Thursday, August 18, 2011

[DIY] From Her Cowboy Boots to Her Down Home Roots

The easiest way to elevate a "blah" outfit is to add a great pair of shoes. My favorite type of shoes? Cowboy boots. They go with everything and add a little bit of charm to any outfit. Today's DIY post will show you how to take a pair of plain cowboy boots from this...

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...to this!

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What You Will Need:
a pair of old cowboy boots (I got these on eBay for $10 and decided I didn't like the color)
...or any pair of leather shoes
nail polish remover or leather cleaner and cotton swabs
painters tape
newspaper
outdoor modge podge
glitter
clear spray finish
foam paintbrush and a smaller paintbrush

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(My boots are painted white here because I had originally thought I was going to paint them, but you don't need to do that.)

Step 1:
Stuff your boots with newspaper to fill them out and make them stand up.

Step 2:
Use your leather cleaner or nail polish remover to clean the surface of the leather.

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Step 3:
Tape off the edges of the sole and any other parts of your boots that you don't want to sparkle.

Step 4:
Mix two parts glitter to one part modge podge and use your foam brush to apply a layer of the mixture to your boots. Let the first layer dry overnight. Don't mix all of your modge podge and glitter at once, because it will dry out when you are waiting for your boots to dry between coats.

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This is what your boots should look like after the first coat. The one on the left is mostly dry and the one on the right is still wet.

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Step 5:
Using a smaller paintbrush, go back and fill in any spots you missed with the modge podge/glitter mixture. Let your boots dry overnight between each coat of filler. I had to do this two or three times before I was happy with the way they looked.

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Step 6:
When your boots are fully dry, remove the painters tape. For Extra Credit: Set your boots on a sheet of newspaper in a well-ventilated area and spray your boots with the clear finishing spray. Your boots shouldn't shed glitter, but this is just for insurance and a little bit of extra shine.

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Now go get your two-step on ;)

Monday, August 15, 2011

[DIY] hide your feathers on the back porch, baby

Feathers are EVERYWHERE right now. They decorate sweaters, skirts, and jewelry, and even act as hair extensions. The best part? You can DIY them into anything, including these earrings!

 What You Will Need:
Chain
Jumprings
Earring Posts
Fine-gauged Wire
Feathers
Wire Cutters
Jewelry-making Pliers
 
Step 1:
Cut two lengths of chain about 6 inches long (You can make your chain longer or shorter, depending on how long you want your earrings to hang). Fold them in half, off-set, so that each half is a different length, but make sure both chains are folded the same.

Step 2:
Open a jump ring and hook it to the chain link at the peak of each fold, also adding an earring post.

 Step 3:
Cut four lengths of wire about 1.5 to 2 inches long each. Using pliers, bend the wire at about 3/4 of an inch in and twist a small loop into the wire.

Step 4:
Match the end of a feather with the short side of one of the wire loops. Wrap the long end of the wire around the feather and short wire in a tight coil, binding the feather to the wire loop. Repeat for each of the 4 wire loops to make four feather "charms".

Step 5:
Open four jump rings and use them to link each of the chain ends on your earrings to one of the feather charms you just created.

...and Voila! You just made your very own feather earrings!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

for one short week nothing out of reach

Sorry for the blog-hiatus! I have been super busy the past month working and getting ready for school to start. I've also been working on a few DIY's so be on the lookout for those soon :) These photos are from a recent trip to Balboa Park when some family friends were in town. Enjoy!