Showing posts with label fashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fashion. Show all posts

Old Socks into Stylish Gloves

On: Sunday, May 17, 2015

Great idea for fashionistas! And for moms looking to educate their little girls on sustainability and upcycling (as well as have fun time with them).

Turn your old sucks into neat fingerless gloves. Let your imagination fly: Come up with different-colored decor elements to match your manicure!

Instructions are here; Discovered on Pinterest. Thank you, Dr Elaine Nicholls, for sharing this great resource!

For more upcycling fashion ideas, subscribe to the awesome Pinterest board: Refashion

More upcycling fashion ideas from this blog:

5 Awesome Book Purses

On: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Reading is a treasured pass time and one of the greatest things you can do. There is nothing quite as satisfying as sinking into a story and losing yourself to the plot, characters and excitement.

Which is something that fewer and fewer people are enjoying these days, the lack of appreciation of books depressing. Even with the creation of ereaders, which give us greater access than ever.
Why not do your part to show books some love? Check out these awesome purses that upcycle your favorites.

1. Harry Potter

Harry Potter Purse
While the series is now over and done with, Harry Potter will go down in history as one of the most popular fictional worlds of all time. Order of the Phoenix is a favorite of many, and this Etsy seller is offering purse with custom fittings, buckles, straps and decorations using the cover. I have seen many other Harry Potter books used, with every title available.

Repurposing Last Season's Sandals

On: Friday, July 6, 2012

Don't you hate it when a pair of your favorite sandals goes out of style the moment you take it home? I can't tell you how many times I have fallen prey to a fashion trend that quickly died out, and quite frankly, I'm tired of it.

In an effort to save money and get the most out of my footwear investments, I have found some ways to repurpose last season's sandals. Now I can really enjoy those funky flip flops I begged my husband to buy me, even if no one else in the world wants to wear them.

Here are some quick tips to help you reuse, recycle, and re-enjoy some of your favorite summer shoes:

New Sandals

You could just give your sandals a facelift to make them look new again. Add rhinestones, strings of beads, hemp, fabric ties, or whatever else you want to the shoes. You could also use fabric paint to change them to a different color, or you could replace the straps with a new material.

Make the sandals a perfect fit for your wardrobe, and you will know for a fact that they are one-of-a-kind.

Picture Frames

Why not make your shoes into cute displays for photos in your home? This will only work for sandals with a relatively flat soles and minimal straps.  You can us a box knife to cut out a rectangle to fit a picture in, and then you can set the picture in the shoe with a little piece of glass on top. You could get this glass from another picture frame, or you could use clear plastic instead. Most craft stores will sell thin sheets of Plexiglas that you can cut with scissors or a box knife. That will make the perfect cover.

If the edges around the photo look a little jagged, glue on some rope or part of the straps. Then just add a triangular piece of matting or cardboard to the back for support, and you can put this super chic frame on any table in your home.

Coat Racks

You could easily turn your sandals into hooks for hanging things. Just get a piece of wood to secure the shoes to, and then use screws or glue to put them toe-down on the board. Then you can buy some decorative clothes hangers and put one in the toe of each shoe.

You could also buy a hook to secure in the toe, but that kind of defeats the purpose of the shoe in general. Try to incorporate the footwear as much as you can. Add a wire to the back so you can hang this on the wall, and you should be good to go. Something like this may even be good enough to win you a scholarship if you play your cards right.


At first glance, a pair of shoes on a table may seem out of place. If you clean them up nicely though, they can look like actual coasters for your drinks. Glue a circular piece of cork board to the inside of the shoe, and you will be able to use your sandals just like you would any other coasters. Who knows – you may start a trend for the neighborhood!

There are plenty of ways to repurpose last season's sandals if you just think outside the shoebox. Figure out a way to really let these shoes shine, and you will not have to worry about throwing away perfectly good shoes.

About the Author: Lisa Winehart is an active fashionista who is currently going to college on a left-handed scholarship. She uses her innovative creativity to propel her career and her hobbies at the same time.

Vinyl Record into a Cool Necklace

On: Monday, November 22, 2010

If you frequent my little blog, you are likely to know how much I love cool original ideas. This vinyl record necklace just made my day.

It looks chick and the implementation is just awesome.

A black record album has been heated and then folded over itself to give the effect of warped pavement.

Looks cool, doesn't it?

Vinyl record necklace
Vinyl record necklace

More awesome DIY projects with recycled vinyl records:

Film Negatives Handbags

On: Saturday, April 24, 2010

We've seen plenty of DIY handbags already and these are a valuable addition to our collection.

Film negative handbags come in various forms, styles and sizes - just whichever you want!

Film Negatives Handbags

Floppy Disk Earrings!

On: Sunday, April 18, 2010

What else can we make for a geeky girl? Floppy Disk Earrings! Sounds like fun!

This instructable shares the way to create cute five-minute earrings made from the metal in the center of floppy disks:

Floppy Disk Earrings!

One more fun way to recycle a floppy disc: create a cool floppy disk card!

A Chick Keyboard Bag (Readers' Inspiration)

On: Thursday, March 25, 2010

Keyboard Bag

We did have a keyboard bag previously as well as a few cool tips on how to use an old keyboard to decorate your clothes (e.g. old keyboard to decorate your T-shirt) and create accessories (e.g. keyboard rings) but there is no limit to creativity and inspiration.

So here's another keyboard bag that might grab your attention...

UPDATE!!! One of our readers ARTSsoul has got inspired and created a cool video how-to. Thanks for sharing!


Cool iPhone Coat

On: Saturday, March 20, 2010

iPhone Coat

This one is invaluable: not only does it look really cool, it seems cozy and warm!

The coat is styled as iPhone: it has those fun icons all over its front and back. It also has an awesome light effect that should come in handy when you get caught in storm.

iPhone Coat

This post is dedicated to Apple arts and crafts week.


Chick iPhone Outfit

On: Thursday, March 18, 2010

iPhone Outfit

What a better way to let the whole world know that you love your iPhone, than creating a chick iPhone outfit.

The following project includes:
  • iPhone hat;
  • iPhone bag.
I find both the idea and implementation just awesome! What are your thoughts?

iPhone Hat

This post is dedicated to Apple crafts.


Plastic Straw Jewelry

On: Friday, March 5, 2010

The following jewelry items do not look as if they required huge effort to create. Just a bit of creativity and bright colorful drinking straws - and you have the whole set of fun bright jewelry:

Drinking straw ring


Drinking straw necklace


Drinking straw breloque


Drinking straw bracelet


Candy Wrappers Purse

On: Monday, February 22, 2010

We have already seen a bag made of recycled candy wrappers. Here's another one: it seems a bit easier to create.

I really like the way ti looks like:

Candy Wrappers Purse

Pop Tabs Jewelry

On: Wednesday, February 10, 2010

While we've seen quite a few DIY gadgets made of pop tabs (surprisingly by the way): like pop tabs belt and pop tabs lamp and pop tabs handbag, most of them required some effort and well, skill. This one is for those who don't have either time or the skill: Pop Tabs Jewelry.

I guess with some creativity you'll be able to create something even cuter:

Pop Tabs Jewelry

Coca-Cola Cap Bracelet

On: Saturday, February 6, 2010

Do you like Coca-Cola? Or maybe any other soft drink with pretty caps? Then don't toss those caps away: collect them and create a nice bracelet (your kids will love it!)

With just a bit creativity you can brainstorm something even more beautiful! Heck, you can get your daughter to draw a draft:

Coca-Cola Cap BraceletAlign Center

Keyboard Pins

On: Wednesday, January 27, 2010

When you already have a keyboard belt, keyboard bags, keyboard necklace and keyboard rings these keyboard pins look like a logical fit.

These can be a great match for your geeky outfit.

Keyboard pins

Aluminum Cans Earrings

On: Sunday, January 24, 2010

So you can make a lot of useful things of aluminum cans: this pop tabs belt i the best proof. But that one requires hard work and obviously some knowledge and talent.

Here's an easier one for you: earring made of aluminum cans (much like a yogurt cup plastic necklace posted in our readers' DIY inspiration post):

Aluminum Cans Earrings


Pop Tabs Wristlet Bag

On: Friday, January 22, 2010

I've long under impression that pop tabs are the most useless things under the sun.

Well, I was wrong. We've seen a couple of cool ideas on how to recycle them (like pop tabs belt and pop tabs lamp) and here's one more: a cool pop tabs wrist bag.

Look like some hard work - but it's well worth it!

Pop Tabs Wristlet Bag
Pop Tabs Wristlet Bag

Cool Newspaper Handbags

On: Thursday, January 21, 2010

Newspaper Handbags

Like these candy wrappers bags and this magazine bowl we've seen earlier, these handbags must take plenty of time but they have quite a few benefits:
  1. They won't cost you a penny;
  2. If you create one, you will be proud of yourself;
  3. This one should be fun to create (especially with kids).

Newspaper Handbags

Keyboard Rings

On: Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Who knew that you could create some plenty of useful from the old keyboard. We have already seen a keyboard belt, keyboard bags and keyboard necklace.

Today's hack will take you no more than a few keys but it's a nice idea! Enjoy: keyboard rings!

Keyboard ring


Keyboard Ring

More Records Handbags

On: Saturday, January 16, 2010

We've already had cool vinyl records bags and cute vinyl records purse . But this one also seemed cool enough to be shared here.

So enjoy: more records bags!

Records Handbags
Records Handbags

Recycle Candy Wrappers into a Chick Bag

On: Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Candy Wrappers Bag

Even the picky fashionistas should appreciate this: the bag made of candy wrappers look colorful, bright and actually cool.

I don't think it will be solid enough to sustain the active usage (you won't be able to stuff it with all sorts of useless things you may like having in your handbag) but it will make you the center of any party!