Category Archives: DIY
Don’t you hate it when you find a pair of cute flats or heels and they rub on the back of your heels and just kills them? This happened to me with this pair of adorable Banana Republic flats I found for a great price at Buffalo Exchange. The back was quite hard and uncomfortable, so I tried to find a way to make them comfier with stuff I already had in the apartment. And I came up with these scraps of fleece fabric I had lying around. They were soft and thick and perfect for this purpose! So all I did was cut out 2 strips of fleece (I think felt would also work) of about 0.5″x2″, stuck some double-sided tape on them, and stick them to the back of the shoes where they were rubbing my feet.
And that’s it! They worked wonderfully! Just make sure to stick them a little below the top edge of your shoes so that you can’t see the fabric when you are wearing them.
I know you can also buy these stick-n cushion strips at shoe stores, but why spend money when it’s so simple to just make your own?
Note: I know I haven’t posted in a while and I have a lot to catch up on! Posts coming up include: Mexico trip recap, updates on the dental school front, a cute and simple DIY project, and a few restaurant reviews!
This is not so much a real DIY project as a simple way to refresh and update some shoes that might have marks and scuffs on them. I got these cute pewter wedge sandals from Target last summer, but after a season of wear they now have these little scuff marks on the heel area. This might not bother most people, especially since you can’t really see them when worn, but they really bug me for some reason.
So I thought, why not cover up the scuffs and also make these shoes a little more interesting with paint? And thus this project was born!
Project: color block sandals
Difficulty level: easy
Step 1: Gather your materials. You need masking tape, acrylic paint in your choice of color(s), acrylic medium (optional), a paint brush, and a container for mixing paint. Also cover your work surface with newspapers or something so you don’t accidentally get paint on it.
Step 2: Use masking tape to cover the areas around where you plan to paint.
Step 3: Paint your shoes! I decided to keep the neutral look of the sandals so I used black, but you can use any color you want. These sandal already kind of have different block areas, so I just painted the heel part and on of the straps at the front.
Step 4: Let the paint dry and paint another coat if you want. Take off the masking tape when the paint is completely dry and that’s it!
Now I have a pair of new-looking sandals! I can’t wait to wear these babies for another season.
This is a really simple way to refresh a pair of old shoes. You can do this with flats, heels, wedges, anything really. And you can use masking tape to block off areas to paint (you can paint the heel or even make a cap-toe) or ever create cool geometric patterns. The possibilities are endless!
Polka dots are such a cute and fun print for spring! I wanted to get some polka dotted jeans or denim shorts, but then I realized that it would be so easy for me to just make them myself. Doing full-length jeans was a little daunting, so I started with a pair of denim shorts I’ve had since high school. It’s a great way to breathe new life into such an old piece of clothing!
Project: polka dot denim shorts
Difficulty level: easy
Step 1: Gather your materials. All you need is a pair of shorts (or jeans or skirt or whatever you want to polka dot), a ruler, and a white paint marker. I used this one, which I got 2 years ago when I painted these sneakers for Yufei.
Step 2: Measure and start drawing dots! You can put a piece of cardboard or something under the fabric just in case the paint bleeds through to the other side. You only really need a ruler for the first row you’re doing. I made my dots 1 inch apart. After the first row, you can just eyeball it and make the next row of dots shift over so that you make little equilateral triangles between the dots.
Step 3: Keep dotting!
Step 4: You might want to go over the dots twice so that they show up better. Here you can see that the bottom half of the shorts have 2 coats of the paint, while the top only has one. It’s up to you; if you want a more faded look you can just leave it at one coat.
And that’s it! Now I just need the weather to cooperate so I can wear these cute shorts!
This is a very simple DIY project, though it could be a little time-consuming. I worked on mine off and on for about a day and a half. And there are a number of ways you can add the dots. I used a paint marker, but you can also use acrylic paint and a dotting tool (like the eraser end of a pencil) or even bleach pens.
A DIY tutorial just in time for the holidays!
