DIY · fashion

How to: Instagram doodles!

Hi everyone! Recently, I have been posting things on instagram with doodles on them. I have gotten a lot of questions about how I did this and what app to use to do this. I will also be providing some ideas in this post! I got this inspiration from looking through my instagram feed… I saw a post with adorable doodles around it and I knew I had to try it out!

Now, this is a very tedious and time-consuming thing to do. It takes a lot of time because you have to draw everything individually. However, this adds a personal flair to your pictures and it turns out super cute. The first time you try this out, it probably won’t look so good. It takes some practice! I would do a few practice photos before you do one you really like. This allows you to try out some ideas and perfect the way that you doodle.

I use the app You Doodle. It is a very simple to use and pretty self explanatory. You just select the color and size of the “doodle” you want and you go to town. I personally like how outlining a whole person looks. It looks like someone copy and pasted you in the photo almost. And of course, my favorite part is the actual doodling. Every picture is different, and every doodle goes differently with every picture. I like having my photo taken against brick walls or solid backgrounds because that gives me more space to doodle. I have done some without solid backgrounds, and that looks really cool too. I have provided examples below of all the pictures I have done recently. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

I think doodling on your instagram pictures adds so much character to your feed!

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DIY Decorated Vans

Hello everyone! I am finally getting around to posting about this one. I actually did this a few months ago in the dead of winter out of boredom. This DIY really spiffs up a pair of plain old vans or van-like shoes. You can do whatever you want to them, this is just the way I wanted to decorate them!

These are the supplies I used to create these vans. I got the vans-like shoes at Five Below, and the rest at Hobby Lobby. I did a white pair and a black pair and used alternating colors of supplies for each pair. It was as simple as gluing on the stuff I wanted. I was so happy with the outcome!! Not only are the shoes really comfortable, but they add personal style to every outfit you wear them with.

First, I added the tassels. I think tassels are super cute, and they give your shoes a spring/summer vibe. I added them in front and all the way around the back along the seems of the shoe. Next, I added whatever embellishments that I wanted. The black shoes have pearls and faux silk flowers while the white shoes just have flower buttons. E6000 is a LIFESAVER when it comes to any project.

Here is the end result:

I hope you liked this DIY. These are inexpensive to spruce up, and they are great for yourself or as a gift!

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Upcycle 2: Floral Maxi Dress⇢Floral Summer 2-Piece

I found this dress at the thrift store for $4. It reminded me of my great grandma. A part of me wanted to leave it at the store because it was so darn ugly, but the creative part of me knew that I could give this fabric new life. I fell in love with the blues and the floral, but the fit was unflattering and frumpy. I loved the tie in the back and the way it buttoned down.

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I decided at first that I was going to just cut it off and hem it to make it into a mini dress, but inspiration hit me while in a Goodwill when I saw a bunch of adorable two-piece outfits. I knew that I had to cut this sucker in half and make it a two-piece. I decided that I needed some help on this project, so I enlisted the help of my dear friend Alli who is in the fashion program here at Kent. While I am a crafty girl, my sewing skills are not that great. I knew Alli could make my vision come to life!

I measured where I wanted the skirt to sit (high-waisted) and I cropped the top half of the dress. I bought some elastic and had it sewn into the hem so that it stretched. It was super simple and it completely transformed this dress into a super cute summer two-piece!

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You could wear the two piece together or mix and match with other shirts, pants, and skirts. Thanks to Alli for being my seamstress!

Not only did Alli bring this adorable summer two-piece to life by sewing it together for me, but she was also a great model!

From an old lady button-down dress to a super cute, boho two-piece, this piece has definitely been given new life. This is one of those pieces that I would never pick up in a store, but Alli makes this outfit look like it came straight off of the runway!

Thanks again to Maddie and Alli for all of their help with this upcycle!

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Upcycle 1: Denim Maxi Dress⇢Distressed Vest

I have been on an upcycle kick lately and I have a bunch of adorable DIY ideas for your next trip to the thrift shop!

This denim maxi dress was found at a thrift store and purchased for $4. I had been wanting a denim dress, but I couldn’t find anything that I really really liked. I saw this piece and I instantly knew that I could change it into something super cute!

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This dress involves a lot of fabric. Waaaayyyy too much fabric. This dress actually came down to my ankles almost and it was a little smaller on me than I planned. I tried to force the dress idea, but it wasn’t working, so I decided that an oversized distressed vest would do.

