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Last-Minute DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

The big V-day happens to be Saturday this year, and it’s now a countdown to what to get, what to make, how to profess your undying love to the one true person in your life. Here are a couple ideas from my archives if you need something to make last-minute:

diytypographypillows_done3DIY Ombre Typography Pillows

diyminibooknecklace_done5DIY His and Hers Leather-Bound Book Necklace/Keychain

diymacaronstand_done2DIY French Macaron Stack Card Holder Memo Stand

diystenciledphotoframe_done1DIY Patterned Silver Leaf Photo Frame

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DIY Faux Geode Quartz Paperweight

diynaturaldeodorant_doneDIY Healthy Natural Coconut Oil Stick Deodorant

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And, from a previous year: 15 DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for Everyone.

romantic-ideas-you-can-do-at-homeAnd, if you’d prefer not to give a THING but instead perform an action and make it a memorable experience instead: Romantic Ideas You Can Do At Home for Valentine’s Day Infographic

And, for those wanting to celebrate their singledom, here are a couple great ideas for you too!

7 Single Gals Valentine Day Ideas

xo

Carly

DIY Tom Binns Neon Cameo Necklace

0.diytombinnsneoncameo_introphotoThis DIY tutorial has likely been done already hundreds of times in the aftermath of Tom Binns releasing his neon cameo collection in Spring 2012 – but what’s once more? I love the juxtaposition of elegant, old-world cameos harkening back to the times of daguerrotypes and intaglio portraits…rendered in full-on neon for the modern age. You can make your own easily, with some paint, rhinestone chain, and a soft embossing metal as backing – with no one the wiser as to how your unique creation came about. Here’s how:

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1 cameo (and this place has the best selection!)  /  rhinestone cup chain  /  gold embossing metal  /  scissors  /  jump ring  /  pliers  /  wire-cutting pliers  /  jewelry glue (not pictured)  /  pin or awl (not pictured) /  paint in 2 neon colors  /  primer or white paint  /  pen  /  paintbrush  /   matte sealant (optional, not pictured)

How To: diytombinnsneoncameo_step1 1. Since cameo colors are usually fairly opaque, you may want to prime your cameo first with a coat of primer, or just a coat of white paint. Allow to dry.

2. Paint the cameo. Usually it’s easiest to paint the lighter color first, than the brighter or darker color next. You may have to do a couple coats of each color to fully hide the color of the original cameo.

3. (optional) Paint a coat of sealant on he cameo to hide brushstrokes and prevent paint chipping. Allow to dry.

4. Glue the cameo onto a small piece of embossing metal.
5. Place the rhinestone chain around the cameo, and cut to desired length.
diytombinnsneoncameo_step26. Spread glue on the back of the rhinestone chain, and glue to the metal backing around the cameo.

7. When dry, poke a hole in the embossing metal with a pin or awl.

8. Trim the metal close around the chain, and use the side of the scissors to fold it to cup the chain so no sharp edges stick out.
diytombinnsneoncameo_step39. Thread a jumping through the hole you made, onto a necklace.

And you’re done!
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Wear with something dark and modern for contrast, or pair with a pastel frilly corset for your best Marie Antoinette impression!

diytombinnsneoncameo_done2Happy DIY’ing!
xo
Carly

DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art – and Giveaway!

0.diymexicanbracelets_introphotoThe brand-new Canadian line, TRENDiY Art, was recently kind enough to send me one of their fun DIY kits to review.

TRENDiY Art is a new line of art and craft activities for tweens and teens, and is all about making cool jewelry and fashionable accessories. They provide not only all the materials to make these projects in the kits, but also a full-length fashion magazine with styling ideas and DIY possibilities. trendiymag_1 trendiymag_2 trendiymag_3 trendiymag_4I decided to open up the Mexican Bracelets kit and try my hand at some embroidery thread-wrapped bracelets. diymexicanbracelets_kitThey were super-easy to make and a cute, colorful addition to my stack of arm adornment. Here’s how to make them:

You Need:

diymexicanbracelets_kit3TRENDiY Art Mexican Bracelets Kit  /  scissors

How To:

diymexicanbracelets_kit2 diymexicanbracelets_step1 1. Start by double-knotting one thread around your bangle.

2. Wrap the thread around multiple times.

diymexicanbracelets_step23. Change color by tying a new thread to the old one with a double knot, then cutting off the old thread.

4. Wrap the second color around, covering up the end of the old color and the end of the new color.

5. Continue all the way around, until you reach the beginning of your wrapping.

6. Add a third contrasting color wrapped around your base colors for texture.

7. When done, tie your final thread to the tail of the thread you tied on in the beginning, and snip all extra ends.

diymexicanbracelets_done1You can use 2 or 3 different colors rolled together for different looks, switch up the colors frequently, or tie many colors loosely around (even finishing your bracelet with a handmade tassel!) Plus you can hand-sew on some crystals, or even thread on some beads as you wrap for a totally different look.

diymexicanbracelets_done2 Make it your own, make it colorful, and make it fun!

