Congratulations to Jamie and Maria, the two winners of MAC gift packs.
Jamie said, “I’m with Jordan on the hair.. Looking back at my formal pictures, I look like I got my hair done by the women from Toddlers and Tiaras.. I would’ve been happier and richer if I’d just done it myself!”
Maria added, “I’ve been making shoe clips for awhile now. Its easy, and fairly inexpensive to customize them to go with all kinds of outfits, from formal to casual.”
Thanks to the lovely Lindsey Nair for picking the random winners, and to all of you who commented.
It’s that time of year. Department stores are filled with beautiful gowns and the windows of tuxedo shops feature bright, spring-colored ties and vests. Prom season is here.
Not only can formals be expensive, but everyone also wants to stand out and make a statement — you never want to be seen wearing the same thing as someone else.
That’s where a little bit of do-it-yourself initiative can come in handy. With a few minor details, you can have a prom ensemble unlike any other and even save a little money.
Snazz your shoes
For many girls, shoes are just as important as the dress. If you don’t want to invest in another pair of formal shoes that may never get worn again, consider adding a little glitter to glam up a pair from your closet.
Mix Mod Podge and fine glitter of any color together in a disposable bowl and apply to the heel and/or exposed sole (not the part you walk on) of your shoes with a sponge brush. Once dry, apply a light coat of Mod Podge over the glitter to seal it.
When I tried this project, I was able to pick up all the supplies at Jo-Ann Fabric for about $5.80 (I had one 50 percent off coupon).
Also consider painting a pair of flats or heels with spray paint or fabric paint. Just fill the inside of your shoes with newspaper and wrap the heels in painting tape to keep them paint-free, and then spray the outside in long, even strokes. I wouldn’t suggest this method for shoes you expect to wear often, as the paint usually will crack where the shoes bend after a period of time.
Shoe clips are another easy way to liven up a pair of plain shoes.
I picked up a strip of stretchy gold sequined fabric for $3.11 and bias tape for $2.29 at Jo-Ann Fabric for this project. Just cut a 4-inch strip of fabric and glue it into a loop. Fold the loop in half and tie a strip of bias tape around the center to create the bow shape. Then attach the bows to small paper clips (you may want to wrap these in the bias tape as well if the bows don’t cover them completely) and slide the paper clips onto the back or toe of your shoes. This is an excellent temporary solution for shoes.
In the future, I probably would choose regular ribbon instead of bias tape for this project. Bias tape is more fragile than ribbon and more expensive.
Fresh-flower corsages and boutonnieres are big expenses that have a short shelf life. It also can be difficult to find just the right piece to match your look.
Fabric corsages are a great, long-lasting alternative. You can pick from a wide range of fabrics and colors for your flower pieces and add your own bits of flare (such as rhinestones or tulle) to make the piece even more personalized.
For my examples, I bought remnant pieces from Jo-Ann Fabric. These pieces are always marked down to 50 percent off their original price, so it only cost me about $3.70 for almost two yards of satin fabric. In the wedding section of craft stores, you should be able to find prefabricated wristlets for corsages (about $2), or you could attach your flowers to a bracelet or other elastic band. The boutonnieres can be pinned to a tuxedo lapel with a simple straight pin.
The process to make a flower is a bit complicated, so you can find the detailed directions for these corsages on the blog.
Hair and nail bling
Brooches and pins aren’t an everyday accessory for many young ladies these days, but attaching these items to hair clips can give them new life.
I picked up two pins from the clearance bin at Jo-Ann Fabric for $1.97 each and hot-glued them to hair clips I already owned. They also could be glued or pinned to a shiny belt, shoes or a necklace. Another great place to look for pins is antique malls and thrift shops; just be aware that not all of them will be so affordable.
You also can spice up the average manicure with bright colors and glittery polish. Instead of white tips with your French manicure, try a color that goes with your dress. Or try glittery tips that fade into your nail beds. By picking up a manicure kit at the drugstore — for as low as $5 — you can skip the salon price.
Another MAC giveaway!
What is your favorite DIY project for formalwear, or which of these are you dying to try?
Leave a comment belowand you’ll be entered to winone of two MAC makeup gift bags, including lipstick, lip gloss, eye shadow, nail polish and eyeliner.
I’ll choose two winners at random on April 16 at 10 a.m.