July 30, 2014

DIY: Elongated Spike Drop Earrings

I love stalking stores online for bead findings for jewelry making. I rarely check measurements, so most of the time I end up with findings that are too big or too small for my intended project. A few months ago I was looking for elongated beads in a teardrop shape and found some - but since I did not check the measurements yet again, I ended up with ones bigger than what I would like. They sat in my bead container for a while, until I made these elongated earrings. See how!


Supplies
  • Teardrop beads
  • Spike studs
  • Aviation snips
  • Rotary tool
  • Spray paint
  • Wire
  • Earring hooks
  • E6000 glue
  • Jewerly pliers




These were the beads in question. They weren't that bad - they had a finish that changed color and they weren't entirely black. They were big, though. 


If you have normal spike studs (without the neck that you see on the above photo) you will be able to skip a few steps and go directly to assembling your earrings. If not, take some aviation snips and cut the neck of your spikes like pictured above. 

Using a rotary tool, sand down the neck until it's completely flat with the spike as shown above. 


With a rotary tool, it only takes a few seconds to sand it down. Paint the white parts with a coat or two of gold spray paint to make it look finished.


Cut some wire, loop one end and slide your bead in. Cut the excess wire, loop it and flatten it against the bead bottom (like the bead on the right side of the photo above). 


Here's a better picture of how it should look like. Next, attach your spikes on the bottom of your beads using some E6000 glue. 


You may want to support them with tape while they dry to ensure they stay the way you want them to be. Attach your earring hooks after they dry and voila! Easy statement drop earrings.


No elongated beads? It's also easy to make these with some pearls - and I guarantee you they'll look just as great!


Are you still into spiked and studded jewelry? Let me know in the comments! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial - it was so fun assembling these. Have a great day everyone!

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July 28, 2014

DIY: Easy Personalized Notebook

I'm a sucker for cute/awesome/unique printed notebooks. I have a ton of them and yet I buy more every now and then. I recently got a pack of blank kraft notebooks from my beloved Muji store and I wanted to spruce them up a little bit - so I figured I'd add some words to them. Want to see how I made this? Read on!


Supplies:


Layout your letters to spell whatever word, phrase or quote you want. I find it best to stick them first on to a lined sheet of wax paper to ensure my letters are aligned and where I want them to be as opposed to sticking them directly on the notebook. Alternatively, you can cut it using a die-cut machine.  


Transfer your letters with transfer paper onto your notebook. Use a thin, flat object to press your stickers well onto the notebook to ensure no seepage under the letters will occur later on when painting.  


Peel your transfer tape, making sure all the letters are complete and adhered well. It's actually pretty like this, but it's not the look I'm going for. 


Next, take some painter's tape and paper and mask the areas you don't want painted. It also helps to draw guidelines on where to put the tape. 


To get the look I'm going for, I spray-painted it with some cheap matte black spray paint (the less-than-a-dollar ones from Home Depot and Walmart). Wait for it to dry - it does dry relatively quickly (about 5 minutes) but I left it to dry for about 30 minutes.


Peel off the stickers with the help of an x-acto knife. Be careful not to gouge the notebook cover! :)


And you are done! You can totally make this project easier/harder by adding images, better word art, etc. I'm planning to make another one with my favorite quote these days - I'll share that when I have the chance!


What I love the most about this is it looks professional and clean - the texture and look of it is much like a store-bought black/kraft notebook. I'm so excited!


What would you guys put on a personalized notebook? Sound off in the comments - I haven't heard from you in a while! Have a great week guys. :)

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July 24, 2014

Stenciled Pineapple Shirt at Craftaholics Anonymous

You may have noticed an abundance of fruit prints lately - specially watermelons and pineapples. I totally love my watermelon pouch and plan on making more watermelon printed items, but today I'm sharing how easy it is to make your own pineapple-printed tee over at Craftaholics Anonymous. 


I love how it turned out and I'm so planning on making this in another color (but not on a tee, maybe a grocery tote?)


To learn how to make your own and download the template I used, click on any of the photos above or this handy link below:

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July 22, 2014

DIY: Formal Pearl Hairpins

Sometimes we need something more formal than flirty for special occasions. I have a ton of hairpins and yet there isn't really one that is formal-looking. You too? Well, here's an easy way to fix that - I whipped up some really easy pearl hairpins. Wanna see? 


So easy to make this. Here's how:

Supplies
  • Pearl dimensional stickers
  • Felt
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Bobby pins


This is the pack of dimensional stickers I used - I got them on sale at a discount store, and I'm planning to get more. 


Anyway, take 3-5 pieces out and arrange them in a cluster (as shown above). I used three per hairpin but you can use up to how many you like. Tweak until you're good with the placement and then take a photo. 


Cut off felt in a triangular shape as seen above, or:


Cut it off in a square shape. Glue down your pearls and trim the black part as needed. I found that it's cleaner when you start off with a triangular shape than a square shape for the felt backing, but it may just be my placement of the pearls. 


And finally you are done! I love that these are subtle enough to go with a lot of things - not only formal wear but casual as well. 


What have you been wanting/needing lately? Let me know in the comments. Also, if you have DIY suggestions I'd love to hear them - have a great week!

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