DIY Blake Lively Jeans

Hello darling! Happy April! I’m so happy it is finally not March (my least favorite month). March just always seems to draaaag on. No worries though, it is finally April and the flowers are hopefully going to start popping out like jack-in-the-boxes.

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I’ve been wanting to try and DIY a pair of jeans for the longest time. I always see this epic post from brit.co floating around Pinterest, so I decided to try it out for myself. After hunting high and low for a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans at Marshall’s, I finally found this pair made by Abercrombie Fitch. If you want to find my exact pair you can look high and low for it at Marshall’s or find a similar pair herehere, here, and here.

Since I already had acrylic paint, I decided to use that and paint on my jeans. I started out with a glob of white paint and just splattered it all over the front and back of my jeans. To get a more “painty” look I started just rubbing the faded paint brunch of the pockets and edges of my jeans.

Tip: Make it easier to splatter the paint get a big brush and glob a ton of the paint with the brush tip. Also, it is going to fling back at you so be prepared!

For the tree branch, I decided to use a thin brush to make the branch first. I put one on my left back pocket, bottom left leg, and right upper thigh. To make the flowers, I mixed 4-5 pinks and purples in order to get a colored contrast.

Tip: It is really hard to use a brush for this process (trust me, I tried), so I tried a plethora of Q-tips instead. They really helped blend the different colors together.

After I painted my jeans, I wanted 24 hours for it to dry. Since I used acrylic, I wanted to figure out how I could make sure the paint wouldn’t wash off or flick off when I washed them. This blog recommended that using heat can actually set the paint. So, I really didn’t want to use an iron because I didn’t know if it would ruin it. The blog recommended putting it in the the oven for a very low temperature. So, I did and now my paint is pretty secure.

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As for the rest of my outfit, I wanted to keep it really light like my pants. I opted for a white button down from American Eagle and a lace bandeau from Francesca’s (the white is sold in stores). I also wanted to add a little bit of fun with my pointed flats.

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Would you ever paint a pair of jeans? My next adventure would be trying to recreate the Ralph Lauren painted Jeans. They look as if an artist kept touching his or her leg because the paint is coated on the thighs in various colors. Also, the rips in the jeans are also strung together with string. Let me know in the comments if you would ever paint a pair of your own jeans!

As always,

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DIY Dream Catcher

Hello darlings! I’ve been wanting to get a dream catcher for quite some time now. I looked on etsy and eBay and they are actually pretty expensive and none that I really loved enough to buy. So I figured I could probably make one myself… I mean how hard could it be?

Step one: Go to A.C. Moore or another craft store and pick up your supplies.

Supplies 

  • Giant spool of string
  • Beads of your choice
  • Fake flowers
  • 4 different styles and sizes of ribbon
  • Super glue or hot glue
  • Wood Embroidery Hoop

The total should be around $15-$20.

Step two: Separate the outer circle and the inner circle of the Wood Embroidery hoop. It’s up to you which one you want to be the hoop. My dream catcher is made with the inner circle and my friend is doing one with the out side hoop. You can use the clasp for hanging the dream catcher or you can make a string to hang it.

 

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Step three: Wrap the string around the hoop so it covers every part of the hoop. Warning: This takes a very long time. It took me about an hour.

 

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Step four: Put as many beads as you want on the string you are going to use to create the web. Depending on the size of your dream catcher you may want to do more or less beads. I put about 100-125.

Step five: Wrap the spool of string loosely around the dream catcher. While you are doing this, space out the beads evenly.

Step six: You then put your string though the middle bead of each loop. This is going to create the outside circle of your web.

Step seven: You’re going to put the string in the hoop you just made. You are going to continue all the way around the circle. After making the first lap around the dream catcher, you’ll want to continue putting the string in the newly made circle until you cannot do it anymore. The picture below shows the beginning of this step.

 

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Step eight: Put a bead on the last hoop you made. This represents the “spider.”

Step nine: Super glue the last string to another piece of string on the web… that is how I did it. Many websites show that they tie the last piece off. I couldn’t figure out how to do it, so I ignored their instruction.

Step ten: Cut your ribbons at different lengths and tie the longest ones in the center. This creates a more voluminous look (thats why people get layers in their hair). Make sure it’s not too drastic of a different length or it will look choppy.

Step eleven: Cut the fake flower stems and tie them on the dream nature with one of your ribbons. Feel free to wrap them all the way around, both sides, or just one side like I did!

Step twelve: Tie an extra piece of ribbon to the top of your dream catcher. This will be used to hang your dream catcher.

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There you have it! If you have more questions on how to create it you can look at the guide I looked at or you can comment on this post! I’ll be sure to answer any of your questions.

My friend, who I made the dream catcher with, was joking and wants to sell them on Etsy now. Maybe with practice, haha!

If you have any fun DIYs let me know! I had fun making this

As always,

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DIY College Sweatshirt

Hello darling! There is something about making yourself stand out in a sea of people wearing the same thing. When I go to the Siena basketball games, I want to stand out. That is how I thought the crazy idea… why not revamp my college sweatshirt?

Everyone at my college loves wearing Siena sweatshirts. I mean why wouldn’t you? They’re comfy, soft and super cute. My bookstore was selling this sweatshirt for a wild $15. I’m such a big spender aren’t I? I ended up buying beads in Siena’s green and yellow colors for about $5 and then white beads for the boarder for about $5. You can find similar beads at Michael’s and they have them in so many different colors.

Advice: Buy beads in different shapes and colors so the final product had as an interesting texture to it. However, make sure the bead opening is still the same size or might be difficult to sew on.

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To attach the beads you’re going to need a toooooooon of string. I put all of the different beads in one big ziplock bang shook it up. That way when I put on the beads it was randomized. I then sewed on a couple of beats at a time and stuck them on directly to the sweatshirt.

Advice: Make sure you’re not sewing too many beads on at once! If you do you’re going to have to go back and fasten them on more carefully by stitches over them vertically. The heavier the strand is the more likely it is to droop. Try sticking to 2-4 beads at a time.

Once you are done sewing on all of the letter beads make a boarder! The boarder makes a huge difference! I recommend a basic color like white, black, or navy for this. The boarder will definitely make the colors pop!

P.S. It is a very time consuming project so watch TV while you do this, do it while traveling in a car, or even at the beach. Just know that it does take a very, very long time. (I hope your college doesn’t have more than 5 letters like Wesleyan, Roger Williams, or Lafayette).

Let me know if you try out this awesome project! I’d love to see pictures of the final out come!

As always,

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Miss American Pie: Updo in less than 2 minutes

I’ve had this hairband in my life for about three years now and have never worn it. I simply could never never figure out how to wear it. So I’ve decided to make it a priority to wear it one day. I figured out this updo the other day when I really just didn’t feel like doing my hair. To recreate it all you need to do is pin your hair back with two bobby pins so that you have no part on the top of your head. This basically makes sure you don’t have weird side part on the top of your head. After you do this, place the hairband on top of your hair… make sure it is op top of all of your hair. You then wrap the strands of hair over the band as if you were putting them in a hot roller then tuck them under the band. Once you did that to your entire head you’re done. Easy as 1, 2, 3. This hair style would be perfect if you have a crease in your hair from the gym or even if you really are just tired of burning your hair on your appliances.

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Let me know if you try this hairstyle!

As always,

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DIY Pearl Bead Straps

The other day my strap broke in the wash machine. This shirt was one of my favorites so you can only imagine how reluctant I was to throw it away. So I thought… What do I do? I ended up cutting both of the straps off the shirt and then sowing on strands of beads. Now this shirt I thought I had to throw away is now one of my favorite shirts times two.

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As always,

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