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About a Place: A UO Guide to Tulum

With its crystal clear water, pristine white sand beaches, and travel culture heavy on hammock lounging and streetside fish taco eating, truly: Life is sweet in Tulum. To kick off a summer of exploring, here's our guide to and souvenirs from a quick escape to the Riviera Maya. 


Historically believed to be sacred portals to the underworld, cenotes are pools formed by the collapsing of limestone caves. There are literally thousands along the Yucatan—our choice was Cenote Azul, a quiet freshwater lagoon with a cliff for jumping into the water. 

Opting for analog memories, we snapped pictures with a Instax Mini 8, Fujifilm's portable instant camera.


Tulum beverage-of-choice: Mojitos made from freshly-crushed sugarcane juice, lime, and extra mint, served to you from a converted VW Beetle at the Batey Mojito and Guarapo Bar.

For a quick taco, we recommend Mateo's, complete with a row of empty hammocks on their giant deck.

Acapulco chairs on the beach, designed from traditional Mayan hammock-weaving techniques.

Laid-back beach vibes.

How the locals do coconut water: Find a young coconut, whip out a machete (!), cut off the top, scrape the sides, and stick a straw into the top.  

Bikes at the compound, with baskets handy for trekking around town.


For afternoon adventures: 
Snorkeling on the reef in front of the Maya Ruins
The ruins at Coba—rent a bicycle and get lost in the jungle
Exploring nature at the Sian Ka'an biosphere
The perfumery at Coqui Coqui

For a fancy night out: Hartwood

For a quick post-beach taco: Mateo's

For lodging: Zazil-Kin, Papaya Playa, Ahau, S&S Hip Hotel 

For nightlife: Gitano Bar, Ziggy Beach, Adelita, El Curandero 

We documented our trip through a travel scrapbook—read more here on our DIY tutorial.

she and reverie Party

Cute line she and reverie is showing off their whimsical loungewear made for dreamin' at a backyard arts and crafts party this Saturday, August 24, in Brooklyn (74 N. 8th Street) from 5-7 p.m. Make dreamcatchers and pretty flower crowns while eating glitter cupcakes. Sounds like a dream! Hazel

The Pop-Up Institute for Craft and Ingenuity at Space 15 Twenty

In the pop-up space at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) this month, you'll find a whole new creative experience, presented by Hand-Eye Supply. During the rest of August through the first few weeks of September, Hand-Eye Supply, a retail store from Portland, Oregon that focuses on helping communities design and work together creatively, will be taking over the space to open The Pop-Up Institute for Craft & Ingenuity.

This new shop will be stocked with crafting and DIY supplies and tools, plus throughout the month there will be educational opportunities and events that Hand-Eye calls "a physical manifestation of our aspirations." Sounds pretty cool, right? If you're ready to get your DIY on and let those creative juices go wild, attend the opening party this Friday, August 16th at Space 15 Twenty from 6pm to 9pm! There will be live letterpress printing by Tabletop Made, and music by Neil Schield of Origami Vinyl. RSVP here. Maddie

Interview: Amy Symonds from Calamity Pass Trading Company

Amy Symonds combines nature with artistic nurture to create beautiful hand-painted skulls and jewelry under the name Calamity Pass Trading Company. Below, she tells us about how her upbringing has influenced her, shares her work process, and teaches us what a spit bath is. Make sure to check out Amy's art, some which will be available for purchase at our new Malibu store opening on August 15!
Interview by Ally Mullen

Introduce yourself! Where are you from and what was your childhood like? Where do you live now?

Hi! I’m Amy Symonds, owner of Calamity Pass Trading Company. I live in the Never Summer Mountains, in a tiny Colorado town, very close to my childhood home where my father was the caretaker of an abandoned Fluorite mine. 

How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I am a mother, a wife, a collector and creator. 

