DIY Fridays: Sequin “On Vacation” Sun Hat

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I have had this white basic sun hat from H&M for many years now and I have never worn it partially because it’s a bit too basic. I decided it was time to do something different with it. I remembered that I had this sequin trim and I have seen a lot of different sun hats with text (mainly by looking around at Polyvore.) I wasn’t sure about what text I wanted but I finally decided to write “On vacation” like the one in the picture below. I was considering to write “Beach please” or “Life’s a beach” but I thought “On vacation” was more versatile.

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  • The first thing I did was to use a pen to write the text I wanted on the brim of the hat.
  • Next I took the end of the sequin trim, removed a few sequins and then pulled it through where I wanted the trim to start using a needle. Then I tied it to the underside of the brim.
  • Then I started to pin the trim following the text I wrote.
  • Once I finished I began to sew the trim on. To avoid overlapping the trim in too many places I cut the trim at some places, tied it to the underside and then I continued with another piece.

That was it, super easy and if you want you can simply use a thicker thread instead of a sequin trim or use some kind of a marker to write with. You can also add other decorations like pom poms, flowers or ribbons; the sky is the limit. Have fun creating!

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Have a lovely day!

-Frida

 

 

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DIY Fridays: Monochromatic Painted Earrings

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Today I’m going to showing you how to make these white monochromatic earrings step by step. You can paint your earrings any color you like using either acrylic paint like I ended up doing or nail polish which gives a more glossy finish.

I started to paint with this white nail polish in the picture but I didn’t like the way it looked so I used white acrylic paint, which I painted on with my fingers to avoid too much texture. The pieces I used for my earrings came from old cheap jewelry from Asos, H&M and Forever 21.

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I started by adding the eye pins to the stud pieces (if you want you can use wire) and what’s so great is that you can use pieces that are tarnished because those will be covered up anyway.

I also added eye pins to the bottom of the stud pieces which I forgot at first and then I connected all the pieces using (tarnished) jump rings.

Then I moved on to painting and I did need a couple of layers to cover everything, I used a clear nail polish to seal the paint and I also painted roughly at the back.

That was it! So much fun to make and they look so cool. If you already have a pair of earrings you can paint those instead but because I have a lot of pieces from old jewelry I decided to reuse them.

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I hope you liked this DIY, don’t forget to follow! Have a lovely day!

-Frida

DIY: Versatile Faux Fur Bag

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After a lot of thinking I decided to finish making the bag I mentioned yesterday for today’s post. I got this idea from a runway picture on my phone where a small fur bag was attached to the model’s waist belt. I have been considering making a trendy version of “the fanny pack” (please tell me there is another name for it, it’s horrible) for a very long time and I finally got around to it.

To see the rather long process of making this bag (I worked on it for two days; not all the time though.) keep reading. If you like this post don’t forget to follow, comment, like and share!

I used the things in the picture below along with:

  • Pins
  • Fabric marker
  • Glue
  • Sewing machine

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  • The first thing I did was to cut the lining and the faux fur and I cut them about 28×55 cm, you can make the lining slightly smaller.
  • Next I folded the faux fur like in the picture, I pinned it and then sewed along the sides.
  • I also folded the edges on the “the lid” of the bag, pinned them in place and then sewed along the edges.
  • Next I took my elastic bands and cut them in the same length and then sewed along the edges to keep them from fraying.
  • Then I pinned them at the back of the bag and sewed them in place (It’s better if you do as one of the first steps but I didn’t think this whole process through completely.) The reason why I add these is to be able to attach the bag to a belt.
  • Next I used an extra piece of faux fur and traced around the button that I plan to add to the bag later.
  • I cut out the circle and cut off the excess fur.
  • Then I glued the piece on to the button and set it aside to dry.
  • Then I moved on to the lining and I start by folding the edges making sure to keep right width and length to fit neatly on the inside of the bag. Then I sewed close to the edges all around.
  • Next I folded the lining like I did before with the faux fur keeping the “pretty” side facing inward.
  • Once the lining was finished I pinned it in place inside the bag.
  • And then I sewed along the edges.
  • Finally I sewed the button in place as well as a loop to close the bag with. I also added two loops on either side of the bag to attach bag straps and/or keychains.

I am really happy with the results and I can’t wait to use it! If you would like to see how I made the key chains check out the post from yesterday.

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Have a lovely day!

-Frida

DIY: Feather & Tassel Key-chains

I am currently working on a lot of DIY’s at the same time and among them is a bag. I don’t know when I will finish but because I wanted some key-chains to add to the bag (or any bag) I decided to make a separate post about how I made them.

I hope you like this post and if you do don’t forget to follow, comment, like and share.

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I’m gonna start with the tassel key chain and for that you’ll need the things in the picture and scissors which I forgot to add.

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I started by cutting the fake leather in a somewhat rectangle shape and then I began to cut fringes and if you want you can measure and be more thorough than me (which is pretty easy to be.)

Then I tied my leather ribbon in to a loop and added it with some glue on the inside of the fake leather.

Then I began to roll the fake leather adding glue as I went.

