DIY: Oversized Fur Keychain

DIY: Oversized Fur Keychain

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So ever since I spotted the monster fur keychain in the Fendi Collection I’ve wanted one! Then Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Jasmine Saunders and countless other celebrities and fashionistas have been photographed all over rocking theirs and my desire for one continually increased.

I searched the internet for something similar and came across great ones from Michael Kors, Mischa Lampert and many others but price point became the issue. I mean come on, its a KEYCHAIN! lol I refuse to pay a grip for something so trivial.

So then I turned to amazon and other trendy sites and while they had some for a great price the quality was questionable. They looked more like pom poms from my childhood art and craft days then the lovely, lush long “fox fur” versions the designers were offering. So per usual I revved up my DIY juices and set out to make my own!

All the items you can purchase right from Michaels, Jo-Anns or Hobby Lobby. The most important item is the boa! The brand of mine is Zucker Feathers. Be sure the boa you buy has long thin wispy feathers not the big feathers. It makes all the difference in the style of your finished keychain!

 

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DIY: Fanny Pack

DIY: Fanny Pack

Fanny Packs!

 

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I’ve been on the hunt for a cute fanny pack for weeeeeks now. I get so tired of running in and out of stores while running errands and having to reach for my purse every five minutes (even though it’s on the seat next to me *side eye* lol) It’s one less action I can just do without!  Sadly there just aren’t a lot of options out there in the fanny pack department and I just haven’t found one that was worth the money! Sooo on one of my many thrifting adventures I found a couple plain fanny packs that I figured I could embellish and make cute to satiate my desire and my wallet 🙂 

DIY: Lace Trim Crop Top

DIY: Lace Trim Crop Top

Hi guys!

Here is another quick and easy DIY. 🙂

I’m trying something a little different, I filmed this DIY instead of taking pictures.
Hopefully it’s just as easy to follow along with!

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I was inspired by a lace trim cami I saw while browsing internet retail. lol
I was aimlessly searching for nothing in particular when I came across the cami and in true me fashion I didn’t stop and pay it any real attention until later when I an idea randomly popped up in my mind for how I wanted to rock it. By then I couldn’t for the life of me remember what site I was on so I could go back and buy it.  So in true me fashion 🙂 I decided to just DIY it!

Lace is everywhere right now so grab some inspiration and try this DIY or one of your own! 🙂

DIY: Bucket Bag / Bullet Bag

DIY: Bucket Bag / Bullet Bag

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 DIY time!


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Materials:

Fabric
Sewing machine
Waxed cotton cord
Colorful string
Marker
Round plastic lids
Scissors
Straight Pins
E6000

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Start off by measuring how big you want the base of your bag to be. I had some various lids in different sizes lying around so I used one of those

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Once you have it cut out measure down the middle of your circle. Mine was 8.5”. Take whatever your number is and multiply it by 3.14. That is the length you want to cut the fabric for the body of your bag.

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Sew the length of fabric for your bag up the side as well as along the top to create a finished edge. Along the top create several slits ½ an inch long , 1-2 inches apart. Sew along each side of the slit to keep the fabric from fraying. This step is optional only if you have fabric that may fray or pull apart. (For example jean or leather you wouldn’t need to sew. )

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Pin the two pieces together ( right sides facing)  leaving a ¼ inch seam allowance. Sew them together. Turn it right side out.

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With your extra fabric create a shoulder strap and a closing tie. Fold the fabric over three times to your desired width for each and iron it to create crisp edges. Sew it up to keep it secure. ( I Sewed mine before i cut it away from the bigger piece of fabric to make handling easier.)

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For your closing tie you can create tassels. Begin wrapping the colorful string around two of your fingers until you have the desired thickness of your tassel. Slip it off and slid a pen in one end. Wrap the thread tightly around the bundle directly beneath the pen. Cut the opposite end of your loop. Use one piece of string to tie off the wrap.

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Slid some string through the top loop of your tassel and tie it off. Sew it to the ends of your closing tie once you have threaded it through your bag.

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To disguise the difference between the two take your waxed leather cord and place one end against the tie a good ways up. Lay some E6000 down so that your cord will adhere and not move. Begin wrapping the wax cord up the length. Glue the end down. Clip in place with a paper clip or any small clip you have until it dries.

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Sew your shoulder strap on to the inside of your bag and you’re done!

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Here is another version I made.

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I made the jean bucket bag following the same instructions as above. Go HERE for instructions on cutting the sheet metal and drilling the holes.

