DIY Camo Hat ; UrbanOutfitters Inspired

This past weekend, I went to a Washington Nationals baseball game.  While I am a Boston Red Sox fan at heart, it’s a lot of fun to cheer on the home team.  I have plenty of Red Sox gear, but wanted to show some love for the Nats.  My fun little personal challenge was to create something that would show I’m there to support the home team, without having to buy an expensive item to wear.  That’s when I was inspired by this Urban Outfitters 5-panel camo hat.  I’m really into camo right now and I think it’s a fun look to rock at a game because it’s uniqe from the team colors.  image

Urbanoutfitters.com $22 Savant Camo USA 5-Panel Hat

You will need:

  • scissors
  • iron-on letters
  • small piece of fabric
  • hat
  • Sticky Back adhesive Velcro
  • iron and ironing board

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I already own a camo Boston Red Sox hat but I didn’t want to permanently change it.  I wanted to be able to change it, just for this event. 

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Cut out the shape in your material.  Be sure it covers any emblem or logo that is already on your hat and is large enough to fit the words you will iron on.   

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Set your iron on a high setting.  Carefully place your letters onto the material the way you would like them lined up.  Place your iron directly on top of the letters and let sit for about 5-10 seconds.  DO NOT SLIDE BACK AND FORTH.  Repeat this a few times until you see the letters are sticking onto the material.  THEN, you may slide the iron back and forth to ensure it is fully attached to the material.  Flip the material over and iron the backside.  In between placing the iron onto your material, let cool a few seconds to ensure it doesn’t burn.

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Place the adhesive velcro pieces onto the back of your material.  The opposite sides will stick to the hat. 

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Be sure to firmly place the adhesive sides to both the material and the hat to ensure it sticks.  I love the unique look of this and the fact that it looks handmade.  I can assure you nobody else in the stadium had this hat!  The other great part about this is that you can simply remove the material and make another piece that says something else.  The possibilities truly are endless.  The icing on the cake was when I spotted an actual Washington Nationals camo hat at the game for $22.  These materials were leftover materials that I had at home so it technically cost me nothing this time around.  What would your hat say?!

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DIY Chain Pocket T-Shirt

I am always trying to come up with ways to make my t-shirts and comfy staple pieces a little more unique and fun.  That is where this post was born.  Why not have an oversized, comfy tank with a chain pocket detail?  I picked up the shirt at a second hand store for $2.99 and the chain from Michael’s (with a coupon) for under $3.  I chose to get an oversized tank to make the look even more edgy.  This project will take a little patience and a little sewing by hand skill!

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You will need:

  • tank/tshirt
  • chain
  • needle
  • thread
  • sewing pins
  • piece of paper and marker/pencil (for a pattern)
  • scissors

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First, you will need to draw and cut out the size pocket you want.  This piece of paper will act as a pattern and also help while you are sewing on the chains.  Then cut the chain to match the length of the pattern.  Lay it out on the pattern to make sure it matches up and is the size and look you want.

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Then, pin the pocket pattern where you want it on the shirt.  Take this time to place it exactly where you want.  Nothing would be worse than sewing it all on only to find that it is too far left/right or too high/low.  It might also be smart to try the shirt on with the pocket or look at a shirt with a pocket for best placement.  Remember the pocket will most likely droop/dip a little in the center.

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This is where patience and sewing is needed.  Each chain will need to be sewn to the shirt at the first link and the last link.  As you add more links, also connect, with thread, the first and last link the chain above it.

(I removed the pattern for the picture.)

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Once you finish sewing each chain, you can go back and add any addition chains if you fill the pocket doesn’t look filled enough.

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This is a picture of how the shirt looks on the inside.  Not pretty but this was the easiest and fastest way to have the chain stay.

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The shirt will need to be hand washed to keep the chains intact.

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Blonde vs. Brunette – Brunch

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Every Friday, we are going to do a fashion challenge.  In these challenges, we will go to an affordable clothing store and pick out outfits.  Each will highlight our personal style and fashion personality.  We will include the store name and prices.  We chose to visit a store instead of using our closet because so many times we have seen outfits and wished we could recreate them only to find out they were purchased years ago.

