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.
Is it just me, or does it seem like baby fever is in the air? How did all of my weekend plans shift so suddenly from barhopping to baby showers? Despite the bittersweet feeling of my carefree years slipping away with each invitation I receive, I’ve actually been enjoying these joyous occasions and the opportunity to contribute to the festivities with some fun DIY decor. One of my favorite things to make for friends is a customized banner, and after making so many, I’ve come up with a basic banner “recipe” that can be modified to fit any color scheme or theme. If you’re looking to make an intricate-looking banner of your own, check out my latest DIYs with YYvideo tutorial showing you how above!
My managing editor and friend Jasmin Chua‘s birthday was last month and with the frenzy of fashion week and other assorted fall events, I wasn’t able to give her a proper gift. Jasmin and I are both cat-o-phile’s so I really wanted to make something feline-related and then it dawned on me – cat-ears! I’d been working on sewing this snood for myself and realized that with a bit of alteration, I could pop some kitty ears on it and make it into a fun accessory as well as something that Jasmin could wear while accompanying her uber-cute daughter Zadie trick or treating. Read on for the instructions to make your own cat-ear snood (read this post first to make the actual snood part).
Isn’t it ironic that we design writers are frequently too poh’ to afford any of the high end pieces we write about?! Every time I come across a gorgeous worn wood coffee table, I just enter a state of depression because I know, I just know, that I won’t be able to buy it. Well, based on her latest project, it seems my homegirl (and fellow design writer) Bridgette laughs in the face of hoity toity, overly priced furniture and even punches it in the face. Last weekend, she just up and decided she wanted a new coffee table so she picked up some old shipping pallets from her local recycle center, banged a few nails and ended up with this stunner!
The craziest part? The whole thing cost her $5! Fi’ dollah! If you wanna be like her (I know I do), follow the link below to check out how she did it.
Almost every girl has a few too-big T-shirts in her closet, but instead of just wearing them to bed at night how about refashioning one into a cute tunic dress? I love this fashion DIY because it’s really easy to do and the resulting A-line dress is so easy to just throw on – especially for summer. The other great thing about this DIY is that if you have a tee with a graphic on it, you can even make your dress reversible so that you can wear it with the image in front for days you feel cheeky or wear the plain side in front on days when you’re feeling more serious.
For the full recycled fashion tutorial steps click the pages below.
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.
I used to just keep my foil and saran wrap in a drawer, but after moving to a new apartment with a smaller kitchen, I knew I wanted a more efficient and convenient solution. Sure, there are some decent foil storage rack options to be found online, but you know buying something pre-made is just not my style! If you’re like me and enjoy alternative solutions (read: cheap), here is a simple way to mount your foil and saran wrap to the inside of a cabinet to keep it out of sight but easily accessible. Plus, you’ll be using a lot less material than if you purchased a bulky new organizer rack.
While I’m certainly not one to scoff at free stuff, there is such a thing as too many totebags. A go-to “green” promotional item, these babies are now so ubiquitous that many people now own totebags filled with totebags (I know I’m not the only one). If you want to do something with your t-bags that isn’t as d-bag as just hoarding them in a hallway closet, here’s a really easy DIY to turn them into one of those trendy double wine bottle carrier bags you might have seen being sold in specialty shops for $20+. Once you’re done making yours, bring it with you on runs to the wine shop or give it as a gift (complete with two bottle of vino, of course).
Please ignore the ghastly condition of my cuticles. I garden and do crafts all the time so ’nuff said.
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.
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.
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.
This femme floral frock is a one-of-a-kind Clossette original refashioned from a dress from the 90s. I cut away a heart shape from the front of the dress, creating a negative space that I filled with some sheer tulle left over from Sandy’s bridal shower tea party. The re-design was inspired by a somewhat unlikely source – a futuristic office design that transformed two plain Jane old houses into a dynamic office by cutting away bits and pieces of the original structures. Sometimes subtraction is way more effective than addition, you know?
Material: Recycled polyester dress, sheer tulle
Condition: Gently worn/almost new
Bobby pins are an essential beauty tool for most women (at least those of us who enjoy voluminous ‘dos), but keeping them organized and easy to find when you need them can be a vexing task. If you need a cheap and simple solution that will keep your bobby pins right at your fingertips, look no further than your fridge. You know those promotional magnets that takeout places give out for free? Read on to see how to turn one into a DIY wall organizer for pins and small earrings.
Babydoll shirts with all sorts of weird bunching and shirring used to be in style until we realized that they made everyone look equally preggers. So now there are a ton of these unflattering tops floating around unloved even though many of them still have nice, bold prints like the Marc Jacobs-esque large flower pattern on this one. If you’re the owner of one of these shirts and are not quite sure what to do with it, here’s a really easy, no-sew fashion DIY showing you how to turn an ugly babydoll shirt into a summer skirt just in time for the warm weather. I think you’ll really be surprised at how simple this tutorial is, and depending on the shirt you use, you can make the bottom into a skirt and the top into a cute bandeau.
I recently dug up this old Paula Abdul cardio dance video with the intention of burning some calories when I realized that A. I’m allergic to exercise and B. I no longer own a VCR. Downtrodden but not completely hopeless, I inspected the relic like an archaeologist and was impressed with both its uber-simplistic 90s colorblock design and the sturdiness of the box’s closing mechanism when it came to me – this could make a really unique DIY clutch. After all, the dimensions are pretty much spot-on and it’s just so wonderfully kitsch/nostalgic/ironic. And the beauty of it is that you can pretty much use any video box that you want for your own clutch (I highly doubt anyone else owns this Paula Abdul workout video or will admit to it?). Technically, you could even use the box as a clutch unmodified but I wanted to add a few touches to make it more obvious that it was an actual purse and not just a video that you’re carrying around.
Another really cool thing about this DIY is that if your video case is the kind with a transparent sleeve and piece of paper that slides in and out, you can swap out the graphic with whatever you want to make this a really versatile clutch. For example, if you have a piece of paper from another video – say The Breakfast Club – you can just remove Paula Abdul and slip that in instead. Or you can even leave the clear sleeve empty and use it as a white clutch. The possibilities are endless!
For the full DIY tutorial, scroll down and click page 2.
It’s already August and looks like the first days of school are right around the corner! The weather on the other hand, didn’t seem to get the memo because I’m still sporting my flip flops and shades. While I have no problem with an extended summer, there are only a few things I crave during these hot, humid days and at the top of my list… is watermelon! Although it’s super juicy, bright red and delicious, watermelon is one of those fruits where a lot ends up going to waste. But did you know that the white rind we’re so quick to throw away has many great uses? Try some of these options below and see how waste-less you can be!
Pickled Watermelon Rind: Hey, you pickle cucumbers so why not try it with watermelon rind? Use your favorite pickling recipe and use watermelon rinds where they call for cucumbers. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the similar taste and texture!
Sweetened Watermelon Rind: Though the white rind of the watermelon is not as sweet as the red flesh, it’s still edible and definitely has a great crunchy texture. If you have a sweet tooth and you’re craving a great refreshing snack, dice up some watermelon rind and top with your favorite sweetener whether it be sugar, equal, honey or even coconut milk.
Acne Treatment: We’ve all gone through it… being a pimple-faced teenager dreading going to school. Eating watermelon rind can help with acne problems but rubbing the rinds on the skin surface can also help clear up acne
Watermelon Cups: (My personal fave!): This may be a bit time consuming but if you want your guests to rave about your food AND your drinkware, grab yourself some mini watermelons and make some personalized watermelon cups. The natural juices from the watermelon will also be a great added taste for all party goers. All you need is an x-acto knife and a steady hand.