A few days ago I took the BuzzFeed “What Career Should You Have” quiz (here) that said I should be a designer. Maybe it meant I should be a jewelry designer, because we all know how much I love a good piece of bling, daaaarling! I love pieces to be overstated and bold. I love anything vintage, gold and covered in jewels. I love the work of designers like Loren Hope and Lulu Frost. And I love to make my own pieces, so maybe my BuzzFeed quiz was right!?!
I came across this chain at H&M for $10 (here) and knew I had to embellish it with jewels. I’ve been collecting these sew on craft jewels for years. Seriously, I’m distracted by anything shinny so every time I come across them, I buy them! Luckily you can shop one of my favorite jewelry supply stores in LA online. The Bead Factory (here) has a great collection of jewels in both gold and silver settings. Use a little E6000 to apply your favorite jewels to the chain in whatever design you desire. The unlimited options, in my opinion, is the best part about this project.
I was thrilled when one of my favorite crafty supply spots, M&J Trim in NYC, asked me to participate in their 3rd annual Blogger DIY Challenge. I was excited, but nervous! They basically make a delivery of unknown craft supplies to your door step and request that you come up with projects using materials from the box. YIKES! Although I was nervous (and a little jet lagged from Scotland) but I think I came up with some fun projects.
I’m a little jealous of you guys with May birthdays. The emerald is one of my favorite stones and I’d LOVE for it to be my birthstone. Unfortunately those of us born in August were given the peridot, a less vibrant green that doesn’t look as good one me as an emerald does. What I want to know is who decided which month got which birthstone? I mean I would have been happy with the emerald, the diamond or even the ruby… but no one asked me!
Even though I can’t claim the emerald as my official stone, it’s still one of my absolute faves. I was excited when it was named Pantone Color of the Year and I was excited when I stumbled upon these oversized emerald sew on jewels. I knew I wanted to use them to craft a statement emerald necklace a la Liz Taylor (here).
Materials: Sew On Jewels (available here in many colors), Chain, Wire, Jump Ring, Lobster Claw
Slide the end of the wire through the last link on your chain. Bend the wire over the link and wrap it back around the wire… like you’re twisting up the tie on a loaf of bread. Use a pair of pliers to remove any excess wire. Repeat on the opposite end of your wire.
PS: Don’t forget to watch my latest installment of my new YouTube series Kristen, obviously! This week I’m talking about the bad habits from my 20s that I’m saying bye- bye to. Nothing to do with emeralds, but it’s still a good one. Watch here!
The mini baguette necklaces is the current accessory must have. We all know how much I love a good statement necklace, but sometimes something delicate and dainty is all you need. Making a chic and colorful mini baguette necklace is easy with the help of a Swarovski sew on crystal.
Materials: Swarovski Sew On Baguette (here), Chain, Necklace Clasp, Jump Rings, Pliers
Photos by KrissDidIt
My apologies in advance because this tutorial is totally selfish! It has nothing to do with a current fashion trends or celeb inspo, but this project has been on my DIY “to-do” list for almost two years. Now I know I’m not the only one with a DIY “to-do” list… okay!
Two Summers ago, my Mom and I took the most amazing Mother/ Daughter European vacation. We spent a week in Paris then took the train and spent a week in London. I brought home with me some European and English currency. The English pence has Queen Elizabeth on it and reminded me of the Chanel coin. I thought turning my pence into a pendant necklace would make the perfect souvenir.
So the biggest obstacle to this project (and probably the reason it’s taken me 2 years to finish it) is figuring out how to get a hole in the coin. Of course I YouTubed it and found tons of videos showing how easy it is to drill a hole in a coin. Now here comes the full disclosure… while I was in the hardware store looking the perfect size drill bit, the sales associate offered to drill the hole for me. Hmmmm what’s a girl to do? Should I be a true DIYer, purchase the $3 bit and actually do it myself? Or should I take the nice man up on his offer and not break a sweat? Needless to say 60 seconds later I left the hardware store with a hole in my coin!
The process was however really easy and absolutely one I could have done at home. Just use a pencil to mark your hole, place the coin on a block of wood and using the correct drill bit (ask your local hardware store professionals for their advice) drill a hole through your coin. Or you could pull a Kristen and kindly ask the nice associate working at your local hardware store or key making place to do it for you. #DIFM (#DoItForMe)
Then, use a strong hold glue to glue your rhinestone cupchain around your coin.
Now I’ll always have a little piece of my London trip with me! This project is a great way to remember that perfect Summer vacation and can be done with any coin. Next I’ll be bringing it back stateside and working my magic on a silver dollar. #LadyLibertyRealness
Last weekend I attended the Lucky FABB cocktail party. While I was chatting with a friend a uber fashionable blogger walked by wearing a fab lucite and neon orange tread necklace. Before I had a chance to ask her where it was from or get my camera out to snap a pic, she was gone. In other news, I’d make the worst paparazzi EVER!
I’ve been seeing these type necklaces pop up all over the place lately. While I may not have been able to get any details about her necklace, I just knew I’d have to make one of my very own.
TIP: Lucite beads can be purchased at your local bead store. However, I used the beads from an H&M necklace I’d purchased a few months back. #MakeItWork
Although I wasn’t crazy about her dress, the second I saw Anne Hathaway’s Oscar necklace I thought to myself… CLEARLY SHE READS MY BLOG!!!! lol Her Tiffany & Co necklace reminded me of a petite version of the brooch necklace I crafted a few weeks ago (here). I see you Anne! In honor of Anne’s Oscar win and what has become a little “DIY an Oscar winners necklace” tradition around here, I present to you a DIYable version of Anne’s Oscar night stunner…
Now I have to admit I cheated a little #womp I got lucky and stumbled upon these mini brooches, but don’t worry if you can find any because they’re easy to create. Compile a collection of your favorite rhinestone buttons. Earrings are also a good alternative too. You can pic up basic brooch (or bar) pins at your local craft store (here). They cone in a variety of sizes. Simply remove the shank from the back of your button and use a little E6000 to apply the pin. Allow some time to dry and now you have your mini brooches!
DIY TIP: If the clasp of your pin is not secure and you’re worried about your brooch opening, apply a little glue to your closure to prevent it from opening.