From Burberry to Louis Vuitton, studded jackets are beyond hot right now. What’s not hot is the price tag–roughly one month’s rent for a studio apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Um, not thank you. But if you’re like me, you won’t let a little thing like price hold you back from a truly awesome addition to your wardrobe. The solution? Make it. You can pick up a vintage jacket at a thrift shop for around $50 and your studs will run about $75. The trick is to use several types of studs and group them in patterns on your jacket.

Soundtrack: Bad by Michael Jackson
Time: 20 minutes

Materials
Vintage Jacket or Blazer
Assorted Studs and Spikes
Tools
Hot Fix Wand

Directions
1. Lay out your blazer on a clean flat surface.

2. Placing a few of your hot fix or tooled studs on your blazer at a time. If you’re using hot fix studs try placing only a few at a time then press them with your hot fix wand at least 10 seconds. Allow your stud to cool. Repeat.

3. When you have finished setting your studs, make sure to check your work by gently pressing the stud to see if there is any movement. If so, reattach your studs using your hot fix wand.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and use paint, fabric, chains, and sand paper to personalize your item. Here are some photos to use as style inspiration:

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