I began by cutting the dress above my knees. I wanted the back to be longer than the front, so I cut the front of the dress about 3 inches shorter than the back, and then I seem ripped a slit onto both sides. I began to distress the denim in random places on the now vest by using my seem ripper and pulling out the dark blue cross strings and leaving the white ones. I also did some the opposite way by pulling on the white strings and leaving the blue. Once I was happy with the holes I made, I moved on to the hem. I wanted a long fray on the bottom hem, so I began pulling out the white strings and tried to keep the fray as even as possible all the way across, but again – I am distressing it so it doesn’t have to be perfect. Finally, I changed out the buttons to just regular wooden buttons – regular circles and flower shaped.

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This denim maxi transformed into a super cute vest with a whole new vibe. The inspiration for this vest is a bit late 60’s early 70’s. Denim is timeless – but the flower-power buttons and loose fit give me a Woodstock vibe, and the distressed edges and holes bring the piece back to this decade.

I decided the pictures of the vest hanging just did not do it justice, so I had my lovely gal pal Maddie model it for me! She was the perfect model for this piece, so thank you Madds for being my model and bringing this piece to life!

This upcycle just proves the life that you can bring back to old/not “in-style” pieces. This dress was $4 at the thrift store, I paid $2 for the buttons, and it took me a few days to do. For a total of $6, this vest is now a one-of-a-kind piece!

A huge thank you to Maddie and Alli for helping me with this upcycle!

 

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DIY: Rustic Key Hanger

Today, I went into Pat Catans with a very specific idea in mind. I needed one things and I was convinced that they had to have it. I searched far and wide for that thing. But this thing I could not find. So of course I had to come up with another idea mid-search so that I didn’t leave one of my favorite places empty handed (also, if you spent over $30 you got a free yankee candle, hell yeah). So I dug deep in my brain to think of things I had still wanted to do for the apartment (apartment tour coming in the next few months!) and I remembered that I was super irritated with the fact that I couldn’t find my keys at least three times on the day that we moved in and stayed there, and viola, the Key Hanger idea entered my brain and I was set on that. I am super happy with the way this project turned out. It was super easy and You can personalize it to your own style! Here is how I did it!

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I purchased all of these items from Pat Catans. I bought a round piece of wood, and I bought it with the bark on the sides because I thought it would give it a bit more ~personality~. I had no idea what I wanted on the wood at first, but I stumbled upon the adorable lock/key wood cut-out and I knew I needed that on the hanger because, duh, I am going to hang keys on it! My ideas started running from there. I saw the cute little wooden hearts, and I knew I needed those. I decided then that I was going to put a quote on the hanger as well. I bought letter stencils at this point. They look like letters that would be on some sort of shipping crate, and I liked how that looked. I then decided that having the background just be the wood would be boring; I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied with the end product if I didn’t get a little ~extra~ with it. So I bought the flower stencil because flowers are cute, duh. For the stenciling, I bought little “stamper” brushes in order to dab, dab, dab my letters and the flowers on the wood. Finally, I found the actual hooks, which took me for freaking EVER (Thanks for rearranging the store, my hometown Pat Catans >:-(…). Anywho, I found them and I settled on these cute hooks. I liked how they were while, and had the wooden ball on the end, and I thought it would match well with the bark on the sides! I also bought a hook for the back so I could hang it, I just used screws from home to adhere these things to the hanger, and I used acrylic paint for everything.

To start off,  I painted one of the little hearts a baby pink color, and I let that dry on the side. Then, I drilled the holes so I knew where my hooks would go and also attached the hook to the back of the hanger, like sooooo….IMG_6757

It’s important that your screws are not longer than the depth of your wood, because then the screw will go through the wood, leaving a gaping hole, and you will be one sad DIYer. Also make sure when drilling the holes you don’t go through the wood either. The same sadness will occur.

Next, I dove in to dabbing on my white paint with my flower stencil. I wanted it to look imperfect, so I didn’t try to hard to keep all of the flowers in line. I was going from the rustic, distressed look…….and it turned out like this!

Some flowers are darker than others and some are faded. I think this make it look “older” in a way.

Next, I stenciled in the letters. This was definitely a challenge. These letters are not perfect by any means, but they give the piece some character by not being perfect. As we all know, I am a bit impatient, so the flaws in the letters are mostly due to the fact that I wanted to see the end result out of excitement! So I would dab too hard or more on to the next letter too fast. For the best results, just be patient and wait until the first letter dries!

Finally, my letters were done and I added on the heart and the key/lock. I then screwed in my hooks with a bit of a stagger. The aren’t completely even, and I promise I did that on purpose! I think it looks very rustic and it will fit really well in my new apartment! and viola! The finished product!

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I hope you enjoyed this DIY, and I hope you will try it out for yourself! I would love to see everyone’s own style! Thanks!

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DIY: How to Spice Up an Old Skirt! 

