DIY Polly Pocket Iron-On Tee

Ah, Polly Pocket. The choking hazards of our childhood. Something about the amazing little world they could create in such a small space was seriously enticing as a kid. I was more into Barbies, but I did have one Polly Pocket toy that I loved- Vintage Polly Pocket Waterpark Fun which had an awesome pull-out slide! I don’t know how much I really played with the Polly Pocket, but I know I did often open up the case and stare at its interior. Usually Polly was a “Barbie” for my Barbies, but that case had its own special place in my heart. 

To commemorate my love for Polly Pockets, I made these super cute printable iron-ons that you can put on pretty much anything you desire! Get your printer out and your iron ready- we’re making some tees!
To commemorate my love for Polly Pockets, I made these super cute printable iron-ons that you can put on pretty much anything you desire! Get your printer out and your iron ready- we’re making some tees!

To commemorate my love for Polly Pockets, inside and out, I made these super cute printable iron-ons that you can put on pretty much anything you desire! We’ve got 2 sizes (kid and adult) and 2 orientations (backwards and forwards) so that it works for everyone! I picked some of my favorite shapes including my turquoise flower, a heart (perfect for Valentines Day and Galentine’s Day!), a sea shell, a star, and a regular 'ole square that looks somewhat like an ordinary pocket. Get your printer out and your iron ready- we’re making some tees!

To commemorate my love for Polly Pockets, I made these super cute printable iron-ons that you can put on pretty much anything you desire! Get your printer out and your iron ready- we’re making some tees!

You will need:

Tees (here, here, here)
Sweatshirts (here, here)
Iron-on for dark fabrics (here)
Scissors (here)
Fabric marker with disappearing ink (here)
Iron
Parchment paper
Fun earrings to wear them with! (here)
Free printable (see below)

The printable is available in my resource library, which you can get totally FREE access to, just by signing up. What exactly do you get? Access to all my printables, including party planning guides, checklists, and my projects. By signing up, you'll have access to all projects- past, present and future! 

 

Directions

To commemorate my love for Polly Pockets, I made these super cute printable iron-ons that you can put on pretty much anything you desire! Get your printer out and your iron ready- we’re making some tees!
  1. Print out your Polly Pockets according to the instructions on your iron-on paper. I used the one for dark fabrics, and it worked perfectly on my white shirts too. It required printing the design the normal way. Often, light colored fabric iron-ons require it to be backwards. Just be sure to follow the instructions on your papers!

  2. Cut out each design, then trim off all the extra. The paper is white, so anything left over will show! I stayed as close to the edge as possible.

  3. Try on your shirt, and mark where you want your Polly Pocket to go. Remember that when you look in the mirror, everything is backwards ;)

  4. Put your shirt on a flat surface. Remove any hairs with a lint roller, and iron your shirt to be free of wrinkles.

  5. Peel the back off your Polly Pocket decal, and place it in the spot that you want. Cover with parchment paper

  6. Iron according to the instructions on your package. Mine said to iron for 40-60 seconds with a lot of pressure. Let cool completely.

To commemorate my love for Polly Pockets, I made these super cute printable iron-ons that you can put on pretty much anything you desire! Get your printer out and your iron ready- we’re making some tees!
To commemorate my love for Polly Pockets, I made these super cute printable iron-ons that you can put on pretty much anything you desire! Get your printer out and your iron ready- we’re making some tees!
To commemorate my love for Polly Pockets, I made these super cute printable iron-ons that you can put on pretty much anything you desire! Get your printer out and your iron ready- we’re making some tees!

The printable is available in my resource library, which you can get totally FREE access to, just by signing up. What exactly do you get? Access to all my printables, including party planning guides, checklists, and my projects. By signing up, you'll have access to all projects- past, present and future! 

To commemorate my love for Polly Pockets, I made these super cute printable iron-ons that you can put on pretty much anything you desire! Get your printer out and your iron ready- we’re making some tees!
To commemorate my love for Polly Pockets, I made these super cute printable iron-ons that you can put on pretty much anything you desire! Get your printer out and your iron ready- we’re making some tees!

PS- For anyone that missed my Instagram stories, I decided that I'll be "the ugly blogger", because trying to take photos where I am actually pretty proves to be a challenge for me. So, get ready to see some awkward pics like the one above. They're just so much more fun to take than fake laughing so that I look happy!

