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Thread-Wrapped Bracelets Two Ways

ThreadBracelets14It’s been a while since my latest DIY post. I haven’t been very inspired to create lately, so I thought I would revisit an old tutorial. It’s so weird (and slightly cringe worthy) reading my old blog posts. Even now I still have trouble thinking up what to say in these little introduction blurbs. Anyway, can you believe my DIY Thread Wrapped Bracelet post is from 3 years ago?! That post ended up being one of my most liked and shared DIY posts. It’s funny that as a blogger you can never predict what will be popular and what won’t. Even back then I thought about all the ways you could customize these bracelets so today I thought I’d share two of those ways!Thread Bracelets Thread BraceletsThread Bracelets

Materials

Rope, Embroidery Thread, Jump Rings, End Caps, Fasteners, Rhinestones, Super Glue, Scissors, Plyers

* I used 8mm end caps so make sure your rope in at least 6-8mm in diameter as well. I bought both the rope and rhinestone (with holes!) at AC Moore.*

Thread Bracelets1. Start by cutting a piece of rope long enough to go around your wrist. I cut mine about an inch shorter than I needed it to wrap around my wrist to account for the end caps and fastening. Wrap your first color down the length of the cut rope and glue both ends.

Thread Bracelets2.If you want to add a second color, glue one end and wrap the thread over the first color. You can bend the rope in half to check whether the color is centered and glue the second end.

Thread Bracelets3. To add a rhinestone use the same color thread to tie the gem to the bracelet. Tie a double knot and trim the ends.

Thread Bracelets4. To add a tassel, glue the tied end of the tassel to the inside of an end cap. Add a larger sized jump ring to the end cap.

Thread Bracelets5. Add your tassel to the bracelet before finishing with end caps.

Thread Bracelets6. Glue end caps on both ends of your bracelets. Add a jump ring on one end cap, and a jump ring and fastener on the other. Let dry completely…and you’re done!

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DIY Striped Beach Tote

Striped Beach Tote

A few weeks ago, my best friend and I decided to take a quick trip to the beach. While I was packing, I realized I didn’t have a good beach tote. During my weekly trip to Target, I found this straw tote bag near the dollar spot for only $3!! I obviously bought the bag without hesitation but I wanted to brighten it up a bit, so I decided on painted stripes and oversized pom poms in a bright yellow. It was the perfect addition to our beach trip!

Striped Beach Tote Materials

You’ll Need:

– Beach Tote
– Spray Paint
– Tape
– Yarn
– Scissors
– Over-sized fork

Striped Beach Tote1. Start by stretching a piece of tape across the bottom of the tote bag.

Striped Beach Tote2. Measure a distance the same width of the tape to create your first stripe.

Striped Beach Tote3. Repeat Step 2 to finish creating the stripe pattern. Repeat on the opposite side. Tape off the ends of the handles so they don’t get spray painted.

DIY Studded Rhinestone Box Necklace

Studded Box Necklace

I’m back! In case you hadn’t noticed, I decided to take a little break from blogging. It’s mostly been due to a lack of time and inspiration, but I hope to be back in full swing really soon! I have so many projects lined up that all I need now is the time to make them. I commend those DIY bloggers who manage to post projects almost everyday! (P.S. How do you do it?!) Anyway, today I’m bringing you this awesome Studded Rhinestone box necklace. It’s a great way to use up some leftover craft supplies from previous projects. Plus, it’s super easy to make!

Materials

Materials:

– Box Chain
– Studs
– Rhinestones
– Jump Rings & Fastener
– Chain (If the box chain is too short)
– Scissors
– Super Glue

Studded Box NecklaceΒ If your box chain is too short, cut two pieces of chain to the length you want the necklace to fall. Attach to box chain using a jump ring. On one end attach just a jump ring, and jump ring and fastener on the other.

Studded Box Necklace Add a drop of superglue to the box chain.

Studded Box Necklace Carefully place the stud over the drop of glue.

Studded Box Necklace Continue gluing the studs onto the box chain. I added a stud to every other upward facing box.

Studded Box NecklaceAdd studs until you reach the end of the chain.

Studded Box Necklace Attach the rhinestones in a similar fashion to the studs. I added the rhinestones between the studs.

Studded Box NecklaceLet the studs and rhinestones dry completely before wearing.

Studded Box NecklaceVoila!

DIY Oversized Bow-Tie

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A few weeks ago I posted about oversized bow-ties as DIY inspiration. The bows were a major aspect of the Saint Laurent Spring 2013 fashion show, along with clean lines and floppy hats. Oversized bows in a soft fabric are a great way to add a touch ofΒ feminine to a full suit. The best part about this DIY is that it takes less than an hour to make! This is key for someone with big aspirations and a short attention span.

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You’ll need:

– Chiffon Fabric (60″ L x 24″ W)
– Matching Thread
– Pins
-Sewing Machine (or you could sew it by hand)
– 1″ pin back

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1. Fold the 60″ x 24″ piece of fabric vertically down the middle. Pin along the edges.
2. Sew along the edges, leaving a 4 inch gap at one end. Turn the bow right-side out, and sew the gap closed.Β Oversized-bowtie-33. Fold the fabric in half. Bend the two sides upwards and tie as you would to make a bow.

Oversized-bowtie-44. Adjust the bow until it is the shape and length you want it.

 

Oversized-bowtie-55. Sew a few stitches through the tie so the bow will hold its shape. (This step is optional if you think you might want to re-tie your bow in the future.) Sew the pin back on the lower backside of the oversized bow.

Oversized-bow-7And you’re done! Pair with your favorite button down and blazer for a flirty yet professional look!

DIY Spike Necklace Tutorial

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Today’s featured tutorial is of a spike necklace. I saw the spiked beads in AC Moore and knew they would be perfect to recreate the popular look. They came in two sizes which gives the necklace more variety. Once you’ve gathered all of your supplies, this DIY is fast and easy!

Spike Necklace Materials

What you’ll need:

-Spike Beads (purchased at AC Moore)
– Jump Rings
– Gold Chain Necklace
– Pliers

necklace1Start by opening a jump ring. Hook one of the large spike beads into the ring.

necklace2In the centermost area of the chain, attach the first spike bead. Measure how far you want your beads to be spaced. I spaced mine 4 loops apart, but this number will depend on the size of your chain. Attach one of the smaller spikes.

necklace3Continue adding the spikes to your chain. I followed a pattern of 1 big spike, followed by 2 smaller spikes.

Spike NecklaceContinue until your necklace is completed.

Spike NecklaceAnd you’re done! Fast, easy and chic!