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The Ultimate DIY Competition

ENTER YOUR DIY PROJECT

Do you live and breathe fashion - and how to get it for less? Do you often find yourself crafting the looks you see on the runway, in street style photos, and in stores? Do you have creative ways of cutting corners and re-creating, modifying, upcycling, re-fashioning, embellishing, and distressing pieces to create items all with your own personal style? If so, we want to see what YOU can do! Enter an original DIY project - made entirely by you - in The Ultimate DIY Competition!

The theme is "Inspired DIY" - and you need to submit a photo of your inspiration piece (a designer garment, an item you've seen on someone, a beautiful photograph of nature, an illustration or piece of artwork etc.) AND create something based on this photograph. Submit at least 2 photos of your project during the creation process, write the step-by-step tutorial to share with all, and finish off with at least 2 photos of your final DIY piece! Make a Wearable (item of clothing), piece of Jewelry, or an Accessory, for anyone, any age. Five fashion Bloggers at the forefront of the online DIY style movement serve as the Judging panel - and we'll be looking for how closely your piece relates to your inspiration photo, how creative you got with your materials/process, how well-made your creation is, and whether it's Fashion with a capital F. One Winner in each category will be chosen - and we've got some great gift certificates to online craft and DIY materials stores as prizes! Encourage your friends and family to "Heart" or "Like" your project too - the project with the most "Hearts" + "Likes" also wins a prize.

Submission period ends on September 5, 2010 - so get those glue guns out and submit your project early to get more online love!


PRIZES

Wearables Project Winner $100 Gift Certificate to M&J Trimming Jewelry Project Winner $50 Gift Certificate to Fire Mountain Gems Accessories Project Winner $50 Gift Certificate to New York Design Shop Fan Favorite Project Winner (Project with Highest Number of "Hearts" + "Likes") BurdaStyle Stitches T-Shirt One-Year Subscription to VenusZine

The WINNERS

Best DIY Jewelry Project:

Antique-Inspired Necklace by India E.

Best DIY Clothing Project:

Vest out of a Blazer by Darling Chelsea.

Best DIY Accessory Project:

Recycled Newspaper Belt by Brittany Marie.

Fan Favorite Winner:

Chan Luu Inspired Turquoise Wrap Bracelet by Ruby Mines.


P.S. New York Design Shop is offering a 15% OFF your entire order on www.newyorkdesignshop.com with code ultimatediy for the duration of this competition!


The Judging Panel

The Organizer: Carly J. Cais
Chic Steals

My blog is where I've been sharing step-by-step DIY tutorials, styling tips, and how to get that "designer look-for-less" for the last 2 years. I conceived of The Ultimate DIY Competition as a grassroots effort to encourage creativity and community among crafters all around the world.

Suzannah
Adventures in Dressmaking

My blog is where I share my sewing, craft, and home décor ideas and DIY projects. I love doing original tutorials and projects based on styles I see in magazines, often reusing vintage or thrifted fabric and materials.


Tessa Stephensen
Apparellel

I’m not really a professional DIY-er per se; I’m a wardrobe stylist that’s been cutting, ripping, shredding and otherwise improvising since I was eight. I love to see the creativity that comes out of necessity.


Maegan Tintari
...love, Maegan

Honest & stylish LA blogger, Maegan Tintari, posts daily about fashion, sharing her style secrets, DIY tutorials, home decor projects, thoughts on life & marriage, infertility and babies, and just about anything else that may be on her mind at any given moment.


Outi Pyy
Outsapop

Outi writes about fashion, recycling and sustainability in her blog OutsaPop Trashion. She gives ideas on how to make crafting green and bring catwalk trends to DIY fashion through inspiration boards and how-to tutorials.



The Sponsors

For over 70 years, M&J Trimming has a been a company worldly known for its top quality trimmings. Here at M&J, we still believe in providing our customers with the highest quality and best selection for their artistic designs.

Visit MJTrim.com »

New York Design Shop is your one stop online shop for all things DIY fashion! Whether you are a fashion designer, a fashionista, a super shopper, a crafter or whomever else you may be, we are here to put fashion in your hands.

