DIY | CAT TEA BAGS

Five more days until Christmas and I am beyond excited to finally get some time off!

A lot of the time people get stressed out with gift giving and planning but I think it’s important to take a step back and to be thankful for all that you have and the ultimate thing during this holiday time is to spend it with the ones you care about. No one’s going to care about that one forgotten or dud gift. It’s really the thought that counts and creating new experiences.

Now, if you DO want to get someone a gift, a homemade one is always a thousand times better than a store bought one (well unless its a computer… I’m not talented enough to put one of those together even for myself!). This DIY in particular is for my cat-crazy-tea-lovers (I think you’ll know who you are so I’m sorry in advance for spoiling part of your Christmas surprise). Read on to see how I made these adorable cat shaped tea bags out of coffee filters!

TIME

Prepare to spend half a day if you have supplies and a sewing machine on hand. If you’re brave enough to attempt with hand sewing, I recommend allowing yourself more time. I made 3 dozen in about 3-4 hours.

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DIY | OVERSIZED CLASP CHOKER

I fell in love with this style of choker while on Jenn Im’s channel and could not for the life of me find out where she got her’s from; so like always, if you can’t buy it, make it!

I already had all the materials at home for the tutorial but I’ll be sure to provide some links for you guys in case you want to make this yourself. I love how it’s a necklace that highlights the fastener, its often not a part of the necklace that is celebrated but hidden. I always had the issue of the clasp falling to the front of all my necklaces anyways from body movements throughout a day, and would constantly be readjusting. This choker style is perfect to combat those annoyances as the clasp is already in the front! I think it also speaks to a more edgy look for the people who want to try a different choker look to the classic black velvet.

I made both my version, which is a wrap around style choker, and also the same shorter length over-sized clasp choker as seen on Jenn Im.

Time this will take you: like…………all of 2 minutes to make, heck it took way longer for me to write this blog post than to make the two necklaces.

What you’ll need:

  • Thin chain (here)
  • 13mm oversized clasp (here)
  • 3mm jump rings (x2)
  • 6mm jump ring (x1)
  • pliers & cutter

Steps:

  1. Cut the chain to desired length, I recommend 11.5″ for the short one and 25″ for the long one. But for your ideal length just take the chain and wrap it around your neck.
  2. Take the 3mm jump-rings and attach the clasp on one end and the 6mm jump-ring to the other end.
And it’s really that easy! Also a nice gift for any friends or family coming up this holiday season. You can make it extra luxe by using sterling silver of 14k filled hardware.
Happy DIY-ing!

 

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DIY | NIKE CHOKER

Funny enough through the mockery of the choker trend, I’m still a fan. Especially of sophisticated metal finishes and lux materials like velvet and satin ribbons. But this article did spark an idea in me. Perfect for those athleisure diehards, here’s a choker that will reflect what you love best!
I present to you the TRUE Nike choker, you can easily make your own with other sport brand headbands with ease. Follow the instructions below and you too can own your very own sporty choker.
Who wants to see a Supreme one or adidas?
Tag #deconstrut if you make this DIY, I would love to see your creations!
Watch the video below for the full tutorial 🙂
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DIY | CHOKER NECKLACE

There’s no denying it, the 90’s are back; patches, brown matte lipsticks, and of course choker necklaces. I still remember turning corner store machines to get plastic choker necklaces for $1. But with every fashion revival there’s a new take on it that makes it more modern and edgier. Here’s my take on a wrap around choker necklace/bolo tie.


WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • suede cord
  • jump rings (2 sizes – 4 small ones that will fit your spike loops and one large one)
  • hardware fixtures that fit to the cord
  • spikes (or other charms)
  • pliers + scissors
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DIY | ADULT HOT COCOA

Everybody loves chocolate.
Everybody loves booze.
Everybody will DEFINITELY love you for giving chocolate + booze.
Stumped for a gift? Yea, I got you covered; we all know you left it to the last minute so why not give them an adult hot chocolate mason jar? Easy to make in under an hour and super quick to pump out multiples of these if you need to gift a whole bunch of people at once! I made these myself for a couple of super close girlfriends (hope you guys liked them!!) and even the boyfriend “borrowed” the idea to make some for his supervisors.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
  • mason jars (The ones I used were from the Dollarama with a little chalkboard label so you can write the receiver’s name on it)
  • candy canes
  • mini marshmallows
  • hot chocolate mix
  • mini Bailey’s sampler (local liquor store should carry these, also Khalua would be a good alternative if you can’t find Bailey’s)
  • string
  • tags (optional: I used these to write messages/instructions from the hot chocolate mix jar)

