DIY Jade on a string necklace

I hope you haven't been holding your breath, but here I am back from a refreshing trip to the mountains with a new DIY.

I had totally forgotten how much fun you could have on the After-ski and I haven't had a Jagerbomb since I was tricked to do one my first week in Canada (and now I know why).

Anyway over to the the DIY: 

This is totally one of those 5 min DIYs that look amazing! I love it, alone or stacked! 

You will need:
Lobster clasp
Jump rings
Beads (I love these jade-ish once) 
Thin chain
Metal wire
Long nose pliers
Cutting pliers

You want to cut two equally long pieces of chain, measure them to get the desired length of your necklace.

I actually used the little jewelry making wire that has a circle at the end (what are these things called anyway?? ) UPDATE: "eye pins", but if you don’t have that, just use normal wire and shape it into a circle with pliers and attach to a piece of chain.  

Add your beads, I used 7 for both of mine. It depends on the width of your beads and how long you want it. 

Attach the end of the wire to your second piece of chain with pliers. Try to make it as close to the beads as possible. Snipp of whats left of whire if there is more. 

Fasten the clasp with a jump ring, on both ends of the chain. 

ta ta, ready to wear!

Love
Kat

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I choose the supplies for this post myself at Perlehuset without having to pay for it. All opinions are my own. I would never feature projects that I didn’t love, created and wore myself.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

Are you guys done with the Christmas shopping yet? (I can hear most of you go HA HA HA) I got most of my Christmas shopping done in NYC (puuh!!). Don't worry, I will be posting DIY Christmas gift ideas and summaries all the way till Christmas eve! :) 

Let's start off with a new DIY though. This one will work as a gift for a guy or a girl. Depending a little bit on the guy I guess, but my brothers love them! :)

You will need:
Paracord cord
Big-ish clasp
Charm
Long nose pliers
Hairpin
Lighter

I got everything at Perlehuset.

Cut about 90cm of the cord you want to have in the center, and about twice that amount for the cord you want to use to macramé. My clasp had two jump rings and one "clasp ring".
Add one jump ring to the cord you want as your center.

Add the other jump ring to the opposite side, then pull the cord back down. I used the hair clip to hold the cords in the right position till I started the macrame part. 

Remove the white string from the center of the cord. 

I started doing macrame like this post here then removed the hairpin.
(other macrame posts 1, 2, 34 if you are feeling eager)

When you come to the end, make the three last "knots" loose, then pull the ends back through. Use the pliers to tighten the three knots. 

Pull the ends back tighter.

Cut the ends of and melt them with a lighter.. BE CAREFUL! 

Add a charm if you want too :) 

Love
Kat

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I choose the supplies for this post myself at Perlehuset without having to pay for it. All opinions are my own. I would never feature projects that I didn’t love, created and wore myself.

DIY Gold chain necklace

DIY time!

Oh actually, before that, did you guys have a great thanksgiving? It's my fav NorthAmerican holiday (including black Friday clearly) and I am pissed on a yearly basis that we don't have it here in Norway. 

You will need:
4 big jump rings
4 metal rope ends (with holes to fasten with jump rings)
Super glue
Thick chain
Big'ish jewelry clasp
Some rope in a color you love.

I love blue and gold together, so I found this great blue silk rope.

Cut two equally long pieces of rope (it depends on how long you want your necklace) and glue one "metal rope end" to each of the ends of the rope. (Sometimes explaining how I make things is a bit of s struggle, hahaha) 

Mine took some time to dry, but it was all worth it in the end. 

Attach the rope to the chain with a jump ring.

Do the same on the opposit side.

Add jump rings to the opposite side as well, we will use those to fasten the clasp.

Have an amazing weekend!

Love
Kat

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I choose the supplies for this post myself at Perlehuset without having to pay for it. All opinions are my own. I would never feature projects that I didn’t love, created and wore myself.

DIY Stack'em bracelet

This is the perfect project if you have leftover material and you're like me and HATE to throw it out (it's expensive after all right? I'm always thinking.. "wait, I might need this for another project"). Well, unless you make a project for it, trust me chances are you won't need it. When do you ever need those last 6 links of chain that you cut off when you made that really cool necklace (aka. my Guest post over at College Prepster)? or that scrap part of leather string? Never...... right?

