Wednesday, April 22, 2015

eHow diy: Recycled Plastic & Gem Statement Earrings

Happy Earth Day! In celebration for this special day, I made a pair of statement earrings with recycled plastic. The plastic is from packaging that was once used for fruit (blueberries, specifically). It makes the perfect inexpensive base for jewelry projects; I've got an entire list of other ideas to try out. 

Although, if you're anything like me, every day is Earth Day. I'm an avid recycler and will always stop to take an extra 30 seconds to sort out my trash into different bins; I always feel so relieved when a cafe or street corner has separate cans for different materials. I've also been known to carry empty plastic or glass bottles with me, just because there wasn't a recycling bin in sight. Some of my friends tease me for it, but I'm totally okay with it. Even if that means wearing plastic fruit packaging on my ears.

To take on this project, head on over to eHow to check out these DIY recycled plastic earrings. Hope you love them!

Xo, Kirsten

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

eHow: How to Make a Rhinestone Bra

Festival season is upon us, and summer is so near (thank goodness!). Luckily for us DIYers, festival season gives us even more reasons to craft up a storm. I teamed up with eHow to teach you how to make a rhinestone bra, just in time for your outdoor music adventures.

There's a good chance you're thinking: How hard is it to glue rhinestone onto a bra? Why do I need a tutorial? ...Aside from the fact that beginner crafters might just need that extra hand of guidance, this particular tutorial explains more than just gluing rhinestones onto something. I share tips and advice on the best way to create a rhinestone pattern that is centered and even. The concepts are quite simple, but they'll ensure that your sparkling creation looks the best that it can be. 

Ready to make one? Head over to eHow to learn how to make a rhinestone bra!

Xo, Kirsten

Monday, April 13, 2015

events: BUST Craftacular's Primped - April 19 in Brooklyn

New York ladies: I've got your Sunday plans all figured out! April 19 is BUST Craftacular's Primped event in Brooklyn, NY - and I honestly can't wait. I'll be covering the event as part of my DIY Lifestyle Magazine Editor-in-Chief duties, so if you see me wandering around...please say hello!

Wondering what this is all about? Here's the low-down, straight from BUST's website:

Are you ready to #GetPrimped? The second annual BUST Craftacular's Primped is coming! The indie fashion, beauty, and vintage fair for stylish rebels is coming back to Brooklyn Sunday, April 19 with tons of great shopping, and lots of FREE stuff to do.  
$5 admission gets you loads of great vendors selling the best in indie and handmade clothing, accessories, bath and beauty products, curated vintage, and creative food. The first 300 attendees score a FREE goodie bag stuffed full of great swag! Plus, this sweet stuff will be going on all day:    
- Get your hair did at the FREE Braid Bar with stylists from Fringe Salon
- Make a statement at the FREE Charm Stamping Workshops with Brooklyn Charm
- Nail it at the FREE DIY Nail Art Oasis with Floss Gloss
- Have a FREE Mini Makeover done by  The Organic Face
-Stitch on at a FREE Knitting Party from Wool and the Gang
FREE Tarot Readings to start your spring on the right path
- Make a friend and a bracelet at the FREE Friendship Bracelet Station with Sublime Stitching
- Get floral with FREE Make-and-Take Flower Crowns
- Rock some new (impermanent) ink with FREE Temporary Fashion Tattoos from Tattoonie 
- Relax with a FREE Hand Masssage from Dr. Bronner's 
- Put yourself on the cover of BUST Magazine with the Cover Photo Shoot with car2go 
Sign up below to get on our email list so you can keep up with all the BUST Craftacular's Primped news. Questions? Reach out
I'm especially looking forward to the activities held by Brooklyn Charm and Sublime Stitching. Brooklyn Charm is a crafty lady's heaven; a must-visit if you are ever in Williamsburg. As for Sublime Stitching, I've adored Jenny Hart's work for years. I'm actually in the middle of embroidering one of her patterns, the Mexican Loteria cards.

