DIY Sailor Bracelet for Halloween Sailor Costumes

Anchors away! The Halloween ship may be ready to set sail soon, so it’s time to finalize your Halloween costumes and gather your costume accessories. Sailor costumes are always popular among our customers and continue to be one of our  best-selling categories. So what is about the sailor costume that makes us all swoon? Perhaps we all share a thirst for adventure and what better place to experience it than out at sea? Looking absolutely adorable in the sailor outfit doesn’t hurt either. This week at iLoveSexy, we bring you this creative DIY sailor bracelet tutorial, fashioned after the Turk’s Head knot commonly found in nautical-inspired jewelry. The Turks Head knot was created by sailors who trying to pass the time during their long journeys out at sea. Eventually, they became known as good luck charms. Whether you want to make this DIY sailor bracelet as an accessory for your Halloween sailor costume or for a friend to wish them good luck, this tutorial is fun, affordable and easy to follow along. If you need any last minute costume ideas to go with this amazing piece, then stick around for our favorite costume selections from our Sailor Costume Collection.
 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - What you will need

 
What you will need:

All-purpose clothesline cord or macrame cord
Liquid dye
Cylinder
Shallow dish/plate
Hot glue gun
Scissors
 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Step 1

1. Wrap the cord around the cylinder and create an “X” shape.

 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Step 1

2. Bring the free end of the cord around and weave it over the bottom right strand. Then bring it over and under the top right strand.

 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Step 3

3. Weave the free end of the cord under the right strand and over the left strand.
 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Step 4

4. Move the top left strand over the top right strand to create an open oval.

 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Step 5

5. Weave the free end of the cord under the left strand and then over the right strand.
 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Step 6

6. Continue repeating steps 4 and 5 around the entire bracelet. You should see a braid pattern forming as you continue to weave.

 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Step 7

7. Once you have weaved all the way around, follow the first strand around and weave using the under and over technique in steps 4 and 5.

 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Step 8

8. Take the bracelet off the cylinder once it has become too tight to weave. Continue working around the bracelet using the under and over technique.

 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Step 9

9. Use the under and over technique and weave it through the closest oval on your side until you make your way around the entire bracelet.

 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Step 10

10. This is how your bracelet should look so far. Repeat this step around the bracelet as many times as you would like. The more times you weave around the bracelet, the thicker it will be.

 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Step 11

11. Take your two ends and weave them into the inside of the bracelet.

 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Step 12

12. Tightly tie the two ends into a knot. Cut the two cords so that there isn’t any string sticking out of the bracelet.

 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Step 13

13. Use hot glue to secure the ends to the inside of the bracelet and to make sure that they don’t fray.

 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Step 14

14. This is how the DIY sailor bracelet should look after you have finished with the weaving. You can leave this as it is if you prefer to wear it like this, but feel free to add any charms or decorations as well.

 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Step 14

15. To go along with this year’s ombre trend, we decided to have a little fun with dip-dye. If you wish to create an ombre dip dye effect, then dispense a small amount of dip dye onto a plate.

 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Step 16

16. Hold the bracelet and quickly dip your bracelet into the dye, removing it after a few seconds. Be careful not to leave the bracelet in the dye for too long, as the material absorbs the dye rather quickly and can end up coloring the entire piece. Repeat this step several more times until you reach the gradient you want.

 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Finished

Add a nautical charm such as an anchor and then you’re done! We know beginning the task of all the braiding and knotting can appear complicated at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s quite simple. You can leave the DIY sailor bracelet on its own without dip-dying it for a classic look. Or you can use another color of dip-dye of your choice to create the look that you want. And while we are all done with the tutorial, the nautical fun does not end just yet! Let’s take a look at some gorgeous sailor costumes you can pair with this DIY sailor bracelet.

 

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Naught Sailor Costume

Naughty Sailor

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Sequin Sailor

Sequin Sailor

DIY Sailor Bracelet - High Seas Honey

High Seas Honey

DIY Sailor Bracelet - Rockin' The Boat

Rockin’ The Boat

 
Sailing the seven seas has never looked more fabulous with this DIY sailor bracelet and our sailor costumes to match! When worn together, the entire outfit looks fun, flirty and will have all the boys saying, “Ahoy there!” We hope you found this tutorial helpful and easy enough to follow along. This gorgeous accessory can not only be worn with Halloween costumes but also as a statement piece for your own everyday wear. So let us know if you decide to make your own DIY sailor bracelet using our tutorial. And share your thoughts in the comments below what you thought of this DIY tutorial. Check back again next week for more DIY fun!
 
