VIDEO: DIY Tortoise Lucite (aka recycled plastic) + Jeweled Earrings

I’m obsessing over all the Springtime tortoise jewelery I’ve been seeing as of late. And with a Earth Day just a few days away, I was inspired to dig through my recycling bin and use a piece of plastic to help me create this lucite inspired look. This is such a fun, chic and earth friendly (well kind of) project. And because I know so many of you have been asking about the sew on jewels, I found them at a store in downtown LA called The Bead Factory. You can order online here.

I hope you enjoy the video and don’t forget to subscribe to the Miss Kris Channel! xo

DIY: Jeweled Clutch

Glitter 'N Glue DIY Jeweled Embellished Clutch A jeweled clutch is the perfect accessory for almost any outfit. It will dress up a flirty sundress or bring the glitz to your cocktail attire. I picked up a silver metallic basic box clutch (via Kate Young for Target) a few weeks ago and wanted to give it a little make over before my next outing.

Glitter 'N Glue DIY Jeweled Embellished Clutch MATERIALSMaterials: Clutch (here), A Necklace (or other statement jewelry pieces), Glue

Glitter 'N Glue DIY Jeweled Embellished Clutch KATE YOUNG TARGETCan we talk about the Kate Young for Target collection for a second?! Hands done one of my favorite Target collaborations as of late. It’s all about the little accents and the details. The jumpsuit is and obvious winner! And I’m loving this bodysuit (here) and these booties (here). The BEST part is the entire collection is that it’s now 30% off in stores. I know you’re probably like, “Girl that collabo has been out for awhile.” Yes I know! But I’ve learned to wait a few weeks for the sale price before I shop these goodies. I’m now the proud owner of this dress, this dress and this dress! Where will I wear them to? Who knows, but the were on sale!!!

Now back to your regularly scheduled DIY project…

Glitter 'N Glue DIY Jeweled Embellished Clutch SNIPUse a pair of pliers to remove any access chain or findings from your jewelry.

Glitter 'N Glue DIY Jeweled Embellished Clutch GLUEGlue your jewelry pieces directly to your clutch and allow a little time to dry.

Glitter 'N Glue DIY Jeweled Embellished Clutch WHAT YOU GOT IN THAT BAGThe makings of a perfect night out: a jeweled clutch, a Summer scent, statement earrings, MAC eyeliner, Rimmel London mascara, L’Oreal ‘Pink Plush’ lipstick and Aretha Franklin on Pandora

VIDEO: The Glue Episode

Glitter N Glue DIY The Best Glues To Use YouTube VideoThe question I get asked most often is… “What kinda glue should I use to [insert project here]?”  I know the glue isle at Michael’s can be daunting. You have the tacky glue, the cement glue, the fabric glue, the quick dry glue, the glue that does on white but is susposta dry clear and so on and so on. Well don’t you worry because I’m here to help! Check out this video of my top three products and what I use them for.

Feel free to share your glue favorites in the video’s comment section. Share the video with your crafty friends and don’t forget to subscribe to the GNG YouTube channel!

DIY: Miu Miu Inspired Crystal Flats for The Zoe Report

Glitter N Glue on the Zoe Report Glitter N Glue DIY Miu Miu Inspired Swarovski  Crystal FlatSay hello to my favorite DIY project of 2013! Yes, I realize it’s only the 3rd week of the new year but these Miu Miu inspired crystal flats are just to fabulous for words. Who doesn’t love a good shoe makeover? Well Rachel Zoe does because today my dazzling Sole Society flats were featured on The Zoe Report. What a treat! Click here to see the full tutorial.

Glitter N Glue DIY Miu Miu Inspired Swarovski  Crystal Flat DETAIL

Glitter N Glue DIY Miu Miu Inspired Swarovski  Crystal Flat FULL

DIY: Reusable Coffee Cup Sleeve

Glitter 'N Glue DIY Glitter Coffee SleeveHi my name is Kristen and I’m a coffee addict. I started as a social drinker who only drank occasionally but now I can’t seem to function in the morning without a fresh cup of brew.  I frequent my local Starbucks so much that the staff considers me a regular and they’re all familiar with my order. Overtime I’ve seem to have collected an obscene amount of Starbucks cups and sleeves.  I thought it was time that I not only give my cup a new look but create a reusable coffee cup sleeve. Just because I have an addiction does not mean I’m not a socially conscious individual. Save a tree, use a glitter reusable coffee sleeve!

Glitter 'N Glue DIY Glitter Coffee Sleeve  Materials{Materials} A thick/ insulated fabric (I salvaged this glitter fabric years ago from my blogger friend Dedicated Follower Of Fashion), Scissors, Glue, Clothespins

Glitter 'N Glue DIY Glitter Coffee Sleeve TRACEPick up a sleeve from your favorite coffee shop to use as a template. Trace the pattern onto your fabric.

