Plus, they're simple to make!
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Do you love a good makeover? Of course you do! Whether it's a quick fix or a total revamp, elevating old items is satisfying. We feel the same way, which is why we found easy do-it-yourself projects that will totally change old items to look brand new. By using fashion-forward appliqués, you can revamp old items and make them on-trend. The best part? It's so easy anyone can do it. With just a glue gun and some appliqués, you can take plain shoes, clutches, even phone cases, from understated to OMG. Below, we've created four different ways to elevate from simple to stand out pieces. Fancy that!


Glam up a gold minaudière and a matte satin pillbox clutch in Palomino (pictured above) with the addition of metal bullion appliqués and ornaments. Perfect for your wedding day, or really any other affair!

The Details: Gold clutch, $30, Pillbox clutch, $24, Appliqués, from $4 each,

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Top a simple stick pin with a gold fleur-de-lis appliqué patch, purple flower appliqué, or a sequin heart for boutonnieres with panache. Your man and his guys will look adorable at the altar with these fun boutonnieres.

The Details: Fleur-de-lis, from $6.75, Purple flower, $1.50, 800-719-7133. Sequin heart, $3 for 2,

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Ballet Flats

The best gifts to give your bridal party are ones they can use time and time again. We promise that your gals will be sure to wear these shoes again (really!). To have even more fun with this project, schedule a group DIY session with your bridesmaids and make over these jewel-tone satin ballet flats.

The Details: "Chelsea" ballet flats, $28,

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Phone Case

So much for overpriced phone cases! Take calls in style by adhering beaded bullion appliqués to a clear phone case. We guarantee people will be asking, " Where did you get that!"

The Details: Clear phone case, $35,

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