How To Own It: Things I’ve Been Meaning To Do and Make

Hello beautiful, and welcome to How To Own It, where store-bought fashion meets DIY crafts. 

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So far every week for this column I’ve been focusing in on one look or trend, when really if you could see inside my heart you would find a very long and disorganized list of styles that I’m currently obsessing over and projects that I’m itching to try. I thought that today I would tell you about a few of these things, before I explode from holding it all in. Maybe one of these will end up on your to-do list as well!

 My To Do List

+DIY Pressed Flower Iphone Case, on The Etsy Blog

Photo by Clare McGibbon on The Etsy Blog

Photo by Clare McGibbon on The Etsy Blog

Um, hello, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this but it’s one of the most perfect things I’ve ever seen. I’m also really bad at keeping my tech clean, for example my computer looks like I work at a construction site and my phone screen chronically has foundation smudged on it, so I feel like making my own case would really motivate me to get my shit together.

+DIY Stone Cap Ring, from Studs and Pearls
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This ring is secretly a compression cap filled with pretty rocks. How cool is that? It opens up a million possibilities. I think if I do this I will probably take tiny pebbles from my yard and paint them fun colors. You could also fill it with beads! Or you could glue a silk flower in there! Basically, the world is your compression cap.

+DIY Striped Pants

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via chictopia

You guys don’t need me to tell you how to paint white stripes on black pants (or vice versa) which is why I haven’t done a post about this, but that doesn’t mean I’m not obsessed with how it looks. This trend makes for a perfect DIY because it probably won’t last very long, so I don’t want to spend a lot of money getting something new, but it’s a great way to put some life back into neglected pants.

+DIY Wire Fabric Headband

via modcloth.com

via modcloth.com

A couple of months ago I got a free wire fabric headband from Modcloth and while I love the idea of it, the red and white polka dot fabric is a little too Rosie the Riveter for me. I’ve been meaning to make one out of a less noisy pattern. There are plenty of great tutorials that already exist for this, and the only thing stopping me is that I kind of hate sewing. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Modcloth also has a handy tutorial for how to style these bendy little guys.

+Revisit Brooklyn Charm Shop 

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brooklyn charm via insidenewyork.com

So, Brooklyn Charm Shop is this special magical store in Williamsburg where they sell everything you could ever want to put on a necklace for way cheaper than it would be if you bought any of it on an actual necklace. I keep accidentally calling it “Brooklyn Sparkles Farm” but it’s definitely not called that. Anyway, you know those crystal necklaces on Etsy that are like $60? You can buy those crystals for only a few dollars. Also, golden arrows, vintage treasures, all the gem stones, chains of all kinds, and basically everything else in the universe. I have only been once and was so overwhelmed that I spent an hour touching everything and then left without buying a single item, so going here and buying things to make other things is a really important goal of mine. And I recommend you all check it out.

What’s on your crafty to-do list?


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Gabrielle Korn used to be a contributing editor at Autostraddle. These days, she's the author of "Everybody (Else) Is Perfect," a journalist, digital media expert, and the former editor-in-chief of Nylon Media, an international lifestyle publication focused on emerging culture. Under Gabrielle's editorial leadership, Nylon became a fully digital brand with an ever-growing audience and original, politically-driven, thought-provoking beauty, fashion, music, and entertainment content. She graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2011 with a concentration in feminist/queer theory and writing. She lives in Brooklyn.

Gabrielle has written 92 articles for us.

19 Comments

  1. I didn’t know anything about wire headbands until just now, but I’m totally gonna make some. I already like to make headbands out of fabric ribbon, I think this might work with those, too. :) Then they (hopefully) won’t scoot back on my head and make my hair look funny like my elasticized ones.

  2. my to-do list:
    1. figure out what to do with all of my pre-existing sparkles
    2. finish my wurm hat (andro free ravelry pattern) before summer
    3. somehow create a lint-proof container for my sex toys
    (i’m thinking witchcraft may be necessary)

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