I’ve got a little DIY action for ya and I am super excited to share this one with you guys as this wristlet is my number one go to piece of jewelry this summer. Seriously, I wear it with almost every outfit, everyday.
Maybe that says something about my jewelry collection or maybe it just goes to show you how awesome this bracelet is.
So you might be saying to yourself. Buying suede can be expensive. I mean, like, really expensive, but I am here to tell you that all you have to do is you look in the right place. That place is…the thrift store. Not the fabric store. You can find oodles of leather garments just begging for some new love all over the thrift store.
The fabric scrap I am using for this project came from a calf length suede skirt I thrifted that was priced at $7.99, but it just so happened to be a %50 off sale that day and I got yards of fabric for only $3.50. Yeah, awesome! So go find some suede and let’s get started.
Here’s what you will need:
- Scrap suede fabric at least large enough to wrap around your wrist.
- A pencil
- Something small and round to trace, I am using a small votive candle holder
- A permanent marker [Not pictured, simply because I forgot to grab it.]
Start by figuring out the size of your wrist. You can do this by wrapping a piece of twine around and cutting it where the ends meet.
Then, flipping your fabric wrong side up, begin tracing close to one end around half of your votive holder or round object. Next, grab your string and stretch it out from the center of the arch towards the other end of the fabric long ways, place your votive there and trace half way around it creating two half moon shapes that face each other.
Grab a straight edge, if you have a ruler great! If your craft room is currently in shambles and you can’t find a darn thing, grab a trusty DVD case.
Line up the outside edges of your have circles and draw a line between.
You will actually notice my pencil isn’t actually making a lead mark on the fabric, but it is making a very noticeable indention. Trace a line down both sides and then cut out your shape!
To make the closure, simply cut a thin length of leather 3 to 4 inches long.
Fold your wristlet in half long ways and make a little mark with your thumb nail on both side where you want to cut the slit for your leather tie.
Now fold the leather short ways and cut a small snip on both sides.
Slip your thin strip of leather through both slits and slip it over your wrist.
Tie into a little knot, or a double if you prefer!
Almost done! We now have a nice blank canvas, so grab your sharpie, get creative and start coloring! When you are done you have an awesome, engraved leather look in minutes with any pattern you like!
And there you have it. A super, simple, amazingly fashionable and versatile DIY wristlet!
You can see how I styled it in this outfit post from last week.
Hello everyone, stopping in to share a quick little tutorial round up with you all. These are some of the amazing tutorials from out there in blogland this week. Check these lovely ladies out!
Gorgeous hanging basket garden tutorial with Elsie and Emma on A Beautiful Mess.
How about this lovely little ombre hand dyed tassel necklace for a night on the town? From Clémence on Oh the lovely things.
This adorable wall hanging is easy to make with your favorite song lyrics and will look perfect on any wall! From Kinsey on Sincerely, Kinsey.
Also, Savannah’s Recent post on how to balance your schedule was really inspiring and helpful for me this week. Balance-Tips for a Productive Week from Savannah on Maie Dae.
TGIF! Have a lovely weekend everyone and be ready for some fun on Monday!
A few pretty Easter egg tutorials from around the web
You can click on the image or the link below it to be taken to the tutorial.
//Decor 8 Painted Easter Eggs//
//Silk Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs Our Best Bites//
///Wohnide Wunderwieb Painted Paper Napkin Appliqué Easter Eggs///
^this site is in German.S
//Embroidered East Eggs Design Sponge//
//Spoon and Fork Water Color Easter Eggs//
Love and light! Happy Easter Everyone!
Whooo! This sure is a long awaited post. I just love crafty tutorials and love searching out new and amazing designs and projects around the blogosphere. It’s quite exhilarating.
Remember you can click through the images to the tutorials.
….1. These ‘Pretty Patchy Paper Lanterns’ are made using scrap fabric and card stock. I love how versatile the project can be depending on what scraps you have lying around. Tutorial and images via: Lola Nova
2. Aren’t these painted camera straps great? I am in need of a new camera strap for my old Nikon and I this DIY is really inspiring me to make my own! Tutorial and images via: Design Love Fest
3. These cloud lights are incredible! They are made with a paper lanter, cotton batting, and flameless candles. I would love to make something like this to put over our guest bed or a reading knook. So whimsical; and everyone knows I love whimsy. Tutorial via: Wedding Nigh Image Via: Alexis Mires Flickr
4. Call me a sucker for everything tacky, but I love this necklace display made with faux antlers and silk flowers mounted on a reclaimed pallet. Tutorial and Images found via: A Beautiful Mess
5. Kinsey’s sandal revamp where she adds a simple leather fringe. Tutorial and image via: Sincerely Kinsey
6. I am a sucker for macrame. and love the neon cording against the white bowl. I have a ton of vases left over from our wedding and lots of black cording. I’ve got to make some of these to complete my dream of a hanging garden in our living room. Tutorial and image via: Refinery 29 Love that site.
