This is the second part of my series of jewellery tutorials for valentine’s day. I know that none of my tutorials so far have really been specifically for Valentines Day, but I promise that after this one, it’ll become more focused on the holiday rather than just random jewellery!
I chose a bright yellow to compliment the emerald green (I’m so happy it’s the PANTONE colour of the year!) and the more muted tone of the pearls. Spring
What you’ll need:
Enough chunky beads to circle your wrist
a strand of pearls (I got mine from Michaels)
1) This is pretty straightforward as far as DIY jewellery is concerned. String the chunky beads on the elastic, and knot the end.
2) Cut a section of the strand of pearls (long enough to circle your wrist) and attach both ends to the same spot (right next to each other) on the elastic. I chose to place them the knot so that the bow would cover it.
3) Tie a pretty bow right between the two jump rings.
4) Rock your bracelet with a cute dress during your night out!
This would also be great with a spring dress, or a cute short-sleeved tee.
In time for valentine’s day, I’ve put together some quick jewellery DIYs so you’ll have some cute bling to rock on your night out! (Or, like me, have some time to make more bling in front of the TV while everyone else is out. Who said you can’t be forever alone and happy?!?! )
1) Native american inspired/boho Twine Necklace
I’ve already shown you guys this one in my sneak peek from last time’s DIY artist Tee. It’s a super cute and amazingly simple since you don’t need a clasp (or any crazy neck twisting to close it!) This is definitely one of my go to accessories on a lazy sunny day.
- Twine (preferably Jute twine because it’s softer and thicker than regular gardening twine)
- Leather or suede cord
- Two colours of embroidery thread
- A beading needle
- Seed beads (optional)
1) Cut 1m of twine, fold it in half, and tie a simple overhand knot, forming a loop on one end of the doubled over twine. I knotted the twine using the two simple knots below:
When you reach your desired length (about 15-30 cm is about good) tie another loop at the end of the knotted twine and snip off the excess. You should end up with something like this:
2) Attach and braid your desired length of leather/suede cord. Tie off one end of the braid to one end of the twine, then once you’ve finished braiding, tie it off at the other loop. Make sure that you necklace will be long enough to slip over your head. Remember that extra length is good since we’re going for a very boho slouchy look here!
3) Now it’s time to add some colour to your twine! Thread your needle with a strand of embroidery floss (leave all the strands intact, don’t unravel them as you would in certain types of embroidery!) and whip stitch all the way around one side of the strand. If you wish to add beads, whip stitch them on while you’re doing this. This may take some patience as the twine will be rather twisted! Repeat this process twice for each colour of yarn, on opposite sides of the “plait”. Before you reach the end, weave the feathers through one end of the braid to cover the loop. Secure them by whip stitching them to the suede.
There you have it! A cute and simple boho twine necklace. Have fun and stay tuned as I’ll be posting more fun tutorials as we approach valentine’s day! <3
I’m on a sewing spree, so this year’s gonna be all about recycling old clothes! This is just a little bit of inspiration to help you guys get into the mood for some more DIYs!
“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” -Julia Child
“Let’s be realistic, how many people are buying a $2,000 skirt? I love to design things that people can actually buy.” -Vera Wang
“Art is not what you see but what you make others see.” -Edgar Degas
“Nothing is impossible, the word it self says ‘I’m possible’!“ -Audrey Hepburn
“I swiftly discovered that there are few things in DIY (and possibly life) that can’t be solved with a large mallet, a bag of ten-centimetre nails and some swearing.” -Monty Halls
Well here I am. Seems like I’ve disappeared for quite a while, eh? Well keep on reading for this quick and easy DIY and a peek at what’s to come:
After a very long absence, I’ve decided to continue posting, but on a monthly basis. Keep your eyes peeled for a post near the beginning of each month!
This is a quick and easy tutorial for a cute, customized shirt. This literally takes half an hour of your time.
(Please excuse the bad photos.. my phone’s camera is pretty bad and this was another one of my midnight crafting sessions! I should really try to get enough sleep, but with this girl, it’s not going to happen when I’m hit with some sort of inspiration! )
-I plain light coloured tee-shirt (mine is beige, but white, cream or grey would work equally well)
-Fabric markers in your colour(s) of choice
-A piece of cardboard long enough to reach from the shoulders of the shirt to its bottom and width of the shirt (this will stop the marker from bleeding through the fabric and give you a hard surface to write on)
1: Plan your shirt. Pick any saying, expression, or word. My shirt has two sides to it, one that says “they say artists are crazy” and the other “well this person is living proof that we are”. I found that typing out the words in their respective columns them helped me determine how to centre all letters.
2: Insert the cardboard into the shirt and smooth out the wrinkles. Try and line up the seams with the edges of the cardboard. If you want a reference point to help centre it, draw a mark on the cardboard above the centre of the collar.
3: Start writing!! I just free-handed it, but I suppose you could use a stencil. To make the letters stand out more, I went over each of the lines twice.
The lines may bleed a little, but I think that they add more personality to the shirt!
4: If you chose to have a backside to the shirt, repeat on the back.
5: I included an arrow on the back of my shirt, and I found that it can be quite hard to colour it in. I had to go over the area quite a few times to get a solid patch of colour.
And here you have it!! Your very own custom tee-shirt. In your own handwriting! Fast, no?
Tip: Depending on your fabric markers you may have to heat set the ink. Follow the manufactures instructions and make sure to pick the right heat setting for the material of the shirt!
Your exclusive sneak peek at the next post:
Ok, I’m a TERRIBLE. TERRIBLE. person for not updating for such a long time TT.TT but even though I know there are no excuses, I was at camp (no internet) and before that, finals were looming…. Sigh but either way, I do have something new to share, so I hope you like it!