I used some mini clothing pins to keep it together while the glued dried. While I waited for the glue to dry I took some more leather ribbon, measured and cut a piece that would fit around the base of the tassel and then I sewed the ends together.

Finally I glued the leather loop to the base and added the jump ring and the key chain clasp.

To create the feather key chain I used the things in the picture below as well as scissors and pins.

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The first thing I did was to paint the the styrofoam ball black in case the feather trim doesn’t cover it completely. Then I added my eye pin through the center of the ball

and then I bent it at the end to keep it from sliding out. Then I started to glue the feather trim to the ball taking a few pieces at a time. At first I used small clothing pins to keep it in place but then I used pins which worked so much better.

Finally when the glue had dried I removed the pins and attached the jump ring and key chain clasp to the loop of the eye pin. I also cut some of the feather trim away to create a more rounded shape.

Here are the results:

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Have a lovely day!

-Frida

DIY: Spiral Wire Earrings

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Hi! Hope you’re having a wonderful day! I know I wrote yesterday that I would post pictures of the outfit I wore last night but things didn’t go as I planned, but on the other hand I ended up creating these beautiful earrings last night.

A while back I made a post about my love for wire wrapping and I thought I’d show you how to make these simple earrings using a basic technique within wire wrapping; coiling wire. Basically it means you wrap (usually) a thin wire around a thicker wire.

This technique is very easy but it can be time consuming. Here is a closeup of what it looks like:

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To create these earrings you will need:

  • Thick and thin wire
  • Ear hooks
  • A set of pliers
  • Something to shape your wire around, I used makeup brushes.

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The first thing I did was to cut a piece of thick silver wire about 25 cm long and the gold thick wire about 45 cm long.

Then I made loops at the ends of the wire, I only did on one end at first but since I ended up making loops on both ends you might as well do it right away. One loop will be attached to the ear hook later and the other is to keep the end of the wire from snagging on your clothes or hair.

Then I started with the silver earring by coiling thin wire around the thick piece of wire and you’ll need a lot of thin wire (at least 2,5 meters) but I took about 130 cm at a time. As long as you make sure the ends doesn’t poke out it doesn’t matter if you have one long wire or a few shorter ones.

Once the coiling was done on the silver wire I shaped it around my makeup brushes and then attached the ear hook.

For the gold earring I only coiled about halfway (partially because I was lazy I’ll admit) to do something different.

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I then shaped the wire like I did on the silver earring and then I attached the ear hook, but on this one I added it to the other end of the spiral.

That was it and if you want other shapes you can look around your house and see what you could use to shape the wire around. The sky is the limit!

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If you liked this DIY don’t forget to comment, like and share!

Have a lovely day!

-Frida


 

 

Easy DIY: Flower Choker

 

 

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Let’s face it; chokers aren’t going away anytime soon and there are so many different options. To keep it interesting I like to think of new types of chokers, or get inspired by others and make my own. One way to change things up a bit is to make a choker like I am showing you today. You can use any color and pieces to make it your own.

This is a super easy but gorgeous choker that anyone can make, YES anyone. If you want to see how to make a choker like this keep reading.

You’re going to need:

  • A fabric choker (If you don’t have one I’ll show you how to make one here.)
  • A fabric flower, a pom pom or something else you would like to add (temporarily.) If you would like to use a brooch instead then you probably won’t need the next item.
  • A safety pin.

Start by adding the safety pin to the back of your flower (or whatever you’re adding to the choker) and leave some room on the safety pin. Then attach the safety pin to the choker where you want it to be. If you need to you can add more safety pins.



That’s it! And you can easily remove the flower whenever you want to add something else or if you want to wear the choker as it is.


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Have a lovely day!

-Frida


Easy DIY: Lace Up Shoes

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Something we’ve seen a lot the past months are the beautiful Miu Miu shoes with buckles or lace up details. They come in different varieties such as mules, flats, flatform espadrilles, pumps and sandals, some of them come with detachable ribbons (like these were you are able to wear gingham on one foot and black on the other for a cool asymmetrical look.) I love these beauties and if I had the money I would already own a pair because the’re so versatile.

If you like me really love these shoes but you don’t want to spend so much money you can try out this trick. What you’ll need for this is:

  • A pair of shoes, it can be any kind.
  • Ribbon in desired color or print

As you can see I decided to wrap my ribbons around the shoe but this won’t work on flats unless you don’t mind stepping on the ribbons. The other option looks more like the Miu Miu version but if you use to thick ribbons it might be to uncomfortable to wear in the shoes. I’ll show you below how I tied my ribbons:

If you have a pair of shoes that are a bit big on you this is an awesome way to keep the shoes on your feet while adding something extra to your shoes.

To do the other option you just wrap the ribbon around your feet instead and then put on your shoes. But obviously this won’t help with shoes that are too big (but maybe too wide.)

The ribbons I used came from an old pair of wedges from H&M but if you go to a craft store you could get any type of ribbon in your desired width and length (assuming that that particular store offers a wide range of ribbons.) If you don’t have a store like this nearby you can always find any type of ribbon online. But who knows maybe you have some old ribbons lying around somewhere.. I sure did..

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Have a lovely day!

-Frida