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DIY: Fairy Wings

DIY FAIRY WINGS

What You Will Need:

  • Adhesive spray glue
  • Cellophane wrap (can get at dollar store or Walmart. The iridescent one we used was from Michael’s)
  • Poster Board (We used black, you can use whatever color you want)
  • An iron
  • An X-Acto knife
  • A lighter
  • A pen

What Could Be Helpful:

  • Sharpies
  • Glitter
  • Any other decorative things you want
  • Glue gun
  • Cutting mat

SUPPLIES

Directions:

First, choose a wing shape. You can go about this step a number of ways–by printing one out, or drawing one by hand. I taped computer paper together and made one giant sheet that was the same size of my poster board to get the largest wing out of it that I could. Then I free handed the wing shape. Make sure the top most part of the wing is thick enough to support the whole structure. Varying the widths of the segmented parts makes the wing more realistic.

Once you have the wing shape mapped out on paper, put it on top of the poster board and outline it by pressing firmly down with a pen so that the outline becomes embossed into the poster board.

STEP 1

Next, follow the outline on the poster board with your X-Acto knife. If one of your segments breaks because it is too thin, don’t worry (this happened to me). You can hot glue it back on and once it is sandwiched between the cellophane it will stay in place.

STEP 2

Once you have both outlines cut out for your wings, cut out a sheet of cellophane a bit bigger than your wing and lie it down flat. Spray a layer of adhesive spray on one side of the wing outline and on the cellophane and then put the wing down on the cellophane. If you want glitter sandwiched between, now would be the time to apply it. For the top sheet of cellophane, I recommend spraying the adhesive again.  Start at one side and roll the top piece of cellophane out onto the wing. Cut at the end and use your hands to press all the pieces together. (NOTE IF USING COLORED CELLOPHANE: the side with the color must be sandwiched inside otherwise it will melt under the iron. The color is only printed on one side so if you use rubbing alcohol or a sharpie on a small part, it will rub the color off of the cellophane on that side. Again, the side that color comes off of needs to be the part sandwiched inside. This concept can be utilized as a cool effect if you want to etch a pattern into your wing as well.

STEP 3

Next, bring your wing to the iron. Make sure the iron is on the lowest setting and test on a scrap piece of cellophane first. Ironing kind of fuses everything together. I went in to each segment with the tip of the iron to ensure the cellophane was fused together as close to the segments of the wing as possible (this is especially important on the outer most part of the wing.) Also go over the whole structure a few times and make sure to iron on both sides so it doesn’t curl.

STEP 4

When this is done, cut the excess cellophane  around the poster board structure, leaving about a 1/4″ and then light so that it melts flush to the structure. If you don’t want to use a lighter you can also fold the cellophane back and hot glue it. Next, cut a rough estimate of the shape you want as the outer wing and then take your lighter to the edges for a natural edge. (BE CAREFUL OF MELTED CELLOPHANE DRIPPING OR FALLING ON YOU, I got a nasty burn!)

STEP 5

Now your wing is done! Decorate and mount how you wish. I hot glued mine to a decorated base with elastic straps. This worked alright, but definitely was not good for prolonged or outdoor wear. There are many mounting techniques depending on your outfit and need on online forums. If you want to add color or patterns to your wings, Sharpies are the only marker that have translucent ink (so you can still see through the wings). You can use different blending techniques as you can see in my example. Get creative!

STEP 6

I LOVE how realistic these wings are. They are lightweight and actually catch the wind (which is why hot glue alone did not hold them to the base). It is so beautiful to see all the different ways the light hits them! You can use this technique for other things too, for instance we made a matching headband. We would love to see what variations you guys come up with :)

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DIY: Amped Up Bandanas!

DIY Embellished Bandanas
Bandanas are the ultimate accessory for raves, festivals, or even everyday street style. Why not take yours to a completely new level and AMP IT UP?! The materials that you need are completely dependent on what you want to do to the bandana. I will share with you the three paths I took.

First, I started with a coin bandana. You’ll need jewelry pliers, O rings, the coins (or whatever bead you will be attaching), and the bandana! Simply poke a tiny hole (mine was about 1/8”-2/8” in from the edge), open the O ring with your pliers, and then slip the O ring into the hole. Put a coin through the O ring, and use the pliers to close it back up. Continue this process up the side of the bandana for as long or as short as you want (and try to keep an even spacing between each). This could be a cool idea to expand on by stringing short strings of beads and attaching those. Or even to go rogue and just attach trinkets and other random stuff.

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Second, I made a fringe bandana. I took the fringe off of an old gypsy skirt I had lying around but you could easily pick up something similar at a fabric store. My first instinct told me that using eyelets to stabilize the holes was a good idea, but after testing I decided I liked the look of it sans eyelets (but I still included it here so that you can see  and possibly get inspired in a different way). This eyelet kit is easy to use and you can pick it up at any sewing store. It comes with the eyelet setter, you just need a hammer or something sturdy to hammer down on the setter. Anyways, I poked my holes through like last time, pinched the middle of the fringe together and pulled that through the hole, and then secured it in by pulling the tails of the fringe through the loop created by the pinched middle. Continue this at a consistent distance up the edge of the bandana.