 

STEPS

  1. Wash the mason jars and dry thoroughly
  2. Spoon the hot chocolate mixture into the mason jar until it’s around half full
  3. Fill the remainder of the jar with mini marshmallows loosely packed
  4. Set aside a non broken candy cane for later and unwrap the rest, and bash. You will want the candy canes to be crushed into small pieces and/or candy cane dust.
  5. Sprinkle the crushed candy cane on top of the mini marshmallows so it trickles down between the cracks of the marshmallows
  6. Add more marshmallows to the jar to pack it in and seal.
  7. Take your string and tie both the mini Bailey’s and candy cane to the jar.
  8. Add label/tag. Done!
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DIY | SNOWFLAKE GARLAND

Time to break out the Christmas decorations! Having moved this year to a new city I don’t have any Christmas decorations on hand so I thought why not whip up something quick and easy with some holiday sparkle.

I spotted these plastic snowflakes at the Dollarama the other day and was surprised at their quality, obviously this meant I had to get them. Once at home I was humming and ha-ing over what to do with them and my boyfriend actually suggested to make a garland out of them! It turned out SUPER pretty and I want to run back to the Dollarama to get more snowflakes! I have this strong urge to cover my whole apartment with this simple yet festive garland (Cost less than $2 to make, looks like you paid wayyyyyyy more)

Who wants one? I’ll make one for you because they are way too pretty to keep just to myself!

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DIY | Tie me up in chains

Wearing: Garage boyfriend shirt, Club Monaco V-neck tee, Shark tooth necklace (here), Layla headphones in rose gold (here

Whew! First semester of my final year is officially over! More time for portfolio and fun things like this highly neglected blog for one. Super sorry for the lack of DIY posts guys, it’s just been super hectic! I’ll try to shoot as many as possible over the Christmas break to have things lined up in the new year.

I’ve been searching high and low for my body chain supplies and finally found all of it this morning so what better way to celebrate my first day off in ages than to make a little something special for myself? (I did a post on body chains wayyyyyyy back when here) Delicately chic, it can be worn over or under clothing. I wish I had this over the summer but am looking forward to wearing this for the winter months over sweaters and layered pieces. This body chain DIY took me all of ten minutes to make, most of the time just measuring the desired length of the chain.

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DIY | Pineapple Embellished Top

Whew! Summer is passing by wayyy too quickly! I can’t believe its already mid July! It makes me sad that there’s only a month and half left of sun and warmth. But then again its been quite chilly here in Toronto and thanks to certain people I’ve been stuck with a cold the last week. I’m feeling a bit better and realized how much I’ve neglected my blog and nothing better than to come back with a DIY tutorial for you guys. Here is a SUPER simple way to spice up any old tank or shirt in your closet with summer sunshine in the form of pineapples. Enjoy!

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DIY | ALEXANDER WANG SUSPENSION SKIRT

A surprisingly easy DIY with great results that can jazz up any old skirt you have around! I’ve mentioned my love for Alexander Wang’s brilliance in this previous post and wanted to recreate a piece similar to his, because let’s be real, I don’t have that kind of money to spend on one of his skirts no matter how much I want it. I was surprised at how well this DIY turned out to be honest, it adds that hint of extra skin and makes your skirt a little extra special and everyone will be asking you were you got it the next time you go out!

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DIY | Frieda and Nellie Bracelets

It has been quite the break from blogging that I have taken, but I’m back with a new DIY post for you guys. Inspired by bracelets by Frieda and Nellie, this is a perfect refresh for any old friendship bracelets or a great new addition to your arm parties for up coming summer memories. I’ll be sporting mine along with my besties at various music festivals and summer activities this season. What will you pair with your DIY Frieda and Nellie inspired bracelets?

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