4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Neon Lights Shorts

Summer isn’t hot without some neons to light up the night! We’ve taken a few of our favorite items to DIY with, and given a pair of white jean shorts the neon treatment. These shorts are perfect for a pool party, or a fun night out. This DIY would also look awesome with a black pair of jeans for a high-contrast look. DSC_0310What You’ll Need:

White Jean Shorts
10mm x 15mm Sew-On Neon Plastic Spikes
8mm x 7mm Sew-On Mini Neon Plastic Spikes
8mm Round Hf Epoxy Nailheads
7mm Flat Square Hf Nailheads
6mm Hf Octagon Rhinestone Stud
Iron
Needle and Thread

 DSC_03121. Create a pattern going down of side of the shorts using your spikes.

DSC_03162. Once you’ve settled on a pattern, sew them into place.

DSC_03223. On the opposite leg, create a pattern with your iron-ons.

DSC_03214. Once you’ve created your pattern, iron them on or use a hotfix setting tool.

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DIY: Neon Embellished Skirt

This spring and summer we’re really feeling sparkly embellishments, especially on unexpected pieces! This neon pink skirt was the perfect canvas for jeweled embellishments because it’s bold and will stand out at any party. If you want to tone this look down, try using a neutral base with monochromatic jewels instead! Materials for Neon Embellished Skirt   What You’ll Need: 

Skirt
18mm x 13mm Octagon Jewel W/2 Holes
28mm x 16mm Oval Jewel W/2 Holes
24mm x 10mm Oval Jewel W/2 Holes
14m Round Jewel W/2 Holes
Needle
Thread
Scissors

Placing Gems on Skirt1. Lay out your skirt and start to place your jewels where you would like them. We created a geometric pattern with ours. Sewing Jewels onto Skirt2. Once you have planned out your design, sew each jewel in place. Completed Neon Embellished SkirtNow you have a great skirt for going out in! You can also use this same technique to embellish a shirt or a jacket!

Chain Headband DIY

We combined two of our favorite things (our neon ribbon and our over sized acrylic chain) to create an amazing headpiece that will get you noticed. Our 4 Ways Music Festivals DIY Feature wouldn’t be complete without an ode to the 70’s.

SUPPLIES:
02209-1223/8” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain in Neon Green 56300-rust_11 ¼” Large Acrylic Chain in Rust Combo

DSC_2844Cut two small identical pieces of  your 3/8” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain in Neon Green

DSC_2845Place your now cut ribbon through the last link of your 1 1/4 inch Large Acrylic Chain.

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Double knot your 3/8” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain in Neon Green ribbon leaving an even amount of space on either side.

DSC_2849Repeat these steps for both sides. Once each end of your chain has ribbon on either end, tie both ends together.

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Now wear your chain headband with confidence!

DSC_0065Not feeling this look? This easy to create DIY can transition from a headband to a necklace within seconds…Just loosen the ribbon

DIY Neon & Spiked Headband

Two of our favorite trends right now are spikes and neon, and we’re trying to incorporate them into our everyday looks as much as possible. And we have so many cool new neon supplies in our store that we knew it was time for a neon DIY. With our favorite cone spikes and some awesome neon nailheads, we created this edgy, trendy headband that will brighten up any look this fall. Check out our tutorial below, and stop by our store to find more neon and spike selections!

Supplies:

  • a plain metal headband (available in our store)
  • silver cone spikes
  • leather trim cut to the length of the headband
  • neon square nailheads
  • E6000 glue
  • 1. Make sure your leather trim is trimmed so it will fit perfectly around the headband. Then lay it flat, and draw a thin line of glue along one side.

    2. Begin adding a line of neon nailheads on top of the glue. Hold each one down for a few seconds as it dries, and make sure there are no gaps in between the nailheads.

    3. Continue to add lines of glue, and then nailheads on top, until you have neon nailheads running down an entire side of the leather trim. Then use the same process to add a line of nailheads to the other side.

    4. Unscrew each of the cone spikes, as you will not be needing the screws.

    5. Evenly line up the spikes on the strip of leather to make sure you have the correct placement. They should be about an inch apart. Then gently glue each one in place.

    6. After the glue has dried and the spikes are firmly in place, draw a thin line of glue all along the metal headband.

    7. Gently place the leather trim onto the metal headband, making sure it is even and symmetrical. Hold it in place while the glue dries. Once everything is dry, you’re all done!

