Maybe it's the cold weather or that the season of giving is officially underway, but the holidays make us want to hit up our local craft store and DIY-up a storm. So that's just what we decided to do--we're thrilled to announce the start of a new holiday tradition: our first-ever 12 Days of DIY. We're taking items that we love and coming up with cool ways to make them unique, one-of-a-kind gifts. And this Juicy Couture shift dress has DIY written all over it.
Inspired by the oversize pin detailing at the hem and shoulders, we decided to go hard with the hardware. We're suckers for anything edgy and you know how we feel about a little personalization, so we took the varsity letter trend to the next level. We fastened safety pins into our signature 'N' (for NYLON of course), but you can pick any initial--or symbol-- you like.
Supplies You'll Need:
- This awesome Juicy Couture dress
- a pack of medium-sized, gold safety pins
How To Make It:
Plan ahead. You'll want to base the size of your letter on how many pins come in your pack. About 80 should be enough to give your letter the right thickness.
Using your pins, make a vague outline of where you want the top and bottom points of your letter to be--this will help guide you and ensure that the personalized logo is centered.
Begin pining with a parallel, organized pattern, but then break it every so often by placing safety pins in the opposite direction. As you continue, keep checking to make sure you don't push the pin all the way through the back of the dress. (We might have made this mistake once or twice….)
Use about half of the pins to complete the first "layer" of your letter and save the rest for filling in empty space.
Finish your personalization off by putting a safety pin horizontally at the top and bottom points of the letter--this anchors it and gives it structure. Then…go try it on!
If you were planning on gifting the dress to a friend, here's hoping you can bear to part with it--or that she's got the same first initial as you. We won't tell if you keep this one for yourself.
Want more DIY ideas? Here's how to personalize a basic beanie, courtesy of PS I Made This.