DIY iPhone Cases!

If anyone is like us, we hate having the same thing over and over again – ESPECIALLY when it comes to iPhone cases. Why use what everyone else is using when you can create one of your very own!? kikamarie88 offers YouTube a fun, fast, and creative way to solve all of our iPhone case woes. Utilizing this method, the possibilities are endless!

principessa3x offers her viewers a unique way of using the ever-popular galaxy theme to customize your iPhone and make it as one of a kind as the stars in the sky. That was corny, we’ll admit, but just take a look and see how exciting playing with paint can be :).

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DIY: “Naut Up Your Heartstrings” For This Adorable Peep-Hole DressN

Looking for a Valentine’s Day Dress?  Why not pump up the volume on a dress, or a shirt, that you already have?!  Check out our latest DIY for some heart-full inspiration 🙂

This vintage nautical style dress was purchased from the Bethlehem location. It was nearly floor length so I decided to shorten it. The belt was included and was not made during this project.

First, you'll need a dress or a shirt. You may want to use a sewing machine for this project, if only to keep your edges clean. Then you'll just need some pins, paper, something to mark your fabric, scissors, and needle/thread.

Step 1. Fold your paper in half and cut out a heart shape. To figure out how big you would like the heart to be, measure the area in which the shape will be cut out. Then draw half that area onto the folded paper.

Step 2. Turn your dress or shirt inside out and trace the heart shape in the middle of the back. Don't worry about the zipper (if you have one) for now.

Step 3. You're going to end up cutting out part of the zipper so you'll want to add a stopper. To do this, take your needle and thread and sew around the teeth of the zipper until it is secure enough.

Step 4. Cut out the zipper from the top of the dress.

Step 5. Now you can make button holes and sew your buttons on.

Step 6. Fold back the edges around the heart and pin them.

Step 7. Sew around the edges. To give the edge texture, I used a jaggedy stitch. Now turn your dress right side out and it's ready to wear!

Try this project with a non zipper dress or even a shirt.  Add some flair to it by sewing in some lace behind the heart shape.  If you try this project, send us your pics!

DIY Halloween Felt Animal Masks: Quick, Easy, And Cheap

NOT SURE WHAT TO BE THIS HALLOWEEN? CHECK OUT THESE REALLY EASY MASKS MADE FROM FELT.  THEY’RE GREAT FOR ADULTS OR JUST A FUN PROJECT TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS!  THE PHOTOS BELOW ARE FOR THE BEAR MASK BUT YOU CAN USE THE INSTRUCTIONS TOWARD ANY OF THE MASKS.  THE BEAR MASK WAS MADE WITH 5 DIFFERENT COLOR FELT PIECES.

Sewing around each cutout piece gives the mask a folksy look. However, it does take longer to do. The fox and owl mask are sewn while the bear mask is just glued.

ATTACHED HERE ARE PDF PRINTOUTS OF EACH MASK:  Owl Mask, Fox Mask, Bear Mask

ALL YOU NEED:

FELT PIECES (can be bought at Michaels for $0.29 a sheet)

SCISSORS

GLUE (a glue gun or fabric glue works best)

A MARKER OR CHALK

YARN OR ELASTIC (for attaching to the mask in order to wear)

AFTER PRINTING OUT THE PDF, CUT OUT ALL THE PIECES.

BEGIN TRACING EACH CUT OUT PIECE ON TO YOUR FELT.

ONCE YOU HAVE ALL YOUR PIECES TRACED ONTO THE FELT, YOU CAN THEN CUT THEM OUT. DON'T FORGET TO CUT OUT THE EYE HOLES!

NOW YOU CAN BEGIN GLUEING EACH PIECE TO THE MASK

ONCE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING GLUED TOGETHER, CUT A SMALL HOLE IN ON EACH SIDE OF THE EYE.

NOW YOU CAN ATTACH YOUR YARN OR ELASTIC TO THE SMALL HOLE. NOW YOU CAN WEAR IT!

