DIY Anthropologie Lula inspired necklace

So the other day I was at Anthropologie and they had the cutest necklaces!! Unfortunately, some were out of my budget and I thought to myself, " hey, I can make that!" So I did! And boy, has it been a hit. It was super easy to make and it's really cute if you make a few and layer them together. PS, I had already made two necklaces and was half way through my third one when I decided I should make a tutorial so sorry if some "step" pictures are missing!

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Inspiration- Anthropologies Lula necklace (shown above)

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Materials:

  • "Friendship bracelet" string (I got mine at Michaels for $.37 each!)
  • Rope/cord
  • Necklace clasp
  • Strung together rhinestones (I'm sorry, I don't know what they are called but I actually bought a cheap bracelet from Forever 21 and took it apart to use the rhinestones!)
  • Strong glue- E6000 (I use this for everything)
  • Pen & scissors
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 ***mommys little helper***

***mommys little helper***

 When I was at Michaels picking out my string colors I knew I wanted bright neons for summer!     First I gathered my colors that I wanted to use for my first necklace. I cut them probably about 2 feet long to ensure there was enough to make my patterns. Then tie them all together.

When I was at Michaels picking out my string colors I knew I wanted bright neons for summer!

 

First I gathered my colors that I wanted to use for my first necklace. I cut them probably about 2 feet long to ensure there was enough to make my patterns. Then tie them all together.

 Next, I got my cord and decided how long I wanted to make my necklace. From there I folded it in half and made marks from where I wanted my string wrapping to start and end. And from there I made two more marks that was the length of my string of rhinestones.     **Tip- If your making multiple necklaces make them all different lengths for a fun layering look!     Here's where I was too far in to take some extra pictures. But this is how I started.. After tying my strings together I put some of my E6000 glue on my first spot I marked on my cord. I set them all on top of the glue, chose my first color and started wrapping my first color section. I was gentle until I was sure the glue was dried, then I cut the little knot tail that was left over. From there it's really up to you. You choose your patterns and the order you want you colors in, Or if you want, maybe choose just one color!? That would be pretty too! 

Next, I got my cord and decided how long I wanted to make my necklace. From there I folded it in half and made marks from where I wanted my string wrapping to start and end. And from there I made two more marks that was the length of my string of rhinestones.

 

**Tip- If your making multiple necklaces make them all different lengths for a fun layering look!

 

Here's where I was too far in to take some extra pictures. But this is how I started.. After tying my strings together I put some of my E6000 glue on my first spot I marked on my cord. I set them all on top of the glue, chose my first color and started wrapping my first color section. I was gentle until I was sure the glue was dried, then I cut the little knot tail that was left over. From there it's really up to you. You choose your patterns and the order you want you colors in, Or if you want, maybe choose just one color!? That would be pretty too! 

 Here is a simple demonstration of a fun, more textured, pattern you can add. All I did was chose two colors I wanted to use. Take your first color and go over the others and make a loop through. Then alternate to your second color. I hope the picture helps more then I could describe it! Ha!

Here is a simple demonstration of a fun, more textured, pattern you can add. All I did was chose two colors I wanted to use. Take your first color and go over the others and make a loop through. Then alternate to your second color. I hope the picture helps more then I could describe it! Ha!

 For the rest, I just simply wrapped the string around the cord. Easy as that! I switched colors and made patterns to make it fun. I didn't stick to a uniform pattern but you could if you wanted to!

For the rest, I just simply wrapped the string around the cord. Easy as that! I switched colors and made patterns to make it fun. I didn't stick to a uniform pattern but you could if you wanted to!

 For the rhinestones..since they are already strung together (boy I wish I could find these at a craft store!) it's really easy to just wrap the string around and in between them to ensure they are tightly on.

For the rhinestones..since they are already strung together (boy I wish I could find these at a craft store!) it's really easy to just wrap the string around and in between them to ensure they are tightly on.

