DIY Belle Noel Hair Chain & DIY Sock Bun

Hi Deerest Friends,

I know I usually post on Friday but yesterday I went to the wedding of my two lovely friends, Adam & Misty. I was so excited because this was the first wedding I’ve ever been to! I had an amazing time and decided to relate today’s tutorial to this special event. Today’s tutorial is a bit of a double-whammy. Firstly I will be showing how to create a DIY version of the Belle Noel Hair Chain, designed by Kim Kardashian.

Kim Kardashian wears Belle Noel Hair Chain

This piece looks so glamorous and elegant in the hair, and is really easy and inexpensive to make. Secondly, I’m going to be showing you how to create a sock bun. Now, I know this tutorial has been done to death but it still amazes me how many girls don’t know how to create this simple, yet effective hairstyle. Ever time I wear it I have girls come up and ask me how I’ve done it so I thought I’d share it again.
*Note: This hairstyle works best for girls with thicker/ longer hair. If your hair is very fine or short; some hair extensions may be needed to add the necessary volume and length.

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need

For the Hair Chain:
-2 Metal Hair Combs
-A pack of Jump Rings
-Three varying lengths of chain, two are the same and one is slightly thicker
-Pliers

For the Sock Bun:
-One Long Sock (in a colour that matches your hair)
-Scissors
-Hair Elastics
-Bobby Pins (Again match it to your hair colour)
-Hairspray

 

Firstly, lay out your chains and combs, as you want them to be. My thickest chain is in the middle with the two smaller chains on either side.

Step 1 (DIY Belle Noel Hair Chain)

Take your first chain and add a jump ring to one end. Using pliers tighten the jump ring around one end of the comb. Repeat with the other two chains, the thickest chain clamping to the middle of the comb and the other thin chain fastening to the other end.

Step 2 (DIY Belle Noel Hair Chain)

Repeat the above step with the other ends of the chains and the other comb. Make sure your design stays symmetrical and that the chains don’t get tangled. Ensure all your jump rings are fastened to the combs securely.

Step 3 (DIY Belle Noel Hair Chain)

Now for the sock bun. Take your sock and cut the toe off.

Step 1 (DIY Sock Bun)

Roll the sock in on itself until you have created a donut-like shape. If you want your bun to be super voluminous, use a thicker sock or use two, placing one inside the other prior to rolling.

Step 2 (DIY Sock Bun)

Take your hair and tie it in a ponytail using a hair elastic. If you want a high bun tie a high ponytail or if you want a low bun tie a low ponytail.

Step 3 (DIY Sock Bun)

Hold your ponytail vertical and place the ends of your ponytail through the centre of the sock donut

Step 4 (DIY Sock Bun)

Take the ends of the hair and place them around and through the sock donut. Start rolling the donut down towards your head. By the time you read your head you should have a voluminous sock bun. Use bobby pins to cover any bit of the sock showing with hair.

Step 5 (DIY Sock Bun)

Smooth the hair around the bun with some hairspray or bobby pins. Place the combs of the hair chain either side of your bun or wherever you like.

Final Step (DIY Belle Noel Hair Chain & DIY Sock Bun)


And You’re Done!

Adam & Misty's Wedding (14/12/2012)

 

This is how I wore my hair for the wedding last night. It’s so simple and elegant yet very eye-catching and unique. With this hairstyle, I’m wore a pink silk dress, wedges and simple gold jewellery. The sock bun was perfect because it was really humid and wet yesterday and if I had have worn my hair down it would have gone all frizzy.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys!

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DIY Crochet Lace Belt

Hi Deerest Friends,

My entire life I’ve had a love affair with crochet. Not actually doing it (I can’t crochet to save my life) but any piece that has anything remotely to do with that pretty, vintage-looking knitted lace. There’s something about crochet… I see it and it instantly reminds me of summer; music festivals, the beach and driving all day in my equally vintage car with no air-conditioner. In regards to crochet, I’ve recently noticed a bit of a trend in the fashion blogs of the Internet.

The juxtaposition of soft, feminine crochet with leather (faux, in my case) seems to be everywhere at the moment and as someone with an unhealthy obsession with crochet… well I’m loving it.