DIY Get That Shredded Look: Easy Way To Cut Up Your Shirt

HAVEN’T POSTED ANY DIY PROJECTS IN A BIT, SORRY ABOUT THAT FOLKS!  WE’VE GOT A NEW ONE FOR YOU TODAY THOUGH.  CHECK IT OUT AS WE SHOW YOU THIS REALLY EASY WAY TO MAKE A SHREDDED BACK SHIRT, ALL YOU NEED ARE SCISSORS AND A RULER!

Get a tee-shirt (or any kind of shirt your heart desires), scissors, and a ruler. Forgot to add it here, but you'll also need a marker or something to make marks on the shirt.

Flip the shirt over to the back and find the middle of the collar. You will be cutting the collar off so you can do this before or after that step.

Next you can cut the collar off. The collar will stretch out eventually so to prevent it from getting too big, I like to cut right under the seam.

Now grab the shirt in the middle of the back where you marked it before and lay the shirt flat. You're only cutting the back layer so make sure the front layer is not underneath.

Mark where you want your cuts to end. In this case, I had 17" or 18" fron the top of the shirt to the end of my cutting.

Mark the shirt every few inches in the direction you want the cuts to go. In this case, i made the cuts into a triangle shape so they will be smaller at the bottom and bigger at the top.

Begin cutting the back. My strips were about half and inch thick. I also cut just a little further each time to make that triangle shape on the back.

Now open the shirt and it should look like this.

Stretch out each strand so that they get skinnier.

And this is your end result! You can use this method for your halloween costumes. You can be a punk, a zombie, or a zombie punk!

DIY Inspired By Vintage: Create Art Without Being An Artist

LAST WEEK WE CREATED A POLL ABOUT DIY PROJECTS, AND DUE TO POPULAR VOTE, “LEARN HOW TO CREATE WALL ART” WON.  WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU BLOG READERS FOR VOTING AND WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS DIY PROJECT!

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Why buy a generic piece of art from a store when you can create your own at home?  In this project, we’ll show you a few ways to create vintage inspired images using plants.  Art is such a broad subject and so deciding on a DIY project this week was difficult.  However, this project is fitting because mixing modern with vintage styling is an Attic tradition.  Although The Attic has a lot of modern clothing, the vintage items are what add interest to the store.  The reason for the allure of vintage is the fact that it is so unique and one-of-a-kind; you know that the possibility of someone else owning the same item is unlikely.  The same goes with creating your own artwork, it is highly unlikely that someone else will have that exact piece of art hanging on their walls.  If you would like to send us some pics of your project, check out our DIY Page for the email address.  Thanks and and have fun if you are trying this project at home!

What you’ll need:
Frames: You can find great vintage frames at thrift shops, flea markets, and tag sales.
Paper: You can use any paper you would like; printmaking paper was used for this project.
Paint: You can use any paint; acrylic was used for this project.
Brushes: small and large
Roller or Spoon: used to push the leaves into the paper
Leaves: any kind, washed, and cleaned

Create these two cool art projects! They're both inspired by vintage posters.

PROJECT 1: GREEN LEAF

This first project was inspired by this vintage salon poster.

Begin by cutting the paper to the size you need and paint it a pea green color.

Now paint the leaf a bright golden yellow and print it on the paper.

Now take a black marker and outline the leaf. Paint the word "leaf" underneath and outline that too.

PROJECT 2: WINDY CITY LEAF

This second project was inspired by this vintage looking Chicago poster.

Begin by cutting the paper to the size you need. Tape a frame around the paper, you'll paint it later.

Create letters using the masking tape and put them on the paper. Tape the leaf to the paper.

Paint around the leaf and letters with a light sky blue color. When it's dry, remove the leaf in order to paint it but don't remove the letters.

Paint one side of the leaf a dark blue-grey and the other side a sunny yellow.

Now print the leaf onto the paper.

Paint the leaf veins on the yellow side with a lighter grey-blue. Take the tape off and paint the letters and border in a light yellow tea color. Now you are done and it's ready for a frame!