Notice a trend? (:
Well besides the sandals – I just threw those in there because I am dreaming of warmer weather.
I really want to work on pulling my living room together this weekend. It’s in need of some real TLC and a spring make over! Do you have any projects big or small planned for the weekend? Any crafty plans? I am definitely making some time this weekend to get my craft on!
I hope you have a fun Friday night and beautiful weekend!
Okay so I couldn’t stay away, I had to share some of the tutorials that came across my path this week.
Aren’t these tights adorable. I found them over on Pineneedle collective and that is just the cutest little blog with tons of great tutorials. On a side note: I love the trend going around right now on revamping your old shoes with fabric and especially the fabric she chose for her old brougues in this other tutorial.
I love love love hidden spaces in books and have been meaning to make one for a million years. So when Kinsey mentioned on her blog Sincerely, Kinsey using it as a jewelry box. I thought how I really oughta make one now seeing how I need some place to hide my jewelry away from our young Ms. Kitty.
Isn’t this heartbeat necklace awesome? You can check out how to make your own over on the ISpy DIY Blog. Another amazing blog btw for incredible fashion DIYs. Jamie is pretty much a genius.
I hope you have a safe weekend with all that bad weather out there around the States, stay safe, and have a lovely time making something beautiful!
I usually post tutorials on Friday, but since my home office has been on my mind I decided I’d share some of the inspiration photos I have been hoarding for my home office project I am working on. Keep in mind that I have little to no budget so I am sharing simple, resourceful and inspirational photos and links. Nothing fancy schmancy.
Amazing and simple shelving keeps this craft supplies neat and orderly.
Love these wrap around desks made of reclaimed butcher block and shelves made of salvaged wood planks and black pipe from Tara and Percy’s home office space featured on design sponge. I am definitely incorporating the wrap around desk. It makes the most sense for our small space. Although, I am planning on using plywood, as I am not sure I will find any salvaged woods on kijiji as nice as they did. I also love the dry lines on the side wall, those would work great for drying projects, and displaying inspiration, as well as pretty little paper collectables.
Love the use of these found and mix matched chalk boards in this child’s bedroom. I really want to have a space to write my goals and lists on a daily basis and would really like to incorporate chalk boards. Maybe I’ll get a chance to use Elsie’s homemade chalkboard paint tutorial from this week.
Since our apartment is literally the size of a shoe box I’d really like to implement a day bed into the room. Something affordable, probably home built unless I could find a little love seat sofa bed for cheap otherwise I am looking for projects that sleep two people. Maybe something like this simple sleeper couch made of mattress foam and ply wood.
Since we are on the very top of the house the front side of our apartment is dormered. That is the side with the bedrooms so it makes for a lot of unused space. I’d love to build in some storage like this to make those spaces more useful!
Linky Love – Helpful tips for working at home and managing inspiration:
In this blog entry from Elsie on A beautiful mess, she talks about organizing her business inspirations and ideas. Great for bloggers!
10 Steps to a home office you’ll love from Apartment Therapy.
All this going out and volunteering has really given me the time to take a look at my lack luster wardrobe. My closet used to be full of awesome items, but I have either lost or misplaced things while moving around in the last few years.
This weeks tutorial round up is all about repurposing your wardrobe and there are some real goodies in the mix. I do hope you find these inspirational and enjoyable. Remember you can simply click on the photograph to be taken to the tutorial or right click to open in another window.
This lovely dress, made by Sarah of JaynSarah, is made from a skirt! She even tells you to how you can make her necklace.
I love making quick skirts with elastic waist bands and over on A Pair and a Spare Geneva shows you a little down of how she made this lovely silk maxi, she also links to her full tutorial for the same skirt in black sheer. You could of course use any fabric that drapes well. I made a similar skirt this week from a table cloth.
Lizzie from Cotton and Curls, a fantastic blog where she show you how to resize everything, shows you how to get loose and add a pretty fabric panel to a tight fitting tee. Isn’t that just darling?
Elsie over at a beautiful mess has come out with another stunning outfit make over this week with this horse printed dress tutorial.