I’ve always wanted to have my own Christmas tree, but our apartment is small and we didn’t really have room for a large tree, even a plastic one. So I decided to make my own! I saw lots of really cool DIY tree ideas, but none of them appealed to me. Eventually I came up with my own idea and executed it pretty well. I tried to take photos throughout the whole process of making it but I kind of forgot to after the first few steps… oops! It’s really easy to get lost in crafting you know! Anyway, here’s a semi-tutorial for my DIY Christmas tree. If there’s anything that’s unclear, leave a comment and let me know!
Project: cardboard Christmas tree
Difficulty level: medium
Step 1: Gather your materials. This project actually doesn’t require that much stuff. All you need is:
- cardboard (I used up about 2 medium-sized boxes)
- a small piece of sturdy cardstock or thin cardboard
- paint (I used green, white, and brown)
- paint brush
- containers for mixing paint
- hot glue gun
Also you should cover your work surface in case you make a mess!
Step 2: Make a small cone shape from the cardstock or thin cardboard. This is going to be the very tip of your tree and serve as the starting point of making the tree. Mine had about a diameter of 3 inches at the bottom.
Step 3: Cut the cardboard into tall trapezoid shapes. Make sure the “grain” of the cardboard goes vertically along the trapezoid shape. These will act as the “shingles” that make up the tree. The size will depend on how big your cone is and how you want your tree to look.
I wanted the shingles to have a more rounded look, so I cut out the bottom 2 corners. You can do this or keep it at a trapezoid, or even make it completely round at the bottom. It’s up to you!
Step 5: Bend the shingles so that they’re a bit rounded, making it easier to form a circular shape when glueing later (this is why it’s important to cut along the grain). Paint the cardboard shingles. I painted them in three different shades of green so that there is more dimensionality to my tree. Let the paint dry (I used acrylic paint and it dries pretty fast, maybe in like 5 minutes?).
Step 6: With the hot glue gun, glue 1 layer of shingles to the inside (or outside, I guess) of your cone. I overlapped each one a little bit.
Step 7: Keep cutting, painting, and gluing. Glue the next layer of shingles to the inside of the previous one. Each successive layer of shingles will have more and more pieces. I wasn’t sure how many I needed, so I kind of just made more as I went along.
Step 8: Keep adding more layers. I also ended up adding another layer to the very top to cover up the original cone. You might want to make the shingles larger as you get closer to the bottom of the tree. I ended up making three different sizes: the top 4 layers had the smallest size, the next 3 medium, and the last 2 largest.
Step 9: You can stop at anytime you feel that your tree is the size you want. I originally want to make mine bigger but I got tired of making it. I added some finishing touches by painting a stripe of white at the bottom of every shingle, to mimic snow.
And that’s it! You’re finished making your own DIY Christmas tree! The great thing about this project is that it’s easily scalable and customizable. You can make it as big or as small as you want, use any colors, and decorate it in any way. I think I might just string some mini lights on mine!
What do you guys think? Will you try to make a DIY Christmas tree this season? What other holiday crafts will you be doing?
Just bend a metal wire hanger into 2 hooks and you have a hanger to hang your belts in the closet!
So it’s Easter this weekend, and I’d almost forgotten about it until my parents asked me if I get any days off. Of course, being Columbia, the answer was no (I’m taking Friday off anyways – visiting Philadelphia for the first time! But that’s a later post). Anyways, I thought I’d share a few of the cute Easter egg craft ideas I found today. They are all so ingenious!
1. Embroidered eggs from Design*Sponge:
Who knew you could sew on egg shells?! You do need some special tools for this, but I think this is just one of the coolest things ever!
2. Elegant Eggs from Martha Stewart:
Easter eggs with an oriental twist. I love pretty Japanese origami papers and this is a really way to use them. I also love the nest made from shredded origami paper!
3. Natural egg coloring from Shiranui on DeviantART:
All organic – all you need are eggs, onion skins, and herbs! And you get edible eggs in the end. Nice!
4. Papier-mache Easter eggs from Not Martha:
No need to sacrifice actual eggs! And you can fill them up with goodies. So cute! (P.S.: Not Martha has some of the most amazing craft ideas I’ve ever seen! Definitely worth checking out!)
Happy (early) Easter!!
This Valentine’s Day, there was:
A delicious dinner for two made by Yufei
Beautiful roses for me
A pair of hand painted canvas sneaker for Yufei
And a wooden heart shaped jewelery box filled with too cute to eat chocolates for me!