DIY All Strung Up: Create Your Own Layered Necklace From An Old Pair of Leggings

GOT A NEW DIY FOR YOU TODAY!  THIS ONE WAS CREATED BY OUR ATTIC EMPLOYEE, SHANNON.  LAYERED, FRINGE, AND BIB TYPE NECKLACES ARE REALLY IN STYLE NOW.  DON’T SPEND A LOT OF MONEY ON THEM WHEN YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN!  THANKS FOR THE DIY SHANNON, THIS IS AWESOME!

If you were wondering what to do with tights that have gotten a bit too worn, have a few holes in them, or that you just don't wear anymore, the Attic has an answer. With this easy, quick DIY project, you can turn those old tights into a modern layered necklace. The best part? It takes 15 minutes and costs nothing!

All you need for this necklace is a pair of tights, scissors, and a safety pin.

Cut off the toes, or the bottom hem if they are footless tights like these, and discard.

Cut the legs of the tights crosswise to make loops about ¾ to 1 inch wide.

Gently stretch each loop so that the edges curl up slightly. Set aside two loops; you'll need them to attach all of your necklace layers later.

Now, to connect the loops: First, overlap two loops. In this example, the right loop is on top, the left is on the bottom.

Pass the end of the right loop below the end of the left loop.

Take that sameend of the right loop and pass it over the other side of the right loop. Pull both loops away from each other to tighten the knot a bit.

Continue adding loops until the chain is the length you want. Make as many more chains as you can with the amount of loops you have, using different numbers of loops on each chain to get a full, layered look. For my necklace I used 5 to 7 loops for each chain.

Now we need the two loops you set aside earlier. Gather the ends of each chain and pull one of the loops through each of the loops on the ends of the chains. Now pull one end through the other to hold all the chains together. Repeat with the other side of the chains and the other loop. Use the safety pin to attach the ends of the necklace to each other (or sew them together for a cleaner look).

If you’ve got two pairs of tights you don’t wear anymore, it would look great to mix colors or patterns.  This is a project you can really experiment with and change to suite your style.  Send us some pictures so we can see what you do with it!

Stay Hip For A Beach Trip: Mix Modern Styling With Funky, Retro, Fashion

HEY EVERYONE, CHECK OUT OUR NEW POST FOR SOME GREAT OUTFIT IDEAS FOR THE BEACH.  WRITTEN BY OUR EMPLOYEE, SHANNON, SHE SHOWS US HOW TO MIX MODERN CLOTHING WITH VINTAGE AND RETRO STYLING.

The 80’s have been coming back in style for some time now, what with the bright neon influences and tight spandex leggings, beach wear is no exception.  Vintage bathing suits are great for the beach, you sure won’t find anyone else wearing the same thing!  Style your outfit with some modern clothing and accessories then top it off with some chunky, funky, retro sunglasses.  There are only a few more weeks of summer left, so get to the beach while you still can!  For some great tips (and great prices 😉 ), check out these two outfits handpicked from our Bethlehem store:

Marina West Swimsuit (with original tags!) 12.95, Vintage Shrug 4.95

Vintage Tote 6.95, Sunglasses 8.95

Vintage swimsuit 5.95, Michael Stars Dress 17.95

80s Sunglasses 5.95, Necklaces 4.95 and 6.95

 

Style Guide for the Fashion Forward Man… Get Designer Clothes for Less at The Attic

WE’VE GOT A NEW POST FOR YA TODAY!  THIS WAS WRITTEN BY OUR ATTIC EMPLOYEE, DANI, WHO  GIVES US INSIGHT INTO MENS FASHION, ESPECIALLY ONE MAN IN PARTICULAR.  CHECK IT OUT IF YOU WANNA KNOW MORE!

There are two types of men that shop at The Attic primarily: there are stylish men; looking for a new pair of gently-worn jeans, a catchy logo tee, a new pair of Timberlands, and a Lacoste polo… Or, there’s your fashion-forward men, like Craig Stenger, bassist and lyricist for the Philly band The Great SOCIO (CHECK THEM OUT!).

As a musician, Craig’s wardrobe caters to candy-colored stage lights and the pulsing sounds of amps and speakers. To stand out in a sea of up-and-coming artists, dressing the part in the music industry is half the battle. With a little help from The Attics in Bethlehem and Manayunk, Craig’s outfits are as catchy as the groovin’ bass lines he plays.

