10 DIY Projects to Welcome Spring

10 DIY Projects for Spring crafts roundupWelcome to the official First Day of Spring!

Yes my friends, Spring has definitely Sprung…and I bet you’re itching to make some fun DIY projects to welcome the new season. Flowers, Easter, May Day, graduations, prom, baby showers, and other Springtime celebrations? Bring on the season bursting with flowers and loveliness with these great crafts:

DIYenamelspringflowernecklace_done21. Enamel Bib Necklace
Celebrating all that is flowery and fun this season, this bib necklace works by collaging charms and buttons onto a filigree backing – and painting with Martha Stewart self-hardening enamel. Amazingly easy for such a fun project!

Ballet Flats Decorated with Silk Flowers

2. Flowered Ballet Flats
Adorn a pair of simple ballet flats with flowers and lace trim to become lovely and elegant footwear.

diyfloweredcase_done13. Flowered Snackcessory Clutch
So sweet as a pairing to a simple outfit…or to take along with you to prom.

rosecabrhinestoneearrings_done34. Prada Rose Cabochon Stud Earrings
Surprisingly simple to make – with a huge impact – these studs sparkle with a chic, ladylike quality.
done45. Florald Applique Cardigan
Take your favorite flowered fabric, cut out bits of the pattern, affix Heat ‘n’ Bond to it – and iron onto a boring cardigan for a quick pick-me-up.

skirtfront26. Lace Maxi-Skirt
Repurpose an old lace curtain (and there are always a ton to be found at Goodwill!) into a pretty lace maxi-skirt for over your shorter skirts, dresses, and shorts.

Flowered barrette made of silk flowers

7. Flower Barrette
Silk flowers from the craft store make this barrette look like a flower crown adorning your hair.
diyeastereggnails_done18. Gold Foil Easter Egg Nails
Pretty pastels pop when gold foil is applied haphazardly to the top. Do the same for your Easter eggs for a matching holiday craft.
DIY petal-front top made with silk flower petals9. Flower Petal Top
Hand-stitch flower petals down the front of a plain tee to make it floral fabulous with only a small amount of effort.
DIY watercolor scarf made with fabric dye10. Watercolor Scarf
Use dye to paint a scarf in daubs of color, leave on for a short time, and wash out for a faded, Monet-like quality.

What projects are you looking forward to making for Spring?



January From the Archives

Hello friends! Gee, this past month went by quick, didn’t it? I wanted to try something a little different as a recap and dig back into the Chic Steals archives for Januaries past to share some of my favorite posts with you that you may have missed. This month marks my 7-Year Blogiversary (can you believe it: SEVEN YEARS!!) and so I wanted to go way way back to near the beginning and see if there were any gems back there. Check out these fun projects and posts!

6a00d834515e6669e20120a7ae6ba0970b21Cutting Edge Innovation in Eco Fashion and Style (for FashionTribes.com)

This may have been back in 2010, but some of these innovations are still pretty cutting edge today!


DIY Jennifer Behr Spiked Turban

I had a lot of fun with this project, eating cheese straws and moaning about the price tag on the original. It’s fiddly and difficult to make, but the result is pretty cool.


The Easiest Party Skirt to Make…Ever

I made this skirt out of a bunch of rectangles cut in satin. It turned out pretty well (though the tutorial has no step by step photos so be forewarned).

What is the Fashionista's Dilemma and What is Your F.A.P.?

What is the Fashionista’s Dilemma and What Is Your F.A.P.?

I mused about fashion morality in the face of modern fast fashion. How do you create your Fashion Acquisition Policy into what works for you?

Current Obsessions: Sally Hansen Nail Effects Nail Polish Strips

I have no idea why, but this was one of my most-shared posts of 2011. It’s basically a how-to apply those nail polish strips out of the box.


DIY Woven Ribbon Sweater

Just like at Christian Dior. And totally removable, so when you get sick of it you can start afresh.

DIY Dyeing Feature in Lucky Magazine

I scanned these magazine pages in because I thought they were particularly helpful in dyeing your clothing and accessories. Even boots!

DIY in 5: Cage Cuff

Soooo easy: just wire two cuffs together to make a longer cage-like piece of jewelry. Easy and fun.


DIY Jil Sander Gathered Ruffled Peplum

Kind of a silly, but very fun, accessory. Wear over different skirts in contrasting colors.

DIY Beaded Collar Dress

DIY Beaded Collar Dress

I guest-posted this for the London Times blog. Great for zhushing up plain resort wear.


DIY Metallic Clutch

I guest-posted this for the London Times blog. I used metallic shelf liner paper over a file folder.


