Archive of ‘My DIYs’ category

DIY Washi Tape Blog Planner

Intro photo for the DIY Washi Tape Blog PlannerI’m a scheduler, and I love my To-Do lists more than anything. But…life is COMPLEX, and I can’t wander around with a million bits of paper with to do lists written on each. In managing this blog I need to be able to see at a glance all the days in the week – and the month – so I can plan out what I want to (ideally) post here. I’ve tried a digital calendar, which I’ve found doesn’t work for me because I like to jot ideas down on the side, rotate ideas for posts in and out of the hopper, or brainstorm away from the computer. I’ve tried a date book, which is too small for me to see the whole month at the size I need. And no matter what offline solution I’ve tried, I was constantly erasing things and having to rewrite posts on new days if I made the smallest change. Sooooo frustrating!DIY Washi Tape Blog Planner

But now I think I’ve found the best solution to my blog planning problems: a DIY Blog Calendar, that uses washi tape as a way to organize posts once you’ve brainstormed them. No erasing necessary! And it’s super easy to put together. Here’s how to make your own DIY Washi Tape Blog Planner (which is yes, quite intuitive from the photos):

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1. Print out your favorite calendar for the month. I turn off all my scheduled events and print a month’s view of iCal just so I can get the structure. I prefer to have a piece of paper for each month as I go, rather than using a laminated sheet and a dry erase marker, but you could do that too.

2. Tear small pieces of washi tape off, folding one edge under about 3/6″. This creates a tab for easy removal. I like to create a theme for my tape colors: one color is for DIY projects or my own designs; the other is for sponsored posts, reviews, or outfits.

3. Now comes the fun part: brainstorm! Write ideas for your posts, sponsored posts, reviews, whatever on each piece of tape. (I found that ballpoint pen or Sharpie worked best on the waxy washi tape.)

4. Then, once brainstormed, schedule into your calendar by sticking into the appropriate days. Some ideas won’t have a place just yet, so I left them floating at the top, ready to rotate into next month if needs be.

5. Follow the calendar for your posting schedule. At the beginning of each week stick your posts into the day you actually posted them (in case you missed any or the schedule moved around). Then you’ll always be up to date – and won’t miss any posts!

I like that this is a permanent way to collect your thoughts and keep your blog schedule on hand, but you can still move ideas around as you go. You could use this for anything; it doesn’t have to be a blog calendar! It could be just general life or a to-do list, and the washi tape makes it look so pretty!

Close up of days on DIY Washi Tape Blog PlannerHappy DIY’ing!
xo

Carly

DIY Pearl and Chain Spike Choker (and How to Finish a Necklace with Crimp Beads)

0.diy-pearl-and-chain-choker-introphoto Sometimes you’re feeling a little ladylike…and a little edgy at the same time. This pearl and chain choker pairs so well with both demure outfits and darker streetwear easily. All you need is aluminum chain, glass beads, jumprings, and a closure. diy-pearl-and-chain-choker-done1And of course some hematite spike beads for that necessary wild child. Here’s how to make your own with some affordable supplies from PandaHall: (and a brush up on How to Use Crimp Beads, below)

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aluminum twisted curb chain (5 mm wide)  //  silver color aluminum twisted curb chain (5 mm wide)  //  6mm white glass imitation pearl beads  //  non-magnetic hematite rectangle beads  /  matching jumprings (6 medium, can all be the same size)  //  2 crimp beads  //  2 (two) 3-strand necklace ends  //  Beadalon nylon stringing cord  //  chain cutting pliers  //  crimp pliers  //  jump ring tool (or another set of pliers)

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1. Attach one end of the chain to one of the necklace ends with a jumpring.

2. Hold the flat curb chain against your neck and decide how long you want it (mine was 14″). Use the chain cutting pliers to cut it at that point.

3. Attach that end to the other necklace end, being careful to keep the chain flat.

4. Attach the next oval link chain in the same way, making a little longer than the first so it will drape lower and lay flat.

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5. Crimp beads are an easy, clean way to finish a cord necklace, and they look really great. Thread one crimp bead onto the end of your Beadalon cord, leaving about 1″.

6. Thread a jumpring onto the end.

7. Curve the cord around the jumpring and back into the crimp bead. Make sure the loop around the jump ring is small.

8. Use crimping pliers to first smash the crimp bead flat (in the grooves closest to the plier center), then bend the flattened ends towards each other (in the hole closest to the plier tips). You’ll make the crimp bead into a flattened hot dog shape.

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9. Attach the jumpring onto the final loop of the necklace clasp, below the chains.

10. Estimate how long you need and cut the wire a little longer than the length of the longest chain.

11. Start threadiing pearls onto the wire. Use the first pearl/s to hide the end of the wire.

12. When you are close to where the center of the wire would be, start adding hematite spike beads.diy-pearl-and-chain-choker-step5

13. Add a spike bead, a pearl, and another spike bead in a graduated manner.

14. Continue adding pearls once the center spikes are finished. Once your strand of pearls is as long as you want it (slightly longer than the bottom chain so it hangs below it), add a crimp bead.