Hello all!! Lately I have been super into the denim skirt trend, but not into the spending money trend lol! Denim skirts are very trendy right now, and you can get them for “affordable prices” but I need better than affordable. I need dirt cheap! I decided that I wanted to make something that is totally mine and unique AND friendly to my bank account. Here’s what you’ll need!

  • Denim skirt
  • Hot glue gun/glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon/fabric/any decorative thing you want
  • Pins/ bobby pins (for hemming)

This was literally sooo easy and soooo affordable! I got my skirt from Goodwill. It was a very lucky find! I paid $3.25 for the skirt. This is the original state of the skirt: 

It was a little long for my taste, so I tried the skirt on and cut around the bottom to my liking and I made sure it wasn’t too short (you may have to leave the back slightly longer if it is real denim). This skirt was not real denim. It was more of a stretchy material, but it still looks denim. This is why I didn’t try to “fray” the bottom like I originally planned. I then folded the part I cut under (inside the skirt) and pinned it so it would all stay the same length. You could sew it, but I am lazy and again, I like immediate results because I am impatient, and I used a glue gun to make the hem of the skirt. I just went around the whole bottom of he skirt. I then took this ribbon (?) type stuff that I got from Pat Catans and I clued it around the pocketed area. I thought this gave it a cute accent and I can still pretty much wear it with anything! This is the final result! 


And here is a close up of the ribbon I used:


I did this DIY in probably 30 minutes. It was super easy, cheap, and fun! And now I have a new cute skirt that is all my own! Hope you enjoyed!

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DIY: Race car Ribbon Wreath!

So with tomorrow being fathers day, I decided to post a little DIY that I came up with that I made for my Grandpa! My grandpa is in a nursing home, so there we were kinda limited with gifts to get him. He has very few interests, especially after his stroke, but there are a few things that make him happy and one of those is racing. One of the first conversations he had with us after his stroke was about his memories of his cars and racing back in the day. He has come a long way since his stroke, and we just didn’t know what to do for him since he doesn’t live at home anymore, so we decided his room needed a little sprucing up at the nursing home! I suggested a wreath, because that’s festive, and there’s nothing wrong with being festive all year round. I knew that I didn’t want to just buy him any old wreath, because thats impersonal and no fun! So I decided to incorporate something he loves into it (surprise, it’s race car themed). Of course, you can recreate this wreath with any colors, fabrics, and add-ons that you want! Here’s how I did it!

First, you will need a few things to get started!

  • wreath ring (however large you like; bigger ring = more tooling)
  • tool/burlap/ribbon (preferably with wire in it to hold shape, i usually just guesstimate how much I will need, but I bough about 3 yards of it)
  • wire
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and hot glue
  • mesh tubing (this is extra just for some fun! I only used a small amount of this)
  • any add ons that you would like (mine were toy cars)

 

I am someone who likes to just tackle projects, so I never really measure how much stuff I use. I do know that I used the whole tube of tool that I bought, but I had left-overs of everything else.

My biggest tip if you get stuck is to look up how to make a burlap wreath on Youtube. I have made wreathes before, and I used burlap. You will use the same technique no matter the fabric you purchase. A wreath ring should have 3 smaller rings inside the ring. This is how you get the beautiful “tufts” of the ribbon or tool around your ring. Basically, you go through the smallest ring first, wrapping the first few inches of tool around the ring and then using your wire to adhere it to the ring. You could also use hot glue if you wanted. Next, you weave the ribbon, leaving “tufts” of it in-between each new section of the ring. When you reach the top ring, you will want to twist your tool, and start in the bottom ring again and repeat the weaving (I refer to this as the weave-and-twist). If you notice in the picture of the ring, there are 4 sections in the ring. I usually do 2-3 weave-and-twists in each section of the wreath. Depending on your fabric, you can do more or less, but you want it to be very dense. You don’t want gaps on the wreath, or you’ll be able to see the rings underneath. Weave-and-twist until you have something that looks like this:

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You can then adjust your “tufts” and finish the body of the wreath by tying it down with wire or hot glue. I used all of my tool, about 3 yards, for this wreath.

Next comes the fun! Decorating! So I wanted this to ~kinda~ look like a checkered flag. I looked for checkered ribbon at my local Pat Catan’s, but they didn’t have any so I had to do my best to improvise. I decided on the black tool and the silver/black mesh tubing. So, to do the “checkers” I used the mesh tubing and cut off about 8 inches for each “checker”. I folded it over each other into something that looks like this: (and binded it together with wire)

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I then placed these somewhat sporadically throughout the wreath where I thought they would look a bit like checkers.

Finally, I added the cars I bought and viola! A race car themed wreath!

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I ended up spending only 20$ on all of the supplies listed, so this is an easy, cheap solution to someone who is stumped on what to get someone!

I hope you enjoyed this DIY!