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 Once I got to my ending point I put a little dab of my E6000 glue on top of the cord and strings. I continued to wrap my ending color string on top of the glue to make sure it was secure and stuck. To finish off the string part, cut the tail and we can move on to finishing off the necklace!

Once I got to my ending point I put a little dab of my E6000 glue on top of the cord and strings. I continued to wrap my ending color string on top of the glue to make sure it was secure and stuck. To finish off the string part, cut the tail and we can move on to finishing off the necklace!

 Okay now this part can get a little messy and you might need a pen or little sharp scissors to help you. The closure clasps I got were actually off these suede "make your own necklace" things I found at Michaels. It was a better deal for me to buy those and just take them part (came in a set of 3) rather then buy them individually. I just used good scissors to cut off the end parts that I needed. Once I did that I used a Q-tip to put some glue on the end of the cord. This gets tricky because my cord started unraveling. I ended up taking a pair of sharp tiny scissors and pushing the cord into the opening of the closure so all the cord was eventually all shoved in there!

Okay now this part can get a little messy and you might need a pen or little sharp scissors to help you. The closure clasps I got were actually off these suede "make your own necklace" things I found at Michaels. It was a better deal for me to buy those and just take them part (came in a set of 3) rather then buy them individually. I just used good scissors to cut off the end parts that I needed. Once I did that I used a Q-tip to put some glue on the end of the cord. This gets tricky because my cord started unraveling. I ended up taking a pair of sharp tiny scissors and pushing the cord into the opening of the closure so all the cord was eventually all shoved in there!

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 And.. Ta da! Easy and fun to make too. I even made one on a car ride, ha!

And.. Ta da! Easy and fun to make too. I even made one on a car ride, ha!

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 I love layering mine together. They even make an awesome birthday gift (I know from experience (; )

I love layering mine together. They even make an awesome birthday gift (I know from experience (; )

DIY leather frocket

I got this button down shirt today from a thrift store...score! However, I didn't care for the top front pocket (frocket) because it had the logo inscription on it. Simple fix. Put some leather on it!

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Materials:

  • Shirt (mine was thrifted for $3!)
  • Leather scraps
  • Sewing machine
  • Some sort of super glue or hot glue
  • Seam ripper
  • Sharpie
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 First, I removed the pocket from the shirt with my seam ripper.

First, I removed the pocket from the shirt with my seam ripper.

 I had some fun colored leather left over from another project so I used that to make my new pocket!

I had some fun colored leather left over from another project so I used that to make my new pocket!

 I decided to just cover the old pocket with the new fabric so it would be a little sturdier.

I decided to just cover the old pocket with the new fabric so it would be a little sturdier.

 I took my old pocket and traced the shape onto my leather leaving about a centimeter from the edge so there was enough room for me to fold over the fabric to secure it.

I took my old pocket and traced the shape onto my leather leaving about a centimeter from the edge so there was enough room for me to fold over the fabric to secure it.

 Cut out the pattern you traced. **I recommend good fabric scissors especially if your going to use leather, it can be a little tough to cut through.

Cut out the pattern you traced. **I recommend good fabric scissors especially if your going to use leather, it can be a little tough to cut through.

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 I used E6000 glue (because it's  strong  and it's all I had in the house) but you could also use a glue gun (but make sure the glue isn't elevated or you'll have lumps). I glued around the edges and  folded it over to secured it to the old pocket.

I used E6000 glue (because it's strong and it's all I had in the house) but you could also use a glue gun (but make sure the glue isn't elevated or you'll have lumps). I glued around the edges and  folded it over to secured it to the old pocket.

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 Next, move to your sewing machine. I made a seam along the top to give it a little something extra!

Next, move to your sewing machine. I made a seam along the top to give it a little something extra!

 Then sew your pocket to the shirt where the old pocket was. I used a straight stitch around the entire thing and made it a 2.0 stitch.  **tip: If you use a smaller stitch it will puncture little holes through the leather and the thread will break. So I recommend using a 2.0 or larger stitch!  **tip: you can't use pins to pin your leather to the shirt because the leather is so thick. Also you'll be able to see see the holes you make from the pins if you do get them through.

