Category Archives: DIY Tutorials

DIY Tutorial: Half Up, Half Down, Hidden Hair Braid

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Today I’m sharing the second hair tutorial from my collaboration with Your Cloud Parade and 10.11 Make Up (you can see last week’s faux hawk here!) This is a elegant and ethereal a half up, half down hidden braid style would be perfect for boho or casual brides. And I promise it’s not as complicated as it sounds!

The best bit? It uses all the same supplies and products as last week’s tutorial so if you tooled up for that one you can now give this one a bash too!

Supplies Needed

♥ Hairspray (we used Kenra Volume Spray)
♥ Bobby and hair pins
♥ Curling iron (we used Hot Tools – barrel size may vary based on length of hair, just for adding texture)
♥ Texture spray (we used Kevin Murphy Resort Spray) or spray wax (we love KMS Hair Play spray wax)
♥ Backcomber (we used Tool Structure Tortoise Backcomber)

Method

Step one: Add some texture to the hair by adding some curl. Spray with some texturizing spray or spray wax.

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Step two: Add volume by sectioning out the hair around the crown of your head, leaving out the front and sides. You will want enough hair on each side for braids, as well as any hair you want framing your face based on the desired finished look you would like.

Backcomb or tease the hair you have gathered at the back of the crown. Start the backcomb about 3 1/2 inches from the scalp, pressing the hair down towards your scalp to create a cushion.

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DIY Tutorial: Faux Hawk Bridal Hairstyle

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Over the next month, every Friday, I’ll be showcasing an original bridal (but not super-traditional, obviously!) hairstyle idea. These super simple but utterly gorgeous DIYs have been pulled together by the fantastic Your Cloud Parade, the first online marketplace dedicated to weddings, and 10.11 Make Up exclusively for Rock n Roll Bride!

ENJOY!

Supplies Needed

♥ Hairspray (we used Kenra Volume Spray)
♥ Bobby and hair pins
♥ Curling iron (we used Hot Tools)
♥ Texture spray (we used Kevin Murphy Resort Spray) or spray wax (we love KMS Hair Play spray wax)
♥ Backcomber (we used Tool Structure Tortoise Backcomber)

Method

Step one: Add some texture to the hair by adding some curl. Spray the hair with texturizing spray, as well as a little hairspray. This will help the hair hold the backcombing/ teasing for the next step.

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Step two: Part the hair into 3 sections so that you have a mohawk section of hair starting from the front hair line, down to the nape of the neck. Because this is a fun and de-constructed style, your partings do not need to be perfect. You may even choose to not part, and gather hair from the center as you work your way back during the style.

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Step three: Take the mohawk section, and backcomb/ tease the hair. Gather small section of the hair at a time, place the comb about an inch from the scalp and pull the hair down with the comb, spray a little hairspray and continue as you work up the strands of hair from that section. Repeat until you have successfully backcombed/teased the entire mohawk section.

As you backcomb each section of the mohawk parting, you can lay that hair forward as you work your way back. Leave the two side sections alone, or pin out of the way.

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DIY Tutorial: Steampunk Hair Comb

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Steampunk weddings are always incredibly popular when I blog them, so I’m thinking that a lot of you are going to adore this super simple but awesomely cool steampunk inspired DIY idea. Still looking for something to wear on your noggin? Well look no further…

Supplies Needed

Head Full of Feathers Steampunk feather comb tutorial (1)

♥ Hair comb
♥ Felt
♥ Feathers in a variety of colours and sizes
♥ Old clock parts (eBay and flea markets are great for these!)
♥ Gold button
♥ Gold crystal beads
♥ Invisible thread and needle
♥ Chalk
♥ Glue
♥ Scissors

Method

Step One: Place your comb onto your felt and mark out the size. Draw an oval a little bigger than the comb length and cut it out.

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DIY Tutorial: Festive Mirrorball Necklace

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It’s unavoidable. Christmas is well and truly around the corner. Soon enough we’ll be knee deep in baubles, festive jumpers and mistletoe and wine. And as the party invites start to come in, the usual panic starts to set in: “Oh my God, what am I gonna wear?”

If a brand new sparkly outfit is out of the question, how about adding some much needed shimmer with this easy as (mince) pie mirrorball necklace DIY. It’s so simple, even I could do it!

Supplies needed

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Bag of small glass mirror tiles
♥ Chalk pencil
♥ Felt
♥ Strong glue (I like E6000 multi purpose adhesive)
♥ Scissors
♥ Needle and thread
♥ Silver chain and fastenings

Method

Step One: Decide how wide you want your mirrorball necklace pendant to be.  I like my jewellery chunky so have gone for 10 cm across.

Draw a chalk line 10 cm across the felt. At the centre (5 cm) mark a line 1 cm down. Then connect those markings to form a shallow ‘V’ shape. Extend the centre line down approximately 10 cm.

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DIY Tutorial: Leather Bow and Skull Shoe Clips

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Alongside your new fancy feather ombre skirt you’re clearly going to need some killer shoes. However if you can’t stretch to buying your dream pair right now, how about updating some old faithfuls with these epic leather bow clips? The bows are made from leather offcuts which are cheapy available from eBay or workshops that use leather, so this is a really affordable idea too!

Over to the babe in the know, Jen of Head Full of Feathers

Supplies Needed

1 Head Full of Feathers Leather and skulls shoe clips (1)

♥ Leather scraps cut to 19 cm x 8 cm (x2) and 8 cm x 3 cm (x2
♥ Scissors
♥ Needle and thread
♥ Chalk pencil
♥ Glue
♥ Craft clips or clothes pegs
♥ Broderie Anglaise trim
♥ Skull Buttons
♥ Shoe clip backs (available at craft stores)

Method

Step One: Glue all along the long edges of your leather pieces. Fold in 1 cm from each side (1/2 a cm for the smaller pieces) to create a neat edge. Clip together to secure while they dry.

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DIY Tutorial: Feather Ombre Skirt

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Gala and I often joke that we should start a blog series called ‘DIY for the ham-fisted’ as both of us are just terrible at all things crafty! While I still haven’t quite got round to that one, I decided it was high time that I posted some new DIYs for you creative babes to get your mitts on, it’s been a while after all!

So I called upon the expertise of the amazing Jen from Head Full of Feathers who has created four amazing and exclusive DIYs for you guys! I’ll be posting one every two weeks for the next eight weeks.

ENJOY!

Supplies Needed

1 Head Full of Feathers Skirt Tutorial

♥ Feather trim x 3 colours (length of trim depends on your measurements. You will want the rooster feathers at around 7-8 inches length).
♥ Bodycon stretch miniskirt
♥ Scissors
♥ Tape measure
♥ Chalk pencil
♥ Needle and thread
♥ Dressmakers pins

Method

Step One: Measure 8 cm from the top of your skirt and mark with your chalk pencil, measure 10 cm down and mark again, and then another 10 cm down. The top 8 cm will be left without feathers and gives the skirt some shape with a waistband.

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