Before I plunge into some more rhinestone DIYs, here's a pause to contemplate the possible death of DIY - the abundance of incredibly affordable bling on the Internet. (Above is an example from Bauble Bar via Sequins and Stripes.)
Why spend $30 on a DIY when you can buy a necklace for $15 and free shipping?
The solution is that you have to be able to make a necklace for less than $15. More on that later. In the meantime, let me introduce you to my new favorite blingtopia - Shop Lately.
Shop Lately has literally hundreds of jewelry pieces, most under $30 and many under $20 (mixed in with a few high-end pieces). Most of the jewelry is big and bold and on trend. Below are a few comparisons with your ever popular jewelry retailers like Anthropologie and J. Crew.
Anthropologie's Onica Crystal bracelet. Shop Lately's Manifest a Miracle bracelet for $88 less.
J. Crew Crystal Color Statement necklace. Shop Lately's Azure Breeze statement necklace for $96 less.
J. Crew's Geometric Floral necklace. Shop Lately's Translucent Jasmine necklace for $116 less.
Shopbop's Petite Foret necklace. Shop Lately's Luxe Gem necklace in green for $55.50 less.
J. Crew Beaded Rose necklace. Shop Lately's White Rosette necklace for $103 less.
Here's another treat. In an example of brilliantly simple marketing, Shop Lately gives you store credit for sharing on Facebook or inviting your friends to shop. (Your friends get a credit, too.) And Shop Lately has a blogger program where you receive credit for sharing your purchases on your blog. So, thanks to sharing a bargain that I would have shared anyway, I now get to buy a necklace. Or a bracelet. Like this one.
So, DIYers, does it bug you to spend more to make than it does to buy?