Then sew your pocket to the shirt where the old pocket was. I used a straight stitch around the entire thing and made it a 2.0 stitch.

**tip: If you use a smaller stitch it will puncture little holes through the leather and the thread will break. So I recommend using a 2.0 or larger stitch!

**tip: you can't use pins to pin your leather to the shirt because the leather is so thick. Also you'll be able to see see the holes you make from the pins if you do get them through.

 Ta da!!!! Finished and super cute. An updated version of an old thrifted shirt.

Ta da!!!! Finished and super cute. An updated version of an old thrifted shirt.

 I think the colorful leather gives it a fun, unique look! Enjoy!!

I think the colorful leather gives it a fun, unique look! Enjoy!!

DIY Floral crown

Floral crowns...So I think it's no secret that I love halos and flower crowns! You can see my first post about making halos here. Morgan, a friend I work with made this one and it is so so beautiful!!!!! I wish I could have taken it home with me.  Anyways, scroll for instructions on how to make one yourself for fun weekends ahead or for festival season!  Here we go..

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Materials:

  • Flowers of your choice
  • Skinny floral wire
  • Wire cutters or clippers
  • Green floral tape
  • Scissors and ribbon (if you want to tie it in the back!)
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Start your flowers with a short stem. It doesn't have to be to long because then your halo will start getting bulky but you will need a slight stem so when you wire and tape it will have more support.

 You'll push the wire through the stem horizontally near the head of the flower.

You'll push the wire through the stem horizontally near the head of the flower.

 Next, bend the wire over, it doesn't need to be equal length.

Next, bend the wire over, it doesn't need to be equal length.

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Using your green floral tape, start wrapping the stem and wire with the tape. Tape them tight so it doesn't come undone. Start at the top and work down. You don't need to tape all the way down because you'll end up cutting half the wire end off anyways.

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 The flowers we used were ranunculus and cymbidium orchids in bright spring colors!

The flowers we used were ranunculus and cymbidium orchids in bright spring colors!

 We started by taking our floral wire and making it into a circle and shaping it to your head (mine was pretty small, I have a very small head!) Ha! Wrap your entire head piece with green floral tape.  It's easier to start at the end and work toward the other end by taping the flowers on the wire band as you go. It's hard to go back if you want to add something in so maybe it would be wise to have a plan of where you are going to place your flowers.

We started by taking our floral wire and making it into a circle and shaping it to your head (mine was pretty small, I have a very small head!) Ha! Wrap your entire head piece with green floral tape.

It's easier to start at the end and work toward the other end by taping the flowers on the wire band as you go. It's hard to go back if you want to add something in so maybe it would be wise to have a plan of where you are going to place your flowers.

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 You can use wire to secure anything that may have moved in the process.

You can use wire to secure anything that may have moved in the process.

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 To finish off we just bent in the wire ends (this can also help to tighten it) then finished it off with some pretty sheer ribbon to hide the wire!

To finish off we just bent in the wire ends (this can also help to tighten it) then finished it off with some pretty sheer ribbon to hide the wire!

 Done! It is so pretty!

Done! It is so pretty!

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 And then we had to I nstagram  it..duh! I hope you make some awesome floral crowns! If you do  share them with me on Instagram by tagging me @velveteenkat  !      Photographs by Myself and Morgan Williams

And then we had to Instagram it..duh! I hope you make some awesome floral crowns! If you do  share them with me on Instagram by tagging me @velveteenkat  !

 

Photographs by Myself and Morgan Williams

DIY Photography "light box" mini sudio

 (This picture was taken on my new "studio"!)

(This picture was taken on my new "studio"!)

Todays tutorial: A photography light box of sorts! Not exactly a box but a platform with a foreground and background for all your tutorial (or knick knack) shooting needs!  At my work we have a large "life size" one of these for shooting arrangement pictures to put on the website. Something that size however wont fit in my tiny apartment, so I made my own. In a petite size; a perfect size for shooting tutorial DIYs, product shoots even a great for a foodie photo shoot! I personally am a fan of the clean, simple, all white foreground and background but you could of course paint it whatever color suites your needs. On a side note, an easy way to change "looks" would be to use sheets of scrap booking paper from Michaels! I might have to do a separate post for the scrap booking paper foregrounds! (Do you know they make one that looks like wood floor. So cute.) So here we go!

