Make it by Monday: A DIY New Year's Party DIY Crafts for New Year's
Welcome to Make It By Monday, GOOD's weekly DIY feature in which we curate, demystify, and add our own tips for craft projects from around the web (and our apartments). This week: crafts to ring in the New Year.
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New Year's Eve is a time for meditative reflection on the year past and optimistic consideration for the year ahead—and an excuse to wear as much glitter, gold, sparkle, and shimmer as possible. Add some extra twinkle to your accessories with a trip to your local paint store. This gold clutch from I Spy DIY is the type of project that can be applied to all sorts of evening wear, from clutches to bangles to hats.
If you can't pile on enough shimmery accessories, try these glitter flats from We Are Not Martha to make even the most well-worn ballet flats party-ready—just add mod podge and glitter. If you're looking for only a modest hint of glitz, add glitter to just the toe, or cover the heel of a pair of pumps.
My project for this week: The perfect statement piece for the final night of 2011. This sequin skirt is a dramatic look from a simple how-to. With a yard of sequin-embellished fabric and a bit of elastic, I was able to fashion the skirt in under 20 minutes. Freshly Picked has a great tutorial for a similar simple skirt (with pockets!).
Posh cocktail napkins can be a festive yet pricey addition to your evening festivities. But armed with a set of letter stamps, you can whip up these cheap-but-glam personalized cocktail napkins from Demoiselle. Get creative with your napkin declarations—think "Auld Lang Sine" or "I Resolve to" or "Thank God It's Over." You can also stamp these with horseshoes and rabbits' feet to wish your party guests good luck in the new year.
Resolved to keep your resolutions this year? Try nailing them to the wall with this New Year's resolution art piece in the style of an antique subway sign from Lil Blue Boo. If you prefer to give your resolutions the space to evolve, substitute chalkboard paint and chalk to get the same effect, but with a little extra wiggle room.