15. Be careful to hold the crimp bead close to the last pearl, and finish the end of the wire as before. Tuck the long end into the last pearl bead/s.

16. Use a jumpring to attach to the remaining open loop in the necklace closure.

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And that’s it! diy-pearl-and-chain-choker-done3

It’s a little fiddly and something you’ll want to do while watching your fave TV show to pass the time…but once done this 3-strand sophisticated choker has maximum impact.

You can make your own just by checking out PandaHall.com for the best beading supplies!diy-pearl-and-chain-choker-done2

Happy DIY’ing!

xo

Carly

FTC Disclosure: Pandall.com provided me with the craft supplies featured in this post for me to make a fun DIY with. I have received no other compensation. The opinions above are my own. For my full Disclosure Policy, click here.

33 DIY’s for Mother’s Day from Darby Smart

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My DIY Agate Keepsake Box was just featured in Darby Smart’s roundup of 33 DIY Ideas for Mother’s Day. If you’re looking for some DIY inspo, Darby Smart is definitely the place!

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And, my DIY Agate Keepsake Box kits are still available for purchase.

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It’s a super-fun project that makes a gorgeous trinket box for Mom or another special lady in your life! Shop this kit here.

But you don’t necessarily need a kit to get crafty at the last minute! For Mom, whip up something creative and unique by Sunday:

Check out the 33 DIY Ideas for Mother’s Day here

xo
Carly

DIY Illusion Jeweled Rhinestone Chandelier Earrings

0.diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-introphotoHi friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a DIY here, for many reasons.

Life took over for awhile.

But I’m back – with a fun and easy DIY for you all to try out!
Big, bejeweled pendant chandelier earrings have been on-trend for awhile now…but unless you’re planning on whipping out that soldering torch and applying to your rhinestones…they’re a little hard to make. diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-done7Enter translucent vinyl PVC as a backing – plus some strong glue – and you don’t ever need to pick up that pesky torch. Here’s how to make your own designer-style illusion jeweled chandelier-style dangle earrings:

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PandaHall Acrylic Beads (I used the Mixed Color Transparent Acrylic Faceted Drop Pendants in light pink  /  PandaHall Mixed Acrylic Rhinestone Montee Beads in light pink, hot pink, and champagne  /  earring pads with backs  /  large jumprings (I actually used 2 per earring so 4 total)  /  transparent PVC vinyl  /  pliers and jumpring tool  /  glue for plastics and metals (I recommend Loctite but had run out when I made this project!)  /  awl or needle  /  scissors (smaller scissors are better I found, like nail scissors)

How To:   diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-done21. Lay out the beads on a flat surface to determine placement of the rhinestones.

diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-step12. Use a generous dab of glue on the back of each rhinestone to glue it onto the transparent PVC vinyl. Space your rhinestones apart to allow for cutting them into separate pieces if you desire.

3. Once dry, use scissors to cut around the rhinestones. (I chose to cut around some clusters of rhinestones separately so I could join them with jumprings for more dangle.) Make sure to round your corners.

diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-step24. Glue the earring pad onto the back of the earrings, and allow to dry.

5. Use an awl to pierce the vinyl for each separate rhinestone cluster that you want to connect, and at the middle of the bottommost rhinestone cluster, near the edge.

6. Connect a Drop Pendant to the bottom of the earring with a large jumpring.

7. Connect all the pieces with jumprings to complete your earrings.
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And that’s it! They’re surprisingly stable and will withstand some wear (though I wouldn’t recommend running obstacle courses in them).diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-done3

I also made some alternate-colored ones in the trendy asymmetrical earring style.diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-done4diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-done5

I love how they look disconnected – almost floating – above your shoulders – utterly utterly chic with a backswept ‘do and a pretty necklace for Spring.

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xo

Carly

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.

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Surprisingly simple to make – with a huge impact – these studs sparkle with a chic, ladylike quality.
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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.

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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.

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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?

xo

Carly

DIY Quilted Vinyl Midi Skirt

0.diy-quilted-vinyl-skirt_introphotoSo it’s still Winter and I wanted a (p)leather skirt – midi length, so demure, yet made of a material that’s a little reminiscent of biker gangs. That’s just how I roll.

Midi-length leather and pleather skirts have been a Winter staple for awhile – and I love that the quilting pushes it into Chanel-esque territory without being anywhere near that price-point. Plus quilting can hide fabric (or pleather) that is actually quite cheap and force it to look more expensive. And no hemming required! Here’s how:

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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:

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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

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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

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!

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DIY Metallic Clutch

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

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DIY Spike Beaded Woven Choker Necklace

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

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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!)

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DIY Vintage Iron-On Decal Leather Keyring Charms

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

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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.

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DIY A-Morir Embellished Sunglasses

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

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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.

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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.

xo

Carly

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