Well actually, you will need it right now!!! These bracelets are so easy to make and look great stacked with other bracelets or just a dozen of them... depending of how much of a hoarder you are. 

You will need:
Lobster clasp
Some chain (there's a ton of different once that might look cute!!)
Two jump rings
Some leather string
Two "ends" (you can scroll down to see what they look like)
Long nosepliers

Depending on if you want more leather or more chain to show, I used 6 links of chain and then for the rest of the length i used the leather string, the length also depends on your wrist. 

Fold the leather string so its double and pull the loop through the last link of the chain.

Pull the ends of the string through the loop and tighten. 

Do exactly the same on the other side of the chain.

Then you loop the "end" around the two pieces of leather string, remember to measure the leather so it fits your wrist. 

and clamp it together with a pair of pliers. 

Repeat on both sides and cut of the excess leather string.

Attach the lobsterclasp to the "ends" with a jump ring.

Tata!!!! :) 

Love
Kat

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I choose the supplies for this post myself at Perlehuset without having to pay for it. All opinions are my own. I would never feature projects that I didn’t love, created and wore myself.

DIY Agate drop necklace

When I was little my mum used to take me to different craft stores (mind you NOT because she was especially keen on it…) and I loved every sec of it. My very favorite one was close to her work and I could spend hours in there just planning little projects and looking at all the sparkles.  You know the expression “ like a kid in a candy shop?” well, this was my candy shop (......man I’m corny).

Now I have partnered up with that very craft store (I know, an OMG, jumping up and down, arms flailing -moment!!). They are letting me go crazy (literally) in their store and use their equipment and beads to make you guys DIY’s! How awesome are these people? The store is called Perlehuset, and is located in Majorstuen in Oslo, BUT let me tell you dear friends, since most of you are not from Norway… how perfect is it that they also have an online store (its in Norwegian, but im sure you all know the language by now :) ... and google translate certainly does, so just click YES in the "do you wish to translate this" pop up (if you use the google browser) ) they also have a facebook page you can check out. 

Agate has been everywhere for the last year, and I am definitely not the first one to feature a tutorial using it. But its just too awesome not to get craft'y with!! So here we go, an Agate necklace:

You will need:
One agate disk with a hole in one end
Gold charms
Thing gold chain
A few small jump rings
One big jump ring 

I started by making the "tassel" but whatever floats your boat. To make it, you add a jump ring to a 3 cm long piece of chain. Then you add your charms to the chain with jump rings. I just made mine a random pattern, since all my charms were the same. But I would imagine it would be nice to add a bigger one at the end.

Then attach the (lets just call it at tassel) to the agate disk with the big jump ring. 

Measure the chain, I wanted my necklace to be fairly long. Then pull it through the jump ring. Since I opted for a long necklace I didn't add a clasp (this one is for you Aneta :) sorry, inside joke) I just fasten the two ends of the chain with a jump ring. 

Love
Kat

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I choose the supplies for this post myself at Perlehuset without having to pay for it. All opinions are my own. I would never feature projects that I didn’t love, created and wore myself.

DIY Chan Luu inspired bracelet #2

I don't know about you, but I had to scrape the Ice off my car window yesterday before driving to work... Actually!!! Puh, the start of a new season.... a very COLD one! I am literally always cold, so for me winter means spending a lot more time inside. Not that that's a bad thing; crafting, apple cider, fireplaces and relaxing times with friends.

How's the weather where you're at? If you feel like some inside crafting time (and who doesn't??) check this out.

The first Chan Luu inspired tutorial I made got really popular on Pinterest  (thanks guys :) ) so now I have decided to make one more, hope you love it. (the first one)

You will need:
30 inches of cotton thread (I am using brown)
Fishing or beading line abt 40 inches, (this is for a bracelet that will wrap 3 times around my wrist (which is small))
One button
Beads
Scissors

1.  Tie the button to the end of the fish line.

2. Tie the button to the center of the cotton string. Ok, I will admit the start is a bit tricky. Add a bead to the fishing line, take the fishing line around the cotton string, then back through the bead. Tighten the string. 

3. As you can see on this picture the line is just coming out from a bead, and OVER the cotton string (let`s call this, the right cotton string nr 1)

4. Take the line around string nr 1, and trough another bead and UNDER string nr 2. Tighten the line. 

5. Take the line around string nr 2 and back trough the same bead and tighten. 

6. Keep repeating the steps 3. 4. and 5. until you have your desired length. 

7.  When you are done: make a knot (remember to include the fish line), then make another knot but make sure there is enough space in between the two so that you can get the button in to lock the bracelet. 