Your work uses a lot of found and recycled materials. How much did your upbringing play a part into the materials you use?
Major!! The mine was literally a ghost town on the jagged side of a mountain. We drove snow machines to meet the school bus! We were always outside, looking for rocks, bone or arrowheads from the Ute Indians. We would snoop through abandoned miners shacks left with food in cupboards even clothes in the closets. Our favorite shack had pictures of naked ladies plastered across the wall. There were huge old mine buildings to explore made of rusty corrugated steel. This is where I fell in love with old things.

In the summer, my sisters and I would sleep outside and lay awake listening to coyotes howl. I am still so connected to nature—the smell of dirt…the wild.

Isolated and stuck together, my father (a solid, quiet, outdoorsmen,) hauled in water for bathing and drinking, and showed us how to skin an elk. My mom (an eccentric artist and free-spirit) taught us how to conserve and reuse and how to sew fabulous costumes for impromptu back porch performances. I learned to look at things in different ways.

P.S. I can also take a mean “spit bath”. (it’s not really spit, it’s using a washcloth and a very little amount of water.) Thanks mom!

What are some of the materials you work with the most? Which is the hardest? The most fun?
Most materials I work with are from nature. Porcupine Quills are the hardest. The tiny bastards make your eyes cross and poke your fingers. The most fun are animal skulls. I believe they keep and radiate their amazing wild animal spirit. I love capturing that, making it something you can hold in your hand. 

How many animal skulls do you think you have you ever made?
About 40. 

What's the process like for making them?
I hike around and find them, or local ranchers drop them on my porch. I love skulls that are old and deteriorated, the ones with half a face that look like they have been to hell and back. I also buy them from a local animal control contractor. We work together to reuse every part of the animal possible.

Then, some skulls require cleaning. This is very gross and stinky. The only one who enjoys this part is my dog. Then I paint them. I prefer to use ink as it soaks in becoming part of the bone. I free hand tiny designs into the skull, creating a folky, colorful feel. 

How long do most skulls paintings take? What's the longest you've ever worked on one, and tell us what it was/what it looked like? 
Most take about two to four hours. The most complicated went down like this: I had just scored a rad rattlesnake skin at a Mountain Man Rendezvous. I was stupidly inspired. Do you know how long it takes to recreate snakeskin on a cow skull!? Like six damn hours.

Tell us about your other works of art! 
I make one-of-a kind jewelry pieces from spent bullet casings, porcupine quills, leather and stones.

You also work with crystals. Do you believe in all of the powers that people believe they hold? What's your favorite one? 
 Yes absolutely! When you feel something from this earth in your hand, it calms you, reconnects you. Fluorite is obviously my favorite by far! 

You spend a lot of time collecting materials… things must begin to add up. Do you hold off on using them until you're ready to create the right piece? If so, what do you have the most of? Do you ever keep anything for yourself? 
I admit I have some sheds. They’re (crammed) full of fabric and fur, vintage clothing mixed with rusty machinery parts, dirty cow skulls, old bottles and wire... some pitchforks. When creating my motto goes, “One for you, one for me.”

So you'll be taking part in the opening of our UO Malibu store. What types of products will you have for sale? Any plans for opening day? 
My skulls will be featured to sell in Malibu. I am dreaming of showing up with my husband on our Harley to celebrate the opening and then cruise Highway 1 for a few days. 

Why do you think your skulls are perfect for the Malibu customer? 
Malibu is the west. Although I have never been there, it seems not so traditionally western. Like my work, it’s free spirited and bohemian, yet still has a rugged western vibe.

