If you’ve been following along for the past three months, you’ll know that one of my resolutions for 2017 was to go for a year without buying any clothes or accessories. I did, however leave myself a bit of wiggle room in the form of this important caveat: I’m allowed to make myself things to wear. This blog is called Homemade Banana, after all.
There’s a fashion-world equivalent to the self-dubbed-hipster quip, “I saw that band before they were famous,” and it goes a little something like this: I wanted these shoes before every single style blogger was wearing them on Instagram. I have to proof, too. Like an intrepid inventor who mails herself sealed envelopes filled with million dollar ideas, I pin the things I see and love and have to have. Thirty one weeks ago, I pinned these pom-pom-bedecked lace-up sandals and now, I finally have them.
In true Homemade Banana fashion, I opted to make my own iteration instead of clicking that buy now button because, well, they seemed so easy to recreate and saving almost $200 is nothing to sneeze at. The result is truly so, so similar that it makes it worth the little bit of elbow grease required to braid all that friendship bracelet trim. Plus, you have the satisfaction of knowing that although they were inspired by a now-ubiquitous style, your shoes are truly one of a kind.
Keep reading for detailed instructions on how to whip up your own pair of statement sandals. And yes, I am aware that last weekend marked the end of the summer season, but since I’m currently living in Texas where summer won’t end for a few more months, just go with me on this one! It’s never a bad idea to start stockpiling for next summer, anyway.
For this project, you’ll need the following:
• a pair of inexpensive lace-up gladiator sandals (the ones I used are sold out, but I found several other great options here, here, here and here)
• 15 to 20 colors of embroidery thread
• pom-poms (I used these)
• coral charms
• colorful stone beads like these
• gold head pins
• jump rings
• needlenose pliers
• needle and thread
1. The first thing to do is whip up a few lengths of friendship bracelet from your stockpile of embroidery thread. The number and length you’ll need is entirely dependent on the sandals you’re working with, so use those as a guide. For each one of my sandals I needed one long piece and four shorter pieces of friendship bracelet, so 10 pieces total. This is definitely the most time consuming part, but it’s really fun to work on the bracelets while you’re watching, say, a Harry Potter marathon on TV.
If you’re having trouble recalling the ins and outs of friendship bracelet making from your summer camp days, check out this video for a quick tutorial. I used a five-color chevron pattern because it was the perfect width for the straps on my sandals. If you need a thinner bracelet, use fewer colors; if you need a thicker bracelet, use more.
2. Knot each length of bracelet both ends and trim off the excess thread. Fold the knots under so they don’t show and glue the ends down with E6000 glue. Then, apply a small line of glue down the length of the underside of the bracelet and place in on your sandal. Hold in place for about 30 seconds so it doesn’t move around too much when you let go. After you glue all of these on, wait for about 24 hours for the glue to fully cure before you touch the sandals.
3. In the meantime, you can get started on the other decorations. To create the all-important pom-pom charms, thread a head pin through a pom-pom and trim off the excess pin, leaving about 1/4″ on the end. Use your needlenose pliers to create a loop at the end of the pin, then attach a jump ring to that. Repeat until you have about 26 pom-pom charms. Then, repeat the process with any stone or coral charms you have. The more the better!
4. Once the glue has fully dried, go back in with a needle and thread and tack down the ends of the friendship bracelets. All it takes is four or five stitches—just enough to keep the ends from curling up.
5. Using the needlenose pliers, attach the charms you’ve made to the shoelaces, making sure to space them out evenly. Attach two or three charms to each shoelace end for a playful finish. And that’s it! All you have to do now is lace up those bad boys and take them out for a spin.
When I was a wee lass, I looked forward to Easter every year for the joyous celebrations and the candy-filled baskets, yes, but what I also treasured a certain wardrobe-expanding tradition: the purchase of an Easter outfit including a pastel dress, white gloves and a hat to match. I lovingly referred to this corresponding accessory as my Easter bonnet and I absolutely could not wait to don it come Sunday morning.
As I grew older, the Easter baskets remained but the tradition of the Easter bonnet faded away. This year I decided to bring that tradition back with a little twist. Instead of a big straw hat with the flower-embellished front flipped up as ’90s style dictated, I decided to go with a more modern, albeit ’70s-inspired floral headband. Sans spray paint dry time, this DIY floral headband took about five minutes to put together, but it adds a whole bunch of gilt glamour to any Easter Sunday look, whether you plan on heading to a sunrise service or a deviled egg-filled brunch.
1. Use foil-finish gold spray paint to cover each flower with at least two coats so the flowers have a metallic sheen.
2. Once the flowers are completely dry, after about an hour, hold the first flower just above the center of the headband and wrap the wire stem tightly around the headband. Working from the right, do the same with the next two flowers, making sure they’re nice and snug up against each other. Repeat on the left side.
3. Use the pliers to secure any ends that are poking out and pick out your finest Easter dress to pair your headband with.
Linking up with Sydney Fashion Hunter.
Image via W Magazine
If you’ve seen that horrible rom com Leap Year, or if you’re at all in tune with leap day lore, you probably know that there’s a time-honored Irish tradition that gives women the agency to propose to her man on the 29th day of February. What you may not know, however, is a less-talked about custom that requires any man who turns down such a proposal from a woman on Leap Day must buy her 12 pairs of gloves as a sort of fine. Presumably, this would be one pair of gloves a month for a year—a necessity when trying to hide the shame of an empty ring finger.
But since we don’t live in medieval Europe and we now have Queen Bey to look up to rather than Queen Margaret, we can toss all that waiting-on-a-man stuff out the window and enjoy being independent women until we find someone who earns the privilege of putting a ring on it. In the meantime, let’s treat ourselves to some pretty new gloves, shall we? ‘Cause, you know, the gloves I’m wearing—I bought ’em.
Click on the gloves above to get the links!
Top: Tracy Reese for Target (old) // Jeans: Old Navy (old, similar) // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (old, similar) // Shoes: Target // Bag Charm: Amazon // Watch: Michael Kors // Earrings: BaubleBar // Rings: BaubleBar
I’ve always been a jewelry girl. When I was young, I spent hours after school and during the summer crafting necklaces and bracelets from a rainbow-hued assortment of seed beads and crystals I kept meticulously organized in plastic tackle boxes. I toted my boxes with me from my mom’s house to my dad’s house and back again every other weekend. I think at one point I was making and selling jewelry to my friends at school. I’ve just always found a sparkling ring or color-pop earring to be the best, and often most economical way, to add my own personality to a look.
I still make myself jewelry sometimes (like these earrings and this bracelet), but I also love stocking up on fun pieces from BaubleBar. This post isn’t sponsored in any way; I’ve just been a fan and customer of the brand since 2013 and I always love talking about how great their pieces are, especially for the price. These shoulder-dusting cobalt tassel earrings are the newest addition to my jewelry box, and I love how much they move when I wear them! I like to wear my hair up in a crown braid when I wear these babies so they can really shine.
BaubleBar is currently having their big semi-annual sale with up to 75% off a bunch of pretty styles. I already purchased these earrings and this ring, and you can shop some of my other favorite sale pieces here: