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.
I have a ridiculous amount of brooches. Seriously I collect brooches like I wear them everyday…with a scarf…pinned to one shoulder of my padded jacket…Designing Women style. I seem to never to be able to pass up a good brooch. And although many of them are vintage and once belonged to my Grandma, I still have more than any normal 20 something girl should own. That’s why I was so thankful when friend Jacey from Damsel in Dior posted pics of her wearing her J.Crew brooch necklace. I was instantly inspired. Enjoy this little video. I know I said the Miu Miu inspired flats were my favorite project of the year, but that was last week! Behold my new favorite project of 2013…
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I’m back in LA and back to the business of being crafty. I really enjoyed the time I spent in NYC last week. I left feeling very inspired. Everyone in that city is already extra fancy, but the added pressure of Fashion Week brought out all the fashion fabulosity. I couldn’t help but notice that chunky chain necklaces were a popular look on the streets of The City. Recently, celebs like Rihanna have been spotted rocking the chunky chain and even I got with the program and took my vintage chunky chain necklace for a ride. This trend was the inspiration behind this super easy two tone, two chain DIY project.
My neon obsession has blossomed into a full-blown addiction! I started off as just a social neon spray painter, first using it to color my neon satchel then my neon clutch, but somewhere along the way I lost control. Over the past few weeks I’ve collected the Krylon Flourescent Spray Paint in every color and I can’t stop painting! I’m spraying necklaces, shoes, sunglasses, bracelets and so on and so forth. Somebody call Dr. Drew because I’m in need of neon spray paint rehab!
It may have to apply a couple of coats but when I’d have to say this makeover was a huge success
My friends and I had a fabulous time at the FAWN TV launch party. In case you haven’t heard yet, beauty blogger Michelle Phan is launching an all new Youtube for all women network (get it? F.A.W.N.) Click here to get all the details about the new network and feel free to follow Glitter ‘N Glue TV on Youtube as well (here).
Did you know this month was Nation Craft Month?I know! I was thinking the same thing…Why isn’t this a National Holiday? Why didn’t we shut down schools and close banks and the post office in honor of National Craft Month? Well don’t worry, I’ve done my part in celebrating the month that honors creativity. I’ve been a very busy and crafty DIY bee all month.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook know I attended the Craft and Hobby Association Convention earlier in the year. I love attending CHA because it’s the one time of the year I get to see all the new DIY products that will soon hit the shelves. I always leave the convention inspired and full of DIY ideas. This DIY tutorial is inspired by products I discovered at this years Craft and Hobby Association Convention.
Martha Stewart Crafts always delivers some new fun and innovative products. They recently developed a crafter’s clay that caught my attention. The Martha Stewart Craft’s Clay comes in an easy to use starter kit with 5 different color clay and all the materials you need to help you get started. They even provide 4 silicone molds to help you create shapes. I used the branch mold to create my Max & Chloe inspired branch necklace.
Allow the clay to dry in the open air at least 24 hours. While the clay is drying crate holes with toothpicks so that you can add the chain to the branch once it’s dry.
Another discovery from CHA was the Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding Paint (manufactured by Plaid Crafts) . Seriously, I’m so obsessed! You guys know how much I love metallics and with metallics being such a big trend in fashion this season this product is the perfect addition to your DIY kit.
I know it’s hard to see the necklace in this picture, but I wanted a chance to show off my $750 Milly dress I picked up on sale from Bloomy’s for $150! Gotta love a good sale!!!
Here’s a better shot of my clay necklace ;-) I simple added jump rings through the holes I created in the branch and connected the chain to it. Literally just that simple! Add lobster claws clasp to the back of the necklace for a simple closure.
Now you know a National Craft Month celebration isn’t a party without a giveaway, right?!?!?!?! Well the lovely folks at Plaid Crafts would like to give one luck Glitter ‘N Glue the liquid gilding paint in gold… silver… AND rose gold! That’s right! You can win a supply of the Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding paint in every color they make. To enter simply leave a note in the comment section below letting me know:
Q: What’s the favorite craft/ DIY project you’ve ever made?