Love
Kat

DIY Three strand bracelet

Variation is not my thing. I get hooked on a specific thing and then adore that and only that till I  find something new. I am like that with everything: songs (sorry person in the office next to me, that has to listen to the same song on repeat Michael Kiwanuka Home Again) food (when taco was my fav (for SIX months) I was giving my mum an aneurysm). I think you get the drift soooo anyway, this summer it’s been bracelets. I HAVE BEEN HOOKED! Come winter though it is too cold for me to even show a tad of wrist so I promise you all, my focus will shift, but for now... for a few laaast days of summer I am still on the bracelet train. 

You will need: 
Jewelry wire
Crimping beads
Seed beads
Cotton string
Two silver beads for the string ends
Two jump rings
Long nose pliers

1. Attach the jewelry wire to a jump ring with a crimping bead. If you have never used one, all you need to do is to is to pull the wire through and squeeze it with a pair of pliers. 

2. Start adding your seed beads, I am using silver once. 

3. When you have added as many as you want, add a crimp bead, then take the jewelry wire through another jump ring, then back through the crimp bead and squeeze the crimp bead with a set of pliers.

4. Repeat steps 1. through 3. again, but use the two jump rings that you already have.

5. repeat steps 1 through 3 again, but once you are done, fasten the wire with a jump bead and cut of the access wire.
TIP: It looks nice if the three different strands are different length. 

6. Pull the cotton string through the two jump rings like the picture.

7. Then pull them back to the back of the bracelet.

8. Make a macramé lock (shown here)

Love
Kat

DIY Jade bead bracelet

I love the look of these natural stone beads. They are so beautiful in color and I love that you only need a few charms to make an amazing bracelet (how easy is that?). 

You will need:
A few (around 20 beads depending on your wrist size) natural stone pearls. There are so many amazing once out there, different color jade, rose quartz... you get my point.
Transparent elastic string
Charms

Add your beads and charms on the elastic and tie it off. If you want to show off your charms some more, add them to a jump ring before you thread them on the elastic so they hang a bit further from the bracelet. Easy peasy!

Love
Kat

Want some macrame inspiration?

As you might have noticed I have a weak spot for Macrame! There is just so many ways to use it.

This weekend I spend macrame'ing for a very special event that I have tomorrow (the reason I haven't been blogging much the last week). I also have a huge (for me anyway) thing to share with you this weekend so, iiiiiik! Can't wait!!!

But over to the Macrame, for a tutorial check out this post that I did for Chic Steals and for a way to close the bracelet if you don't just want to tie it, you find that here
(other macrame posts 1, 2, 34 if you are feeling eager!)

Love
Kat

DIY Friendship bracelet lock

Holly Crap, who let me loose on the socialmedia scene?? I have already told you about my twitter obsession (after I joined last week, I know totally last century of me to wait), BUT go figure I should'nt be allowed in social media scene. Today I accidentally challenged one of my very fav baking bloggers to a bake-off, yaiks! Check out Bridget's amazing blog here, and understand why a bake-off with this pretty baker would not be a great idea (unless you are really into losing, which I am definitely not).

Like I have said before, I have a hard time making friendship bracelets, not because I dont love love love them, but because they are SO time consuming. That's why I made these once with a lock so I can take them on and off, YAY! For my fav friendship bracelet tutorial, check this out.

After following the tutorial I ended the bracelet by making the end square. (Do you see how I didnt do the last the mint floss all the way to the center? This is how you do it.)

Divide the loose strings in the center and braid them in to separate braids, when you have braided about 1cm on each side, merge them making it into one braid. Keep braiding for your desired length and tie off.

On the opposite side of the bracelet, braid the lengt for the bracelet to fit your wrist and tie on the button.

TATA, a reusable (glam'ed up with a tad of gold) friendship bracelet!

