7 Adorable DIY Engagement Party Decor Ideas That Will Make You Say “Awwww”

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This past spring, my BFF Amy’s beau Dave let us in on a little secret: he was ready to propose! Dave was envisioning a proposal surrounded by Amy and his loved ones, but other than that, he wanted to keep it simple. I had other ideas. Thinking back on all of the fond memories Amy and I have shared together, and knowing her eye for thoughtful details, I really wanted fill this special moment in her life up to the top with lots of bells and whistles. I know that Dave’s surprise alone would have been plenty to take Amy’s breath away but I think she appreciated the little DIY touches we prepared for her. Read on to see all of the engagement party ideas we employed and get some inspiration for your own pre-nuptial event.

NOTE: Apologies in advance for the smartphone pics. We were so excited about setting up the party that we forgot to bring a proper camera!

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DIY: Don’t Throw Your Pickle Juice Away, Use It to Make Pickled Daikon!

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I love pickles and can finish a jar off in one sitting, but then I’m always left with a bottle of brine that I end up pouring down the drain. While it’s not the end of the world to let that leftover pickle juice go to waste, I often wondered if it could be reused in some way and finally came up with a solution – use it to make pickled daikon! If you’re not familiar with it, pickled daikon is a popular Asian side dish/condiment (here is a recipe if you want to put some elbow grease into it and make it without the lazy man’s cheat I’m about to show you) that pairs particularly well with Bonchon chicken or other hearty dishes that could use a crisp, acidic bite.

Okay, so you probably guessed it by now, but all this DIY really entails is chopping up some daikon (to clarify, I used regular radish for this tutorial since that’s what I already had), tossing it in your leftover pickle juice and letting it brine for a few days. How easy is that? You don’t have to go through the trouble of mixing up a new batch of vinegar, salt, etc. and if you’re using a brand of pickles you already know you enjoy, you don’t have to worry about testing out the right proportions to get the taste you like just right. Plus this DIY would work with lots of other veggies like pickled peppers, pickled pearl onions or just pickles (sliced up cucumbers). They make great gifts too!

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Sneak a Peek at Faire Collection’s Elegant New Midnight Line of Fair Trade Jewelry

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Can you believe summer is nearly over? The transition to fall is always bittersweet – it’s sad to see the balmy weather go, but updating our wardrobes for cooler climes is always a fun challenge! You can put a fresh spin on your autumn look by recycling pieces you already own, but if you want to purchase new items, why not opt for ones that not only make a visual statement, but also support fair trade and provide a living wage for artisans around the globe? Faire Collection, one of our favorite ethical fashion companies, is about to launch their new “Midnight” line of handmade jewelry, and offered Clossette a sneak peek. Read on to get a glimpse of what they have in store for tomorrow’s launch!

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HOW TO: Make a Sad Old Pillow Case Into a Summery Tank Top

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Pillowcases, like earrings, shoes, and even some people, just don’t seem to function as well when they aren’t in a pair. So what do you do when you’re left with just one pillowcase after losing one to the laundry monster? Well, there’s no reason why you can’t just keep using it, but if you’re one of those people who is nitpicky about things matching, you can also turn your lone pillowcase into a cute summery top. Read on for the instructions.


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HOW TO: Make Little Watermelon Shaped Jello Shots Out of Fresh Limes

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Refreshing, adorable and packed with booze, these cute ‘lil watermelon line Jello shots are the perfect thing to bring to a summer BBQ or potluck. I made them last week for Jeanne and Serena, who weren’t ashamed to let me know that next time, they need “a lot more liquor.” Point taken! Click on Page 2 below to read the DIY recipe so you can make your own.

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How to Create Extra Shoe Storage in Your Closet for Less Than $10

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Cinderella is one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time, but did you ever think about what it teaches little girls about shoes? First of all, instead of comfortable flats that could be worn every day, the protagonist is given a pair of totally impractical glass slippers that she would probably never don again – except perhaps on her wedding day (although from the looks of this pic, she wore white heels). Furthermore, the lost slipper is what allowed Prince Charming to finally find her, placing even more emphasis on the importance of footwear in a young woman’s life. And if you need yet more evidence of the central role of the shoe in the story, how about the fact that it’s also known as The Little Glass Slipper?

So where am I going with all of this? I’m not quite sure. But I do know that I have way too many shoes. Luckily, I recently found a smart, easy and cheap way to store some of them that’s a bit more elegant than simply piling them in a heap. Read on for the 30-second DIY.

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DIY: How to Turn Your Chanel (or Other) Wallet into a Wallet-on-Chain Purse

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Here’s a little DIY I came up with after running into a bit of a conundrum when trying to pack for a few upcoming bachelorette parties. Without making myself sound like too much of a fogie, I’m well past my clubbing phase, and I realized I no longer owned any Vegas or Cancun-appropriate tiny purses or pochettes. But I didn’t want to go out and purchase an entirely new bag that I knew would likely just get shoved in the back of my closet (at least until some of my other friends got engaged). After scouring Pinterest for an hour or so, I saw that the young whippersnappers were favoring teeny, colorful crossbody wallet-on-chain bags and then it hit me! A wallet-on-chain is not much more than what the moniker implies – a wallet on a chain. So I basically just took my Chanel wallet and popped a chain on it to turn it into a mini purse. The neat thing about this DIY is that when you’re done using your wallet-on-chain, you can simply convert it back to a regular wallet. Don’t you just love convertible accessories? Read on to see the full how-to tutorial.