    DIY Inspiration: Chunky Chain Necklace

    In our opinion, the chain necklace is a staple for any DIY fanatic. Whether you’re spraypainting, looping neon ribbon through, or attaching cool metal embellishments, there’s endless possibilities for a simple strand of chain. Lately we’ve been loving bright, chunky chain necklaces, so we gathered a few pieces of inspiration. We just might try to replicate one of these in a DIY someday! Which one do you like the best?



    via Stella & Dot / Fashion Lane / Revolve Clothing / Mac and Mir

    DIY Lace and Neon Oxfords

     

    It’s time we started thinking about fall fashion, and nothing says “back to school” like a preppy pair of oxfords. Naturally, we had to add some DIY magic to a plain pair of oxfords to spice them up a little. So we took two of our favorite trends – lace and neon –  and created this sweet neon-studded lace oxfords. Follow the instructions below and let us know what you think in the comments!

    Supplies:

     

    1. Remove the laces from your oxfords. You’re going to glue the lace on the shoe in sections, so cut a piece of lace that will roughly cover one section of the shoe. Follow the basic oxford outlines to create the sections. Liberally apply Unique Stitch glue to the first section, then place your lace on top.

    2. Use your scissors to trim the lace into the desired shape. It should follow the basic lines of the shoe – this is the easiest way to create each section.

    3. Continue to cover the shoe with sections of lace until the entire shoe is covered. Let dry.

    4. Pull your neon cord through the holes to create laces.

    5. Begin adding your neon studs wherever desired. Simply place a drop of E6000 glue on the shoe, then place the stud on top. Continue to do this for each stud. We chose to follow the natural lines of the shoe, but you could put your studs anywhere you like.

    6. Finish studding the shoe – then you’re all done! Let it dry and you’re ready to show off your new kicks.

    Top 5 Pocket DIYs

    The best way to jazz up a simple piece of clothing? Add a pocket! They’re functional and trendy, especially if you create a lace or neon pocket. Some of our favorite bloggers have been DIYing pockets onto their clothing, and we love what they’ve been coming up with. We picked out our top 5 favorites below, so check it out and let us know what you think!

    DIY Sequin Pocket by Glitter N Glue

     

    DIY Beaded Pocket by P.S. I Made This

    DIY Floral Pocket by Urban Beings

    DIY Lace Pocket Shorts by Chictopia

    DIY Leather Pockets by Court + Hudson

    DIY Neon Studded Phone Case

    After seeking out our favorite DIY iPhone cases,  it was about time that we made our own. And when we spotted these new neon studs in our store, we knew they would be a great addition to a plain white phone case. Armed with our studs and some E3000 glue, we created this neon iPhone case that will be the perfect summer accessory. Keep reading to find out how to make your own!

    Supplies:
     

    1. Begin to arrange your studs on the case to figure out the design you want. You could do polka dots, or stripes, but we opted for a simple geometric pattern.

    2. Using the E3000 glue, begin to individually glue down each stud. If you use the same pattern as us, start in the middle and work your way out. You may want to use a toothpick to apply glue to each stud.

    3. Continue to apply the studs until you’ve covered the entire phone case. Let dry for half an hour then you’re ready to show off your new neon case!

    DIY Studded Neon Fringe Necklace

    If anyone remembers our fringe inspiration post from last week, you’ll know that we were obsessing over this neon fringe necklace that we saw on Chiara of The Blonde Salad. We decided to make our own edgier version with some studs and fringe from M&J Trimming. Follow along below to make it yourself!

    The inspiration:

    Supplies:


    1. Cut the neon fringe in half, so you have two 9 inch pieces of fringe. Spread a thin line of glue across the top of one of the pieces, then place the other piece directly on top and press them together. (This is so the fringe will be thicker and sturdier.) Do the same thing with the black fringe.

    2. Draw a line of glue across the top of the black fringe. Place the neon fringe directly on top and press down. Let the glue dry.

    3. Using your pliers, open a link on one end of the chain. Hook it through one of the loops in the top of the fringe and then close the link with the pliers. Do the same on the other side of the fringe. Make sure the chain is long enough to slip over your head.

    4. Unscrew the studs and remove the screws, so you only have the flat studs. Space them evenly along the top of the fringe, then glue them down individually. Let them dry and you’re all set!