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Posts Tagged ‘Craft’

Louboutin Inspired Pumps

March 17, 2012

So got these nude pumps on clearance for AUD$10! I’d been looking for shoes exactly like these for ages but to no avail. But why look for them so intensely you ask? So I could make them over with gold leaf of course :P.

My inspiration? These AUD$650+ Louboutin Pumps:

Aren’t they divine?! I thought so too. So I got to work!

You will need gold leaf, leafing glue, a paint brush, clear acrylic spray paint, some tape and the shoes, of course.

Start by sectioning of the tip of the toe with tape to control the gold leaf. Paint the desired area with the leafing glue and leave for 25 minutes to get tacky.

Carefully place the gold leaf over the area once tacky.

Repeat the same process for the heel.

Leave the shoe for about 25 minutes to ensure the gold leaf sticks to the shoe.

Use a box cutter / Stanley knife to run along the edges of the gold leaf. I then used my nails to remove any excess leaf off the shoe.

Lastly, spray the shoe with clear acrylic spray paint. Viola!

I can’t wait to wear these babies!

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MIMCO Inspired Handbag Makeover

March 4, 2012

It’s a little known secret that my favourite brand for handbags and accessories is MIMCO. The bad thing about this obsession is the price tag that is associated. I have previously posted my DIYs of MIMCO inspired Tassel Earrings and the matching Necklace which I often myself making excuses to wear every weekend.

Today I will show you how to add distressed gold onto bags just like this gorgeous Tote from MIMCO which retails for AUD$699:

You will need:

A bag, I chose a satchel bag from Kmart for AUD$19, gold leaf, leafing glue, two paint brushes, tissue paper and clear acrylic spray paint.

First things first. You will need to prepare the surface by wiping it down with a clean damp cloth. This will remove any dust and will ensure the glue adheres to the surface of the bag properly. After doing this use a paint brush to roughly paint on the leafing glue onto the chosen surface:

Let the glue get tacky for 25 minutes, this will make the gold leaf stick to the glue better.

Be careful when handling the gold leaf as it can and will break very easily. If you can eliminate any open windows or doors this will help during handling. I used 4 squares of gold leaf to cover the entire surface of the bag.

The video below shows how to use tissue paper to press the gold leaf into the glue and how to use your fingernail to roughly and randomly distress your leaf.

Next you will need to use the second paint brush to brush off any excess gold leaf and create further distressing.

Lastly use clear acrylic spray paint to create a lasting sheen and to seal surface.

Voila!

My new weekend bag!

Handbag Makeover – Sad to Fab

February 12, 2012

I recently acquired a $30 voucher for a shoe store, but wasn’t in the mood for new shoes (shock horror). I opted for a handbag instead. After the $30 discount I got this handbag for only $9.95! Can you say bargain?

It is an okay handbag but I feel that’s a bit too plain but for $9.95 I couldn’t really complain. I thought this bag would be perfect for a sad to fab makeover.

First I started out with some gold bag chain and jump rings.

Using pliers open a jump ring to capture the chain.

To determine the best length of the chain I stuffed the bag with some clothes to hold it upright. Once I determined the length of the chain I used the pliers to unlink and then attach it to the jump ring on the other side.

I then attached the second chain to both jump rings.

And then a third.

I love how a few strands of chain can transform a handbag. I will most likely add some charms but for now this will do.

Braided Headband

February 4, 2012

I’m not a headband kinda girl. Mostly if I’m wearing a headband it would be because I am curling my hair (a post will be made on that at a later date). I must admit though, sometimes a headband could be exactly what I am missing to complete an outfit.

This project began with some round chain and leather cord. I weaved the cord through the chain to create semi-flat surface.

I made three of the weaved combinatations in equal lenth and used a jump ring to join all three ends to begin braiding.

Once completed I used another jump ring to seal off the braid and glued the stray bits of cord down.

It’s almost done! All you need to do now is grab a hair tie and open the jump rings to also hold the hair tie.

Voila!

Have fun xx

Statement Celtic Knot Necklace

January 26, 2012

I’m falling hard for statement necklaces at the moment and I’ve always loved celtic knots! So combining the two kinda made sense. Well not really. But after seeing this video it did:

They make it look so easy and it actually was!

First things first, you need to select your cord / rope and make the heart. I opted for a lose heart shape.

After making the knot all you need to do is burn of the edges to prevent fraying.

You will need to use hot glue to fuse the ends together. To hide the mess you’ve just created use matching ribbon and glue down.

And you’re all done!

My new favourite accessory! After my Mimco Inspired Earrings and Necklace of course!

 

MIMCO Inspired Tassel Necklace

January 20, 2012

Late last week I posted my tutorial on MIMCO Inspired Tassel Earrings, today I am going to show you how to make a matching necklace!

