November 30, 2015


2015 Holiday Gift Guide: For All Your Gal Pals

Not sure what to buy this holiday season? We curated some of our favorite kits and materials into a gift guide to suit pretty much any lucky lady on your list. Whether you are shopping for a rebel or a romantic we've got it sorted! 

Find products by searching the name in the above search bar or click on the links under each category!

Happy holidays and happy shopping! 
For the Makers


1. Elastic Headband Duo 2. Sophia Headband 3. English Rose Body Scrub 4. Naomi Sleep Mask 5. Spray Bottle Set 6. Collin's Ave Hair Ties

1. Glass Glitter 2. Night Sky Magnets 3. Zodiac Rhinestone Ornaments 4. Dark Star Pendant 5. Tipsy Ring 6. Horizon Studs 7. Sonoran Stone Bracelet

1. Carrie Gemstone Earrings 2. Foxtail Twist Scarf 3. Hawthorn Bracelet 4. Linden Ring 5. Nightfall Notebook Cover 6. Brass Heart Lockets

1. Pyramid Embellishments 2. Front Row Earrings 3. Shine A Little Cuff 4. Miro Necklace 5. Venus Drop Earrings 6. Jessa Chain Bracelet 7. Match Point Cuff

1. Mermaid Rhinestone Mix 2. Lucia Rhinestone Ring 3. Paradise Key Fob 4. Pop Rocks Bracelet 5. West Cape Hoops 6. Locals Only Bangle

1. Melanie Wrapped Cuff 2. Go-Go Key Pouch 3. Scattered Dreams Bracelet 4. Initial Embroidery Kit 5. Audra Rope Necklace 6. Clover Studs 

1. Aiden Sunglass Pouch 2. Maritime Key Fob 3. Port Of Call Camera Strap 4. Billie Jean Bracelet 5. Sunny Path Necklace 6. Kenoah Necklace


* What you need to know about the promo code GIVEANDGET: 
Only the code will show up in your cart, not the gift card. Please allow up to one week for the gift card to reach your inbox, must provide a valid email address. This promotion is not valid on previous purchases. You can use the code as much as you'd like until it expires tomorrow, November 30th at 11:59pm PST.
Gift card will be deactivated if original purchase is returned. Purchases are final sale once gift card has been used. Gift card can only be applied towards future purchases. Now, go have fun!



August 11, 2015


The Benefits of a DIY Face Mist

The Courtside Collection includes a few ingredients commonly used in facial mists. Looking to customize yours? Look no further. While there are lots of wonderful products on the market, knowing the uses for certain ingredients allows you to develop the perfect formula for your face. Here's a run down of common ingredients and their benefits. 

Aloe Vera Oil- Used to treat chapped skin, burns, scars and inflammation

Pure Rosewater- A gentle astringent used to hydrate and soothe red, dry, and sensitive skin

Calundula- A traditional antiseptic and antibacterial that is nature’s gift to soothe baby’s sensitive skin or calm sun-damaged skin

Lemongrass- Helps firm the skin

Cucumber Seed Oil- Balances moisture, removes toxic build-up & improves complexion. Helps damaged skin like acne, psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, cuts and scars. It helps heal dry and cracked skin. 

Tea Tree Oil- Antibacterial, which prevents breakouts. 

Sea Salt- Treats blemishes and nourishes the skin.

Bergamot Oil- Helps correct oily skin and soothe inflammation.

Colloidal Silver- Antiseptic and antibacterial properties kill bacteria and helps heal skin abrasions and burns.

Eucalyptus- Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, commonly used in skin care products to treat skin conditions such as burns, wounds, ulcers, and eczema.

Jojoba Oil- Lessens irritated skin and promotes natural production of collagen

Witch Hazel- A natural astringent that can help with acne control by reducing inflammation and decreasing oil

Vitamin E- Can help fight the signs of aging, protect from sun damage, and even potentially lower skin cancer risks

Mix and match these ingredients to formulate the perfect mist for your skin. We think the perfect base to add these ingredients to is green tea. Learn how to make your own green tea facial mist with this easy tutorial.


July 21, 2015


You're Invited to Shop + A Giveaway


Join us this Saturday, July 25th for our Summer Pop-Up Shop!!! Come shop, eat some sweet snacks, hang out with the For the Makers crew and find exclusive projects, grab bags, freebies and more!!! Oh, and our book is on mega sale for the event so grab one of the last copies in nyc while you're there! OK, we couldn't possibly use anymore exclamation points in one short post - but here are a few more just to showcase our very serious enthusiasm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...!

RSVP here and stop by for some fun out of the sun...because it's hot you guys.


Not in nyc? No worries, we've got your back too. You can enter to win a grab bag and $25 Gift Certificate to use on! To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open to anyone in the USA (sorry folks we don't ship internationally yet). The giveaway will end Sunday July 26th at 11:59pm PST and one  will be announced here on Monday!WOOT!