I also recently discovered (really recently… it was only two days ago) a place so strange yet so awesome that only Japan could be responsible; Daiso.

So Daiso is basically a huge variety store with cookware, kitchenware, cosmetics, lifestyle products, toys, food, stationary and homewares all under one roof. However, there is one thing that sets Daiso apart from the rest… Every single thing in the store costs exactly $2.80. No more, no less.

(Forgive me if this is old news but I live in Australia and we’re the last Western country to get anything cool. We only got coloured TV two years ago… Just kidding! It was 5 years ago)

So when I was in Daiso I picked up a brown faux leather belt and two rolls of crochet lace (with a tape backing) all for $8.40 and so here we are at our next DIY adventure… The Crochet Lace Belt!

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need
-Scissors
-Crochet Lace Tape (if you cant find it with the tape backing you can use ordinary crochet lace and clear-drying super glue)
-A belt (You can buy a new one or repurpose an old one)
-A ruler or measuring tape
-Fray Block or clear nail polish (Optional)

Firstly, measure your belt so you’ll know how much lace you will need. If your belt is thin you might only need one roll but as my belt is a bit thicker I’m using two pieces side-by-side.

Decide where the crochet is going to be on your belt and pay particular attention to the buckle and the belt holes (if you cover the holes with lace your going to destroy it every time you do up your belt so its best to avoid this area)

If you have crochet lace with a tape backing simply start taping the lace wherever you want it to sit and when your finished place a few books on top of the belt just to help the tape really stick. If you find that the tape isn’t sticking very well, use some clear drying super glue as well. I was a bit sceptical that the lace tape for Daiso would stick properly but it worked amazingly well… I definitely recommend this tape.

If your gluing the lace to the belt use very small amounts of a strong glue directly to the lace and hold it firmly against the belt. Avoid getting excess glue on the visible parts of the belt. Allow at least half a day for drying before you wear it.

And finally, if your worried about your crochet lace fraying where you’ve cut it use a small amount of Fray Block or just some clear nail polish to keep the lace neat.


And You’re Done!

You can pretty much wear this belt with anything! It looks great with a pair of denim shorts or jeans with a tucked in tee to show the belt off. The belt adds a bit of interest to an otherwise casual outfit. You can also use this belt to cinch the waist of a pretty summer dress or wear it with a high waisted skirt. I went to dinner last night and I wore it with a plain black tank top tucked into some skinny jeans plus a cardigan, a pale pink scarf and brown flats.

If you liked this DIY Tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys!

DIY Witchery Heart Top

Hi Deerest Friends,

So I recently saw this really cute top from Witchery, a gorgeous Australian brand, and I thought this would be a great first DIY project for Dorothy Deerest!

At $34.95 (Australian Dollars) this top is a really affordable piece and I was considering just buying it but I wanted to use it as my inspiration to create a slightly different version.

The original Witchery version uses thick cotton to create the sort of flower-like embellishments but I liked the idea of using those cute pom-poms that you can buy at most craft stores to achieve a similar effect. I thought this made the tee look a bit more quirky and unique.

So Let’s Get Started!

You will need:
-A Needle
-Thread (White is best but any light colour will do)
-Craft Pom-Poms
-A T-Shirt (I used Navy but you can use whatever colour you want)
-A Heart Template (I just printed mine off Google Images)
-Chalk or a Dressmakers Pencil
-Pins

* Note: The total cost for the materials for this project was $18 (AUD)

Firstly, lay out your T-shirt on a flat surface

Then pin your heart template in the centre of the shirt

Use a piece of chalk or a dressmakers pencil to draw an outline around the outside of your template and then you can remove the heart template and the pins

Arrange your pom-poms around the heart until your happy with the colours/ placement


And finally, simply start hand-sewing each individual pom-pom on and make sure you sew them on really tight so they don’t fall off (I sewed about 5-6 times for each)

And You’re Done!

This pom-pom heart top acts as the statement piece of any outfit but remains subtle and not too over the top. When I styled this I wore it with a green cardigan, matching shoes and a simple pair of blue jeans to pick up all of the different colours in the pom-poms. I also added the red heart-glasses for a bit of fun and to create a heart motif throughout this outfit.

If you liked this DIY Tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys!