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kelly Wearstler Inspired Christmas DIY

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It’s almost Christmas!! Last night I decided My mantel needed a little more Christmas decoration so I made a mini version of this DIY inspired by kelly Wearstler’s brass kaleidoscope! It took me 5 minutes to make, and about an hour to let the spray paint dry.

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Tools Needed:

– Self drying clay
– tooth picks
– spray paint

3 21. Roll the clay into small balls, start placing tooth picks into the clay.1 2 2. You can add as many or as little tooth picks as you want, for different looks.
2 23. Spray paint in a well ventilated space, wait an hour or two and you’re done!

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I added these plus a few sparkly christmas balls to the candles on my mantel, perfect for Christmas tomorrow!

xox

Alana

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Decembeard: A Santa DIY

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Confession time: I’m a total sucker for funny moustaches, but strictly not on people’s faces. I love moustache party favours, stickers, you name it!
I was going to make some moustaches to use as magnets and push-pins, but since it’s Christmas time and I’ve done absolutely no decorating, behold my Santa Beard  magnet/pushpin DIY!

Time: 15 minutes or less

Supplies:
-White and/or sparkly foam sheets found at my local dollar store
-Scissors, craft blade & a pen
-Self adhesive magnet roll or push pins

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1. Draw out your santa beard on space paper and cut it out

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2. Trace out the beard on the back side of your foam sheet.

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3. Cut out beard with scissors and if use your craft blade to cut out the mouth piece.

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4. Cut your magnet to size, peel off paper to expose adhesive and attach it to the back of your beard (or Rudolf nose!)

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5. You can use the same method to create festive push-pins for your office corkboard or inspiration board. Simply use a little hot glue to attach a pushpin to the back of the beard.

This fun and fast DIY has made my refrigerator so jolly, and maybe it’ll remind me to decorate for Christmas ASAP!

Cheers,

Alana

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The Calm



I snapped these images while enjoying the day after my best friend’s wedding. The calm after the amazing, beautiful, storm! I also took the chance to test drive my new DIY Valentino Rockstud Heels, which are actually very comfortable and sturdy! This BCBG ribbed dress is so comfortable, like pajamas I could wear outside the house!

In other news, the last day of my work term is today and I’m so sad. If you’d like a glimpse into my other world in a media production team, check out the goodbye video I made with my two work brothers! (Warning…..it’s pretty ridiculous!!)

Cheers!!! Alana

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DIY Valentino Rockstud Heels

I saw these shoes months ago, and instantly fell in love!!! The price point was just a touch too high, plus the lizard version I loved was no longer for sale. But DIY-ing a shoe is impossible…..right? I thought I would wing it, but only of I could find a great shoe to build from.

I found the Sam Edelman sling backs on a crazy sale ($40 down from $120) and I knew I was meant to DIY them!!

This is a rather intermediate DIY, for the fearless DIY-ers out there!!!

Tools & materials:
– a well made pair of sling-backs to build on
– a square foot of leather (I found mine at my local Tandy Leather, only $14 for a meter!)
– studs, I ordered these ones, and I used around 30 studs
– a very sharp pair of scissors
– a craft knife like an X-acto, I used a wood carving knife because it was right there!
– the strongest super glue you can find!
– a needle and thread

1. Cut out a template for the pieces you’ll need. I drew approximate pieces on paper, then held them up to my shoe and trimmed them to fit. I used five pieces, one around the toe, one attached to the sling back, a strap around the ankle, a piece to connect the ankle strap to the toe, and one around the middle of the foot.
2. Lay out your pieces on the leather and trace them with your craft knife. Use a light hand, the knife will leave a visible mark in the leather.
3. Once you’ve traced it, use your scissors to cut the leather. I left the leather edges unfinished, because it doesn’t fray and looks great!

4. Using my craft knife I made two holes in my leather strip, inserted the stud and closed it in the back with my fingers. I spaced the next stud holes 1/2 and inch from the first stud (see below) and that seemed to my the perfect spacing.
5. Once I added all the studs to the leather I noticed that the leather puckered a little on the edges, so I simply went back with my scissors and trimmed the edges straight again.

6. I first tried sewing the leather to the shoe, but I didn’t like the look, so I turned to super glue…I figured if this guy trusts his life with glue, I could trust my shoes with super glue!
7. To make sure everything would fit, I did lot’s of gluing with my shoes on, then I took them off and glued all the corners and spots I had missed. For the toe and the sling back, I attached them directly to the shoe to retain the integrity of the shoe.

8. I connected the long strip from the toe to the ankle. The strip across the middle of your foot is connected to the two ends of the sling back and the long strip down the front.

9. For the ankle strap I pilfered a small buckle from pair of sandals and simply secured it to the end of the ankle strap with needle and thread. I poked a few holes in the other end of the strap to complete the buckle.

Then I ran around the house with my shoes on to test the durability, and so far so great! I can hardly believe this DIY turned out so well, but once you get your head wrapped around the idea, it’s basically just adding strips of leather to a shoe.

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Year One

Tomorrow marks the first birthday of my blog! I really can’t imagine my life without this online presence, and it’s brought me so much joy and amazing opportunities. Thank you to everyone who visits, leaves comments, clicks “like,” it really makes my day!

In the next week you’ll see a fresher look & feel of the blog, a much needed update that I’ve been thinking about for months.

Thanks for stopping by, I can’t wait for year 2! Look forward to better and more content, fresh DIYs and loads of beautiful images. I’ve collected my favourite images from the past year, sorry if it takes forever to load, I couldn’t help myself!!

xoxoxoxo Alana

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Perfectly Imperfect

Whenever I wear something menswear inspired (tailored blazers, button up shirts) I like to make my hair and make up a little more girly. Lightly tousled and partially pinned back hair with loads of mascara compliments more structured clothing and It’s what I call the everyday-Bardot! If it doesn’t look perfect, that means it’s perfect!

I paired this look with my favorite Zara zip jeans, and my new BCBG silk/chiffon blouse which is the perfect pop of colour in an easy to wear and well cut shape. I added a studded gold bracelet and my DIY Chanel/ Pamela Love Crystal Cuff (which got many compliments!)  and later threw on a pair of heels to go out to an amazing dinner.

If you haven’t entered your name to win one of my Crystal Cuff’s, there is still time! I winner will be picked on monday 28th so go do it now!

Cheers to the weekend!

Alana




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DIY Chanel/ Pamela Love Crystal Cuff

Happy Victoria Day long weekend to all my Canadian’s out there!

Here at Dream Create I like to celebrate with gifts, first the gift of sharing a DIY, and then an actual gift! Today’s DIY was inspired by the crystal cuffs pictured below, the left from Chanel, and the right from Pamela Love. Apparently both were inspired by a picture from the 70’s, but Chanel decided not to sell their version because of the obvious similarities.  I made mine over 1 day, for under $20 each!

Supplies needed:

Oven hardening clay (I use Fimo or Sculpey)
A utility blade
An existing cuff that fits perfectly
Metallic spray paint & spray sealant
An assortment of small stones (I used a mix of green & yellow calcite, pyrite, amethyst & quartz, found at my local: Rockhound Shop)
Super glue

1.Roll out your clay and shape it around an existing cuff to ensure the perfect shape. When you are happy with the size and shape use your utility blade to hollow out a deep section for the crystals.

2.Bake the cuff at 275 farenheit for 15 minutes. Let it cool.

3. Organize the crystals as you like them. I found the more random the better!

4. Spray paint the cuff with approx two coats, finish with a sealant spray.

5. Use small dots of super glue and begin to attach your crystals. Hold each for 60 seconds before you attach the next, this ensures a firm hold.

That’s it!! These were my first attempt and they worked out amazingly well! I plan on making more, refining the process, making them smoother, playing with colours, it’s really fun!


Now for my second gift…..

I’m going to give two lucky readers one of these hand crafted beauties! 

This is open to anybody in any country! Just make sure to:
1. Follow Dream Create on any of these: WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin or email notification.
2. Leave your name & email in the comments below with your favorite colour combo!
Since I love everybody and could never choose just one, I’ll be using an online tool that chooses at random.

Giveaway ends on May 28th!

Have a great monday everyone!!

Cheers

Alana

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DIY no-sew Scalloped Jean Shorts

Welcome to the easiest scalloped jean shorts DIY ever! It’s quick and easy thanks to my latest obsession: fabric fuse! I’m a little too lazy to whip out my sewing machine and set it all up, plus the actual method of making a scalloped hem seems way too involved. Enter fabric fuse which is washable, wearable, and can be applied to a million projects (used here!)

I had this peel and stick fabric adhesive lying around which lent itself perfectly to this project!

1. Grab your old jean shorts, start cutting your fabric fuse into strips. The width of the strip should cover the whole scallop ensuring no part will fray.

2. Turn your shorts inside out and cover the entire edge of your shorts with strips. Since the fabric fuse is double sided, find some scrap fabric of a shade you won’t notice when you are wearing your shorts.  Peel off the adhesive’s paper backing and stick your fabric to your shorts, trim excess. On a piece of paper, draw the curve of the scallop exactly how you like it, this will be your stencil.

(If your fabric fuse is heat activated, simply use your iron on low heat, press for five seconds in each section, first iron the fuse to the shots, let cool then iron the scrap fabric to the fabric fuse. Trim excess)

3. Use your stencil to draw the scallop pattern on your fabric. Take your scissors and cut along your traced line.

And thats it!! This takes under 20 minutes and is such a fun new way to wear jean cutoffs this summer! I plan on wearing mine with taupe ankle boots and comfy shirts, like the photo below!

Cheers!

Alana

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DIY Starfish Cuff

If my dad has taught me anything it’s that any sort of mold is bad! Mold on food, BAD! Mold from a house leak, VERY BAD! Enter silicone mold, GOOD! I saw this picture, and somewhere deep in my soul I knew that I needed a starfish cuff, so I decided to make one myself! I started with Easy mold silicone putty, Fimo, and a dried starfish from a craft store.

Following the instruction on the box, I mixed the silicone and molded it around the original starfish shape. With the perfect resulting mold, I filled it with Fimo and wrapped the Fimo starfish around a small glass. I baked the starfish wrapped glass in the oven for 15 minutes at 275 deg F, let it cool then spray painted it gold!

Use a glass smaller than your arm, as Fimo is a little flexible. You can use any object to make yourself a unique cuff, and you can use all sorts of casting materials like  resin, epoxy, wax, plaster, air dry clay, concrete and low melt metals.

UPDATE: Another way to make this DIY at an even cheaper price point would be to press the original starfish into a block of Fimo, follow the same baking instructions, let cool, then use it as a mold! This would cut the price more by than half! EasyMold is washable, food grade and won’t deteriorate, but for this project you don’t really need those attributes.

I hope everyone is having a great week, (so far) mine is super productive, super busy, and ultimately very rewarding!

Cheers!

Alana

{Worn here with my DIY mixed media trench}

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All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

A living photo featuring my Versace fringe dress DIY.
Have a great weekend!! Mine will hopefully include productivity, photography, and many many episodes of the greatest TV show ever: Chuck!!!
See you next week!
Alana

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