Sources: All Earrings, Seashell Cup, Diamond Ring, Heart Sunglasses Similar, Vintage Polly Pocket- Waterpark Fun

DIY Animal Sweater Necklace

Last month, I made some awesome Animal Sweater Ornaments for my pink mini-tree and I just couldn't bear to put them away! So, what's a girl to do? Re-purpose them into something that can be worn year-round! (or, at least, all winter long.) These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them. I only wore these twice and I had several questions about where I got them! They would also make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Overall, I think they're the freakin' cutest and they're so much fun to make!

These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY. #diyjewelry #handmadejewelry #diygifts
These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY. #diyjewelry #handmadejewelry #diygifts

You will need:

Plastic animals (here and here)
Acrylic paint (here)
Felt (similar here)
Screw eyes (similar here)
Glitter (here)
Nylon cord (here)
Jump rings & clasps (similar here)
Beads (From Joann, like these but in pink & orange) 
Toothpicks
Gluegun
Jewelry tools (here)
Scissors (here)

Directions:

These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY. #diyjewelry #handmadejewelry #diygifts

1. Paint a sweater onto your animals using your acrylic paint. I did it freehand, but you can always use some artist's tape if you don't have a steady hand. I did 2 coats.

2. While they dry, cut a few thin strips of felt for the scarf. Try to be mindful of how large the animals' necks are in comparison to the length and width of the scarf.

3. Paint your scarves with either a thin paint brush or a toothpick. I used the pointy side for the polka dots, and the edge for stripes. I used a paintbrush for the thicker stripes, but overall I mostly used toothpicks.

4. Once the animals are dry, add glitter to the edge of the sweater to jazz it up and provide a clean edge. I used glitter paint, but you can achieve a similar look by using a small amount of equal parts glue and glitter to create your own paste/paint. I found that a toothpick was the perfect tool to get the glitter paint on in a thin line.

5. Glue your scarf in place. I used a small dab of hot glue on the scarf to shut it. If it moved around too much, I added a small dab of glue on the animal to secure it in place.

6. Using your pliers, screw the screw eye into place. I first took the pointy screw side and twisted in to make a small hole, then I used my pliers to twist the screw eye into place. When it gets to a point that it's mostly in, I recommend using your hand to twist it all the way in, so that your pliers don't scratch the paint.

These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY. #diyjewelry #handmadejewelry #diygifts

7. Cut your string the length you want it to be plus a little extra. Create a Larks Head Knot to secure the thread to your animal pendant. I also added a regular knot after, so that it stayed in place, nice and snug and secure :) 

8. Add your beads. I only wanted a few, so I did 3 neon pink and orange on each side. Be sure your bead hole is big enough for your string, and trim as you go along so that you have a nice, compact edge to thread the beads with. I found that mine got "fat" after a bead or two and needed to be trimmed off.

9. Attach your clasp to one crimp, and your jump ring to another crimp, and attach them to your cord. 

These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY. #diyjewelry #handmadejewelry #diygifts
These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY. #diyjewelry #handmadejewelry #diygifts
These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY.
These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY. #diyjewelry #handmadejewelry #diygifts
These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY.
These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY. #diyjewelry #handmadejewelry #diygifts

How cute are these necklaces?! I'm so glad I get to re-use those ornaments and be able to see them daily! I really love re-purposing little animal toys, as exhibited by my Circus Animal Drink StirrersZebra Party Tray, and Animal Sweater Ornaments.  

So, what else would you like to see these animal toys made into? Let me know in the comments below!

DIY Disco Ball Earrings

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

For the first DIY of the year, I really wanted to showcase something I LOVE- disco balls! I really wanted a pair of disco ball earrings that were simple, and not cheesy. So many of them go with a 70's costume and they're more groovy than classy. I love that you can wear these earrings anytime there's a party- or anytime you want to party. They're super easy to make and lightweight. Plus the pack comes with 12 mini disco balls- that's enough for 6 pairs of earrings! So pop on your earrings, grab some confetti, and party the night (or day) away! If you want a party go along with them, check out this Pink Disco Ball Party!

You can wear these earrings anytime there's a party- or anytime you  want  to party. They're super easy to make and lightweight. Check out the DIY now!
You can wear these earrings anytime there's a party- or anytime you  want  to party. They're super easy to make and lightweight. Check out the DIY now!
You can wear these earrings anytime there's a party- or anytime you  want  to party. They're super easy to make and lightweight. Check out the DIY now!

You will need:

Mini disco balls (here)
Jewelry tool kit (here)
Jewelry findings kit (here)
Pink seed beads (similar here)

Directions:

You can wear these earrings anytime there's a party- or anytime you  want  to party. They're super easy to make and lightweight. Check out the DIY now!

