DIY Paracord Bracelet

If there’s anything from my list of DIY accessories that one of male best friends wouldn’t mind wearing, it would be a survival paracord bracelet. In addition to the the fact that it not only looks ‘manly’, it also serves another function during emergencies. From making an emergency dog collar to making a makeshift rifle sling while on active soldier duty, no wonder these paracord bracelets are so popular among the men!

There are many different cord patterns, but the most basic type of pattern is actually the macramé pattern which is in fact used a lot when making friendship bracelets. I did a different take with this DIY Paracord Bracelet, using gold hardware – fortunately my male best friend didn’t have a say in it!

Read on:

DIY Paracord Bracelet

What you need:

  • 550 Nylon Paracord
  • Lighter (to burn the ends)
  • Large jumprings
  • Large clasp
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #1:

The length of the cord is based on the full diameter of the person’s wrist including the hardware. Here, I cut 10 feet of paracord just to be sure. Better to have more than less! Burn the ends so that you secure the ends because if not, the white fibres will start peeking out and nobody wants that!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #2:

Attach the clasp to the jumpring. With the paracord bent in half, make a loop with your paracord.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #3: 

Thread the free ends through the loop as shown above.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Now the loop should like the above!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #4:

The free ends will go through the other jumpring. Make the loop as in the picture!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #5:

As for the right side, follow step #4 but in the opposite direction.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #6:

This is the part where you will need to measure the full length so that you can get a perfect fit. The whole length (including the hardware) should match the wrist size.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #7:

Start with your macramé pattern! (1) is over, under; (2) is over, under; and (3) is over.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #8:

Pull slowly in opposite sides! That’s your first knot. Now, continue step #7 using the opposite way, which is the right paracord (as you had used the left paracord earlier above).

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #9:

You’re nearly there…!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Step #10:

You’re almost done! Make a knot at the end, cut the remaining paracord and then light the ends. Do make sure it’s lit up close to the main body so that it melts into the main body.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Voila! Easy peasy paracord bracelets!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Have fun making these DIY paracord bracelets!

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Paracord bracelets make great presents for your male friends. My best friend loves them, yay! 🙂

P.S: All photos were taken on my iPhone 5 with the help of my pop up photo studio, the Lightcase.

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DIY Chic Lace Up Sandals

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Okay, time for the DIY tutorial!

My feet practically lives in Havaianas when it isn’t in work footwear aka. heels or flats. The thing is, flip flops should have the option to also look a little dressed up! So here’s my simple tutorial for a detachable laced up pair of sandals!

DIY Lace Up Sandals

What you need:

  • Slim Havaianas or other flip flops
  • Black cord
  • 4 big jumprings
  • 4 small jumprings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #1:

Take the black cord, tuck it under your feet with both sides. Try wrapping the cord around your leg so that you can determine how long you want it to be. Then, cut your desired length. You should have 4 separate black cords now!

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #2:

Make a small loop at the end of the cord. Take the small jumpring, wrap it around the loop and tighten with the flat nosed pliers.

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #3:

Take the big jumpring and put it through the loop.

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #4:

Repeat for the next 3 cords!

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #5:

Attach the jumprings to each Havaianas strap.

DIY Lace Up Sandals

Step #6:

Wrap the string in a criss-cross ‘X’ way and voila!

DIY Lace Up Sandals

In the event that you want to remove the cords, it is easily detachable! Enjoy your DIY Lace Up Sandals! x

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

I’ve had this tutorial in my phone for a few months but it must’ve slipped my eyes to post this up! Here I wanted to make drop earrings using one of my current favourite items: rhinestones!

Do read below for the DIY tutorial:

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

What you need:

  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat noise pliers
  • Pliers that can cut wire / scissors
  • 8 oval rhinestones
  • 4 headpins
  • 4 small round beads
  • 2 jumprings
  • 2 earring hooks

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #1:

Thread one headpin through one end of the rhinestone.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #2:

Thread a second headpin through the other hole on the rhinestone backing.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #3:

Thread the remaining 3 other rhinestones through the 2 headpins.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #4:

Use the flat nosed pliers and make a 90 degree twist inwards.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #5:

Use your round nosed pliers to make a loop at the ends. If the headpin is too long, snip the extra bits off!

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #6:

The rhinestones should like the above now.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #7:

Attach a jumpring through the loops you’ve made. Here I’ve added beads to fill up the spaces in between as well!