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DIY Peacock Headpiece for Halloween Peacock Costumes

Have you ever  heard the phrase, “as pretty as a peacock”? Bright and flamboyant, the peacock serves as a symbol of beauty, wealth and extravagance.  Since ancient times, peacocks have been used in fashion and decorations and are prized for their colorful, iridescent feathers. Peacocks are sometimes criticized for being prideful and ostentatious, though often times with good reason. One cannot deny that the peacock is glamorous and is the showstopper among its other animal kingdom friends. Always a favorite in clothing and art, peacock feathers can  be seen almost everywhere including Halloween costumes. If you are all about standing out among a crowd this Halloween, then you may want to consider dressing up as a lovely peacock.  Here, at iLoveSexy, we have a wonderful selection of the latest and most popular peacock costumes that are sure to make you the star of the show. But we firmly believe that a costume is only as good as its accessories. That is why we have come up with a simple yet gorgeous DIY peacock headpiece tutorial for you this week! Stick around and find out how to make this amazing accessory to go with any of our peacock costumes from our collection.

 

DIY Peacock Headpiece - What you will need

 

What you will need:

Peacock feathers
Hair comb
Brooch
Hot glue gun
Scissors

 

DIY Peacock Headpiece - Step 1

1. Use scissors to cut your peacock feathers to the desired length. We left about 1 to 1.5 inches of the stem.

 

DIY Peacock Headpiece - Step 2

2. Use hot glue to attach each stem of the feather to the back of the comb.

 

DIY Peacock Headpiece - Step 3

3. This is how your DIY peacock headpiece should look like so far. You can use a regular hair comb or choose one with decorative accents.

 

DIY Peacock Headpiece - Step 4

4. Dispense hot glue to the front of the hair comb and attach your brooch to the front.

 

DIY Peacock Headpiece - Finished

 

Now are you ready to strut your stuff with this DIY peacock headpiece? We sure are! Not only was this DIY peacock headpiece incredibly easy to put together, but also quick. Who knew that you could create such amazing crafts and accessories using just a glue gun? You can also create this headpiece with a headband or with an elastic band, depending on how you wish to don your peacock feathers. Whatever way you choose, you can definitely find the perfect peacock outfit to pair it with in our favorite peacock costume selections. Take a look down below for some fun and flirty ideas!

 

DIY Peacock Headpiece - Princess Peacock Costume

Princess Peacock

 

DIY Peacock Headpiece - Sexy Peacock Costume

Sexy Peacock

 

DIY Peacock Headpiece - Royal Peacock Costume

Royal Peacock

 

DIY Peacock Headpiece - Pretty Peacock

Pretty Peacock

 

Peacocks have been admired for centuries in many different cultures and have earned the reputation for its vibrancy and refinement. In ancient societies, the peacock is associated with kindness, watchfulness and good-will. Today, the peacock remains a symbol of attraction and elegance, which is why so many people love dressing up as them during Halloween. We hope you  found this tutorial easy and informative. There are so many different ways to create this DIY peacock headpiece that we encourage you to go to your local crafts store and see what other treasures you can find. Please let us know in the comments below if you liked this tutorial or if you will be making your own. And as always, we encourage questions and suggestions for other DIYs you would like to see. Check back again next week for more Halloween DIY tutorials!
 
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DIY Choker for Vampire Costumes

Mysterious and beautiful, vampires are the creatures of the night that we both fear and revere. From ancient myths to young adult novels, the legend of the vampire has cemented itself as part of our culture. Whether found in movies, books or television shows, the danger and allure of the vampire is something that we have all fantasized about. Darkness and romance surrounds the vampire and we cannot help but indulge in our intrigue with the enigmatic being. That is why for this week, we decided to go in a different direction. We have ventured to the darker side of Halloween and bring you this captivating DIY choker tutorial that will look amazing with our sexy vampire costumes from our Vampire collection. If you are feeling more scary than sweet this Halloween, then a sexy vampire costume is perfect for you. And if you want to learn how to make this bewitching accessory to go with your vampire costume, then follow along this tutorial. And although it was hard to narrow down our top picks from our Vampire collection, we managed to come out with four of our favorites. So stick around for some spooktacular fun!
 

DIY Choker - What you will need

 

What you will need: 

Embroidered lace
Satin ribbon
Broach
Brass chain (thin)
Brass jump rings
Hot glue gun
Scissors

 

DIY Choker - Step 1

1. Measure your embroidered lace against your neck to determine how much material you need. Use scissors to cut according to the desired size.

 

DIY Choker - Step 2

2. Cut your ribbon in half.

 

DIY Choker - Step 3

3. Dispense hot glue to one of the ribbon and attach it to the edge of the lace. Repeat this step for the other side.

 

DIY Choker - Step 4

4. This is how your DIY choker should look like so far.

 

DIY Choker - Step 5

5. To attach the broach to the lace, you will want to dispense hot glue in sections to the corners of the broach. Be careful not to burn yourself as the hot glue will heat up the metal on the back of the broach.

