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June 2013



DIY: Makeup/Jewelry Organizer

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Calling all ladies with drawers on drawers of unorganized makeup and jewelry! This DIY is perfect for organizing all the products that are rolling around without a home and make them accessible for everyday use! It can be made into a snug fitting drawer insert or a simple wardrobe topper if you’re someone who likes to have your products on display (I’m totally one of these people). This DIY is also great for customizing the organizer to have the perfect sized compartments to meet your needs to separate or house all your products! Enjoy!

-2 rolls of craft tape (can’t remember the brand name) from Michaels
-pop case cardboard
-jewelry box cardboard
-scotch tape (you can use whatever kind of tape)
-foam/some kind of material to make your boxes fix better if you need to!

shirt – H&M
ring – etsy






April 2013



DIY: Perfectly Destroyed Denim

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One of my favourite trends that’s finally making its way into most mainstream stores is high waisted denim! Whether it be high waisted jeans or high waisted shorts, I’m loving it all and couldn’t wait to get a DIY going to show you guys how to do it at home! So now that we’re finally in the transition period from winter to spring (at least here in Toronto – longest winter of life), I’ve dug out my high waisted shorts from last season and made a quick trip to my local thrift shop to pick up a few new pairs to destroy. In this video I’m showing you my all time favourite way to get that perfectly-destroyed-urban-outfitters-quality-shorts, with a pair of under $5 jeans, scissors and tweezers! There are also a ton of other methods and techniques to get this look (ie. knives, sandpaper, nail files), but from my experience I’ve found that this is the easiest and quickest way to get that perfectly rugged style. Enjoy!





June 2012



DIY: Sailor Bracelet

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Another bracelet DIY! This bracelet is super cute and pretty easy to make. The best part about it is the lack of tools and supplies you need to make it!

What you’ll need:
A wingspan worth of string (and that’s it!)
optional: brooches, clip on earring or some kind of charm to spruce it up if you like

Here are the 2 I made!

And here’s the video tutorial on how to make it!

Remember that you may not get it the first time! (It took me a couple times to film the video because I kept messing up) It comes with practice, you’ll eventually get it! Also, as soon as you get the first round down, it’s just a matter of following the path of the braid you’ve already made. Good luck!



June 2012



DIY: fishtail string bracelet

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Another DIY! I wish I could put out new videos/DIYs this fast all the time! This tutorial is super easy and really cute for summer. For some reason, by the end of every summer I find myself with like a thousand different bracelets bought at random beach shops, boutiques or string ones made with friends. This bracelet is perfect for those with a short attention span or not much patience for making bracelets, I swear it’s sooooo easy!

Left: the bracelet made for the bf (hence the colours…) and the bracelet that I made in the video!
Right: the bracelets that I’ve previously made


I also finally figured out how to make my videos HD, so they’ll be MUCH better quality from now on. (I can make a website but can’t export a video in HD…. hmmmm..)



May 2012



DIY: bleached and destroyed high-waisted shorts

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Still getting the hang of this whole youtube tutorial thing, but my video editing skills are seriously improving (as you’ll notice the intro/outro is far superior in this DIY)! Anyways, I finally got some time to film and actually loved the outcome of this DIY, and will definitely be wearing them a ton this summer. If you liked this tutorial give it a thumbs up on YouTube and I’ll try to keep continue doing my DIY in a more interactive style (which I think I prefer). Here’s the DIY video and some photos of how it turned out.



May 2012



DIY: Skull Cut Out T-Shirt Tutorial

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As promised I was finally able to get some filming done to finish the skull shirt tutorial! It turned out pretty good in my opinion, let me know what you think! Here’s how it turned out and the tutorial to make one yourself.

What you’ll need:
A large black t-shirt, scissors & something to draw with.

The DIY tutorial!

Make sure to subscribe to my channel laurDIY for much more DIYs to come! You can also leave me comments with questions and feedback on this DIY. Thanks!



