5 Quick & Easy DIY Accessories
There is no end to what can be made by hand for the sake of fashion. With so many resources, virtually anything is possible. For these tips and tricks, all you need is a scarf, foldover elastic, and some bobby pins!
Using a wide scarf, tie a knot a third of the way and tie another knot on the other third, but do so loosely to adjust the width between the two knots. The area between the two knots will be used to carry whatever is desired, so make sure the dimensions can accommodate what’s being carried. Tie the two loose ends into a knot to fashion together. This will placed around the shoulder for carrying. Place the items inside the portion between the first two knots, et voila. For extra flair, add a foot or two of ribbon to the top knot.
Scarf Fanny Pack
The no-sew fanny pack is similar to the purse created from a scarf and involves the same first two steps, but the back can be tied off and left the hang down or the scarf can be wrapped around again so that nothing is left hanging. Secure with a knot.
Headwrap with a Bun
This hair accessory is most useful for shampoo-skipping days and when it’s cold or wet outside. Create a ponytail at the nape of the neck. Place the scarf on top of the head to cover all of the hair. Criss-cross the ends underneath the ponytail. It may be tied off over the ponytail. Using both the ends of the scarf and the hair from the ponytail, twist to create a bun. Tie off your bun and enjoy your throwback style.
DIY Hair Decoration
Bobby pins can be used to keep your locks in place in a fun way. For instance, different colored chains can be used to create stylish streaks. Add charms to the chains for extra sparkle. Strips of velvet can be attached with flowers. Have some spare ribbon scraps? Tie them to a bobby pin for a flirty accent.
Elastic Watch Bands
Using foldover elastic and a spare watch face, you can make your own bands to complement any mood or outfit. Measure the foldover elastic to comfortable wrap around your wrist, with ½ inches on each end. Either thread the ribbon through the back of the watch face and tie a tight knot at the end, or wrap the ends around the links of the watch and glue.
This contribution comes from The Ribbon Retreat, an online fabric and ribbon store.