DIY Quirky Studded Earrings-3 Simple Steps to Apply to Anything!

Just a few tutorials that are quick, easy, and fun! Each earring requires JUST 3 STEPS. You can make anything into a stud earring, here’s something to inspire those who are feeling the need to spice up their accessories.

What you will need:

-E-6000 Glue

-Stud Backings

-Earrings: two pieces of similar bismuth crystals, two matching buttons, two matching stud pieces

How to:

Let’s start with bismuth crystal studded earrings

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Find two bismuth crystals similar in size. Grab a stud and some E-6000. Apply a small dab to the stud and press it to the crystal. Leave it to dry and be sure it doesn’t shift while drying! Easy as that!

Want some bold studded stud earrings? Here’s how:

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Bend the tails of the stud inward as far as possible. Add a dab of E-6000 and attach stud backing!

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I think you get the picture! Find something AWESOME that you want to rock, grab some stud backings and some E-6000 and VOILA! New earrings! We also made button earrings using some fancy vintage buttons. Below are all of the final pics of the earrings! Happy Crafting!

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DIY Wednesday- 4 Step Wire Wrap Ring Tutorial

So I know everyone has seen those awesome chevron rings and wire wrapped rings on Pinterest, and many of you may have attempted to create them. They aren’t too difficult, and we all love them! This tutorial is for those of you looking for a quick, awesome ring that takes less than 5 minutes to make! 

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Here is what you will need:

Craft wire- I prefer 16 gauge wire, it is easy to bend yet stays in shape!

Wire Cutters-can get these at any craft store

Ring Sizer- If you don’t have one, you can use a marker 

Beads- Two beads, I like to use old beads from broken jewelry

Glue- E-6000 is my go-to for jewelry making

 

Step 1: Cut about one ring of wire 

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Step 2: Wrap the wire around your sizer (or maker) 3 times. Cut excess so the ends are on the same side of the ring.

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Step 3: Fit your beads, make sure they don’t budge when you put them on. If they do, I suggest finding something with a smaller bead hole.

Step 4: Apply some E-6000 to the ends and slide your beads on. If there is a bit of wire sticking out, use a nail file to smooth it down.

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Let it dry and enjoy rocking your new statement piece!!

 

DIY Wednesday- DIY Crafty Wedding Gifts

I will be attending a wedding this weekend and although cash is my go-to gift, I like to add a little something extra for fun. The following step-by-step guide is for a fun and crafty wedding gift. This can also work for engagement parties, bridal showers, baby showers (replace booze with baby bottles!) etc. 

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What you will need:

-bottles :I used the bride and grooms favorite beers (New Castle and Magners Cider)

-Scrap Black Fabric -for bowties

-White Tinsel Fabric-Wedding Isle of Michaels Craft Store

-Gold string

-Bride and Groom Bottle Covers-Wedding Isle of Michaels Craft Store

-Corks

-Wooden Letter

-Glue Gun and Sticks

 

Step 1: The Cork Letter

Use a large wooden letter for a base and begin glueing corks in random pattern until filled.

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Once you finish glueing your letter will be complete and take just a few moments to dry.

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Step 2: The Grooms Bottles

I used one of the (6) bottles to put the grooms bottle cover over. The rest will be adorned with bowties.

1-scrunch the bow ties together

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2- Place one string through the middle and tie one around to make the bow

 

 

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3- Attach to bottle and voila! You have a new bow tie for your bottle. Repeat for each groom bottle in your basket.

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Step 2: The Brides Bottles

1- Cut a piece of white tinsel fabric and place around bottle like a veil. (May need someone to hold while you tie it together)

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2-Repeat for each of the brides bottles.

 

Step 3: Place together and voila! 

I put the bottles into each six pack to keep from moving around and placed into a basket. The bottles with the covers were placed higher than the rest and the Corked Name Letter was placed at the back. 

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DIY Wednesday: Decoupage Lamps…Thursday Edition!

