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

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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 Embellished Evening Clutch

A few months ago, my beautiful cousin asked me if I could make some clutches for her to give as presents to her bridesmaids (me included!). I couldn’t turn down the offer because customizing anything is always so much fun for me even if working as a lawyer in the daytime (and sometimes nights) can prove a little difficult. However, I managed to finish my cousin’s request and it was a lot of fun in the making starting from sourcing, designing (5 different designs) and handcrafting.

Here’s my easy tutorial on how to embellish a plain evening clutch:

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What you need:

  • Plain structured clutch
  • Various sized and shaped rhinestones
  • E6000 glue

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area as the fumes and vapor are harmful when breathed in. Take a rhinestone and dab some glue on the back of the setting of the rhinestone.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Begin at the middle of the clutch, as you want a symmetrical design. Here I started with a round rhinestone. Take your time, the glue won’t budge too much but be careful when applying the other rhinestones (as it may move one another).

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Then I used teardrop shaped rhinestones to circle the middle rhinestone.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Then I used a dark blue oval rhinestone to fill the spaces.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Here’s the fun part. Start spreading out! I used oval rhinestones to spread from the “petals” of the “flower”.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Do the same spreading out with different coloured rhinestones. Let your creativity flow and spread out the rhinestones.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Spread out…

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

…spread it more!

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Then I filled in the empty spaces in the middle with small oval rhinestones.

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

…and you’re done!

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

Voila! Enjoy your embellished clutch!

DIY Embellished Evening Clutch

There are so many designs you can come up with when embellishing! Always have a pattern in mind, and do not stick before you are satisfied with the pattern. I definitely had a lot of fun making these, and it was so humbling to see the bridesmaids wearing them, and people complimenting on them. Thanks again to my cousin for the opportunity to create something for your beautiful day! xx

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: Add Texture To Your Necklace with Studs & Rhinestones

It has been a while since I last posted a ‘Project Revamp’ post, as most things I now make from scratch! However, revamping things was what really got me started in DIY-ing. I love looking out for old pieces of trinkets, and figuring out ways to update its look to suit my taste.

I was at the Kuala Lumpur Vintage Festival (KLVF) a few weeks ago and scored some cheap accessories – though I only bought them because I had ideas of adding my DIY touch to it!

This revamp I’ll be showing you is simple – all you need is a little patience and steady hands! I wanted to add a little more depth and texture to a plain triangular necklace – the idea was to give a rougher look to it and one of the ways to achieve that was to add spiky stuff! It’s true…I am still loving my studs!

Let’s start!What you need:

1. A plain necklace with a flat surface pendant, alternatively you can make your own too!
2. Small pine cone studs
3. Small teardrop rhinestones
4. Medium-sized oval rhinestones
5. Industrial strength glueSteps:

Before you start attaching the studs & rhinestones on, do a trial first and take a picture of it. Once you are satisfied with the look, start glueing the pieces on!

Place the glue on the flat surface of the pendant(s) and then attach the stud/rhinestones. I decided to attach a stud in the middle first before working my way inwards.TIP: To create a textural/rough look, attach the teardrop rhinestones in alternating directions.Now let the glue set for a good 24 hours before wearing it out!

After it’s set, wear out your DIY revamped necklace and enjoy! x

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

DIY: H&M Embellished Sleeves

HI!

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It’s been a really, really long time.

*ahem*

This is starting to be a bad habit, abandoning my blog! Just a quick update: I’m now halfway through my legal pupillage here in the capital city of Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur and so far I’m having a great time making new friends and learning a lot. One of the perks of being a pupil in the firm that I work at is that when we have to go for court matters outside of Kuala Lumpur, we get to fly Business Class and stay in a 4-5 star hotel! Of course on such luxurious trips comes with it the stress of performing. I’ve been on 3 such trips, which have been tremendous fun especially when you meet up with friends / bump into friends outside court in a different Malaysian state! It really is a small, small world.

Unfortunately I try to fill my weekends up with activities as they are so precious now, and I get too tired to work on any DIY on weeknights *sadface*. Lately I’ve been working on a few DIYs but have not had the time to do the tutorials.

If you like a bit of sparkle, to update an otherwise plain t-shirt – then here’s a super easy DIY! 🙂 Embellished shoulders and sleeves have been on the runways for a while now so why not DIY one? Sewing is definitely not my forte, and my patience on this piece wore out because thread is so difficult to work with! But once I was halfway through, I felt bad for the other sleeve so I finished it 🙂

Let’s start!

What you need:

  • Basic H&M top with sleeves
  • Black thread
  • Needle
  • Rhinestones that have holes at both ends to sew onto the top. I used teardrop (emerald green) and diamond (silver) shaped ones.

Lay the rhinestones next to one of the sleeves, and then sort out a design you like. I did not make any particular shapes, but made sure it followed the sleeve detailing.

Take a photo of the template that you’ve made, then it’s time to take out your needle and thread!

Sew the template onto your sleeve. If you’ve messed up the template, there’s that photo to rely on! Otherwise, just go with the flow and sew the rhinestones however you like it. Sew 2-3 loops to secure the rhinestones better.

I’ll be honest…sewing this amount of rhinestones on was no easy feat. My thread would get tangled up, I’d prick my finger countless times, and when my DIY projects last for more than 30 minutes I start to lose patience… My utmost respect to all artisans who handsew every single detail onto a piece of clothing!

Of course, I endured it all *phew* and this is how it turned out:

Not bad for an amateur, I think? I hope you found this DIY tutorial helpful, I took it out for a test-run over the weekend and so far so good!

You can probably spot my native hips and thunder thighs (sigh) through the pleather skirt but it’s okay…I’ll work on toning them. Kuala Lumpur has been hit badly with the haze, due to the forest burnings happening in Indonesia so hopefully the smoke clears soon so I can go for my swim workouts.

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Have a great week everyone, and thank you for reading 🙂 I promise to update more often 🙂