Give us your favorite quote about nature.
“To see the world in a grain of sand, heaven in a wildflower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour” —William Blake

DIY Cosplay: Captain Marvel

Let's take our lazy cosplay to the next level. We're going to transform a piece of Urban clothing into Captain Marvel's new uniform. Just follow these simple and easy-to-comprehend steps. I would like to preface this post by saying that blogging is a completely different skill set from technical writing. Christina

First, research the character. Between multiple artists, cartoon or movie appearances, costume updates, or fan recreations, there will be several different versions of your character's costume. If you have trouble getting a full view of the costume from official art, try checking out fan art, toys and statues, or other cosplayers. (Checking out other cosplayers may all help you figure out tricky parts of the costume. These characters tend to have idealized bodies wearing fabric that fits in impossible ways.) Here's what I found for Captain Marvel:

The costume's primarily navy with yellow and red accents. It has raglan sleeves with red piping along the sleeve seams. She wears gloves that reach mid-forearm; each glove has five gold buttons on it that go from the edge of the glove to the wrist. There are two matching buttons on the collar. She has an eight-pointed star on her chest that is matched by the medallion closure on the sash. There are two yellow stripes that go around the upper chest, back, and arms. They form a V in the front and on the arms. There is a black or navy gap between the stripes and around the star on the chest.

The gold V on the back mimics the shape of the front. The red sash rides high on the right hip and low on the left hip. Here the boots are high heels and reach mid-calf.

In this picture, the raglan seam and the piping are lower on the side. The gold zipper is long; it reaches from the bottom edge of the collar to the crotch. She has flat red boots with seven more matching gold buttons. (It's six gold buttons on the very first picture of this post.) Unlike her previous costume, the ends of the sash are short.

Next, be honest with yourself. Decide which one you like best and which one would be best for you. I don't believe in that bullshit that you should only cosplay characters that match your body type/skin color/gender/whatever. At the same time, cosplay can be a lot of work and a lot of money. Don't bother working your ass off on a body armor bikini if the idea of showing that much skin in public makes you freak. Also use this time to decide if you want to carry any props such as weapons. It's a different skill set from making a costume and you may need to budget more time.

Being honest with myself, I do not have the time nor the money to make the full Captain Marvel costume. Especially not the money. I don't even really feel like making the sash, the medallion, or the gloves. So, we're gonna keep this one easy. We're taking a hoodie and adding some cheap fabric and notions to it. Imagine Captain Marvel on her day off, hanging around the Avengers mansion in her sweatpants with Spider-Woman. That's the look I'm going for.

Now let's make some stuff! I'm going to use a sewing machine but if you feel more comfortable painting on the fabric or hand sewing or knitting, do that instead. The point is to have fun, not to drive yourself insane. We're going to use this BDG hoodie as our base:

BDG Speckled Raglan Zip-Up Hoodie

I would take a picture of myself wearing it, but I haven't showered in three days. I look and smell like Swamp Thing.

Besides being super warm and comfy, it already has raglan sleeves and comes in the perfect shade of navy. The zipper is white and silver instead of gold, but zippers can always be replaced. Same with the drawstring. You will also need:

1/2 yd each of red and yellow knit fabrics 
pencil and paper

The rectangle on the sweatshirt is a packet of red piping, meant to highlight the raglan seams. As I went on, I decided against using it. I felt like ripping open seams was a little too much work for lazy cosplay.

Get out your pencil and paper and start sketching. With my ruler, I measured the different pieces of the sweatshirt: front, back, and sleeve. Be sure to mark seam allowancesfold lines, the top of the pattern piece vs. the bottom, etc.; mark anything that will help you keep the pieces straight and will help you remember how they go together.

This is my sleeve. For me, the sleeve was the trickiest part of the sweatshirt. I bet it's really easy for you, isn't it. I marked the fold line (top of photo) and I added a 1/2" seam allowance (bottom of photo). Seam allowances are usually between 3/8" and 5/8". Make sure you keep them all the same width. 

This will be the part of the project where your cat will get angry that you're not paying attention to her. She does not forgive and she will never forget.

When you have your basic pattern pieces drawn, that's when you start color blocking. Keep your research materials close by. We have the red shoulders, a yellow star, two yellow stripes, and the navy/black gaps. I started with the star. It's the part of the costume that grabs the eye. The problem, of course there's a problem, is that I couldn't get the star to look how I wanted. The angles were all wonky and some points were longer than others. Thank God for the internet.

