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.

Giraffes Love Shoeboxes

I love being able to re-use things, and this project is really all about recycling things and turning them in to art.

Over the weekend, I bought some new shoes, and ended up having an extra shoebox laying around. As I picked it up to dump in the recycling bin, I realized it could make a kick-ass “canvas”, and a lovely art project with a few added touches. The best part is, you don’t have to worry about stringing hooks to hang; you can just hang it right from a nail.

Materials You Will Need:

  • Empty Shoebox
  • Black Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Old Greeting Cards (or Decorative Cardstock Paper)
  • Glue
  • 1 Piece of Paper (Heavy Weight, like Cardstock)
  • Giraffe Stencil (Click Here!)
  • Medium Gloss and/or Varnish

STEP 1: Paint Shoebox

The box was already black, but I wanted to paint over the words and stickers on the side. I decided to leave the front face the way it was; I like that a little bit of box coloring had worn off, as it adds to the cool texture. If you have a plain cardboard or colored shoebox, you can paint the front as well, or you might also experiment with leaving the original color on the face, and just painting the sides.

STEP 2: Stencil

I Googled “giraffe stencil” and found an awesome one here. It was already the right dimensions, so I took some light colored Cardstock and placed it on my computer screen.I had to rotate the image horizontally so that it would fit on the screen, and then traced the image. You can also print out the giraffe as well. After it is traced, cut out the stencil.

I laid it down on the box to make sure it was the right size. Then I cut the stencil in to 4 pieces (head & neck, 2 sets of legs, and stomach), so that it would be easier to transfer on to the greeting cards. Plus, I thought it would look snazzy to have different patterns on the same giraffe.

STEP 3: Transfer to Greeting Cards (or Paper)

When people send me cards, I have a hard time throwing them away. But I have so many, I thought I could sacrifice a few for art. However, if you don’t want to cut up your love letters, patterned paper will also do.

All you have to do for this step, is trace the stencil on the back of the card or paper you want to use. Keep in mind that whatever direction the stencil is facing on the back, the cut out be the opposite when you flip it around and go to glue it on the shoebox.

STEP 4: Glue to Shoebox

You can use whatever kind of glue tickles your fancy, as long as it is somewhat durable and dries clear (so no glue sticks or super glue). Rubber cement, adhesive spray, and tacky glue will all work; I ended up using adhesive spray. I also cut out a heart from a red card, and put it a few inches above the giraffe.

STEP 5: Coat with Acrylic Finish

This is not totally necessary, but I like the that it gives the piece some extra strength and shine. I used one coat of Gloss Medium & Varnish, which I got from Blick Art Store. You can paint this on with a brush.

I waited for the gloss to dry, and then did a thin coat of a Clear Semi-Gloss Polycrylic Protective Finish spray. If you use this, make sure you spray it outside, as it stinks (and probably bad for your brain).