DIY Spike Beaded Woven Choker Necklace

This was one of my most popular tutorials back in 2013. Kinda fiddly but well worth it.


DIY Prada-Inspired Rose Cabochon Earrings

These were super-fun to make, with a huge visual impact. You could even buy the cabs already made (I spied them in the scrapbooking section at Michael’s!)


DIY Vintage Iron-On Decal Leather Keyring Charms

Such a cute project…these would make the perfect gift for someone special.


How to Use the Cartwheel App to Save at Target

If you’re not using the Cartwheel App every time you go to Target, you’re totally missing out! You could save a TON more over Target’s already affordable prices.


DIY A-Morir Embellished Sunglasses

I totally tricked out my sunglasses with rhinestones and beads. VERY 1950’s.


How to Keep Your Clothing Looking Bright and Chic with Clorox

For any brights, you can easily keep them from fading by taking a little extra care when laundering. Here are the tips and tricks to doing that.


DIY Free People Wrapped Quartz Bangle

This was such a fun, easy project – that ended up looking fantastic and was my most-read post of 2014.

DIY Windowpane Shirt

DIY Windowpane Print Sweatshirt

Easy to do this trendy windowpane with some trim and double-stick hem tape.



Chic Steals x Wander and Hunt DIY Kits Available Now!

CHICSTEALFORWANDERANDHUNT1I’ve just completed a super-fun collab with DIY kit shop Wander & Hunt – and designed 2 special DIY projects just for them.

CHICSTEALSFORWANDERANDHUNT3  diy-kit-wander-and-hunt-1-(3) The first, the DIY Radiant Rhinestone Belt, was actually inspired by a rhinestone belt I spied on Anthropologie.com this past Winter, and figured it would be a snap to re-create. For $29 you get the ribbon base, felt for attaching the rhinestones, glue, a skewer, and an absolutely HUGE amount of rhinestones to deck out your waist embellishment. Gorgeous over a plain shirtdress or even a light coat, this will be an accessory you reach for again and again to dress up your outfits.

Check out the DIY Radiant Rhinestone Kit Here

diy-kit-wander-and-hunt-1-(4)For the second project, the DIY Gem Pendant Necklace kit, I drew inspiration from a Dannijo bejeweled pendant I saw on Pinterest. Again, for just $29 you receive a bevy of gems, glue, a skewer, PVC plastic, endcaps, jump rings, and a rope for the necklace. The design is super-chic – and creates a fabulous statement!

Check out the DIY Gem Pendant Necklace Kit Here

You can also check out all the other DIY kits available at Wander & Hunt here (everything under $70!), as well as all the other supplies and materials that they offer. They have a ton of tutorials on the site as well, so you can get your DIY on without even buying a kit. Standard shipping is also free worldwide!diyanthrojeweledbelt_done2wander-and-hunt-projects-50

Thanks so much to the team at Wander & Hunt for making this happen! I had a blast designing these projects. :-)

What do you guys think of these kits? Have you ever bought a DIY project kit – and was it worth it? Let me know in the comments!



DIY Chocolate Chip Cookie Macaron Coin Purse

0.diychocolatechipcookiepurse_introphotoWhile I was in Tokyo last year, I picked up another felt macaron coin purse kit. (I think I’m a little addicted!)

34.macaroncoinpurseI made a cute little half-and-half cookie macaron coin purse the year before, and within 6 hours of hanging it from my handbag, I promptly lost it somewhere on the streets of Tokyo. I did look for it, but never found it. (T _ T)

diychocolatechipcookiepurse_done1So the next time I went I intended to buy another kit and re-make the purse…except I couldn’t find the same kit again. So I bought a chocolate chip cookie version.  diychocolatechipcookiepurse_done2Here are photos of the process of making these cute little purses. You need yellow and brown felt, a thread and needle, a 5cm-long zipper, 2 pieces of stiff cardboard (like cut from a milk carton), some fiberfill stuffing, scissors, a pencil, brown eyeshadow, and a small ball chain to make these.) diychocolatechipcookiepurse_howto_pinterestHope you like it! Have fun making your own version :-)
Happy DIY’ing!




DIY Faux Stingray Box Clutch with Tulip Neon 3D Paints

0.diyneonstingrayclutch_introphotoSpring is almost sprung – and what better way to usher out those Winter blahs than with beautiful pops of color? Add a bright center to a faux stingray textured clutch with Tulip Neon 3D Paints from i Love to Create and add a dose of fun into your evening (or prom!) accessories. diyneonstingrayclutch_done4(Plus it creates the look of elegant stingray skin – without any of the unsustainability and cruelty of the shagreen industry.) (more…)