Here is what you will need:

  • Silver Button
  • Tassel
  • Felt
  • Diamante Silver Chain
  • Silver Chain
  • Jump plate Findings
  • Hot Glue
  • Measuring Tape

And here is how to do it:

To get your desired length hang the silver chain around your neck (I cut mine about an inch away from my collar bone). With the chain still around your neck hold the diamante chain at both ends of the silver chain, lengthening the diamante until you are happy with the length then cut.  Use jump plates to join the silver chain and the diamante chain together (you can use glue to adhere the jump plate if you have no way to attach it to the diamante chain), and cut the diamante chain exactly in half.

Use hot glue to fix the ends of the diamante to the back of the button. Cut the tassel just above the wrapped area and use hot glue to fix it to the back of the button.

Use the felt to cover the mess on the back on the button by cutting a circle and using hot glue.

Voila!

Matching accessories!

I hope you have as much fun making them as much as I did!

xx

MIMCO Inspired Tassel Earrings

January 14, 2012

I love MIMCO more than anything else and when I saw these Forever Tassel Earrings in their new collection I knew I must have them! But ouch the price tag; $99.95!

Considering gold is not my colour I opted for a silver and black combo!

Here is what you need:

  • Earring stud bases
  • Gems
  • Tassels
  • Buttons
  • Chain
  • Felt
  • Jump plate findings
  • Hot glue

And here is how to do it:

Use hot glue to fixate gem to the stud base. Take the chain and hook its first link on your stud. Cut a felt circle to the same size of the stud base and glue over the chain to keep it in place.

Use a jump plate finding to attach the chain to the button.

Cut your tassel just above the wrapped area. Glue your tassel to the back of the button.

Lastly use your use your felt to cover the mess at the back. and voila!

I’m in love! They will transform any casual outfit into glam!

I hope you have as much fun making these as me xx

Scarf Watch

January 9, 2012

My favourite new accessory is my Scarf Watch! I saw these for sale for $25 a pop at the Queen Victoria Night Markets , I immediately saw their potential for a very easy DIY tutorial.

I began my search for the perfect watch face on eBay. I found this one online for AUD$2.99! Bargain!

And this scarf for AUD$2 during the Post-Christmas sales.

To make the scarf all you need to do is detach the wrist band from the watch. The watch I brought came with a silicon band so I just used scissors to remove it.

All you need to do now is thread the scarf through the remaining bars on the watch.

Wrap the scarf around your hand, tie the scarf, cut to size, overlook the hem and tuck the scarf under the wrapped part of the scarf.

And voila!

So there you have it! a Scarf Watch for less than $5!

Have fun crafting!

xx

Chair Makeover

January 8, 2012

I often get bored with my living spaces. This leads to forever refurnishing and repainting beloved items. Take for example this chair:

I brought it for $5 in this sad state at my local Vinnies. I gave the chair it first make over in early 2011. But I took a short cut and didn’t bother reupholstering the chair and it was rock solid. BIG MISTAKE! Especially with all the sewing I was doing at the time. Here is how it turned out:

I was happy with it at the time. But as I moved everything around and new additions were brought into the house it became very boring. Oddly enough I thought it would be great to use rub’n’buff to make the chair gold. What was i thinking:

ew… It’s so patchy!

It soon became to hard too look at the chair, it was so ugly. Enough was enough. Before I started to spray the chair, I propped it up on two pieces of wood so I could reach everywhere with the paint. I brought some gold spray paint and sprayed away until I got this:

Looking good!

I used some polyester wadding, patterned cotton fabric and hot glue to reupholster the seat, which magically pops out. Yay! this makes the project a lot easier!

First I removed the old (ancient!) seat covering.

To get the new padding just right I cut two layers of the wadding to the same size of the seat, and one layer just big enough to be wrapped around to the bottom of the seat.

I used hot glue to fix the larger piece of wadding in place. I didn’t worry about fixing the smaller pieces onto the chair, the larger piece should keep that contained.

I cut the patterned fabric just a little bit bigger then the biggest piece of the wadding, folded over the edges of the fabric and hot glued it down also.

Put it all together and voila!

A completely new chair!

Tile Coasters

January 2, 2012

These coasters are super cute, cheap to make and easy!

You will need:

  • Scrapbook paper or a selection of photos
  • 4×4″ tiles x 4
  • Mod Podge
  • Clear acrylic spray paint
  • Cork sheeting
  • Rub’n’buff or acrylic paint
  • PVA Glue
  • Stanley knife
  • Paint Brush

And here is how it is done:

Use the stanley knife to cut the scrapbook paper (or you photos) to the size of your tiles. I did this by placing the tile along the edge of the paper and tracing the tile with the stanley knife.

 

Use the Stanley knife again to cut the cork sheeting, make this smaller than your tile. I did this by placing the tile over the edge of the cork and tracing around the tile with the stanley knife.

Use the Rub’n’buff or your Acrylic Paint to paint the edges of your tiles.

Use a mixture with equal parts of both Mod Podge and PVA to adhre the paper to the tiles and let dry.

Once dry use the paint brush to apply 2 thin coats of Mod Podge over the paper and edges of the tile to make it waterproof.

Once dry use the PVA glue to adhere the cork on the underside of the tile.

Lastly, use clear acrylic spray paint to seal the coasters by applying two even coats and voila!

Have fun!

xx


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