How to Make a Bird Cage Veil in 5 Easy Steps

 DIY bird cage veil for a hat or wedding veil comb.

Like for realsies easy. And this is all you need:

  • 9″ wide spool of bird cage netting (also called Russian netting or French netting interchangeably)
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Matching Thread
  • Ruler or measuring tape

STEP 1:  Use your measuring tape/ruler to cut an 18″ piece of netting

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STEP 2:  Count 7 holes down and follow the line of the netting to cut off the upper right corner. Repeat for the other side.

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STEP 3: Thread your needle and knot the end around the lower right corner of your netting.

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STEP  4 : Do a quick running stitch through the netting holes  pulling the thread to gather as you go.Go clockwise from the lower right corner to the lower left corner. Do not go across the bottom.

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STEP 5:  Pull your thread to gather your netting into a caged veil shape. Tie off the end and snip your thread. TIP: Gather the netting loosely if you’re going to attach it to a hat, gather it tightly if you’re going to attach it to a barrette.

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Now you’re ready to attach your veil to a hat, hair comb or clip.

I used this veil for my couture Eternal Love hat:

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Get Ur Hair Did- DIY Plastic Smock

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I am a  haircut daredevil! Partly because my hair grows very fast and partly because I just DGAF, it’s not unusual for me to grow my hair out super long then lock myself in the bathroom and chop it all off one day. Boyfriend, bless his soul,  is very patient with this Scissor Addiction I have.

Even when I’m doing a crazy new ‘do session, I do ❤ bangs…which require pretty constant trimming. Maybe you don’t give yourself home hair cuts on the fly, but maybe you trim your bangs too.  And even if you have complete control of your Scissor Hands and do neither, I’m guessing I’m not alone in dying my hair from box.

SO here’s my super easy (and, ahem, cheap) solution to protecting your clothes during your crazy bathroom adventures: a Trash-Bag Smock.

TIP: I don’t mind a tiny bit of hair falling on my neck, but if you just can’t abide it or doing something extra messy use medical tape to stick down the edges of your smock’s neckhole directly to your skin. Ain’t no hair getting throught that!

 

 

Lunchtime Life Hack- Prepping for the Week

Being creative is not always about creating something awesome. Ok, mostly it is, but sometimes it’s about saving time and money to put it towards all the awesomeness you plan to create.

Because I commute to my office job and work 40 hours a week, lunch is always a stupid big problem for me. Either I spend extra $$$ for the convenience of eating out every day or I scramble to pull something together in the morning that A. is not satisfying and B. usually makes me too late to hit the traffic sweet spot.

SO here’s my little life hack: Do your weekly shopping on Sunday, then pack & prep your lunches for the week so you can grab & go in the morning. I usually spend about $40 for 2 weeks of lunches + an afternoon snack.

Check out my dope work preparing next week’s lunches this morning:

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These are my three favorite easy, portable lunches that are perfect for the office:

1. Canned Soup + pretzels + piece of fruit + a treat

By far the easiest. Just grab a can of soup with a pull top and something to heat it up in. I bought a 4 pack of plastic bowls with snap-on lids for $2.50 at a Dollar Tree. I like the lid so that I can heat up the soup in the lunch room and then easily travel to an outside picnic table- or back to my desk when I’m super busy. Suck it, lunchtime. You just got owned!

Ps. For a treat I really LOVE sugar-free chocolate pudding. In this case I’m settling for a small brownie cuz they were on sale.

 

2. Salad + piece of fruit

I found this salad bowl with fork and dressing thingies that snap into the  lid and it is the best goddamned invention humankind has ever fucking created! I fill the bowl with lettuce and then pack a zip lock bag of toppings.  My favorite combo: Pink lady apple, spicy monterey jack cheese, and 1 hardboiled egg. Combined with my fave dressing ( Light Cheese Fantastico) it’s light, refreshing and super satisfying from the protein in the egg.

 

3.  Tuna Salad -minus the disgusting, foul, demon jizz also known as mayo + strawberries + crackers + a treat

For the office, I  pack a little container of tuna salad, 2 leaves of lettuce to make wraps and crackers or pretzels for dipping. For this one, I’m going to give you an actual recipe , because I know you also deeply despise the  disgusting, foul, demon jizz also known as mayo. And if you don’t you should. You’re welcome.