Visit newyorkdesignshop.com »

BurdaStyle is a place for people who sew or would like to learn. Our aim is to bring the traditional craft of sewing to a new generation of fashion designers, sewing hobbyists, DIYers and anyone looking to sew something. The website offers copyright-free sewing patterns, step-by step sewing tutorials, skill sharing, inspiration, project ideas and people passionate about sewing.

Visit burdastyle.com »

VenusZine is the leading source for coverage of women in music, art, film, fashion, and DIY culture. This quarterly, internationally circulated magazine and its companion website, venuszine.com, feature interviews with legendary artists (Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, and Kim Deal) as well as edgy and up-and-coming musicians, designers, writers, actresses, and DIY entrepreneurs.

Visit venuszine.com »

The contest has closed - winners announced soon!


Latest entries in the Accessories category

Mr Potatoe In Polymer Clay  (:

Mr Potatoe In Polymer Clay (:

It's a little Mr potatoe :)

♥ 26
Recycled Newspaper Belt
Belts >

Recycled Newspaper Belt

Earth Friendly and Stylish!

♥ 58
Cute + Simple Wallet

Cute + Simple Wallet

♥ 1
Bow Waist Belt

Bow Waist Belt

You'll want to make this super cute Bow Waist Belt in every color and pattern.

♥ 194
Bow Waist Belt

Bow Waist Belt

♥ 0
Diy: Knotted Double Layered Scarf From Xl Men's Tee

Diy: Knotted Double Layered Scarf From Xl Men's Tee

look cool this Fall/Winter... for the price of $2 (inspired by the Knotted Loop Scarf by Country Road!)

♥ 75
Loop Scarf

Loop Scarf

Another Anthropologie knockoff/version! Woo!

♥ 48
Flying Heart Keyholder

Flying Heart Keyholder

heart shaped fabric keyholder.

♥ 15
Not Sew Simple Wallet

Not Sew Simple Wallet

Its not sew simple. But if you have an iron it can be oh so simple.

♥ 33
Circular Scarf

Circular Scarf

Frayed circular scarf

♥ 34
Embellished Shoulder Accessory

Embellished Shoulder Accessory

Fun shoulder accessory to dress up plain tshirts

♥ 42
Knit Tie

Knit Tie

a pink knit tie

♥ 38
Cassette Tape Wallet

Cassette Tape Wallet

Bringing back the '80s baby! Woohoo!

♥ 518
Knitted Fingerless Mittens

Knitted Fingerless Mittens

So warm and so easy to make! ^-^

♥ 33
Bleeding Heart Eyepatch

Bleeding Heart Eyepatch

shiny win.

♥ 64
Aiw Key Chain

Aiw Key Chain

snappy keychain in the tradition if AIW

♥ 5
Nylon Fingerless Glove

Nylon Fingerless Glove

how to make this simple and afforable glove

♥ 44
Feathered Fan
Fans >

Feathered Fan

what more can i say :)

♥ 32

See all 20 projects

Latest entries in the Clothing category

Paper Bag Skirt From Vintage Sheet

Paper Bag Skirt From Vintage Sheet

Create a fun skirt with upcycled materials and minimal effort.

♥ 98
Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!!
Tunics >

Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!!

Re-fashioned, Dress, T-shirt

♥ 68
Nautical Inspired Navy Circle Skirt And Striped Top

Nautical Inspired Navy Circle Skirt And Striped Top

Inspired by the seaside

♥ 722
The Holey Braid Shirt

The Holey Braid Shirt

So Holey and Braided

♥ 75
"Fake" Wedding Dress

"Fake" Wedding Dress

Inexpensive way to "fake" embroidery and beading - especially for props and costumes

♥ 186
Jeans And Vest Into Dress

Jeans And Vest Into Dress

An easy way to turn your old jeans or trousers into a cute dress :D

♥ 10
Long Skirt To Flirty Dress!

