You don’t need to check weather.com to know that it’s officially cold outside and that the pre-winter chill has set in. With the cold though comes some of our favorite things like red cups at Starbucks, giant scarves (see here), and holidays dedicated to eating. When the cold comes around though, we tend to loose the ability to fashion together an outfit that’s not completely black or only made up of warm stretchy materials. As much as we try and resist it, sometimes we just can’t deny the temptation to throw on a sweatshirt and call it a day. Inspired by the studded sweater below though, we created the perfect DIY to step up our game a little on those sweatshirt kind of days to take our look from gym class to high class. See how you can make a studded sweatshirt too!
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We all know those people who can pull off just about any trend. They have a magical way of combining unlikely items together and somehow end up looking like Carrie Bradshaw every single time. Oh the envy. We promised ourselves this year though that we’d step out of our fashion comfort zones and channel our inner Sarah Jessica Parkers. When we stumbled upon the image below from thesartorialist.com, we knew a gemstone encrusted beanie was just the right risk to take. So like always, we got a little crafty and were surprisingly impressed with the results. A jewel embellished beanie might be a bit of an oxymoron, but then again we’ve never been conventional.
Being broke has taught us a lot the last four years- like just how long you can make an order of cheesy bread last for the week, what’s the cheapest beer at Brothers and just how much popcorn you can sneak out of Harry’s without being caught.
In short, our empty pockets have led us to new discoveries- and many, many essential DIY’s. One of our favorite go-to’s? Making our own colorful, tribal-inspired bangles! It’s quick, simple and inexpensive. Follow these steps to let the power of cheap-living unlock your inner craftanista.
Planning a great party is all about the details. A few touches of charm, craft and creativity can transform your regular old solo cup crushing, keg draining, beer pong playing frat party into something a little more special. (Disclaimer: We love fraternity parties. In fact, nothing stands between us and a good party on a friday night.) If you’re in the mood to shake up your upcoming weekend soiree, read below for the tips that will unlock your true party planning potential!
What’s our #1 planning go-to? Adding a dash of sugar to our to-do list. Whipping up a quick batch of fun themed treats is not only delicious, but it makes for beautiful table decor. Plus, it doesn’t matter how old you are, nobody’s ever grown out of cupcakes at a birthday party.
We couldn’t resist these pink and white striped candy shop straws, so we used them up to dress up our moscow mule cocktails!
Balloons, balloons, balloons! Fill your room to the brim with them. For only $2.50 at the den, you can show off tons of bright colors. The best part? They hide all the weird stains that cover your kitchen walls. Unless that’s just our apartment…
What’s a party without a little bubbly? Not only is popping champagne fun, but it gives your party guests a reason to cheers to something! And we all know the world needs more opportunities to toast to the things we love.
There are so many wonderful things about fall. The changing leaves, pumpkin-scented/flavored everything, dusting off your favorite pair of boots, and probably our most favorite thing, cozy, cold-weather accessories. Since it’s finally chilly enough on our morning walk to class to sport some knit headgear, we’ve been on the hunt for just the right piece. We found this sweater-like turban from Free People online and instantly fell in love. With the help of a scarf from H&M we found for 1000% off (okay it was just really on sale) and some thread, we made our own. Here’s how.
Step 4: Cut another small section from your scarf and sew the two longer raw edges together, created a small tube of fabric. Wrap the fabric tube over the thread where you scrunched your turban and secure by hand sewing the ends together. (Hint: if you’re not up for sewing this part, simply use a thick piece of ribbon and glue around the section. It works just as well!).
As self-proclaimed fashion lovers, we’d love to sit here and tell you that we’re “totally not into fads” but we’ll admit, we’re suckers for the newest cute accessories and trends of each season. Lately we’ve been noticing girls around campus wearing fabric bows in their hair, circa 1995 when we had a hair bow to match each of our outfits. This girly trend has won our hearts over, but not necessarily our wallets, so we found a way to make our own bow-dorable accessories with the help of a little scrap fabric. Here’s how you can too!
Supplies: Fabric, Scissors, Thread, and Liquid Stitch
Step 1: Cut a piece of fabric into a rectangle, about 4 inches by 12 inches, but you can vary the size depending on how large you’d like your bow to be.
Step 2: Fold one of the long edges and apply a line of liquid stitch to raw edge of the fabric.
Step 3: Fold the other long edge over the glue to it looks like the photo below.
Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 for another, smaller piece of fabric, about 1 inch by two inches.
