Category: Arts & Crafts

Favorite DIYs of July

Summer is always a fun time to DIY because the projects can get bigger, more messy, and brighter! From accessories to art, bloggers have been crafting their hearts out making the coolest projects! Below you’ll find a snapshot of some of our July favorites that really expanded our creativity!
Gold Bulb ChandelierBrit + Co made the coolest chandelier using painted gold bulbs with larger circular ones. We love the clustered effect of this modern chandelier, and wouldn’t mind having it in every room of the house!

 

6a00d8358081ff69e201a511e22506970c-800wiThis month the beautiful sisters from A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make a simple beaded necklace. When working with natural gemstones, sometimes all you need is something simple to showcase their inherent beauty.

Bridal-Shower-Invitations-MintedThese bridal shower invites from Creme de la Craft are beyond adorable, and just go to show you that it’s the details that make all the difference.

watercolor-napkins-8We love the watercolor trend, especially on these beautiful napkins from Paper and Stitch! They’re the perfect addition to your dinner party place settings.

Sticker Mandala

From far away this looks like a piece of traditional Hindu art, but this mandala is definitely modern! Upon closer inspection you’ll find an array of different stickers that are sure to put a smile on your face. We love the stickers they picked out at HonestlyWTF.

DIY: PomPom Placemats

Summer is all about having fun, seeing friends and family, going on adventures and bright, bright colors! Embrace the summer spirit by introducing some fun onto your dinner table with these pompom placemats we’ve created. They add the perfect amount of pizzazz to your summer table, and are great for using when entertaining friends!

Materials for Pom Pom Fringe Placemat What You’ll Need:

Placemats

3/8” Pom Pom Fringe

E6000

ScissorsMeasuring Pompom Trim for Placemat1. Lay your pom pom fringe against one side of your placemat, and cut to fit.

Gluing Fringe onto Placemat2. Place a line of glue going down the edges of the placemat, and glue down your trim.

3. Repeat on all sides.

Finished Pompom Placemat

DIY Summer Centerpieces

We may be a month or so through summer, but our love for summer parties has not waned! One of our favorite aspects of the summer party, aside from seeing family and friends, is, of course, the decorations. We love the look of a simple centerpiece at the table, whether it is a vase of blooming flowers or a bowl of strategically arranged fruit! 692ebef56726070fbc38bbd853316e05We love the bright colors of these simple centerpieces from Delighted Magazine’s Summer 2013 Issue!

summer-centerpiece-4.jpg-682x1024This simple floral centerpiece Like a Saturday captures the effortless style of summer, since everything is so beautiful this season, decorating takes practically no effort!

citronella-candle-4This citronella centerpiece candle from Adventures in Making is both practical AND beautiful. You’ll be throwing out those tiki torches without a second thought!

IMG_0494Who says single buds can’t be just as captivating as a mixed arrangement? Definitely not us, especially when they’re showcased in such a unique way by Hello Bee!

IMG_3906-600Succulents are all the rage right now, and make a great centerpiece for a beachy summer party! Take a look at how Home Depot made this sweet succulent centerpiece.

ST_DIY_Ombre_Colored_Sand13Who knew that even sand could get the ombre treatment? Check out the cool summer candle centerpiece they created over at Something Turquoise!

 

 

DIY: Shimmering Nail Art

Did you know that the items we sell at M&J aren’t only great for fashion and accessories? You can also use them to beautify your nails! We used some of our smaller Swarovski crystals to add a shimmering accent to a fresh manicure. You can switch out the colors to match or contrast your nail polish for a customized look that’s all your own!  DSC_0487 What You’ll Need:

Polished nails

SS20 Rose AB Swarovski Flatbacks

SS20 Aquamarine AB Swarovski Flatbacks

SS16 Crystal Swarovski Flatbacks

Nail Glue

TweezersDSC_0488 1. Once your nails are painted, dab a little glue onto your ring finger, or whichever finger you’d  like to be the accent nail.

DSC_0490 2. Apply each rhinestone on your nail individually, using tweezers for more precision. Start with bigger rhinestones first, otherwise you may not have room for them later.DSC_0502 3. You can stop at one stone, or continue adding rhinestones until your entire nail is covered.

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M&J On the Today Show

If you were tuned into Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda on Friday, you may have seen some of our star trims in the spotlight during Bobbie’s Buzz, a segment focused on the most current fashion trends. This segment highlighted the DIY craze, and featured three different types of DIYs to take your outfits to the next level!

Our favorite DIY of the three was definitely trim-centric, and featured an ingenious way to add trim to your outfit without ever having to touch a needle and thread.

Watch the video to see the crafty way you can attach trim to your favorite pieces!

Best DIYs of June 2014

This month was full of fun summer/spring DIYs that are perfect for those upcoming summer parties and beach vacations! Take a look at some of our favorite DIYs this month to help get your creative juices flowing!

untitled-136Amp up your home with a sequined ampersand made by Sugar and Cloth! We’re happy to find another use for our sequin trim!
DIY-Ice-Cream-Cone-Balloon-Weights3-600x900Stay sweet with Studio DIY’s delicious ice cream balloon weights!

miss-kris-diy-pom-pom-ponchoMiss Kris does it again with this pom pom trimmed poncho that’s perfect for the beach!

ehowstyle-mixedmediatasselnecklace-21Studs and Pearls mixed it up with a cool mixed media necklace.

