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One day I was on Vogue.com when I saw when of their editors wearing this really cool beaded necklace. It almost looked like it was constructed using safety pins, so I tried them out to see if I could pull off the look by making the necklace myself. The end result is really cool. The seed beads give it a tribal look, and the safety pins no longer look like safety pins, but rather a cool silver skeleton. I finished it off, with a beaded “chain” to make a long necklace that you can throw on with any basic shirt for a neat funky addition of color.
Scissors, strong beading thread, safety pins, nail polish, and seed beads
Open the safety pin, and feed on seed beads.
I decided to us lime green and black with the black beads jumping around, but you can come up with any pattern you want. Notice the pattern changes.
As you finish safety pins, line them up on the table, so that you don’t lose the order you want them to go in.
Once you’ve finished. Begin feeding the safety pins into the beading thread.
Make sure they are all facing in the same direction.
Thread a needle with the thread
Thread seed beads on until you have reached the desired length for you necklace.
I decided to do mine in a contrasting color – white.
Once you’re done, loop the thread around the last bead on each side of the “chain.”
Feed the needle through the last few beads on the opposite side to close the circle.
Loop the thread around individual beads a few more times, and then thread it back to where the loose thread is hanging out & tie a knot.
Cut thread ends.
Paint the knot and last few beads with nail polish to secure
And you’re done!
Don’t throw away those old light bulbs just yet! I have a fun, easy DIY for you that will brighten up your home decor or workspace :) A little while back I found this image on tumblr and immediately saved it to my inspiration folder:
I gathered a couple of light bulbs and got to work! I found this DIY to be very simple, but it requires working with glass so you definitely need to be careful.
What you need: A light bulb (any shape or size will work!), pliers and gardening wire.
Step One: First you need to remove the little silver layer on the bottom of the light bulb. Work the pliers under the layer to create a little lip, and then you should be able to peel it right off with the pliers.
Step Two: Now you have to remove the black cap from the bottom of the light bulb. This was the most difficult part for me – you DEFINITELY want to wear safety goggles and be extremely careful, as it is glass. Some sites suggest using a hammer to crack the black glass but this didn’t work for me – with some time, I was able to work the pliers into the hole left after you remove the silver cap, and snap the glass. I used the pliers to tap the rest of the black glass off the bulb. Do this outdoors or over a hard surface so you can sweep up the bits of glass.
Step Three: Once the black glass was removed it was really easy to get the little glass tube and wiring on the inside of the bulb out – I simply tapped it with the pliers and it broke right off.
And now you have your empty lightbulb! I didn’t like how the metal part looked so I covered it with a little piece of fabric:
Step Four: Add flowers and water, and hang with the gardening wire!
Now I want to make more! In addition to brightening up my desk space at work, these would be adorable for a summer party or, as Jemma just suggested as I was making it, as bathroom decor!
Be sure to check out our new DIY Projects category for more DIY Inspiration!
Trending on FP.com:
I’ve been seeing this cool bleached look popping up in jeans and denim shorts all over the fashion scene, so I thought I’d try it out to vamp up an old denim jacket of mine. My goal was to get a half and half jacket, but I love how it came out with random splatters further up as well. I think this will be the perfect piece to add a touch of grunge to any outfit.
To get the look for yourself you’ll need about 3 cups of bleach, a denim jacket (or anything else denim), a towel, and some sort of large bucket or basin.
Pour bleach into the bucket or basin, then dip lower half of jacket into bleach. You’ll want to let it sit in the bleach for about 20min. Be sure to move it around every few minutes to make sure every spot gets well soaked. When you pull it out, everything won’t be white white, but the bleach will continue working as it dries. Let the jacket dry in a good spot where it won’t bleach any unwanted items. I spread mine out on the old towel for about a day.
Once the jacket is dry, you’ll want to wash it to get out the bleach stench.
Et voila – a whole new piece in your wardrobe. I paired it with my super stripe tee and black denim pants from urban outfitters for a weekend bbq. =)
so inspired by this look today! our office coordinator took an old oversized button-down shirt and turned it into a skirt! she just buttoned it up halfway from the bottom, stepped into it and tied the sleeves around her waist – add a cropped tee and boots and you’ve got 90s grunge perfection.
just another reason to nab your boyfriend/dad/brother’s button-downs! vintage printed ones are a plus :)
Today’s DIY project was inspired by this post on apartment therapy. Free People has an instagram account and I love so many of the photos that our home office girls post there – it’s like our little visual diary. I LOVE the idea of printing out our photo memories and making them into wall art!
What you need: I used white poster board and double sided tape, and printed our photos out on a regular printer.
I picked photos at random and just started lining them up in rows :)
And that’s it! I think this would look awesome framed and hung up in our office :)
remember liz, our brooklyn fp girl who makes rad vests? well she’s at it again…my jaw dropped when i opened my email this morning and saw her latest project! not only are her patriotic vests to die for, but these photos are so inspiring. thank you liz!
you can check out her etsy shop here.
did you all have a nice fourth of july? what was the highlight of your weekend?
our creative director’s story about the flag:
“I have had this flag pinned up and ready to sew for months now but it never got sewn. But recently my dear, sweet mother came to visit and she took this flag home with her and she sewed for me so I would have it for the 4th of July!! Moms rule!!!”
so sweet! happy fourth of july everyone :)
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.
i have another gorgeous piece from our summer store displays to give away! this amazing rope swirl tapestry was hand-made by our talented display team using rope, various brightly colored strings and pom poms and tassels inspired by india. hang it on your wall, use it as a carpet in a hallway, a table runner – whatever your heart desires! one thing’s for sure- no one else will have anything like it :)
this tapestry is actually two pieces – so you can take it apart and hang them separately or keep it as one long piece!
lots of you are asking for a diy – you’re in luck, we did one :) find it here.
a couple of weeks ago, inspired by a tutorial on honestly…wtf, one of my coworkers was inspired to bring back her love for making friendship bracelets, and created this masterpiece :) personally, i’ve only ever been able to do the straight line across or the V pattern, so i had to know how to do this.
for this tutorial we’ll learn how to make a smaller scale version of the bracelet, and once you get the basic steps down you can start experimenting with more string and lots of colors!
what you need: embroidery thread, scissors and tape.
click read more to see the full tutorial!
…and me i’m in a rock and roll band.
Actually, my name is Liz. I am a young designer, a recent graduate from Parsons The New School for Design, and a current associate at Free People in Soho, NY. I started crocheting these vests this past year and asked some of the Free People girls to rock them for me.
This past season I looked to craft and the charm in handmade objects for inspiration. I had just moved into my new loft in Brooklyn, NY and found my place was a collection of crafts. My most prized possession is a yellow chevron pattern crocheted blanket my mom made when I was young. I owe all of my talent to my mom, who taught me how to crochet. As for the vest itself, I focused on creating a piece that would complete every outfit in my closet. My style is that similar to that of the Free People girl. I look to Pamela Love and Erin Wasson for style inspiration, who both share that endearing, yet individualized free-spirited vibe. I feel like a vest is something you can wear year round: in the winter, I’m always looking for another layer and in the summer, it’s great with a tank and shorts or just over a bathing suit!
thank you so much for sharing liz!!! not only did you quote one of my favorite songs but the vests are amazing and i’m insanely jealous of your rooftop garden…xoxo
in place of our usual wednes-diy, today i have something even better! tutorials showing you how to get the hair and makeup in our june e-catalog :) Read more »