I’m NOT a fan of those matte black cars I see driving on the streets of Los Angeles (I mean why would you paint your $200,000 Masarati matte black?) but I am a fan of matte back jewelry! Special shout out to GNG reader Noa for also being inspired by matte black and for sharing her inspiration with me! #SharingIsCaring
It seems like last year I was spraying everything neon (here and here), but this year it’s gonna be ALL (matte) BLACK EVERYTHING! I hope you enjoy the video and please don’t forget to subscribe to the GNG YouTube channel.
I’m starting to notice these skinny cuff /bracelets thingys appearing all over the place. This weekend I obsessed over my friend Alice’s Giles & Brother Skinny Railroad Spike Cuff (here). These skinny cuffs are the perfect addition to my collection of all gold everything arm party (<- are people still even using that word?!?).
This project is chic, super easy and you can make an entire arm full for just a few bucks. To complete this project just follow this simple DIY equation: earring + earring = bracelet!
Tip: Wider hoops work better that skinny ones. I purchased these from Forever 21 (here), but if you can’t get your hands on a pair try using a light metal bracelet or simple bend a thick wire to fit around your wrist.
Now we all know how I love a nice piece of chunky statement jewelry, but sometimes something dainty, delicate and demure is all you need (<- please read in your best Southern accent). I’ve seen these wire bracelets floating around Pinterest for awhile now and they continue to catch my eye. I don’t often work with wire, but these style bracelets are just too adorable not to give one a try. I dreaming of a copper (the broke girl’s rose gold) bracelet that reads LOVE in honor of Valentine’s.
* I used a 16 gauge wire for this project.
TIP: When shopping for wire remember the lower the gauge number, the stronger your wire will be.
I gave this the old college try and was very informal with my wrapping. I basically pulled, bended and forced the wire to lay the way I wanted. It took me a few tries before I got something I really like, but I guess practice makes perfect when it comes to this sort of thing. However, Aimee from Swellmayde has a wonderful wire wrapping tutorial that’s really helpful. She shows you how to create the words by tracking over your own handwriting. Click here for that helpful tutorial.
Happy Valentine’s my loves! xo
This is by far the most festive time of the year and to celebrate may I present to you the glitziest Glitter ‘N Glue DIY tutorial of 2012!!!! This crystal cuff is the perfect project to punctuate the end of the year. It’s also the perfect accessory to wear to that special New Year’s Eve party. It’s so major I felt it warranted an afternoon of crafts and cocktails with my friends. YEA PARTY!
Then apply a drop of glue to a toothpick and use the toothpick to apply the glue to the back of the crystal. This is the application method I personally like to use. I always make a big ole mess when I apply the glue to the back of the crystal directly from the tube.
Your design may change as you continue to apply your crystals, but my suggestion is to start with the center crystal and work your way out. At the end of the day the design is totally up to you. Have fun with it and always remember the more bling the better!!
Marie from The Curvy Fashionista crafted a very tribal inspired cuff.
Seriously talk about a great way to spend an afternoon with your friends. Everyone was so creative and took the time to custom design their cuffs. Everyone’s cuff spoke to their personality and no two cuffs looked alike.
Are you excited to try this project? Well in honor of the Holidays I’m GIVING AWAY the materials to make this cuff to one lucky reader. To enter simply follow me on twitter and tweet the follow:
@Glitter_N_Glue make my Holiday sparkle! #SparklingDIY
By sending this tweet you are entered for a chance to win one cuff, an assortment of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals and glue. #AssemblyRequired
The contest ends Wednesday December 19, 2012 at 12:01am and at that time one winner will be selected at random. The winner must be following Glitter ‘N Glue on twitter.
THE CONTEST IS OVER. THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!!! xo
A special thank you to SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS from providing the materials.
And a big hugs to all my blogger buddies who came out to play!
