Category: Do it yourself

DIYDIY: Christmas Chain Bracelet

‘Tis the season for Christmas-y crafting, so somewhere in-between stuffing stockings and hanging twinkle lights, why not make a cute little holiday treat for yourself (or friends!)? Just dust off those skills from your elementary school days, and get into the spirit with this paper chain-inspired cutie!

 

The things you’ll need:

Liquid Stitch (or a similar permanent, CLEAR drying adhesive)

Ribbon (as many or as few as you like!)

Fabric Scissors

Optional: tweezers, cotton swabs, patience

 

First things first: Snip your ribbon into 1.5″-ish pieces. It’s helpful to do this ahead of time so you don’t lose track of the size.

Then: Spread a little glue on the end of the ribbon (it helps to use a cotton swab for precision), then loop it into a little circle and press the ends together. It’s okay to get a little sloppy, the glue dries clear. Voila! The chain begins…

Keep it up: Loop another piece of ribbon through the circle you just made, then repeat the process above until your chain has reached the desired length. This is where a pair of tweezers comes in handy to swoop into those tiny spaces.

That’s all folks: Yep, it’s that easy! When you’re done, and your glue is dry, simply snip another small piece of ribbon and tie the ends together in a neat little knot (or a bow, if you want to get all fancy), and slip it onto your festive little wrist!

 

FashionDIY: Make a Peplum Top Out of Your Old Dress!


There are a variety of reasons you may want to revamp that old dress of yours; you’re getting tired of it, you want a new look, or the dress is actually torn or stained along the bottom. This method is really quite easy, and peplums are so hot right now you’ll be on-trend in no time!
1. Start with a dress that has a fitted or elastic natural waistline*.
*Your natural waistline is usually the narrowest part of the abdomen, a few inches above the hips.

2. Spread the skirt and make a rounded cut about 7″-10″ below the waistline. 
3. Finish the hems by using the straight stitch on your sewing machine OR create an invisible, hand-stitched hem using the following slip-stitch.
 
Creating a slip stitch: (in general you will want to hem the lining separately.)
A. Iron or pin the hemline flat about 1/2″ on the inside of the garment.
B. Use a single thread that matches the color of your garment. Sew up and down evenly as shown below, making sure not to gather the fabric. Your long stitches will be on the underside of the garment, leaving tiny (nearly invisible) stitches on the outside!
 

Now all you have to think about is how you’re going to style your new top!

GeneralSite to See: Instructables

 
What do hosting your own cheese party, how to survive being stranded,  and making musical underwear all have in common?
 
These little tasks are just a few of the thousands and thousands of things you can learn to do on Instructables.com!
 
 
You can start by making an Ice Cream Sundae Plush! Or go crazy and submit your own idea to the gigantic cache of useful and quirky projects. The last time I looked, you could learn to make your own prescription swimming goggles, a steampunk toy set, or cake sushi, just from the front page!
 
 
Are you a do-it-yourselfer? What sort of tips have you got to share?

BeautyHow To: Fix a Broken Compact

How many times have you dropped your favorite eyeshadowblushbronzer, or powder?

If you happen to be as klutzy as I am, then the answer is too many times to count! Well, no need to be heartbroken that your makeup is in pieces; you can fix it, and it is really simple! The best part is there are no fancy tools required! When I learned this trick I was so thrilled, I wanted to shout it from the rooftops. However, I am kindof scared of heights, so I will just share it with you here instead!

Here is a video from one of my favorite beauty gurus and professional makeup artist, Kandee Johnson, that shows you step-by-step how to do it! WARNING: You might just fall in love with Kandee’s heartwarming personality and end up watching all of her videos on YouTube like I have!

Just so you know, you can fix any size or shape compact. All you need is to find a pressing tool that can get into the corners if, for example, it is square. I hope this trick is useful to you and hopefully, you never have to throw away another broken compact again!

If you want more tips from Kandee, check out her YouTube Channel or her site!
 
What do you think? Will you try to fix any broken make-up?

BeautyHow To: Make Your Own Eye Makeup Remover

Hi everyone! I’m Samantha, a new marketing intern here at Lulu*s, and cute clothing is just one of the many things that excite me! Makeup is another hobby of mine, and having worked at a makeup counter, I have learned tons of do-it-yourself tricks that save me a lot of time and money. Let me share one of my favorites with you: how to make your own (natural) eye makeup remover!
 
This is incredibly simple and one of the best money-saving beauty tricks I have ever learned; plus, the olive oil you use is a natural conditioner for your lashes!
 
Step 1:
  Gather the supplies. You will need a small bottle with a cap; you can most likely find this in the cosmetics department of any drug store. (Usually, they are in the bins with all of the travel size shampoos and soaps). Next, pick up some witch hazel and some extra virgin olive oil. If you just have regular olive oil in your cabinet at home that will work fine too!

 

 Step 2:
Time to mix! Create a 50/50 mixture of olive oil and witch hazel and fill up your empty bottle! Shake it up and voila! You have an all-natural (not to mention inexpensive) eye makeup remover!
 
One more quick tip:
Just dip the end of a Q-tip in the mixture to wipe away any smudges or mistakes you might make while doing your makeup! 

 
 
Happy removing!

Do you have any beauty tricks of your own? Please share in the comments below!