I Googled "captain marvel star" and printed out a Marvel cover in three different sizes.

I cut out all three and pinned them to the sweatshirt one by one until I decided on which one I liked and where I wanted it to be on the sweatshirt.

Measure from the top of the zipper tape to the top point of the star. Use that measurement to properly place the star on your pattern piece. Remember that the star is split vertically by the zipper, so you'll only be tracing half of the star. If we go back and look at our research, we see that stripes don't match up exactly with the points of the star. The center gap doesn't match up with the concave part of the star either. 

As you can see, I drew the star and the stripes before changing my mind and moving it all a few inches lower. Don't be afraid to make a mess of your pattern. 

To make sure that the stripes line up, I cut out the pattern pieces (last chance to add seam allowances!) and matched up the seams. You can line up your ruler with the stripes and just continue you them onto the sleeve. Because of the angle of the stripes and the fold line of the sleeve, the stripes will automatically form the V shape. Do the same with the sleeve and the back pattern piece.

I deleted the photo that showed the next step because it was blurry and never took a better shot. You see those stripes? Imagine them even longer and going towards the right.

For the gaps between the stripes, we're gonna use negative space instead of cutting narrow strips of fabric. Using your ruler, draw parallel lines next to your stripes to form the gaps. Mine are 1/8" wide. Do the same for the stripes on the sleeve and back pieces and the star.

I colored in the lines to better visualize the negative space. At this point, you may also want to mark which pieces are red and which are yellow.

Cut out your red and yellow pattern pieces, leaving the negative space behind. Fold your fabric in half and lay out your pattern pieces. If they move around a lot, you can pin them to the fabric or weigh them down with soup cans. 

All of the back and sleeve pieces will be cut on the fold. Remember to cut two of the sleeve pieces. The front pieces will not be cut on the fold; you will need two of these pieces are well. Starting with the red pieces, pin then sew them together and then pin them to your sweatshirt.

Do you guys see the error I made? Like I said earlier, the sleeves were the trickiest part for me. The sleeves ended up being pointy at the neck seam and slightly too big.

See? Too much fabric on the shoulders. If this happens to you, feel free to either redraw and recut your fabric or dart the hell out of it. If you dart, your seams will not line up like you hoped.

Not only did I feel like Pinhead, I stuck myself so many times with these pins that I ended up bleeding. I suffer for this blog.

Using the pins, I marked 1/8" from the bottom of the red piece. I recommend pinning the star in place next. Mark 1/8" around the star. Sew the pieces of the top stripe together then pin that whole piece to the sweatshirt. You may have to re-pin the star and the stripes several times to get everything in the right places. Take your time. What's your rush? New York Comic Con's not until October. 

Sew the top stripe in place. Mark 1/8" from the bottom of the top stripe.

No one wanted to model this for me. Note: get different friends or get much better at selfies.

Did you know that sewing professionals don't use pins? When you're a pro, pins just slow you down or break your machine.

Sew together the pieces of the bottom stripe then sew it onto the sweatshirt. Finally, sew on the star.

At this point, your cat will enact her revenge by farting on your sewing machine table and stinking up the whole room. What a jerk.

And we're done with the sweatshirt! Mostly. You can keep working on it by trimming any uneven stripes, finishing the edges with a satin stitch or some other embroidery stitch, adding buttons, or using a scarf as the sash. Make it as complicated as you like. I'm stopping here so I still have time to play Tomb Raider.

So dainty with the drawstring.

This kind of looks like a Captain Marvel Romper.

To finish the Captain Marvel look, try styling you hair with VERB Sculpting Clay and pinning it back with Hershesons Get A Grip Hair Pin. Her makeup is pretty light. Try bh cosmetics 28-Shade Neutral Eye Shadow Palette and NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Chic Red or Ulysses. 

