DIY New Year’s Eve

I know I’m supposed to be on a blogging break, but sometimes I just can’t help myself! Have you guys heard of Darby Smart? Well if not, you should know about them! They make awesome DIY kits and send them right to your house! I just received my first two kits and can’t wait to make them! I got the Chic Striped Vase Kit and the Having a Ball Cocktail Decor Kit which are both shown below along with a bunch of other DIY project that would be perfect for New Year’s Eve or any other party!  They also have tons of jewelry and home decor projects, so go check out all of the awesome kits!

Make Your Own Marquee Sign DIY for New Years Eve

Having A Ball Drink Stirrers DIY

Gold White Black Tassel Chic Vase DIY

Gilded Lucite Acrylic Tray With Script Cheers

Gold Gilded Candle Votives

Chain Rhinestone Bracelet DIY

Bubbly Champagne Flute Toasters DIY

Bar Cart and Cocktail DIY

All projects show are available as DIY kits from Darby Smart! And guess what?! I have a coupon code for y’all! Just use the code “perfectgift” for $10 off!

By purchasing a kit through the links in this post, I’m eligible to win a dream vacation, thanks for your support!  As always, all opinions are my own.

A Paint-Splattered Travel Case Brit Kit Party

Hey y’all, I’m off to Circles Conference in Texas today! I’m super excited to see Megan Gilger speak again AND I’m rooming with fellow designer and blog buddy Patti Murphy, yay! 

I don’t know if y’all have been to the Brit+Co site, but it’s amaaaazing. It’s filled with recipes, crafts, style, DIY projects and the latest on new technology. In additional to their blog, they also have Brit Kits, which are do-it-yourself projects in a box, delivered monthly to your doorstep.

Brit Kit Co-Op Paint Splattered Travel Case 1

I just joined their Brit Co-Op program (a group of ladies handpicked by Brit+Co) and had the opportunity to throw a Brit Kit party for my friends last month! You may have seen my Intagrams from that night. We each got the materials and directions to make Paint-Splattered Travel Cases although we took some creative liberties and came up with some really unique designs! You can get this kit for yourself, right here!

Brit Kit Co-Op Paint Splattered Travel Case 2

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Last photo from Brit + Co. all other by Ciera Holzenthal for Ciera Design. I was not compensated for this post. I was solely provided products to host this party. All opinions are my own.

What I Wore: DIY Saints Jersey Tank

It’s football time! The Saints first game was yesterday and while I love repping my team, I get bored with wearing the same ole t-shirts that everyone else has. So when my sister said she bought us shirts from TJ Maxx to make our own Saint’s gear I was super excited!

DIY Football Jersey Shirt

Making a top like this of your own is pretty simple! Use any shirt in a style you like in your favorite teams color. A top with athletic detailing, like this mesh sweatshirt is perfect! Then, find a good sporty looking font like Player, Return Pass, High School USA or Freshman to create the design you want. I picked a big number 9 for Drew Brees, the Saints quarterback! Print your design on adhesive paper, trim with an Exacto knife, stick it to your shirt and paint with fabric paint in a contrasting color.

How To Make A Sports Jersey Shirt

Once the paint has dried, remove the adhesive template and you have yourself a fashionable jersey! That is my dad below getting in on the pealing action! Head over to Sequin Crush for more detailed instructions and how Jasmine styled her shirt.

How To Make A Football Jersey Shirt

It is still very hot here in NOLA so I wore the tank tied up to the side with jean shorts, but I can’t wait to wear it with leggings once the weather starts to cool down (if it ever happens).

DIY Sports Jersey Shirt

What I Wore DIY  New Orleans Saints Tank

What I Wore DIY New Orleans Saints Shirt

Last two photos by Zander White.

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Ombre Cluster Necklace with Martha Stewart Jewelry

Guys, I love Martha Stewart. I drool over Martha Stewart Living each month when it comes in the mail and I have a hard time not buying up every item of hers when I walk into Michaels. Thanks to Plaid Crafts and Martha Stewart Jewelry, I recently had the opportunity to try out some items from the new collection! I love wearing long necklaces so I decided to make an ombre cluster necklace with the beautiful purple Czech beads. I’m obsessed with how it came out and how easy it was. I want to make one in every color now!

Ombre Cluster Necklace DIY with Martha Stewart Jewelry

YOU WILL NEED

small flush cutter
round-nose pliers
18 Czech beads
(I used purple beads, but they have lots of other pretty colors)
toggle clasp
fat oval chain (18″)
a smaller chain (you will need about 14″ for the necklace + 9 links to attach your beads to)
18 small jump rings or extra links from your smaller chain
18 head pins
1 medium jump ring

 Ombre Cluster Necklace Tutorial

DIRECTIONS

1 Connect 7″ of the smaller chain to each side of the 18″ fat oval chain. Do this by opening a link on your smaller chain with the round nose pliers then closing the link around your fat oval chain. 7″ is what I used but it’s up to you to decide how long you want your necklace to be!

2 Again, by opening a link on the loose ends of your smaller chain, connect your toggle clasp

3 Cut an additional piece of your smaller chain 9 links long and connect to the bottom of your clasp with a medium jump ring

4 Thread you czech beads onto head pins and make loops on them. Since I had never done this before, I looked at a few videos online to get me started. It took me a few mess-ups to figure it out, but I quickly got the hang of it!

