Make a studded band for your hat with I spy diy

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared toward the holidays. This week I am going to show you how to spice up your winter hat with some leather and studs to give it a statement makeover!

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What you need:
Goorin Francis Fratelli Fedora
Leather
Screw on studs
Leather punch
Scissors

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What to do:

Step One: Measure the circumference of the hat and cut two strips of leather that when overlapped an inch on each end will fit snuggly around the brim.

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Step Two: Using the leather punch, create two rows of holes along the leather strip.

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Step Three: Screw in each stud by pushing the back through the hole and screwing on the top.

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Step Four: Connect the two ends of the strip by doubling up the leather, punching holes through both ends.

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Step Five: Take the final band and put on your hat. If you wish to make the band permanent, attach it with a couple dabs of glue. Done!

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Show us your winter hat creations with #AEOGIFTS on Instagram and Twitter!

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Personalize your wrapping paper with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared toward the holidays. This week, I’m showing you how to perfectly wrap your holiday presents for the best gift giving ever. Read on to see how to turn your #AEOGIFTS into a work of art!

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What you need:
Pompom ribbon
Pink ‘Cheer’ gift wrap
Multicolored pompoms
Circular necklace holder
Yarn in ‘Grenadine’
Stamp set
Wrapping paper

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Pom poms: Embellish your printed wrapping by gluing on pom poms. A simple upgrade that make your present infinitely more fun!

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Puff: Use this tutorial to create a bright pink gift topper.

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Printed paper: Instead of using wrapping paper and use Letter stamps to create a personalized message with letter stamps and ink.

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Pom pom trim: You can NEVER have enough pom poms! Outline your gifts in the festive trim for a pop of color.

Show us how you are wrapping your holiday gifts with #AEOGIFTS on Instagram and Twitter!

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Make a Cozy Stripe Sweater Pillow with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared toward the holidays. This week, I’m showing you how to make a holiday-inspired pillow from an AEO sweater plus a bonus pillow, just for fun. They’re perfect for lazy afternoon naps (and also for a little holiday inspiration year round).

Final4 (2)What you need:
AEO Shag Striped Sweater
Scissors
Needle and thread
Fray Block (optional)

What to do:
Step 1: Cut off the sleeves and the neckline of the sweater to create a square.

Sweaterpillow_step1Tip: If needed, use fray block to stop unraveling.

Sweaterpillow_step2Step 2: Turn sweater inside out. Then, whip stitch the neck and arm holes closed.

Sweaterpillow_step3Step 3: Turn right side out, and put pillow inside.

Sweaterpillow_step4Step 4: Whip stitch the bottom with matching thread to close.

Sweaterpillow_step5Done!

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Pom Pom Printed Holiday Pillow:

FinalWhat you need:
Carving Block
Carver with assorted cutters
Fabric Ink pad
Pillow Case
Yarn
Scissors

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What to do:
Step 1: Draw your tree design on the carving block.

Treepillow_Step0Step 2: Carve away everything outside of the tree.

Treepillow_step1Step 3: Press stamp into ink and create a pattern on your pillow.

Treepillow_Step2To make the pom pom:
Wrap yarn around three fingers.

Treepillow_step4Next, take the yarn off your hand and tie another piece around the middle of the yarn, tie in a knot.

Treepillow_step5Then, cut the loops.

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Treepillow_step7Next, sew pom poms on to your pillow corners.

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Enjoy your festive new holiday pillows and be sure to check back next week for another holiday inspired DIY project.

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Create a DIY mug with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared for the holiday season. This week, I put together a fun DIY project for you to do while you are cozied up by the fire after Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the perfect project to create for your friends (or yourself) this holiday season.

Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminski

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What you need:
Mug
Tissue paper
Dishwater safe ModPodge
Brush
Cute heart print gloves (optional) ;)

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What to do:

Step 1: Rip off smaller pieces of tissue paper.

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Step 2: Spread ModPodge on mug.

IMG_8451Step 3: Place tissue paper pieces, then paint over the top with ModPodge. Let dry.

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And Voila, You are done! Now it’s time to relax with some hot cocoa out of your new mug!

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How to make Tartan Patchwork Jeans with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared for the holiday season. My first project? I’m showing you how to take your favorite jeggings to the next level with vegan leather and tartan flannel patch details. Read on for my step-by-step guide that will make your jeggings the envy of every holiday party.

Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminski

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 Take your denim to the next level with flannel and leather detailing.

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What you’ll need:
Black Jeggings
Vegan Leather
Plaid Boxers
Fabric glue
Blade or scissors

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What to do:

Step1Step 1: Cut a few slits and square holes into your jeggings.

Step2Step 2: For extra distressing,try this shredding technique.

Step3Step 3: Cut square patches from your plaid boxers and faux leather.

Step4Step 4: Put patches in place.

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Step 5: Turn jean inside out and use fabric glue to attach to the inside of your jeans. Let dry. Done!

My Outfit:
Faux Shearling Moto Jacket
Graphic Love T-shirt
Black Jeggings
Plaid Blanket Scarf
Double Zip Bootie

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How to Make Studded Jeans with I Spy DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY. I’m back with the fifth part of my series of DIY projects all around denim this Back to School season. This project is studded jeans which is one of the coolest trends for fall. Don’t just stop at jeans – you can stud shorts, canvas sneakers, denim jackets and more!

Photo credit: Jessica Kaminski.

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What you need:
Jeans
Flatback studs in four sizes
Tape Measure
E6000
Paint brush

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What to do:

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Step One:  Measure and mark equal distances between where you would like each stud to be placed on your jeans.
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Step Two:  Put glue on the back of each stud with the paint brush, then place on the jeans. Start with the largest gems and work down to the smallest.
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Step Three:  Create pyramids down the seam of your jeans, decreasing the amount of gems as you reach the top.
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Step Four:  Let dry. Hand wash. Done!
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Get Jenni’s look:
Jegging
Canvas Anorak
Double Zip Bootie

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog! Be sure to tag @ispydiy so I can see your project, too!

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