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The popular site Pinterest is a global name that’s captured the attention (and time) of all age groups. My own mother introduced me to the site and seems to spend hours on it every week. You can post anything you love or hate, from shoes or your favorite hairstyle to funny quotes or photos of Ryan Gosling, which seemed to be the most popular.

The site is also a great place to find ideas for craft projects, weddings and easy do-it-yourself projects. I searched through the thousands of DIY fashion projects and came up with a list of five of my favorites that are cheap, easy and sure to give you a more personalized outfit.

Dip dye skirt

Hand-dipped dyed skirt
What you will need:

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  • A skirt of your choice (white or neutral)
  • Colored dye
  • Salt
  • Bucket

This project is more advanced, but after reading through the steps, it seemed attainable. To get the light to darker effect, you just need to keep the bottom of the skirt in the dye longer. This specific skirt is very subtle, but there were also great options for white skirts with a dark blue bottom that is more noticeable.  If skirts are not your thing, feel free to dye pretty much any other piece of clothing you own like white blazers or shirts.  The are so many options for this project and the end result is unique down to the last dip.

Patterned nails

Patterned nail designs
What you will need:

  • Nail polish
  • Various other materials (tape, glitter etc.)

Nail designs are all the rage and Pinterest is filled with hundreds, if not thousands, of different fun options for crazy nail designs.  A few include rainbow colors, glitter  and leopard print. I even found one that resembled different elements from the Periodic Table,  so the options are endless.  If you search DIY nails you will spend hours on the site, looking through all of the different options you can go with. Happy polishing!

Pearl hairpins

Chanel-inspired pearl hairpins
What you will need:

  • 8mm-12mm faux pearl necklace
  • 20-22 gauge wire
  • Bobby pins
  • Wire cutters
  • Flat nose pliers

For this DIY project, we are going to start off really easy.  Aquatic environments inspired Chanel’s designer for the spring 2012 collection and featured a lot of accessories covered with pearls. The models all had hairpins with the famous double C painted on white pearls, which inspired some Pinterest users to make their own. I went through the tutorial step by step, which was fairly simple. The finished product looks very elegant and is an easy, fast and cheap project that’s a great gift for your friends.

Neon-toed shoes

Neon-toed shoes
What you will need:

  • Fluorescent neon spray paint/floral spray
  • Nude patent leather flats or pumps
  • Packing tape

This project is a great way to take your favorite neutral colored heels or flats and infuse them with a popular trend this season: neon colors. The steps to this project are incredibly simple: You tape the shoe off by the toe, spray paint the toe with your favorite neon color, let it dry and pull the tape off to reveal the cute neon toe.  This is a great way to bring in color to any outfit.  The color possibilities are endless and the amount of time it takes is minimal, so if you are in need of a bolder shoe option, definitely try this out.

Pocket tote

Basic pocket tote
What you will need:

  • Strip of fabric (35 by 14 inch)
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread

Although this project requires a sewing machine, it is still a fun and easy project that would be a nice gift.  The sewing seems to be just basic techniques that would be fairly easy to learn.  Using light, washable materials like canvas or upholstery fabric make them easy to clean and light to carry. The bag features inside pockets big enough for cosmetics and/or a phone, which I think is really convenient to have. This project is a great way to create your own accessory and is a versatile bag that can be used for anything from a beach bag to a shopping bag.

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    dariaMay 9, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I actually made those pearl pins, they look so, so cute!

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