Let me introduce this story by saying that I have been obsessed with crafting since I was a little kid. My parents took me on weekly trips to the craft store, and my bedroom was often covered in glitter and beads. (They weren’t too happy about the mess.) But as life progressed and I started to deal with more adult responsibilities in college and eventually my full-time job, I put the hobby on the back burner. But as I scrolled through TikTok recently and saw a plethora of fashion DIYs coming into my feed, I knew I had to pull my cunning hands back.
In today's society, we are convinced that everything must have an end — all purpose that serves others in materialistic ways. Hobbies are supposed to be side hustles, and if you’re creating something, it should be sold for money or shared on Instagram for likes. I’m not here to say don’t start small business ideas from your hobby or share what you do. Respect everyone’s haste. But what I’m trying to say is that sometimes it’s okay to take part in something simply because it’s relaxing and it brings joy, not because you have to be an expert at it or make it a business. The four projects below brought me a break from my busy week and brought an upgrade to my fashion game at the same time.
What do you need?
Choose a selection of your favorite beads and sturdy strings. Yup, that's all.
How do you do this?
To view the TikTok I watched for inspiration, click here . I just added beads to the string in the pattern I wanted, tied the strings, and secured the knot around my phone case through the hole designated for the ring / silent switch.
This should be my favorite DIY, just because of the sheer joy that charm brings me every time I look at my phone or take a mirror-selfie . I also forgot how therapeutic beading is, so I recommend it.
What do you need ?
Any piece of clothing in a lighter color and dye of brown fabric. (Rit dye is my favorite.)
How can you do this?
To view the TikTok I used for inspiration, click here . I added the dye to a bucket of hot water and soaked the desired item of clothing for 30 minutes. Then I wash it under cold water until the water is clear and then put it in my washing machine. Dry and then you have some new stylish brown clothing items!
I've seen this one often on my TikTok feed and I'm upset that I didn't think of it before. . I’ve worn this white denim jacket that I haven’t touched yet, but now that it’s in a more neutral shade of brown I wear it 100% more often. If you are looking for your old clothing item that collects dust, I recommend it. (You can also change the brown for any other dye of your choice!)
What do you need?
Polymer clay, clear nail polish, baking sheets, and parchment paper. If you want to pierce the rings, feel free to purchase gems, pearls, or additional decorations.
How do you do it?
To view the TikTok I watched for inspiration, click here . It was a pretty free-for-all experience, I simply molded the clay to my liking, measured around with my fingers, and then baked it according to the clay packet instructions. After the rings were done, I coated them with clear nail polish (a clay varnish might last longer) to give them a nice shine.
If you're a perfectist like me, this DIY can be a little tricky because clay is hard to perfect unless you're a professional. I chose neutral colors so I’d prefer them, and while they all may not turn out as perfect as I wanted them to be, I’m still happy with the end-product. If you’re looking to join the chunky ring trend without spending a ton of money, this is the DIY for you.
 What do you need?
A plain tote bag (or any type of item you want to customize). For the iron-on process, I used my Cricut Maker and Heat Transfer Vinyl sheet. If you are an avid worker, I highly recommend looking at the Cricut machine series, as it is my favorite item to use for all kinds of DIY projects. However, if you’re just looking for a one-time way to test a craft, Iron-on fabric sheets can also work.
How can you do this?
To view the TikTok I used for inspiration, click here . Since I used my Cricut Maker, I designed the text I wanted using the Cricut creator space and then used the machine to cut out the writing. After cutting off the writing, I used my heat press to stamp the letter on my tote bag.
I always see cute items in merch and online as I make those purchases, why not customize myself if I can? It can work for a tote bag, an old T-shirt, or even a face mask. Some people have made this craft business as well, so it ' s something I recommend trying. (I know I will use my Cricut to customize various things soon.)