 

DIY Choker - Step 6

6. Open up a jump ring and loop it onto the bottom of the lace. Using pliers or something you can pick up the brass chain with, slide the chain onto the jump ring. Use another jump ring to attach the other side of the chain. Repeat this step for as many chains as you wish to add.

 

DIY Choker - Finished

And there you have it! While this DIY tutorial was incredibly simple, the finished results certainly do not look like it was done in just six steps. This choker is elegant, glamorous and can be worn with Gothic or Victorian-inspired costumes or outfits for a sexy yet vamp-like look.

 

DIY Choker - Close up view

And here is a close-up picture of all the materials put together. We feel that the silver broach really helps complement the lace and helps give it its Gothic look. The brass chains add a weathered, Victorian element to the necklace. You can also use silver chains if you prefer a more modern feel to your jewelry.

 

DIY Choker - On the neck

Putting on the DIY choker is easy and only requires that you tie a nice, neat bow with the ribbon.  You can either wear your hair up or down, but if you really want to show off the DIY choker, then wearing your hair up would definitely draw attention to your neck area. If you are thinking of what to wear with this gorgeous accessory, look no further! Now, we would like to present our top sexy Vampire Costumes for Halloween 2013!

 

DIY Choker - Transylvania Temptress Costume

Transylvania Temptress

DIY Choker - Bloodsucking Beauty

Bloodsucking Beauty

DIY Choker - Queen of Darkness

Queen of Darkness

DIY Choker - Midnight Mistress

Midnight Mistress 

 

So what did you think of this week’s DIY tutorial? Was our DIY choker beautiful enough to don for this year’s Halloween? Although vampires exist only in legends and scary stories, they will continue to live through our fantasies and imagination. Only on Halloween are our fantasies allowed to take full bloom and come to life. So if you’ve been dying to be a vampire this Halloween, check out our website for more sexy and spooky choices! Let us know in the comments below what you thought of the tutorial and the costumes we have chosen. And make sure to leave us feedback on what other DIYs you would like to see on our blog.

 

Don’t forget to send us pictures of any of our DIY tutorials that you have created via email at customerservice@ilovesexy.com, and we may post it up on our Instagram at @ilovesexycom. As Halloween draws closer, we are continuously thinking of ways to make this year’s Halloween fun, flirty and fabulous! Check back again next week for an all new DIY tutorial.

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Sexy Pirate Costumes for a Jolly Halloween 2013

With an abundance of movies and books coming out over the past few years, pirates have never been more prominent in popular culture. Although most only exist in lore and legends, most of us cannot resist a good pirate story.  With incredible tales of hidden treasure, ghost ships and sea monsters, pirates represent the desire for thrills and adventures that most of us can only dream of. Halloween is the one time of the year where everyone can indulge in their fantasies and that includes transforming into the sword-wielding swashbuckler they all wish to be.  And here at iLoveSexy, our Pirate Collection offers over seventy selections to choose from, making it one of our largest categories on our dynamic website. With so many choices for sexy pirate costumes, there is truly something for each customer. That’s why we have compiled our top picks for sexy pirate costumes for this year’s Halloween. And for even more gorgeous options, you won’t want to miss our amazing slideshow at the end of our blog entry!

Sexy Pirate Costumes - Pirate Beauty Costume

Pirate Beauty

A classic pirate costume at its best, the Pirate Beauty outfit is fierce, daring and worthy of captaining her own ship. Complete with an open-front bustle dress and corset detailing, this outfit is for no ordinary tavern wench. The costume set also includes a striped mini underskirt for a hint of peek-a-boo action and glimmering skull belt, for a sexy yet commanding look.  With this costume, you will look like you are ready to sail the seven seas!

 

Sexy Pirate Costumes - Pirates of the Caribbean Costume

Pirates of the Caribbean

For the most dangerous pirates of them all, those who wear our infamous Pirates of the Caribbean costume are sure to make it into legends and storybooks. Featuring a form-flattering brocade corset with a lace under-dress and thigh highs, this outfit is criminally sexy and perfect for looting ships. Are you savvy enough to wear this at your next Halloween event?

 

Sexy Pirate Costumes - Spanish Pirate

Spanish Pirate

And for those who have a thirst for adventure, our Spanish Pirate costume is every bit as romantic as it is bold. Whether you’re hunting for treasure or fighting off sea monsters, this alluring costume has it all. This costume set offers a lovely sweetheart neckline dress with gold ribbon lacing, an attached black and gold vest, flouncy flared skirt and buckled belt. And best of all, it also includes a cheeky feathered hat, detachable ruffled sleeves, belt and pouch. Complete your costume by brandishing a sword and you’ll be the bonniest lass at any Halloween party!