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June 01, 2015


Picnic Time

Ditch the kitchen heat and cool off with a picnic in the park. From this month's Kensington Waxed Wraps to our favorite cheese, get these six adorable items for a colorful and tasty outdoor meal. 



1. Ombre Paper Plate Meri Meri 2. Enamel Cooler Crate & Barrel  3. Kensington Waxed Wraps For the Makers 4. Throw Blanket Brahms Mount 5. Humboldt Fog Cheese Cypress Grove 6. Portable Radio Sunnylife

Top imagine by Cannelle et Vanille


May 26, 2015


Join Our Team At For The Makers

We're looking for a super savvy, hard working, bad ass summer Intern! Do you love to DIY and can you wield a pair of jewelry pliers like a boss? If so, you should apply!!! Details below:

Looking for a NYC-based intern to assist in photoshoot preparation, editorial content, social media, shop organization, DIY parties and events, project planning and sourcing the market for DIY supplies.

The ideal candidate is a creative thinker with a variety of arts and craft skills and an attention to detail. We’re looking for someone with good working knowledge of materials and techniques, who works well under pressure, loves to collaborate and is always thinking of new and better ways to do things. 10-15 hours a week, schedule is flexible. An upbeat and adventurous attitude is a must. No prior experience necessary but a working knowledge of Adobe photoshop and illustrator a big plus!

Please submit resume, examples of work and a bit about yourself with subject line ‘intern’ to:


Let's make something awesome together!


December 01, 2014


A Holiday Workshop with For the Makers & West Elm

NYC DIYers: Mark your calendars! December 11th, For the Makers will be hosting a Holiday Workshop in collaboration with West Elm. This time of year is really about spending quality time with those special to you, so get into the festive mood with a few friends and bond while creating a Confetti Trail Tea Towel and a variety of gorgeous, original ornaments, including our favorite geometric ornaments.

Get your tickets HERE. The cost includes all the materials to make one tea towel and up to 10 ornaments—enough to decorate your home and tree and gift a few to loved ones. 

West Elm will have drinks, treats, and a few giveaways for those in attendance! Hope to see you there!


November 19, 2014


3 Ways to Wear Shoe Clips

We love a good shoe clip. Not only do they gussy up your average court pump, but there are endless ways to style them. Here are three of our favorite ways to modify our Clique Shoe Clips

On a Belt / Sometimes a little cinch can make all the difference. We used the satin ribbon from our High Gloss Collection to create a simple but flattering belt. Clip on the bow, tie in the back and you're ready to go! Pro tip: use clear nail polish on the ends of the ribbon to avoid fraying. 

On Shoes / Ok, so we know it's a little obvious to put shoe clips on shoes, but instead of making bows try the show stopping flowers from the Petal Pusher Necklace. Follow the same steps for the construction of the flowers, then sew the clip findings to the back of the perforated disks. Voilà!

On a Bobby Pin / Take a cue from Alexa Chung and put a bow on it. Pull back a small section of your hair with a sturdy bobby pin and clip the bow to the back of the pin. Easy peasy!


How do you wear the Clique Shoe Clip? Share your #makertakes with us on Twitter and Instagram @forthemakers


October 14, 2014


Gallery Guide

There's no better place for DIY musings than at a gallery, that's why FTM is rounding up some of the best art exhibits happening nationwide this month. Wanna share an art happening in your area? Comment below or tell us on Twitter and Instagram @forthemakers

Art Expanded, 1958 - 1978 /  The Walker Art Center / Minneapolis, MN 
View over 300 works of art by more than 100 artists, including Yvonne Rainer, John Cage and Robert Smithson (above) at this exhibit focused on avant-garde and conceptual art from the 20th century. 

David Lynch : The Unified Field / The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts / Philadelphia, PA
Before he was an acclaimed film maker David Lynch was a highly trained painter. A body of his work from 1965 to present is now on view at museum attached to his alma mater. 

Do Ho Suh / The Contemporary Austin / Austin, TX
This South Korean artist is one of our favorites. Check out his transparent architectural structures that are beyond breath taking in person.  

Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958 - 2010 / Dia Beacon / Beacon, NY
This retrospective of minimalist assemblage artist Carl Andre spans 50 years and was a major inspiration for our Untitled Collection.

Rob Pruitt : Multiple Personalities / Gavin Brown Enterprises / New York City, NY
Evocative of Rothko painting, Pruitt addresses deeply dark material is transcendent ways with this new collection of paintings.

Andy Warhol: Shadows / The Museum of Contemporary Art / Los Angeles, CA
This monumental Warhol piece is making it's West Coast debut. Prepare to be wowed by it's sheer scale and color.

