Earth Day: DIY

Reuse, Reduce and Recycle your #AEOStyle! To celebrate Earth Day, we spoke to Sr. Stylist, Coco Yokoyama, about her tips and tricks for turning her old AEO gear into something new. Check out her step by step guide for repurposing a pair of denim with an old scarf. The best part about this project — it’s only five easy, earth-friendly steps!

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Materials You’ll Need:

  • Pair denim pants
  • Scissors
  • Fusible fabric tape
  • Scarf or other fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Iron
  • Tracing pencil or marker
Earth Day DIY

The only materials you’ll need to make an old pair of jeans into a super cute pair of shorts!

Step 1:
Measure the length you’d like your shorts, then cut.

Earth Day DIY

Tip: Don’t go short right away, cut a little longer than you’d like so you can readjust the length if you need to.

Step 2:
The fabric will begin fraying where you cut, pull the strands to encourage fraying, then run shorts through the washer and dryer.  This will accelerate fraying and make them look vintage.

Step 3:
Place fabric on top of shorts and trace the size of the front panel, around the pocket.  Leave a bit of room on the bottom for more fraying to occur.

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Pick a scarf or fabric that will really pop.

Step 4:
Follow the instructions on the fusible fabric tape to adhere fabric to shorts

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You’re almost done!

 Step 5: 
Admire you’re new denim shorties!

Earth Day DIY

Voila! Earth friendly and super stylish #AEOStyle.

Want to find more ways to celebrate Earth Day?  Donate now to The SCA and RSVP to a community project near you!

DIY: Sharpie Shoes

DIY: Sharpie Shoes

Do you love art as much as we do? Because this season, we’re showing our love for all things art! Whether we’re painting the Wynwood Walls in Miami or drawing murals on our shoes –  we’re expressing our individuality by taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary. Follow our step by step DIY Sharpie Shoes guide to add a bit of personality to your #AEOStyle.

What you’ll need:

Canvas shoes. Try our Slip-On Sneakers!

Pencil

Fine Point Sharpies (any color)

A creative mind

Step 1: Find a pair of canvas shoes that have a great surface for decorating. We recommend our Slip-On Sneakers

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These Slip-On Sneakers are the perfect surface for art.

Step 2: Start outlining your design lightly with a pencil. We highly suggest starting with a pencil so you can erase any mistakes along the way!

DIY Sharpie Shoes

Trace lightly the first time so it’s easier to erase any mistakes.

Step 3: Once you’ve completed your design in pencil, retrace your artwork one more time before moving over to pen.

DIY Sharpie Shoes

Once you have your initial design drawn, retrace with pencil once more.

Step 4: Start outlining your artwork with a fine tip Sharpie. You can use any color!

DIY Sharpie Shoes

Slow and steady now!

DIY Sharpie Shoes

It’s all in the details!

DIY Sharpie Shoe

DIY Sharpie Shoe

Elevate your #AEOStyle with artwork created by you!

Step 5: Admire your artwork! Let your shoes dry for about an hour before trying them on and then tag us on Instagram and Twitter with #AEOStyle for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

DIY Sharpie Shoe

Voila! Your masterpiece is authentic, just like you.

DIY: Personalized Camera Strap

DIY: Personalized Camera Strap

Do you have your eye on the prize – a new Sony DSC RX100 II Cybershot Digital Camera – this week in Project Live Your Life? Whether you’re a seasoned photographer like Bailey or just learning the ropes, you can still snap in style with a personalized camera strap made from your favorite American Eagle Outfitters belt.

What you’ll need:

• Belt (preferably with pre-punched holes, we used our Leather Belt)

• A pair of 2 inch D-rings, to fit the width of belt

• 2 spring snap hooks (all cameras are different, make sure they fit the camera clasp)

• Rivet snaps with anvil and setter (found at any local craft store)

• Pencil

• Ruler

• Scissors

• Needle nose pliers

• Rubber or wooden mallet

• Leather cord

Step One: Gather your supplies.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Supplies for DIY Personalized Camera Strap

Step Two: 

Fold the two ends of the belt so you have a minimum of four holes to rivet together. Based on the thickness of the belt, you may need to dip the edges in water for a few minutes to ensure a tight bend. Press hard on the fold and let dry.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Prepare your belt for rivets.

Steph Three: Line the ruler up to the edge of the belt and draw a straight line in the area where you want to remove the excess belt. Repeat on the other side of belt.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Prepare to remove the excess from the belt.

Step Four: Cut each edge along the line.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Cut your belt

Step Five: Using the needle nose pliers, open each D-ring. Slip a single spring snap hook on each ring. Close the D-ring.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Attach hooks

Step Six: Slide each D-ring with the clip onto the two ends of the belt and place at the crease. Using your set of rivets, take the anvil (round metal piece) and place under the belt. Put the base rivet (with point) through the hole. Place the rivet cap on top. Using a rubber mallet, hammer the setter and close the rivet. Repeat until you have 4 rivets on each end.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Rivet the belt together

Step Seven: Add a unique element with leather cord on each end of the camera strap. Loop through the holes in your desired pattern and knot at both ends.

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

Personalize your strap with your own pattern

Step Eight: Hook onto camera and enjoy capturing some great moments with your custom AEO leather belt camera strap!

American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life Spring 2014 DIY Camera Strap

The finished product.

DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

Looking for something sweet to make a loved one for Valentine’s Day? Taken or single, follow our step-by-step DIY to make the cutest V-Day card for your best girlfriend or your special guy!

DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

What you’ll need:

 • 3 sheets of craft paper (different colors or shades)

 • Draw and cut out 2 hearts to use; one larger, one smaller that fit on card

 • Envelope, size of your choice (optional)

 • Scissors

 • Ribbon

 • Pencil

 • Tape

 • Ruler

DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

STEP 1: If using an envelope, measure and trace paper to be slightly smaller than two lengths of the envelope, so card can slide in easily. Cut the two sheets you want to be the first and second layer of card.

DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

STEP 2: Fold edges to meet in the center and crease.

DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

STEP 3: Trace the third sheet of paper for the layer inside the card.

It is easiest to close the card and trace the outer edge as a pattern. Cut and tape the back of the sheet; flip over, press and center on second layer.

DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

STEP 4: Using the larger heart shape, trace and cut the shape out of the outer layer. 

DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

STEP 5: Using the smaller heart shape, trace and cut the shape out of the second layer.

DIY: Your Own V-Day Card!

STEP 6: Tape the back of second layer (orange) and nestle into outer layer (pink). Fold together and finish with a ribbon. 

Hashtag the end result of your DIY V-Day card with #AerieREAL for a chance to be featured on our Twitter or Instagram! Have fun and happy Valentine’s Day!

xo,

Aerie

DIY: Gift Wrapping

DIY: Gift Wrapping

One of the best parts of the holidays are unwrapping gifts. Nothing makes a gift feel more special than a one-of-a-kind wrapping job. You’ve spent hours picking the perfect gifts for everyone in your life and our stylist Anna created two unique gift wrapping ideas to give your hard work the ultimate finishing touch.

Idea 1: Customized Gift Tags

What You’ll Need:

Yarn

Thick white paper

Clear glue

Scissors

Various colors of glitter

Pencil

Scotch tape

 

Step One:

Gather your materials.

american eagle outfitters holiday 2013 diy gift wrap scarf

Step One

 

Step Two:

Put your gift in a box and measure your yarn by wrapping it around your gift box. This will determine how many “ornaments” you will need.

american eagle outfitters holiday 2013 diy gift wrap scarf

Step Two

 

Step Three:

Begin drawing various sized circles on the white paper (we traced a nail polish remover cap and a glitter bottle for perfect circles). Make sure to make two circles bigger for the name tags.

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Step Three

 

Step Four:

Cut out your circles, cover them in an even layer of clear glue and then cover them with glitter. Make sure to leave some space on bigger name tag circles so you can easily write on them.

american eagle outfitters holiday 2013 diy gift wrap scarf

Step Four

 

Step Five:

Once the glitter dries glue your “ornaments” onto the yarn.

american eagle outfitters holiday 2013 diy gift wrap scarf

Step Five

 

Step Six:

Secure yarn on the back corner of gift box with scotch tape and wrap around the box then secure once again at the bottom back corner.

american eagle outfitters holiday 2013 diy gift wrap scarf

Step Six

 

Step Seven:

Write your personal greeting on the name tags.

american eagle outfitters holiday 2013 diy gift wrap scarf

Step 8

 

Idea Two: Wrap a Gift Using a Scarf

What you’ll need:

A medium sized gift box

Scissors

Scotch tape

Plain wrapping paper

Your favorite AEO scarf

Ribbon or twine (we used a distressed leather rope – you can find one at any craft store)

Dried pine cone (optional)

 

Step One:

Gather your materials and wrap your gift in regular paper. We chose plain brown craft paper.

american eagle outfitters holiday 2013 diy gift wrap scarf

Step One

 

Step Two:

Lay out your scarf and fold it in half. Place the fringe-side up and fold over about a third of the way down.

american eagle outfitters holiday 2013 diy gift wrap scarf

Step Two

 

Step Three:

Place the box on the scarf so that it covers the fringe. Fold the bottom of the scarf up and the top of the scarf down onto the box.

american eagle outfitters holiday 2013 diy gift wrap scarf

Step Three

 

Step Four:

Measure the rope so it can tie around the box to secure the scarf in place.

american eagle outfitters holiday 2013 diy gift wrap scarf

Step Four

 

Step Five:

Secure the pine cone around the bow and add a gift tag.

american eagle outfitters holiday 2013 diy gift wrap scarf

Step Five

How To Wrap A Gift For: Your BFF

How To Wrap A Gift For: Your BFF

Hi, Pretty! Join us for a quick Holiday DIY! Want something extra pretty and cute for that one friend who is there for you the most? Follow our easy steps below to learn how to use scarf to gift wrap a present!

How To Wrap A Gift For: Your BFF

What You’ll Need:

 -Aerie Gift Set

 -Aerie Infinity Scarf

 -Ribbon

 -Scissors

 -Gift tag (optional)

How To Wrap A Gift For: Your BFF

Step 1:  Lay scarf out flat and place gift box in center.

How To Wrap A Gift For: Your BFF

Step 2:  Fold scarf over once and then again to cover half of the box.  Do the same on the other side so the scarf comes together to cover the box.

How To Wrap A Gift For: Your BFF

 Step 3: Cut ribbon and tie it tight around each end of the box, so the excess fabric gathers and stays secure.

How To Wrap A Gift For: Your BFF

Step 4: Secure gift tag to ribbon.

How To: Make the Gift Tag – We cut out a star from heavy white paper, and covered one side in glitter using clear liquid glue.

We want to see your pretty! Show off your beautifully wrapped gift on Instagram or Twitter with #MerryAerie!

Happy Holidays!

xo,

Aerie

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