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Step #8:

Slip the earring hook through the jumpring before closing the jumpring.

DIY Gemstone Drop Earrings

Voila! Try making gemstone drop earrings in other various colourways! Enjoy! x

3 Ways To Style A Sweater Cape

A beautiful sweater cape can be styled in so many ways, while making the wearer look elegant. The best part? It helps to hide the extra tummy when you need to stuff yourself with food during the cold weather!

Malaysia doesn’t experience winter, but I’d imagine my wardrobe to be the following if I wanted to save on style and comfort. In the UK I used to wear a parka! Here’s my take on styling a sweater cape (which is worn last on your outfit):

LOOK #1

DIY Style

From L-R: Nasty Gal Sweater Cape; Tory Burch Turtleneck & Imitation Suede Pants

For the above look, with a loose cape sweater one would need to accentuate the bottom part by wearing something closer to the skin. A turtleneck sweater is probably one of those winter goods that you’d stay far away from because trust me, it doesn’t suit all sizes! However, this dual-toned turtleneck sweater from Tory Burch looks especially chic with its extended contrast cuffs would look really good under the sweater cape. Luckily, turtleneck sweaters generally look great with a cape sweater. Plus, you’ll feel extra snuggly and warm around the neck and fingers!

LOOK #2

DIY Style

From L-R: V-neck sweater; Nasty Gal Sweater Cape; Leather Skirt & Kiera Tall Boots

My only excuse for the above look? Leather skirt. Ohhh yes.

LOOK #3

DIY Style

From L-R: Flower Cut Out Midi Dress; Nasty Gal Sweater Cape & Two-Toned Pumps

The cut out flowers on the dress would look super cute under the sweater cape, besides….wearing an all-white ensemble is everything amazing!

As for bags, shoulder bags won’t fit well with a sweater cape due to the constraints. A sling bag or a clutch works best while wearing a sweater cape, and I’ve 4 perfect ones for it:

DIY Style

Clockwise from top left: Cross Body Bag; Satin Clutch; Leather Clutch & Mackage Cross Body Bag

So what do you think about the sweater cape? Yay or Nay?

DIY Marni-Inspired Embellished Sandals

So these Marni embellished sandals have been on my DIY list for the longest time ever but I didn’t want to have to buy an uncomfortable pair just to embellish. However last week while I was in Bangkok, Thailand, I found these faux leather strap sandals which were not only cheap but comfortable! Win!

I am now super happy to be able to DIY my own pair! There are so many Marni-inspired embellished sandals tutorials around, with varying designs but here’s mine so do take a read below:

Here’s what you need:

– strapped sandals
– rhinestones in various sizes
– E6000 glue
– skewer stick (for easier applying)

Step #1:

Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area as the vapours are really strong! Dab some glue on the sides of the back of the rhinestone.

Step #2:

Stick the square rhinestone in the middle of the first strap.

Step #3:

Attach the round rhinestones next to the square.

Step #4:

Attach the oval rhinestones next!

Step #5:

Lastly, attach the teardrop rhinestone at the sides of the oval rhinestones. As this is towards the end of the strap, the rhinestones may slide. Do press it down slowly so that it can set for the first few minutes and not move.

Step #6:

Once you are done with one pair, continue with the other pair!

Voila! You have embellished sandals!

Enjoy your Marni-inspired embellished sandals, I know I am!

Review: Habitatt Tattoos

I remember growing up eating these Mamee snack noodles, and sometimes they would come with temporary tattoos in them! Sure they were pretty tacky (mostly the furry blue Mamee Monster eating the said snack noodles) but still pretty fun. Also, temporary tattoos are also the perfect alternative to permanent ones!

I stumbled upon Habitatt Supply Co (local Malaysian brand) temporary tattoos during the Markets @ Jaya One market and were quite hooked on their modern designs so I got a few (Bling Bling, Carpe Diem & Feather). At only RM8 for 3 pieces of each design, these are not only fashionable but affordable as well!

Printed with soy-based ink, it is compliant to the highest safety standards. I decided to try these Habitatt tattoos.

DIY wrap bracelet, DIY rings

I wanted a fun ring party so I started with the diamond tattoos from “Bling Bling“.

Cut the desired shape.