L to R: Laurie of Laurie B Style, Marie from The Curvy Fashionista, Jenny from Good Bad And Fab, Shauna from Penny Chic, Chanelle from The Penelope Times, Jacey from Damsel In Dior, Sydne from Sydne Style and Deniz from Le Fashion Monster.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! xo
Do you guys remember my DIY embellished ankle straps project part 1 (here)? I love a good ankle strap makeover. Sometimes a DIY quickie can make a huge difference. I wanted to add a little glam to my Chinese Laundry Zsa Zsa pumps so I swapped the ankle straps out for bracelets. Say what?!?!?!?! I know… who says bracelets just have to be worn around your wrist?
These Chinese Laundry Zsa Zsa ankle straps are on sale (here)!!!!
Bracelets with lobster claw clasp work best. I picked up these at H&M for $6. If the bracelets are too small to fit comfortably around your ankle, use a few jump rings as extenders to give yourself a little more wiggle room.
Is It Fall yet? Here we are October 7th and I think the weather is FINALLY starting to change here in Los Angeles. There’s something so wrong about wearing shorts in October, but when the iPhone weather app tells me it’s 94 degrees outside, it doesn’t leave me with many options. Thankfully, things seem to be cooling off which means I can start wearing my Fall fashions.
Pulling out the Fall gear means storing away the Summer swag. Although I’m happy for the change, there are a few things I’m sad to see go. One of them being my neon rhinestone wrap bracelet. Do you guys remember that DIY project? (If not click here) Definitely one of my favorite Summer DIY projects, but I think neon is more of a Summer trend. I wanted to find a way to rework this project for Fall. So using the same technique, I decided to trade neon rope for warm colored suedes like oxblood and navy. This update was the perfect transition for Fall.
I’m so excited that I’ll be in New Orleans next weekend making these very wrap bracelets as part of New Orleans Fashion Week Retail Shopping Day!!!
I hope all of my lovely readers in the Crescent City can join me next Saturday, October 13th from 11am to 1pm at Hattie Sparks for the DIY party of a lifetime…yes, lifetime! We’ll be shopping, crafting and just having an all around good ole time. It’s going to be an amazing afternoon kicking off an amazing week of fashion and creativity in the city of New Orleans.
There’s a special place in my heart for that city. For those of you who don’t know I wen to college in New Orleans and have so many wonderful memories of my time there. Be sure to follow me on Instagram (search @Glitter_N_Glue) to keep track of all the fun!
Hattie Sparks is located at 714 Adams Street NOLA 70118. DIY is from 11a-1p while supplies last
Yesterday afternoon I took a stroll to my local cantina to participate in a weekly activity many of us like to call ‘Taco Tuesday’. I couldn’t help but notice that my wrist was particularly colorful and festive. With the help of my color DIY wrapped bracelet, my #FistFiesta was in full effect. I’m using #FistFiesta since #ArmParty is overused, copywritten by another blogger and while at Taco Tuesday I kept putting my fist in the air and shaking my bracelets everytime a Selena (not that Selena, but this Selena) song came on. Use it in a tweet today!
Enjoy this super easy DIY and upgrade those cheapo bracelets you have floating around your jewelry box.
Materials: Bracelets, Thick Colorful Thread, Glue
Apply a small about of glue to the bracelet
Begin wrapping your thread around the bracelet using the glue to secure the ends
When you’ve finished wrapping, apply another small about of glue to the thread to secure the opposite end.
The great thing about this project is that you can use whatever color you wish, use multiple colors on once bracelet, wrap it all the way around the bracelet or just wrap a portion and leave the rest of your bracelet exposed. There are just so many options! A true do-it-yourself project.
PS: Thanks Movado for the watch. A very special thank you to my friend Amanda for the Marc Jacobs “key ring” bracelets in honor of the birthday! xo
Last week I had drinks with my girls from Giogo TV and fell in love with a wrap bracelet Ms. Tiana Brown was sporting. It was neon, blingy and totally inspired me. There are so many great bracelet DIYs out there. My friend Jenni from I Spy DIY is always coming out with a new fancy bracelet DIY. I usually stay away from them because my nails are real long and sometimes that makes tying a knot tricky, buuuuut I was in desperate need of some new neon accessories. I happen to already have ALL the materials in my craft closet so there were no excuses! This project may look a little complicado, but seriously it’s so easy. In about 20 minutes I had 4 new neon wrap bracelets.
Friday, Friday we gotta get down on Friday! Sorry, but I had to. In a effort give you guys more DIY content (It’s my way of saying ‘Thank You’ for 2 years of DIY fun), I’ll be hosting a DIY Happy Hour every other Friday. Just one more project and a few more pretty pictures before the work week is over. I promise it’ll be an easy project you can tackle over the weekend just in time to wear to the office come Monday morning.
You can wrap vertically as I did with the purple rope or you can wrap horizontally like I did with the pink. If you want your rope to lay horizontally it’s easier to pre-cut your rope into pieces and apply them directly to your cuff with glue. Remember to apply glue to any loose ends to prevent the rope from fraying.
Or maybe you’d rather have a multi-colored cuff. Simply change the color of your rope by trying a knot to the end of a different color. You can add as many colors as you wish. Just be sure the knot is hidden underneath the cuff so it won’t show when you wear it. The possibilities are endless!
Have a safe and happy weekend everyone! xoxo
This year has been the year of the arm! From Man Repeller’s Arm Parties to the rebirth of the friendship bracelet, wrists seem to be getting all the attention these days. It’s not about chunky bangles but it’s all about the tiny bracelet…. lots and lots of tiny bracelets. There’s nothing like a wristful of bracelets. I’m sure over the past year we’ve all perfected the art of layering our favorite collection of colorful bracelets. This season, why don’t you give the give of a hardware embellished bracelet? Add one more to her collection…
Who says materials from the hardware store have to be used for just home improvement projects? Not me! The guys in the plumbing department at my local hardware store no longer ask me what I’m working on when they see me wondering the isles. It’s a known fact that whatever I’m doing with the materials, one thing I will NOT be doing is fixing a toilet!
Here’s your chance to stock up on nuts, bolts, pipes and other DIY hardware materials by winning a $25 gift card to Home Depot.
Question: What do you do to set the mood while you’re crafting?
Do you craft with the tv on? While watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Maybe you like to listen to music and sip a glass of wine? Or maybe you like it absolutely quiet while you get your DIY on! Remember there is no right answer. Personally, I like to listen to Beyonce when I’m getting crafty. (…and sometimes while I wait for glue to dry I turn up Single Ladies and do the dance in front of my mirror… shhhh please don’t tell anyone) Leave your answer below. Contest ends tonight at 9pm pst and with the help of a fancy number generating system, a number will be selected. If your answer falls in the comment box that corresponds with the selected number…you’re the winner! Don’t worry if you don’t win today because we’re playing this game all week! Each day is a new DIY project, a new prize and a new chance to win.
UPDATE: 36 was the randomly selected number
Congrats Sheila! You won the $25 Home Depot Gift Card.
A great cuff is always in style. Lucite was a big trend this Summer, but I have a feeling that it’s not going anywhere for Fall. Lucite accessories are still popping up all over the place. I’m especially in love with the Vionnet clear lucite cuff with the brooch on top. It’s fancy!
I just love the look of a lucite cuff. Here’s a quick and easy way you can do-it-yourself.
If you can’t find one at your local hardware store call Bill at Solter Plastics in LA. He’ll send you one for about $10 + the cost of shipping
Using your jigsaw, cut the tube to about 3 inches in length. Then use the jigsaw to remove about a 1 inch panel from the tube. Make sure the opening is large enough for your wrist to fit through, but not so large that the cuff will fall off.
Watch the video to see exactly how I made the cuff.