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Dia de los Muertos Costume DIY

Geez, it’s been an embarrassing amount of time since my last blog post. This fall was BUSY. Updates to come, but let’s get going with a last minute Day of the Dead costume!

It’s all about the flowers and the makeup. A little strapless dress with flashy tights is all you need for a base. But the accessories make the outfit.

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY tutorial - by 9000things

The wig is optional, but just an all-around good idea. The number of strangers who will take your photo is directly proportional to the height of your beehive. Fake eyelashes, on the other hand, are obligatory.

All that and the makeup aside… Here’s how I made the really simple accessories:

First, go buy a ton of fake flowers from the dollar store.

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

For this project you’ll want the flowers with plastic coated wire stems so you can bend them around the belt.

Supply list:
bendy stem fake flowers
belt with lots of holes (or punch the holes yourself!)
textured plastic headband (textured for hot glue to grab onto)
scissors (probably)
hot glue gun
hot glue sticks
wire cutters

Optional:
dollar store skeletons and twine
cheap plastic skull rings
sharpies

Separate the stems and clip them off close to the base.

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

Having way too much fun with fake flowers…

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

I totally scored when I found this slotted belt at Marshall’s for 10 bucks. I was planning on doing a whole lot of wire wrapping and hot gluing, but I recommend trying to find a belt with holes, or buying a thin leather belt and punching the holes yourself. So. Much. Easier.

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

This part is as simple as threading the stems through the slots and wrapping the wire around the belt a few times to hold it in place!

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

Keep wrapping more and more flowers! Where the stems are threaded close together, the flower belt will get thicker (do this towards the middle). To taper off the ends, leave more open holes between flower stems.

Optional: I found this hanging skeleton garland, cut them apart and loosely tied them over the flowers on my belt!

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

Next! A matching crown of flowers! I opted for asymmetry though it’s customary to go the whole way around with huge multi-colored blooms. The key here is the headband with some texture so the hot glue has something to grab onto. Otherwise you’ll find the flowers falling off everywhere…

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000thingsDia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

Use a generous amount of hot glue. Just pour it all on there.

And for a little bonus, I found these cheap plastic skull rings at the dollar store – 50 for a buck! – and with a little sharpie magic, made some Dia de los Muertos knuckle rings:

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

Ta da! Dia de los Muertos accessories for the best Halloween ever!

Dia de los Muertos Halloween Costume DIY - by 9000things

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Learning to Weave on a Loom

By the way, I’m also taking a weaving course right now. Here’s my very first attempt at weaving!

Learning to weave on a loom - 9000things

I’m going for an ombre effect, from cream to mint green to turquoise with a bold pink salmon/peach stripe at the neck of what I assume is going to be a scarf?

Weaving is fun! Highly recommend.

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Geek Chic Pixelpaper

Spoonflower, in partnership with Robert Kaufman Fabrics, is holding its 2013 Fabric8 Contest this month on the theme of “Geek Chic.”

I’m pretty excited. I’ve been working on a collection of patterns called Pixelpaper for a while now – I’m pretty obsessed with pixelation and all the things that go along with it; computer icons, space invaders, 8bit simplification, digital glitches and the cliff effect…

Pixelpaper Geek Chic in Pale Yellow - 9000 things

(click to see the Pixelpaper Collection on Spoonflower)

It’s a little like an I Spy

I spy a keyboard, a hashtag, and pi, an invincible star, a frog, and a tie,
A really hard cube, a building block, two cameras, their chip, and one tiny lock.

One of these days I’ll post a tutorial on how to make repeating patterns like this. It’s super easy! Deadline for contest is April 23rd. Check it out!

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Sneak Peek: New Remix Necklaces

Vintage Beads + Repurposed Chains

Check out these colorful new Remix Necklaces from our Spring 2013 Collection which we’ll be showing at the SoWa Open Market in Boston starting May 5th.

Big Bead Remix Necklaces 1 - 9000 things

Big Bead Remix Necklaces 2 - 9000 things

Big Bead Remix Necklaces 3 - 9000 things

Each necklace is about 26″ and combines large spherical vintage beads in bright, cheery colors and a recombinant chain made from old and broken jewelry. We’re ready for spring!

