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.

I’ve been ill for the past weekend and it’s given me the most amazing 48 hours in house arrest to make so many craft projects.

I have made a series of PVC rhinestone clutches and I wanted to show you how to perfect the painting of rhinestones with nail polish before blogging on those clutches. We must learn to walk before we can run!

The necklace I used for this project is one of my most loathesome impulse purchases. I literally got it from H&M and then saw 500 women wear it within the next 2 days. I wore it once and kept it on standby.

I was overjoyed when I saw these items from Shourouk. I knew how to upcycle my impulse purchase!

I loved the graduation of the colours and I had so many free nail polishes from goody bags, I knew exactly what to do.

You will need: coloured (opaque) nail polishes, magic tape, a paper plate, nail polish remover, cotton bud and top coat polish.

The key to great finish here is the tape. You need to use Scotch branded Magic tape as it doesn’t scar the rhinestones. Check out the steps below on how to position your tape for the neatest finish.

This project may look easy but for a professional look it does take some time. You need to wait as each gem dries before painting the next. I did some cleaning at the same time so I could make the waiting time pass faster.

Once you’ve painted all the colours you need to clean any mistakes with a cotton tip and nail polish remover.

Once that’s done use a top coat to seal all the colours in:

Then it’s ready to be worn and cherished. This is by far one of my most fave upcycle stories, this necklace could have ended up at the flea market and now it has another life around my neck!

A little while ago I was approached by Christine at the GEMS Maker Day she said she’d like Cheapnchic.net to exhibit and do a demonstration of a fashion DIY.

Check out the pictures of this amazing community day at Dubai Silicon Oasis:

A highlight of the Day was meeting HRH “Green Sheikh” Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi who I spoke to about advocating young women to upcycle and thriftshop their clothes as opposed to buying more and it ending up in land fill. It was a great moment.

Here are some of the amazing upcycled fashion items made by the fashion school students from Sharjah who exhibited on the day:

On top of that, loads of Cheapnchic.net fans showed up for the DIY Fashion demo. I’ve got the full project on here soon.

Thankyou so much to my intern Poroma Pant who set everything up. She’s amazing!

Thanks GEMS Maker Faire for asking me to be involved.

It’s been so amazing for Cheapnchic.net in the press. I’ve had the three most influential local papers in the UAE cover DIY on their covers and had the site involved in the coverage. The first was Khaleej Times Wknd magazine, then 7 Days Metro page and now Gulf News tabloid. I am so overwhelmed by the support of the press in spreading the Cheapnchic.net “champagne lifestyle on a beer budget” ethos.

Best of all they gave a great plug to the DIY Directory!

Here’s the latest: