Sparkle Glitter Nails

I was at CVS today and I saw a bunch of shiny, fun nail polish. I don’t paint my nails very often, and when I do, I usually stick to black. But the glitter caught my eye and I couldn’t help myself.

This brand ‘Spoiled’ by Wet n’ Wild is awesome; they are only $1.99 a pop and they have a huge assortment of colors. Next time I’m in CVS, I might just have to buy a few more fun colors.

Anyway, to get the fun white & glitter look, you need a bottle of “Correction Tape” (white) and “Trust Fund Baby” (glitter):

  • Apply a thick layer of Correction Tape and let it dry completely. (The nail polish is pretty thick, so I only needed one coat)
  • Apply 1-2 layers of Trust Fund Baby. It might take some finagling to get the glitter just right.

Feather Clip Tutorials

In 2 days, I will be here:

That’s right, week 1 of COACHELLA! And you can’t be prepared for Coachella without feather clip ins, right?!

I have 2 tutorials, and both are pretty simple. One requires a little more work with pliers and bending wire rings, but they both require feathers (obviously).

I found the best way to find cheap, cool feathers was to go to Forever 21 and buy some earrings. They have a plethora of various colors and feather types at very reasonable prices (ranges from $2.80 to $6.80 per pair). Plus, once you take the earring hook off, you already have a loop for attaching the string or chain.

For the hair clip, I got mine at Nigel’s Beauty Emporium ($1.99 each). If you don’t live in LA, I would imagine you can find them at most wig stores or online (these seem close to what I bought). These clips tend to be used for attaching to clip to hair extensions, so they can hold some weight and they have little holes on the side that are perfect for attachments.

Materials:

  • Snazzy Feather Earrings (or Necklace)
  • Hair Clip
  • 2 Sets of mini Jewelry Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Thread Skeins (Looks Like This) [String Clip Only]
  • Jewelry Chain [Chain Clip Only]
  • 4-6 Jewelry Loops (These can be found at any crafting store in the jewelry section… these are little metallic loops with a cut in the loop so that you can open and close it wit pliers) [Chain Clip Only]

String Clip Tutorial:

STEP 1: Remove Feathers from Earring

For the earrings I bought, all I had to do was take pliers and pull back the metal earring backing, and the feathers (with the loop still attached) slid right off. If the earring is somehow sealed around the feather loop, carefully use wire cutters to cut the earring part. Make sure to keep the loop attached to the feathers intact so you can tie string through it!

If you are using a necklace, slip it right off the chain. If there is a piece stopping it from coming off the chain, use wire cutters to snip off the end of the chain.

STEP 2: Cut String

Measure from the top of your head to where you want the lowest feather (1) to start; I suggest having the actual feather end about an inch above the bottom of your hair. Take that length, double it, and add an extra 1/2 inch, and then cut the string. (Who knew you’d be getting math lessons in crafting?!)

For the second feather, you’ll want the base of the feather (2) to start about 2″ to 2.5″ above the feather 1. Double that (so 4″ or 5″) and subtract it from whatever length of string you ended up for feather 1, and then cut that piece of string.

If you have any more feathers, add another string, always subtracting a few inches, so the feathers don’t end up clumped together.

STEP 3: Add Feathers to String

Fold the string in half and make sure the loose ends meet exactly.

Take the other point (non-loose end), and slip it through the feather loop part way. Take the loose ends and pull them through the string loop, so that it makes a knot around the feather loop and looks like the picture above.

Repeat for each set of feathers.

STEP 4: Tie String to Clip

Pull the two loose ends through the hole in the top of the clip. Tie it around the hole and double knot. Cut off any extra ends (leave a little bit so it doesn’t fall out).

Chain Clip Tutorial:

STEP 1: Remove Feathers from Earring

Same thing as above. Take off the earring part so that you just have the feathers on a loop.

STEP 2: Measure Chain

Take your first set of feathers and figure out where you want them in your hair (I suggest they end an inch above the end of your hair).

Measure from the top of the feather loop to your part. Using wire cutters, cut this chain length.

Cut another chain about 2 – 3 inches shorter than your first chain (exact length depends on feather length and personal preference).

If you have any more feathers, add another chain, always subtracting a few inches, so the feathers don’t end up clumped together.

STEP 3: Attach Feathers to Chain

Take the jewelry loop and open it slightly using 2 sets of mini pliers to pull apart.

Slip the feathers through the open jewelry loop.

Close it securely using the pliers. Test to make sure the feather loop cannot slip out.

Repeat for each chain.

STEP 4: Attach Chain to Clip

Open another jewelry loop slightly using the 2 sets of mini pliers.

Slip the jewelry loop through the hole in the clip.

Before closing, slip the last loop on the chain through the jewelry loop as well.

Close the jewelry loop using the pliers and make sure neither the chain, nor the clip will slip out.

Repeat for each feather chain.

And ENJOY looking like a little hippie child at Coachella. I know I’m going to!

I'm a little (okay.. a lot) excited for Coachella.

Paper Mache Heart Ornaments

These take a little while, but they are a lot of fun. They make great gifts (I might have to re-vamp this for Christmas!) and look cute if you hang them on your wall or put a bunch in a fake tree.

Paper Mache Paste:

As far as the recipe goes, I was a little hesitant to use one with flour in it, because I didn’t want it to mold (although I hear if you add salt, then you’re good to go).