Geoffrey Farmer : Let's Make the Water Turn Black / Perez Art Museum Miami / Miami, FL
Canadian artist Geoffrey Farmer has set aside his forte of collage for something much more surreal and freakier. Go for the art, but stay for the Herzog and de Meuron architecture. 

Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia / Museum of Contemporary Art Denver / Dener, CO
More commonly known as the front man of the new-wave band Devo, Mothersbaugh has been tinkering away in the fine arts for over 30 years. Much like his music, the art is cheeky and humorous, but with a punch of social awareness. 


August 28, 2014


White Russians

Coffee liquor, vodka, and milk?! Remedy that sweet tooth with this decadent classic. 


1 1/4 cups vodka

1 1/4 cups Kahlúa

1 1/4 cups heavy cream

Add vodka and Kahlúa to a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with a large splash of heavy cream and stir. 



August 14, 2014


Required Reading

After a long day of cruising Pinterest and perfecting tutorials, the ladies at FTM like to kick back with a nice cup of tea, a cookie and a good book. Here's what we're reading right now:

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Janet / Get swept up in a story of survival, obsession, and art.

After Dark by Haruki Murakami
Emily / Stay up to the wee hours of the night with this mysterious and alluring novel. 

Wacky Chicks by Simon Doonan
Arielle / Doonan profiles unexpected and creatively inspired business women a.k.a. "wacky chicks."

On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Amanda / This American classic is the ultimate bridge between summer and fall.

The Guest Cat by Tatkashi Hiraide
Tate / Clean, charming and tragic; the perfect little book to finish off the summer.

A Zeal of Zebras by Woop Studios
Davie / At this time Davie isn't able to speak on behalf of this book, but we can tell by her hand motions and giggles that she's enjoying it very much.


Have a book recommendation? Share it with us on Twitter @forthemakers #makerbooks! 


August 01, 2014


Durban Spiced Shrimp

We couldn't resist the urge to take all of our Dory Pinch Pots and fill them with a spectrum of ethnic spices.  So last weekend we gathered the team and made an amazing lunch together.  We chose a recipe that combined as many spices as possible and the results were delicious! 

What You Need

  • - 2 kg prawns, deveined and shelled
  • - coconut oil
  • - 4 T black mustard seeds
  • - 1 bunch cilantro
  • - 3 fresh garlic scapes

For the Marinade

- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, finely grated
- juice and finely grated rind of two lemons
- 4 T olive oil
- 2 T freshly ground coriander
- 2 T freshly ground cumin
- 1 T turmeric
- 1 T paprika
- 1-4 T cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp hot sauce
- salt and freshly milled black pepper

Using a mortar and pestle, grind up your spices and combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.  Toss in the shrimp and coat them with the marinade.  Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.  

Saffron Jasmine Rice

  • - 2 cups jasmine rice
  • - 1 lemon juiced
  • - pinch of saffron strands
  • - 3 - 5 bay leaves

Juice a lemon into a small glass dish and sprinkle in a few strands of Saffron, set aside. 

Rinse 2 cups of rice in a fine mesh strainer and combine with 4 cups of water in a large sauce pan.  Add 3-5 bay leaves and and a tsp of sea salt and bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce the heat to a simmer, cook for about 15 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed, then remove from heat and add your saffron infused lemon juice. 

To Finish

Heat a few teaspoons of coconut oil in a large, deep frying pan. When the oil is very hot, but not yet smoking, add the mustard seeds and fry until they begin to pop and sputter (carefully!  be sure to wear and apron for this step). Tip into a bowl, drain off the oil, and set aside. Add more oil to the pan and turn up the heat. Remove the prawns from the marinade dish using a slotted spoon and fry them, in batches, over a high flame, until they are just cooked (about 4-5 minutes). Don't overcrowd the pan. Set aside and keep warm.

When the last batch is done, tip the remains of the marinade into the frying pan. Now add the coconut milk and the reserved mustard seeds, and stir or scrape briskly to dislodge the golden-brown residue on the bottom of the pan. Allow to bubble for a minute over a high flame. Now tip the reserved prawns back into the pan, and toss well to coat. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and Serve over your saffron rice.  Garnish with chopped cilantro, garlic scapes, and lemon wedges.  


July 29, 2014


Chamomile Gin Cocktail

This food friendly cocktail is light and refreshing, perfect for warm summer nights. Make a big batch and save the leftover chamomile honey for adding to lemonade and iced tea. 


1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers or 12 chamomile tea bags

6 tablespoons honey

2 cups London dry gin

3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Mix chamomile and 6 Tbsp. of very hot water in a medium bowl. Let stand for 1 minute. Stir in honey and mash chamomile with a wooden spoon. Let cool slightly. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher, pressing on solids to release liquid. Discard solids in sieve. Add gin, lemon juice, and 4 cups ice to pitcher.

Stir until ice is melted. Divide among chilled glasses.

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