For my second post in our new DIY series (see the first post, The 9 Things You Need in Your DIY Toolbox), I want to focus on some super simple DIY projects you can do with things you probably already have or can find easily. These are all great ways to give your wardrobe an extra boost without taking much time or money, and are a great way to ease into DIY-ing.
Without further ado, here are four easy ways to DIY this weekend:
1. Colored Nail Polish
Whenever I find a great old brooch or piece of costume jewelry with a less-than-desirable color scheme, I paint the gems with colored nail polish. I like to play with both opaque and transparent finishes and top it all off with a nail strengthening top coat to keep the color bright and protected. This is especially cool with neon nail polishes.
2. Safety Pins
Safety pins aren’t only useful in getting a garment to fit properly – they can also help you give your clothes a totally new look! You can cut into a garment and pin it back together or you can just use the pins as embellishment on something you already have. Check this tutorial out for some great inspiration.
3. Clip-on Earrings
Clip-on earrings are easy to find at a thrift store or flea market and they make great shoe clips. They may be way too big or old-fashioned looking for your ears, but they can add some sparkle and interest to the fronts of your plain black pumps – just clip them on to the toe, side, or back of the shoe. And if you’re trying to match an outfit, this is a great chance to try out the nail polish trick above!
4. Pinback Buttons
It seems like everybody has a quirky button or two lying around, so why not wear them! The brave can wear them on their shirts or jackets, while others might prefer pinning them on a purse strap or a tote bag.
There are some great buttons available on Etsy, but if you’re feeling extra adventurous you can DIY your own pinback buttons with a safety pin, whatever you want to make into a button, hot glue and some felt. Make a sandwich around the closed side of the pin with the front piece and the felt and hold it all together with the hot glue. This works especially well with fake flowers!
Tell me what you think!
Do any of these sound like projects you’d like to try? What are your go-to easy changes that keep your wardrobe fresh? What other DIY projects are you dying to try? I’d love to hear what you’re thinking!