Love
Kat

Bracelet Love

Soooo, I should totally make a posting schedule shouldn't I? Well, the reason why I haven't is that I feel like a flake if I write something on Monday and post it on Friday as if whatever written happened "today". Do you guys know what I mean? I mean some days I have so much energy and can write posts coming out East, Left and Center (Jen loves my take on this English expression, and I miss her hence adding it for kicks), but other days I barely have enough to get me through the day. The blog is my excess energy outlet but what about the days that feel like a luke warm Starbucks de-caf latte

How do you deal with it? Please add some thoughts on the subject below or tweet me on @katrinesorum.

The other day I was making some bracelets following a tutorial from Henry Happened. I have written about her great tutorials before (Ps. I'v been a guest), and these look so good and really take no time at all, for the complete tutorial, check it out here.

For the center one (gold beads) I used some fishing line and braided in just cause my beads didn't fit on the purple line. 

 Perfect for your everyday I have 6 beads, some string, 5 min and want a bracelet kind of moment.

Love
Kat

DIY 5 min Shamballa inspired bracelet

First of I just have to say thank you!! Thank you thank you thank you thank you to everyone reading my blog! You are all amazing! Yesterday I turned my first 500 GFC followers and I was so happy!! YAY!!! After getting twitter (man I love that thing so much) as well, its been so nice to say Hi to a few of you, it rocks my world to see your make it & fake it creations. Feel free to send me more @katrinesorum.  (I have also been getting some really great ones by email, thank you for showing me!)

A while back I was a guest of the talented Carly of Chick Steals, if you haven't seen it yet (what???? :) ) you should check it out here .
Now, over to today's DIY. The one I made for Chick Steals is one of my fav DIY's, but some times you just don't have the time to set aside an hour to get it right, SO this bracelet will give you sort of the same look, but only take you 5min.

You will need:
string/cord/wire thin enough to get your beads through
About 17 beads 10mm wide
Two smaller beads to add to the ends of your string,
Some cotton string scraps for the lock

1. Tie a knot at the end of your thin string, add one "end bead", tie a knot to seal the bead.
Then tie another knot 2.5 inch from the end bead. 

2. Add all your beads. 

3. Repeat step 1, but in reverse (seal with a knot, then add and secure your end bead in place)

4. Make a macrame lock following this tutorial

Hope you love it! Let me know how it goes)

Love
Kat

DIY Dezso inspired friendship bracelet

Do you guys remember my post about the fab Dezso jewelry?

Well, they have been on my mind so much that I just had to take the time to sit down and make a look-a-like! I normally dread the typical friendship bracelets. I love them and all, but theres just too much time that has to be set aside just to make one single one! (... impatient... )

Well anyway, I found the time to do it and I'm really happy I did! Hope you enjoy this version of the popular friendship bracelets! :)

You will need:
Thick cotton string, (to make the same width as me you need 6 strings, each 160cm long)
Jump ring
Charm
Button (plusss some patience and extra time) 

I started by folding all my strings double and tying them in a knot that would match the size of my button (aka, not too big and not too small)

I just started by making a friendship bracelet, I really love this tutorial if you don't already know how to make one. Then I tied all the loose ends together with the one next to it and added some clear nail polish to seal the ends. Tie your button to the two center strings and cut all the ends off. 

Add the jump ring and then the charm to the jump ring! Easy as that!!

Hope all you americans are loading up with some extra sleep for tomorrows celebration! 

DIY Braid-a-Bracelet

This DIY is the perfect gift for a friend! Well, I guess most DIY jewelry are really, but I gave this to one of my best friends, so I think you all should do the same ;) 

I am still on summer vaca, and I'm totally experiencing how when you have nothing to do but relax, its so hard to get yourself to do anything! Not having stuff I really need to be doing, is making me so lazy! Have you ever felt like that?

 

Anyway, we are braiding ourselves another bracelet! YAY! remember this one? the way we are doing it is sort of the same, but the result is so different! 

 

1. You will need:
Leather string
Ball chain
Gold wire
A skull (or other kind of) bead or button
Long nose pliers

2. Cut two pieces of leather so that one is twice the length as the other. Measure the chain to be the same length as the shorter of the two. (The length depends on how many times you want it wrapped around your wrist)

3. Attach the longest leather string to the skull and tie a knot.

4. Use some gold wire to fasten the remaining leather and chain as well.

5. Cut off the excess wire.

6. Braid normally but one of the three pieces will be both a leather string and the gold ball chain.

7. Finish off the braid with a loop that fits tightly around the skull.

8. Fasten everything with gold wire. 

(and I promise to try to change my lazy vaca ways)

Love
Kat

DIY Seed bead bracelet

Yesterday I drove 9 hours with my two brothers and Mum to get up North to my Grandpa's place.

