A new season, a new desire to scoop up every cool item out for sale now. How to keep your sanity and wallet in check? Identifying the pieces that you wouldn't even imagine you could ever craft (aka most things) and buying those — but making the rest. This season, we've got our eye on bright midi skirts (that we can totally handpaint), earrings that mimic zippers (that we can totally glue ourselves) and stunning heels that we could DIY for something like 10% of the cost of the real thing. Ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work? Great. Click below for the latest pieces we're adding to our DIY to-do list.
Comme Des Garçons Top
Comme Des Garçons Ivory Intarsia Knit Sweater, $430 at SSENSE.
Comme Des Garçons Top, DIYed
Carven Gingham Cotton and Silk-Blended Collar, $170 at Net-a-Porter.
Spiky Louboutin Heels
Christian Louboutin Pigalle Spikes 100 Leather Pumps, $1,295 at Net-a-Porter.
Spiky Louboutin Heels, DIYed
Simply glue your chosen embellishments onto a white pair of shoes (or something else in your closet that needs some sprucing).
Faith Callaway White Patent Heeled Court Shoes, $84.69 at ASOS.
E-6000 Jewelry and Craft Adhesive, $2.95 at Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.
Flat Back Swarovski Crystal Mix, $17.17 at Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.
DIY Total: $104.81
Potential Savings: $1,190.19
Saint Laurent Sneaks
Saint Laurent White Fang Print Sneakers, $395 at SSENSE.
Saint Laurent Sneaks, DIYed
Viv Westwood Skirt
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Aztec Asymmetric Printed Cotton Skirt, $520 at Net-a-Porter.
Viv Westwood Skirt, DIYed
This lovely art-school-ready skirt has a slightly messy look to it, which lends itself to a handpainted DIY. Use the color of your choice and a paintbrush — or have fun with stamps premade or crafted out of vegetables.
ASOS Full Midi Skirt, $37.64 at ASOS.
Createx Acrylics Fabric Paint in Cerulean Blue, $12.20 at BLICK Art Materials.
Grumbacher Academy Hog Bristle Brush, $1.85 at BLICK Art Materials.
DIY Total: $51.69
Potential Savings: $468.31
Eddie Borgo Gold-Plated Earrings, $225 at Net-a-Porter.
Zippy Ears, DIYed
Zip-up earrings are super cool — and surprisingly easy to make. Just gather your ingredients and glue together.
Universal #8 Antique Brass Slider, $4.30 for 2 at Zipper Stop.
Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky GLue, $2.89 at BLICK Art Materials.
Pierced Ear Clutch Back, $0.95 for 36 at BLICK Art Materials.
Pierced Ear Post, $1.68 for 12 at BLICK Art Materials.
DIY Total: $9.82
Potential Savings: $215.18