 

So what did you think of these sexy pirate costumes? Do any of them make you wish to dress up as a charming buccaneer this year? Personally, we just can’t get enough of these outfits, which is why we are also adding our Sexy Pirate Costume video for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

 



Lethal, vicious yet bewitching, the female pirate is sure to stand out at any Halloween event. Not only is she known as a brilliant navigator of the high seas, she is also unapologetic and takes what she wants from the world. Having an enormous beard isn’t a requirement for being the baddest pirate this Halloween. All you need is one of these enchanting sexy pirate costumes and a sword to look like the most captivating ruffian anyone has ever seen. Browse around our website at www.ilovesexy.com for even more sexy pirate costume choices and other collections as well. What will be your adventure this Halloween?

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DIY Top Hat for Halloween Circus Costumes

Come one, come all! Growing up, one of our fondest memories was going to the circus. Entering the circus was like entering into a fantasy where wonders of the world dazzled us with magic tricks and the impossible became possible. Jugglers, clowns, and acrobats from all around the world had us in awe while a single ringleader captivated our attention with charm and charisma. This week at iLoveSexy, we would like to bring the circus to your workstation with this amazing DIY Top Hat tutorial. Large top hats may be out of style but a small top hat placed strategically on one side of the head looks simply enchanting with a hint of cheekiness. If you’re looking for something cute to match with Halloween costumes this year, this DIY top hat makes the perfect head accessory. We would say that this is one of our easiest DIY tutorials to follow along yet, because most of the steps involve gluing and cutting. And perhaps a little spray painting if you want to get fancy like we did. But stick around, try it out and of course, scroll down to the end of the tutorial for some spectacular picks from our exclusive Circus Collection! Let’s get started on our DIY top hat!
 

DIY Top Hat - What You Will Need

 

What you will need:

Stiffened felt (you should be able to find this at your local craft store such as JoAnn or Michael’s)
Black spray paint
Gold spray paint
Faux flower(s)
Red ribbon (sheer)
Black ribbon
Black lace
Gold trim
Black feathers
X-Acto Knife
Hot glue gun
Scissors

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 1

1. Remove your flower from the stem. It should slide off with ease but if it happens to be attached with hot glue, then feel free to cut it off the stem with your scissors.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 2

2. Lay your flower on top of some scratch paper. In an area with proper ventilation, begin spray painting your flower with the black spray paint. You may need 2-3 coats of spray paint, so wait around half an hour in between coats.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 3

3. After your black spray paint has dried, lightly spray the gold spray paint on the top of the flower. Be careful not to spray too much, since you want just a light wash of gold for a washed-out, vintage look.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 4

4. Use an object that is circular in shape and with a pencil, trace a circle into the stiffened felt. You will be cutting out several circles and these two will serve as the brim of your top hat. We measured the diameter of the large circle and it comes out to 5 inches.

 

DIY Top Hat -  Step 5

5. Trace a second circle of equal diameter. Inside that circle, trace a smaller circle that is even from all sides, forming a doughnut.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 6

6. Use your scissors and cut out the two circles you have so far.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 7

7. Using your X-Acto knife, cut a slit in the middle of the circle. This step is not mandatory, but we highly recommend it for more control and precision for your cutting.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 8

8. Insert your scissors into the slit and cut out the small circle out from the larger circle.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 9

9. Using your doughnut shaped circle, trace two small circles. These two circles will serve as the top and bottom cover to your hat portion and are about 2.65 inches in diameter.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 10

10. After you have finished cutting everything, you should have one large circle, one doughnut shaped circle and two small circles.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 11

11. Trace two straight lines into the stiffened felt, about 4.5 inches apart.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 12

12. Cut along the lines as neatly as you can. This will serve as the body of your hat portion.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 13

13. Dispense hot glue along the edge of one side of the felt strip. Glue that end to the other end as neatly as you can, allowing for a small overlap of fabric. This should form a cylinder.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 14

14. Dispense hot glue on the edge of the cylinder in sections to attach the small circle. After you have finished gluing around the whole cylinder, make sure the small circle is secure. Repeat this step for the other side of the cylinder.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 15

15. Taking your X-Acto Knife again, cut two small slits about 1.5 inches apart in the center of the large circle.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 16

16. Dispense hot glue onto your doughnut circle and attach it to the large circle.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 17

17. Loop your ribbon through the slits you have made and adjust accordingly. The ribbon will be used to tie the top hat to your head.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 18

18. Place hot glue in sections around the inside of your doughnut circle. Attach the cylinder securely and this should form your top hat. And now it’s time to decorate!

