From Martha Stewart Living
Here's a super-stylish do-it-yourself idea that's painless to pull off: Easy stick-on embellishments that give almost anything in your wardrobe or home a flair that's beautifully, uniquely you.
LEAVES OF BRASS
Turn a low-intrigue lamp (you know, the one hiding in the corner of your family room) into the highlight of the room with custom 3-D details. Here, ceramics glue was used to attach a cascade of brass oak leaves to this moss-colored base.
TIP: Before gluing, do a dry run with poster tack.
SOURCES: Brass stampings, from 55 cents each, metalliferous.com. Gorilla Super Glue Gel, $6.75, homedepot.com.
The usual winter forecast: you in the same hat, every single day. Why not brighten up a basic cashmere beanie with vintage bullion appliqués (attached with fabric glue) and iron-on metal studs. Your hat and coat may be the only things people see you in for months, so this adds some personality.
TIP: To clean a bedazzled hat, dry cleaning is best.
Sources: Bullion ornaments, $3 each, tinsel trading.com. Iron-on studs, $4 for 12, Toho Shoji, 212-868-7465. Cashmere hat, $69, barneys.com.
A plain mirror and dresser become an elegant matched set, thanks to botanical accents and chalk paint. Its matte finish makes things look aged. Paint vines and furniture separately, and once both are dry, secure them using a caulk gun loaded with heavy-duty construction adhesive.
TIP: Before you paint, lay the mirror and drawers on the floor to map out vine placement.
SOURCES: Leaf appliqués,from $54 each, decoratorssupply.com. Chalk paint, in Paris Grey, $35 for 32 ounces, robynstorydesigns.com. Loctite PL200 Projects construction adhesive, $5, walmart.
Another reason to love removable throw-pillow covers: You can create any pattern imaginable with appliqués. For a high-traffic couch, use iron-ons. They’re backed with glue to prevent raised edges that can catch on things.
TIP: For extra insurance, add a couple of stitches where the pillows curve.
Sources: Three-piece gold-embroidery plum flower cloth patches, $8.50 each, Lauren Trimming, 646-964-5734. Scrambled Eggs appliqués, $4 each, and embroidered star appliqués, 1 1/2 inch, $1.60 each, mjtrim.com. Layered flower appliqué, $9.50, Lauren Trimming. (Gray pillow) Simple leaf trim, $6 a yard, shinetrim.com. Trim, $25 a yard, Daytona Trimmings, 212-354-1713. Velvet pillow covers, from $30 each, potterybarn.com. Silk pillow covers, $39 each, westelm.com.
Transforming a cardigan from plain to oh-so-pretty is as easy as ironing or sewing on flowery fabric appliqués. For instance, adding two large beaded motifs only requires a few stitches for each leaf and petal, since sturdy mesh backing holds them together.
TIP: If you use two of the same embellishments, consider mixing things up: Sew one of the pair on upside down.
Sources: Beaded rhinestone appliqués, $39 each, mjtrim.com. J.Crew Jackie lightweight wool cardigan sweater, in Heather Smoke, $85, jcrew.com.
BAG OF TRICKS
Who knew? Embroidered patches can even be ironed onto a plain leather clutch to make it pop. For a festive finishing touch, add a metallic tassel looped through the zipper pull.
TIP: If you’re worried about applying heat to a delicate or dyed bag, use leather glue instead.
Sources: Embroidered appliqués, from $5 each, shinetrim.com. Chainette tassel, $4 for 4, mjtrim.com. Baggu large leather pouch, $88, baggu.com.
Here’s a brilliantly budget-friendly way to indulge a shoe fetish: Use leather glue to add chic details to new pairs — or older ones. Give suede pumps a vintage flourish by wrapping ornate florals around the sides and back. Or, jazz up loafers with strips of sequined flower trim between the toe seams.
TIP: Apply glue precisely with a toothpick to the edges of add-ons, so they don’t curl upward later.
Sources: Tulip appliqués, $4 each, shinetrim.com. Sequin flower trim, 5/8 inch, $10 a yard, mjtrim.com. Zara suede ballerinas with heels, in Brick, $70, zara.com. Everlane modern loafers, in Camel, $170, everlane.com.
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