Category: DIY

DIY: Matching Infinity Bracelets

Finding a gift for your mom is one of the hardest things to do. There’s nothing that can express your gratitude and love for someone who’s loved and cared for you selflessly all your life (and before!). But every year, in May, we try! A mother and child’s bond is forever and we wanted to express that with these simple DIY Infinity Bracelets, one for you and one for your mom, so you can wear your special link wherever you go.

What you’ll need:

Gold Link Chain

Suede Cord

Pliers

E6000

Cord Ends

Jump Rings

Lobster Claw Closure

Step 1: Measure your the cord wrapped snugly around your wrist and cut. Do the same with the second color. Cut the chain to the same length.

Step 2: Apply a little E6000 to the ends of the cords and insert into the cord end. Let it dry. Once it’s dry you can use a flat nose plier to flatten the cord end to pinch the cord and secure it.

Step 3: Add a jump ring, linking the two cord ends.

Step 4: Loop the chain inside the cord and connect the ends with a jump ring. Before closing the jump ring add a lobster claw closure.


And you’re done!

We hope your mom loves it!

15 DIY Gifts For Mom

The best gifts Mom can receive for Mothers Day are those made from the heart. Mothers seem to love and appreciate just about anything you make them, and you don’t have to be a little kid to give Mom something handmade. These craft ideas are creative ways to show mom just how much you care (and secure your spot as favorite child). Visit M&J Trimming for the supplies you need then follow these step by step tutorials to give your Mom one of these special DIY Mothers Day gifts this year.

1. Ribbon Vase

Cluster pink peonies and tulips, red roses, and chartreuse verbena in an oversized square vase wrapped in striped and polka-dotted ribbons. Hot-glue the backs of the ribbons and adhere them to the vase (or substitute heavy-duty double-faced tape).

Your mom will love this simple yet fun DIY Ribbon Vase. Here’s how to make it.

2. Tassel Necklace

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For a simpler version use these tassels from M&J Trimming. Get the full tutorial here.

3. Mason Jar Picture Frame

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This DIY is simple enough for kids to do mostly by themselves and it screams spring with the bright colors. Full Tutorial.

4. Blooming Monogram

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Help Mom brighten up your home decor by adding M&J silk flowers to her monogram. Learn how here.

5. Button Rings

Get a load of this fresh notion for something you probably already have around the house! Emily Peters sells these baubles at our Country Living Fairs (emmalou vintage.etsy.com), but she's also generous enough to tell you how to craft your own. If you become so carried away that you need more buttons, Etsy.com has a killer selection of vintage ones. Step 1: Start with an adjustable brass "ring blank," the band that wraps around your finger ($6.50 for 10; findings.etsy.com). Step 2: If your button has a shank on the back, snip it off with wire-cutting pliers and sand down the back surface with a rotary tool (Dremel 4.8-volt, $24.97; homedepot.com). Step 3: Apply a thin layer of metal-bonding glue (Beacon's Glass, Metal & More glue, $6.99 for two ounces; createforless.com) to the back of your button, then adhere it to the top of the ring blank. If you'd like to add a second button, apply a thin layer of the glue to its back side, then adhere it atop the first button. Let dry for 24 hours.

Button jewelry is one of the latest trends, so help Mom look fabulous for Mothers Day with these rings. Instructions found here.

6. Scarf or Ribbon Watchband

It's easy to fall in love with vintage scarves at flea markets and thrift stores. The hard part? Finding a fresh way to wear the ladylike relics. Here's one: Just remove the straps from a watch, then weave a scarf through the watch's lugs (the bars that hold the straps in place). Wrap the scarf's ends around your wrist and secure with a knot to make a timely fashion statement.

For a different look, use ribbon instead of scarves for the band and then tie with a pretty bow.  Tutorial.

7. Lace Handbag

Make it any size! For the lining, cut two fabric circles, about 3/4 inch smaller than the two doilies. Right sides together, sew together the lining pieces, leaving an opening at the top; turn right side out. Sandwich lining between doilies and topstitch through all layers (lining included), leaving an opening at the top. From a runner, cut a wide handle, folding it lengthwise in thirds. Machine-stitch down its length. At the lining's opening, turn under the raw edges; stitch the ends of the handle inside.

M&J has a wide selection of lace that would work perfectly for this design. Instructions here.

8. Ribbon Shoes

Expert crafter Melissa Neufeld uses beautiful fabric ribbons to give everyday shoes a quick, colorful makeover. Using bright tafetta ribbon and a hot-glue gun, Melissa needed just 10 minutes to give a pair of suede slip-ons this stylish new look.

Spruce up a pair of shoes with Mom’s favorite color or pattern by adding ribbon, here are a couple different ways it can be done.

9. Lace Earrings

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These delicate lace earrings will never go out of style and are super easy to make!

10. Rhinestone Jewelry Box

If your making any of the jewelry shown above, Mom might need a place to store it. Make her a rhinestone jewelry box to add a little sparkle to her room. M&J offers a wide variety of rhinestones so you can make this in Mom’s favorite color. This DIY is super easy, just get a wooden jewelry box from your local craft store and make it as simple or detailed as you want.

11. Box of Flowers

This is a beautiful gift for Mom to show her just how much you care. See how to make it here.

12. Fun Animal Cookie Throw Pillow

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Add some fun to your home decor for Mothers Day with these cute frosted animal cracker pillows.  Find all your pompoms at M&J Trimming

13. Photo Pendent

Keep yourself close to mom’s heart with these photo pendents.

