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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July 18, 2014

DIY: Bow and Pearl Earrings

I know I've been making a lot of things with polymer clay lately (like these hairpins and this pendant) - and I hope you're still up for one (or two) more. I made these earrings after I saw inspiration online - I was sure I could make one for myself in the color I liked so I busted out my polymer clay (yet again - I can't stop!) and made these sweet little things intended for myself - love how they turned out but not how they look on me, so I ended up giving them to my little sister (who of course loves everything I give her). Wanna see how easy it is? 


Supplies:

Roll your clay into a ball and press firmly onto your bow mold (I used this one from Mod Podge - no, not a sponsored thing, I bought it for my own amusement) - to peel it off easily you may want to coat your mold with baby powder or water. Pop that in the freezer for about 10 minutes to harden. No mold? It's easy to make your own 3D bows using this tutorial. 


Carefully cut off the excess using a box cutter while it's still cold to lessen deforming the piece. I prefer using box cutters over x-acto knives most times because they have longer blades. 


Put it back in the bow mold and push your earring post in - if it doesn't stick, don't worry - you can always glue them together with some E6000 after baking.


Bake your bows according to the instructions on the polymer clay package. Attach your earring posts if they failed to stick during the baking process with some E6000 glue.And there you have cute bow earrings! Now it's time to add some pearl drops. 


I made the pearl drops by threading it onto an eyepin, cutting the excess wire off and looping the other end to secure the pear in. Attach it by opening the bigger eyepin end onto the loop of your earring post and then closing the eyepin.


Congratulations! You are done! I really love how cute and girly these turned out although they're more for my sister than me. I probably will make one replacing the pearls with drop crystals or maybe even some chain - I will show you when I've done that!


Do you love playing with polymer clay as well? Let me know in the comments and I hope you have a great weekend!

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July 16, 2014

DIY: Realistic Cracker Charms

So last week I made these awesome donut hairpins that I'm still getting excited about everytime I see them - I promised you guys I would share a tutorial on how to make the crackers I used in one of my hairpins, and here it is! I love how this turned out and I'm going to continue making more - I'm planning to cracker-embellish a lot of things. Ready to see how easy it is to make them?


Supplies:


First roll your ball and flatten it - I used a book and the smooth side of an embossing folder to flatten mine, but feel free to use a clay roller or fondant roller. Get your cookie cutter and cut out your 'crackers'. If you don't have any cookie cutters laying around, let me show you an easier way to make these crackers:


Divide your clay into sections like so. 


Using the pointed tip of a toothpick or barbecue stick, make some indents on the sides of your 'cracker'. And you have your basic cracker shape!


Poke some holes on your crackers - I usually start with the corners, and then working inwards to make the placement of the holes as even as possible. 


Now it's time to 'bake' them (no not baking them yet, but to give them an appearance of being baked). Scrape the sides of your soft pastels with a box cutter or x-acto knife, until you get powdery pastel. Use that to color them - shade the top and the sides with some saffron-colored pastel, and the sides with cadmium orange/ reddish orange pastel. See the difference it makes? I always 'overbake' them though (make them burnt-looking). Anyway - after that's done, bake them for real according to the package instructions of the polymer clay that you used.


Make cream-filled biscuits by spreading some whipped clay (I used Mod Podge's Collage Clay - I really do love this stuff!) onto the backs of your crackers before pressing them together. If you want to make charms, use an eyepin and stick it like so before pressing your crackers together. 


You may want to use them as hairpin embellishments as well - I used some Mod Podge Collage Clay and Collage Drizzle paint to add additional embellishments to my crackers. Check out the post here on how to do that!


By the way, if any of you are wondering where I got my cracker cutters, I made them myself using my new 3D printer. I'm still learning and I have a long way to go but I've tried making some awesome stuff!


What are you going to cracker-embellish? Leave me your thoughts - I haven't really heard from you guysi n a while! Have a fun week, as always :)

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July 11, 2014

DIY: Decora Donut Hairclips + A Giveaway!

Some of you may be familiar with the fact that I love all things cute and I was (and still kind of am) a fan of lolita and decora fashion. Now, as I'm getting older, it's harder for me to sport fashion like that - but I still love the accessory part! I got really excited when I got some Mod Podge Collage Clay and Collage Drizzle Paint to play with - and I figured I'd make some easy sweets hairpins.




The tutorial I provided is for the donut hairclips - these are pretty easy, no sweat. I had so much fun making them that I decided to make a few more using other sweets. I made drizzled cracker hairclips (tutorial on how to make the crackers coming soon), Cute word hairpin, and some cream icing hairpins! I am gushing over them - seriously.


Check out the tutorial plus enter for a chance to win an awesome prize pack from Plaid by clicking any of the photos above or the link below:

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