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These kits make it very easy to create your own DIY projects since they come pre-stocked with everything you need. Totally on-trend and fun, TRENDiY Art kits are a great gift or engaging activity for any avid DIY’er in your life.

Currently only available in the UK, you can get your hands on 3 of these exclusive kits by entering the giveaway below!

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One lucky reader will win 3 TRENDiY Art Kits! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Good luck!

xo

Carly

FTC Disclosure: I was sent 4 DIY kits to review from TRENDiY Art. I have received no other compensation for this post. The above opinions are my own. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.

DIY Anthropologie Colorful Summer Tassel Necklace

0.diyanthrotasselnecklace_introphotoTassels, tassels, everywhere! I officially declare 2014 the Year of the Tassel. They’ve been having a HUGE moment again, and I love their undone, boho-chic feel. Casual and cool at the same time. It’s very easy to make your own tassels – or even better yet, make your own fun colorblocked tassel NECKLACE (just like this $128 Anthro Fanned Botanique Necklace [no longer available]). Here’s how:

You Need:

diyanthrotasselnecklace_materialsembroidery thread in 4 colors (I chose cobalt blue, navy blue, goldenrod, and metallic gold)  /  3/8″ diameter natural rope, 1 yard long  /  1 1/4″ goldtone D-ring  /  scissors  /  tape  /  glue  /  toothpick (optional)

How To: diyanthrotasselnecklace_step1 1. Start wrapping the embroidery thread around the bottom of the D-ring, using 2 fingers to create the right length. Wrap around many times until you get a thick bundle.

2. Slide your fingers out from the bundle.

3. Snip a short piece of thread and tie around the bundle, close to the D-ring.

diyanthrotasselnecklace_step24. Wrap both ends of the thread multiple times around where you tied, and tie the ends together with a double knot. Leave the ends loose for now.

5. Use scissors to trim the bottom of the tassel flat.

diyanthrotasselnecklace_step36. Fluff out the threads in the bottom of the tassel.

7. Repeat Steps 1-6 for 2 more tassels in your first color. Repeat for 3 tassels in your second color. Repeat for 3 tassels in your third color. For the third tassel in that color, I made it using half metallic threads (since the metallic thread frays easily but isn’t as “fluffy” as the regular embroidery thread).

8. Use a dab of glue on each double knot you made in Step 4.

diyanthrotasselnecklace_step49. Snip off the ends of the threads close to those knots once dry.

10. Place the D-ring with the tassels in the center of your rope piece.

11. Use the metallic thread to wrap around each side of the straight part of the D-ring, many times, to secure the ring to the rope.

diyanthrotasselnecklace_step512. Finish each wrap by double-knotting the thread at the back. Dab with glue, and snip off the ends.

13. Try on the necklace and decide how long you want it. Use a piece of tape wrapped around the rope pieces to secure it to the length you like.

14. Cut off the excess rope.

15. Use a contrasting thread color to wrap around the rope ends and completely conceal them. End using a double knot, dab on glue, and cut the threads.

diyanthrotasselnecklace_done5You’re done! A bright, bold accessory for breezy tops and easy dresses this season is only a couple wraps and snips away. You can you any combination of fun colors, and totally switch up the look of the piece by adding pompons, charms, or other accoutrements to make it all your own!
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How will YOU wear your Colorful Tassel Necklace?

diyanthrotasselnecklace_done4Happy DIY’ing!

xo
Carly

DIY Summer Ice Cream Necklace with Polyform Souffle Clay

0.diyicecreamnecklace_introphotoWhat says Summer better than Ice Cream? I LOVE incorporating kawaii clay foods into things I make (hence, my Deko Sweets series), and I was excited to work with Souffle Clay to fashion my newest yummy-looking creation! What could be cuter? Here’s how to make your own with this special new lightweight clay:

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DIY Gossip Girl-Inspired Crochet Beaded Necklace and How to Make Perfect Loops in Headpins for Jewelry-Making

done2*This is a project I shared in Snippets Magazine: The New York Issue on Cut Out + Keep in 2010, and am re-posting here on my blog.

inspiration1inspiration2Serena sported this beautiful vintage-style necklace in an early episode of the addictive Gossip Girl TV series. Its charm was its modern take on the beautiful art of crochet – and the delicate balance between darkness and fragility. Plus, with some appliques from the sewing store it’s a cinch to make. Here’s how:
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DIY Gem Pendant Necklace for Wander & Hunt

CHICSTEALSFORWANDERANDHUNT3Hello lovely readers! Today I’d like to share the DIY tutorial for the Gem Pendant Necklace I designed for Wander & Hunt. It was inspired by an over-the-top, bejeweled and utterly gorgeous Dannijo pendant – and so I couldn’t help myself but re-create all that glittery goodness. 12.21.13outfit_cu2wander-and-hunt-projects-50Here’s how:

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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!

xo

Carly

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