Monday, August 17, 2015

eHow: Easy No-Sew Strawberry Costume

It goes without saying that Halloween is a DIYer's dream holiday. There's nothing better than an excuse to make a hilariously ridiculous outfit and wear it out in public.

Or, if you're like me, you make an easy no-sew strawberry outfit and then accidentally lock your keys in your trunk --- something you have never done before. And then you breathe a sigh of relief when your photographer, Nick Wolf, calls AAA and has them break into your car. But not after you chill around Oakland, CA for about 45 minutes in a strawberry dress, down the street from a farmer's market. You know, where other fellow strawberries are hanging out. 

No? That was just me? Okay then.

Visit eHow to learn how to make a strawberry outfit; feel free to skip anything that requires AAA. 

Xo, Kirsten

Thursday, August 13, 2015

diy: Embellished Barrette Bag

It's no secret that I love using unconventional supplies. Well, I practically burst with excitement when this idea came to me. 

This tutorial demonstrates how you can use plastic children's barrettes from the dollar store to upgrade a basic bag. Add some glistening faceted rhinestones and you've got yourself a pretty kickass purse. The key to making this project look like a gem (no pun intended) is focusing on the position of each embellishment. Don't just throw it all on there; think about the overall picture and how the pieces work together.

Here's how I made it:


- Flat-sided purse
- Flower clip-on barrettes
- Rhinestones
- Metallic spray paint
- Heavy-duty pliers
- Strong craft glue

Not feeling the flowers? Use any type of clip-on barrette that you can find. Since they are made for young girls, there may not be many shapes that can work for adults --- but you never know! I purchased these barrettes at the dollar store.

1) Un-clip each barrette. Using the cutting portion of the pliers, cut off the flat clip end. For best results, cut the barrette at the base of the main shape.

2) Repeat with the remaining barrettes.

3) If needed, snip away any parts of the barrette that may prevent the shape from laying flat. This is typically a little nub that the clip latches on to.

4) Spray paint the plastic shapes.

As always, head outside for this part. Proper ventilation is super important when using spray paint. Protect you work surface with tarp, cardboard or a plastic bag.

Let dry according to the can's directions.

5) Glue each shape to the bag.

6) Glue on the rhinestones as an accent. 

Once everything dries, you're good to go. Can we just talk about how easy and non-traditional this project is? No one will believe you when you tell them you used barrettes. It just goes to show that everything has potential.

This is the perfect project to re-purpose old barrettes that your children, sisters or nieces have outgrown. Just don't snag them if they're still young enough to use them; sharing is caring, after all.

Xo, Kirsten

Tutorial Photos: Kirsten Nunez for Studs & Pearls
Lifestyle Photos: Haruka Sakaguchi (The Denizen Co.) for Studs & Pearls 

Friday, August 7, 2015

as seen on instagram: Triangle Apothecary Shelf

I'm all kinds of obsessed with my latest project. This past Wednesday, I attended a class at the amazing Wood Thumb workshop in the SOMA neighborhood of SF. This class was through Workshop, an equally amazing company that offers DIY classes for the community. San Francisco, I like you already.

In just a few hours, each member of the class made a triangle apothecary shelf with the help of the Wood Thumb crew. The closest I've gotten to working with wood is wood burning (coasters and clocks!) and some veneer pendants --- so this was completely new for me. Needless to say, now I want to sign up for all of Workshop's classes.

(Follow me on Instagram! @kirsten_nunez)

Xo, Kirsten

Thursday, August 6, 2015

brit + co diy: Handheld Donut Mirrors

Sometimes, you just have to make donut-themed crafts. Because why not?

And since quirky, sassy crafts are my thing, I had to wear my handmade "Foods Before Dudes" shirt during this photoshoot. It seemed pretty appropriate.

Learn how to make donut mirrors at Brit + Co, right here!

Xo, Kirsten

Monday, August 3, 2015

darice diy: Watermelon Coaster Set

Happy National Watermelon Day! We're celebrating over at Darice Crafts with a watermelon coaster set DIY.

It's a bit silly how much I adore coasters. It's probably because I have a coffee, water or tea next to me at all times. Needless to say, coasters are necessity around these parts. It's also another excuse to make fun stuff.

Visit the exclusive tutorial at Darice Crafts, right here!
Xo, Kirsten