After battling some technical difficulties, the DIY Wednesday post is back. I apologize for the delay, I’m sure many of you bloggers out there have experienced this scenario: write the whole blog and tags just to have the computer freeze and erase it! twice!! So, without further adieu, DIY decoupage lamps!

What you will need:

Mod Podge (store bought or home made: equal parts elmer’s glue & water) I prefer the store bought gloss finish mod podge

1 Medium Brush

Lamp Shade

Scraps paper, maps, memorabilia, etc -whatever you wish to decoupage! I chose to use some memorabilia:

Two Lamps- Two Themes -Vintage McCall’s Magazine from the 70s and a newspaper from the first day of the first ever US Tomorrowworld Festival.

Step 1:

If you have any sort of lip on the shade make sure to peel it back so that you have a smooth even surface to work with. Cut up any papers or articles you wish to use on the shade to appropriate size. 

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Step 2: Begin applying Mod Podge to the shade-work in sections as it dries quickly. Be generous and use enough to get the first piece down.

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Step 3: Lay the first piece down and mod podge over the top. Cover the piece completely but try to keep it smoothed out. Don’t worry if there are little creases, they usually smooth out when drying. Continue to mod podge until the lamp is covered.

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Step 4: If you have excess hanging over the edge, either cut it to fit or smooth it over to the inside of the shade with mod podge.

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Step 5: Let Dry and Viola! Enjoy your new fabulous lamps! Below are some pics of ouImage

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If you use gloss finish mod podge, these will dry to a nice shine finish!

Here is a little extra fun find: From the McCall’s magazine- an ad to tell readers that mannequins will be made to model real life women. Love it! Plump is Pretty! 

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Happy Crafting! 

DIY Japanese Shutters-Dressing Screens

I’m sure you’ve seen those little screens people use as their own personal dressing room in their homes (maybe in movies?), but no one ever knows what to call them! The proper term is Japanese shutters and I am going to show you how to make your own! Living in an open apartment (studio style) has its perks but it can also make for difficult situations when you have guests. I created my own Japanese shutters so that I could separate the space between my bedroom and the rest of the apartment! Here is how I did it-VERY SIMPLE!

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These are old window frames from my aunts house! Took two of them and zip tied them together in the middle then laid the fabric of my choice on the backside of it and cut to fit!

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just a snap pic of the backside of the screen. Laying the fabric out and cutting it to fit. (leave a little space -more can always be cut off after)

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Next, I cut little slits in the fabric to string the hemp through. You can use anything you want to string it, I just liked the look of the hemp! For the sides you will have to make one slit, but to tie around the middle bars I used two. Try not to make them too big or it will look like a bunch of little holes all over! 

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Tie the string through the slits-leave some give in these knots as to not pull the fabric too taught.

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Voila! This project took about 15 minutes. Simple, cheap, easy!

Style Caster

Style Caster

Fashion Week is the make it or break it for a season of fashion choices. As stylists prepare, photographers scramble, and models fight for the runway, we sit back and take note of what comes out of each production. I find it inspirational-the patterns, the shapes, the colors. Keep up on fashion week with style caster! (link provided) and keep an eye out for new upcycled apparel inspired by this years Fashion Week phenomenon!

Upcycle THIS: Demin Jacket

Found this little denim jacket hiding in the racks of a salvation army. I went in with an idea for denim vest to pair with a long skirt I got from Urban Outfitters on sale (amazing steal). Once I found a good fitting jacket I began brainstorming. I started by removing the sleeves and cutting out the back to sew in some lace. I’m currently in the market for some studs to put on the shoulders. It needs a few more things to make it just right, but I wanted to share my progress thus far. This is a pretty easy project! All you need is scissors, some lace, and a sewing machine, or just hand stitch!

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This is the jacket found amongst the racks of Salvation Army.

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Began by cutting the sleeves-This is a quick way to axe the sleeves. But a seam ripper could also be used.

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Decided to find some lace to put on the back. I cut out the middle of the back along the seam and sewed a patch of lace in!

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Finished product!! I did order some studs for the shoulders, so once those get here I will snap them in and it will be complete!