5-Minute DIY: Stud Embellished Collar Tips

I do a lot of my own DIY projects because A. The things I want are usually never available, B. I'm cheap, and C. I'm broke (ok, not completely, but ain't rollin' in the deep). While everyone was rushing to their bogus Valentine's Day dinner reservations last night, I was working on a super exciting sample sale I'm doing next week. Decided to take a breather from that for a quickie DIY--and share it with you! I'm all about collar tips lately, so I'm stocking up.

I've seen other embellished collar DIY tutorials, but I don't really like using glue on clothing or using iron-ons. It takes a while to dry, things can fall off in the wash, it can smell, stuff can accidentally get stuck together permanently, the glue can bleed through, irons can burn, and if you don't get the right glue the color can turn a nasty yellow. I prefer the way I did it because if you screw up or want a change, you can take the embellishments off! Plus no glue mess or need for a BeDazzler; it's completely idiot-proof (although you could possibly hurt yourself, but the clothes will be okay!).

What inspired me to do this DIY was simply that my package from Forever 21 came yesterday. I know Forever 21 is trashy, but they DO have some good basic items ripe for embellishing on the cheap. I chose their sheer collared Longline High-Low Button-Up. It's kind of expensive for F21 at $19.80 (I told you I'm cheap) but I'm all about sheer collared tops so went for it.

Your Materials:

1. Metal pronged embellishments of your choice. You can find them at any Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabrics, or your fave craft store. The ones I used are some vintage diamond-shapes I found in the bead district in downtown Los Angeles. Whatever you choose, be sure they have those pointy spikes on the underside. You can also do rhinestones with metal settings, but they require a careful hand as you can scratch the stones with your pliers.

2. A good pair of "chain nose" jewelry pliers. They're the small pliers with sharp pointed tips and flat on the inside--not the rounded ones. You can buy them for under $10 (a MUST for all DIY-ers in my opinion, but then again I am a jewelry-maker). Again, any craft store that sells a good amount of beads will have them.

3. Collared shirt of your choice. I recommend finding a cool one at a thrift store so you only spend a few dollars total.

Once you've figured out how you want to lay your studs out,  push the studs through the collar one at a time prongs down. Be sure all the prongs pass completely through the fabric as far as they can go.

Be careful of your fingers, the prongs are sharp! Perforated leather is a good look, but not perforated fingers.

With your jewelry pliers, grab each prong and bend each them towards the inside of the stud. Hold the fabric taut around the stud so it won't fall out while you're doing this (I had to take the photo with my other hand so I'm not holding). Be sure to push the prongs down enough so things won't get caught on them later. But don't push them down so far that it causes the collar fabric to bunch.

The finished underside.

The finished product, ready to party! Don't have to wait for anything to dry :).

Backtracking: If a stud is misaligned or you change your mind about the design a week later, you can just use your pliers to upright the prongs and take out the studs like you would a staple. Simple! This whole project took me probably under five minutes, including adjustments.

I apologize for my crappy iPhone photos, I don't have any daylight when I come home from the day job. Plus the walls around my work table are neon green (don't ask) so that combined with the tungsten lighting makes everything so brassy.

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DIY Halloween Costume Tutorial: The Chandelier

My costume this year, The Chandelier at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. It was incredibly simple to make, and lights/shiny things go a long way. Without shopping time, it took me about 4 hours total to make. It may sound like a long time to novices, but us hardcore DIY-ers know that's not long at all!

-Wide-brimmed sun hat
-Wire Christmas wreath base
-Silver fabric
-Battery-powered strand of pink LED lights
-Plastic chandelier crystals from quinceanera store (draped across body)
-Beaded crystal strings from wedding planner shop (over hat)

How I Made:
1. Sewed wire wreath base underneath the sun hat, laid fabric over the hat and stapled ends underneath (got lazy).
2. Cut 6’ strands of the beaded string, laid them over a center point on the top of the hat and sewed them down at the top.
3. Around the edges of the hat, sewed the strings down to secure them from moving around.
4. Wove the LED strand throughout the wire wreath underneath. The battery pack sat on top of my head under the hat.
5. The ends of the larger, heavier crystals strands were attached to a thick chain that went around my neck. The crystals were made into long loops like the real chandelier, so curves up at the bottom instead of loose ends hanging (you can’t see on me unfortunately). It unexpectedly created a cool evening gown feel when I walked, instead of a fringe effect.

If I had more time, I would’ve had the beaded strings from my hat cinched to my waist to give more of that swoop feeling. The lights gave the look it's real oomph factor and attracted a lot of camera attention. Any specialty lighting store will have portable LED lights--I'll never do a costume without them from now on!

I wore it with a white button-down shirt with a leotard crotch (I'm not sure what you would call that, the kind that snaps right next to your tender place. Good for keeping the shirt tucked forever) sequin high-wasted shorts from Posh Pants (RIP), over-the-knee tights from House of Holland in lavender, and purple velvet platforms with triangle studs from just downtown LA ($30!).

I obvi love Instagram, anyone with a smartphone should sign up!

The only drawback was that the hat is kinda shaped like an Asian straw hat, so enough people at the party I attended asked if I was Raiden from Mortal Kombat har har (doesn't help I'm Asian, although Raiden doesn't really look Asian). Most people thought I was a jellyfish, which I'm alright with, not everyone has seen the Cosmopolitan's chandelier. But if anyone is in Vegas, you must go see it and have a drink beneath it. Maybe if I had a full bar between my legs people would get it (and then get it).

Happy Halloween everyone! <3 Tiffany