Step 5: Take your larger rectangle and fold each end into the middle, overlapping the ends by about 1/2 an inch.
Step 6: Fold the rectangle accordion and pinch in the middle until you get the desired bow shape you want. Secure it by wrapping thread tightly around the center and double knot it.
Step 7: Lastly, wrap the smaller rectangle over the center of the bow where the thread was and glue it down with liquid stitch. Hold down for a few seconds to make sure it stays.
Let dry for a few hours and it’s ready to wear!
We’ll be honest, we’ve never been a big fan of Daisy Dukes. The thought of showing that much leg makes us cringe faster than hearing nails on a chalkboard. But lately we’ve been noticing lots of killer embellished denim and have been secretly coveting some cut-offs. So like true bargainistas, we found a great pair of mom jeans at Goodwill and took scissors, studs, and bleach to them. We honestly couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised with the results. Daisy, you’ve got us convinced!
What you’ll need:
Step 1: Try your jeans on and while looking in the mirror, mark your jeans with a washable marker at the length you’d want your shorts to be.
Step 2: Start to cut your jeans, at least an inch below the marker line. Hint: you can always make your shorts shorter, but you can’t add length once you cut it off.
Step 3: Continue to trim your shorts until you get them at the desired length. Hint #2: leave the back of the shorts a little longer than the front for a flattering fit.
Step 4: After your shorts are at a good length, begin studding your shorts by pushing the prongs of the stud all the way through the denim and folding the prongs over so they stay in place.
Step 5: Continue to add studs to your shorts until you achieve the look you want. Hint #3: Adding studs to just one side of your shorts adds a quirky touch.
Step 6: Pour bleach into a spray bottle and begin to spray the bottom of your shorts. Make sure the bottom is most saturated and spray the bleach lightly about 3 inches up the shorts. Let your shorts sit and saturate for about 20 minutes in the sink.
Step 7: After you’ve let your shorts sit, wash them without any other clothes in the washer. This will get the extra bleach out of your shorts and will also give the bottom of your shorts a nice fringe look.
Step 8: Flaunt your fabulous new DIY shorts wherever you can while the sun’s still shining. Happy crafting friends!
Have you ever wondered if there’s a secret clause that requires all dorm rooms and apartment buildings to have white walls and only white walls? As much as we love a crisp white wall that makes our pictures and artwork pop, living for four years, surrounded by white walls, we’ve been craving a little color in our lives. After being inspired by bunting we had seen in outdoor decor all summer, we decided to bring it indoors and create our own bunting to spruce up our walls in a way that guarantees we’ll get our damage deposit back… well hopefully. Here’s how you can make some too!
What you’ll need:
- 4-6 different pieces of fabric (a variety prints works best!)
- 1 piece of card stock to make the pattern
- Clothesline or some type of sturdy string
- Hot glue gun
- Glue gun amo
1) Cut out your pattern. Create a triangle shape with a little tab on the top like you see below. Make your flags any size your little crafty heart desires!
2) Place your pattern on your fabric.
3) Trace around your pattern and cut out your piece in order to make your first flag.
4) Repeat step number 3 until you’ve cut your desired amount of flags in a variety of patterns.
5) Lay your piece of fabric underneath your clothesline like below and place glue above and below the clothesline.
6) Fold the flap over the clothesline and secure in place.
7) Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, until you have the desired amount of flags on your clothesline.
Now that’s better!
After having our first ever giveaway with Amanda Catherine Design, we were so inspired by her artistic and adorable prints that we decided to take a stab at creating our own. Lately we’ve totally been digging antlers and old floral print wallpaper (you know, just some normal obsessions) so we decided to combine the two and couldn’t be happier with the results. Feeling crafty too? Here’s how you can make your own fabulous wall art.
1) Find an image. Like we mentioned above, we were inspired by this image of a deer skull, but pick whatever floats your boat! We recommend keeping it pretty simple as you’ll be cutting it out.
2) Cut out your image to create a stencil.
3) Pick some cute scrapbook paper to recreate your image out of. We went for a vintage wallpaper look.
4) Using the stencil you created, trace your image on to the backside of your scrapbook paper.
5) Use Matte Mod Podge to adhere your image to a blank canvas. Do this by putting a thin layer of adhesive on the back of your scrapbook paper, then glue the paper to your canvas. Finish by coating the whole canvas with a thin layer of Mod Podge, even over your image.
6) Let your canvas dry completely and then hang your beautiful wall art up to be seen by all.