DIY - WATERMELON SHORTS
Because who doesn’t love watermelon, specially on shorts! I had an absolute blast putting this tutorial together. These shorts are perfect for any music festival, because as we all know, anything goes at these events. I found a dope pair of watermelon shorts on NastyGal.com, but I figured I would just make my own for a fraction of the price. $85 vs. $15 bucks, I’ll take the DIY version any day.
- High waisted shorts
- Green Fabric Paint
- Black Fabric Paint
- White Fabric Paint
- Fuchsia Rit Fabric Dye
- Paint Brushes
1) Begin by prepping your bucket with hot water over a sink or outdoor surface.
2) Follow the instructions on the Rit fabric dye package label and dye your shorts accordingly.
3) After your shorts have been dyed, washed, and dried, you can begin by painting the green bottom trim of your shorts. I would begin by finishing the front of your shorts, allow to dry, then move onto the back.
4) Now move onto your black fabric paint and begin to paint round watermelon seeds throughout your shorts. Allow to dry.
5) Once your green trim and black seeds are dry, finish off by painting the top of the trim with your white fabric paint. Allow to dry, and you’re set!
XOXO - Drea
PS. Please allow the shorts 72 hours to dry before putting them through the wash.
PSS. You can apply this tutorial and make strawberry shorts instead too! Just substitute the fuchsia dye with red fabric dye.
DIY - Layer Up Head Chain
Every year at Coachella I suffer with the same dilemma, no electricity at the campsites means no hair straightener! I wanted to create a hair accessory that would accommodate my hair situation for this upcoming weekend. This lovely layered chain provides some bedazzle to an otherwise boring bun.
- 3-4 Different Types of Chains
- 2 Small Jump rings
- 2 Metal Cord Tips
- 2 Thick Bobby Pins
- E - 6000 Glue
- Measuring Tape
1. Begin my setting up the template of how you want your chains to layer down. Using your measuring tape, measure each chain one inch longer as you layer down, and trim. I started with 8 inches, then 9, 10, and finally the rhinestone chain at 11 inches long.
2. Next, take one of your jump rings and begin to insert the chains in the order of your template. Repeat with opposite end of your chains. Then using your pliers close off hoop.
3. Now that you have a semi looking necklace, take one of your bobby pins and insert the jump hoop through it. Repeat this with second bobby pin on opposite end.
4. Now taking one of your metal cord tips, secure around the bobby pin and close shut. This will secure the chain in place. Repeat with opposite bobby pin and you are all done.
XOXO - Drea
DIY INSPIRATION - LAYER UP HEAD PIECE
DIY - CHAIN BOOTS
Accessorizing your shoes?! Yep! Here is a fun tutorial that allows you to revamp any of your boots by adding some chain flair. The best part, you can remove and add this chain to any boot or shoe of your choice. Happy Crafting!
- Pair of Boots
- 1 Pack of Silver Curb Chain (Michael’s Store)
- 1-2 Packs of Smaller Silver Chains (Michael’s Store)
- 4 Large Jewelry Hoops
- Jewelry Pliers
- Measuring Tape
1) Begin by measuring the distance from the side middle to the opposite end. (This will be the curbed chain measurement for the back part of the boot)
2) Next, take your measurement and using your jewelry pliers create two identical curb chained pieces. Put them aside.
3) Now measure from the side middle of your boot, across the front, and to the opposite side middle. (This will be the measurement for the front part of your boot.)
4) Take your front measurement and using your pliers create 6 total identical smaller silver chain pieces. (3 chains per boot)
5) Now take two of your large hoops and create the template for each boot.
6) Open both hoops with your pliers and begin to insert the ends of each end to each side. (It should look like a jump rope)
7) Lastly connect your ‘jump rope’ ends to each end of your thick curbed chain and using your pliers close the hoops shut.
Now simply place your finished chain piece over the opening of each boot and voila, all done!
PS. Feel free to customize your boots to your liking. You can add spikes or even charms throughout, all up to you.
DIY INSPIRATION - Chain Boots
DIY - Chain Sunglasses
I’ve been seeing these babies for quite sometime, and well, Coachella would be the ideal place to rock these. What I love about these shades is that you can easily take them off and have them hang like a necklace when not in use. I don’t know about you, but this will definitely lessen the amount of times I check my purse to see wether I dropped or misplaced my shades. PLUS, these are great for your ‘clumsy’ friends who are prone to loose pretty much anything of value at these type of events.
Ps. Since it’s NEVER a good idea to bring things of value to music festivals, oped to pick up a few shades at the dollar store. Trust me on this. Happy Crafting!
- Sunglasses (purchased at Dollar Tree)
- Thick Curb Chain
- Thin Chain
- E-6000 Glue
- Jewelry Pliers
1) Begin by measuring, then cutting the length of your curb chain to fit perfectly across the top of your sunglasses.
2) Take your E-6000 glue and dab a decent amount across the top of your shades.
3) Take your thick curbed chain and glue/secure down straight across the top of your shades. Allow to dry.
4) While your glue is drying take your thinner chain and measure a distance of 24-25 inches, and cut. [This should be long enough to go around your neck comfortably, while allowing you to take it on and off with ease.]
5) Taking your thinner chain, using your jewelry pliers, open both ends of your thin chain and secure and close it around each end of your thicker curb chain.
Voila, all done!
DIY - POM POM SHORTS
As an avid Thrift shopper, I always tend to find the dopest vintage pattern pants, the problem, they are always too short! With Coachella coming up, I wanted to incorporate a fun pattern short into one of my looks, and well, these pants seems perfect for the occasion. Below you will find a quick tutorial on how you can turn any long pant into shorts with an added pom pom trim.
If you are only looking into revamping old shorts, just skip a few steps and you will be all set. Happy crafting!
- Pants or Shorts
- Pom pom trim (available at fabric or craft stores)
- Double Stick Fusible Web
- Wear the pants inside out and use a sharpie or fabric pen to mark how short you’d link your shorts to be.
- Take the pants off and draw, then cut a diagonal line, starting from the inseam, about 2″ or more from the crotch, and ending 1/2″ below the mark straight across. (MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE EXTRA FABRIC ALONG THE LINES)
- Turn the shorts inside out and begin to place double stick fusible tape along the line you drew. (repeat this front and back on each short leg)
- Fold in and pin down your edge to create a clean seam.
- Hot iron the seams down to melt the fusible tape into securing the fabric in place. (repeat this front and back on each short leg)
- Turn the shorts right side out. Pin the pom pom trim on the outside of the leg openings.
- Sew in place, either by hand or with a sewing machine.