Long Skirt To Flirty Dress!

sweet summer dress made out of a long skirt

♥ 111
Easy Skirt Out Of A T Shirt

Easy Skirt Out Of A T Shirt

easy fast skirt out of a t-shirt

♥ 96
Very Easy High Waist Skirt

Very Easy High Waist Skirt

H&M inspired skirt, made by a beginner!

♥ 279
Easy Skirt With A Fluffy Back

Easy Skirt With A Fluffy Back

Inspired by maid apron :)

♥ 637
Strapless Dress

Strapless Dress

Summer dress

♥ 131
Van Gogh Skirt

Van Gogh Skirt

A fun, flirty, artsy skirt.

♥ 11
Ruffle Skirt

Ruffle Skirt

a layered ruffle skirt to wear.

♥ 47
Ruffle Skirt

Ruffle Skirt

a layered ruffle skirt to wear.

♥ 47
Flowery Dress

Flowery Dress

the perfect flowery dress, for a flowery spring (or summer) day!!!

♥ 4
Beaded Corset Style Top

Beaded Corset Style Top

Get the look without the discomfort of tight lacing

♥ 66
Diy Cutout Tank Variation

Diy Cutout Tank Variation

A stylish way to transform a tank without sewing.

♥ 60
Easy Peasy Cape Shawl Thing

Easy Peasy Cape Shawl Thing

Nice and cozy. I think I'm going to live in this now...

♥ 121

See all 24 projects

Latest entries in the Jewelry category

Ribbon Chain Necklace

Ribbon Chain Necklace

you can make a plain chain looks nice with just a ribbon

♥ 108
Knitted Necklace With Orange Peel Star And Ribbons

Knitted Necklace With Orange Peel Star And Ribbons

having fun mixing textures and techniques

♥ 2
Heart Ring  Out Of Folder Cover

Heart Ring Out Of Folder Cover

recycle and create beautiful accessories!

♥ 23
Black Fimo Bow Necklace <3

Black Fimo Bow Necklace <3

bow, clay, fimo, cute, kawaii, jewelry, necklace, handmade, DIY

♥ 13
Mustach Necklace {:

Mustach Necklace {:

mustach, cute, funny, necklace, jewelry, black, credit card, kawaii, cute...

♥ 19
Breaking Benjamin Evil Angel  Pendant

Breaking Benjamin Evil Angel Pendant

breaking benjamin

♥ 9
Knitted Felted Bangles With Lampwork Beads

Knitted Felted Bangles With Lampwork Beads

knit & felted bangle with beads

♥ 19
Beaded Necklace And Bracelet

Beaded Necklace And Bracelet

seed beads

♥ 17
"The Hunger Games" Mockingjay Pendant Necklace

"The Hunger Games" Mockingjay Pendant Necklace

May the odds be ever in your favor.

♥ 46
Leather Tassel Necklace,Bagcharm, Keyring

Leather Tassel Necklace,Bagcharm, Keyring

how to do one.

♥ 44
Super Cute Rhinestone Heart Necklace

Super Cute Rhinestone Heart Necklace

This blinged out necklace will catch everyone's eye.

♥ 32
Diary Padlock Chain And Earrings
Keys >

Diary Padlock Chain And Earrings

chic and cheap set ...have fun creating patterns

♥ 6
Orange Peel Stars

Orange Peel Stars

a very cheap, easy and GREEN project!!!!

♥ 30
Origami Crane Earrings

Origami Crane Earrings

Dainty little Japanese-inspired earrings.

♥ 61
Stuffed Coffee Cup Pin

Stuffed Coffee Cup Pin

Good morning, it's coffee time!

♥ 10
Antique Inspired Necklace

Antique Inspired Necklace

take some pretty ribbon, a vintage bracelet, chain, and make a gorgeous necklace!

♥ 64
Chan Luu Inspired Turquoise Wrap Bracelet

Chan Luu Inspired Turquoise Wrap Bracelet

How to Make a Chan Luu Turquoise Leather Wrap Bracelet on the skinny!

♥ 418
Lollipop Necklace

Lollipop Necklace

easy, cute, diy ;D <3

♥ 449

See all 24 projects