If you’re a fashionista, but short on funds, one way to give your wardrobe some pep without busting your budget is by adding a little “do it yourself” flavor to what you’ve already got. Everyone is invested in the DIY culture these days; people are fixing their own leaky toilets, adding onto their homes and becoming experts at landscaping and pimping out their rides. Why not take some of that DIY trend to your closet? The trick is to start small. No designer created her own line in a day.

 Start with accessories. You don’t need a lot of bling to make your own jewelry. Get some big beads, cubic zirconium and other fun and fake gems and loop them onto stretchy elastics to make bracelets and necklaces. Take a plain headband and give it some character by gluing different fabrics, patterns and other trim to it. You can even do something as basic as changing out the color of the shoelaces in your sneakers. Is it high fashion? Maybe not, but it allows you to experiment with your creative side and you don’t have to buy a whole new pair of shoes.

 Learn how to sew and knit. This will help you take your DIY fashion a few steps further. Start by figuring out how to sew a button by hand. You can do a lot with buttons. Once you master that, start hemming things. Knit yourself a scarf. Before you know it, you’ll be designing and actually constructing your very own wardrobe.