March 2012



Glitter Phone Case

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I finally got my hands on some glitter powder (which was originally the plan for my first phone case DIY), and I loved the result! Here’s what you need:

Mod podge, glitter powder, phone case, paintbrush & clear gloss sealing spray (not shown).

Put a decently thick layer of mod podge over the case.

Don’t worry about making it perfect, this is just your first layer.

Pour some glitter powder on the mod podge and shake it softly side to side in attempt to cover as much as possible on your first layer.

Let the first layer dry and add more layers as needed until the case is completely covered.

When the glitter is completely dry, give the case an even coat with some gloss sealing spray. Apply as many coats as needed (or until the sparkles don’t come off).

And that’s it! An under $10 DIY phone case!



February 2012



Typographic String Art

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Inspired by, this piece of art can be created for under $20! (It really only cost me $4). Here’s what you need:

A piece of wood thick enough for nails to securely be hammered in, scissors, lots of nails (depending on the length of the word or pattern!), hammer and a creative or inspiring word printed out in a large format.

You will also need some type of string to wrap around the nails eventually. Embroidery thread or yarn can be used. I chose a multicoloured yarn for maximum thickness and coverage and also for the convenience that I wouldn’t have to tie multiple knots and do layers of different colours of embroidery thread. (Lazy… but effective)

Conveniently, my Dad had a perfect sized piece of scrap wood for me to use, but in the case that you’re not as lucky, head to your local hardware store. I also chose to put a chestnut stain on the wood to give it a warmer colour. painted his version white, and I’ve seen a black version as well.

Start by choosing a font on the computer (I went onto and installed a new font, it was called “Bebaus”) and size it according to the size of wood you’re working with. Print each letter on separate sheets, cut to shape and arrange them on the wood.

Assure that they’re aligned, and tape them down into place.

Carefully (I stress the carefully part… hammers are not forgiving) hammer in the nails aligned with the letter printout you made to form a nail-skeleton. Remember to remove the taped down paper letter prior to applying the string! (Super inconvenient.. I forgot once and learned my lesson).

After removing the paper, choose a nail to attach the end of the string to. I found that a double knot was sufficient.

Move the string in and out of the nails, making diagonal, straight and criss-crossed patterns within the letter. There is no rhyme or reason to this, just go with the flow and try to keep the amount of string even throughout the letter.

And that’s it! Voila! Your typographic string art is complete with your own custom inspiration/chosen word. Enjoy!

Check out the original tutorial here:



February 2012



Embroidery Chain Bracelet

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Elapsed project time: 1 hour.

What you’ll need: chain, embroidery thread (assortment of colours), scissors and wire cutters.

Begin by measuring the chain on your wrist to ensure that it can go a full time around. Then double the chain over and make sure it’s a suitable size to be only half of the bracelet, as shown in the above photo.

Cut unwanted chain links.

I chose 5 shades of pink and purple embroidery strings but you could use anywhere from 3-10 (if you wanted to get really complicated). I measured the strings across my arm span (hand to hand with my arms stretched out), but I had plenty of extra. Fold the chain in half and on the side with the loose ends, loop the strings so they go through both end chain links, so there is an even amount of each colour on both sides. In the photo I have 5 strings on the left and 5 strings on the right.

Tie a knot with the evenly divided strings.

Separate the strands into the same order on each sides (pink – outside, burgundy – 2nd from outside etc.). At this stage, I taped down the chain right above where the strings start so the bracelet won’t move while dealing with the strings.

(I’ve done a few rows so that’s it’s easier to see what I’m doing) Start by bringing the outer string across the string directly to its right.

Now bring the outer string through the loop you’ve just made as shown above. (to be clear, if string 1 is the outer string, the process goes: burgundy across pink, burgundy through the loop – below pink but on top of burgundy on the starting side of burgundy). Pull the stitch tight to the top of the bracelet. Repeat this step two more times for a total of three stitches on the same string.