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 19

19. For our trim along the top hat, we glued the gold trim to the center of the sheer red ribbon. After that, we glued the ribbon to the hat, again in small sections.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 20

20. This is how your top hat should look like so far.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 21

21.  Don’t forget about your lovely lace and flower! Cut out a small piece of lace and hot glue it to the back of the flower. This will really give your top hat a romantic, weathered feel.

 

DIY Top Hat - Step 22

22.  Place a  thin strip of hot glue along the bottom boning of the black feathers. Stick them behind the flower and now you are done!

 

DIY Top Hat - Finished Product

This could not be more of a perfect time to say, “TA-DA!” Wouldn’t you agree? No one would be able to tell just how simple this DIY top hat was to make, because of all the beautiful little trinkets used to decorate it. You can find all sorts of arts and crafts goodies at your local craft store and can decorate according to the color and design that you want. You don’t have to go out and buy the exact same materials as we did when decorating and we highly encourage you to go a little crazy with decorating your top hat. Besides, you know what they say. A circus isn’t a good one without a little bit of craziness. And now that we have our lovely little top hat, let’s take a look at a few of the gorgeous Halloween costumes you can match them with.

 

Ring Mistress

Ring Mistress

 

Vintage Cigarette Girl

Vintage Cigarette Girl

 

Big Top Show Stopper

Big Top Show Stopper

 

Le Belle Harlequin

Le Belle Harlequin

 

When it comes to the circus, there is much more than meets the eye. The circus is a place full of mystery, wonder and excitement. And what better way to relive your fondest childhood memories than to dress up as a circus performer? A clown, cigarette girl, ringleader–there are so many choices! Which one of these circus costumes was your favorite? Did you see any circus costumes that you liked in our collection? What did you think of the tutorial and will you be attempting this at home before Halloween comes along? We love to see comments so please leave us your thoughts in the comment box below!

Please let us see what awesome Halloween DIYs you have come up with! Don’t hesitate to send us pictures of any of our DIY tutorials that you have created via email at customerservice@ilovesexy.com, and we may post it up on our Instagram at @ilovesexycom. Check back again next week for an all-new DIY tutorial that will help get you pumped up for Halloween!

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Sexy School Girl Costumes Rule Halloween 2013

A little bit naughty, a little bit innocent–that is what the sexy school girl is all about. Ever since  Britney Spears burst onto the pop music scene back in the 90s, every woman wanted to channel her inner school girl. With short, plaid skirts, crisp white shirts and knee high socks, sexy school girl costumes are playful yet seductive and always get an A plus with all the boys. We all have a little bit of a sexy school girl in us and what better time to express it than during Halloween?  With so many costumes to choose from, having to narrow it down to just one or two choices may seem daunting. However, here at  iLoveSexy, we offer thousands of costumes in many different categories, making it easy for you to make your selection. As one of our hottest, best-selling categories, our School Girl Collection boasts a wide array of costumes, perfect for all your party needs. To give customers an idea of the gorgeous outfits we carry in our collection, we have decided to share them with you. For additional outfits, stick around towards the end of the post for a special slideshow!

Classic School Girl
Classic School Girl

Nothing quite beats the classics, does it? This Classic School Girl costume is simple yet irresistibly flirty and will certainly earn you some extra credit.  Featuring a stretchable, tie-front, midriff top and frisky little skirt, this sexy school girl costume is sure to turn heads inside and outside the classroom. Don this outfit at any Halloween event and no one would be able to resist spending a little extra time in detention with you.

School Girl Tease

School Girl Tease

The School Girl Tease costume is the perfect little outfit for all the rebels out there. For those who want to unleash their inner bad girl this Halloween, this outfit is for those who aren’t afraid to break the rules in the classroom. This costume features a black, tie-front midriff top with a pink plaid collar and a matching pink, plaid skirt. Would you dare to rock this outfit?

 

Business School Girl Costume

Business School Girl

Smart and sexy never looked better with this lovely Business School Girl costume. For those who want to go for a more sophisticated yet unique route, this outfit is perfection. Featuring a short-sleeve mini dress with attached suspenders and a matching necktie, this costume really lets customers get down to business. Work your magic in this costume at any Halloween event and we can assure you, all eyes will be on you.

 

Did you like any of these costumes? Add some knee high socks and closed-toed heels to these sexy school girl costumes, and you’re all set to teach the lesson in how to be sexy. And these costumes don’t just end here since they are only a few of the selections in our catalog. Check out this video for an even bigger peek into our School Girl Collection!

