01/22/2013 02:50 pm ET

How To DIY One Of Spring's Hottest Trends (PHOTOS)

As soon as the 3.1 Phillip Lim embellished sweaters hit stores a few weeks ago, they were added to my wish list -- until I saw the price tag. This season it seems like every designer has their own version of a boxy top covered in gems and beading, but none of them come cheap. As I examined one of the gorgeous sweaters at a boutique last week I realized how easy (and cost-effective) it would be to DIY one of spring's hottest trends.

After a little planning and a few trips to my local craft store, I had all the materials necessary to make my own embellished sweater. Since I didn't have an old top laying around, I made a quick trip to the sale section at my local H&M for a black sweater.

Click through the slideshow below to see the steps required to make your very own embellished sweater. There are two different ways to go about this DIY depending on your skill set and how much time you want to invest. Happy DIY-ing!

DIY Embellished Sweater

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