Alright, so it’s been 3 weeks again, but my relaxing Summer has gotten oh-so-busy what with my mother visiting me, a trip to Arizona, and school and work taking up much of my time.  How about you guys?  Are you all gearing up for the coming Fall season and…gasp!…the various Fashion Weeks around the world?  Can it be that time again?  Before we head off to our various virtual fashionable destinations, let’s gear up with a little creativity along the way…

Love this easy DIY Macrame Tank by the girls of LipglossandBlack on Chictopia.  Perfect festival…or late-Summer…or Labor Day party wear!

BLDG 25 [the official blog of Free People] posted this Yoga Mat Bag DIY for all the yogaphiles out there who haven’t yet found the perfect bag to tote around the only necessary piece of equipment for classes.  Depending on the fabric you choose, the webbing for the handles, and the type of cord for the closure, you could make this totally boho or seriously luxe.  I love that it’s all up to you!

Oh, sheesh, the Internet is being silly again.  Lauren Conrad posted a DIY video on Youtube of her version of the ubiquitous “Bookshelf Box” (also available from many retailers in various forms for many, many years), which involved her buying new books, ripping out their pages, and gluing their spines to a box to create a concealed box that looks like a set of old tomes – and teh Interwebs rose up as one and denounced her.  (See full discussion and original DIY video on The Look on Today.)  Cool to destroy books in the name of DIY – or pure sacrilege?  An example of the uber-wealthy but brainless elite doing wasteful things – or an idea to re-use what a changing society no longer wants?  (Perhaps she should have just bought the book spines for her project from and saved herself all this hullaballoo?)

Create your own DIY Blinged-Out La Sardinia Camera with Refinery29…which is basically another version of a Japanese-style deko-den (or “decorated cell phone,” though in this case it’s a decorated camera).  If you’re looking for Deko-Den design inspiration (that can really be applied to any hard-sided accessory you have utilizing the correct glue for your parts), 2 of my favorites are KiraKira Shouten, and the design collection on Matome Naver.  When it comes to stuffing as much junk onto your camera (or phone), it’s all about balance and quality!;-)

Because I’m Addicted posted these awesome DIY Leopard-Print Shorts‘ a little while back, but I think these are still totally on-trend and do-able for anything you got.  All you need is a sharpie, your stencil, and a little bit (or a lot) of patience..but it will pay off in the end.  Me-OW!

I just love the ingenuity of 2nd Funniest Thing‘s DIY Starfish Bracelet – using Fimo and a little bit of sculpting ability.  (With screwdrivers;-)  How amazing is her final creation?!  I’m just dying to try this out!

This Paint-Splattered Umbrella is just awesome.  So easy – but such a chic result – from Design for Mankind.  Who’s heading off in search of a translucent umbrella now in order to try this makeover??

Check out this Halter Top from a Shirt tutorial over at Wobisobi – it’s so goshdarn cute!  With just a little snippery – and some great choices for trims – you have yourself a perfect top for that late Summer barbecue or beach venture.

If your project was featured above, feel free to grab a button and share the DIY!

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If you have a DIY how-to or tutorial that you’d like to see featured on Chic Steals, please email me at carlyjcais at chic-steals dot com – and I’ll try to squeeze it in to one of my Links of the Week posts!  (Original tutorials/how-to’s with steps and photos included please! So everyone can share in the DIY goodness:-)



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