Friday, March 30, 2012

DIY Moccasin Covers

A few weeks ago, I spilled food on one of my favorite moccasins (go figure). It was truly tragic. I had seen a few bloggers paint the tops of their moccasins, to add color and embellishment. I thought this would solve the problem, but I couldn't decide on a color. Then I thought it would be cool to make some little felt colors that I could change out to go with different outfits. Here's what I came up with:

What you need:

  • felt
  • scissors
  • sticky-back velcro
  • moccasins
  • highlighter or pencil

Start by putting your felt over the top of your moccasin and tracing over the top section lightly with a pencil or highlighter. Cut out the section and clean up the edges. Then use it as a template for the rest of your felt pieces. You'll also need to cut holes in the felt where the laces go through. Add some velcro to the top of your moccasins and the bottom of your felt pieces. Then you can add different felt embellishments like stripes, polka dots, and chevron.

I made these, which I think look kind of like Easter eggs. They're a little, um, different, so I thought I'd try them out with an outfit to see how well they fit in.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Modcloth
Shirt: thrifted
Belt: (from another dress) F21
Earrings: gift
Bracelets: Jewel Mint
Moccasins: Minnetonka/DIY

**I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy for WIWW

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Craft Night

My girlfriends and I had our monthly book club/craft night last weekend. My friend Whitney hosted and we made this really cool pinpoint stationary.

She printed out some little card sayings in cool fonts (as well as a Mockingjay because we're all a little Hunger Games-obsessed right now). They were printed backwards so that they would show up readable on the other side of the cardstock. All you have to do is tape the white paper in place over your cardstock, and use a pushpin to poke holes along the edges of each letter. We put cardboard underneath the paper during this process so we wouldn't poke holes in the tablecloth.

As usual, we had lots of great snacks and wine. We discussed The Help this month, which I enjoyed more than I thought I would. Have any of you read it? I'd love to hear what you thought!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

DIY Cardigan Clips

If you're like me, and you wear cardigans almost every day, then I'm sure sometimes you can get a little bored with them. The good news is that there are so many ways to add little details to make your sweaters a little less boring. This one is particularly easy - all you need is a pearl or beaded bracelet and a pair of clip on earrings.

All you need to do is cut the fasteners off of your bracelet and tie the ends around the earring clips. My bracelet was slightly too big for me, so it might be better to use a necklace and just leave some of the beads off so you have room to tie. Then use the clips to fasten it to each side of your cardigan. That's it!

I got these earrings from my grandma, and I've always loved them, but I find clip-on earrings to be really uncomfortable and annoying. So I'm glad I've finally found a way to incorporate them into outfits.

Outfit Details: 
Dress: F21
Tights and cardigan: Target
Shoes: Payless
Belt: Thrifted
Cardigan clips: DIY

**I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy for WIWW

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Seneca Crane's Beard

Many of you have probably seen the Hunger Games movie by now. I'm sure you all had your favorite characters - Rue was adorable, Effie had some great lines, and Katniss was everything you expected her to be. But the real star of the show, in my humble opinion, was the beard of the head game maker, Seneca Crane. If you don't know what I'm talking about, see it here in all its beardy glory.

I made one of my own, of course, though I can't really call this project a DIY because I'm not exactly sure how to explain it so that you can make one yourself. I'll give it a shot though.

This is obviously my best look.

I cut one sheet of felt into a sort of half-egg shape, using my own chin area as a guide. I looked up a picture of Seneca Crane to see where the features were, and I held it up to my face several times to make sure everything was proportionate while I made the cuts. The good news is that it's completely symmetrical, so I only had to do this complicated process for one side, and then I just folded it in half and made the same cuts on the second side. I cut two small holes on the ends of the beard and crochet a little strand to go around the back of the head. I had to clean it up a little once I saw it on, but it's mostly just trial and error for this type of project. That probably sounded super complicated, but in reality the whole thing only took me about five minutes.

My friend Jared wore it to the movies. He pretty much stole the show.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Handmade Bow and Arrows

As promised, I'm back with another Hunger Games DIY project. My friend Jordan is super creative and really into costume-making. For the Hunger Games, she went as Glimmer, the female tribute from District 1 who is often seen around the arena with the bow and set of arrows that Katniss really wants. But instead of going out and buying a toy bow and arrow set, Jordan gathered some cardboard, popsicle sticks, wire, tape, and feathers and made her own. I was seriously amazed.

The arrows were made out of popsicle sticks and then cardboard for the triangle tips. She used a couple of wrapping paper rolls for the arrow holder. And she used a paper towel roll and wire hangers to fashion the bow. She then covered them all with masking tape to keep the pieces in place, then shiny duct tape. She added feathers to the tail ends of each arrow, secured the arrow holder around her shoulder with some braided yarn, and made the bow string out of some ribbon. It looked so good at the premiere!

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Becoming Effie Trinket

It's no secret that I love making costumes. When I first read the Hunger Games and heard it was going to be a movie, I knew that I had to make an Effie Trinket costume for the midnight showing. Her style is so weird and unique. The costume lent itself to lots of handmade details that I had so much fun with. Here are a couple quick DIY projects that led to the finished costume:

Effie's Large Flower Headband

For this project, all I needed was some purple felt, a small fake flower, and a string of pink yarn. I cut out some felt petals (the largest took up just over a half sheet of felt, and then got smaller from there). I cut small slits on the inside of the petals and hot glued them around in a circle, with the smaller petals going over the larger ones as shown. Then I finished it off by gluing a small fake flower to the middle, and then cut small holes in the back to loop through one strand of pink yarn. I tied it around my pink wig and was all set!

Effie's Flower Collar

For this one, I used a half a sheet of black felt , velcro, and fake pink and purple flowers. I glued the fake flowers to one half of the felt, using mostly purple ones and just a few pink ones. Then I attached the velcro strips to the back of the collar. Voila!

For the rest of the costume, I bought a Marie Antoinette wig online, wore a purple collared shirt and pencil skirt, and I cut the sleeves off a long-sleeved purple shirt and stuffed it with other shirts to make the large shoulders. I covered my face in light powder and concealer and used pink eyeliner. I found a clear fishbowl at a thrift store and wrote "Primrose Everdeen" and "Peeta Mellark" on all the slips of paper inside.

It was such a fun costume! There were a bunch of other awesome costumes that my friends made so I'll share a few of them later today. Happy Hunger Games!

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Happy Hunger Games!

Okay, so I had some grand plans for this week - lots of Hunger Games posts, DIY's, etc. But my internet wasn't working, among other problems. So I just wanted to share a quick peek at my friends' Hunger Games costumes, and let you know that I'll be back next week with a few costume-related tutorials that I think are really fun.

Yes, we're all in our 20's and we still do stuff like this. I do not care.


Alsooooo... The winner of the Reware Vintage Giveaway from last week is Vicki S. Keep an eye on your inbox!

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Monday, March 19, 2012

DIY Mockingjay Necklace

I've been trying for months to come up with some way to fashion a handmade Mockingjay pin/pendant. I know there are so many available for sale, but I just wanted one that I made (that didn't look like complete garbage, either). This attempt was, admittedly, not the most creative idea ever, but it did the trick and I think all the charms I used can easily be found at most craft stores.

All you need is a circle pendant, a bird charm, and an arrow charm. I krazy glued these guys together (and my thumb to the krazy glue, in the process - I always do something like that, ugh) arrow over bird over circle. Then added a black rope necklace and voila! This would be cute to wear to the midnight showing or any time you want to show off your book-loving side. I think I'll just be wearing this every day for the next month.

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