The first month our challenges will just be to pick out an outfit for a specific event.  This week we are shopping for our weekend brunch with the girls.

Kristin’s Pick  – THE BLONDE

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Thin tan sweater – $22.99

Coral tailored shorts – $17.99

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Leather strap sandals – $22.99

I love a light sweater with shorts; especially when going out to eat.  You never know if it is going to be hot or cold in a restaurant.  The sandals are strappy and neutral adding uniqueness without overtaking the outfit.  I really like to keep my jewelry simple; so, I would add an oversized watch, some simple studs, and sunglasses (just in case you eat outside).

Alex’s Pick – THE BRUNETTE

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Skull Sweater – $22.99

White skinny jeans – $27.99

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Sneaker wedges – $34.99

When I think going out to brunch, I think: Bloody Marys, cute outfit, and sunshine.  Brunch allows you to really wear whatever you want.  There’s really no unwritten fashion rules when it comes to brunch.  You can dress it up with a simple maxi dress and wedges, or if you’re like me, go for an edgier, casual look.  To contract the skull sweater, I’d wear a simple top knot, a thin gold watch, and simple studs.  PS. I am loving the monochromatic look right now–it makes even an edgy outfit, look chic.

DIY Jewelry Box ; Anthropologie Inspired

There is a jewelry box on Anthropologie.com that I instantly fell in love with.  Oh yay, it’s only $168.  But, I knew this would be something anyone could recreate, for well under that price.  I find the jewelry box to be a beautiful contrast between the hard bark and the shining amethyst.  Because I am a frequent shopper at Michael’s Arts and Crafts, I knew they would have similar supplies that I could work with.

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Anthropologie.com “Twinkling Trove” Jewelry Box $168.00 – $198.00

You will need:

  • 3″ clay pot $.89
  • 3″ clay saucer $.79
  • Super glue $2.99
  • Amethyst/crystal lookalike $6.99

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I chose to work with a clay pot and clay saucer as my “tree stump”, and the amethyst from a necklace chain as my handle.  As always, be sure to place your project in a safe space that you don’t mind getting permanently ruined.  Place your clay pot and saucer inside the box, outside.  I placed the pot on top of an empty water bottle so that as I spin the clay pot while spraying, I wouldn’t have to touch the actual pot.

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I actually started with  the inside of the pot so that I could just flip it over onto the empty water bottle.  Shake spray paint can for about 1 minute.  Spray evenly over surfaces of pot and saucer.

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Let dry for an hour and apply a second coat of paint if necessary.  Let sit completely for about 3 hours, or overnight if possible.  Squeeze a good amount of glue onto the back of your amethyst/crystal and attach to the top of the saucer.

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I used a clay pot to keep the earthy vibe, but you could use a tin can, a paper box, or just jazz up a plain jewelry box you already have.  Don’t limit yourself!

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DIY Leather Necklace ; UrbanOutfitters Inspired

Urban Outfitters has a wide variety of jewelry that I love to get inspiration from.  It features simple pieces as well as eccentric, more intricate pieces of jewelry.  Some pieces are on the expensive side, like $300 type of expensive, that I would consider more of a statement piece of jewelry.  Rather than having to look over those expensive pieces, take away what you love about it and see if you could recreate it yourself.

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Urbanoutfitters.com “Flutter” by Jill Golden Double-Triangle Necklace $333

You will need:

  • flat nose pliers
  • scissors
  • needle
  • 6mm jump rings $2.99
  • large toggle and clasp $5.29
  • textured leather $2.99
  • thick chain $3.99
  • thin chain $3.99
  • patience $priceless

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Cut out your pieces from the leather.  I measured the triangle to be 2 inches wide each side.  Cut another triangle the exact size and then cut the 2nd triangle in a V shape.

