I’m so excited for today’s collaboration with LA-based floral design extraordinaire, Carly Cylinder. Carly is the Founder & Creative Director of Flour LA, a bicoastal floral design company that provides nontraditional designs using eco-friendly flowers. She’s also the author of the upcoming how-to book, The Flower Chef (officially out March 1st). As a huge fan of floral anything and everything, I feel so lucky to have gotten the chance to spend time with Carly.
One of my favorite parts about the holiday season is making personalized homemade gifts. I may or may not have a D.I.Y. addiction so I’ve been posting a bunch of ideas that are inexpensive and easy for you to make at home too. Here are a couple of other D.I.Y. projects for you to check out:
D.I.Y. Organic Body Scrub:
To make your own Body Scrub, you will need two cups of organic granulated sugar and one cup of organic melted coconut oil. You will also need essential oil in your favorite scent. I love vanilla and lavender mixed together–10-15 drops of each–but it’s totally up to you.
Pour your sugar and coconut oil in a bowl and stir until they form a thick paste. Next, add your essential oil(s) and stir the mixture again. Spoon the mixture into your containers and seal. Add fun packaging embellishments like ribbons, personalized labels, etc. Your body scrub is ready for friends and family to enjoy this holiday season and beyond.
Evil Eye Charm Bracelet:
For this dainty bracelet, you need some chain, evil eye charms with double hooks (one hole on each side), a pair of jewelry pliers, a clasp and a bunch of jump rings. First, measure your chain around your wrist. Leave a bit of extra room so it’s comfortable and so that it will definitely fit the wrist of whoever this bracelet is for.
Choose as many evil eyes as you want to use for your bracelet. I chose three because I liked the simple look but choose however many you want. For a bracelet with three evil eyes like mine, cut your chain into four equal pieces. Loop one jump ring through the holes on each side of the evil eye charms.
Next, loop one end of your chain through each loop. Your charms and chain will then be connected. Once you have used all of your chain and evil eye charms, it’s time to add a clasp at the end of your bracelet. Loop a jump ring through your clasp and attach it to the end of the chain. Your bracelet is all set to be gifted. Enjoy!
My sister, Adena, has come up with yet another inexpensive, trendy and fun DIY headband project. This one is inspired by the golden age of Hollywood with a rocker chic twist. Below, you can learn how to make a turban-inspired headband of your own:
Below, you will find the latest and greatest from my D.I.Y. extraordinaire sister, Adena. This week, she was inspired by studs. Studs are very on-trend in fashion right now–they’re on bags, jewelry, leather jackets, shoes and everything in between. Adena came up with a fun, easy, not to mention inexpensive way for you to rock your own studded accessory of the moment: in the form of a suede headband. The best part? You can make one of your own in just three simple steps and without breaking the bank. Enjoy!
1) First, measure your head by wrapping the piece of suede around it as if it’s a headband already. Here, you can find out how much extra material you should cut off. Be sure to leave a little bit of extra material so you can loop the ends of the suede through your elastic band.
2) Once your material is looped through your elastic band, begin to sew a few stitches on each side to secure. You can also use super glue for this step but I have found the stitches are a bit more sturdy.
3) Now onto the studs: you can use as many studs as you choose, depending on the look you are going for. I’ve included two looks above–one with more studs and one with less. Push the stud’s prongs through the suede material and once they’ve gone through, bend them down so they are now lying flat along the suede. This will help them to stay secure.
And voila! You have yourself a comfy chic headband. Feel free to play around with the color of the suede material you choose, as well as the studs! The headband looks great with your hair down or around a top knot.