Materials:

  • MDF wood (I got one of the larger sheets from Home Depot and had them cut it in half for me)
  • Screws (depending on how wide your wood is. I got the shortest screws I could find, BUT make sure they have a large head so they don't go all the way through your L bracket)
  • L brackets (If your wood pieces are as large as mine are, you will need a set of 3 or 4)
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Paint/ brush
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 Start by panting your wood pieces. I gave mine two even coats each. Make sure they are thoroughly dry before you start painting your next coat. Let them dry completely before the next steps. 

Start by panting your wood pieces. I gave mine two even coats each. Make sure they are thoroughly dry before you start painting your next coat. Let them dry completely before the next steps. 

 When your at Home Depot you'll want to make sure that the screw heads are large enough so they wont go through the holes on your L brackets. I learned that the hard way....(few trips back and forth to Home Depot later) Ha.

When your at Home Depot you'll want to make sure that the screw heads are large enough so they wont go through the holes on your L brackets. I learned that the hard way....(few trips back and forth to Home Depot later) Ha.

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 Once your boards are dry you will attach them together (you may need a partner for this part). Have someone hold them together (Or you can do what I did and use your knees and a chair.. I don't advise that. Ha!) and put the L bracket on the backside and screw them on.

Once your boards are dry you will attach them together (you may need a partner for this part). Have someone hold them together (Or you can do what I did and use your knees and a chair.. I don't advise that. Ha!) and put the L bracket on the backside and screw them on.

 I needed 3 brackets because my pieces of wood are so large. I put one on each end and one in the middle for extra support.

I needed 3 brackets because my pieces of wood are so large. I put one on each end and one in the middle for extra support.

 To make it look extra nice, you can paint the back as well.. I didn't because I wanted to use it immediately but it's just a thought! And your finished! A super easy a  useful  tutorial. It's like your own little mini studio! Have fun and take awesome pictures!

To make it look extra nice, you can paint the back as well.. I didn't because I wanted to use it immediately but it's just a thought! And your finished! A super easy a useful tutorial. It's like your own little mini studio! Have fun and take awesome pictures!

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 Some examples..You can't even tell that I look these on painted wood slabs!

Some examples..You can't even tell that I look these on painted wood slabs!

 And here is what it looks like from afar. I hope I gave you some creative thoughts!

And here is what it looks like from afar. I hope I gave you some creative thoughts!

DIY Valentines blouse embellishment

A simple DIY idea for your Valentines outfit! Embellished collar with pom poms or beads will do the trick! I found this cute little denim shirt (was a dress in its other life) at one of my go to thrift stores. Took some scissors to it, a sewing machine, needle and thread and my embellishment and produced this cute, subtle top!

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  Materials:    Blouse    Pom poms or beads (I got little heart beads!)    Needle and thread    

Materials:

Blouse

Pom poms or beads (I got little heart beads!)

Needle and thread

 

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 Pretty self explanatory, but start with your needle and thread and begin placing your embellishment in a scattered pattern. If you want to mark on your collar where your beads will go, you can!

Pretty self explanatory, but start with your needle and thread and begin placing your embellishment in a scattered pattern. If you want to mark on your collar where your beads will go, you can!

 The pom poms were a little more difficult to work with with a needle because there's not really a "center" so I added a little drop of hot glue to each one afterwards,

The pom poms were a little more difficult to work with with a needle because there's not really a "center" so I added a little drop of hot glue to each one afterwards,

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 Simple! And cute new top. Perfect for Valentines Day paired with a red chiffon circle skirt, red lips and some cute flats!

Simple! And cute new top. Perfect for Valentines Day paired with a red chiffon circle skirt, red lips and some cute flats!

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