DIY High-Low Skirt

DIY High-Low Skirt

Now I know we’ve all seen the new trend the high-low skirt, but it’s exactly that, a new trend. Nothing that is coming back into style, so you are not likely to find one at a thrift store. However, there are plenty of floor length skirts in unique patterns. Plenty. They may not be particularly attractive to wear as is, but I pick out a unique pattern that fits around my waist, and cut and sew it into my own high-low skirt. The main shape of the skirt is already there, and all it takes is about 20 minutes of your time to turn a $1 thrift store skirt into one of the newest fashions today. Yours will definitely be unique


Chunky 80’s Sweaters

Chunky 80's Sweaters

I was the happiest person when oversized sweaters started to become popular, because I had started to gather a collection from thrift stores. I mean, who can leave goodwill without an 80s sweater? Not me, certainly. Pair them with a pair of skinny jeans or leggings for a cold day, cut down the center and sew it up for a new cardigan, add some elbow patches out of some old fabric, or simply just wear it to a tacky sweater party. Christmas sweaters are always abundant, and I have a few for parties. Every design on these sweaters are unique, and at goodwill (one of the more expensive thrift stores that I have been to) sweaters are only $3.75. Great to have for those cold winter days and awesome to be able to keep up with the new styles


Paper Beads!

how to make paper beads

Step 1:  Gathering Your Supplies:  First, collect the following: a colourful page from your favourite magazine or catalog, scissors, pen, ruler, needle or toothpick, clear varnish, thread similar to the width of your needle or toothpick.

Step 2:  Cutting The Beads Out:  Cut triangles of your colourful magazine page that are 2 cm wide and go the entire length of the magazine page.  Use the ruler to make sure that the lines from the top to the point are straight.  Use your thin-tipped pen to outline the triangles if you want to be more precise.

Step 3:  Rolling the Beads:  Starting at the thickest end of the strip, roll the triangle tightly around either your needle or toothpick.  When you get to the end, add a dab of glue to hold the paper in place.

Step 4:  Varnish and Leave to Dry:  String your beads temporarily and coat them with two coats of varnish.  Let them dry for 2-3 days.

Step 5:  Time for Creating!  Now that your beads are dry, you can create your own beautiful, recycled accessories and jewelry for them for a very low cost.