Holiday season has come to an end, which means one thing: Your wallet is seriously hurting.
Between all of the Christmas presents and hostess gifts you doled out, you probably don't have as much disposable income to spend on your wardrobe as you normally have... yet, you're already tired of your winter rotation of outfits. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to revamp your clothes without spending much (or any) money at all. Here are a few tricks:
Switch out the buttons on your coats. Who needs pricey outerwear when gold buttons can make any old coat look new?
Wear an oversized sweater over a dressy outfit. The cozy touch will add a cool, slouchy element to your closet staples.
Buy a cheap (read: on sale) pair of gloves. After the holidays, winter accessories always hit the sale racks, and you can scoop up a fun pair.
Rock colored or printed socks. Roll up those skinny pant legs and let those socks you got from Grandma show.
Try a bright shade of lipstick. Nobody will notice that you wear the same dress every week if you mix up your usual lip color with a punchy coral or pink shade.
Add a belt to a dress or tunic top. Take a cue from Michelle Obama and give your go-to outfits new proportions and visual interest with a waist cincher.
Wear heels or dressy flats with an outfit you'd normally pair with sneakers (or vice versa!). The resulting outfit will be an unexpected, quirky change from your usual style.
Bust out an attention-grabbing necklace. Sick of your button-down or your white T-shirt? Just add some major bling.
Pick up a punchy headband. Even the most boring outfits become praiseworthy with a fun headband.
Layer your jewelry. You can transform old necklaces into a DIY statement necklace or rock an arm party.
Mix in an unexpected pair of colored tights. Yes, you can pull off colored or textured tights. And yes, everyone will compliment you on them.
Once you are sure that none of these items have any real worth (the jewelry is costume, the missing earring is never to be found) you can turn these sparkly pretties into stylish magnets for use on your refrigerator or other metal surface. Using small wire cutters or needle-nose pliers, remove any pins or posts and affix a magnet to the back using a strong adhesive such as Super Glue. Bonus: A vintage metal or silver serving tray can be hung on the wall for a more glamorous bulletin board.
If you’ve been in the habit of picking up stones on the beach, you may have what you need to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind drawer pulls for a vanity or dresser. Natural elements such as stones bring the outdoors right inside and bring instant style and creativity to your environment. Make sure each stone is approximately the same size and relatively smooth to the touch. Glue the stone to an inexpensive, small and flat cabinet pull using a strong adhesive that works with mixed materials.
Sterling silver and even silver plate are relatively soft materials and can easily be bent for other uses besides eating. Cut off the working end of a spoon or fork and turn the remainder of the handle onto itself to make an elegant set up napkin rings; it doesn’t matter if they are matching or all different. Bend out the middle of a spoon or fork and flatten the end of the hand to create a door handle for kitchen cabinets. Using a drill, affix the handles in place with metal screws. Silver or standard metal forks can be used as garden markers by inserting small signs through the tines to mark the placement of certain flowers or plant material. The handle-end easily inserts into the ground.
If you or someone you know took up embroidery as a hobby, you undoubtedly have hanging around a pair or two wooden hoops. The hoops, which come in many sizes from very small to very large, consist of an inner ring and outer adjustable ring with screw clamp. In addition to showing off embroidery work, the hoops can serve as easy frames for showcasing interesting fabrics, wall papers or even photographs. Simply stretch the fabric or paper over the outside perimeter of the inner ring and trim to size. Screw on the outer ring and hang on a simple nail or picture hook.
Make use of extra cabinet hardware such as small knobs or cup pulls to create a useful and stylish jewelry organizer. Start by wrapping a small piece of luan or plywood board in your fabric of choice. Small knobs can be used to hang necklaces or bracelets from, French wire earrings can be hung on small drawer rods and inverted cup pulls (bottom side up) can hold small items such as brooches and rings. Determine the placement of the hardware and screw into the wood. Mount the organizer right on the wall. For visual inspiration, check out the stenciled burlap jewelry organizer that blogger DIY Design Fanatic posted on Hometalk.com, a social network where DIY crafters and home improvement folks share projects and inspiration.
Jessica Rose from the London Jewellery School shows you how to make some beautiful beaded drop earrings at home.