DIY Fashion: Make That Backpack ‘Haute Couture’!

Hey GirlMoguls! It’s Daisy, your Reluctant Fashionista. Every day when I wake up and go to school, I think about how boring my backpack is. There are several problems with backpacks. I have had mine for a long time, and since they can be expensive, there is no point in buying a new one if the one you have is in good condition. Another problem with backpacks is that unless you make a very good decision the first time you buy one, they often are bought in bright prints or colors, and don’t match what you’re wearing. I always see high school and college kids wearing one shoulder bags or totes. I love how stylish these bags are. BUT, the big problem with those is that they are just not functional! I’ve tried wearing one, but with all the books I have to carry, my shoulder is killing me by the end of the day. This can really take a toll on your body.

So, I have found a DIY solution to this problem! All you need are a few items:
1. A Backpack! I prefer a plain Jansport backpack, they go for about $19.99, and mine has lasted me years! I used my old plain beige one, but you can use any one you have or want to get!
2. Puffy fabric paint. I used the same exact tubes I used from the DIY graphic tee, which were dark purple and light purple with glitter. Again, if you have them great, if not, you can buy them for about $1.99 per tube a crafts store like A.C. Moore or Michael’s.
3. Optional: Rhinestones and glitter glue. I didn’t use these because one of fabric paints had a lot of glitter in it. However, if you want that extra wow just pick up some fabric glue that dries clear (about $4.99) and rhinestones in the color of your choice from the fabric store.
Here’s how you get that high fashion bag for school without wasting money or hurting your back:
1. Lay your backpack on some newspapers out flat.
2. With a pencil, lightly trace any design you want on your bag. For plain backpacks like mine, be creative! You can do a random design across the bag like I did, or print out an image you like, such like your favorite anime image, and trace it onto the bag with some thin tracing paper from the crafts store.
3. Once you’ve decided you like the design on the bag, get to drawing! Start with the the darkest fabric colors first, then work your way the lightest. Go on in this order to avoid staining the lighter colors. Also, make sure to leave the bag to dry for a bit before moving on the next color (about 30 minutes between colors should be fine).
4. After you finish with the fabric paint, put on a few drops (in a different places on the bag) and put on a rhinestone on each drop.
5. Let the bag sit overnight. By the morning, you’ll have an awesome and unique piece of art to wear to school that EVERYONE will be talking about. Enjoy!

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Do it Yourself T-shirts

Hi GirlMoguls, it’s Daisy, your reluctant fashionista here. I was always a fan of graphic tees. They are so easy to wear, and can make any outfit seem more original and cool. You can dress up a pair of jeans with a black and white graphic tee for a rocker look, or pair some tights with a colorful graphic tunic for a whimsical look. My favorite tees, however, always have a message- whether through picture or words. For example, I saw a lot of “Yes we did!” tees after President Obama was elected. Also, I now see a lot of graphics that show some kind of face on a t shirt, which is usually Andy Warhol looking for an arty statement.

I love these statement t shirts, as I really believe what we wear also projects a statement about who we are as people. It is not the most important aspect about a person, but it still is an exciting way to project who we are to the world! Unfortunately these tees can be super expensive. Personally, I believe investing in key pieces for a wardrobe, such as a pair of black pants, can be a good thing to spend some extra money on. But a piece like a statement tee may not be the best thing to spend money on ebcuase as we all know, what you have to say can change on a daily basis. You may feel a certain way about the world when you buy the tee, but not feel the same way a year later.

So, I have a solution. Make your own graphic t shirt, and make your statement loud and clear! I made my own t shirt representing my feelings about the presidential election last year. Here’s what it said: “Think fashion makes a statement?” on the front, and “TRY VOTING” on the back. I wanted to promote the young people who could vote and who already turned 18 to actually go out to the polls and vote, and so I made a t shirt to wear to school. I still wear the t shirt, even though it’s after the election. I wear it because it makes a statement about what I believe as a person.