1. Remove the string from your mini disco balls

2. Take your pin and insert it through the center of your disco ball using the hole from the string as a guide. The flat end should be at the bottom.

3. Add a few seed beads to the top and trim if necessary.

4. Twist your pin around the edge of your round nose pliers to create a hanging hoop.

5. Attach your earring hook to your hanging hoop. Wear and enjoy!

You can wear these earrings anytime there's a party- or anytime you  want  to party. They're super easy to make and lightweight. Check out the DIY now!
You can wear these earrings anytime there's a party- or anytime you  want  to party. They're super easy to make and lightweight. Check out the DIY now!
You can wear these earrings anytime there's a party- or anytime you  want  to party. They're super easy to make and lightweight. Check out the DIY now!
You can wear these earrings anytime there's a party- or anytime you  want  to party. They're super easy to make and lightweight. Check out the DIY now!
You can wear these earrings anytime there's a party- or anytime you  want  to party. They're super easy to make and lightweight. Check out the DIY now!
You can wear these earrings anytime there's a party- or anytime you  want  to party. They're super easy to make and lightweight. Check out the DIY now!

Don't mind my crazy face- confetti makes me a little bit too excited haha. How great are these earrings?! Be sure to check out the Pink Disco Ball Party for even more pink party goodness!

Make a Statement: The Shop is LIVE!

EDIT: The shop is now closed. Read more here.

YOU GUYS! Remember back in October when I relaunched the blog as Party HarDIY? Well, I told you there were some big plans in STORE (hah, see what I did there?) and I’m sooo excited to announce the launch of our shop! I’ve always wanted to have my own shop full of cutesy things, and I’ve always had a love of jewelry! Well, now the two have come together in one magical, glimmering place.

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So, what’s available?

A collection of unique and colorful jewelry, sure to add a pop of color to any outfit! The holidays are coming, and these pieces are perfect for adding some sparkle to your outfit, a fun touch of Christmas colors, or to change up an outfit that’s already been worn a bunch of times! Because let’s be real, these pieces are WAY cheaper than buying a new dress!

Um… Tell me more about this collection!

Well, ok! This all started back when I was in my favorite jewelry shop in the city. I thought, wouldn’t it be great to have a collection of fun and colorful necklaces that are affordable? There are SO many expensive jewelry shops out there, and my opinion on costume jewelry is the more, the merrier. So, I decided to curate my own collection of fun, bold, and most of all BRIGHT jewelry. There will also be some new items coming to the shop as well, but for now I decided to start small for the holiday season!

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Where did your love of jewelry come from?

My grandma! My yiayia had the most insane collection of costume jewelry. I don’t think I ever saw her wearing real jewelry, haha! She had a bunch of bold necklaces and earrings. Fun fact- her ears weren’t pierced! She only owned clip-ons. Here's a picture of us when I was a kid. She's dressed very on brand, and I'm the one in the tutu. I took ballet for a hot minute, but I was AWFUL at it.

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Um… am I brave enough to wear this stuff?

YES! I used to be shy about wearing bright things too. I finally realized that it’s fun to be bold and daring. People notice! I get compliments on my jewelry all the time, and in a sea of people, it’s fun to stand out a bit. You can always start small with a pair of colorful studs!

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Ok, you’ve convinced me! What do I even wear this stuff with?

My very favorite thing to wear bold jewelry with is a basic tee! It’s really adds a pop of fun and sass to an otherwise casual item. Try pairing the Daisy Dreams Statement Necklace or the Fringe Benefits Earrings with a basic tee. Another great way to wear these is with a Christmas sweater! Try the Rudolph the Red Nosed Rhinestone Tassel Earrings with your ugly Christmas sweater, or the Worth The Tassel Earrings with a warm, cozy sweater! Heading to a holiday party? Try the Chic-a-Boo Rhinestone Earrings for some added glitz and glam, or the Dragonfruit Dilemma Earrings for a fun, unexpected touch.

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Can I get free items?

Um, heck yea!! I’m hosting a giveaway! To enter, follow the instructions on this post on Instagram. Tag a friend for an extra entry! One winner will get all 4 jewelry ornaments- perfect for giving out as Secret Santa gifts, hanging on the tree, or keeping them all for yourself!

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Eek! I hope you guys are as excited about this as I am! I've been working on this for MONTHS, and I'm so happy to see the store is finally live! So, go sign up for free shipping, and enter the giveaway!