 




So what will it be? Do you want to play a good girl or a bad girl this year? What was your favorite of the sexy school girl costumes featured in this blog post? Just because school is no longer in session doesn’t mean that you can’t look as charmingly sexy as a school girl. The sexy school girl will continue to be one of Halloween’s most popular costumes for many years to come and are always a hit both inside and outside of Halloween events. Take a look around our website at www.ilovesexy.com for more information on our many costume collections. We guarantee you that you will find something that looks too cool for school and perfect for your next Halloween party.

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DIY Masquerade Mask for Halloween Costumes

Have you ever wanted to attend a masquerade ball? There is something so enchanting about disappearing from the real world and descending into another where you can be anyone you wish to be. Donning a beautiful mask while dancing the night away with a mysterious stranger is a fantasy that so many of us have. Halloween is coming up, and there are many ways that you can make that fantasy come true. Here at iLoveSexy, we have put together our own DIY Masquerade Mask tutorial for you to try out. While you do not necessarily need to replicate this mask step-by-step, you can definitely use this as a template or for inspiration on how you would want to design your mask. The sky’s the limit, so don’t hesitate to go a little crazy on the decorating. After all, when it comes to putting together your costume, isn’t Halloween about going all out? Stick around at the end of of this tutorial for some really gorgeous and extravagant costumes from our Antoinette Collection and Mardi Gras Collection that you can pair your masquerade mask with. We promise that you will have a ball dressing up in these best-seller outfits. In the meantime, let’s get started on our tutorial!

 

DIY Masquerade Mask - What you will need

 

What you will need:

Plastic mask (you may choose whatever shape you wish, or you may make your own)
Black spray paint
Gold paint
Gold dimensional fabric paint/puffy paint
Gold glitter
Gold rhinestones
Clear rhinestones
Gold trim
2 strings of black beads
Black faux flower
Black lace
Black feathers
Black ribbon
Hot glue gun
Newspaper or scratch paper
Paint brushes
 

DIY Masquerade Mask - Step 1

1. Lay out your mask on the newspaper or scratch paper and spray paint your mask thoroughly and as evenly as possible. You may have to spray paint the mask in two or three layers, depending how evenly it has dried.

 

DIY Masquerade Mask - Step 2

2. This is how the mask should look like once dry. We spray painted this twice and let it dry for about forty-five minutes.

 

DIY Masquerade Mask - Step 3

3. To give more shape to the eye area, we used gold paint to give the mask distinctive cat eyes.

 

DIY Masquerade Mask - Step 4

4. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle a generous layer of gold glitter onto the eye area, making sure the eyes have an even coat.

 

DIY Masquerade Mask - Step 5

5. For adding 3-D designs, use the gold dimensional fabric paint and draw out designs such as swirls and jewels. Feel free to be as creative as you would like with this part.

 

DIY Masquerade Mask - Step 6

6. While the gold dimensional paint is still wet, sprinkle more glitter onto the designs.

 

DIY Masquerade Mask - Step 7

7. Dispense a small amount of hot glue onto the mask and use a pair of tweezers to attach the rhinestones.

 

DIY Masquerade Mask - Step 8

8. This is how the mask should look after you have attached your rhinestones. Isn’t the mask coming together quite nicely?

 

DIY Masquerade Mask - Step 9

9. To add a touch of elegance to the mask, we cut a thin strip of black lace about 1-inch wide and hot-glued it to the back of the mask.

 

DIY Masquerade Mask - Step 10

10. We wanted a little more volume at the top, so we added a second layer of lace to the mask. We cut out a slightly wider strip of lace and hot-glued it on top of the first layer of lace.

 

DIY Masquerade Mask - Step 10

11. Use hot-glue to attach the gold trim all around the mask, carefully adding glue in sections and attaching the trim according to the shape of the mask.

 

DIY Masquerade Mask - Step 11

12. This is how the mask should look after attaching the gold trim.

 

DIY Masquerade Mask - Step 12

13. Take your two string of black beads and knot them securely to your faux decorative flower. Since this faux flower was originally a hair clip, we looped the strings through and knotted them securely onto the metal clip.

 

DIY Masquerade Mask - Step 13

14. Hot glue the decorative faux flower to the side of the mask, making sure not to cover the eye area.

 

DIY Masquerade Mask - Step 14

15.  Dispense hot glue onto the boning of the feather and stick it into the opening between the faux flower and the mask. Hold the feather there for about thirty seconds or until you know the feather is firmly attached to the mask. Repeat this step for as many feathers as you would like.

 

DIY Masquerade Mask - Step 15

16. Cut your ribbon into two pieces at your desired length. Again, use hot glue to attach one end of the ribbon to the mask. Now your masquerade mask is finally ready for you to wear! Simply place the mask over your eyes and tie the ribbon into a tight bow to hold everything in place.