Now that I've made this semi-prototype, I'm pretty sure I'm going to make the full suit for Halloween. It feels right. And I want those boots.

Corey Moranis Cake Hats

I might be a little bit obsessed with these wacky cake hats designed by Corey Moranis. From Polly Pocket castles to rainbow Slinkies, these insane constructions manage to include all of my favorite childhood toys AND look delicious at the same time. I need every one in my wardrobe, pronto! Hazel

Camp Crafts: Sparkle Jars

Wow, I am a veritable craft queen, am I not? (Don't answer that.) But I am going to for real use my mid-'90s Leo mason jar to hold work pens, like an adult, because I love it. While I may have the crafting skills of a 4-year-old, that doesn't mean I can't have fun making things. We have so many craft books here at the office that I was finally like, "I am going to bust out my very limited craft skills, y'all. It is going to be the arts and crafts tent at summer camp up in here." The above mason jars were an idea from the DIY Mason Jars book, and they were totally easy. Come, let me show you my jars. —Katie

Craft inspiration:

DIY Mason Jars

This book is super cute. It has a ton of cool ideas that all use mason jars (duh), which is great because mason jars are like, $1 and super easy to find at any craft store. I chose to do these glitter jars (for storage of my treasures) because I'm a little rusty on the crafts front, and they seemed pretty foolproof. Obviously they came out amazingly. All you need is some Mod Podge, glitter, a paintbrush and a dream. To apply the glitter, you just coat a thin layer of Mod Podge on the inside of the jar and go to town dumping glitter inside! Just make sure to shake out any excess.

Once the inner Mod Podge dries after a couple hours, you can go back in and put more Mod Podge on top of the glitter to seal everything up. Then you'll be able to throw change, flowers, barrettes, marbles, love notes, and whatever else you want in there without coating everything in glitter.

As you can see, I also threw some temporary tattoos on these jars, just because WHY NOT! You apply them to the jar the same way you'd apply them to your body, and the best part is that they last forever. I turned Tattooed Leo Jar into a beautiful vase, but once those flowers die he is gonna be the best pen receptacle in the world.

The book recommended putting little baby tea lights in the jars to create super fly and glittery nightlights. FUN! Now go make your own! I'm off to go make a Pacey Witter nightlight jar with this image. It's gonna be perfect.

Grape God - A.G.E.

Portland rapper Grape God's first full-length album A.G.E. surfs the space time continuum between traditional West Coast crunk and metaphysical spoken word poetry. The physical copy of the album also comes with custom artisanal soap by Maak Soap Lab, which is pretty Portland for sure, but also necessary, because the beats are dirty. A.G.E. throws down on a spectrum of subject matter, from time travel to Big Lebowski references to the necessary blunts and brews. It's the perfect companion to an altered-substance Saturday. Angelo

One Sick Stitch Etsy

Aw shit, guys. The One Sick Stitch store was only launched yesterday (by one of my favorite internet people, Mai), but these embroidery hoops are already flyin' off the shelves. The girl knows her way around a needle and thread. If by the time you see this post all her hoops have sold, never fear! She also does custom hoops, as well as collar embroidery, so if you can dream it, she can make it. And make it really fucking awesome. —Katie

(Hell yes she stitched that beetle on there.)

Nail Art with Floss Gloss: Round Two

Janine and Aretha from Floss Gloss are back! Using inspiration from the Bazaaaaar Pop-Ups in L.A. and NYC, and products from our site, the duo has created three unique and easy-to-follow tutorials to get your nails on-trend just in time for summer. It's Round Two and we're even more excited than last week to try this out in the office! If you missed last week's nail art, make sure to try it out here!

Janine: "This week I was inspired by the Della x UO Strapless Romper.

The thing I love most about Africa Prints, which I mentioned last week, is that they are so organic in nature. So for any nail art skill level there really is no "wrong." I loved the heavy opaque dots in the rompers print. This is quick and hot nail art look. Perfect for time-conscious nail art babes.