5 Start attaching your beads to the 9 links hanging down, two per link. I used chain links to connect the beads, or you can also use small jump rings. Start with the lighter colored beads at the top and work your way down to the darker ones, like shown below.

Ombre Cluster Necklace DIY

Ombre Cluster Necklace DIY Martha Stewart Jewelry

I can’t wait to dive into all of the other awesome stuff that came in my box from Plaid, like epoxy clay, jewelry glaze, molds, rhinestones and charms! You can see what some of my other blog friends made with their supplies here! Martha Stewart Jewelry supplies are available exclusively at Michaels and you can find Plaid online on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

This post is sponsored by The Blueprint Social. All opinions and project ideas are my own.

Friendship Bracelet DIY

Ever since I gave out friendship bracelets at Alt, I have been wanting to make my own and I finally did! I got these really pretty antique gold square links from Kollabora and decided they would be perfect for these bracelets! I love friendship bracelets for layering with other bangles during festival season and summer and these are easy to make in a variety of colors!

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Friendship Bracelet Directions

YOU WILL NEED

4 yards of waxed cotton cord or embroidery thread, connector charm, scissors, tape, ruler, super glue

DIRECTIONS

1 Cut the knotting cord into two 30 inch, two 20 inch and one 10 inch lengths. Fold the 20 inch piece in half, pull the loop through the connecter charm, fold it over, and pull the rest of the cord through the loop. Repeat the step on the other side of the charm. These strands will remain anchored.

2 Tape it to something sturdy so the bracelet is secure while you make the knots. Center the 30 inch cord under the two middle strands. Fold the right cord over the middle strands and under the left cord.

3 Pull the left cord under the right and middle strands and through the loop on the right side. Pull the strands tight and push the knot up to the top. 

To finish the other side of the knot, fold the left cord over the middle strands and under the right cord. Pull the right cord under the left and middle strands and through the loop on the left side. Continue going back and forth until you get to the desired length (keep in mind that the clasp will take up approximately half an inch) and then move on to the other side. See video below.

4 To finish the knots, thread both cords up 3–4 knots along the backside. Pliers or a needle may help with this.

5 Cut the ends and dab them with super glue so that they are even more secure. Do this process to both sides.

6 To create a sliding closure, shape the bracelet into a circle and overlap the ends. Using scrap cord, temporarily tie at the ends. Take the 10 inch cord and center it under the strands. You’re going to start the knot exactly the same way you did before.

7 Create 4–5 knots and finish the ends the same way you did before. Undo the temporary ties. The two sets of middle cords become the adjustable ties of the bracelet. Adjust it to fit your wrist and trim the ends.

do it yourself macrame friendship bracelets

do it yourself macrame friendship bracelets

do it yourself macrame friendship bracelets

Thanks to Jasmine for modeling for me!

DIY Geometric Coasters + My Blog Crush

Hey y’all! I’m so excited to be joining the Spread the Love campaign today. This week, Clear and Simple Stamps is encouraging creative craft & DIY bloggers to give a virtual high-five to the other creative bloggers whose work we admire and to share a project inspired by our blog “crushes”.

DIY Geometric Coasters via CieraDesign.com

Today I’m sharing a DIY project inspired by my blog crush, Designlovefest. Although there are many blogs I love, today I chose Designlovefest because Bri is an inspiring blogger, an amazing graphic designer and also teaches blogging and video workshops. She has such a clear picture of her own brand and it is inspiring to see her continuing to take her businesses to the next level. I became even more in love after I discovered Bri’s Vine account, she is seriously the cutest thing! Bri always has absolutely beautiful cocktail recipes and DIY projects on her blog so I thought that a fun geometric coaster would be a great DIY tribute to her!

DIY Geometric Coasters via CieraDesign.com

I used 4″ felt squares for the base and then covered them with hexagons in a contrasting color cut from this die (you can easily cut these by hand). I used 14 hexagon shapes per coaster and started by laying down three hexagons evenly spaced in a row. This helped to determine the space I needed to leave in between the hexagons once I moved to the next row. Once I had my spacing set, I started gluing the hexagons down with felt glue. Now that all of your hexagons are glued down, evenly covering the base square, wait for your glue to dry, then cut around the square trimming off any hexagons that are hanging over the edge. Now you have a pretty geometric coaster!

DIY Geometric Coasters via CieraDesign.com

One reason I love this project is because you can adapt it to work with any color scheme!

DIY Geometric Coasters via CieraDesign.com

I decided to add flags cut out of kraft like a rockstar cardstock to make my straws a little more festive!

DIY Geometric Coasters via CieraDesign.com

To incorporate more color into my table, I cut two large 8″ hexagons from a full sheet of felt to act as large coasters under the pitcher and saved some of the small hexagons to use as confetti!

DIY Geometric Coasters via CieraDesign.com

DIY Geometric Coasters via CieraDesign.com

DIY Geometric Coasters via CieraDesign.com

I hope you’ll join us and Spread the Love. To learn more about the campaign head over to the Clear and Simple Stamps blog!