After finishing with the pink string, bring burgundy over to the next string directly to the right of the string you were just working on. Repeat the same stitch process but on the next string (purple). Bring burgundy across purple.

Complete the stitch by bringing burgundy through the loop as previously explained. Repeat to have a total of 3 stitches on this string.

Complete the 3 stitches on each of the strings as you move into the middle of the bracelet, remember to pull each stitch tight.

The photo above shows what the row of burgundy stitches should look like after completing the row.

Now working on the right side of the bracelet, ensure that your strings are in the same order from the outside as the left side of the bracelet. Begin by bringing burgundy across the string directly to the LEFT of it. For this type of bracelet, you’re working outside-in, so the stitch will be backwards on the opposite side of the bracelet. Bring burgundy across in the opposite direction (I find it easiest to just remember that you’re working in, so to bring the string over pointing towards the inner centre of the bracelet).

Complete the stitch on each thread, 3 stitches on each, always working inwards. As you get farther in the bracelet, the pattern and organization of the strings will get much easier to see and deal with as they kind of fall in place in order.

Remember to pull each stitch tight as you complete it. Keep working inward until you reach the middle where the two burgundy strings will meet.

The “V” pattern must be closed to finish off the row of burgundy. Only two stitches are required at this step.

Bring the right burgundy across the left and complete the same stitch. When pulling tight, the outer strings sometimes get caught in the middle stitch, so try to hold the rest of the strings tight while completing this.

Now using the opposite side stitch (following the string pointing inwards rule), bring the left string over the right and complete the stitch. Again, pulling tight but not letting other colours get mixed in within this stitch. Your “V” row is now finished.

This is what it should look like at this stage. (Again, I completed a few rows for better photo-explanation)

Repeat the same steps, using the new outside string to complete 3 stitches on each string while working inwards. This is what it will eventually look like.

The “V” stitch is very time consuming, but worth it in the end!

Once you’ve completed enough of the embroidery thread section of the bracelet, ensure that it will fit on your wrist (size it a bit big because neither materials are very stretchy). Thread one of the groups of strings through the end of the chain and tie it off securely.

End result!


**Note: to begin the “V” pattern, the steps are the exact same, but you may have difficulties with the strings staying in the same order as they have not been stitched at all yet. Go slow and ensure that you are working with the correct strings as it can get frustrating. It may look somewhat wonky in the first 2 rows of “V”s, but no worries as it will straighten out if you are doing it correctly! Leave a comment if you have any questions!



February 2012



DIY: Eyeshadow Dust iPhone Case

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iPhone cases are expensive now-a-days… Why not make your own! I spent about $15 total on this project and I guarantee no one else will have it! :) .

Here’s how to do it!


What you’ll need:

iPhone case, Q-tips, paint brush, mod podge and however many colours of eyeshadow powder.

I used Annabelle Glitter Powder, which I found in the makeup isle at Shoppers Drug Mart for $5.99 each! The more glittery the better! You can choose a range of colours, or just one. I chose a gold and purple.

Begin by making sure the iPhone case is completely clear of any dirt or bumps that could cause a bubbly finish. Drop some mod podge on the case and paint the entire back face. (You will be applying multiple layers of mod podge so don’t worry about how neat it is)

I used q-tips (make sure to keep them separate to their own colour), to dip it into the powder and tap it off onto the case.

Sprinkle the powder off the q-tip onto the mod podge. Don’t worry about how the colours are distributed, again, there will be multiple layers of powder and mod podge applied afterwards. This is only the base coat to cover the case colour.

Smudge the powder around with a q-tip to evenly distribute it across the case. Again, this is just a base coat so don’t worry about what it looks like.

Continue mod podging and glittering the case across the entire surface. Mod podge tends to dry quite quickly, so it’s sometimes easier to just paint some mod podge on the section you’re working with.

