My Girlish Whims

DIY Phone Case with Swarovski Crystal Flat Backs

Thursday, April 16, 2015 | | 1 comments
This next DIY project is easy, cute and comes together in a matter of minutes! An even bigger plus for me is that it has flowers and sparkle and pink in it...nice and girly for my taste but can be changed up to fit your own as well!


I'm about two models behind on iPhones at the moment and have been hanging onto the same iPhone 5 for about 2.5 years now. I've had an otter box case on it to protect it from being dropped but lately it was getting pretty gross.  It had white rubber parts on it that were turning brown and was slowly breaking and turning more and more dirty.  I was in serious need of an update!

Luckily, Prima Bead recently launched a new line of Swarovski Crystal Rhinestones that are perfect for many other DIYs besides jewelry making, specifically blinging up a phone case! I made myself a cute floral blingy phone case with just a few basic supplies: here is how to make your own version!

Supplies:
You will need a piece of scrapbook paper, rhinestones, and a clear phone case.  I used THIS case for my older version iPhone, make sure you find one specific for your phone! Also needed but not pictures are scissors and E-600 Glue.

Steps:
Flip your scrapbook paper over to the back and flip your phone case so it is laying flat on the paper and trace around the outline of the case with a pencil.

Use scissors to cut the phone shape out.  You will need to cut the paper slightly smaller than the outline you drew, so be aware of that.  Trim away the excess until the paper fits snug in the phone case.

Make sure you also cut out the portion for the camera to show through!

After the paper is cut out properly slip your phone into the case to make sure everything lines up properly.

Now for the fun part: open up some rhinestone packs and lay out a pattern!

After you know where you want each Rhinestone to go, remove them one by one and re-secure onto the phone case using E-600 glue.  I used a broken off piece of a q-tip as an applicator.

After all the rhinestones are on and the glue is dry, clear away any extra glue trails and your phone case is done!

This was one of the most gratifying crafts I've done in a long time.  It was so easy to put together and it really turned out adorable! I love the floral pattern scrapbook paper I found and adding the rhinestones as bling is such a fun extra touch.  This is totally my style but the good news is you can completely make it your own style by just switching out a different type of scrapbook paper and different pattern of rhinestones!


Now even though I don't have the newest iPhone with all the bells and whistles, at least I have the cutest one around!!! :)


Your Whims Wednesday #207 {And Features}

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | | 5 comments
Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday
 
 Here are some of my favorites from last week's party!

Flower Cocktail by Sugar Love Chic
Flower Cocktail
 
DIY Gold Leaf Lamp Shade by Craft Thyme
Gold Leaf Lampshade
 
10 Minute Chain Necklace by Albion Gould
10 Minute Chain Necklace
 
Skinny Mini Strawberry Shortcake Monkey Breads by Spoons of Grace
Skinny Mini Strawberry Shortcake Monkey Breads spoonsofgrace
 
Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)
 
Featured on My Girlish Whims
 
Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with 
Your Whims Wednesday!

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code at the top of this post) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)



Your Whims Wednesday #206 {And Features}

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | | 6 comments
Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday
 
 Here are some of my favorites from last week's party!

Flowerpot Cupcakes by This Silly Girl's Life
Flowerpot Cupcakes, chocolate devil's food cake baked in mini terracotta flower pots, topped with frosting, Oreo crumbs and pretty paper flowers to mimic flowerpots! - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #FlowerpotCupcakes
 
DIY Storage Ladder from Clean & Sensible 
Love the look of this DIY ladder! Such a great way to add some extra storage! // cleanandscentsible.com
 
Baked Strawberry Lemon Salmon by Spoonful of Flavor
Baked Strawberry Lemon Salmon - a flavorful recipe using only 5 ingredients!
 
Waffles with Maple Nut Buttercream Sauce by Summer Scraps
maple-nut-buttercream-sauce -6
 
Yellow Kitchen Dresser by The Jenny Evolution 
 
Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)
 
Featured on My Girlish Whims
 
Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with 
Your Whims Wednesday!

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code at the top of this post) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)



Your Whims Wednesday #205 {And Features}

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | | 4 comments
Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday
 
 Here are some of my favorites from last week's party!

