DIY Tribal Print Shorts

Revamping old clothes can be a great way to create edgy and one-of-a-kind looks. I combined two of my favorite summer trends, dip-dyeing and tribal prints, into one fabulous project! I turned a pair of boring denim shorts into a pair of super, stylin’, swell shorts!

DIP-DYE BLEACHED SHORTS DIY INSTRUCTIONS HERE

Materials

  1. Pair of dip-dyed denim shorts
  2. Black fabric marker (or Sharpie marker)
  3. Ballpoint Pen
  4. Pencil
  5. Cardboard or Newspaper

Instructions

On one side of the shorts trace out the tribal print pattern with pencil.

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Tribal print pattern consist of many triangles, circles, and lines. Keep in mind that tiny, complicated patterns will be much harder to draw with a marker and will not look as appealing to the eye. Make your patterns bigger like the one pictured. Be creative! Follow the pattern that I have created if you wish. When done tracing the pattern with pencil, trace over it again in pen so that you can see the pattern more clearly.

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Place a piece of cardboard or newspaper in the leg of the shorts (as pictured above) to prevent the shorts from getting unwanted marker stains. Carefully trace over the pattern using the marker. Take your time using the marker because if you make a major mistake here, there is NO going back. DRAW ON!

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With <3,

SEMtimes

P.S. Notice the studs on the left pocket for added flair…

Quick DIY Beribboned Sweater

Hey bloggies!

Today I have a quick DIY for you to do on the run or as you’re getting dressed in the morning! It’s simple and quick but has major style impact and can take a boring sweater from blah to ‘ahhh!’

It’s a simple but classy ribbon bow at the cuff of your sweater sleeve!

All you need are:

Thin ribbons of any color

A needle with an eye large enough to thread the ribbon

An open knit or crochet sweater

Open knits are perfect for cool summer days: not revealing but still keep you from overheating. They’re great especially if you live in foggy San Francisco!

Here are some sweater ideas (I used the H&M one):

If you’re hesitant about trying a DIY on your prized open knit sweater (especially if you have one costing upwards of $100 :o), don’t worry; using an open knit/crochet sweater makes this DIY perfect since you can remove the ribbons at any time!

Simply thread the ribbon through the needle, roll up the sleeves of the sweater, then pull the ribbon though your sweater right at the point where the rolled-up part ends and the upper sleeve begins. Pull the other end of the ribbon around from under the cuff, then tie a bow. Voila!

More ideas:

Attach a ribbon bow to the top of the pocket of the sweater (if it has one) kind of like this

Tie a bow from ribbon threaded through the collar area of the sweater like this

And that’s all there is to it! I prefer my crochet/open weave sweaters in cream, white, or neutral colors but you can do any color combo! My favorites: cream sweater with black ribbon, forest green sweater with navy ribbon, dark grey sweater with periwinkle ribbon, tan sweater with neon coral ribbon….

I hope you found this tutorial easy and useful! It can be done even while wearing the sweater and so can be a quick addition to your morning routine :)

Much love,

SEM

Dip-Dye Ombre Shorts

Bloggers! Apologies for the long break between posts! Let’s take a poll shall we? Who doesn’t like to tie dye? …Exactly, NO ONE!

Back to the point…while walking through the local Urban Outfitters last week I spotted a gorgeous pair of dip-dyed shorts. The price tag: $50! but but but but…WHY!??? They were so simple looking almost as if I could make them…(lightbulb goes off) MYSELF! I ran to the nearest Forever 21 and got a pair of white denim shorts and picked up some RIT dye at the craft store. I was on my way to becoming the world’s newest dip dye expert!

Materials:

  • Plastic Gloves (You don’t want blue hands, eh?)
  • Bucket
  • Mixing Stick or Clothes Hanger
  • Tablespoon
  • Sink
  • Hot water
  • RIT Liquid Dye (I used Royal Blue because I’m fancy like that)
  • White Denim Shorts (preferably a cotton/poly blend or 100% cotton)Image

Procedure:

  1. Fill your bucket with 1 gallon of hot water
  2. Put on your gloves on (snap! snap!)
  3. Pour two tablespoons of liquid dye into the water
  4. Mix the water and dye (I used a plastic clothes hanger as a mixer which is questionable…but hey at least it worked!)
  5. Dunk the shorts entirely in the dye mixture and soak for 15 seconds REFER TO DIAGRAM ABOVE
  6. Wring out extra dye from shorts and hang them up temporarilyImage
  7. Approximate and add half the bottle of liquid dye to the dye mixture (Don’t freak out it will not be perfect…but then again nothing’s perfect ;)
  8. Use your mixing device and make sure the dye is swirled into bucket
  9. Hold the hem of the shorts and dunk the shorts in until the end of the zipper hits the dye mixture and hold them there for 45 seconds (Don’t complain, just do it. Sing a song to pass the time along. Wait…did I just quote Mary Poppins?) REFER TO DIAGRAM ABOVE
  10. REPEAT STEP 6! Wring them out, and HANG THEM (That’s right… SEND THEM TO THE NOOSE!…just kidding)
  11. Now add the remaining liquid dye to the bucket and mix it in
  12. Hold the shorts by the hem and dip just the top of the shorts in (until the tip of the pockets hit the dye) and leave them in the dye for 5 minutes REFER TO DIAGRAM
  13. REPEAT STEP 6!
  14. Let the shorts sit (hang them by the hem like pictured above) for 5 minutes to let the dye set a little bit before you rinse them out under cold water until the water runs clear
  15. SMILE :) because you are now the proud owner of a spectacular pair of shorts!
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I hope you have an un-dyeing adoration for your new shorts! Next time your friend is about to buy a pair of overpriced dip dye shorts just pull up this link and wag your finger at her/him.

