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!

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!

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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 Embellished Gem Sunglasses

Embellished sunglasses have been taking the fashion world by storm for a while now, and I, for one, love a little quirk or funk on my sunglasses! Perfect for summertime, perfect for those living on the equator. This is my second tutorial on embellished sunglasses, you can read the first one here!

Read on my simple tutorial which you can do in less than 15 minutes. This is my own variation, feel free to try your own!

What you need:

– A pair of sunglasses (I bought my mirror sunglasses from Forever 21)
– Various shaped rhinestones (with settings)
– E6000 glue
– toothpick (optional)

Step #1:

Make sure you are in a well ventilated area as you want to avoid inhaling the E6000 fumes! Dab some glue on the back of the rhinestones.

Step #2:

I started with a teadrop rhinestone and stuck it in the middle of the sunglasses. This is to ensure symmetry.

Step #3:

I then dabbed glue on the backs of 2 oval shaped purple rhinestones, and placed it next to the teardrop rhinestone in the middle.

Step #4:

I then filled the gaps with smaller rhinestones.

Step #5:

Then place the small oval rhinestones along the top rim of the sunglasses.

Step #6:

Then to add some pizzaz, I placed two different coloured rhinestones at each end to frame it nicely. Let the glue set for 24 hours and you’re done!

Voila! Rock your embellished sunglasses out x

DIY Embellished Sandals With Havaianas

Before I begin, no…this post was not endorsed by Havaianas even though I have been a fan and avid user of Havaianas since 2000 (*hint hint*). In fact, I love wearing Havaianas most of the time that I just don’t buy any other sandals. There are a few factors that makes Havaianas so great to wear. Firstly, it is comfortable as it is made from 100% rubber. It also dries quickly which is especially useful when one lives in a tropical country like Malaysia. Also now that we live in a world full of choices, these Havaianas come in a wide range of colours, designs and styles. One of my favorites to wear at the moment are the Freedom sandals, which is a thong-styled slingback strap sandal which allows for a lot of flexibility and security.

So I started wearing these Freedom Havaianas sandals to church a lot as they were a lot more presentable than wearing my normal Slim Havaianas, which made me look like I was heading to the beach. As embellished sandals are quickly cropping up the ladder of DIYs to do, I decided to do the same to my Freedom Havaianas and be a little more presentable on Sundays.

Read on to see how:

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

What you need:

  • “Freedom” Havaianas sandals or any thong-styled slingback strapped sandals
  • 6 small oval rhinestones, 4 medium-sized oval rhinestones, 2 medium-sized teardrop rhinestones
  • E6000 glue or any industrial strength glue
  • 2 toothpicks

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Use toothpicks to prop the thong-base up as the rhinestones may droop while the glue is setting.

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Make sure you are in a well ventilated area. Dab some E6000 glue (or industrial strength glue) to the back setting of the rhinestone.

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Stick the small oval rhinestone in a vertical manner. Make sure you do not stick it too low as this would be in the way of your toes!

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Continue to stick 2 more small oval rhinestones.

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Then attach the medium-sized oval rhinestone vertically. I used a sky blue coloured rhinestone.

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Then attach the next medium-sized oval rhinestone vertically. I used cobalt blue as I wanted to create an ombre effect!

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Then attach a small oval rhinestone horizontally.

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Lastly, attach a medium-sized teardrop rhinestone at the top of the thong-styled strap!

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Repeat the same for the other sandal. Now let the glue set for 24 hours, all the while keeping the toothpick in place so that the strap would not droop and result in sliding rhinestones!

DIY Embellished Sandals with Havaianas

Wear your easy DIY embellished sandals out! These definitely uplifted the look of my plain Freedom Havaianas, and it was so cheap to revamp as well. Enjoy! xx

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

I read quite a number of DIY (do-it-yourself) blogs (my favorites are A Pair & A Spare, I Spy Diy, PS: I Made This, HonestlyWTF, Henry Happened to name a few), and I am always inspired to see what they come up with to DIY! Normally when I want to embark on a DIY project, most of the time I am hampered by items that I am not easy to locate in the Malaysian market. Most of the DIY blogs are American/European based and so are their products. Unfortunately Malaysia does not stock such items. Even if Malaysia does, the items are typically difficult to find and are expensive!

One of the ‘rare‘  items is “Mod Podge”. It acts as a glue, sealer and finisher. The reason why I find it cool is the sealing bit, in that whatever you wish to glue will ultimately look like it was part of the item! So I was pretty pleased when I found some Mod Podge whilst I was in Singapore on a weekend trip. I found it in the Spotlight store (the store is also found in Australia) which stocks a lot of DIY items.

I’ve been wanting to try Mod Podge to revamp a small sling bag made out of Vietnamese Pepsi tin cans which my cousin bought on one of her travels, to experiment fabric on an aluminium base, and I was quite pleased with the result! Read my tutorial on how to use fabric on an aluminium base using Mod Podge:

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

What you need:

  • A bag with a solid base
  • 1 meter of print fabric to your liking
  • Scissors
  • Fabric chalk/pencil/pen
  • Ruler
  • Sponge applicator
  • Mod podge (I used matte)

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #1:

Line the fabric along the front and back of the bag.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #2:

Turn the fabric inside out, and mark (using a ruler) where you would like to cut. Leave extra room, in case of errors.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #3:

Cut the fabric! As the bag I used had a magnetic closure, I cut a small hole to accommodate this.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #4:

Trim the edges, make sure the fabric fits nicely.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #5:

Now with your sponge applicator, dip it into the Mod Podge. Line the Mod Podge along the print bag where you want the fabric to be.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #5:

Once you’ve Mod Podged where the surface area, start smoothing the fabric over it slowly. Smooth it another time, to make sure there are no creases.

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Step #6:

Let the bag dry! I just slung it over a chair as both the front and back has Mod Podge applied to it. After 30 minutes to an hour, apply a layer of Mod Podge on TOP of the fabric. This is to seal the fabric onto the bag. The colour of the fabric may darken slightly with this top coating. However, it helps with making sure the fabric is properly sealed in.

Trim any stray threads!

DIY Revamp: Print Bag

Voila! A revamped bag – pretty sure noone will have the same Pepsi can bag as mine 😉

DIY Chanel-Inspired Pearl Ring

So during Chanel’s Spring 2014 show, ginormous pearls as accessories strutted down the runway.

The pearls were so huge that it was difficult not to notice!

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Karl Lagerfield had to say this about the pearls: “My favourite thing is the new necklace like an earphone, it’s two huge pearls, but in fact it’s very flattering because the huge pearls give a beautiful light on the girl’s face.”

What you need:

  • – 2 pearls
  • – 1 flat end headpins
  • – superglue

Add superglue to the end of the headpin which will hold the pearl.

Slip the pearl right to the end of the flat end bit of the headpin. Let the glue set for a minute.

Then add glue to the other end of the headpin.

Slip the pearl onto the glued end. Let it sit for a minute for the glue to set.

Now the easy bit is to just wrap the ring around the finger!

And voila! Chanel-inspired pearl rings!

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