Archive | HOLIDAYS


17 Dec


It’s been a while since I shared a DIY bracelet, so here’s a new one for a sparkly bracelet for the holidays. It’s using a fishbone chain, which I haven’t used before, and sew-on crystal jewels which are the same as the ones I used in this necklace DIY. It is super simple to make, so you can make several and give them out as Christmas/Birthday/No-Reason gifts. [You can use this fun cut-out idea or embellished boxes idea for wrapping your gifts.]

What you’ll need:

  • Gold Fishbone Chain
  • Sew-On Crystal Jewels
  • Jumprings & Clasp
  • Wire Cutter & Jewelry Pliers

Step 1: Measure the fishbone chain to fit tightly around your wrist. Then split that piece into two longer and two shorter pieces. Using the pliers and jumprings, attach the two shorter ones to each side of a crystal jewel. You can attach the fishbone chain either facing each other (like mine in step 1) or facing away from each other (like my second bracelet in the final product shots).

Step 2: Attach the second and third crystal jewels on each of the short fishtail chains using the jumprings. Then add the two longer pieces of the chain to each of the crystal jewels. This time, the chains should face the opposite direction of the first two pieces.

Step 3: Secure one end of the bracelet with a clasp and other with a jumpring for the clasp. And you have your handmade DIY bracelet! You can create other unique pieces by swapping the crystal jewel with other jewel options. One can never have enough accessories!





For more ideas for handmade holiday presents, checkout the DIY Gallery. I hope you all have a very happy holidays and a fabulous end to 2014. Thank you so much for all your love this year! I have many more fun DIYs in store for 2015. Till then, get your creative fix and stay HIGHonDIY!


2 Feb


This special Valentine’s Day themed DIY is an extension of my DIY Glitter Heart Pillow from last year. Everyone loved the bursting  glitter effect (i.e. the heart bursting with love effect) so I decided to use the same imagery on another item that we can never have enough of either in the house — coasters!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Square or Round Cork Coasters
  • Super Fine Metallic Glitter (Martha Stewart/Jones Tones)
  • Mod Podge & a Large Brush
  • White Acrylic Paint and Medium Brushes
  • Container to Mix Glitter & Mod Podge
  • Pencil

Step 1: Using a medium brush, paint the coasters white with the acrylic paint. I left a thin outline on the edges unpainted. Let the paint dry for an hour or so.
Step 2: With a pencil, trace a heart in one of the corners of the square coasters and in the center of the round coasters. Make sure the heart shape leaves enough space on the coaster for the sprinkled glitter effect.
Step 3: In the container, add one part glitter to two parts Mod Podge to make the mixture and stir thoroughly with a medium brush.
Step 4: Using the same brush, paint the first coat of the mixture over the heart shape on the coaster. Try not to make the edges of the heart too strong, let the glitter mixture bleed outside the drawn shape since we are going for the gradient/sprinkled effect. Let the first coat dry for 10-15 minutes and add 2 more coats while letting each one dry before applying the next.
Step 5: Take a clean medium brush and dab a tiny bit of the mixture on it. Flick the brush on the coaster making sure to sprinkle the mixture off the brush instead of splattering. Sprinkle more glitter closer to the heart shape and repeat as necessary.
Step 6: Once this is dry, use a large brush to paint a thin layer of Mod Podge all over the surface of the coasters to seal the design.

Once that’s dry, you have sparkly metallic coasters. You can experiment with different designs or glitter in different colors.

If you are looking for more Valentine’s Day goodies, checkout the super simple DIY Clip-On Heart Earrings and the DIY His & Her Gift Box and Cut-Out Gift Wrap to place the gifts in. Have a happy Valentine’s Day everyone!