DIY Studded Dress

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Photography by Angie Garcia

When Boohoo asked me to participate in a dress DIY, I thought, “Sure, I only have 5 million other projects to get done! Why not add a dress DIY to that list!”  Honestly, I LOVE DIYs.  It’s just been difficult to find time to get things done, but how could I refuse a FASHION DIY?! Mine are usually house projects.  This framed chalkboard is last one completed and posted on the blog in 2011!

They gave me a choice of any dress, and I thought this open shoulder shift was fun and different!  The fantastic thing about Boohoo is their prices are really reasonable.  For example, this dress is $20 so you wouldn’t feel TOO BAD if you messed up the DIY!

While exploring Michaels, I contemplated gold decoupage versus spray paint with stencils.  Then I happened across some fabulous gold iron-on studs. Easy on. Easy cleanup.  Done!

This DIY was super easy.  It took me a total of maybe an hour to do.  I would have been finished in one evening but I ran out of studs.  FYI, buy 2 packs just in case!

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  1. dress {this one and this one would also be fun}
  2. iron-on studs {can’t find them on the Michaels website, but these and these seem very similar}
  3. iron
  4. kitchen towel {or something that is a thin cotton material}
  5. your imagination!


Come up with a design/pattern.  I loved the dress on Emma Roberts so I went with a “loose interpretation”.   Lay the studs on the dress in the pattern that you’d like.  I started with one open shoulder at a time {ironed it}, then the front collar design {ironed it}, and last the studs on the side hem {ironed it}.  Place the cotton towel over the pattern carefully so you don’t shift any studs.  With the iron on cotton/linen setting, set it on the cloth for 15 seconds.  Just leave the iron in one place.  You don’t need to run the iron back and forth.  {You should test the heat in an inconspicuous area first if you are working with synthetic materials because they can burn on this setting.}  After you finish setting all the studs on the front, turn the garment inside out and repeat heat setting with the iron for 15 seconds at a time to ensure the studs are set.


And voila!  You now have your very own “insert name here”-designed studded dress.  It’s fun to put your own spin on things.  So what do you think? Easy? Doable?  I promise you it is… I don’t have time for anything difficult nowadays!


BOOHOO open shoulder dress c/o || MARCIANO hat {updated version} || KENDRA SCOTT skylar earrings c/o || VINTAGE bracelets || OUI ETSY, GORJANA linked midi, ROCKSBOX chevron midi rings {also available here} || SAM EDELMAN kayla boots || PRADA double tour bag || PTERYS wooden sunglasses || DEBORAH LIPPMANN Autumn in New York polish || TOM FORD pink dusk lipstick

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Rxoxo, Sam

10 thoughts on “DIY Studded Dress

    1. Thanks Meg! I do like blues and have so many pieces in different shades of it!

      And drooling over your Burberry loafers!!! And even better that they were on sale!!

  1. Oh wow that is such a great DIY Sam! The dress looks fantastic afterwards, the studs add just the right touch to it! :) You did well!

    I like that it’s just iron on stud – the kind of DIY I could do! :)

    My mum thrifted me a boohoo dress just the other day, I’ve never had anything from them before so will be interested to see how it wears! :)
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    1. Oh how fun Mica! I have just a couple of items from BooHoo. They are very fun items.

      This was a really easy and quick DIY! I think those iron-studs would be great for trimming jeans (around the front pockets or covering the back pockets). Like I said, it HAD to be easy!

    1. Thanks Mommo! It was really easy which made me happy! Not sure how it would stand up to holding Little M though!

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