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DIY: Terrarium Nails How-To Tutorial

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Terrariums and DIY nail art are two trends that I’ve been really excited about, so I thought it was high time for a mashup between the two. Okay, so the title of this DIY tutorial is admittedly a bit misleading. It’s not like you’re really growing living plants on your nails though I would applaud anyone who could actually do that, instead I’m going to show you how to take tiny leaves and stick them onto your nails for the really pretty effect you see above. Unlike the other beautiful nail art tutorials you might see on Pinterest, this terrarium nail how-to is something you can actually achieve and keep for at least a few days and the glassy sheen of the clear manicure creates a, well, polished look over the pressed leaves.

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Love smoothies but hate cleaning blenders? Here’s an easy trick.

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Love smoothies but hate cleaning blenders? Here’s an easy trick to turn any blender into a “magic bullet” for easy drink making with no fussy cleanup.

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HOW TO: Make Boot Keepers with Your Back Issues of Vogue and Glamour

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We’ve all experienced it – boot slump. When the weather warms up and you go to store your favorite pairs of boots only to have the tops flop over like Sad Sam’s ears, creating a messy situation in your closet and making your boots more likely to get fall into disrepair. I’ve seen products on the market like these blow up “boot keepers,” but who wants to spend more money on plastic when the solution to boot slump could already be right on your coffee table – back issues of your favorite magazines! They’re free (well, besides the money you originally dished out for your subscription), they keep your boots nice and crisp, and when you go to fetch them in the fall, you’ll get a blast of past fashion inspiration (because who wants to be a slave to the season’s latest trends anyway?).

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DIY: How to Make a Terrarium Necklace

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Terrariums – glass containers with little gardens inside – are really popular these days as home accessories, but they make lovely fashion accessories too! All you have to do is make one on a slightly smaller scale in a bottle like this one with a ring attached to it so that you can wear it as a necklace. If you know someone who loves plants, these terrarium necklaces make really special gifts and will last a heck of a lot longer than flowers. They’re really easy to make too – read on for the DIY instructions.

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How To Make Touchscreen Texting Gloves for iPhone or Droid

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I recently did a DIY tutorial on Ecouterre about how to turn your regular gloves into touchscreen compatible texting gloves and it’s been really popular so I thought I would share it here too. Read on for the super simple How To.

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DIY: How to Make a Tidy Jewelry Holder Display Wall for Your Rings n’ Things

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If you’re tired of digging through a jewelry box to find your rings or frustrated with fighting necklace tangles, I think you’ll enjoy being able to organize your bits and baubles on a tidy display wall you can make yourself. Not only does this easy DIY project allow you to see all of your jewelry at once glance so you can see what’s available to you (same idea as the Pinterest shoe collection and fridge triage box), it also does double duty as wall decor! Of course if you aren’t that into the idea of a bunch of bling being too visible on your walls, you can pick a less obvious space like the one I chose – a small sliver behind a door. This DIY will only take you about half an hour, and once you’re done, you won’t believe how good it will feel to have all of your jewelry nice, neat and right at your fingertips.

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HOW TO: Make an Edible Miniature High Line Park-Themed Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday, so I wanted to create a really special centerpiece for our table this year. At first I thought “cornucopia?” but then I decided those were pretty snore-nucopia (don’t you agree?). Then I starting thinking about Japanese kaiseki ryouri, where chefs present edible arrangements (the kind that aren’t dipped in chocolate) as tiny treasures and brainstorming about autumn in the city and it hit me! The High Line! Sorry CP, but the High Line is hands down the best park in NYC and quite possibly the world, and with its oblong shape and varied textures, it’s really the perfect landmark to recreate as a captivating miniature tablescape. I knew that it was imperative that I make all of the “flora and fauna” out of veggies and other T-day eats, but I was baffled about what to create the actual structure out of. It finally dawned on me – again, while I was binge eating in Japan – sushi takeout boxes! Read on to see the DIY steps showing how how you can turn some recycled chopsticks and plastic containers into a mini High Line Thanksgiving centerpiece that even Sandra Lee would be proud of!

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DIY: How to Make a Cute Poncho Out of an Old Blanket

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Is it just me, or does anyone else remember a time when ponchos were right up there on the fashion-suicide list with socks + sandals and hammer pants? And now you see all of those things all over Vogue and Glamour! Such is the fashion machine, right? Well, the reason I mention ponchos is that for a long time, I had a bit of an aversion to these half-blanket, half-coat hybrids until I was tidying up my closet and came upon this cream-colored throw I received from Cindy Crawford (fine, I actually got it as a favor at a party she threw from one of her PR people who took one look at me and seemed reluctant to give it to me, but doesn’t it sound much better when I say she gave it to me herself?). It’s such a lovely and cozy throw, but I’m not really a throw person – is anyone, really? Anyways, not wanting it to sit around in my closet, I wondered what could be done with it and then it came to me – it’d make an excellent poncho! Read on to see how I transformed it into one with just a few easy steps and if you have a blanket that you think could serve you a lot better as a poncho, definitely give it a try.

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DIY: How to Make a Lace Back Shirt Out of a Tank Top

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Lace back tank tops and t-shirts have been really popular lately, and it’s easy to see why – they’re breezy (lot of ventilation), pretty and add a lot of visual interest to what might be an otherwise boring outfit. If you’ve been scouring the stores for the perfect sheer back top but haven’t found one you fancy, why not try making your own using a shirt you already have? Despite their complex look, sheer back shirts are extremely easy to make yourself, especially if you’re just refashioning a tank top that you’ve grown bored of. To see how to complete this simple fashion DIY, click on the pages below for the full instructions.

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