DIY – Jewelry Dish

For the new year, I decided that I wanted to redecorate my room. Specifically, I wanted to turn my desk of junk (sorry, I forgot a before picture) into a more organized area filled with my jewelry and other knick knacks found around my room. I had already purchased a nail polish holder and ring holder from Amazon and a storage box from Walmart .. but I really couldn’t find anything to hold my Jewelry in.

I looked through Amazon, Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond (places that are usually key in finding things like this) but I couldn’t find one that caught my eye .. or if it did, it was way out of my price range. I mean, it’s just a little thing to hold my bracelets and earrings so I really didn’t feel comfortable spending more than 20 bucks on it.

Anyways, after a few tries I got super annoyed and started looking for things around the house that I could use to make my own jewelry dish instead of spending! With that being said this is my first DIY for 2016 and I hope you guys like it (It’s super cheap too!)

What You’ll Need

  • A pencil case (If you don’t have an old one .. you can find one at a 99 cent store. Don’t worry about getting something super sturdy or expensive, you’re going to cut it anyways!)
  • Acrylic Paint or Spray Paint
  • Cleaning Agent (Alcohol, Sanitary Wipes Etc.)
  • Hot glue gun and/or adhesive (Optional)

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  1. Clear a working space. I just use an old blanket.
  2. After gathering all your items, cut your pencil case in half. Make sure to cut off all the excess pieces as well. Then be sure to clean the pencil case. Mine is literally years old so that Sani-Cloth (pictured below) came in HANDY!
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  3. Wait until the pencil case is dry and then get to work. I chose to use Spray Paint because I’m lazy and it was just easier for me. Also it’s less time consuming .. which is lazy x2 lol. However, if you’re looking to really design your work of art and go all out then you might want to try out Acrylic Paint.
    If you don’t have access to Acrylic Paint, you can go to your local Arts&Crafts store (Michaels, Sallys Etc) and pick some up; they’re about $1.00/2.00 for each. Spray Paint is a bit more expensive (I had some already), I pick mine up from Home Depot for about 4 dollars a can.
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    You want to make sure that you do two/three even coats and let it dry at least 20 minutes before each coat. This is going to make the color come out more vibrant and evenly.
  4. (Optional Step) If you have a ring holder (like the one pictured below) you can hot glue it to one of your jewelry dishes for an extra design. Being that I’m more of a minimalist, I opted to do that rather than add extra designs to the exterior of my jewelry dish.
  5. (Optional Step) If you’re willing to take the extra step and have adhesive or a glue gun .. feel free to add gems, ribbons or any other decorative design. Make this piece your own & have fun!

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I still have a lot more to do in redecorating my room but I’m glad I finally took this first step! Here’s a look at the completed space, hope you guys like it! Btw, I know I need to get up on my nail polish collection lol .. I’m working on it!

xoxo Cielo.

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The End of The Rainbow is Here + D.I.Y Colored Braids

The time has come !

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My era of rainbow braids has come to a close. Lol.

About a week ago I took out my braids .. because well graduation is around the corner and rainbow colored hair at graduation isn’t the most presentable thing.

Here’s my last few days with my braids. 😦

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This was the day that I took them out.
Lol: I had on a face mask , don’t mind me.

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With all of that being said I had so many inquires about how I did my hair, the colors I used, styles, process etc. However, the most common questions were in regards to how I got the colors .. especially from the people that saw my previous blue braids. othercut3

 

So I decided to show you guys.


 D.I.Y Colored Braids

My mother wanted to try something new for her birthday, so I decided to use this opportunity to show you guys how to achieve your own colored braids. So, for those of you that would like to color your braids; whether it be because you haven’t found the color you are looking for, the pigment of the color you are looking for, or because you want to get really creative this is for you.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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1) 100 % Kanekaleon Braiding Hair or Marley Hair (I would say to use the color 613 because the color will come out more pigmented, although I have seen people use black hair)
2) Semi-permanent hair rinse in the color you desire – I use the brand ADORE .. although I have heard good reviews about Manic Panic
3) 1 to 4 bottles of alcohol – depending on how much hair you plan to dye.
4) A bowl – preferably one that you don’t use often
5) A Spray Bottle
6) Gloves
7) A glass of wine (if you’re feeling fancy)

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1) Put the rinse(s) you want to use in a bowl with alcohol. If you have multiple colors that you want to use, you will need more than one bowl. You will need at least a half bottle of alcohol. Put as much rinse as you find according into the bowl but keep in mind that the color will eventually come out lighter than the mixture (so if you are looking for a darker color .. put more rinse and less alcohol). Mixed that concoction around and then let it sit for at least 10 minutes.