Here’s what the shirt looks like and how I did it:

T-Shirt Front
T-Shirt Front


T-Shirt Back
T-Shirt Back

1. Buy a plain t shirt, or even better, use a plain one already in your closet!
2. Go to a craft store and pick up a small bottle of fabric puffy paint, with a small nozzle so you are able to write with it. If you want to get creative, get some glitter fabric writer as well for some fun decorations.
3. Lay your t shirt flat on a surface that is protected with some newspapers or garbage bags (you don’t want to paint your table!) and place a piece of paper in between the layers of the shirt, so as to not let the paint seep through one layer.
4. After you prep, pick your favorite quotation or quirky statement and write it on the shirt! Add some fun patterns or colors. I chose to not draw on the shirt but shadow the purple words with a lighter glittery lavender.
5. Let your shirt dry for a few hours or overnight, then turn over and do the other side if you’d like.
6. Don’t forget to have fun and be creative!

Of course if you also want to see some cool girl power tees and don’t want to do it yourself, you can always check out the GirlMogul t-shirt store on Zazzle – you can totally design your own girl power t-shirt.

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DIY Fashion: The New, Updated BFF Bracelet

Are you bored of braiding that multi-colored thread? Tired of the standard chain necklace with the split hearts that say “BFF” on the end? I was too! I made my share of friendship bracelets by braiding my good old different colored threads, but those bracelets wouldn’t last every long on my wrist. Plus, they didn’t match everything, and everyone has them. But, I still like the idea of sharing some piece of jewelry with friends, or having some matching jewelry. It’s fun to have that piece to share, and also express your friendships.

So, I actually got this idea from CosmoGirl- it’s the new updated BFF bracelet! Here’s how you do it:
1. Get a set on metal bangles. You can buy them from a store like Claire’s, or if you have some lying around use those! Choose whatever color best fits you and your friends.
2. Go to a craft store or bead store and pick up jump rings (the small metals rings you use to connect things) and some charms. Get however many charms you want; a good diea is maybe getting one tore present each person who is getting a bracelet.
3. Ask your parents for a set of pliers, or borrow some from a friend.
4. Pull open the jump rings slightly with the pliers, and put on the charms you want your friends to get on their bracelets.
5. While the jump ring is still open, slip it onto the bangle.
6. With the pliers, tighten the jump ring as much as possible, ensuring that there is no space for the charm to fall off.
7. You’re done! Now you have a cool and funky bangle that represents your friendship, too. You can add letter charms to your bracelet to spell out a name or even “BFF”. Whatever you do, have fun with it!
Here’s what the CosmoGirl’s bracelets looked like:

Posted by GirlMogul Daisy, the Reluctant Fashionista

DIY Fashion: Feather Headband Update

Hey girls! Daisy here, with a DIY Fashion update. So I wrote a post about this super popular fashion trend: the headband with some kind of plumage attached. I included pictures and described how the trend started. (Initially, it became popular when Sarah Jessica Parker showed up to her wedding in the Sex and the City movie with bright blue feather attached to her veil. Just in case you missed it!) Now, the feathered headband is showing up in all kinds of stores, from ones for young girls to professional stores to boutiques. Unfortunately, these trendy hair pieces can be really costly. Even the cheaper stores or stores I usually shop at are selling these bands and clips at a minimum of $30. I thought to myself, there is no this can be THAT hard to make. Turns out I was right!
I went down to my local craft store (the one by my house is an A.C. Moore) and purchased feathers (a bag cost less than $2), and some fabric glue (I got mine for $2.50). I dug through my drawer of hair accessories and found a tan thick headband. The headband was camel in color but the fabric had little gold thread going through it and stripes. So, when I went to go get feathers, I really wanted them to pop so I bought cobalt feathers, in between a violet and a dark blue. I went through all the steps I mentioned in my previous post, and the headband came out great! Here are my pictures to prove it:
From the top:

GirlMogul Daisy's DIY Headband
GirlMogul Daisy's DIY Headband

From the side:

GirlMogul Daisy's DIY Fashion Haedband
GirlMogul Daisy's DIY Fashion Haedband

Get to your feathers and get going! DIY fashion can be fun and cheap. You can even make these headbands with friends as an activity at a sleepover or just a rainy day.

-GirlMogul Daisy