DIY No Sew Embellished T-Shirt

Happy fall, y'all! Ok, being from NY I don't say normally say "y'all", but this seemed like the perfect time to try it out. Fall is my favorite season. I love the leaves changing colors, the weather getting slightly cooler, and the amazing roundup of holidays in such a short timeframe!

With the busy hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I don't have time to construct a perfect outfit. I've gotta be comfy and ready for anything! T-shirts are my go-to fashion choice, because of how easy and versatile they are. You can wear them to work, to dinner & drinks, and to go shopping. But wouldn't it be nice if you could give your t-shirt an upgrade so you're not wearing the same thing over and over again, without having to bust out a sewing machine? Well friends, look no further! This no-sew embellished t-shirt features some of our favorite things- tees, tassels, and pom pom trim! Plus, two of my fave colors- pink and turquoise! And, it's all thanks to this Peel n Stick Fabric Fuse.

T-shirts are my go-to fashion choice, because of how easy and versatile they are. You can wear them to work, to dinner & drinks, and to go shopping. But wouldn't it be nice if you could give your t-shirt an upgrade so you're not wearing the same thing over and over again, without having to bust out a sewing machine? Well friends, look no further! This no-sew embellished t-shirt features some of our favorite things- tees, tassels, and pom pom trim! #diytshirtideas #diytshirtnosew #tshirtmakeover
T-shirts are my go-to fashion choice, because of how easy and versatile they are. This no-sew embellished t-shirt features some of our favorite things- tees, tassels, and pom pom trim! #diytshirtideas #diytshirtnosew #tshirtmakeover
 

You will need:

T-shirts are my go-to fashion choice, because of how easy and versatile they are. This no-sew embellished t-shirt features some of our favorite things- tees, tassels, and pom pom trim! #diytshirtideas #diytshirtnosew #tshirtmakeover

T-shirt (here)
Peel N Stick Fabric Fuse (here
Fringe Trim (here or similar here)
Pink Pom Pom Trim (here or similar here)
Scissors (here)

Directions:

T-shirts are my go-to fashion choice, because of how easy and versatile they are. This no-sew embellished t-shirt features some of our favorite things- tees, tassels, and pom pom trim!
  • Measure your fringe trim so that it goes along the entire collar of your shirt

  • Add a little extra and cut the trim. I found that I had just enough to go around with the extra, so I guess the collar somehow got smaller being laid down!

  • Measure your Pom Pom trim to the same length, and cut.

  • Roll out some small pieces of the adhesive, and cut it into narrower strips. I cut each strip into thirds vertically.

  • Place it along your tassel trim. I didn't put it along the entire length, but every inch or so I stuck a piece down.

T-shirts are my go-to fashion choice, because of how easy and versatile they are. This no-sew embellished t-shirt features some of our favorite things- tees, tassels, and pom pom trim! #diytshirtideas #diytshirtnosew #tshirtmakeover
  • Once all your adhesive has been placed down, go piece by piece, removing the wax liner and pressing down the Pom Pom trim to adhere the two trims together.

  • Cut pieces of adhesive in half lengthwise and place them end to end along the collar of your shirt. I didn't leave any gaps here so that the trim wouldn't fall off the shirt.

  • Once all your adhesive has been placed down, starting at the front, peel off the wax liner and start pressing down your trim. Repeat until the whole collar is covered. (Note: for a v-neck, I started front and center, since that's where the seam is. For a crew neck, you can probably start in the back and wrap around to create a smooth, seam free "necklace" of trim).

T-shirts are my go-to fashion choice, because of how easy and versatile they are. This no-sew embellished t-shirt features some of our favorite things- tees, tassels, and pom pom trim! #diytshirtideas #diytshirtnosew #tshirtmakeover
T-shirts are my go-to fashion choice, because of how easy and versatile they are. This no-sew embellished t-shirt features some of our favorite things- tees, tassels, and pom pom trim! #diytshirtideas #diytshirtnosew #tshirtmakeover
T-shirts are my go-to fashion choice, because of how easy and versatile they are. This no-sew embellished t-shirt features some of our favorite things- tees, tassels, and pom pom trim! #diytshirtideas #diytshirtnosew #tshirtmakeover

Sources: Cactus Cup

And that's all there is to it! It's seriously fun to spruce up any article of clothing, and then you get to proudly tell people "I made it!" when they ask where it's from. I think these would also make a great gift for a friend- matching BFF tees! Or, it would be perfect for a craft night. If the whole collar is a bit much for you, try getting a pocket tee and adding the trim along the top of the pocket for a little bit of POP. 

What's your favorite item to spruce up? Tees? Jeans? Shoes? Let me know in the comments below!