 

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Instagram Hacks: #FourQuestions_freeforall

@FourQuestions started a freeforall contest on Instagram with actual prizes and everything! Today is the last day, but check out the photos and the rules on their website. I’m totally obsessed with instagram hacks right now, so I’ve entered the following six edits based on others’ photos:

Collabs are with @tylerforesthauser @stevenromo @stacyreneee @krischanstclair

As an aside, I’m thinking of taking the concepts I’ve been working on here to make postcards to sell, so let me know what you think is working, and which ideas I should ditch. Thanks!

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Washi Tape Yay!

How much fun is this?

Washi Tape Tower - 9000things

So many possibilities!

I just bought a bunch of washi tape to make art to sell at the SoWa Open Market this season. Come check me out in Boston every Sunday from May to October!

Follow me on facebook for a preview of awesome things to come ;D

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Instagram Hacks: #TylerForestHauser_freeforall

Instagram has spawned a super fun project medium called the #freeforall.

Instagrammers post a handful of their unused photos on the internets for downloading and you edit them and post them to IG with the appropriate hashtag. @tylerforesthauser started one of these a little while ago and his gorgeous photos make it way too easy to make pretty things. Here’s his website with downloads and instructions.

And here are my edits. (waaaaay too much fun…)

More on instagram.

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Designing Business Cards

People always ask me about my business cards – the front is minimal and informative, the back is abstract decorative. The bold graphic on the back is the initial attention-grabber, and then with the pretty part out of the way, the front can remain clean and simple with easy to find contact info.

Ringgg business card design diy - 9000things

Yet the two sides seem to fit together a little too well. And here’s where my training in process art comes in handy… I love telling people about these little secrets that I embed in my designs. Their eyes light up when they discover another layer to the object which isn’t at first obvious.

So, here’s the photo on the front of the card:

Ringgg business card design 1 - 9000things

… now let’s zoom in…

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Do you see it? It’s so simple, it borders on downright laziness.

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Also, the three colors on the ‘ggg’ of Ringgg are just color picked from this same photo. Yay!

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Styling Your Home: dresser edition

Interior styling bedroom dresser - 9000things

Styling your house/apartment/condo is actually easier than you think! It all has to do with how you organize your large hoard of random crap.

This is the first in a series of tips on how to make your home look nice even though you live there and own a lot of stuff. (Are we meant to believe that the photos in Dwell represent anyone’s actual reality??)

The top of a dresser is often the first place to collapse into a black hole of tangled mess and loss. But here’s the hint:

Interior styling bedroom palette - 9000things

Pick a palette!

There’s actually a lot of stuff stored on top of this dresser but because I kept everything to a pretty strict set of main colors, it looks totally passable as orderly.

I chose the palette based on things I had – a lot of blue glass, some old bottles, cool hued watercolors and of course, silver goes with everything. (Silver is better here because of the cold colors. Gold is better for warm.)

Interior styling bedroom dresser - 9000things

Silver goblets and closed ceramic boxes make great places to store jewelry and hair elastics and buttons, etc. Note that even though there’s some red in the photo and watercolors, it works because the dresser wood leans towards red.

Okay, here’s my stuff:

Interior styling bedroom dresser - 9000things

1. handmade sea fan soldered to an old blue glass bottle
2. three watercolors of Venice (I actually did these years ago) matted and framed*
*rather than hang, you can set frames on a table like shadow boxes
3. an old blue bottle with craft pearls on twine sticking out the top
4. clear framed grungy old-looking photo
5. round white stone from Montauk – a souvenir from participating in a Spencer Tunick shoot
6. a tarnished silver platter from Good Will ($1) with clear marbles
7. a silver goblet also from Good Will ($3)
8. a blue ceramic keepsake box on a glass shell plate (probably also Good Will)
9. collection of found old bottles
10. mini replica of an ancient Cycladic Greek statue (gift from relatives in Greece)
11. architectural candle by Niho Kozuru (SO AWESOME)
12. vintage blue glass bird-shaped perfume bottle (SoWa Vintage Market)
13. more Good Will silver – this one with a mirrored bottom

I have a minor compulsion for buying silver platters from Good Will for, like, three bucks. They’re especially good for grouping and containing stuff on a surface.

These are a few of my favorite things!

Italy lilacs - 9000things Niho Kozuru architectural candles Sea fan antique bottle by deniselaff

Cycladic Replica Pearl spray in ivory Spencer Tunick Montauk shoot

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