Glitter 'N Glue DIY Glitter Coffee Sleeve CUTUse the scissors to cut out the pattern.

Glitter 'N Glue DIY Glitter Coffee Sleeve GLUEApply a healthy amount of glue to one end of the sleeve.

Glitter 'N Glue DIY Glitter Coffee Sleeve PINUse your clothespin to hold the ends of your sleeve in place while the glue sets.

Glitter 'N Glue DIY Glitter Coffee Sleeve DETAILKeep your new sleeve in your purse and used it on those early morning coffee runs. Trust me it’ll make your coffee taste better!

Glitter 'N Glue DIY Glitter Coffee Sleeve 2

DIY: Emerald Green Statement Button Ring + An Introduction To The Assembly Required DIY Kits

Glitter N Glue DIY Emerald Green Button RingHappy New Year!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Holiday season. We gained a new crop of crafty readers over the Holidays so first I’d like to start off by welcoming and thanking all the new readers who subscribed. I’m working on lots of great new content and I can’t wait to share. That being said I kept it old school this week and updated a vintage Glitter ‘N Glue tutorial.

Pantone has named Emerald as THE color for 20-13!  Let’s celebrate with a new emerald statement button ring…

Glitter N Glue DIY Emerald Green Button Ring MATERIALS{Materials} Button, Ring Base, Nippers, Strong Hold Glue

Glitter N Glue DIY Emerald Green Button Ring CUTUse your nippers to remove the shank from the back of the button

Glitter N Glue DIY Emerald Green Button Ring GLUEApply a health amount of glue to the back of the button

Glitter N Glue DIY Emerald Green Button Ring ADD BASEAdd the ring base to the back of the button and allow time to dry

Glitter N Glue DIY Emerald Green Button Ring DETAILLet’s all be gorgeous in green in 20-13!

And now for a very special announcement… You guys often shoot me emails asking where to purchase certain DIY materials. I do my best to provide you with the correct information, but today I’m pleased to present an even better solution…. introducing the Glitter ‘N Glue AssemblyRequired DIY Kits!!!

I’ve opened an online retail store where you can purchase kits containing the materials for some of my projects, however assembly is required. The kits come with the main materials and instructions on how-to assemble. Click here to view the store. The materials for today’s project is available NOW in 3 different colors (emerald, purple and clear) for $13.

I hope this makes it a little easier for you guys to get your DIY on. I’m looking forward to hearing feedback about the shop. I’m currently working on making kits of older projects so stay tuned for more kits soon.

DIY: SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Crystal Cuff + A Sparkling Holiday GIVEAWAY

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal CuffThis is by far the most festive time of the year and to celebrate may I present to you the glitziest Glitter ‘N Glue DIY tutorial of 2012!!!! This crystal cuff is the perfect project to punctuate the end of the year. It’s also the perfect accessory to wear to that special New Year’s Eve party. It’s so major I felt it warranted an afternoon of crafts and cocktails with my friends. YEA PARTY!

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff MATERIALSMaterials: A Metal Cuff (or Bracelet), Flat Back Crystals from SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL, Glue

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff  CRYSTALSArtbeads.com has a great selection of flat back crystals by SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Click here to shop.

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff DESIGNFirst, layout your design.

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff GLUEThen apply a drop of glue to a toothpick and use the toothpick to apply the glue to the back of the crystal. This is the application method I personally like to use. I always make a big ole mess when I apply the glue to the back of the crystal directly from the tube.

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff  SETAdd the crystals on the cuff. If needed, use a pair of tweezers to carefully place the crystals.

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff DETAILYour design may change as you continue to apply your crystals, but my suggestion is to start with the center crystal and work your way out. At the end of the day the design is totally up to you. Have fun with it and always remember the more bling the better!!

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff THE CURVY FASHIONISTAMarie from The Curvy Fashionista crafted a very tribal inspired cuff.

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff MULTI CUFFSSeriously talk about a great way to spend an afternoon with your friends. Everyone was so creative and took the time to custom design their cuffs. Everyone’s cuff spoke to their personality and no two cuffs looked alike.

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff LAYOUTAre you excited to try this project?  Well in honor of the Holidays I’m GIVING AWAY the materials to make this cuff to one lucky reader. To enter simply follow me on twitter and tweet the follow:

@Glitter_N_Glue make my Holiday sparkle! #SparklingDIY

By sending this tweet you are entered for a chance to win one cuff, an assortment of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals and glue. #AssemblyRequired

The contest ends Wednesday December 19, 2012 at 12:01am and at that time one winner will be selected at random. The winner must be following Glitter ‘N Glue on twitter.


Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff  W HOTEL CHILLMany thanks to the W Hotel Los Angeles for allowing my friends and I to spend the afternoon crafting, sipping cocktails and ice skating.


If you’re visiting the L.A. area soon be sure to head over to CHILL at the W Hotel Los Angeles to take a lap around the rink and enjoy a cocktail.


A special thank you to SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS from providing the materials.


And a big hugs to all my blogger buddies who came out to play!

L to R: Laurie of Laurie B Style, Marie from The Curvy Fashionista, Jenny from Good Bad And Fab, Shauna from Penny Chic, Chanelle from The Penelope Times, Jacey from Damsel In Dior, Sydne from Sydne Style and Deniz from Le Fashion Monster.


DIY: Two Button Statement Earrings

IT’S STATEMENT EARRING TIME!!!! No seriously… it’s time! The holiday’s are around the corner and it’s time to start updating our jewelry collections with a few gorgeous sparklers for the season. Using the same technique as my DIY button ring tutorial, here’s an easy breezy project to help you bring a little bling to those earrings!

Materials: 4 Buttons, 4 Earring Findings With Post and Hoop, Jump Rings, Earring Backings


DIY: A Crafternoon With Mark Montano + Bling Statement Earrings

Last week I invited myself over to Mark Montano (crafter extraordinaire and author of the Big Ass Book Of Crafts and The Big Ass Book Of Bling)’s craft house for an afternoon of crafting. I have a craft closet, Mark has a craft house!!! #MAJOR

We spent the afternoon turning a pair of basic pumps into the most blinged out pair of heels this side of the Miu Miu store. A true show stopper! Below is a video of all our DIY adventure…

This project inspired me! I took the same idea and DIYed a pair of statement earrings.

Materials: A Piece Of Leather, Flat Back Stones, E6000

Cut out a fun shape from your piece of leather

Lay the stones into your desired pattern and use the E6000 to glue them into place.

I used a needle to punch a hole at the top and added an earring finding. So chic!

For more information about the amazingness that is Mark Montano check out his website www.MarkMontano.com

Happy Hour: DIY Rhinestone Encrusted Pumps

IT’S FINALLY FRIDAY! Let’s start the weekend of with a fresh new pair of pumps. Whoop! Whoop!

Materials: Heels (I picked these up from JCPenny’s for $16), Rhinestone Cupchain, Glue

Using a pair of scissors or nippers, cut the rhinestones into individual pieces.

Use glue to apply the stones to your shoe. If you (like me) are working with a pair of long fingernails, use a pair of plyers to pick up the rhinestone.

These are the perfect “hell yea it’s the weekend” shoe!

It’s always better when you share the joys of DIYing with a friend. Blogger Shauna Miller of Penny Chic stopped by the Glitter ‘N Glue studio for a little crafting fun! We talked about her blog and her favorite Summer trends all while blinging out our shoes. We are quite the multitaskers. We also talked about why you always find the best outfits when you raid your Mom’s closet. If you missed this weeks #GNGLivestream be sure to watch the video.

Shauna drew inspired from Carrie’s ‘Sex and the City’ Manolo and embellished her blue stilettos with rhinestone earrings and buttons. So chic! Check out Shaun’s blog Penny Chic for all things cheap and chic. Thanks for hanging out, Shauna! xo

Guest Blogger on Penny Chic + DIY Tassel Earrings

My friend Shauna Miller is the creator and editor of an amazing blog called Penny Chic. Seriously, you all should check it out because this girl knows how to take something from a stores like KMART, Target or JCPenny and really make them look chic and trendy. I always learn something new when I visit her blog. Like did you know French Connection had a diffusion line at Sears? WHAT???!?!? OMG!!! I KNOW!!!!! I HAD NO IDEA! It’s called UK Style and I’m heading to the closest sears this weekend to check it out.

But I digress, this week Shauna asked if I’d be a guest model on her blog. I know you guys are laughing ’cause is that even a real question??? Of course I’d love to model on the blog!!! I had a great time showing of my FAVORITE purchase of the Summer (…thus far). I love this Prada inspired dress from JCPenny’s and of course no outfit is complete without my Miu Miu inspired glitter pumps  and my DIYed tassel earrings. By now you all should know how to apply glitter to a fancy pair of shoes (it seems like I glitterize a new pair of shoes every other week) but the tassel earrings are easy to make too…

Materials: Buttons, Earring Post, Fringe, Glue, Nippers

This project is a lot like the DIY button ring tutorial. First, use your nippers to remove the shanks on the back of the button. Then, use your strong hold glue to apply and apply the earring post to the back of the button.

Add the fringe to the earring post and apply just a dab of the glue to secure it.

I’ve now made several pairs of these tassel earrings. NO BUTTON IS SAFE!