Remove the clear protective top sheet. Make sure your skin is clean and dry. Press the Habitatt firmly onto skin with the design facing downwards.

Wet a tissue/cloth and press firmly against the back of the Habitatt. Make sure it is wet thoroughly.

Wait for 10-15 seconds (this is depending on the size) and slowly peel off the paper backing.

After this, rinse the Habitatt with water for best result on the skin.

DIY Double-Pearl Ring

Slip a ring below the diamond Habitatt, and boy, look at that carat!

These lasted 2 days for me, but was still happy with the result it achieved. I can’t wait to try the other designs from Habitatt!

DIY Collaboration: Statement Necklace

A while ago, fellow DIY blogger Shania of LoveMeyeArt got in touch to collaborate on a DIY project. It was a lot of fun seeing what we both would come up with with one simple piece: chain.

We both decided to DIY statement necklaces using chain, and here’s what we both came up with! For me, I decided on using big pearls and tassels to create my statement necklace. Below you will see Shania’s DIY version of a statement necklace!

Read on, and maybe let me know what sort of other DIY collaborations should be done!

Cinnamon Spring DIY Statement Necklace 

What you need:

  • Gold chunky chain
  • Various sized pearls (I used 10mm and 20mm)
  • Flat end headpins
  • Bead caps
  • Tassels
  • Jumprings
  • Pliers (flat-nose and round-nose)

Step #1:

Slide the flat end headpin through 1 bead cap, and then slip it through the pearl. Using your round-nose pliers, make a loop at the other end and secure.  Attach the jumpring to the loop you have just made as pictured above.

Step #2:

Attach the pearl to the chain (with the help of the jumpring)

Step #3:

Repeat with the other pearls, and attach them on alternate chain links,  for example big pearl-small pearl-big pearl (as pictured above)

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Step #4:

Trim the tassels to your liking, I wanted them short!

Step #5:

Attach the jumpring to the tassel

Step #6:

Using the pliers, attach the tassels to the chain in between the small and big pearls.

CS DIY PEARL TASSEL NECKLACE

Voila! You now have a statement chain pearl and tassel necklace!

CS DIY PEARL TASSEL NECKLACE 2

It is a very simple DIY, so I hope you enjoy making it!

CS DIY PEARL TASSEL NECKLACE 3

Thanks for reading!

x Cinnamon Spring x

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LoveMeyeArt‘s version of a DIY Statement Necklace:

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Shania’s inspiration was to make this choker chain necklace which is surprisingly easy to make! Here’s what you need:

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Step # 1:

Gather all your supplies!

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Step #2:

Place your choker around your neck, or if you’re using a larger chain, place it around your neck. Determine how much chain you’ll need for your longest (middle) tassel by measuring the distance from the choker (or larger chain) to about 2 inches below your belly button. My middle tassel is 19 inches.

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Step #3:

Separate your chain into individual tassel pieces so that they form a triangular pattern. Each tassel should end about 2 inches before the tassel preceding it. For example, the first (middle tassel) is 19 inches, so the next tassel should be about 17 inches, and the tassel after that  should be about 15 inches, and so forth. In total, you should have a total of 17 tassels; 8 tassels on the left and the right side of the longest tassel.

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 Step #4:

Your pattern should look like the above.

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Step #5:

Place a jump ring at the end of each tassel, and a bead at the start and end of the tassel pattern (see step 2) and in between each tassel. Placing the beads in between the tassels will help to keep the tassels in place. Next, if you’re using a choker, slide the tassels and the beads onto the choker.

If you’re using a larger chain instead of a choker, place the chain around your neck and determine where the middle link is. Attach your tassels to the chain links by first starting with the middle tassel, which should be connected to the middle link of the chain.

Note: If you use a larger chain rather than a choker, the beads are optional.

Final step for those using a large chain: Place a lobster clasp on one end of the large chain, and a jump ring on the other end of the large chain, and you’re finished! Yayy!

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Step #6:

The final step for those using a choker: Place a jump ring (on the choker)  before the first bead and before the last bead to prevent your tassels and beads from sliding around when you’re wearing your choker . Use flat nose pliers to flatten and tighten the jump rings on the choker. If your jump rings aren’t tight enough after they’ve been flattened, you can use glue for reinforcement.

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Voila! Finally, you’re done! wohoo! Your choker should look like the above.

 Thanks for reading!

x Shania x