Additional Materials:

Sheet Metal
Short Screws
Power Drill
Glass Decorative Gems

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Once you have cut your sheet metal to the desired height and width (Based on the measurements for your bucket bag)
Drill two holes at each end of the sheet metal. Secure them together with your screws.

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Using the E6000 glue the bucket bag to the inside of the sheet metal. (Clip in place until it dries.)

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Glue your stones in the desired pattern using the E6000. It helps if you first place glue on the sheet metal and glue on the stone. Allow both to dry separately for 30 seconds before pacing the stone. This makes the glue tacky and will prevent the stones from sliding off. You can also use some clear tape to secure each stone until it is 100% dry.

& That’s, That!

DIY: Lace-Up Denim!

DIY: Lace-Up Denim!

So after being lazy for the 4th of July and relaxing all weekend its back to work! I really did much of nothing besides eat and enjoy family time but that’s always enough. 🙂

 In random news, I’ve also found myself hooked on Glee. I know I’m late to that bandwagon lol but it’s really a fun show, one I never thought I would actually be into
. So I’m constantly finding I’m having to tear myself away from Netflix long enough to do something constructive. Lol

 Soooo about that DIY * side eye *

 The challenge with dressing for the desert climate is you really want to wear as little as possible! So clothes that are lightweight, that breath and have some stretch are always nice. Yet denim shorts are a summertime staple and its harddddd to steer away from incorporating them into your everyday look. I prefer baggier shorts over the super short fitted version. I mean lets face it nobody wants thick denim hugging their goodies in 105 degrees! Lol Not sexy. So on that note I found myself inspired by Jeremy Scotts Fall 2014 collection.

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These super cute late up pants are hot! With a little twist i.e. loose denim shorts they are perfectly boho and desert weather approved! 🙂

Starting today you can now click through the links on the materials list to purchase what I have listed for this project!  * I will be updating previous DIY’s

I recently became an influencer for whimesybox.com (Check out my profile) a really cool service that offers a monthly DIY subscription much like the beauty boxes that are popular. They also have a great selection of tools and materials to create a wide array of projects! Sometimes I will list multiples of a product to give you a range in selection based on price, size or color. 🙂 

Materiels List:

Denim

Scissors or Scissors

Grommets or Grommets

Waxed Coated Cotton Cord

Hammer

 


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Cut the Jeans off to your desired short length.Then cut vertically into the jeans to a point that you feel comfortable with. Avoid cutting past the inner pockets. You don’t want white fabric sticking out. 🙂

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Fold the denim in to create a finished edge. (Iron it if you wish to keep it in place)

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Your pack of grommets should come with the tool you need to close the grommets. As well as instructions on how to set your grommets.

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Cut your self a small hole, just big enough to fit the grommet through. Holes that are too big will result in your grommets eventually falling out! Yikes!

Make sure to place your grommet through the hole from the right side of the garment. (Unlike my demo here *oopss* do the opposite of what the picture illustrates)

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Place the setting tool on the open end and hammer until the edges have been turned over and laid flat.

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Make sure your go through both layers of denim to ensure the folded edge stays down.

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You can place as many or as few grommets as you want. It’s up to you.

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Lace them up and you’re good to go!

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I ultimately cut off the access cord and double knotted it close to the last grommet for a more finished look.

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Try this on full length denim, leather or even leggings! The possibilities are endless.
A little inspiration 🙂
lace-up1. Isabel Marant 2. Diesel 3. Free People 4. Zigi Soho 5. Jeremy Scott 

DIY: Painters Jeans!

DIY: Painters Jeans!

It’s hot as sin here in the desert! 105 degrees
every. single. day. (insert groans of agony) & it wont be letting up anytime soon.
The only way to pass the days and keep a smidge of sanity is to stay indoors as much as possible. (lol)

 This definitely keeps my creative juices flowing, seeing as though I have nothing but time to experiment, and mess up and try again, until I’ve figured out my next DIY. 🙂

 This one is fairly simple. Playing around in paint and glue and glitter, and all things not clothing friendly, you either struggle to keep clean or let go and get down right dirtaaayyy.

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 I usually opt for the latter and was inspired to DIY “painters jeans.” After that first drop of paint hits your denim it’s pretty much A WRAP and from there your jeans become your work rag! I wanted something a little more “glam” and that I could confidently wear out the house (when normal temps return) so I went to town on these high waist baggy Gap Jeans! Enjoy 🙂

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Materials:

Fabric Glue

Paint Brushes

Jeans!