  • 2 cans chunk light tuna in water
  • 1/8 cup of diced red onion
  • 2 diced baby dill pickles
  • about 6-7 diced green martini olives- (the picture shows black  because that’s what I had so just suck it up and be adaptable, k?)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of light Cheese Fantastico dressing

Mix that shit up, add some salt & pepper to taste, and you’re done!

JoJo’s Love Note: This post was updated and reformatted on 6/3/14 . XOXO

 

DIY Vintage Harlequin Clown: Accessories Tutorial

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Sometimes you just need a quick and easy costume. One of my favorite ways to whip up a costume in a jiffy is to make really cool DIY accessories that can be added to regular clothes. This is a DIY tutorial for my 3 piece Vintage Harlequin Clown accessories.

HarlequinClown_MeThis is especially awesome if you’re on a budget and have a bunch of parties or events to go to: it’s super versatile.  I LOVED the high waist short and contrasting striped shirt we dressed up my fantastic model Kelsey in, but you could slut it up (and I mean that in the best way) with a skimpy leotard, sexy dress, or maybe pair the shorts with a corset or halter bra for a pin up vibe.

I actually wore it to an early Halloween party while my main costume was still in progress, and it was a big hit.  (The top, skirt, tights and shoes are all direct from my closet.)

Included in this tutorial are instructions to make a cone hat, ruffle collar and ruffle cuffs.

Beginner level, low cost, and can be done in an afternoon; what’s not to <3?

Enjoy!

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NOTE FOR SUPPLIES: You want to get fabric 45″ wide or wider. The wider the fabric the more “ruffley” your collar will be (and yeah I just made up a word, so deal). If you’ve never shopped for fabric before, read this, then proceed.

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Don’t forget to download my cone template!

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  • TIP:  I used the large size for my human-sized hat you see in the pictures and I used small and medium for doll sized  “party skeletons” that I used to decorate my “Circus of the Damned” theme Halloween party. You could  also  totally  use the small version and glue it to a headband for a cute mini-hat look.

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Repeat for opposite side of the hat. You’ll use these tabs to secure the hat to your hair with bobby pins.

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Repeat step one with your second printed fabric- this time making a 6 1/2 ” fold.

NOTE: Save the excess fabric you trim off. You’ll use that to make the cuffs.

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TIP: You should end up with 15 inches marked off directly in the center of your ribbon and 12 1/2″ of ribbon left over at either end.

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Start with your left over fabric from the ruffle collar.

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TIP: Before moving on to the next step, trim edges so they’re nice and even like the photo in step one.

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  • OH SNAP! Note on using snap closures: Each closure comes with two pieces (an “innie” and an “outie” if you will) that, uh, well, snap together. Cleverly named, these things are… but I digress. You will need to make sure that you keep track of which pieces are innies and which are outies as you apply them to your cuffs. Otherwise they won’t snap together, k?

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 Repeat steps 4-8 for the other cuff and your done! Enjoy! XOXO

Love note from JoJo: This post was originally a 3-part post condensed and reformatted on 6/21/14.

DIY Manicure Part 2: Miracle Cuticle Fix!

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STEP ONE: Use your cuticle nippers (or any other sharp object) to cut open 3 or 4 of the vitamin E gel caps and squeeze the oils into a small dish or a paper plate.

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STEP TWO: Use your cotton swabs to coat each nail and cuticle area with the oils. When you finish one hand, slip on a plastic glove to do the other.

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STEP THREE: Now just chillax for about 30-40 minutes and let the oils do their thing. The gloves keep the oil from getting on stuff so you’re not helpless while you wait for your skin to absorb the oils.

  • TIP: Since I hate getting bleach & chemicals on my hands, I do this before I clean the bathroom. By the time I’m done the oils have worked their mojo and I haven’t wasted an extra pair of gloves.

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You’re welcome.

DIY Nail Art: Spike Tips

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So I’m currently obsessing on the 90’s/grunge revival trend. The gold chains and spiked jewelry I’m currently addicted to were the inspiration for these nails. I like that its more abstract and not so literal. Plus, gold and black are pretty neutral so this design goes with everything.

Plus they make me feel like a badass.