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Take the needle and poke about 3 holes in the inside edge of the V shape.  Line your triangle shape inside the V shape and poke holes so that the holes in the triangle and the V shape are aligned.  Carefully slide the jump rings into the holes so they’re ready to be attached to the other piece of triangle shaped leather.

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Connect the pieces of leather with the jump rings using your flat nose pliers.

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At the top of the triangle shape, poke another hole, slide a jump ring through, and attach to the thick chain.  I ended up adding a thinner chain at the last minute, using the same process as the thick chain.  The thick chain connected all the way around, so I didn’t need to connect the ends.  The thing chain had 2 ends that I needed to connect, so I attached the jump rings and added a funky toggle and clasp.

This project took a little bit of time, but it was so worth it because now I am officially obsessed with this necklace.  And it certainly helps that the materials cost me less than $25 to recreate, in my very own style.

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DIY Stripe and Peace Sign Plate

Fashion is not the only way to express yourself.  Being a new homeowner, I have come to find that home décor is just as much as a reflection of me.  I have seen tons of posts about decorating ceramics; but, recently I came across a collection by an expensive designer that displayed a good ole’ peace sign.  I knew that would be easy to recreate.  These would be great everyday plates or fun plates for a special occasion.  Check out your local dollar store for bowls and plates of all different sizes.

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You will need:

  • Clean plate
  • Permanent Marker
  • Painter’s tape
  • Oven – Preheat 350 degrees

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Make sure the surface of the plate is clean and completely dry.  You will now use the painter’s tape to tape off the portion of the plate you would like to remain white.  I just used my eye to measure the distance between the stripes.  After finishing taping, you color the portion of the plate not covered by the tape.  After coloring or drawing your desired pattern, you will put the plate in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Be sure you have removed all the painter’s tape before putting it in the oven.  After the 30 minutes, be careful removing the plate.  Allow it to cool somewhere safe.  After this, the plate can be used. I recommend hand washing these plates; but, you can put them in the dishwasher (keep it on the top rack).

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For the peace sign, I took a circular takeout container and traced that for the circle portion.  From that, I drew the rest freehand and just thickened the lines until it reached the desired thickness.

DIY Silhouette Character Shirt

We may be in our mid [ or late ]twenties but, we will always be kids at heart.  That is what has inspired this post.  I have come across quite a lot of character t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. and wanted one for myself.  But, I cannot seem to find the store they were purchased from or when I find the shirt, it is way more than I want to pay.  So, why not just make it.  This way you can put the silhouette on anything you want!

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You will need:

  • Freezer paper
  • Iron
  • Acrylic or fabric paint
  • Paint brush
  • Shirt or other article of clothing
  • Scissors
  • Drawing or print out of desired character
  • Cardboard

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To get a silhouette or the character you want, you can do a simple internet search and find a picture you like and print it out.  After printing it out, you will need to get a piece of freezer paper and tape or pin it to the print out.  You will then cut out the picture.  Since the freezer paper is connected to the print out, you will be cut out your stencil.  You will want to make sure the is enough detail that the character is recognizable; but, not too much that it will be too difficult to cut out.  As you are cutting, make sure the paper side is covered by the stencil.  You will need the shiny side to iron onto the shirt.

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Once the stencil has been cut, you will have a better idea of how the print should look. Now, you will want to get your paint ready and put a piece of cardboard between the front and back of the shirt.  If you are using acrylic paint, you will need to mix a little water into the paint to thin it out.

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You will know separate the print off from the freezer paper.  Iron onto your shirt with the shiny side down.  This should create a good seal and thus creating a stencil.

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Paint the exposed area.  You can go as heavy or light as you would like.  Keep in mind the kind of shirt you have chosen.  I used a ribbed tank; so, it will stretch and could expose areas that didn’t receive paint.  After you have finished, wait 10 minutes before peeling off the freezer paper.  It shouldn’t bleed if you peel it off sooner, but it is better to wait until it gets a chance to dry on the off chance you hit the paint while removing the stencil.

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This is the finished product.  Now it’s your turn.  Be creative!

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I also made an Ariel sweater for my sister who is slightly obsessed with The Little Mermaid.