For this photo shoot, Craig’s regular out-on-the-town wear has been kicked up a notch. Think Johnny Depp in his various roles (Benny and Joon, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Alice In Wonderland) For Johnny and Craig, the basic men’s outfit includes a tie, a suit jacket, some awesome vintage shoes, and of course, a hat to top it off. The intentional clash of patterns and the vivid colors in the garments make the outfit eye-catching and youthful. It’s the perfect selection for any performing artist that’s willing to turn heads and push boundaries.

       

Corduroy Fedora: $7.95, Crow Tie: $2.95

Vintage Purple Suit Jacket: $7.95, Liberty of London for Target Neon Floral Button-Down: $15.95, Men’s Jewelry: $2.95-4.95

H&M Purple Pants: $11.95, Vintage Brown Dress Shoes: $12.95

DIY: Button Up! Make Cute Earrings From Vintage Buttons

NEW DIY PROJECT! TODAY WE’RE GOING TO SHOW YOU HOW TO MAKE SOME EASY AND AFFORDABLE EARRINGS THAT ARE PERFECT FOR ANY OCCASION.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

The earrings backings came from the same starter kit used in the Cereal Box Earrings project. You can use any buttons you want, usually flea markets have some interesting ones that are cheap. Use fancy ones to jazz up an outfit or casual ones, like these, for any day.

Crumple the tin foil into a ball about 1 1/2" to 2" in diameter.

Push the button into the tin foil enough so that button does not come out easily.

Put a dab of glue on the flat part of the earring backing, try not to get glue on your hands. Sorry about the blurry picture!

let the glue dry for a minute before removing the earring from the tin foil.

Now let the glue dry. It should not take too long, but just in case, I left them for 10 minutes before touching them.

Now you can wear them! These buttons remind me of a picnic blanket 🙂

Being an Attic Employee: Modern and Vintage Clothing

HELLO READERS!  WE HAVE A NEW POST WRITTEN BY OUR EMPLOYEE IVY, CHECK IT OUT!

At some point in every girl’s life we have dressed a doll. While doing so we put together outfits for specific activities. When I was young that was my favorite thing to do. I loved clothes and creating outfits for my dolls so of course my favorite thing about working at the Attic would be making the displays. Typically how I make my displays is I will walk through the store and pick up the things that catch my eye. Then I will look again for items that complement the outfit.

It is very important of course that the outfit is appealing. Something one could really see themselves wearing or something a little unusual but fresh and cool. Some women also have a difficult time putting outfits together so it’s very easy for them to pluck an outfit off the wall and TA DAH! New outfit that looks fabulous set to go.

Now since we are “modern and vintage” it is important knowing how to correlate vintage and modern pieces. Here are a few examples I have put together:

This dramatic blue vintage scarf with this orange J Crew top forms a great contrast. Since blue and orange are opposites in the color wheel the blue pops. For the bottoms I used white denim capris and black leather Sheplers cowboy boots. Cowboy boots are one of those classic items that don’t change very much over the years. A pair of these modern boots wouldn’t look much different from their vintage ancestors. To top it off I added an orange chunky bracelet and a pair of purple vintage fan earrings.

Sometimes adding something ridiculous can be balanced with basic traditional pieces. For this outfit I had little vintage slippers with pompoms that were worn with basic dark wash bermudas and a green silk For Joseph blouse. I also added a white vintage vest to lighten the outfit up. To complete the outfit I had a vintage gold colored pewter necklace and a vintage panda pin with a classic brown shoulder bag.

Now here is a challenge: the famed high-waisted shorts, but they are not a regular blue or tan color, they are purple. First order of business is finding the top to go with it. I chose a blue top with little purple flowers and a tan cardigan. For the accessories a cool pair of shades, a vintage Avon owl necklace and a vintage handmade leather purse with a floral modern scarf to add some color. For shoes a simple pair of brown flats.

If you have any questions about fashion or want to voice your ideas please join my facebook group Fashion: Being Your Own Stylist. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_247650851917940