8 Nights of DIYs: Gemstone Rings That Complement Your New Year’s Toast
Who said good things come in small packages? Using an oversized natural stone to adorn your fingers means you just need one statement piece to accessorize your outfit and complete your look. Reason enough to DIY a gemstone ring? We think so. Not only is every rock different, yielding one-of-a-kind, gorgeous rings, but you also don’t need any special equipment to make ’em. That means you probably should make this finger candy for more than one — say, a ring for you *and* a ring for your most style-obsessed friend — she’d flip for this stocking stuffer. So gather up your rock collection and start turning those loose stones into some serious bling.
– semi precious stones
– ring base
– 1-mm wire
– E6000 glue
– wire cutters
1. Cut a piece of wire long enough to wrap around the stone.
2. Use your fingers to wrap the wire around the front of the stone so the ends meet at the back. Cross these over and twist once to secure into place.
3. Fold the ends down close to the stone and cut off the excess.
4. Take another piece of wire and do the same thing but at 90 degrees to the first piece of wire, so that the wires cross over on the front of the stone and the ends meet at the back.
5. Fold the ends down close to the stone and wrap them around the opposite wire ends. Then cut off the excess wire.
6. Squeeze the E6000 glue onto the back of the stone where the wires cross to keep them in place.
7. Press the ring base into the glue and leave to completely dry.
Let’s get this statement ring started by wrapping that shiny wire around your choice of stone so the ends meet in back. Cross these over and twist once to make sure the stone is secure. Press the twist as flat as possible and snip off any wire that peeks out. Take another piece of wire and do the same thing at such an angle that you’ll make a cool cross on the face of the ring, and criss cross them in the back to secure. Now for the easy part: pop some glue on those two twists and press a ring base in there. Let it dry while you go pick out the perfect outfit to go with your new creation.
Be warned: handshakes and happy hour will all get a lot more interesting if you’re showing off a gorgeous ring like this one. If you’re not so into all that new attention but you like the idea of this DIY ring, simply swap out the stone for something subtler. The beauty of this piece is how totally customizable it can be.
Just know *we’ll* be following the motto go big or go home.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)