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!

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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.

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

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

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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

DIY Pearl & Stud Necklace

So I actually made this necklace last November for an event in Bangkok, but never got round to making a tutorial from it. Pearl necklaces have been around for ages now, and made bigger (literally) by Chanel’s Spring 2014 collection. However, to rock or glam up these safe pearl necklaces, studs and even safety pins (like Tom Binns) have been added to give the pearls an edgier look.

I decided to create my easy DIY tutorial , which took only 10 minutes to make! Read on:

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

What you need:

  • 34 pearls
  • 18 spiked cone beads
  • Clear beading string (non-stretchable)
  • 1 lobster clasp
  • 2 end clasps
  • 2 jumprings
  • 2 small crimp beads
  • flat-nosed pliers
  • scissors

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #1:

Don’t cut the string yet! Just start threading the beads. I started with 1 spiked cone stud followed by 2 pearls. Repeat until you have threaded it all.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #2:

Once all the beads have been threaded through the beading string, cut the string. Leave a little bit of string at both ends in case of slight mistakes.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #3:

Slide a small crimp bead onto one end of the string. I didn’t have any smaller crimp beads so made do with the one shown.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #4:

Use the pliers to crimp the crimp bead! This is to ensure to stop the end of the string. Do the same for the other end.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #5:

Take the end clasp and put it next to the crimped end. Use the pliers to fold the end clasp inwards on top of the string! Cut the leftover string.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #6:

Attach a jumpring to the end clasp.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #7:

On the other end of the string, do the same by attaching a jumpring as well. Then attach the lobster clasp to it. You’re done!

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Voila! Rock out in your pearl & stud necklace! x

DIY Leather Fringe & Rhinestone Necklace

The thing about inspiration is that you won’t know when it will happen. It could be something you see, hear or touch.

Lately I have been wanting to work with leather accessories again. Big pieces of (good) leather that I can work with is however difficult to find in Kuala Lumpur.

Since I still have some leather, I decided to make a fringe pendant with a rhinestone pattern. Here’s the how to:What you need:
– A piece of leather
– Stanley knife
– Various rhinestones
– Hole-puncher
– Grommet tool
– Jumprings & pliers
– Chain
– Glue

Step #1:

Cut a box shape, and then make one end into a “V” shape.

Step #2:

Start cutting lines on the “V” shape, to make a fringe.Step #3:

Use the hole-puncher and punch holes on the other end of the leather pendant. Add the grommets according to instructions and punch using the grommet tool to keep it in place.Step #4:

Glue the rhinestones in whatever design you would like, above the fringing. Let it set for a few hours.Step #5:

Use pliers to add jumprings to both grommet holes. Then, attach the chain to both ends. Length of chain is based on your own liking. Voila! A leather fringe & rhinestone necklace. Have fun! x

DIY: Boho Double-Tassel Earrings

Tassel earrings have been on and off the runways for years now, and as I was exploring Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur recently I came upon pre-made beautiful tassels to my delight! If you are like me (aka. lazy) then making your own tassels requires some amount of effort. So when I chanced upon some…tassel earrings were one of those DIYs that I thought of making.

So here’s my simple tutorial on making boho-chic tassel earrings!

DIY: Boho Tassel Earrings

Let’s get started!

DIY: Boho Tassel Earrings

What you need:

  • Pliers
  • Small brightly coloured beads (here I used neon pink, blue & gold)
  • Tassels (or you can make your own)
  • Jumprings
  • 2 earring hooks
  • Eye pins (6 in total)

DIY: Boho Tassel Earrings

Step #1:

Take one eye pin and stack the beads. Here I went with pink-gold-blue.

Use a round-nose plier and close the end by making a loop.

DIY: Boho Tassel Earrings

Step #2:

Do Step #1 two more times to make a triangle.

DIY: Boho Tassel Earrings

Step #3:

Connect the ends – make sure you do not make your loop too small.

DIY: Boho Tassel Earrings

Step #4:

Attach a jumpring through the top bun of the tassel.

Attach this to both ends of the triangle.

DIY: Boho Tassel Earrings

Step #5:

Then at the peak of the triangle, take a jumpring and attach it to an earring hook.

DIY: Boho Tassel Earrings

DIY tassel earrings; DIY embellished sunglasses

And there you have it…big boho tassel earrings! Definitely an eye-catcher 😀 Have fun!

DIY: Delicate & Petite Rings

Writing one post a month after starting work is an achievement in itself, but two?

Now that’s something 😀

I have just been a little more disciplined, and making sure I chart most steps (thank you iPhone 5!) making it easier for me to do the tutorials. I rarely make the same thing twice – mostly hoping that I nail it the first time. Of course that doesn’t happen every time but when it does…

AWESOME! 😀

I’ve always loved rings, especially big statement rings (like House of Harlow 1960’s Sunburst ring) but who said you can’t go small too? Delicate or petite rings have been around forever, but the trend of stacking delicate rings on different lengths of your finger is on the rise. Here’s my take on it:

DIY: Delicate & Petite Rings

DIY delicate rings; Lovisa rings; H&M Aztec Neon top; The Cambridge Satchel Company 11″ silver metallic leather satchel

I wanted to try making my own delicate rings so here’s a reallllly easy DIY:

DIY: Delicate & Petite Rings

DIY: Delicate & Petite Rings

What you need:

  • Pliers: Round nose & Flat nose
  • Gold wire (mine had a 0.50mm width)
  • Small gold beads
  • Small gold tubes
  • Scissors

DIY: Delicate & Petite Rings

Step #1:

Wrap the wire around desired finger, and cut it according to the length you are happy with.

Slot the beads through it!

DIY: Delicate & Petite Rings

Do the same with the gold tubes. I stacked 3 tubes for this ring.

DIY: Delicate & Petite Rings

Step #2:

Cross the ends of the wire like above with your pliers.

DIY: Delicate & Petite Rings

Step #3:

Fold one end over, and wrap it around and around and around- okay you get it! 😀

Do the same for the other end!

And….that’s it! Play around with other materials and styles, ideas are endless of what you can do with some humble wire (provided you are not allergic to it…).

I took my rings (I made a total of 5 rings) for a test run the whole day at work (I work in a law firm) and these babies did not slip off my finger at all! I also loved how light they felt, therefore not making my fingers feel so constrained! 😀

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Hello finger-party! 😀

DIY: Embellished Sunglasses

So I know that the right pair of sunglasses never fails to make one look good.

But do you know what makes one look even more awesome-er?

Embellished sunglasses. Like the amazing A-Morir embellished sunglasses like this (roses), this (embellished cat eye), this (chain trim) and below:

A-Morir embellished sunglasses A-Morir embellished sunglasses 2Yep. Okay, well it looks a little OTT (over-the-top) for an everyday look but still.very.fabulous.

It’s been a while that I have been wanting to DIY my own embellished sunglasses but my superglue always dries up (even when I follow instructions to avoid this) that whenever I plan to make something I can’t!

However, I finally got some a week or two back and hey, now I have embellished sunglasses! It’s really easy to do, it only took me 20 minutes to make this 😀 Here’s my easy tutorial:

DIY: Embellished Sunglasses

What you need:

  • Sunglasses, preferably one that has a wayfarer (like above) or a cat eye frame.
  • Superglue
  • Bead string in gold
  • Rhinestone string in gold
  • Gold tubes
  • Toothpicks
  • Scissors
  • Scrap paper (to place the glue on)

DIY: Embellished Sunglasses

Step 1:

Trace the bead string along the top of the frame. I decided to use a bead string because well, it was all I had at the time and it saves you the trouble of sticking beads one by one! Once you’ve traced the length of the frame, cut it. Do the same for the rhinestone string.

Step 2:

Pour a dab of superglue onto your scrap paper. Use a toothpick, dab it into the glue and slowly dab the glue onto the frame. Quickly stick the bead string onto the glue and hold it there to let the glue do its thing!

Step 3:

Follow the frame of the sunglasses, every curve!

DIY: Embellished Sunglasses

Step 4:

Do the same for the string of rhinestones! Once you are done it should look like the above. You’re nearly done! If you like it subtle, then just leave it as it is to dry. I for one, wanted to end it properly so…

DIY: Embellished Sunglasses

Step 5:

…stick on a gold tube or two below the embellishment! Now you’re done 😀

How simple and easy was that? I am loving my DIY embellished sunglasses – especially so in this hot, sunny weather!

http://picasion.com/i/1VyWt/How are you embellishing yours? With flowers, pearls, fur? I’d love to see 😀

P.S: Yes, that’s my in-your-face-take-a-look-at-my-awesome-embellished-sunglasses GIF. Oops, can’t help it! x