You can RSVP to the event on Facebook, right here. Hope to see you there!

Xo, Kirsten

Friday, April 10, 2015

brit + co: Make a No-Sew Brush Set for Your Next Trip

In the past year or so, I've developed a big case of the traveling itch. While I adore New York down to its core - I was born and raised here, after all - I've been daydreaming about adventures upon adventures. Luckily, my upcoming cross-country trip in May will be just what the doctor ordered. Plus, in August, I'm heading back to Colorado for a friend's wedding, Riot Fest and hiking/camping in the woods. My heart is racing just typing this.

Needless to say, I've really grown to appreciate 1) tiny, travel-sized items and 2) owning fewer items in general. This is difficult when you're a craft blogger and writer; making things is your hobby and job. But when said things are tiny, travel-sized and take up less space? I call that a win.

This is why I teamed up with Brit + Co to share an easy Travel Brush Set DIY. Creative jet-setting ladies will adore this one! I spiced up a set of travel brushes (purchased at Ulta Beauty) with a metallic star pattern, complete with a matching roll-up brush holder. What I love about this one is how the pattern was made: a strip of masking tape was added to vellum paper, then punched with a star-shaped hole puncher from Michael's. Once the tape was peeled off the vellum, it was used as an adhesive stencil. I've become obsessed with this method ever since I started using it - the wheels in my brain have been turning ever since.

As for the roll-up case, that was made from scraps from a pair of thrifted faux leather pants. I can't be the only one that goes shopping to take things apart. Oh, and did I mention it's 100% no-sew?

Visit the project right here, and check out all of my Brit + Co tutorials right here!

Xo, Kirsten

Thursday, April 9, 2015

diy: Vinyl & Hardware Bracelet

If you've been following the blog for a while, you know all about my unending love for unconventional materials. More specifically, I've had quite the history with hardware supplies (examples: Vinyl Tube Bracelet, Stone Cap Ring, Hardware Chevron Clutch, Stone-Filled Metal BraceletFabric Hinge Bracelet).

So, I bring you another one! This one is a play off of that Vinyl Tube Bracelet from 2012 (which was also featured in my book, Studs & Pearls). Instead, I used a pipe coupling to finish it off for a small dose of metal. Here's how to make it!


- Paper (I used vellum, about 4 inches x 5 inches)
- Scissors
- Washi tape or Scotch tape
- Extra-fine glitter
- 1/4 inch clear PVC tubing (wrist measurement + 1/4 inch)*
- 1/8 inch pipe coupling*
- Hot glue gun
- Small piece of aluminum or electrical tape **

*Vinyl tubing and pipe couplings can be found at the hardware store. I love scoping out Home Depot for unconventional supplies!

** I used aluminum tape. This came into play at the last minute, so I apologize for not including it in the original Supplies photo. I learned that aluminum tape is strong enough to hold the vinyl tubing together. If you don't have any on hand, or if you don't want to purchase a huge roll, electrical tape is a suitable alternative. These typically go for fairly cheap at Home Depot, Target, etc.

1) Diagonally cut one side of the vellum rectangle. There's no exact science to this; you just need to cut the vellum so that it can be easily rolled into a funnel.

2) Roll into a funnel, making sure that the opening is fairly small and narrow.

3) Secure with a strip of washi tape.

4) Add some hot glue into one end of the vinyl tubing. Wait until it cools. This will stop glitter from going right through the tubing.

5) Insert the funnel into the other end of the tubing.

6) Pour in the glitter!

7) Continue until the entire length of tubing is filled with glitter.

8) Add hot glue to the end and wait until it cools. Both sides are now sealed.

9) Insert the vinyl tubing through the pipe coupling. Join the ends together with a small strip of aluminum or electrical tape.

10) Slide the coupling to hide the tape.

Loving the simplicity of this one. Plus, you can never go wrong with a dark gray extra-fine glitter.

Xo, Kirsten

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