Popular in the spring, but something I think will still carry onto the fall, are beaded hair clip accessories. We saw an uptake in beaded bags and now beaded hair clips and barrettes are seen everywhere on the runway and on the fashion influencers of Instagram. Granted you could buy these types of hair clips in a lot of places now; at the beginning of spring, I could only find them from China vendors and being the impatient person that I am, I decided to create them myself! I started DIY-ing when I was younger making beaded figurines so the concept behind the bead patterns was easy to create. Creating them yourself is also super cheap so if you want to save some money I highly recommend following these patterns. I didn’t spend any money in creating any of these clips as I reused only hair accessories and beads from previous projects.
Despite creating three different versions, the ones I wear the most are the most simple one-rowed hair clips in a set of two. I love that it’s a simple addition that can make you look more put together and because they are simple, they go with everything. If you are looking at this tutorial and feel a bit intimidated, I highly recommend trying out the easy one-row beaded hair clip! It takes less than 15mins and you will be surprised how straight forward it is to make something no one else will have.
Read on for 3 different hair clip patterns ranging from super easy to hard and a video tutorial!
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.
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.
Arm Candy: ATOD Bracelets, vintage, MM x H&M watch, DIY Two Tone Bracelet, Aldo Spike Bracelet, DIY leather bracelet
Welcome to the second installment of DIY Summer Arm Swag, you can view the first DIY here. This one’s a bit more complicated and will take a bit longer than the last one but the result is beautiful. Warning: this is a long post, click to see the rest of the tutorial below –>
Costume jewelry is a cheap and chic way to update the wardrobe for new seasons. I often find jewelry I like in stores but there’s always something off. Sometimes the necklace is too short, too long, not the right size…hence nifty jewelry alteration skills come in handy. Here’s an easy way to shorten a chain base necklace. This one in particular I shortened, but if you wanted to lengthen a necklace, instead of cutting you would be adding a similar chain or replacing it all together.
I’m super excited to wear these out for Halloween, but I’d probably where them to school on a normal day, because I’m just that cool. I saw them on the cover Nylon Magazine and knew I wanted my own pair, finally tracking them down on the ASOS website, only to find out they were sold out; it was time to put my DIY skills to use (as mentioned here)! They’re super easy to make and sure to look adorable with any outfit you pair it with. You can still get the pearl version of this on the ASOS website, but personally, I’m more of a rhinestone and sparkles person. I’m kinda of like a magpie….anyways, continue reading for instructions!
Click to continue to steps and photos!
Plain silver headband
24 gauge beading wire
12 gauge aluminum wire
Permanent marker (not shown)
Glue gun (not shown)
I was able to find all my supplies, minus the headband from my local craft store (aka Michaels). I found the headband in my accessories pile, but if you’re not able to find them at a craftstore or Dollarama, you can try Etsy.
Cut two pieces of 12 gauge wire for the ears
Bend these pieces to your desired cat ear shape
Mark where you want them to go on the headband
Bend the ends into loops and cut the excess off
Take the 24 gauge wire and wrap it around the ear frame pieces to secure it to the headband, use pliers to help you.
Disassemble your rhinestone chain (if you have singular rhinestones, skip this step)
Layout where you want the rhinestones
Take your glue gun and glue the rhinestones on. It’s not an ideal solution, but hey, if you’re handy with a soldering iron, go ahead and do that, it’ll be more secure.