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DIY Don’t: The Crocheted Mustache Hat

Will the mustache trend ever die? Hipsters love it. Etsy sellers adore it. So, apparently, it’s not dying any time soon if people are producing their own crocheted mustache hats. Can you even call this a hat? More like a mustache mask.

Instructables gives directions on how to make the DIY winter accessory. True, it may keep you warm. And may also make you look insane. [Instructables.com] Keep reading »

Quick Tip Of The Day: DIY Your Own Wrapping Paper

Working in fashion, my apartment is constantly overrun with magazines. I’ve found every little nook and cranny to hide my favorites for storage, but sometimes, a few have to be sent down the trash chute. I’ll rip out choice editorials and shove them in scrapbooks or paste them on my inspiration board so as not to feel as though I’m completely abandoning an old friend. When the holidays or birthdays come around, I’ve found it’s the perfect time to recycle. You see, instead of buying wrapping paper (which I see as a huge waste of money), I carefully tear off magazine covers and use the glossy page as a present covering. Here’s a hint — W works best for larger books based on it’s size, while the international magazines are better choices in terms of aesthetics. My little DIY project is not only a innovative and decorative way of covering gifts, but a great way to re-use those beloved magazines. Or, if you’re not a magazine junkie like me, here are gorgeous, yet creative wrapping paper options for the holiday season. Keep reading »

Last-Minute Christmas Tree Decorating: Making A Popcorn Garland

Most of you Christmas celebrators have probably had your tree up for weeks. My family, however, must be full of procrastinators, because we like to wait until Christmas Eve to trim the tree. It started when a few of us went off to college, and my parents thought it would be nice to wait until everyone had returned before selecting an evergreen. Being the last one on the block with a tree in the window has worked out well for us; there are usually crazy discounts the day before since Christmas trees aren’t exactly useful after the fact.

If you’re late to the game like my family, why not add a popcorn garland to the tree this year? Plus, in the video above, I divulge my secret for making air-popped popcorn without having an air popper, which is all kinds of useful, even after Christmas. Keep reading »

Weekend DIY: Paint Your Very Own Striped Bathroom

There are a few features I dream of having in my future home. The list includes a dishwasher, a washer and dryer, a radiator that doesn’t clank, and a striped bathroom. Because of that last wish, the December issue of Lonny made me drool all over my laptop. The online magazine pictures not one but two striped bathrooms. The first (above) is in the J.Crew Collection store on NYC’s Upper East Side, and the second (after the jump) is one of the bathrooms at Hotel Keppler in Paris.

If you’re lucky enough to be allowed to paint the walls in your home (i.e., you own it or have a cool landlord), you can create your own striped bathroom pretty easily. Friends of mine have added black stripes to their white walls, and they advise deciding on a stripe width and mapping it out in the bathroom to ensure the lines don’t hit the corners or mirror edges awkwardly. Keep reading for another striped bathroom photo and tips for executing … [Lonny] Keep reading »

DIY Trick For Your Old, Beat-Up Wood Furniture

After seeing these hilariously beaten-up, wooden stools I totally had an I-can-make-that-myself moment — and wanted to share, because who doesn’t have a totally beyond sand-paper repair banged-up piece of wooden furniture? An old table? A clean-lined chair? The more dented and imperfect the better. How to get your own? Take said wood stool/chair/bench/table and up the distressed look—don’t be afraid to get destructive (well, within reason). To add to the dents collection, I like to pound the wood with a heavy chain (the super heavy type makes it easiest, you don’t have to swing to create imperfections and indentations), but any heavy “instrument” will make indentations. Next, get yourself a wood carving knife—they aren’t pricey—and make sure it’s made for carving wood and not simply an X-Acto or hobby knife (or a kitchen knife!). Get carving. I like the mix of actual words/hearts/obvious elements and also vague, abstract shapes as in the stools, above. Last step: Re-stain. Before you stain, lightly sand and also wipe the piece down well. Throw on whatever color of stain you’re into—and let the stain pool in the crevices. That way you’ll get the above look where the carved bits are darker. [Wary Meyers] Keep reading »

A New Way To Wax … Your Clothes?

Being a girly girl during winter is never fun. Seriously, when did tights ever become a “cold-weather fashion staple”? Do they do anything to keep you warm? No. So you have two options—shiver and bear it or pile on the layers, abominable snowman-style. Or, you can try waxing your clothes. Wait, what? Keep reading »

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