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DIY accessories from head to toe

From footwear to handbags, and of course our beloved baubles, accessories are truly the exclamation point of an outfit. And there’s no better way to express your own personal style than with something you’ve designed! TODAY style editor Bobbie Thomas offers advice on how to make your own special accessories.

Junk-drawer jewelry
It’s easy to create fun, fashion-forward jewelry simply by being resourceful.  You can re-use everyday items like shoelaces, rope, construction paper, tissue paper and even a coffee stirrer. Buttons are one of the simplest resources to start with — but you can also consider turning a toothbrush into a bright bangle!  I’ve made plastic pieces, creative constructions out of paper, and a ton of different knotty necklaces to help you get inspired, but feel free to search your kitchen and bathroom for even more potential DIY items.Crafty clutches and handbagsDuring my handbag segment a few weeks ago, I spoke about how this season, unique bags are back. In fact, we’re seeing everything from beading and crochet to embroidery and lace, in order to get some one-of-a-kind, artsy feeling arm candy. But it’s possible to add your own special handmade feel to your handbags with home accents like dollies and tie backs. You can cover an entire clutch, or give just a small update with a standout trim. If you’re not inspired by anything in your house, try your local craft shop or fabric supply for pretty little extras. I found a fabulous trim with crystal drops in the home décor section at MJ Trimmings in NYC that completely transformed two neutral handbags in a vintage-like treasure ($19.98/yard; mjtrim.com).

Fancy feet
Sandal season is here, but there’s no need for your pretty pedicure to steal the show!  Re-invent your sandals with eye-catching ribbons and jewels. Flip your flops with embellishments from old earrings or broken necklaces. Inexpensive charm bracelets can add a little glamour to some strappy stilettos, or you can try tying tulle to your t-straps. I even cut up an old pair of stockings and used the scraps to create a rosettes on a neutral pair of wedges. Anything goes, just have fun with your footwear, and put a new kick into your summer steps!

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