The lovely Chantilly over at My girl Thursday always has fantastic ideas when it comes to repurposing your wardrobe and your home. Here she shows you how to add a little love to those old holy jeans.
I hope you have a beautiful and fun filled weekend. I am about to have to go run errands in this ridiculous unexpected snow.
So it’s time for another tutorial round up. This week I have really been on a printing kick and have been reading everything I can about home screen printing, color block printing, and stamping. So I just want to share with you a few amazing tutorials out there on the interweb. Some are fresh and new and others are oldies, but goodies. Don’t forget to click the image to go straight to the tutorial or right click to open in a new window. Here we go!
This is an adorable how to on making a homemade stamp from a wine cork and some foam. You should definitely check out this amazing blog A beautiful Mess by Elsie. Her tutorials are amazing and she is so creative and fun!
This next tutorial is from an older episode of Threadbanger. Oh how I love thee. It’s great because it shows you how you can use a pair of panty hose, some mod podge, and an embroidery hoop to make your own home screen printing screen. This method just might come in handy sometime soon.
This so adorable hand stamped Valentines kit is from Design Sponge. I can’t really say this enough, but if you haven’t already you should go check out design sponge. That site is awesome with great tutorials and blog posts.
I love mushrooms and have a budding interest in mycology. I think this little article on Martha Stewart about printing with the spores of mushrooms is so interesting. This technique is often used to help identify different types of mushrooms, but it makes for some lovely wall art. Or at least to me it does.
The cream of the crop this tutorial from the all incredible Apartment Therapy shows you how to make your own patterned fabric and I mean this is a serious tutorial with incredible results.
This lovely set of wall art was made using potato stamps. Yep, a stamp cut out of a potato. Just lovely. You can find it over on the Oh Happy Day blog.
This tutorial over on Lotta Jansdotter’s blog is for printing these lovely flowers on a soft summer skirt. So pretty, simple, yet a lovely addition to this gray skirt. A very nice blog as well.
One last simple but fantastic clothing printing tutorial is from Elizabeth over on Delightfully Tacky blog. This is such a cute and quick tutorial that you could do in just a few hours for lounging about over the weekend. Super precious.
I hope you find these printing tutorials inspirational and helpful. I know as spring draws nearer I am feeling the need to revamp a few things around the house and hopefully will have the chance use some of these tricks and tips.
Have a lovely weekend!
I want to share some of the amazingly crafty tutorials I have found over the month of January. I hope you find this inspiring and useful! Here’s my top ten:
Click on the image to be directed to the tutorial. Right click to open in a new window.
I am a little addicted to the Free people blog, though too broke to ever buy any of their merchandise. I do love their tutorials and this 3D wallpaper effect with silk or dried flowers is gorgeous.
This is a great travel pencil pouch from Smallfriendly.com. Easy to make from a lovely piece of felt and it’s a no sew project! Wouldn’t it be great to be prepared to sketch whenever the mood hits you?
More design Please is an amazing blog. I love their tutorials so much. I think it’s fantastic how they combine the process in a single image file. It makes it incredibly easy to share. This fork ring is absolutely too tantalizing to pass up.
I love to sew and clothing reconstruction is one of my favorite ways to liven up my wardrobe. This tutorial is from Long eared Love on blog spot. She shows how to make a copy of the sweatshirt jacket below from an oversized sweat shirt. Cozy!
Skip to my Lou has a ton of tutorials on their site. This tutorial is for an extra-large cosmetic bag. Who doesn’t need one of these? And that fabric is crazy beautiful.
Don’t you just love polymer clay? And aren’t these bracelets stunning? This little tutorial comes from the Delighted Momma Blog. I need to be my sculpy out of storage so I can make some of these one dreary winter afternoon.
Design Sponge, incredible blog. It’s my go to site for inspiration and how tos. I love Moroccan style, it’s so colorful, and comfy. This little DIY is on how to turn mason jars in lovely Moroccan inspired candle holders. I want to make a million of these for my apartment.
This is a fab tutorial is on how to make adorable shoe fringe for your favorite lace ups. It’s found over on The Dainty Squid blog. I love this blog and I stop by to read on a daily basis. Cute style posts, great thrifting finds, yummy recipes, and fun tutorials.
We are always in need of more market bags around here. This tutorial is from Delia Creates Blog. I love how she repurposes t-shirts to make these awesome totes.
The hubs and I are wanting to build a couch. We are thinking pallets. This super simple design is from Cuarto De Recha, (this site is in Spanish.) Simply stack the pallets, grab some foam, cover it, and there you have it. The author did say naps on this couch are 5 star! Great storage underneath too.