DollybyDesign DIY June Projects

DollybyDesign DIY June Projects

Hello lovely readers! I have been busy at work on several DIY projects and I wanted to share some easy tutorials that you could work on at home this summer (if you were in the crafty/creating mood)!

My first DIY project involves yet another skirt tutorial! I am obsessed with skirts, but it’s very hard for me to find a good length (not just for conservativeness sake, but for professionalism as well), WITH a good print (b/c unfortunately most skirts nowadays are either too short, too see-through, the fabric is ridiculous, and super inappropriate to wear in public). So after some researching, I did my own modified version of a sweet Parisian-like skirt with pockets! Here is one of the tutorials I researched ( here )  AND, of course, I utilized Pinterest for several other tutorials as well!

Here is the finished project:

*I am planning on wearing a white blouse with this skirt (but all I have for now is an old white Indian punjabi top I bought in Kolkata a few summers ago-hah-so please excuse the frumpy looking shirt!) 

My second DIY involves a fun floral head wreath that I have been so excited to teach myself when I had more time for DIY projects! Here is a tutorial I followed ( here ) (and don’t forget to utilize Pinterest as well!) Here was my finished project (oh yeah, I HAVE to give a shout-out to my roomie, Courtney, for patiently teaching me how to make floral wreaths as well b/c she grew up making them in Colorado)

I am planning on selling them in my etsy shop in the weddings section, but I wanted to post my first attempt at a floral wreath and see if any of you had any feedback, questions, or suggestions for me! I am wanting to try to sell several floral wreaths as a set for wedding parties with specific colors based off of the brides color scheme! 

Alright, so these were my two DIY’s for the month of June I wanted to share with you all! As always, thank you again for your support and for sharing this creative adventure with me! If you decide to try any of these DIY’s please post to my Facebook wall (DollybyDesign) so that I can see your very own creations!

Have a blessed & lovely Summer Day!

DollybyDesign: Handmade in March (DIY Simple Circle Skirt)

DollybyDesign: Handmade in March (DIY Simple Circle Skirt)

Wanted to share this new brilliant blue circle skirt that my friend, Alisha R., taught me how to make!

Here are the materials I used:

  • 3 yards of fabric (NOTE: please be sure to use appropriate fabric for skirts. I accidentally bought the wrong cotton blend, and now the skirt is too wrinkly and see-through b/c it’s not the appropriate thickness. But don’t worry…I wear it with thick leggings!)
  • Matching or coordinating thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Needles

Here is a tutorial you can use (since Alisha’s major focuses on fashion and sewing, she is the one who really helped me make my own pattern, but please use the tutorial provided-because not everyone has a personal seamstress, like Alisha, on hand!) (ALSO: a fun step to add to the circle skirt tutorial would be to incorporate pockets for your skirt-that will DEF be my next skirt project!)

I did not take step by step photos (SORRY), but here is my finished product:

photo-dollybydesign dress for less

(Total time: 2 hours= YAY!)

Here’s where DollybyDesign Dress for LESS comes in: I paired this brilliant blue circle skirt with a white lace top from Forever21 ($15.80) & a gold necklace from Forever21 ($6.00) (which, FYI ALL their Jewelry is 30% OFF this week, and their jewelry is already super cheap…so go check it out!)

Once again, thanks for reading! Happy Spring (or should I say…Happy Never-Ending Winter)

Love, DollybyDesign

DIY with DollybyDesign: Holiday Decor with Pinecones!

I noticed I haven’t done a DIY project in ages (maybe it’s because travel season ruled my life from August to November-bah!) but it’s finally over and I have had so many fun (and very EASY) DIY projects I’ve been wanting to share with you all and thankfully it’s just in time for the Holiday Season!

This week I have been visiting my Mother in Florida for Thanksgiving Break. I grew up ALWAYS doing some sort of craft project with my mom, and time spent over creating is always a special time to us. So this week my mom (Beulah) and I  decided to take pinecones and spray paint them gold so that they can be used as a simple centerpiece for Holiday decor.

Here are the materials we used:

1) Pinecones (we bought ours from Michaels for around $2.99 per pack) (Obviously you can get pinecones for free if you live in a beautiful State…LIKE MONTANA) (we bought 2 packs since we both wanted to make some for both of our homes)

2) Gold Spray paint ($7.00 a bottle at Michaels) (we only bought one)

So it only takes 2 items to make this EASY and CHEAP DIY project that will take literally 30-45 minutes of your time! YAY!


STEP 1) make sure you have a clean surface (preferably outside or in a Florida room so you won’t stain or mark anything with the spray paint)

STEP 2) evenly spread out the pinecones and keep in mind to spray them at least 6 inches away from the can (or else they will be gloopy and sloppy looking)

STEP 3) paint one side of the cones, wait 30-45 minutes, then turn them all on the uncolored (natural) side to spray them

STEP 4) once paint is dry find a fun wooden bowl, or a decorative bowl, and place in your house for the Holidays!


I hope you all are finding fun & creative ways to decorate your homes for this 2013 Holiday Season! I will try to find more time to post additional DIY projects I am going to be working on for my house this year! Until then, Happy Thanksgiving Weekend, and I hope you are all enjoying time with your loved ones before December begins!

GOD bless!

Love, DollybyDesign 🙂