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Get Chains and Lace Fashion Trend for Less with DIY Projects

This season's fashion trend is wardrobe pieces that are adorned with chains or lace. Kat Cosley shows you how to get these stylish looks for less with a few easy DIY projects.

Lace and chains are a popular fashion statement, but the price tag on some of these may shock you! Joy Massingil, manager at Melodrama Boutique, says you can spend a fraction of the cost by making your own.

"We're going to show you how to take this old outdated lace and mix it up with some chains to give you a chic, edgy fashionable look," she says.

Lace Toe Flats

You'll need:
  • Ballet flats
  • Lace
  • Scissors
  • Foam brush
  • Glue, such as Jewel-It

Cut the lace fabric into squares, making sure you have enough to lay completely around the toe of the shoe. Put the glue directly on the shoe and spread it in a thin layer all over the toe before you lay the lace on top. Let it dry for 24 hours and trim the lace getting as close to the edge as possible, adding more glue to the edge if necessary.

Project Cost: We found our Flats for $7.95, the lace was $1.50. The total cost was under $10.

Lace-Trimmed Clutch

You'll need:
  • Clutch purse
  • Lace
  • Hot Glue
Measure the lace to the length of the clutch. Cut two pieces, one each for the front and back. Hot glue the lace along the top edge of the clutch.

Project cost: Our purse was $4.66 and the Lace was $1.50. Total cost, $6.16.

Chain-Embellished Blazer

You'll need:
  • Chain - about 7 yards
  • Needle and thread
  • Plain blazer

Sew the chain starting along the bottom edge of the blazer all the way around.

Project cost: Chain was $10 for 7 yards and the Blazer was $10 at the thrift store.

Chain Necklace

You'll need:
  • Chain
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Ribbon

We took to pieces of chain and stacked them on top of each other. Using your jewelry pliers, open the end chain link on one strand and attach it to another strand, but three links in from the end. Use the pliers to close your link again, and repeat on the other side and with an additional strand, putting the third strand three links down from the second. We tied ribbon to each side to make a necklace.

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