A lot of people also make the mix out of glue resin.

I chose the lazy way and just mixed Elmers Glue-All with water. When using glue, use 4 parts glue to 1 part water. These heart ornaments are small, so you don’t need a ton of paste.

Click for Other Recipes Here

Materials:

  • Newspaper (in tiny 1/4″ – 1/2″ strips, and 1 8.5″ x 11″ piece for each heart base)
  • Masking Tape
  • Paint Brushes
  • Drop Cloth
  • Wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Pliers (for bending wire)
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylics
  • Thin Ribbon and/or Gold String
  • Scissors

STEP 1: Make Heart Base

Start with a 8.5″ x 11″ piece of news paper (note: I used a magazine page, but it will work a bit better with newspaper). Hold at a 45 degree angle and rip the top part about 1/3 of the way down.

Fold each size in to a round shape and tape down to secure shape. Then roll the bottom part in to a point and tape as well.

If anything looks like its going to pop open, put a little bit more masking tape to secure.

STEP 2: Paper Mache

Dip the little 1/4″ strips of newspaper in the paper mache paste (recipes above). Using a paint brush, paint them on to the the heart base.

Let it dry slightly, and do about 2-3 layers of newspaper over the heart.

After all your layers are on, let it dry completely.

STEP 3: Mod Podge

Paint on 2 layers of Mod Podge and let it dry completely.

STEP 4: Add Hook

Cut a small piece of wire (about 3/4″ to 1″), and bend it using pliers to make a tear shape.

Puncture the top of the heart with the wire, and push so that the widest part of the wire is just above the base of the hole.

Put mod podge in and around the hole with a small paintbrush. Let it dry and repeat.

STEP 5: Paint & Mod Podge Coat

Paint your ornament with whatever color your heart desires (get it?!).

Depending on the thickness of the acrylic, you will need anywhere from 1 to 3 layers. (My red was older and somewhat dried out, so it only took one coat).

Once it is completely dry, put another 1 to 2 coats of mod podge on top. Experiment with matte or glossy!

STEP 6: Add String

Two options here, so lets start with the gold string!

Stretchy Gold String Tutorial:

Cut about 8 inches of the stretchy gold ribbon (I’m sure it has a more sophisticated name, but you get the point).

At the top of the string, take about 1 inch of each end and cross them twice horizontally (like you’re going to tie a knot), and then tie 2 knots on top. Make sure you pull on each side of the loop below the knot so that the knot is completely tight and secure. Cut off the excess string.

With the non-knotted side, push the string through the heart hook. Then, take the knotted side, and slip it through and underneath the non-knotted side.

Pull it all the way through so that the knot is on top and you create a loop on the bottom around the metal hoop.

Your heart ornament is ready for hanging!

Ribbon with Bow Tutorial:

Cut 24″ of ribbon.

Pull it straight through the hook. If you have a thicker ribbon, you may need to pull it through with tweezers.

Three inches up tie 2 knots, and then a bow.

Pull the bow down to the metal loop, and then the top. (You can adjust how long of a bow you want by cutting off the ends of the ribbon tails).

Happy crafting!

Add Fabric to your Boots

I found this awesome post on A Beautiful Mess blog for how to add fabric to boots! It gave me all sorts of ideas of what I could add fabric to.

Check out her blog and how to make them for yourself here: http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/01/floral-boots-diy.html

I’m seriously obsessed with these boots. I can’t wait to try it on some other shoes!

Vintage Tea Candle Holders

These are so easy to make and they look great on my dresser! You can make as many or as few as you would like; four ended up fitting perfectly for my room. These also make great gifts or table center pieces.

You Will Need:

  • 3 to 6 Clay Saucers (the bottom part that goes under a potted plant and catches water– they are only $0.89 each at Michael’s, and I grabbed the smallest size)
  • 3 to 6 Tea Candles (depending on the above)
  • Flat Paintbrush
  • 1 Can Spray Paint for Base (fast drying, ultra-cover Metallic Alumium by Rust-Oleum works great from Home Depot)
  • 1 Color Acrylic Paint for Top Coat
  • Drop Cloth

STEP 1: Spray Saucers

Put down your “drop cloth” (a Trader Joe’s bag is totally acceptable) and spray one side of the saucers. Wait for them to dry completely, flip them over, and spray the other side. May need 2 coats.

STEP 2: Top Coat

Take your flat brush and dip it in the paint. Before applying to the saucer, dab it off a few times. Getting rid of excess paint allows for the streaky, vintage look. Also, older, bristle-y brushes work best for this, since they are already somewhat frayed at the ends.

When applying paint, go lightly at first to make sure you have the right amount of paint. If it gets too dry, dip it back in the paint and blot, as needed.

Go around the outside of the rim first, and wait for it to dry. Then put paint on the face of the saucer.

*Note: For the outside of each saucer, I dipped & blotted about 3-4 times, and for the inside, I dipped and blotted about 2 times. However, it really depends on the individual and how much paint you like and how much coverage you want.

STEP 3: Dry & Add Candle!

Let the paint dry completely, then put the tea candles in, light, and enjoy!

OTHER COLOR IDEAS:

  • Gold Base + Red Top Coat (oooh, romantic)
  • Silver or Gold Base + Black Top Coat
  • Silver or Gold Base + White Top Coat
  • White Base + Black Top Coat