Bunny Banner by Atta Girl Says
Pottery Barn Inspired No-Sew Easter Bunny Banner
 
Yogurt Cake with Ganache by The Gracious Wife
Easy Yogurt Cake with Ganache and Fresh Berries. #cake #chocolate #ganache #berries #ad #MullerMoment From TheGraciousWife.com
 
DIY Soap by Growing up Gable
Pastel DIY Soap with Essential Oils
 
Easter Decorations by Julie is Coco and Cocoa
easter wreath
 
Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)
 
Featured on My Girlish Whims
 
Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with 
Your Whims Wednesday!

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code at the top of this post) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)



DIY Copper Beaded Chain Necklace & Blog Hop

Monday, March 30, 2015 | | 5 comments
Today I have a cute new necklace tutorial to share with a fun twist!

This cute copper necklace features a variety of bead types sandwiched between different layers of chunky copper chain to create a fun and stylish statement piece.

I really love how this necklace turned out and I think it's extra special because I had some special inspiration behind this necklace...

This project was part of a fun design challenge that the Cousin Creative Circle Ambassadors decided to do! Dawn selected a variety of beads and supplies to give to each ambassador to create whatever we wanted with.  Each of us ambassadors have very difference design styles so it should be really interesting to see what everyone else will make! Here are the supplies we were each given to work with, all are from Cousin Corporation of America and can be found on their retail site Prima Bead or at most of your local craft chains.

I immediately gravitated towards some of the smaller beads that had some sparkle.  I decided to stretch myself and ONLY use beads I was sent for this project, and luckily Dawn picked out a good variety so it's wasn't hard to make a cute project with them.

Here is a step by step tutorial to make my necklace!

Grab some small round stone beads and copper eye pins along with needle nose pliers, round nose pliers and wire cutters.

Thread the stone beads onto the eye pins

Bend the wire 90 degrees with needle nose pliers directly above the beads

Trim the wire tail with wire cutters to about a half inch length

Grasp the end of the wire tail with round nose pliers and bend back around into a loop

Next, cut two lengths of copper chain the same length.

Use needle nose pliers to attach a stone bead link onto the third link on one piece of chain

Alternating links, attach stone beads all the way across the piece of chain

Use pliers again to attach the other end of the beaded links to the other copper chain

This will make the first layer of your necklace

Make more beaded links repeating the above process with some small flat crystal beads

Use needle nose pliers to attach these links to the second piece of chain in the empty alternating chain links

Cut another piece of chain and attach the other end of the crystal links to the new chain piece


Your necklace should now have two layers and lay like this:

Connect the last link of the third chain piece to the last link of the second chain piece for a more cohesive look.  Do this for both sides of the necklace.

Create another layer on your necklace by making more links with bugle shaped crystal beads and attaching them onto the third piece of chain again in the empty alternating chain links.

Cut a forth piece of chain to attach to the other end of the bugle bead chain links.  Connect the ends of this chain back up to the third piece of chain again using jump rings on either end.

Now, you could stop here but I wanted one more slightly different layer to the necklace.  Make a bunch of beaded charms using some crystal rondelle beads by threading them onto a head pin and creating a simple loop on top.

Thread this simple loop on each bead charm onto the SAME link on the fourth piece of chain that the bottom end of the bugle bead links are connected to.

Squeeze each link shut with needle nose pliers and repeat across the entire length of the fourth chain like so:

Now that the beaded "bib" portion of the necklace is completed, we just need to add some chain on each end! Cut two piece of copper chain and attach each to the first piece of chain you cut on either end using jump rings.

Use two more jump rings to attach a clasp to the other end of the chain pieces.

After the clasp is on and connected your necklace is done!

Sometimes when I make jewelry projects for the blog I set the piece aside to eventually sell or gift to someone...not the case with this necklace.  As soon as I made it I knew it would fit perfectly in my own personal collection. I just love how it looks on! I feel like I could wear it with a bunch of different outfits.

This piece definitely shows my own personal style but is a little different from something I would normally make.  That's the fun part of letting someone else pick out the supplies for you to work with, you are forced to get a little extra creative to make something work!

So now you know what I made....

But what about everyone else??? The creative inspiration doesn't stop here! Be sure to hop over to the other fabulous ambassador blogs to see what everyone else made with the same supplies!

Allison Cooling of Quiet Lion Creations
Dawn Doucette of Bella Amore
Shelly Owen of Raziela's Rant
Rachel Nielsen of Adventures of a DIY Mom
Molly Alexander of Beautifully Broken Me
Carolina Moore of 30 Minute Crafts
Lisa Crone of A Bead a Day

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