 **Just a little tip. For clothing , Acrylic is not your paint of choice, you run the risk of it cracking or flaking and generally you wont want to wash them because it might come off. Plus it can make your denim pretty stiff.

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If you have these cute little applicator bottles you can apply your paint right to the jeans in a, not so perfect pattern, and then use your paint brush to smooth it out.

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You can also allow a small amount of paint bead up on the tip and then dab it in random places to create the effect of paint “splatter.”

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Try not to think too much about placement just paint until it feels right, keeping it random!

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Instead of wiping your brushes off on a towel or cleaning it in water, first rub any access off on the seams of your jeans or in random places. It gives a nice touch and authentic feel.

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Try crunching your jeans up in random places and painting over the folds. It ensures a certain randomness and keeps too large of any area from being covered at once.

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Also try dipping your paintbrush in your paint, covering it nicely, and then swirling it around in your cup of water. When you go to paint on your jeans it will give it a nice watered down/washed out look.

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Variety in application is key to keeping your jeans from looking too perfect. Try a selection of techniques, using a sponge, wiping the paint on with a rag, adding bleach spots or rips! Customize them to fit you. 🙂

DIY: Balenciaga Inspired Belt Fall 2014 Runway

DIY: Balenciaga Inspired Belt Fall 2014 Runway

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The minute I saw this belt I knew right away it would be an awesome DIY.
It’s such an amazing statement piece, both refined and boho, I loved everything about it.

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Materials:

Aluminum Sheet Metal
Black Cord
Grommets
Power Drill
Drill Bits in Various Sizes
Scissors
Ruler
Marker
Plain White Paper
Goo Gone
Wire Cutters
Piece of 4×4 wood
Heavy Duty Nail File or Sand Paper

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Start by creating your stencil. The inspiration belt overlaps in the back the piece of Aluminum I bought wasn’t long enough to overlap so I will be finishing mine off a little different. I purchased my mill-finish aluminum sheet metal from home depot. They have a variety of sizes and weights. I picked up the lightest weight piece they had. It’s 12 in x 24 in x 0.019 in (about $10) it’s light weight but strong, easy to cut with scissors and mold by hand. They also have a 36 in x 36 in piece that would be more suitable for overlapping the ends of the belt.

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I decided to round the ends of my belt off so I cut my stencil accordingly.

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Tape the stencil down and trace your stencil with the marker.

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Using your scissors cut your belt out. You don’t need your sharpest pair of scissors for this. The ones I used barely cut fabric but were perfect for the sheet metal. PLEASE be careful at this stage, wear gloves if you like to avoid grazing yourself on any sharp edges. As you cut gently bend each piece away from each other to give your hand ample room to manipulate the scissors.

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Take your sandpaper or nail file and smooth out the edges, filing away any imperfections from the scissors. You don’t have to worry about making it 100% smooth since the edges will be covered in the end.

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Take your ruler and mark every 1/2 in around the perimeter of the belt. These will serve as the guide for your drill holes.

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Choose the drill bit that will give you an adequate hole for the cord you choose.

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Place your metal on the 4×4 and drill your holes. Don’t forget protective wear gear! 🙂

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Once all your holes are drilled cut any access metal bits from around the opening with your wire cutters. Anything you can’t cut simply burnish, by using the flat side of your cutters and pressing the sharps parts flat.

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Using your goo gone and a napkin or cloth rub away any black marker that was left behind.

For my cord I picked up some thick cotton cord from Jo-Anns. It looks as if it’s wax coated which I like because it gives it s nice sheen and extra strength. It was 8 yards for $1.99 which was plenty! You can use suede or braided cord as well, it’s your preference. Thread one end of cord through your first hole and knot it off.

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Bring your cord through the next hole from the front. Pull it all the way through until its taut.

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Bring the end back over to the front of the belt and under the cord. pulling taut.

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Pull up so that the cord rotates and covers the edge of the belt. Now bring the end of your cord through the next hole from the front of the belt. Repeating this process all the way until the you reach your last hole.

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Undue your initial knot and tie the two ends together creating one knot.

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Now, to close your belt you will need to make two additional drill holes. These will need to be large enough to accommodate your grommets. Insert your grommets and close them.

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Gently mold your belt into a round shape. Go slowly so you don’t over bend it. Using the extra cord cut what you have in half so you have two pieces. Create a loop and thread it through

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Pull the free ends through the loop and pull taut and you’re done!

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Wear it to the front or back! 🙂