 

DIY Masquerade Mask - Finished

Masquerade ball events are all about the lavishness and luxury, and nothing exemplifies extravagance more than a glitzy and decorative masquerade mask. We love how ornate this masquerade mask turned out. Putting together this mask was a little time-consuming because of all the little details that went into designing it, but trust us, a little patience goes a long way! You can add your own color scheme and ornamentation to fit whatever outfit you would be pairing this lovely accessory with.  As for some ideas on what to wear with this mask, we’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite picks for Halloween this year!

4-Piece Royal Antoinette

Royal Attoinette

 

Mysterious Masquerade

Mysterious Masquerade

 

Victorian Doll
Victorian Doll

 

Mardi Gras Maven

Mardi Gras Maven

 

Halloween is all about having fun and turning all your craziest fantasies into reality for just one night. Why not go all the way this year with a glamorous costume that will really stand out among the witches, police officers and pirates? These costumes may be inspired from history, but they have been modernized with a sexy yet elegant twist. And no costume is complete without a bedazzling masquerade mask! Putting together your Halloween costume doesn’t just have to end with purchasing an outfit. Decorating it and adding accessories is what makes it special. And for twice the fun, you can even invite friends over and have a masquerade mask decorating party. The possibilities for designing this accessory are endless, so let your creative juices flow and get started on making your own with our DIY tutorial today! What did you think of this week’s tutorial? Will you be trying out it for yourself? How would you like to decorate your mask? Don’t forget to leave us some feedback in the comments below!

 

We would love to see what awesome Halloween DIYs you have come up with! So don’t hesitate to send us pictures of any of our DIY tutorials that you have created via email at customerservice@ilovesexy.com, and we may post it up on our Instagram at @ilovesexycom. Check back again next week for an all-new DIY tutorial that will help get you pumped up for Halloween!

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DIY Harry Potter Wand for Halloween Witch Costumes

Expecto Patronum! Are you familiar with that magic spell? Some of you may not be and while we do not encourage anyone to practice witchcraft, we can certainly advocate for witches making crafts! Are you considering dressing up as a witch for this year’s Halloween? Broomsticks have long gone out of fashion but that doesn’t mean you can’t accessorize your costume with these elegant yet trendy magic wands. Inspired by the beautiful wands found in Harry Potter, these DIY wands are incredibly fun to make because you can fashion them however you imagine them.  Witch costumes have always been one of the popular go-to choices for Halloween attire and it’s no secret why. Today’s witches are alluring, mysterious and charming. And here at iLoveSexy, while we boast a large collection of witch costumes, we have selected our most spellbinding costumes of the year. So stick around and follow along for our DIY wand tutorial for Halloween witch costumes or any Harry Potter-themed costumes! Who knows? Perhaps you will magically conjure up some ideas for your very own wand!
 

 DIY Harry Potter Wand - What you will need

 

What you will need: 

Construction paper
Acrylic paint in any colors of your choice
Hot glue gun
Extra glue sticks (if needed)
Paper towels

 

DIY Harry Potter Wand - Step 1

1. Tightly roll a piece of construction paper diagonally, forming the shape of a long, thin cone.

 

DIY Harry Potter Wand - Step 2

2. For more security and sturdiness, stuff your wand with pieces of paper towel, newspaper or scratch paper. If you have a hard time with pushing the pieces down, use a long and thin object such as a pencil or a chopstick.

 

DIY Harry Potter Wand - Step 3

3. Using scissors, cut the top and bottom of the wand to make the ends straight across. This step is very important as you will be sealing the ends of the wands with glue.

 

DIY Harry Potter Wand - Step 4

4. Fill the hollow space on the top and bottom end of the wand with hot glue. Dispense as much as needed and be careful not to burn yourself. Allow the glue to cool before going on to the next step.

 

DIY Harry Potter Wand - Step 5

5. Begin designing your wand using the hot glue to add various shapes. For this particular wand, we created a thicker handle by gently turning the wand while dispensing a thick layer of glue until we reached the desired length. We stopped at around the quarter-inch mark. To prevent the hot glue from dripping, you can slowly turn the wand as you would see in a rotisserie until the glue is completely dried.

 

DIY Harry Potter Wand - Step 6

6. We decided to go with a simple swirling pattern going down the wand, below the handle. Slowly dispense the hot glue and twist the wand to the desired shape you wish to achieve. You can also use the end of the glue gun to shape patterns and add designs.

 

DIY Harry Potter Wand - Step 7

7. Paint a thick layer of acrylic paint to your wand. Don’t worry about being too precise with painting, as the more textured your wand, the more used and rustic it looks.

