Written By Sara of Tell Love and Chocolate

I thought of this very simple DIY when my Forever 21 necklace broke.  I didn’t want to throw it away, but couldn’t wear it anymore. I’m so thrilled they turned out as WAY adorable bobby pins!  I seriously LOVE them and want to wear them all the time.  I mean, I am pretty obsessed with any kind of hair accessory so these are right up my alley.
This DIY is so incredibly simple. Make them for yourself or give them out to friends,  either way, they are worth a try!

Here is the necklace where it all began…
One of the gemstones fell out and it was never found.  The necklace only cost me $8 so I wasn’t too concerned but I did like it and was hesitant to throw it away.  When these bobby pins popped into my head I was so excited!

I then realized I needed more colors so I took a trip back to forever 21 and found some earrings.
The great thing about them being from forever 21 is
1.  They are cheaply made, so it’s easy to use pliers to pull them apart
2.  They are very inexpensiveThe key to finding the right earrings and necklace is that you want the gems to be loose and not attached together.  They are easier to pull apart and wont break.  Also, you don’t want the gems to be too big.
I think it’s easier to go check things out in-store, but, here are a few I found online:
Bejeweled big necklace
cascading drop earrings
I found these pretty gold and bronze bobby pins at target and thought they were perfect.  Just thick enough and a little fancier than regular bobby pins
The supplies are:
earrings or necklace from forever 21
Glue ( I used E6000)
Bobby pins
1. Disassemble the earrings and/or necklace. (do you like my chipped nail polish look?  I need to hire a hand model ha ha)
 2. Start to lay out the gems so you can figure out some ideas.
3.  Once you have a design, lay it out and get it ready to glue.
4.  Always glue the main gemstone first.  Because the bobby pin is so small there needs to be a main stone, that way you can glue other stones onto that one.  Let it sit for a bit so the glue can dry.
5.  Add on additional stones and let them dry upside down. You may need to elevate the bobby pin so they lay flat.



Happy Tuesday, my friends! On Saturday I hosted a dinner party with my closest friends and today I’m sharing all the party details, from table decor to our main course.

Fall Thanksgiving TablescapeI recently had the opportunity to try the new Land O’ Lakes Saute Express Saute Starter kits and I hosted a dinner party with my closest friends to test them out. We made an easy skillet lasagna recipe adapted from the Land O’ Lakes website.

I never pass up an opportunity to create a tablescape, this small gathering was no exception. With Thanksgiving right around the corner I wanted to create gold Thanksgiving inspired table settings and decor. My favorite were these DIY napkin rings made with Christmas floral picks. Wait a minute..I’m sharing a Thanksgiving idea before Halloween using Christmas decor? You bet I am! Even though the floral picks were part of the Christmas decor I couldn’t help think they’d work beautifully in a Fall tablescape.

DIY Thanksgiving Napkin RingsMy idea of the perfect Fall table was to fill it with metallic gold pumpkins and accents. I used a fake 50 cent pumpkin I thrifted and spray painted it with gold spray paint. I then took two small (real) pumpkins and painted those as well. I love how simple they are but make a big impact on the burlap table runner. I also used gold votive holders, gold glittered pinecones, and a gold Christmas garland as a filler.

DIY Metallic Gold Pumpkin

Thanksgiving Inspired Gold Table Decor {Dinner Party}


  1. 2 1/2 cups bowtie pasta
  2. 2 Land O Lakes Italian Herb Saute Express Squares.
  3. 1 lb lean ground beef
  4. 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  5. 1 tsp chopped basil
  6. 1 carrot, chopped or peeled into strips.
  7. 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  8. 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  9. Pinch of salt and pepper.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, set aside.
  2. Melt Saute Express butter in nonstick skillet over medium heat. Brown ground beef in skillet (do not drain).
  3. Add diced tomatoes (not drained) spinach, basil, carrot, salt and pepper into skillet. Cook 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add cooked pasta; stir until well mixed.
  5. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and continue cooking without stirring for 2-3 minutes.

Skillet LasagnaI was impressed with how easy the butters are to cook with. The only changes I might make next time to the recipe is to add more cheese on top, maybe another can of diced tomatoes and reserve a portion of the dish for the kids without the basil. They did however like the spinach and the carrots mixed in. I might even add zucchini in there next time as well. Overall the butter added a nice flavor and made dinner so much easier.

So here’s a little blogger insight’s pretty difficult to keep a straight face trying to photograph your friends eating. They’re used to me documenting everything but we might have had way more outtakes then decent pictures to share. They kept laughing which then made me laugh and the camera shake. It’s always a great time having them over!

 DIY Tassel Garland

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A few tassels in sparkling mylar add a festive touch to your handmade tassel garland. Sheets of mylar are available at most craft stores.

This tutorial shows you how to make a larger version big enough to dress the front of a buffet table or stretch across a wall, but you can easily scale down the project. For a version small enough to add flair to your dining chairs, use 1/8 sheet of tissue paper per tassel.

Materials Needed:

  • 1/2 sheet of 20″ x 20″ or 20″ x 24″ tissue paper or mylar per tassel
  • scissors
  • ribbon or cord

Cut Fringe
Fold a piece of tissue paper in half and in half the other way. Cut strips towards the fold to create fringe, leaving about 1 inch uncut at the fold line.

Once all strips are cut, unfold the tissue and cut in half so you have 2 sheets with fringe (to make 2 tassels).

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Twist Tassels
Unfold tissue paper. Begin rolling tightly down the middle crease. Continue rolling, fold in half and then twist to create a loop for hanging.

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Create More Tassels and Finish Garland
Repeat to create additional tassels in various colors. Hang from thin cord or ribbon.

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 DIY Tulle Skirt

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This skirt has been one of the most fun skirts I have ever made. And it is definitely an eye catcher, which happens to be one of my favorite things about it. Either people think you’re crazy or you are very adventurous. Either way, I love the attention it gets me. I simplified my old version of a tulle skirt (tutorial here) to make it loads easier. Enjoy!


  • 13.3 yards of flexible tulle if you aren’t cutting on the fold (on the selvedge) because your tulle isn’t wide enough



  • 7 yards if the flexible tulle is wide enough for what your want your skirt length + waist radius to be.
  • 1.5 yards of light to medium weight, non-staticy lining (i try for a knit tricot of sorts so I don’t have to hem) – try to keep it wide so you don’t have to buy a lot of yardage.


  • 3 yards if you want the lining to be way longer
  • elastic – enough when stretched it comfortably fits around waist
  • scissors
  • long ruler – **my tip when cutting half circles is to pin one end to the center of the fold or selvedge (look at black dot on first picture below) and mark your measurement and glide it on fabric around to make a half circle.
  • pins
  • sewing machine

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