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Third: I took my last bandana and just hot glued some gems up the center of it. This is the simplest one I did. This shows you that you really don’t need too much time to make something yourself that is unique and your own! This concept could be applied in a vast number of different ways and even combined with one of the above two. I am so excited about all the possible creations, so please, share yours with me!

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  1. They fit better – Part of the problem you run into with cheap clothing, especially online, is that it won’t always fit the way you expect, or look like it did in the picture. Our products are designed to flatter and we use high-quality fabrics and finishes that won’t warp or distort with use.
  2. They look better – We’ve got a secret sauce for how to develop bangin’ outfits. After we’ve finished our design, it goes through extensive testing and multiple revisions before they go on sale. If our friends won’t wear it, we don’t sell it.
  3. And they last longer – The phrase “you get what you pay for” applies here. Little Black Diamond products are made locally in San Diego using modern machinery and industry best practices. The result are clothes that are built to share many adventures with you long after your other clothes have fallen apart

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DIY: Rainbow Stacks

DIY rainbow stacks edit

What You Will Need:

What Could Be Helpful:

  • Spray Grip Attachable Nozzle
  • Painters Tape
  • Tissue Paper or newspaper
  • Something to stuff shoe with so it will dry standing up

SUPPLIES

Directions:

We used patent leather Stacks because that was what we had on hand, but I strongly recommend not using patent because the paint will crack and flake off. Also, this tutorial is not just limited to Stacks, but any shoe you wish!

The first step is optional and just depends on personal preference. You can use painters tape to tape off the zipper and/or sole of the shoe (any part you don’t want painted). I started out taping off the whole zipper but later decided to only tape the zipper head and not the zipper tape.

TAPED ZIPPER

Second, put down your tarp or cardboard outside or in a well ventilated area to avoid hazardous fumes and getting spray paint permanently on the ground.

Next, we start spraying! I used a cheap Spray Grip I got at Walmart. The perk to this is that you aren’t pressing down with your finger, but shooting the paint out like a gun. Total preference.

SPRAY GRIP

Start spraying with the lightest color (yellow), and spray generously larger than the area that you want yellow just to give you some leeway while blending. I suggest you calibrate your spraying before starting onto the cardboard or tarp. Test out distances and corresponding amounts of spray. When you are spraying, you want to get a solid color but you also want to attempt not to get drips. I suggest filling the area with color no matter how opaque you get it first, and then going back in after letting it sit for a couple seconds and making the color more solid (again, to try to avoid drips).

YELLOW

After yellow, I sprayed all the base colors (and then after going in with the blending colors that make the gradient). I covered the yellow section with tissue paper to make sure I didn’t get other colors on it, and then I sprayed the red on the front where the toe is, and the blue towards the top.

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Next, I went in with the blending colors to make the gradient. This included, laying down orange to blend red into yellow, laying down green to blend yellow into blue, and then laying down purple at the top. This step is the most nerve racking, but stay calm about it. It will probably not come out exactly how you envision, so just try not to obsess too much. If it looks pretty good, don’t touch it (because you will probably ruin it)! Also if you accidentally deplete too much of a section while blending (like my yellow section became pretty small) you can always go back in and re-spray that color.

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When you are done, stuff these babies so they have the least amount of cracks while drying. I could not find a shade of purple I liked at the store so I mixed it myself by spraying pink and blue onto the cardboard, and quickly mixing them and applying with a paint brush until I was happy with it.

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TADA! I LOVE how these turned out. Other variations could include stencils, taping off patterns, or even words/logos. I would LOVE to see what creations you guys come up with :)

There Is No Debate: Combating Slut Shaming with Self Love

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“Babe can I wear this to our next festival? Is this okay??”
“Hell no! Unless it’s just at home. I don’t want anyone else to see you dressed like a slut, only me.”

Nothing makes me cringe harder than seeing comments like this pop up on our Instagram. Girl, the 1950s are over and it’s 2015. Having someone dictate your fashion choices demeans your status from the divine celestial being you were born to be.

Many beautiful and talented people feel trapped in relationships that hold them back, or worse, harm them. You may be one of them. I once was.

I’ve dated people who tried to tell me how to look and dress. I’ve had boyfriends who were physically and emotionally abusive. Beware of anyone who tries to control you, your creativity or how you choose to express yourself. Today I work hard to spread messages of self empowerment, but in the past I’ve suffered through abusive relationships.

So how do you break free? It’s different for everyone. For me, it was physical abuse that finally pushed me to the edge. My now ex boyfriend lashed out and struck me in the face–hard–over a game of cards. That assault did more than ring my bell. It hurt my soul and forced me to wake up and evaluate the choices I was making. Denial was no longer an option. From that moment on, I would never let anyone make me feel so devalued ever again.

The secret of breaking free from a saboteur is to love yourself more. Know exactly who you are and what you’re all about. What matters to you? What do you stand for? And how do you want to be treated? Asking these questions will get you started down the right path. Once you determine these answers, you must let these revelations guide your actions and your choices every day.

Hold everyone to these standards. Toxic people will be unable to meet these expectations and leave. Instead, you will have a gorgeous garden of strong friends who respect and support you. You’ll find that you no longer have to ask anyone how to dress or how to live your life because you are comfortable with being YOU.

There is no debate–it’s your world, your choices. “Slut” is a word used by insecure people who feel threatened by strong, assertive women. Let love of self be your strength and your shield against meaningless judgments. And wear what you love because you feel fabulous in it.

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