Thanks again to Shauna for allowing me to grace the pages of Penny Chic. xo

DIY: Dolce and Gabbana Inspired Jeweled Jelly Sandals

{Images via Elle }

This week I have to the opportunity to participate in DIY Fashion Week with a few other fashionably crafty bloggers. Pulling inspiration from Spring/ Summer 2012 runway collections, we will be sharing creative DIY projects on our perspective blogs throughout the week. I am absolutely, head over heels totally in love with the Dolce and Gabbana Spring RTW 2012 collection. There are SO many DIY inspirations that can be taken from that collection, but the second I saw the jeweled jellies I knew I’d be making myself a pair for the summer. With a little help from my CL by Laundry gladiators I was able to make all my jeweled jelly fantasies come true.

Materials: CL by Laundry Jelly Gladiators (purchase here – only $30), Jeweled Stretchy Bracelets, Glue

Use scissors to snip the elastic and remove the jewels from the bracelet.

Use a strong hold glue (my obvious fave being E6000) to apply jewels to the desired location.

Seriously I was having so much fun! I haven’t been on a swing in years…


Dress: Alice + Olivia, Bracelet: Vintage from my Grandma’s Jewelry Box, Shoes: CL by Laundry

Be sure to check out my other blogger buddies throughout the week as they post projects inspired from their favorite collections.

(Thurs: Feed Your Style, Fri: Matter Of Style , Sat: Chic Steals, Sun: Chic Cheat, Mon: Inspiration & Realisation)

CelebriDIY Inspiration: Embellished Ankle Straps

Emily Blunt in Gianvito Rossi, Hayden Panettiere in Jimmy Choo, Cassie in Cavalli

So I’ve noticed how celebrities have been opting for minimal traditional jewelry (ie: earrings, necklaces, etc…) and choosing to accessorise their… ankles! That’s right the ankles are making big come back on red carpets all across the world. As if that sexy ankle ever went out of style!

Imagine my DIY delight when I was sitting front row at Nina Ricci and I got an up close an personal look at these blinged out ankle embellished pumps (and by sitting front row I mean scanning the collection on Style.com). My mind was in creative overdrive…

Although my bright blue Aldo wedges are pretty amazing as is, I thought they could use a little embellishment

I ran to my jewelry box an pulled out ever bling out brooch, button and earring I could find. I love the Nina Ricci inspired look, but don’t be afraid to add feather, bows, flowers, studs or chains to your ankle straps. There’s no material a lil E6000 can’t hold!

DIYers Tip: If you use brooches you can simply slip them over the straps. Then there’s no need for glue. You can wear your shoes with or without the embellishments. Who doesn’t love options?!?

Dress from H&M, Earrings from Kate Spade, Wedges from Aldo

DIY: Neon Stud Clutch

L to R: Solange Knowles with C.C. Skye Clutch, Aldo Shoes, Tylie Malibu Clutch

Last weekend, while on a little shopping spree, I tweeted out a few pics of pieces that tickled my fancy. You guys were really excited about anything neon. I’m obsessed with the bright colored shoes from Aldo and I basically want everything in Nanette Lepore’s Spring collection. Clearly you guys are just as into the brights as I am. So as promised, here’s a little neon clutch DIY tutorial that’s a must for your Spring wardrobe.

Materials: A Clutch, Stud Trim, Glue, Fluorescent Spray Paint

First, use a little E6000 to glue the stud trim directly to the clutch.

Transform your clutch from dull to delicious by adding a little spray paint. Use painters tape to protect the hardware of the bag from being covered in paint.

You shouldn’t need more than two coats. Just be sure to give it plenty of time to dry.

Jumpsuit from BCBGeneration, Leopard wedges from Chinese Laundry

Stylist tip: If the bands of a halter top are long enough, try playing around with different ways of tying your top. Criss cross the bands in the back and tie it under your bust line for a different look.

The Oscars are this weekend so I had to hit the palm tree lined streets of Beverly Hills for this shot. The sun was shinning and I was feeling so Hollywood. Are you excited about the Oscars? For me, the main event is the red carpet. I’m looking forward to seeing who will be wearing what.

DIY: Studded iPad Cover

Recently my level of work productivity has been at an all time low. Instead of responding to emails or taking care of other Glitter ‘N Glue business details yesterday, I spent the afternoon with a tube of E600 going rockstar on my iPad case. Seriously, I went into my craft closet to grab some paints for another project and was distracted by blinging studs. I spent the afternoon watching Wendy Williams and gluing studs to my hard iPad cover. I just had to share. Fashion meets technology. So even though when my alarm went off this morning I thought it was Friday (fail), I’m raising the coffee cup and cheersing to being  more productive today than yesterday. Cheers!


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