When it comes to the winter season, gloves can keep us both warm and stylish. And thanks to their ability to elevate a simple outfit, they're the epitome of functional fashion. Just ask any accessories junkie. This year, take a tip from these $98 Portolano fingerless gloves and add some pearls to your winter wardrobe. This idea calls for zero fancy skills and inexpensive materials; you'll spend no more than $15. Before you know it, you'll have a new accessory to wear with your favorite printed sweater or faux fur coat.
- Stretch knit gloves
- Gel pen or washable marker
- Strong craft glue or fabric glue
- Flat back pearl embellishments (36)
Choose a glue that you're comfortable working with. Strong glues dry faster; this means that you need to work quickly. Alternatively, fabric glue is more forgiving and easier to work with.
As for the flat back pearls? You'll need three different sizes and 18 for each glove. These can be purchased in the scrapbook section of most craft stores. Of course, you can use one size of pearl flat backs for a more uniform look. It's totally up to you.
1. Using the ruler and gel pen, mark the first row at equal intervals, about 3/4 inch apart. This will offer guidance for the remaining pearls. If you're concerned about keeping the rows perfectly straight, don't fret—you'll have a chance to re-position the pearls before adding the glue.
2. Place seven rows of pearls on the glove. Alternate between three and two pearls to create an attractive pattern. For this project, I used two rows of large pearls, three rows of medium, and two rows of small. When you're happy with the design, glue each pearl into place, one by one.
3. Repeat Steps 1-2 on the second glove. Let the gloves dry completely.
Tip: Having a hard time handling the small pearls? Use plastic tweezers to pick them up. You can also use a toothpick to apply each dot of glue.
4. Cut the top 1/2 inch off of each finger. If you're not into the fingerless style, feel free to skip this step.
Your new gloves are ready for your next holiday outing, or for a fun DIY stocking stuffer. Happy crafting!