Leave about 10-20 minutes in between each layer of mod podge + glitter, and continue to smudge the powder across the surface of the case. I didn’t have a particular design in mind and was just letting the powder fall and smudge as it fell to cover the entire case.

The sides of the case need about 3 coats of mod podge and powder, or as much needed to cover the base colour of the case.

I decided to go with a gold to purple ombre design (design decisions can be made late in the process, once the base coat is finished). I continued to coat the case with mod podge and powder until I got the desired design.

And that’s how it turned out! Make sure to keep mod podging (without powder this time) until no glitter powder rubs off. I did about 3 or 4 top coats just to make sure I didn’t cover myself in glitter or ruin my phone. Have fun!

Side view




February 2012



DIY: Double Chain Bracelet

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DIY Double Chain Bracelet!

What you’ll need:

scissors, needle nose pliers, wire cutters, chain (found at any craft or bead store), clasp of your choice, jump rings, about 200 cm of leather chord/gimp/embroidery thread etc. (depending on the size of your wrist – I have a relatively small wrist so you may need more)

Fold the leather chord so that there are four ends and all are equal length. Tie the top (leave an inch and half or so at the top) and cut the bottom loop if you have one.

Fold the chain in half.

Thread two of the strings through the top link and set the others aside. For now, you will only be using the far right string that has been threaded. Thread the far right string through the link directly to the right of it. (It’s easiest to take the 2 extra strings and the other threaded string and set them aside with tape to keep them out of the way)

Put the string through each link, going in from the top. Remember that you’re only working on the right outside edge of the chain.

Continue weaving the thread in-and-around the outside edge of the chain. 

Complete the chain until it fits your wrist. Monitor the length as you weave the thread to avoid extra work. I found it easiest to tape the thread to the end of the chain to keep the weaves tight while you’re not working with it.

With the second string that has been threaded through the top link, weave the string in-and-around the other side of the chain exactly the same as the right side. You will notice a pattern forming and will catch a slip-up if you weave a link wrong.

Continue along the length of the chain. 

Weave the thread until it matches the length of the right side. 

Again, I taped the string to the end of the chain to keep the weave tight while it’s not in use.

Working with the left half of the chain, thread the leftover two strings through the top left chain link. (Make sure it’s not the same link as the top right that you originally threaded the first two strings through). I left a link between the two sides so that when they are threaded together they’re not overlapping. So it should be [Left Top Link]  [Middle Top - unused)]  [Right Top Link]

Repeat the weaving pattern down the left side of the chain. The left side MUST be done first. The chain might be somewhat wonky (it’ll flatten out later), but make sure to keep the chain flat as you weave in-and-around. Match the lengths of the left side of the chain and the right and tape the loose string to the end. 

With the leftover string (designated for the right side of the LEFT chain), I found it easiest to put a layer of tape around the end so that the ends didn’t fray. 

Flip the bracelet upside down (it’s much easier to work upside down). Weave the string through the link directly to the left of the top link (repetition of right side of chain procedure), but instead of weaving in-and-around just the chain links, thread the string through the adjacent stitch from the RIGHT chain. (In this image, its switched). For each stitch you are weaving the right chain together with the left chain: through adjacent right chain stitch, through link, through adjacent stitch, through link etc. 

Continue “sewing” the chains together.

This is what it should look like. Again, you will notice a pattern that will become easier to follow. 

Tie off the ends (you might have to untape each string from the chain if you chose to fasten them down). I have a lot of extra chain in this image (not to confuse with the actual bracelet).

Tie off the ends and once they are secured, snip the ends to a shorter length. 

Cut the loop at the top of the bracelet so there are four loose ends. Tie them together (you will end with two knots on each ends, only tie two strings together for less noticeable knots). 

Attach a jump ring to the end of the bracelet and attach a clasp of your choice. 

Repeat on the other end of the bracelet. 

And voila! That’s it! If you had issues with a wonky chain, the twists should have straightened themselves out as you sewed the chains together.