Let’s face it, Nina Ricci’s SS15 mismatched earrings are a a trend. They are not going to be in for multiple seasons, so that’s why it’s a trend which a smart girl would DIY instead of buy.

I also taught this DIY in my latest workshop at The Mantle.

Check out the inspo:

Here is the DIY version:

I made this from an old necklace.

You will need some diamante trim, pliers, jump rings and a hook on earring.

After folding the length of the earring in half, then pulling it slightly askew so one half hangs longer than the other, open the jump ring.

Close the jump ring around the hook!

Thanks to Angeline Lloyd from Love Thread for the photography and Maurice Meade in Garden City for the hair.

Oh this DIY is so much fun! Plus, it’s an upcycling project, I love anything that is kind to the environment. This, like my DIY Benoit Missolin Inspired Mickey Hat breathes new live into an old thrifted straw hat.

You will need:

A straw hat, sharp scissors, thread, needle, headband and glue gun.

From here, using the brim which is cut away, cut out 2 triangles for the ears.

Use a pencil and mark 2 lines on the cap where the ears will sit.

Using the needle and thread connect the ears with stitches.

After the ears are attached, use the glue gun and sticks to create the slight curvature of the ears.

Turn the cap over when the glue is dry and sew the headband in at an angle so the hat sits on the side of your head.

That’s it! Ready to wear to your next race day or wedding!

Have fun with this one!


Ever since Dylanlex took off on Instagram, layered silver jewellery has been everywhere! Filtering down to the high street and sending DIY fashionistas into thrift shops to cut up and revamp old pieces. I was no different. The hero piece in this necklace was from the Good Sammy next to my Mum’s nursing home. I was so excited as I had seen Beyonce wear something similar recently.

The next one I want to try is inspired by Xvena’s amazing pieces which use more Swarovski type embellishment.

For this DIY you will need: Pliers, H&M layered necklace, 1 lobster clasp.

Remove the tail of the necklace.

Place the first lobster clasp on the exposed jump ring.

Close up the clasp with your pliers.

Repeat the same on the other end of the necklace to the base of the coin collar.

That’s it…

So it’s the middle of Summer here in Australia but I do know for some of you in Dubai it’s getting cooler and this jacket would actually be great in the air-conditioned malls.

I found this tweet jacket at a thrift store near where I live. You’ll need a pair of scissors, needle and thread and you’ll just need some pearl beads in various sizes and a seam ripper/unpicker. My beads are from Spotlight.

I unpicked the black buttons (which I found hideous).

I unpicked the pockets and re-pinned them straight.

From there I re-sewed them on straight and embellished with the pearls.

I hope you like this DIY and let me know if you’ve done anything super creative with your thrift shop finds recently. I teamed it here with my DIY Tom Binns necklace:



I recently visited the Perth Upmarket and noticed a vendor called Zozo Handmade selling beautifully knitted cacti. It got me wondering if I could create something similar yet with an easy tutorial that even a child could follow. A quick google revealed heaps of knitted cacti done lots of different ways but none of them using a knitting loom or french knitting nancy.

This cute little beauty is currently keeping my mother company in her nursing home. The cacti look best grouped so I created 3 and have included as much information as possible in my tutorial. They are great for a housewarming gift.

To create this project, you will need: circular knitting looms in various sizes, green wool, a wool needle, crochet-type hook for looms, potting mix, small jars, stuffing, terracotta pots, permanent marker, rubber band and small rocks.

I started by creating the “fingers” of the plant.

Wrap the wool around the loom as shown above and then sweep the outlying strand across and lift the loop below over the top:

Continue until a long tube is created. When you are happy with the length, grab your wool needle and thread the outlying strand. Loop this in and out of the wool on the loom as if doing a running stitch:

Once all the loops have been threaded, unhook them:

Pull the outlying strand tight and it will turn your tube into a finger:

Stuff it with stuffing and continue to create the “fingers” in varying lengths.

If you want to create fatter cacti, simply use wider looms. I also created the pots by re-purposing some old mini terracotta pots:

This is how I filled the jar with rocks and stones:

Here is the final product:

I think they look very cute! Tell me what you think!

The Sewing Parlour at reMADE DXB is run by one of my good girlfriends in Dubai Theresa Tsui. This is us together in Ok! Middle East a couple of years ago:

Theresa is Singaporean by heritage like me, she studied fashion design and then embarked on a journey of craft discovery with her business partner Paula Horsfall, when she opened Dubai-based sewing parlour at reMADE DXB. She and I (while I was still in Dubai) were champions of DIY in the city of luxury.

ReMade DXB is a sewing parlour come purveyor of handmade treasures with a vintage vibe. Tucked away in Al Quoz, it’s one of the city’s greatest new secrets. It offers Dubai ladies a taste of calm amongst the hyperactive glamour and a place to connect with like-minded creatives.

On my last trip to Dubai, I visited the parlour and sat down for a cup of tea with Theresa. Look how amazing the space is she has created:

Theresa has very generously given me 1 of reMADE’s super popular Sewing Machine Driving License workshops (valued at AED 175) to give away to a lucky blog fan in the UAE.

All you have to do to win is:

1) Like reMADE DXB on Facebook.

2) Follow this blog, www.DIYnamicstyle.com Instagram:

3) When you’re done, leave your name and email address in the “comments” section below.

You must be based in the UAE to compete in this contest. Winner will be drawn at 8pm (Australian Western Standard Time) on April 28th.

Good Luck!

This is one of my favourite DIYs because it’s so easy and effective. It’s using the same technique as this oversized corsage flower DIY.

You will need: Fabric scissors, tulle, fabric of your choice, old ballet flats, needle and thread (in matching colours), crystals or beads.

Begin by folding the fabric in half and cutting semi-circles in it.

Continue to do this with the tulle as well until you build a pile of circles.

Begin folding the circles irregularly and threading the needle and thread into them:

You should have something that ends up looking like this. Thread the crystals through the centre of the flower to hold everything in place:

Find where you want to place it on the shoe and thread it through the centre. Repeat this until the flower is secure.

Repeat this process for the second shoe:

That’s all! Try these on your old pumps but even on old sandals.

So I recently hosted a DIY workshop at Pantry Cafe. It was one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. On a Thursday, young girls from all different backgrounds came together to make Missoni-inspired vases by upcycling Voss water bottles from the cafe.

Here are the pictures of the workshop. These girls were amazing and we hope to do it again soon!

Thankyou to my fabulous intern George for the pictures and Pantry Cafe and Toh PR for the collaboration.

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