Amount I could have potentially spent on Urban shorts: $50

Amount I spent on shorts and dye: $25

Amount I saved: $25 (cha-ching!)

How are YOU going to spend the money you saved by making these shorts? Decisions…decisions…

With love,

SEM

P.S. Stay posted for a dip-dyed button-up tutorial!

Studs and Duds DIYs

I got a pair of plain black Keds a little while ago and I felt like they were kinda boring…there was something missing. I came up with a fantastic plan to make my simple shoes unique, daring, and rebellious. One word: studs ;)

I ordered a package of triangular studs on Etsy (the jackpot for all things crafty and fun). Here is the link to the studs I purchased. They came in a package like this:

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 Now I will explain the anatomy of a triangular stud. Each stud has three prongs…that’s about as much as you will need to know. The prongs are pushed through the fabric of the soon-to-be studded item and are folded down. You may use pliers or fingernails to push the prongs down like so:

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I found that using pliers was a little tricky but worked fine. On the other hand, using fingernails was easier for me but later I regretted it when I found that the tip of my finger had been rubbed raw and the tip of my nail was uneven. If you do choose to use your nails, make sure you schedule your manicure AFTER this project is done.
I decided to have the studs follow the top seam of my shoes and the end result looked like this:
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An old pair of Converse or Vans would be the perfect subjects for this project! I also purchased some gold pyramid studs which I applied to other articles of clothing:

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And just like that a pair of boring shoes/backpack/shorts comes to life!
With lovveee,
SEM

DIY Greek Patterned Headband

Hi bloggies! So as we walked through B.P. Nordstroms last week We noticed all of the stylish headbands at the accessories table. We tried a few on and realized that we could easily make them! We took a trip to my local craft store, did some experimenting, and (tadaaa!) found the perfect recipe for the ultimate headband!

We fell in love with this bold ribbon at Joann’s crafts store!

There are 4 essential items to make a headband:

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Upper Left: PATTERNED RIBBON Upper Right: GLUE GUN
Lower Left: 3/8 inch BRAIDED ELASTIC Lower Right: 1 inch BRAIDED BLACK RIBBON

SETUP: Make sure the glue gun is plugged in (we forget to do this a lot). Cut two 2 1/2 inch pieces of the black ribbon. Cut as much patterned ribbon as you need (Remember to cut the patterned ribbon approx. 3 inch shorter than the length around your head because you will need to add in the elastic later). Measure and cut the elastic needed for your headband, adding 1 inch to your elastic measurement. You might want to clip or pin the elastic to the patterned ribbon and try it on so that you can adjust if it is too tight or loose. Also use a lighter to heat seal the edges of the ribbon so it does not fray. Now that you have all of the necessary materials cut we shall put together the headband!

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Shown above are the steps to attach the elastic to the patterned ribbon. Just glue the 1/2 inch end of the elastic to the ribbon and wrap the black ribbon around it. Repeat with the other side. When you are finished with these steps the back of your headband should look like the bottom left picture. Hope this tutorial wasn’t too confusing! If you need any clarification just place a note for us at the bottom of the screen! We will try to answer as soon as possibly possible!

With love,

SEM

Glitter and Heart Nails

Hey bloggies! Aren’t these nails cute?

It’s super simple! First you’re going to need a nice red polish, a glittery base (we used one from Forever 21 but you could also use just clear polish and craft glitter if you want), and a clear coat (we used Sally Hansen).

Practice drawing the hearts. We pooled some red polish onto a piece of paper and then used a homemade dotter (a pushpin stuck into a pencil’s eraser) almost as if it was a paintbrush to draw hearts. Alternatively, you could use a real dotter (overpriced!) and make two little dots, and then smear them into a heart using a toothpick. Using either one of these techniques, practice drawing hearts before you start painting your nails!

Okay, now let’s start polishing! Give yourself a few thick coats of the glitter polish (or clear polish and a sprinkle of glitter) on each finger, letting each dry in between. Add a coat of clear coat over each glittered nail so the red polish can adhere better. After it’s dried, draw on the hearts using the earlier technique, let them dry, and then another coat of topcoat. You’re good to go!

Congrats! You now have super cute nails that will be super durable during the summer because the numerous coats of glitter won’t chip as easily as normal polish.  Plus if it’s not perfectly smooth, you can’t tell because IT’S GLITTER! Enjoy!

With love,

SEM

Go Wild, Go Tribal Nails

Lo’ there bloggies! Tribal prints are everywhere these days and we thought we would make an attempt to do tribal print nails. WAHOO! Here is our take on this fierce pattern…RAWR!

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Sooo…you’re probably wondering what we used for this funky fabulicious print! We used 1. Urban Outfitters Polish in Smush 2. Sally Hansen Blue Nail Art Pen in Navy 3. Sally Hansen Top Coat:

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If you don’t have nail pens and aren’t planning on investing in them (they may not be worth it to you if you’re not a nail art junkie :)), then gel pens work fine as an alternative. Just make sure to let them dry REALLY well before applying top coat as otherwise they will smudge. Even if you have waited for them to dry, the best idea is to glop on top coat, then spread it over your nail since that way it’s less likely to smudge.

Wondering how we did it? Just three simple patterns: 1. lines 2. zig-zags 3. dots…really it’s that easy! Just keep your hand steady, breath, and GET CREATIVE! You can layer zig-zags and dots, stripes and zig-zags, etc. Most of the fun is creating your own new combinations!

With love (and zig-zags),

SEM