The Polish:  
I used Floss Gloss Ltd Pro Nail Lacquer in Bassline, Glowstar, Wavepool, and Con Limon for the base colors (all colors are available here). I used Partybruise and Glowstar for the accent dots with my dotting tools and topped it off with Gloss top coat. Dotting tools can be purchased at local beauty supply, but also be found or made easily at home, for example: ballpoint pen, top of a dressmaking pin, toothpick, etc... get creative! 

The Steps:

First, basecoat all nails—always!!

For base color I've been obsessed with this mini french-tip-inspired nail—it's quick, easy and chic. I love wearing this alone in multiple colors when I'm in a rush and have bare nails or with nail art. Just apply a short swipe of the base color with the nail polish brush leaving half of your nail natural. Like last week, I chose to do a multi-hued mani. This adds more variety and color! You can stop here and choose to top coat or continue with nail art. 

I used the lid to a jar for my pallet and dropped a bit of polish in each shade I'd be dotting with. 

Begin dotting at the tip of the nail on the base color. A lot or a little—it's up to you. I chose to add more at the tip and work my way back to the cuticle adding dots sparingly to give a gradient effect. Play with multiple dotting colors, in different shades or glitter. Play with a full nail of base color, vary the size of dots, or add less... the possibilities are endless! Repeat on the other hand for a full mani or just play with various fingers.

Finished! The result is a printed mani, sure to catch the eyes of all of your BFFs.

Shop Floss Gloss and make sure to check back next week for Round Three!

Follow the girls on Facebook and Twitter at @FlossGloss 

Kay Davis Knits

Kay Davis, a textiles design major at Central Saint Martins, has some serious knitting skills in addition to her rad style. With a penchant for bright colors and subjects such as candy, crayons and cupcakes, we're excited to see more of Kay Davis' knitwear in the future! Hazel

UO Backlot Sesh 2013: Day 1 Recap

In true Rookie fashion, all of the amazingly dressed readers came out and enjoyed some fun under our UO Backlot Sesh tent. With amazing performances by
Mount Moriah, Icky Blossoms, Nu Sensae, White Lung, and the incredibly sweet ladies of Icona Pop, we kicked off our week with a bang and a lot of flower crowns. Now it's day two and we're just going to keep the fun times a-comin'!

UO Backlot Sesh 2013: Day 1 Street Style

Yesterday's looks were out of control awesome, but what else would you expect from a DIY craft fest presented by the always stylish crew from Rookie Mag?! Here's some of our favorite looks of the day.  We'd like to post them all, but I don't think a post can hold 200+ photos...-Ally

UO Backlot Sesh 2013: Wednesday, March 13

RISE AND SHINE YOU LITTLE SOUTH BY SPRING BREAKERS! That's right, it's 9AM and I'm writing to you from Austin, Texas after a wild night of petty-cabs, flaming shots and lots of music. Not pointing any fingers, we're all over 21, amirite? JK. We mostly chugged Red Bulls so major shout out to them for keeping us awake until four.

So, today is day one of our UO Backlot Sesh, which will be kicked off by a pizza party and some cutesy DIY crafts hosted by Rookie Mag and a few of their contributors!  After we stuff our faces, adorn ourselves in flower crowns and try to bring out the Rookie in all of us, we'll have a day filled with killer music and the hot sun of this weird town. Come grab some free music and free beer! Beer is 21+ obvs, but the shows are all ages.

The back doors open at 1PM (NOTE: NOT 12! Oopsies. Or you could just, like, help us set up if you're antsy?) with artists Mount Moriah, Icky Blossoms, Nu Sensae, White Lung and Icona Pop (plz no Hannah-inspired ideas, y'all). There's going to be a lot of chicks but that's even more of an excuse for you cute boiz to come check out the bands. See you babes there, and don't forget to pick up one of the totes below on your way out the door! ;) -Ally

PS- If you're not in Austin, but in LA, you can still get some Rookie love at the Hattie Stewart pop-up shop at Space 15 Twenty, where Rookie t-shirts are exclusively on sale. 