What you’ll need:

  • Gold Polish
  • Quick Drying Black Polish
  • Orly Sec n’Dry Clear Coat- this one is specific because this product is AMAZING. The only quick dry polish I’ve ever tried that actually works AND is shiny. Seriously, I love it. **Dear Orly, if you want to throw some money my way for my glowing endorsement I totally won’t object. XOXO
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Scotch Tape or Masking Tape

STEP ONE: Apply 2 coats of gold polish followed by 1 coat or Orly Sec n’Dry and let dry completely.

TIP: I usually paint the gold, rock it solo for a day and then move on to step 2. Especially if I bother to do a full manicure before the gold because that takes so much time.

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STEP TWO: Use the marker to make a small dot in the center of each nail. The dot will help your “spike tips” be more evenly sized & placed.

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STEP THREE: Use the tape to form a triangle on the tip of your nail with the dot as your apex. Make sure the edges of the tape triangle are firmly pressed down.

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STEP FOUR: Fill in the triangle with your black polish.

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STEP FIVE: Peel off tape & repeat for each nail.

TIP: When painting the spikes do one nail at a time and peel off the tape while the black polish is still wet. You don’t want the black to dry or the edges might peel off with the tape.

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FINISHING MOVE: When all your spikes are done, wait until the black dries to the touch and then finish with coat of Orly Sec n’ Dry.  You want to wait until the black is dry to the touch otherwise it will bleed into the gold when the clear is applied.

Now get out there and cause a commotion you badass bitch!

Easy NO-SEW Cape: How to make a cosplay cape for beginners.

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Level: Beginner, Time: 1 hour, Cost: Under $20

BEFORE YOU START:

Make sure your ribbon is at least 7/8″ wide.

The cape I made is 38” long and is knee length for the average height adult (5’5” to 5’8”). I used 2.5 yards of polyester crepe with 38” width, folded. So my total fabric size was 76” by 90.”

If you want a longer cape measure from the base of your neck to where you want the cape to end to find your “desired length.” (Hehehe. Get your minds out of the gutter ladies.) Consult Doodle 1 to calculate fabric size needed.

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IMPORTANT: Choose a fabric that will not fray because you are not going to be hemming this cape.
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STEP ONE: Unfold your fabric and lay it out flat. Iron out any major wrinkles and/or creases if necessary.

STEP TWO: Fold your fabric in half width-wise and pin edges together. Lay the folded fabric flat on the carpet. (Doodle 2)

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STEP THREE: Align the 0” mark of your measuring tape with an upper corner on the fold of your fabric and stick a straight pin directly into the carpet to hold it in place. If you don’t have carpet, find a friend to come and hold it for you. If you have no friends, put down the electronic device and go be social. (Doodle 3)

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STEP FOUR:  Starting at the edge of the fabric (Doodle 3), gently pull your measuring tape taut and place a pin at 45.” Make sure you pin the two layers of fabric together. Using your corner pin as the axis to rotate your measuring tape towards the folded edge and place another pin at 45”. Continue until you reach the folded edge. These pins will be your cutting guide. (Doodle 4)

  • Remember to gently pull the measuring tape taut each time to get accurate measurement
  • Be sure not to pull the corner pin out of place.

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STEP FIVE: Repeat Step 4, placing a pin at 7” each time instead of 45.” (Doodle 5) Then unpin your tape measure.

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STEP SIX: Cut along the pins. Make sure you are holding both layers together when you cut. You should have a quarter circle with a tiny quarter circle cut out when you are finished (Doodle 6)

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STEP SEVEN: Make sure you remove all the pins and unfold. (Doodle 7) Now you’re in the homestretch!

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STEP EIGHT: Plug in your glue gun and let it get hot while you measure out apprx. 52” of ribbon. Seriously, it’s no big deal if you go over or under an inch or two.

STEP NINE: Measure 15″ of ribbon and mark it with a pin. Lay your ribbon flat.

STEP 10: I’ll call the tiny half-circle cut out in Doodle 7 the “neck hole”. Starting at your pin and the edge of the neck hole, apply hot glue to half the width of the ribbon and attach the edge of the neck hole working in small sections.

  • Make sure your neck hole edge is only covering half the ribbon width as shown below.

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  • When finished you should have apprx. 15″ of ribbon hanging loose from either end of the neck hole (Doodle 8).

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STEP 11: Along the edge of the neck hole, fold the ribbon over so that the edge of the fabric is covered completely. Glue in place.

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That’s all. Wear it. Look awesome. Try not to spill too much booze on it. Mission accomplished.