Accessories are a great way to update last season’s styles or put the finishing touch on a simple outfit. While these small statement pieces can take a big bite out of your budget, there are many accessories you can make at home for little to no cost. Learn how to take your wardrobe from drab to fab with these five DIY fashion accessories that won’t break the bank.
1. String It Up
Beaded jewelry is a simple way to add a pop of color to any outfit. Necklaces and bracelets sell for several dollars each, but you can make your own for pennies. All you need is an assortment of beads, elastic or string, a needle, and some metal clasps. Then get stringing and have fun with your creations. If you don’t know where to start, you can just find beads of your favorite color, string them up, and then add a clasp.
2. Glasses Case Clutch
If you wear glasses, give one of your old cases from the optometrist a new life by transforming it into a cute clutch purse. Just use a hot glue gun to cover it in a fun fabric and attach two hardware rings on each side. Then string together a shoulder strap from artificial pearls and attach.
3. Big, Beautiful Bows
Teen star JoJo Siwa has brought hair bows to the front of the fashion scene. Siwa’s bows are sold for a pretty penny at teen fashion stores, but making your own can have you looking like a pop princess for a fraction of the price. Learning how to make hair bows is simple with the right tools, and a spool or two of ribbon can make enough to share with your friends. It’s also a perfect festive addition to any winter outfit.
4. Handmade Headband
If bows aren’t your speed, consider topping your tresses with a cute headband. Start with some plain fabric headbands from a dollar store and a hot glue gun. Then scrounge around your jewelry box for embellishments. Headbands are a great way to recycle broken pieces of costume jewelry and unused charms.
5. Stylish Scarf
A lightweight infinity scarf is a perfect accessory for casual days, but don’t waste your dollars on a store-bought version. Make your own unique scarf by cutting an old t-shirt into strips and wrapping them together. Don’t have an old tee to recycle? You can find them at thrift stores for as little as a dollar. This can help tie together a retro or eco-friendly look.
Now that you’ve added five fun accessories to your wardrobe, why stop there? The possibilities are endless when it comes to DIY fashion. Don’t be afraid to get creative and show off your unique sense of style. You can get started with the above suggestions, but start working on your own ideas. Buy a bunch of colorful shirts to make a unique pattern for your handmade infinity scarf or make a bow from your favorite color. The possibilities are limitless and entirely in your hands.
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