Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Rug Skirt DIY

In my last post, I posted a bunch of pictures of DIYs I would be posting soon. This is the first! This DIY is courtesy of A Pair and a Spare. (If you haven't checked out Geneva's site yet you really should.)

Geneva posted this DIY a while back (May to be exact) but I just finally got around to making it now. After searching exhaustively for these rugs at the dollar stores around me, I finally found some that weren't puke green.

This DIY is super easy and the result is crazycool. For the how-to, jump on over to A Pair and a Spare!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Good Things Come For Those Who Wait

I know I haven't posted in what seems like a billion years. Life is annoying like that. I'm going to try to keep up with this blog more than I have been. I don't want it to turn into one of my numerous other blogs that sit deserted.

Anyway I have a few pictures of upcoming DIYs that will be posted. While my life has been crazy, I have managed to work on DIY projects and have quite a few to post. Trust me, they are in my humble opinion, definitely worthy of the phrase crazycool.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Jem and the Holograms=DIY Ideas

Being a child of the '90s sadly means I never got the chance to watch Jem and the Holograms when it originally aired. Thankfully, The Hub has been airing re-runs of the entire series. I feel so nostalgic watching it even though I never truly experienced it. I've always loved the clothes, cartoons, movies, toys, and some of the music from the '80s. Something about it all just speaks to me. It's hard to describe, but if there was any decade where I think I truly belong, it's hands down the '80s.

Anyway, when I watch Jem I always see a bunch of clothes that I would love to DIY. They are totally '80s (and outrageous) and I love it. Here are 23 (I know, a random number) of my favorite outfits to DIY (Mostly Jem):

All images from Pranceatron's Cartoon Wardrobe. It contains a full listing of all of the outfits that the major characters (Aja, Clash, Danse, Jem, Jerrica, Jetta, Kimber, Minx, Pizzazz, Rapture, Raya, Rio, Roxy, Shana, Stormer, and Video) wore.

Tissue Paper Wrapped Bangle DIY

Ahhh! Lazy Sundays are always the best aren't they? Here is a DIY I did a few weeks ago. I unfortunately didn't take photos of the progress (Camera was on the fritz and my phone was dead). But like my other two DIY projects, it's also extremely easy. 

You will need: 
-A bangle (doesn't matter what the material).
-Colorful tissue paper
-Tacky glue

Simply tear strips of tissue paper and cover the inside with tacky glue. Wrap the tissue paper around the bangle. Repeat until the entire bangle is covered. Add a thin layer of tacky glue to seal the tissue paper. Repeat the above steps and you're done!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Corsage Necklace DIY

"It's been a long time since I came around. Been a long time but I'm back in town." -Lady Gaga, Ü & I

I know that it's been well over a week since I posted and I apologize profusely. I've been busy with helping plan my church's 150th anniversary, running a craft club for the Sunday School kids, AND planning for Cub Scouts. Yes, I also am a Cub Scout den leader. And yes, I start planning in July even though the first meeting isn't until September. Suffice to say, life has been busy. 

Anyway, here is a DIY I did a about a month ago. Like my tank top to skirt DIY, this one is also super easy. All you need is a corsage (mine was 25 cents at AC Moore), chain (mine already had a clasp attached. You can buy one like that, or just attach a jump ring to close the chain), and a pair of scissors. 

The first step is to separate all the different parts of the corsage. Simply unwrap the thin paper wrapped around the stem and the pieces will separate easily. 

To attach the different pieces to the chain, simply wrap around a link as shown. Wrap it twice so it's secure and trim the excess wire with scissors. Tuck the cut edge into the wrapped wire. Do this for all the pieces. 

Et volia! You're done! Super easy and the result is gorgeous. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

DIY Painted Seashell Earrings

Don't these earrings just scream summer! For instructions on this really cute DIY head on over to one of my favorite DIY blogs, (studs and pearls)!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tank Top to Skirt DIY

Some people eat snacks at midnight. I, on the other hand, do midnight DIYs. I love the print of this top, but the shape was unflattering on me. So instead of just throwing it away, I turned it into a comfy summer skirt. (I promise it's super easy and there's no sewing involved!) All you need for this DIY is a pair of scissors and a cotton tank with a ruffle at the bust and elastic at the waist.
Here's the how-to:

Step 1: Cut off the straps.

Step 2: Now it's time to remove the ruffle. Cut as close to the edge as you can. Take care to not cut the elastic. (P.S. Keep the fabric from the ruffle. It will come in handy for a future DIY!)

Step 3: Remove the elastic around the waist of the top. Do you see the area that is circled in the picture above? Carefully cut that off and you will be able to easily remove the elastic. 

And volia! You're done! See? Wasn't that easy?