6a00d8358081ff69e201a511d1d084970c-800wiThis table cloth created by A Beautiful Mess is perfect for summer cookouts, and uses a DIY essential, Rit Dye!

 

Gift Guide for the Crafty Mom

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if your mom loves to DIY as much as you do, we have some suggestions that will make her jump with joy.

ThreadThe Seamstress – If your mom loves to sew, give her some enhanced essentials! Make a kit with fashion tape, a rainbow of thread, and a unique array of buttons.

Pompom TrimThe Home Decor Diva – Does your mom change her decor according to styles and not just seasons? Give her some trim that she’s bound to love! How about an elegant tassel fringe, or a fun pom pom fringe?

Beaded Trim

The Social Butterfly – If your mom is a VIP who is always attending parties and galas, make sure she shines with rhinestone or beaded trim! It’s the perfect trim for adorning an evening dress or clutch.

Project DIY

The Accessory Queen – If your mom loves making her own stylish accessories, check out our Project DIY kits! They have everything you need to make stylish, runway-inspired accessories.

 

DIY App Roundup

We’re living in a hyper-digital world, and many of us like to DIY to escape the vibrating computer screen. But digital media can play a part in your next DIY too! There are plenty of apps out there that are the perfect addition to your DIY toolkit or inspiration board.

makrNeed designer style, without having a designer’s eye or a handle on Adobe Suite? Makr makes things simple by giving you on-trend templates for papercrafts and wares. It’s also great for a brand on a budget for those DIYers looking to expand into selling their crafts!

 

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As if DIYing couldn’t get any more fun, enter DIY – Get Skills. Be Awesome. This gamified app grants badges for different types of DIYs that you post and share with friends. This app has a strong community filled with sharing and skill-building!

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Can’t keep your patterns in order? This app will help keep you organized. It keeps all of you information on file so that you can make that dress at the drop of a hat.

Dimensions

 

Dimensions is a great tool if you don’t have a ruler handy. Actually, just drop the ruler and use this app which tells you the dimensions of any item up to .078 millimeters. Now that’s more precise than even our own eyeballs!

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Of course Pantone would make an app that would make deciding on colors even more exciting and beautiful. Finding great color combinations has never been easier with this swatch app.

 

 

Bookish DIY Roundup

Books are a wonderful way to escape from the mundane, dive into a new adventure, and ultimately spark creativity. We hope that the creative spark from reading will ignite you to make the DIYs below that are either inspired-by, made from or used for books!
Wallpaper Covered Books from A Merry Mishap

Do you love cohesion in your home decor? Wrap your hardcover books in wallpaper a la A Merry Mishap to give them a harmonious vibe!

Sweet Paul Book Shelf

If there’s a vintage book that’s beyond repair, make it into a shelf with this fabulous tutorial from Sweet Paul Magazine!

Clutch Made from a Book from Wishes at 11:11

Take your favorite book with you wherever you go with this Book Cover Clutch from Caroline Womack!

Book Planter from Wednesday Custom Design

Go green with this cool Succulent Book Planter from Wednesday Custom Design! Succulents are a great choice for beginning gardeners because they don’t need much maintenance or watering!!

Book Binding 101 from Design Sponge

If you prefer not to DIY using books, you can always DIY your OWN books with this tutorial from Design Sponge!

So which book-themed DIY will YOU be making this weekend? Stay tuned because we will be showcasing our own bookish DIY this Tuesday!

Get a Hobby!

We think that the weirdest holidays can also be the best! Let’s take January for instance. This month is not only the first of the year, it’s also National Hobby Month. Maybe it’s the fact that taking up a new hobby is a common resolution, but whatever the reason for this wacky holiday we’ll embrace it with open arms! Here are some crafty hobbies you may not have heard of that we think you’re going to love.

Quilled Lettering from All Things Paper

Quilling is also known as paper filigree. It involves carefully curling and manipulating paper into desired shapes. We wonder if you could do this with starched ribbon! Oh the possibilities. If you want to get started, All Things Paper has great tutorials and resources!

Screenprinting Process

If you’ve ever said something that you thought was worthy of a t-shirt, why don’t you try screen printing? It’s the process forcing ink through a mesh screen to create an image or pattern. Check out Instructables to learn the basics!

Fauxpals from Polymer Clay

Despite their realistic appearance, these opals are made out of polymer clay! There are a lot of really cool tutorials on how to make faux gems from polymer clay like this one from Fall for DIY!

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So everyone knows you can color with crayons, but did you know that you can carve them too?! These waxy mediums are perfect for whittling down into tiny colorful sculptures! The ones above were created by artist Diem Chau.

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So macrame isn’t a new hobby at all, but we think it deserves a shout out because it can create such cool looking pieces! Think of the things you could make with our cord!

Taking up a new hobby can be fun and exciting, especially if its a crafty one! Have you taken up a new hobby recently? Let us know in the comments below!