After several detours (adding a few HOURS to our trip... ugh) we are finally here. This weekend we are having a family reunion up here and I am overly excited to see everyone. Aunts and uncles, cousins and their kids and my grandpa, I am pretty sure it will resemble something out of "My big fat Greek wedding" (except the fact that no one is Greek.. or getting married). 

Last time I was up here with my Mum I had a crafting bonanza, and something I made but not yet posted were these seed bead bracelets. They are super easy to make and will look great with anything. 

with Kate Spade inspired bangle.

You will need:
Fabric line (basically fishing line covered in "fabric") 
Seed beads
If you want to make the lock some cotton string scraps (about 20 cm long).
You can tie them on your wrist or make this lock, and if you want to do them with a twist, check this post out.

Love
Kat

Better instructor; MOI!

I am a very visual person, I don't know if it comes with being creative, but give me an image of something and I'll figure out how to do it. Give me a text on the other hand, PuhH it will not be solved.

I have received some feedback from readers not quite getting how I made the wrap bracelet from this post .

For one; I promise to do my best explaining the DIYs more thoroughly. 
Second; here back by popular demand (hahaha): detailed descriptions as to how to make the wrap bracelet.

1. You will need 50 inches of cotton thread (I am using brown), fishing or beading line abt 50 inches, (this is for a bracelet that will wrap 3 times around my wrist (which is small)), one button, beads and as always scissors.  

2. Tie the button to the center of the cotton string, then tie the fish line to the button. Ok, I will admit the start is a bit tricky. Add a bead to the fishing line, take the fishing line around the cotton string, then back through the bead. Tighten the string. 

3. As you can see on this picture the line is just coming out from a bead, and OVER the cotton string (let's call this, the left cotton string nr 1)

4. Take the line around string nr 1, and trough the other bead and UNDER string nr 2. Tighten the line. 

5. Take the line around string nr 2 and back trough the same bead and tighten. 

6. Keep repeating the steps 3. 4. and 5. until you have your desired length. 

7. When you are done: make a knot (remember to include the fish line), then make an other knot but make sure there is enough space in between the two so that you can get the button in to lock the bracelet. 

I hope this makes it easier ;) 

Love
Kat

Sister Sunday: How to make pineapple flower cupcake topper

Hello everyone, my name is M. ("Hello M!") And I'm a pinaholic.

I've never admitted this before, but it sure feels good to have off my chest. Now, admittedly, I do spend, or let's be real: waste.. way too much time there, but boy do I get some inspiration. These past weeks, this really cool cupcake topper have been popping up on my screen repeatedly, and this weekend I just had to give it a try myself.

The first thing you do is to cut off the top and bottom and peel the pineapple. Then, use a small melon baller or a vegetable peeler to take out the brown eyes. Cut super thin slices and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 225 F or 105 C for 30 min. Turn them and bake for 30 more min. Place in a cupcake tin and let cool for a couple of hrs. Can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

Inspiration: Annie's EatsMartha Stewart

Love
M

DIY Pocket Update

I am loving the ethnic prints and colored patterns this spring, but I'm not at a point where I would wear a full out multi-color patterned piece.

This DIY is perfect for those of you that are like me, want to be on trend, but is a bit hesitant to go all in!

It totally changes the look of the shorts, don't you think? And you can clearly do it with long jeans as well!

My parents got a rug once in Mexico, and it's just been lying around collecting dust, so I thought I would put it to good use updating a pair of Abercrombie cut-off shorts. I cut a piece of fabric, adjusted it to fit the pocket perfectly and stitched in on by hand! (That way, you can remove it when you are sick of it, or change fabric by mood) If you don't like to sew,  use fabric glue!! It's as easy as that! :)

Ps. The studded trim I cut of these shoes

here

, are going in the pockets of the denim shorts, I'm overly excited to show you the outcome!

On a completely different note, I think I have to take back what I wrote about the Sally Hansen Salon Effects in 

this

 post. Still loving the product thought so no change there, but I must day that I am now on day 10 and they don't look that fresh anymore. Still way nicer than polish after 10 days, but still. So please adjust your expectations accordingly :)