The Ultimate DIY Competition is Now Open!

The Competition is now LIVE on Cut Out + Keep!

If you have a project you’d like to enter into the competition, you can do so in 3 simple steps.

First head on over there to their homepage, click the “Sign Up” button in the right-hand box, and register with them first.  (If you’re already a registered member of, you don’t need to re-register.)

Then upload a project once you’re logged in under the “Projects” tab.  (Follow the rules outlined here – don’t forget you need to submit your INSPIRATION PHOTO as well for your project to be eligible for a prize!) 

Finally, go to the Competition Page and choose which category you’d like to submit your project into
under “Enter the Contest” – the dropdown menus will automatically load all the projects you have on  Click “Enter” and your project thumbnail should appear soon after in the correct category.

That’s it!  Good luck to everyone and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Announcing: The ULTIMATE DIY Competition!!

Yes, friends and faithful readers…you voted, and I listened.  Back in April, I asked all of you what you wanted to see here on Chic Steals in the coming months. And out of those who responded, over 66% of you said you wanted a DIY Contest!

Well here it is…it’s been over 2 months in the making but I am pleased to finally announce…

I am so excited to be partnering with to bring all of this worldwide competition, open to everyone over the age of 18!  Here’s a little teaser:

The Ultimate DIY Competition

Do you live and breathe fashion – and how to get it for less?  Do you often find yourself crafting the looks you see on the runway, in street style photos, and in stores?  Do you have creative ways of cutting corners and re-creating, modifying, upcycling, re-fashioning, embellishing, and distressing pieces to create items all with your own personal style?  If so, we want to see what YOU can do!

Enter an original DIY project – made entirely by you – in The Ultimate DIY Competition!  The theme is “Inspired DIY” – and you need to submit a photo of your inspiration (a designer garment, an item you’ve seen on someone, a beautiful photograph of nature, an illustration or piece of artwork etc.) AND create something based on this photograph.  Submit at least 2 photos of your project during the creation process, write the step-by-step tutorial to share with all, and finish off with at least 2 photos of your final DIY piece!  Make a Wearable (item of clothing), piece of Jewelry, or an Accessory, for anyone, any age.  Five fashion Bloggers at the forefront of the online DIY style movement serve as the Judging panel: Carly J. Cais from Chic Steals, Suzannah from Adventures in Dressmaking, Tessa Stephensen from Apparellel, Maegan Tintari from …love, Maegan, and Outi Pyy from Outsapop.  One Winner in each category will be chosen – and we’ve got some FABULOUS sponsors offering up gift certificates to online craft and DIY materials stores as prizes!  Encourage your friends and family to “Heart” or “Like” your project too – the project with the most “Hearts” + “Likes” also wins a prize!

Submission period opens on August 15, 2010 on
so get those glue guns out and get crackin’!

Submissions close Sept. 5.  Winners announced September 15, 2010.  Competition open worldwide, to anyone over the age of 18.

Check out The Ultimate DIY Competition homepage for the Official Rules, Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Twitter to stay in the know.  In the meantime, start DIY’ing and getting those projects ready for submission!

Prizes up for grabs: Gift Certificates to M&J Trimming,, and New York Design Shop; a BurdaStyle t-shirt; a Gift Subscription to VenusZine.

Tempting, right?  I can’t wait to see what all you guys come up with!!


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