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.



M&J Trimming DIY Challenge Projects Now Live on the M&J Trimming Blog!

mjtrimming_chicstealsprojectsHello lovely readers!

Today all the DIY projects I created for M&J Trimming’s Third Annual DIY Challenge are now live on their blog. Please click on over to check them out!

Check Out My DIY Projects on the M&J Trimming Blog

Thanks so much to the team at M&J Trimming – I had a blast working with all your wonderful supplies!


FTC Disclosure: I received a box of trims and supplies courtesy of M&J Trimming, to create step-by-step DIY tutorials for their DIY Challenge. I have received a $100 M&J Trimming Gift Card as compensation for my submissions. My official Disclosure Policy is here.

DIY: 40’s-Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween…?)

Now that the weather’s cooling down, I want a cute little hat to wear – not something chunky and heavy just yet, but something that adds just a little bit of warmth.  Something polished, and maybe even a bit kitschy.

And I just LOVE me some kittehs!  I am such a crazy cat lady.  I used to volunteer in Hawaii trapping feral cats and adopting the kittens out to loving homes.  Then I got Cat Scratch Fever.  True story.  Anyway.

Cat-themed merch was all over the runways and is now in stores for Fall (check out this lovely printed Wildfox sweater and Romwe’s knockoff oh-so-similar version).  So, inspired by berets I’ve been seeing in my Japanese magazines, I decided to create my own Kitty version.  And it’s my first foray into wet wool felting and hat-making.  So stick with me and I’ll show you how!

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DIY Inspiration: Thakoon S/S 2012 Hair

Okay, so we saw a version of this as a DIY on PS I Made This lately…but isn’t this twisted, yarn-y confection just begging to be DIY’d as is?  Cue the pompon maker and bright yarn…this would be so easy to “recreate” with a barette attached to a yarn pompon, and a couple other hair combs with a small amount of yarn wrapped around them (or even small knitted rectangles – even cut from a sweater!!).  You wouldn’t have to go full-on runway-style woven-through-the-hair either…just a prim braid or chignon pinned up at the back of the head, with the aforementioned barrettes/pompon would look pretty neat!


photo from Style.com

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