DIY Shoe Clips

Nicole embellished her gold flats for her wedding and sent over the how-tos for our DIY Contest. It’s a small detail, but it transforms any blah shoes into fabulousness. I’d love to see these on heels as well. So, so cute!

DIY shoe embellishment flower pom pom vintage lace and brooch clip

What you’ll need:

- 1/2 yard of white or ivory lace (can do variations with any style/color fabric, or purchase vintage lace tablecloth)
- Thread and needle
- Hot glue gun
- Scissors
- A little bit of white or ivory felt.
- Vintage earrings or brooches
- Needle-nosed pliers
- Any pair of shoes that need a little dressing up!

DIY wedding shoes clips

Step 1: Cut the lace into pieces that measure approximately 3 inches long by 2 inches wide. You can play around with these sizes to make fabric flowers bigger or smaller, as desired. You will need about 6 of these per flower, 12 total.

Step 2: Fold the pieces in half and tie some thread around the middle and secure with knot.

Step 3: Take one of fabric pieces and place on top of another one, middles together, and perpendicular to each other, forming an X. Take needle and thread and put a could stitches through where the middles meet. Once you’ve got it secure, add another fabric piece in the same manner, filling in the holes, and add a few more stitches. Do this until all fabric pieces are used. Fluff the newly formed flower. Repeat for second flower.

Step 4: Take the scissors and trim the edges of the flowers, creating a rounded shape. Trim off any stray pieces.

Step 5: Cut out two pieces of felt about the size of a quarter, and glue to the bottom of your flowers, for extra hold.

Step 6: Use the needle nosed pliers to remove the back fasteners of the earrings. The ones I used were clip on’s so I had to remove the clip part. If they are regular earrings, you may have to clip off the point. Be careful not to damage the jewelry too much.

Step 7: Put a nickel sized dollop of hot glue on the back of the earring, and place firmly in the middle of the fabric flower. Hold for a few seconds, and then set down face up to make sure it dries in the right place. Repeat for each flower.

Step 8: Glue each flower to the top of each shoe. Press firm, let dry. Once the glue is dry, you can put a couple discreet stitches through the flower into the shoe, for extra hold. Be sure to start from underneath, so the thread knot doesn’t show.

DIY Kitschy Centerpieces

Our next do-it-yourself project was sent by the Portuguese duo of BrancoPrata. They reused old bundt pans as centerpieces and included a bonus project using mini bundt pans as wedding favor containers. The modern look of silver and white is so fresh!

DIY Kitschy bundt pan centerpieces and favors
DIY Kitschy bundt pan centerpieces and favors

To make the centerpiece:
- old bundt pan
- Cutting tool
- Fresh Flowers

Step 1: Put some water into the recipient 2 or 3 inches high
Step 2: Trim the flowers and start adding them to the recipient. In this case we used tulips but you can use different kinds of flowers like for instance baby breath or dahlias.
Step 3: Display your centerpiece.

DIY bundt pan centerpiece tulip white on white and favors

To make the favors:

- mini bundt pans
- cellophane paper
- cutting tool
- scissors
- ruler
- ribbon
- tags
- cookies

Step 1: Cut the cellophane paper
Step 2: Put the cookies inside the “formas para bolos” and wrap it up with the cellophane paper
Step 3: Tie a ribbon around it and put the tag finishing with a perfect bow
Step 4: Trim the cellophane paper

Stay tuned for more, as we head towards the final stretch of our fabulous DIY Contest!

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DIY Votive Vellum Wrapper

We’ve got a busy day ahead of us, and lucky me to be swimming in a pool of amazing entries! Another project by Kayla, this time giving pages from an old book a new life as these adorable votive candle wrappers. Old pages lined up against a votive candle holder works like vellum paper when the candle is lit.

do-it-yourself DIY votive vellum vintage book page wrapper candle

What you’ll need:

- Vintage Book Paper
- Mini jars or votive candle holders
- Cutting Mat
- Glue Stick
- Ruler
- Pencil
- X-acto knife
- Tea light or small votive candle

do-it-yourself DIY votive vellum vintage book page wrapper candle


With the exception of the vintage book pages, all the materials can be found at any craft store.

You can start this project a million ways. You can either go out and buy clear straight-sided jars (if this is the case, skip step 1), or use jars you have laying around the house. If you are in the latter camp, begin at step 1.

Step 1: Find some old jars you have laying around the house (I had a salsa jar and a relish jar today). Soak the labels off your jars overnight, or if you are impatient like me, use Goo Gone and get the job done in a flash.

Step 2: Using your ruler, measure the height of your jars. This measurement will be the width of the strip of paper you will cut.

Step 3: Do a dry run with your paper and make sure it will wrap all the way around your jar before you start cutting it. If it is good to go, use your X-acto knife and ruler to cut out a strip, making the short end the height of your jar. (If your jar is 4″ tall, your strip of paper might be 4″ wide by 8″ long.

Step 4: Lay the paper strip you have just cut flat on your work surface. Using your glue stick, dab a bit of glue in the center along one of the short edges of your paper. Stick that edge to your jar. Wrap the jar with your paper and end by gluing along the inside edge of the other end of your paper, pressing the glued edge onto the paper you have already wrapped. 

Step 5: Drop in a tea light and watch the light dance. I like to combine these paper-wrapped candles with little votives for a nice mix of textures and glow.

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