Stitch Culture

Seriously, Etsy is the best website ever. Stitch Culture is a shop that has little hoops hand-embroidered with all your favorite pop culture sayings, so all those "LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE" hoops from 1979 can suck it.—Katie

3D Wiener Doodles

Whoa! It's about to get really hard to mindlessly doodle during a boring class or meeting, because with the 3Doodler, your wiener drawings are going to literally burst off the page. But everybody will be so fascinated by your cool gizmo that even your teachers won't care that you haven't been paying attention. 

Seriously though, this could be a game changer for artists. People have been calling 3D printing the most significant technological advancement of our time, but it's still something that regular people are confused by, and the pen could be an affordable and fun introduction to the possibilities of the field. The Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed its funding goal by more than a million dollars, so it shouldn't be too long before you'll be able to get your hands on one and finally give your cat comics the life they deserve. -Angelo

Black Oak Vintage

One of my favorite Etsy shops is Black Oak Vintage. Run by the amazing Christine, it has an incredible assortment of carefully curated vintage items. She's constantly getting new things, so make sure you keep checking back!—Katie

Little Pancakes Jewelry

This necklace from the Little Pancakes Etsy sooo cool. SO. COOL. "Treat yo'self" is probably the most important phrase coined in the 21st century.—Katie

DIY: Valentine's Day Flower Crown

Stop, smell the roses, then use them in this step-by-step guide to making the perfect Valentine's Day flower crown!

What you'll need:
-Fake flowers (white, pink, and red roses)
-Flat wire (1/2 centimter)
-Thin wire
-Wire cutters
-Krazy Glue
-Rhinestones (stick on or not)
-Double sided Glue Dots
-Heart Stickers
-Glitter Hairspray

Step 1: Pull apart all of the fake flowers, until you're left with two petals that are attached in the middle [Picture 2]. Toss the leftover leaves. Keep the hard, white, bell-shaped flowers.

Step 2: Wrap wire around your head until you find the perfect fit. Add two inches to the wire for extra space, and cut it with the scissors. Make a circular loop or twist at one end of the wire so the flowers won't fall off of the wire.

Step 3: Tie the double petals and bell flowers-shaped flowers in a bow. Next, slide the wire through the hole. Push the flower to the end of the wire where it has been looped, so that way the petal bows will not be able to fall off. Alternate between the white and pink flower bows until the whole wire is filled, adding in the bell-shaped flowers every so often (between ever 10 or so flowers).  When the wire is filled, add the same loop or twist at the end so that the flowers can't slide off.

Step 4: Spray the flowers with glitter hair spray—go glitter crazy!

Step 5:  Add the roses! Using the Glue Dots and Krazy Glue, push the roses in-between the flowers. Use stapler if needed to hold roses in place.

Step 6: Using the Glue Dots, stick the rhinestones onto the flowers petals, spreading them evenly throughout the flowers.

Step 7: Stick heart stickers throughout the flowers, using Glue Dots to hold them in place if necessary.

Step 8: Using the wire cutters, cut a piece of the thin wire (about 6-8 inches worth, depending on how you want it to fit).  Slide the wire through the loops made with the thick wire, and use the thin wire to make the now-completed flower crown fit snug on your head by twisting or bending the thin wire to make it tighter or looser.

*make sure to close all wire ends so nothing pokes out!

Step 8: Put it on and have some fun!

Shirts and Destroy 3D Skull

(via Notcot)

Skull things are awesome, and this 3D, plywood skull by designer Begley is especially awesome. The assembly-required skull has a limited edition run of 100 pieces, so you better get to ordering. Perfect for all the morticians in your life!—Katie