Yeah, I'm not really going to swing from a chandelier, I just liked the Sia quote for the title. I saw a black-and-white chandelier painting on Pinterest (off course) and decided that, instead of buying it, I should make it. I started last summer but then I got tired of it because I am an impatient person and I just wanted it finished. A little while ago I finally decided it was time to finish it so I spent all day on President's Day painting to finish it.I wanted to add more depth but I was over it by the end of the day and my back was killing me so I called it. I may end up adding to it but let's be realistic: probably not. Anyway, I do like how it turned out and now we finally have something hanging above our bed. My next project may be making a headboard.
I had started out drawing out the chandelier with pencil. Then I painted the negative space because I thought that would make it easier and quicker. Nope. I should have painted the whole canvas black and then painted white on top. I am not a real painter so I do not have the three-dimensional techniques down but I'm pretty sire I should have painted this is layers. Maybe next time.
There are many ways to create simple art for your home. Whether you are an artist or not. I'd like to try this method myself:
The company I work for does an annual Ugly Sweater Day. I've been a sleigh and a snow globe before (see the tutorial for the snow globe sweater here). This year, I was a Christmas tree and I decided to go all out and spray paint my hair green. Carpe Diem, right? I definitely felt like a crazy person walking down the street and standing on the subway but I had fun being silly. Since I did the front and back of the sweater I was trying not to rest my back against my chair at work because it would flatten the branches but my back was killing me by the afternoon so I had to re-fluff the back since I almost completely flattened it. I also had 2 battery packs for lights. I turned them off during down time because the stupid batteries were the most expensive part of this sweater. Anyway, if you ever want to dress up like a Christmas tree, here is how I did it:
-A dark green sweater - I got mine at Burlington. It had this weird detachable cowl neck so I made some alterations and attached it so my neck would be covered. The sweater I found had a hairy texture too which was perfect. Honestly, I don't know what you would use it for besides an ugly sweater.
-Faux pine garland from Michaels. I used 2 and cut each on 4 pieces.
-NEEDLE AND THREAD (preferably extra thick thread)
-Lights with a battery pack - I used 2. The batteries were the most expensive part so be ready. These battery packs needed 2 C batteries and the 4 batteries cost me almost $20. Whatever, I wanted lights.
-Decorations. I went to a dollar store and got pine cones, silver garland and assorted Christmas balls. I also got cute candy canes at Michaels
-Ribbon for the tree topper
-Fishing wire in case you need to hang anything that doesn't already have a loop.
-If you want to also do the Christmas Tree thing to your hair like I did you will also need hair spray (I needed 2 cans), those clear small elastics for your hair, a hot glue gun, thick wire and thin wire. I just used the wire form last year's Snow Globe sweater.
I first played around with how I wanted to attach the pine garland. I decided I would cut it into 4 pieces. 2 slightly longer for the sides and 2 slightly shorter for the middle.
Now hand stitch the garland to the sweater. I had extra thick thread but if you only have regular thread, make sure to double or quadruple up! This may seem difficult but it's really easy because you do not have to be exact or neat because you can't see it (as long as you use dark colored thread). All you have to do is first attach the tread to the sweater by knotting 3 times. Then just lay the garland down and start looping around it and through the sweater. I went from the top to the bottom. REPEAT ON THE BACK.
I had a little bit extra left at the bottom so I cut it off with pliers and used this pieces to cover up some bald spots I had in the middle.
The sweater I got had a loose knit so I was able to hide one battery pack inside by the neck and pull the lights through the sweater to the outside. This way, I had one battery pack in my bra and one in my pocket (I didn't have to hide the bottom one because it ended discreetly anyway).
Now the fun part - decorate! I did the garland and lights first and then just started hanging ornaments wherever I wanted.
Then I made a wire frame for my hair. I cut the thick wire into several different-sized pieces keeping in mind that the middle of each piece would be resting on my head. This way, your head will keep the wire up instead of having many separate pieces that will just droop down. Then I used thin wire to attach the middle of all the pieces together. The wire still moved around a lot and felt loose so I used hot glue to stabilize it a bit.
I then made a simple bow to go on top of my head. Here is a good tutorial on how to do it. It is very easy. Just loop and twist so the pretty side of the ribbon is always facing out. The hardest part was waking up early to twist my hair around the wire. Then I had to wake my boyfriend up to spray it but he was a good sport. The result turned out fun!
It did take me 45 minuted to undo my hair and wash out the green and it was still knotted mess and I had to cut a few knots out. But I had fun so it was worth it!
Have fun with your ugly/tacky sweater!
Last year I posted about some fun tacky Christmas sweaters I made and have been asked for a step-by-step on how to make the snow globe sweater. It's not hard to make and you can customize it so have anything you want inside. Have fun!
-A white or ivory sweater
-Sturdy wire (I got mine at Home Depot). The wire should be bendable but sturdy. I used players at some points to manipulate the wire into tight curves.
-Hot glue gun
-White acrylic paint + brush
-Iridescent confetti (or iridescent wrapping foil that you can cut into little pieces)
-Christmas/holiday accessories you want to decorate your globe with
-A mannequin or other object you can put your sweater around/on. This is very helpful in making the frame.
-Fishing wire is optional if you plan on hanging things from the top
Good luck making your own snow globe sweater!
My boyfriend and I went to a wedding in the Bahamas on Halloween and this is the dress I made to wear for it. Also, I need to stop making dresses that require a lot of handwork and result in me staying up crazy late hand buning the edges of chiffon flowers with birthday candles. I made a sheath dress with an open back, tulle skirt overlay and flower appliqués.
Yes, that's me in my pjs on the left and the tackiest/most charming bathroom ever below while I try on the Muslin (a proof fit of a cheap cotton material called Muslin that you make to find any errors and check the fit. If you are using a fabric that has different qualities than Muslin, use a cheap version of the fabric you are using):
These are the stupid flowers that took me forever to make.
The finished dress:
I got my shoes and bag at DSW for awesome deals. I went there for shoes only with my mom but when I glanced over at the bags I saw this one that reminded me of Dutch Masters paintings and I couldn't pass it up. I like that it breaks up the colors of the dress and adds an element of surprise. I love surprises.
It's still crazy hot so I went through my closet in the hopes of finding a skirt or dress I had forgotten about and I came across this dress I thrifted a few years ago - also from Goodwill. I also made a bunch of fun friendship bracelets a while ago and thought it would be fun to stack them all together. The only thing missing was a pool for me to jump into!
I started making these a few years ago with the intent to start selling them but that never happened so I just kept them all for myself.
I got these fun plastic sandals at Marshalls. I still need to break them in some more because they give me blisters but I love them regardless.
About the Author
Born and raised in the Netherlands, I now work as a designer in NYC. I love trying new things, candy and the color orange. In this blog, I will post about things I've learned and things I love. Veel plezier!