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5 DIY Accessories to Make, Not Buy

Let’s be honest: chasing trends can get expensive. Whether it’s fawning over the booties you saw Kendall Jenner wearing in her Snap story or raiding Forever 21’s jewelry racks, you have probably wished that you didn’t have to shell out your hard-earned dollars on things that may not be in style in a month. That’s when it’s best to do it yourself! Don’t be afraid of DIYs; think of them as an adventure that will turn into a proud accomplishment.

1. Lace chokers

Leave the tough leather chokers in the winter and try out a lighter, girly version of the choker trend. Lace will match spring’s carefree vibes and you can probably find an old shirt with lace on it to make your own choker. JeanBeautique has a great, easy tutorial for five different types of chokers, so even if lace isn’t your thing you can still keep embracing the choker trend.

2. DIY pins

Pins are a great way to spice up jean jackets, backpacks and blazers. You may have seen the bright, fun pins circulating the web with catchy phrases and quirky drawings on them. Sometimes, those can go for more than $20! Save your cash and make your own pins at home and customize them with your favorite phrases, cartoon characters or images.

3. iPhone cases


Tired of seeing everyone with the same phone cases from Amazon? Stand out amongst the tech crowd and design your own phone case! Your phone is that one accessory that is always with you, so why not make it a statement piece? Spicing up your phone case will make accessorizing effortless.

4. No-sew wristlets

Keeping up with the latest trends can be expensive, but handbags are definitely one of the pricier accessories. Spend your hard-earned cash on a practical bag and make your going out bags at home. Wristlets are the ultimate functional accessories because they hold your necessities and are always close at hand. Experiment with different fabrics so you can match all of your outfits.

5. Painted shoes

Maybe you have a pair of dirty white Converse laying around or maybe you just picked up some cute and cheap sneakers that are missing something—but what you actually have is a blank canvas to create shoes that no one else has. Let your friends buy the latest printed Vans and Doc Martens while you go full Picasso on your old sneakers.

The best way to refresh your wardrobe for a new season is to work with what you have and do it yourself! Getting crafty, trying out projects from Pinterest and taking scissors to your old pieces can save you money and give you the unique look you really want. Stand apart from the crowd and brag about you made the cutest accessories yourself! 

Kaitlin is an alumna of Temple University where she graduated with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Political Science. At Temple, she served as Campus Correspondent for Her Campus Temple and was a founding member and former Public Relations Vice President for the Iota Chi chapter of Alpha Xi Delta.  She currently serves Her Campus Media as a Region Leader and Chapter Advisor and was formally a Feature Writer for Fashion, Beauty and Health.
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