 

DIY Harry Potter Wand - Step 8

8. After you have finished painting your base color, paint your decorative accents if you wish to add more colors. We recommend using metallic paint such as gold, bronze or silver to paint over the accents.

 

DIY Harry Potter Wand - Finished

And voilà! After a little hocus pocus and a lot of paint, we finally have our Harry Potter wands! Ready for casting spells, this wand is not only great for matching with Halloween costumes but it would also be a hit at Halloween parties and events. Since we had a little extra time and a lot of extra paint, we decided to create an additional wand.

 

DIY Harry Potter Wand - Finished2

If you are just starting out with making your first Harry Potter wand, you might want to go down the more simple route with a classic spiral design, such as in our green and gold wand. Or if you’re feeling more ambitious or have had some practice with decorating wands, you can try adding ornate designs such as decorative ridges, patterns or even jewels. Doesn’t this bronze wand look like it was used by a great, powerful wizard? The possibilities are endless and you can really buckle down and get creative with this project.  And now that we’re finished with our wands, let’s take a look at some of the eye-catching witch costumes that would go wonderfully with this DIY project!

 

DIY Harry Potter Wand - Sexy Spellcaster

Sexy Spellcaster

 

DIY Harry Potter Wand - Starry Night Witch

Starry Night Witch

 

DIY Harry Potter Wand - Hocus Pocus Hottie

Hocus Pocus Hottie

 

DIY Harry Potter Wand - Broomstick Babe

Broomstick Babe

 

Witch costumes never really go out of fashion, because witches have become such an embedded part of Halloween culture. And even though the Harry Potter series ended a couple years ago, dressing up as a witch or a wizard is now more popular than ever. Carrying this Harry Potter wand, as opposed to the typical broomstick, is a modern and creative twist on dressing up as one of Halloween’s most recognizable figures. So tell us, are you a fan of this week’s DIY Harry Potter wand tutorial? Will you be trying this tutorial out at home? Let us know in the comments below if you are considering dressing up as a witch or if you will be trying out the tutorial.

 
Send us pictures of any of our DIY tutorials that you have created via email at customerservice@ilovesexy.com, and we may post it up on our Instagram at @ilovesexycom. As Halloween draws closer, we are continuously thinking of ways to make this year’s Halloween fun, flirty and fabulous! Check back again next week for an all new DIY tutorial.

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Superhero and Villain Costumes Dominate Halloween 2013

2013 has been a major year for superheros in Hollywood. Iron Man 3 kicked off the beginning of May while Man of Steel was this summer’s highly anticipated blockbuster. And it doesn’t just end there. We are all holding our breath in excitement over “Thor: The Dark World” coming out, just after Halloween. With so many superhero movies premiering one right after the other, it’s no surprise that everyone wants to look like a superhero this Halloween. Like Superman, the rise in the popularity of superhero and villain costumes hit us faster than a speeding bullet. Here at iLoveSexy, we carry over thousands of costumes in our collection, with a wide variety of choices in the Superhero and Villain categories. These are our top three suggestions for superhero and villain costumes that will have you asking yourself–who’s side are you on?

 

Women's American Dream Costume

Women’s American Dream Costume

As the leader of The Avengers, it’s no secret that the captain looks every bit as powerful as she looks fierce. Patriotic, resilient and charismatic, this American Dream costume is all about the stars and stripes. This set includes a dress, boot covers, gloves and an eye mask and is perfect for fighting in the name of freedom, liberty and justice.

Women's Thor Costume

Women’s Thor Costume

Thor, the God of Thunder, is often associated with strength, pride and victory. Our Women’s Thor Costume is perfect for all your Halloween adventures and will have everyone in awe of the power and intensity you yield. This set includes a dress with a detachable cape, glovettes, boot covers and a character headpiece. Add the signature hammer to the mix and you are ready to rule the skies.

4-Piece Cat Girl Costume

4-Piece Cat Girl Costume

And we can’t forget about one of our favorite villainesses here, Catwoman. Reminiscent of Anne Hathaway’s costume in last year’s “The Dark Knight Rises”, our 4-Piece Cat Girl Costume is dark and sleek, with just a hint of mystery. This set includes a zipper front jumpsuit with an open back, a belt, padded gloves and an eye mask for concealing your identity as the feline mistress of disguise.

 

Superheros may only live in our fantasies but that doesn’t mean you can’t look as fabulous as them!  We hope you enjoyed checking out our top superhero and villain costumes for 2013. Please visit our website at www.ilovesexy.com for many more choices. Do you plan to dress up as a superhero or a villain this year? Who do you want to be? Will you be transforming into any of these glorious heroes we’ve listed above? Let us know in the comments below!

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