2) While the mixture is setting, take the hair out of the packaging and separate it according to how you want to dye your hair.

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3) Put that mixture into a spray bottle and begin to spray the color onto whatever part of the hair that you like.
Unfortunately for me, my spray bottle sucked .. so I ended up pouring my mixture back into my bowl and dipping the hair in that way. You could decide to do it this way but keep in mind that this way is a bit messier, and you won’t be able to maneuver the color as well as you would if the mixture was in the spray bottle.

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My mother wanted 3  types of color combos as you will see below.
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4) Be happy because that’s it. Now it’s time to let it dry.

The downside to this is that is takes a while to dry. So please don’t try to do this the day before you plan to get your hair done. Give it at least 2 days.

My mother only put the color in the back portion of her head, but here is the final result:

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If you’re looking for a way to be more creative and try something different for the summer, I definitely suggest giving this a try. It’s fun, easy and trust me you’ll get a lot of compliments. Hope you enjoyed this D.I.Y

xoxo Cielo.

T-Shirts = New Shirts

The best part of D.I.Y’s are that you get to choose what projects you want to or don’t want to do. You can decide to follow the instructions or you can mess around and do things your way!

So, I thought with my first D.I.Y post I would bring you guys something that is fun but can be re-created in your own way. I definitely took some inspiration from Youtube guru Andrea’s Choice because I found that she always has fun and easily re-creatable D.I.Y tasks. One thing that I’m ALWAYS doing especially around this time of year is making use of some of my old t-shirts. I’m always cutting, designing and trying out new things and youtube has definitely helped me focus my creativity on one task at a time.

With that being said, I wanted to share with you guys 2 shirts that I created this past Sunday and hopefully you guys like it and decide to try it out !

First I had to make sure that I put down newspaper/old towels and T-shirts so I wouldn’t mess up the floor (or my mother would kill me)

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Then I got all my tools. So for this I used fabric spray paint from Michaels, scissors, a sponge, water and 2 T-shirts from Michaels.
However, you can totally use your old T-shirts or any cheap T-shirts from thrift stores or from stores like Telco .. I mean you are going to destroy them anyways so it makes no sense buying expensive shirts.

 

 

IMG_2204Then I measured out how I wanted the shirt to look. For this one I decided to go with a fringe top because the neon color is extremely bright and I thought that this would be perfect to wear to a music festival during the summer. Fringe + Neon = ❤ Lol

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Once I measured everything out, I decided how I wanted the fringe to look. I opted on making this a little less crop and a bit more loose. I made the appropriate cuts and then cut up to make the fringes.

SIDE NOTE: I have realized that when you pull on the sleeves or any cut you make, it makes the cuts look much neater because lets face it .. scissors and me aren’t friends, I seriously lack motor skills.

After doing this, I knew that I wanted to add color. But I also knew I wanted the color to spread and do a bit more than just add on as spray. So I took a sponge and dabbed water on most of the shirt. This makes it easier for the paint to travel through the fabric and have the color look more vibrant but relaxed (to me at least).

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This is how it turned out. I mean, I literally just added color wherever I felt like and this is what happened.

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This is how it looked once it was dry:

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I think the color is a bit off in the pics above only because of the angle at which I took the picture (it looks very dull). I think the picture below does it more justice.

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I’m super excited about wearing this once it gets hot, especially with some cut off denim jeans and combat boots or platform shoes.

The next shirt I did, I really wanted to do another fringe but I decided against it. After searching around youtube, I decided to do a design called the ladder to the back of the shirt.

Once again, I measured out how I wanted to cut the shirt. And for the back I just folded the shirt in half and cut slits to the back of it. I pulled on the slits so that it would look like rigid and more free flowing as I did with the previous shirt.

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After doing that I still wasn’t happy with how it looked so I pulled on each string again.IMG_2217

Then I did this design. It looks difficult but by watching THIS, it is very easy to accomplish.

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After doing that I focused on wetting the back area most because that is where I wanted the color to appear the most.

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I focused the blue color on the back and also sprayed some on the front along with some orange, green and pink. After that, I let it try and the result was this.

 

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I’m excited about this shirt as well because I rarely do different designs.

However, I love D.I.Y fashion pieces and I definitely plan to incorporate more of it into my blog. So hopefully this post encourages you guys to start some D.I.Y projects that you may have saved up (especially one as inexpensive as this) !


 

So with that being said … which shirt is your favorite?

xoxo Cielo.