Get Your Party Hats On!!!

Spice up your New Year’s outfit with an easy DIY party hat!!! It’s so easy to make and really gets you in the mood to celebrate… We had a blast making these!

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Here are some tips:

1.Use either scrapbook paper or colored paper. Print this template and use it to trace on the backside of the paper. Cut along the lines (it doesn’t have to be perfect!)

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2. Twist into a cone shape and staple.

3. Decorate your hat! We used lots of things – stickers, tissue paper, ribbon, anything you can glue or staple to a hat!

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For more party hat inspiration click here and here.

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Happy New Year!

The Pinterest Wish List: Get EXACTLY What You Want for Christmas!

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We all make lists for our loved ones of things we need (or just really, really want) for Christmas. But sometimes trying to find/buy the things on that list can be a hassle. Some of us resort to last minute shopping and end up going to every store in the city or searching all over the internet to find exactly the right gift. For those who are Pinterest savvy and love shopping online, here is a tech-friendly way to put together the ultimate wish list and get EXACTLY what you want!

Steps for Making your Wish List on Pinterest:

  1. Create a board specifically for things you want for Christmas. I recommend using Pinterest’s new feature of “Secret” boards to avoid confusion with your pinning followers. This feature allows you to pin items “secretly” and they will remain hidden from your Pinterest feed.
  2. Pin from websites that sell the item you want and currently have it in stock.
  3. Use the description box to list any specifics that Santa will need to know (i.e. size, color, price). You could even list reasons to justify why you absolutely must have this item (i.e. Most-wanted gift: I need a new coat because it is FREEZING here!)Screen Shot 2012-12-01 at 9.28.32 PM
  4. Finally, go to “Edit Board” and invite friends and family that you spend the holidays with – particularly those who use Pinterest and understand how it works. This will allow them to follow your wish list board and see what you want for Christmas!

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Steps for Santa:

  1. Accept your friend’s request to follow wish list board.
  2. Read the descriptions to determine which item you want to gift.
  3. Click on the linked image. This will bring you to its landing page where you can buy the “most-wanted” gift.

And there you have it… Christmas shopping made easy. Start pinning and get your wish list “on board!” Spread the word and make gift-giving easier for everybody this year. Happy pinning!

DIY: Ombre Cutoffs with Studs

Denim cutoffs are a must have staple item for Summer.  With all of the variations of prints, textures, and colors, we are constantly day dreaming about denim. Maybe you’ve got some old denim that could use a makeover or just want to make your cutoffs stand out… If so, we’ve got a fun and easy DIY project for you to try.

All you need is love and… scissors, bleach, water, studs, pliers, and denim.

Start with finding the right pair of denim. Either recycle your old cutoffs or start from scratch –  I wanted some high-rise mom jeans for a vintage look so I went to Goodwill. They were out of mom jeans so I left with classic black Levi’s (only $5!)

Try on the jeans and mark where you want them to be cut. Cut about 1.5″-2″ below where you marked – this allows room for error and extra fray. If you’re not too savvy with scissors, try using your favorite pair of cutoffs as a guide.
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Mix 1:1 bleach and water (I used 2 cups of each). Place the shorts halfway into mixture and walk away for a few hours – I actually forgot about mine all day! When it fades to the color you desire, remove and rinse with water. To neutralize bleach, wash shorts with 1/2 c baking soda (no detergent!) Dry and proceed.

For an edgy rocker look use real metal studs. Metal studs can be hard to find… Lucky me, I had some leftover from my wannabe punk years. Using pliers, I pried some studs off an old belt and it was actually really easy!

Lay the studs on the jeans wherever you want them to go. Poke the prongs on the back of the stud through the denim. Use the pliers again to flatten and secure… and you are done!!!

What do you think of this post? Would you like to see more DIY projects? We want your feedback. Leave your comments below!