Thursday, September 19, 2013

KLaK DIY: Tribal Inspired Hair Sticks

Here is a fun, inexpensive way to dress up a boring or drab hairstyle! A great DIY for mama or for a special, little girl in your life.

What you'll need...

  • Bamboo skewers
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Glue
  • Embroidery floss
  • Leather scraps
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Ruler

First, you'll need to trim down your skewer. Measure three inches from the flat end and use your scissors to cut off the excess. After you finish cutting the skewer you can apply one to two coats of paint. This not only will add color to the hair stick, but it will also help to seal the skewer and prevent any splintering. Allow skewers to dry.

Once paint has dried, choose the colors of embroidery floss you'd like to use and attach the ends of all colors to the flat end of the skewer with a small piece of tape. Choose your first color; while keeping the floss flush against the skewer, bring the floss about 3 inches down from the flat end and begin wrapping the floss around the skewer. Repeat with each additional color of floss, being sure to tuck in the loose strands of floss as you go. Once you reach the end, wrap with another small piece of tape and trim floss. ( It will look messy, but this will all be concealed by the end )

Next, cut your leather scraps into the shape above. Be sure to cut two pieces the same size for each hair stick you plan on making. Tape off your leather piece to create a stencil for stripes. Apply two coats of paint, peel off tape, and allow to dry.

When your leather pieces are dry, you will want to sandwich the skewer in the center of both leather pieces. It is best to use a strong holding glue. Once you have pressed both leather pieces together, with the skewer in between, clean up any excess glue that may seep out around the edges.

Your tribal inspired hair sticks are now completed!

Have fun with mixing and matching colors, add beads, and don't be afraid to experiment with other textiles, besides leather. If you happen to try this DIY, be sure to tag your pics on Instagram with #KLaKDIY

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


I found myself at the park today, swinging on the swings ( yes, by myself lol) and really just contemplating life and the extraordinary, and monumental risks that we SHOULD take. When I was younger, I would swing so high and never be afraid to jump off that swing because I was confident I would land on my feet. Possibly, because I had never experienced landing on my face. I had no fear! Life has tried to convince me (and you) that we should be afraid to swing the highest, out of fear that we will fall on our face and never recover. But, I am here to remind you that you should in fact swing higher and stronger than you ever have before, let go of the chains and reach for the sky and if indeed you fall on your face, it never hurts as much as you anticipate. Let go of your fear, let go of that gut feeling that's preventing you from taking a risk, it's only ever based off of the past. Ecclesiastes 11 teaches us that there is value in diligence... Get to work!!! Namaste ~ with love