When it comes to Halloween costumes, the component that is usually left untouched is the footwear! We have a feeling that that’s because people are intimidated to DIY with shoes, but fret not DIYers! The internet is chock full of easy DIYs that will step up your costume game, literally. Here are a few of our favorite shoe DIYs for those who would like to delve into costume shoe customization.
This boot DIY is perfect for costumes that require boots in hard-to-find colors or superhero boots!
We have to give this DIY a round a ap-paws for allowing us to make a cute pair of costume paws.
Keep it simple and spooky with a pair of DIY Skeleton Canvas Shoes!
Last but certainly not least, witch costumes are a Halloween staple, so it only makes sense that we would feature these awesome DIY Witch Heels!
Steampunk fashion is usually characterized by a careful mix of Victorian-era garments paired with science-fiction elements. This Halloween, if you’re interested in stepping up your costume game, try a steampunk style. A steampunk costume can sate both your need for high fashion AND fantastic embellishments. Plus, there are so many sub-genres of steampunk to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find something that suits you! Easy ways to add authenticity? Use muted and natural tones. Back in those days the bold colors we get from synthetic dyes were practically impossible to achieve. Gears are almost a staple in steampunk fashion and accessories. Don’t be afraid of heavy metals! Tack on the chains, buttons, and nailheads to get that industrial look. Looking for steampunk essentials before Halloween? Check out our Steampunk Halloween Shop!
This week’s DIY revolves around a science fiction sub-genre which revolves around steam power! We’re making a pair of edgy steampunk-inspired boots with brassy buttons and Brilliance embellishments, and chain laces. Sure, it may be a little modern for true steam punk aficionados, but these boots can work double-duty as your statement shoes this season.
What You’ll Need:
–Work in Progress Button
–Metal Fashion Button
–Ornate Metal Button
–Rustic Flat Top Shank Button
–Crossed Bars Hammered Metal Button
–Brilliance Collection Gold Flatback Rhinestone
–Brilliance Collection Jet Hematite Flatback Rhinestone
-6.5mm Cone Shaped Stud
–10mm Hotfix Flat-Top Pyramid Studs
–10mm Hotfix Flat-Top Cone Studs
–2mm Steel Cable Chain (2 yards)
–8mm Steel Cable Chain (2 Yards)
1. Thread the two chains through your boot like you would laces. We kept the original cord laces, but only tied them up halfway.
2. Add a button to the end of the length of chain.
3. Add a jump ring to the chain on the inside of the boot. It should only be one or two links away from the button. Repeat on the other side.
4. For added stability we glued the button to the first eyelet.
5. Repeat on the other side of the boot.
6. Remove the shanks from your metal buttons.
7. Glue the buttons on first.
8. Follow them with nailheads.
9. Finally, add your Brilliance Flatbacks.
10. Repeat the steps above with second boot.
As NYC locals, we at M&J Trimming, are lucky enough to be able to experience one of the most beautiful fall foliage sites just down the Hudson River! There’s nothing like getting away from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple to go explore the fiery fall trails, pick apples by the bushel, or snag the perfect pumpkin for carving. That being said, if you’re spending the weekend exploring the great outdoors, you need to drop your style game at the subway doors. Check out some of our favorite fall looks that work double duty as comfy and stylish options.
Halloween is getting closer and closer and we are super excited for one of our favorite holidays. Halloween is a day to be creative and bring your favorite characters to life, or you can make one up. One big deal for Halloween is, what to do with your face! If you’re still thinking about what to be for Halloween, or you just need some creative ideas to get your creative juices flowing, well then, here we are to help. We’ve gathered some pretty unique mask ideas. Sometimes you don’t even need a mask, just apply some make-up and face paint, and let your face be your canvas.
Alice in Wonderland Inspiration. How cool are these “Rabbit in Hole” masks?
Ice Queen Mask. Soooo iceyyyyy! You can add some sew-on jewels to make the effect pop.
No mask needed for this Diamond Mask inspiration. All you need is some make-up. You can add rhinestones and apply with body glue. Perfect for those last-minute costumes.
Going to a ball soon? This Masquerade Mask is perfect for you! We love how the lace and purple colors all combine so beautifully.
With NYC Comic Con having just passed and Halloween on the horizon, we’ve been obsessing over comic book hero costumes! We’ve collected some of our favorites to give you inspiration for your costumes. And since we know that Halloween is the ultimate holiday for playing pretend, we gathered up some of the less-savory super villains as well!
This week’s DIY is almost limitless. We’re giving you the materials, but it’s up to you whether you want to use them for good or evil. Using craft foam, elastic, Brilliance sew-ons, and a steady hand; we’ve created a mask that is perfect for your super heroic alter-ego.
What You’ll Need:
18mm Foldover Elastic
Needle and Thread
Brilliance 4mm x 8mm Navettes, 9mm x 18mm Navettes, 7mm x 10mm Pears, & Flatbacks
Pen or Crystal Katana
Face Mask Printout or Drawing
1. Staple your face mask printout to your craft foam.
2. Outline the image with your pen with medium force. You want to make an imprint of the design on through the paper and onto the foam.
3. Use your knife to cut away the excess foam.
4. Decide on the layout of your sew-ons.
5. Sew them onto your mask.
6. Glue the Brilliance Flat Backs onto the desired areas.
7. Glue the elastic to the edges of your mask, and let dry.
This Halloween we’re planning on featuring one of our favorite flying mammals: bats. These tiny flyers are synonymous with all things sinister including vampires, blood and the spookiest night of the year! Here are a few easy ways to add bats to your decor this season.
These decorative bat branches are so simple to recreate. Just tie black satin ribbon to branches, and boom! Halloween decorations that are easier than tying your shoes.
Nothing like the “bat mobile” we’re familiar with, this awesome decoration is perfect for your next party!
This Halloween cloche is the perfect decoration for those who like a little glitter and sparkle around the holidays.
This subtle DIY may go unnoticed until guests peek at the ceiling, but once they do, prepare for awe and wonderment.
Simple yet sinister, this DIY features a flurry of bats swarming onto a doorway. Only the brave will knock on this door.
A few posts back, we came up with a round-up of your must have essentials for the fall season. One fall essential we mentioned was to always keep a pair of booties in your closet. Well let’s elaborate of these little beauties. Booties are ankle boots with a heel of 2″-3″ high, usually, they can be higher. They are great to pair with jeans, dresses, and skirts, and they can easily turn a casual outfit into your ultimate party outfits. Here’s a round-up of different ways you can style up your favorite booties, whether you’re wearing them for work, taking a walk around the block, or just hanging out.
This outfit is so fall season! Add a leather jacket to finish the look.
Chic combination. You can also throw on knee-high socks for those colder days.
This outfit is perfect to go to work, pick up the kids, go out for lunch.
Very casual outfit. Looks so comfy. Check out her spikes on the back of her booties, so chic!
Booties + Over Sized Sweater = Perfection for fall
Attention all sock lovers! We’ve rounded up one of our favorite styles of socks, and how to wear them with different styled outfits. Yes, we are talking about knee high socks! Is layering season, and what’s a layered outfit without something to layer your shoes with? Knee high socks are so great for this season. It always compliments your outfits, and it’s your shoe’s best friend. Here we have different ways on wearing knee high socks. For embellishments on knee high socks, add a lace trim, or ruffled trim around the top edge of the socks, or you can add buttons on the outer sides for detail.
We love this outfit combination!
Perfect for those rainy/snowy days.
It’s all about the layers!
This combination is just so adorable. The ideas are endless!
Knee high socks works with all different styles of shoes.