From That to This: Southwestern DIY Ring Redo

I found this super cheap ring from Forever 21 (I never go in there, but a friend mentioned it to me at Alt and I thought I would give it another try) and I fell in love with the design. It felt very southwestern / Native American to me, but it was missing something pretty important: color!

So I started fishing through my supplies to fix this little guy up and remembered that my paints didn’t make it in the move (they wouldn’t pack liquids for a cross country move for some reason) and my brushes are in storage – not much need for them without paint is there? So I pulled together the next best thing: nail polish and Q-Tips.

I know it sounds a little silly, but you can’t even tell the difference. Let me show you how to make your own…

Here are the materials I used: 1. nail polish (turquoise + red) 2. Q-Tips® Precision Tips (they’re new + pointy like a paintbrush – which makes them perfect for detail work)

And here’s how you can make your own…

1. Pour your first color of nail polish out on to a clean surface and dip your Q-tip in the polish.

2. Start painting the tiny details. Let the nail polish dry and then do another coat. The nail polish dries very quickly, so it won’t take long.

3. Get your next color out and start painting the same way as the first. For larger areas like the one I painted red, you’ll definitely want to do several coats or nail polish to make sure its evenly covered.

4. Finish with a clear top coat if you have one and you are good to go! Here’s the finished piece…

Oh, and then I added a little more nail polish to the outer edges (so this is more like the finished, finished piece)…

Not bad for items I had around the house already, huh? I am pretty happy with how it turned out and I’m planning to keep a pack of these little cotton swabs handy for future projects. They are great for crafts. Find more ideas on the official Q-tips Facebook page.

And if you have a few minutes, someone created a couple of crazy things out of Q-Tips and then made a video of it (there is a Q-tips sleep mask in there). It’s a really cute video.

Disclosure: I was compensated by the advertiser for this editorial feature. All opinions and ideas, however, are my own.

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37 comments | Click here to reply

Loving this – so cool! What a clever idea to put new life into a ring. I would never have thought of that!

– Brandi

Keeping It Indie | February 15th, 2012 at 11:12 am

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Brandi Powell (@sweetharvey) | February 15th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

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Keeping It Indie (@keepingitindie) | February 15th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Thanks Brandi. 🙂

papernstitch | February 15th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Cool idea, a splash of color RT @papernstitch: this to that: #jewelry makeover using nail polish? #diy

erosasjewelry (@erosasjewelry) | February 15th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

wow, these qtips seem VERY handy. I am always looking for something to use like this and most often I end up with a pencil or bamboo skewer, neither of which hold paint very well. Love the ring conversion, too! These would make great gifts

brianne | February 15th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

hey brianne! yeah, they have been working really well as paint brushes. never thought about using pencils or skewers – that’s a good idea though. these would make really good gifts too – the ring was only $3.90 at Forever 21 and the q-tips and nail polish i already had. so its quite the bargain. thanks for stopping by!

papernstitch | February 15th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

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prairiefibers (@kbaxterpackwood) | February 15th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Brilliant Idea!

ShadeTree Studio | February 15th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

thanks shade tree. 🙂

papernstitch | February 15th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I love how simple and fabulous this idea is!

EvaMae | February 15th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Love it!

Mariana | February 15th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Holy smokes. This is so clever!! Thank you for this. A big “duh” moment for me. (In a great way)

Ry Pepper | February 16th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

thanks ry! the “duh” projects are the ones i enjoy doing most. glad it sparked something for you. 🙂 thanks for stopping by!

papernstitch | February 16th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

great idea!! “@CRAFTEDport_la: I love when some reminds me that I can like my old stuff again.”

Korie Su (@ReTiedHeadwear) | February 16th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Thanks for sharing this awesome redo idea! 😀

Alicia | February 17th, 2012 at 8:07 am

Such a good idea. So simple but effective

Lisa | February 18th, 2012 at 6:53 am

From That to This: Southwestern DIY Ring Redo Nail polish goes a long way!

Princess Jasmine G (@StylebyJasmine) | February 20th, 2012 at 11:58 am

Nail polish has many uses, car scratches and wall gouge touch ups for example. Add jewelry
updates to that list.

Alita Creates (@AlitaCreates) | February 20th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Definitely pulled this trick before 😉 RT @alitacreates: Nail polish has many uses. Add jewelry updates to the list.

AFB (@AFBeadedJewelry) | February 20th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

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Craft Rehab (@CraftRehab) | February 21st, 2012 at 8:05 am

LOVE fun #costumejewelry? Here’s #howto brighten it up with @Qtips Precision Tipsâ„¢ & nail polish! via @papernstitch

Q-tips® (@Qtips) | February 21st, 2012 at 1:52 pm

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(@Craftyfinds) (@Craftyfinds) | February 22nd, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Love this DIY!!! “@papernstitch: have you seen my southwestern #diy ring redo? it’s new!”

Janee Lookerse (@JaneeLookerse) | February 23rd, 2012 at 5:18 am

What a great idea. Could you tell me iff the nail polish chipped off after a while, especially on a piece of jewellery such as a ring that gets a lot of bashing? Thanks, Ayshe x

Ayshe Brandts | February 23rd, 2012 at 5:27 am

Hi Ayshe. No, I haven’t had any problems with chipping since I put the top coat on. I don’t wear it every day though, so it doesn’t get extreme wear. Hope that helps.

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fashion fix | alice noir | February 25th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Great idea! I gave it a try but didn’t have those pointy qtips so it didn’t come out as precise. You can see mine in this post:
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Geena | March 3rd, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I love what you came up with for your version of this ring Geena. Thanks for sharing the link. Great color combo.

papernstitch | March 3rd, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Modifying a plain ring with nail polish, how cool is this?…

Strangekitty (@Strangekitty_ca) | March 20th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

So stinkin’ CUTE!! And creative!!!

Ann | March 24th, 2012 at 12:07 am

Felicitaciones, todos tus trabajos son geniales. Gracias por compartirlos. Saludos y suerte.

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