I want to read all about your most creative projects. And for those of you who are new to the DIY world let me know what project you are most looking forward to crafting in the future. Leave your answer below. I can’t wait to hear. Contest ends at 11:59pm pst on Sunday March 25th and with the help of a fancy number generating system, a number will be selected. If your answer falls in the comment box that corresponds with the selected number…you win the Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding Collection courtesy of Plaid Crafts.
PS: Special thank you to Danielle from Queens aka The Style N Beauty Doctor who helped me with my eye make up. I’ve never been good at applying eyeliner but thanks to her and her eyeliner 101 tutorial now I’m a pro!
UPDATE: The winning number was 13. Thanks for all who participated. My readers are SO creative!
Photos via FabSugar
There was lots of glitz on last nights Oscars Red Carpet. If I had to pick jusssssst one to take home the best dressed trophy I’d had to pick Gwyneth for that Tom Ford cape number. I could have done without the hair, but I love that her dress was on trend and she took a risk with that cape. It was haute! But there were tons of other trends on the red carpet I was excited to see. One of them being the simple rhinestone necklace. I know, I know it’s totally unusual for me to be attracted to something that’s not so blingy and statementy but sometimes simple, clean and classic makes the loudest statement of all. Now we all know those necklaces on the necks of Penelope, Cameron and Michelle probably cost a trazillion dollars, but here’s a quick and easy way for you to DIY the look.
There’s something so chic and so classic about a simple rhinestone necklace. Here actress Ava Gardner sports one to the 1954 Oscars. I’m not sure which accessory is better her necklace or her date, Frank Sinatra.
Here’s a little Hollywood history: Ava was nominated for her leading role in Mogambo. But it was her boo Sinatra who took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in From Here to Eternity (via Parade).
Happy Friday! Who doesn’t love an embellished collar? I love that you can add a collar to almost any outfit. Today my chainmail collar DIY tutorial was featured on StyleCaster. Click here to see the full tutorial. It’s a fun one!
Last week I posted a photo on Instagram of this quickie DIY necklace from a few yards of rhinestone chain I picked up. I got a lot of request asking for a video showing exactly how I had it. Well you ask and you shall receive. It’s quick and easy. Also, I gave you guys a few tips on shopping for DIY materials that might be on the pricey side ie rhinestone chain. Lots of DIYliciouness in the video. Enjoy xoxo
I have to confess that most times my jewelry box is a haute mess. It’s never very organized and I always end up loosing an earring or spending hours trying to untangle necklaces. At the beginning of the year I vowed to take better care of my accessories and to keep my jewelry organized. You gotta love this shabby chic necklace organizer. I’m so excited to use it and to of course tell everyone that I made it myself!
You never know when DIY inspiration will hit you. The other day I was lounging in bed watching Lara Spencer on Good Morning America talk about pandas or goats or something when her super fancy necklace caught my attention. It was gold, shiny and literally made me move closer to the TV for a better look! The necklace was gorgeous. It reminded me of something tribal or ancient Egyptian. I was inspired to get crafty…
EXCITING GLITTER ‘N GLUE NEWS: December 1st kicks of the Glitter ‘N Glue Holiday DIY Gift Guide. For 12 days straight I’ll be posting trendy do-it-yourself gift ideas for that chic fashionista on your Chrismakwanzaka list. That’s right…12 days of DIY projects AND 12 days of giveaways. YES, GIVEAWAYS! Along with the daily dose of DIY, I’ll be giving away presents from some of my favorite brands including Goody Hair Accessories, Rit Dye, Incase and many more. Who’s excited?!?! Tell a friend and make sure you’re a blog subscriber and a Glitter ‘N Glue Twitter follower so you don’t miss any of the delicious DIY details. Tis the season to get crafty… Fa la la la la, la la la la!