieces for Fashion Week Part Two: Totally Twisted Wrap Bracelet

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You may have seen wrap bracelets coiled over the stylish wrists of fashion bloggers, but we guarantee you’ve never seen anything like this! Our Totally Twisted Wrap Bracelet features a silky twist cord and a coordinating rhinestone chain. It’s a little bit nautical, a lot of bit glamorous; and will surely make a statement wherever you go.

Wrap Bracelet Materials

What You’ll Need:

2 Yards of Gold 5/16 in. Rayon Twist Cord #00618

2 1/2 Yards of 3/16 in. Metallic Rhinestone Chain  #16675

Needle

Thread

End Caps with Loop

Lobster Clasp

Jump Ring

Gluing Cord and Rhinestone Chain

1. Take one end of the cord and the rhinestone trim, and glue into the end cap. Let it dry for an hour.

Measuring Wrap Bracelet on Wrist

2. Once dry, wrap the cord around your wrist to measure how long it should be. We wrapped it around 6 times. Cut the cord, but leave extra length for the rhinestone trim.

Sewing Rhinestone Chain into Cord

3. Start to wrap the rhinestone trim around the cord, and sew in place every 1″ or 1 1/2″. Repeat until rhinestone chain reaches the end of the cord.

Gluing Rhinestone Chain and Cord Into End Clasp

4. Take the ends, and glue them into the other end cap. Let it dry for an hour.

Attaching Jump Ring to Clasp Loop

5. Add the jump ring and lobster clasp to the ends. Let the finished piece dry for 24 hours.Finished Wrap Bracelet

Like what you see? Check out what other materials we suggest for this look!