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DIY GOLD LEAF HEADBAND

Looking for a failsafe look for your next soiree (whether it be the races or halloween)? Why not try a subtle nod to the excesses of ancient Greece with a creme dress, embellished flats and handmade gold headband. For me it’s comfort and elegance rolled into one easy to wear package and a style I reach for when in doubt.  Bring on the toga party! Sans major hangovers and loudmouth college guys. And guess what else? You’re actually going to be able to walk in those flats all day/night, which is the biggest plus of them all.

Head over to the Witchery website here to read my latest guest DIY, this simple-as-pie to make gold headband.

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Dress and sandals by Witchery

Photos by Marion Tessier

DIY FRINGED CLUTCH (FROM SCRATCH!)

There’s just something about long fringed accessories that makes me want to dance, I guess it’s the texture and movement they bring to an outfit. So I thought it fitting for my third project as part of the Kookai ‘Make Your Own Sunshine’ campaign to integrate a touch of this ever so now (and DIYable) trend in the form of a super simple leather clutch (made from scratch). Is it wrong that this bag makes me want to shimmy down the street?

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Wearing: Top and jeans by Kookai

You need:

You can buy a bunch of leather making supplies here in this kit, perfect for getting started on your leather accessory career!

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How to:

1. Cut your leather to size, mine was roughly A3 paper sized, and then fold it in half.  Then you’re going to start hole punching down both open sides of the leather. I did my holes pinkie finger distance apart. You want them close as these holes are going to be threaded with leather and will hold your bag together.

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2. This is what both sides will look like.

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2. Now cut your cord to size, mine was roughly 60cm (24 inches) long and I used 3o on each side.

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3. Using a pin or a seam ripper, fold your cord in half and press the folded end of it through both holes.

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4. Loop the cord and pull it tight so it secures the two layers together.

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5. Do that all the way along.

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6. Once you’ve done both sides of the bag it should look like this.

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7. Then, fold the top over to close the bag and away you go!

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Voila!

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This post is in collaboration with Kookai for the Make Your Own Sunshine campaign.

Outfit photos by Marion Tessier

DIY QUICK WOOD AND LEATHER HAT RACK

Home and interior DIY projects are a great place to start in the world of craft if you’re not feeling up to the challenge of crafting your own dress. And something that differs between home and fashion DIYs is that unlike an upstyled skirt, your new ladder wardrobe or hanging shelves are out in the open for you (or your frenemy) to admire as you walk to and from the fridge. One of the things about home projects is that they can feel daunting if you have to pick up a drill (although trust me, it’s not as hard as it looks!), so something super easy that takes only a few minutes like this coat rack is the perfect place to whet your appetite for home improvement. Read on to see how  – although this is so easy that I’m guessing you already know how to make it ;)

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You need:

  • 4 or 5 dowels – these are pretty much broom stick handles and can be bought at your local hardware store.
  • A length of leather cord
  • Scissors

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How to:

1. Start by holding your dowels all together and arranging them into a teepee shape crossing them over about a foot down from the top so you have somewhere to hand your hat and bag.

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2. Once you’ve got your shape organised (and yes it’s a bit awkward and you’ll probably drop them a few times but whatever), start wrapping with your leather cord.

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3. Wrap around and around until making sure to do it tightly until you’ve secured them all together. You want to make sure they all stayed crossed over as you do this.

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4. Once you’ve finished wrapping,  tie off the cord and snip and extra you don’t need. Hide the ends of the cord inside the wrapping. You’ll notice the cord has a small amount of give in it allowing you to adjust the angles of the dowels if you need to. And that’s it, all done! I said it was easy didn’t I?

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Hat by Lack of Color, bag by J Crew, rug from Mister Zimi