14. Pompom Branches

This craft is perfect for kids and it is super simple to do. These branches also goes great with our PomPom flowers we featured earlier on the blog.

15. Button Monogram

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Buttons are being used in home decor all over the place. Help mom jump on this trend with her very own monogrammed initial. Get the full instruction here.

DIY: Tassel Wall Hanging

Wall hangings have been all the rage the last year or so and the trend doesn’t seem to be dying down. Whether it’s a woven tapestry, macrame or fringe, a handmade wall hanging is a beautiful addition to any room. I decided to use the stunning colorful tassels we have and make a simple hanging that is vaguely bohemian.

What you’ll need:

A dowel or sticks (I used long thin sticks from the floral section of the craft store)

Twine/Cord

Tassels (I used multiple colors but you could also try the all white or all black look)

Step 1: If you’re using multiple thin sticks, bind together a few to make it more sturdy. You can skip this step if you use a dowel.

Step 2: Decide how you want your final hanging to look. Do you want them all the same length? Do you want a ‘V’ Shape? I chose to do an asymmetrical upside down ‘V’. Keeping your design in mind, tie the cords to the sticks and cut to whatever length you need.

Step 3: Using the loops, attach the tassels to the ends of the cords.

Step 4: Tie a cord on both ends of the stick to hang the hanging from.

And you’re done!

DIY: Faux Bee Embroidered Pillow

Ok, so we didn’t actually do the embroidery, hence the ‘faux’. But our way is better for those of you who don’t have the time or the skills to embroider something. Check out how to make this super cool bee embroidered throw pillow:

 

What you’ll need:

A pillow cover

Embroidered patches – We used this one

An iron

 

Yup, that’s it.

Step 1: Place the patches how you want them.

Step 2: Iron the patches for 20 seconds each on high heat (no steam). Repeat if necessary.

(Use a thin cotton cloth over the patches, to protect them)

And that’s it, you’re done. No joke.

Check out how to make this pillow and two others in this video:

DIY: Tassel Pillow

Have an old pillow you want to give some life to? Just grab a few tassels and add them all around. Tassels are a fun addition to a lot of home decor projects. Check out how we updated this pillow:

What you’ll need:

A pillow cover/pillow

Tassels

Needle and Thread

Step 1: Starting with a corner, sew a stitch from the back of the pillow and then sew it back through.

Step 2: Using the loop on the tassel, fasten it to the cover by repeating the first step.

Step 3: Just add more tassels all around the pillow.

And you’re done!

Check out this video for more ideas on making cool pillows:

 

DIY: Tufted Pillow

One of the easiest updates you can give a throw pillow is the classic tufted look. It looks complicated but it’s so simple to do. You can do this with armchairs, cushioned benches and pretty much anything with cushion/padding that you can tuft. Check out the video at the bottom of the page if you want a quick tutorial on how to tuft pillows.

Disclaimer: If you’re going to tuft something, it’s going to stay that way. So if you have a pillow with a cover and an insert, make sure you’re not going to want to change it in the near future.

What you’ll need:

Throw Pillow

5 Buttons of your choice – We used This One

5 Small Buttons

Decorator’s Needle

Extra Strong Thread

Pencil

Step 1: Mark where you want the tufts.

Step 2: Tie a knot at the end of the thread. Pull the needle through to the other side (through your marking)

Step 3: Thread the needle through the button’s shank. Pull the needle through the pillow to the back.

>Make sure you pull the thread through as tightly as you can.

Step 4: Thread the needle through the smaller button that will anchor your main button.

And you’re done!

Check out the video to see how to make this pillow and two others:

 

DIY: Pom Pom Flowers

You know those DIY tutorials that are so simple you catch yourself asking, “Wait, what’s the catch?”. Well there is no catch! It’s just that simple to make these adorable pom pom flowers that you can use to brighten up a space. The best part is you can keep them simple or get creative and make some elaborate flowers with different sizes of pom poms.

What you’ll need:

Big Pom Poms

Glue Gun

Sticks or Thin Branches

Scissors

Step 1: Trim the sticks to the length you want. I cut mine about ten inches.

Step 2: Cut the pom poms from the trim.

Step 3: Add a some glue to the end of one stick with your glue gun and stick a pom pom on. Apply glue and add a couple of more pom poms to create a flower. I varied the number to make different shapes.

Aaaand *drum roll* you’re done.

 

DIY: 4 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

What are you more excited about – Easter or Spring? Or both? At M&J we love it when spring comes around because we can create colorful DIYs in beautiful spring colors. Plus, I like the warmth!

The best thing about easter is decorating the eggs (and eating the candy). Since I love spring so much I was inspired to do my eggs with a floral theme. Here are four ways you can incorporate flowers into your Easter eggs:

RHINESTONE FLOWER EGG

What you’ll need:

Hard boiled egg

Gem-Tac Glue

Rhinestones 

Sequins

Tweezers

Step 1: Apply a dot of Gem-Tac to the egg.

Step 2: Using the tweezers pick up a rhinestone and place it on the glue. Apply glue around the rhinestone and create a flower with more rhinestones. The number of rhinestones depends on the size. We used SS20.

Step 3: In between flowers, glue a sequin as a filler. Top it off with a rhinestone. If you want to skip this step you can.

And you’re done!

FLOWER CROWN EGG

What you’ll need:

Hard boiled egg

Floral Trim 1

Floral Trim 2

E6000 Glue

Sharpie

Step 1: Draw two curved lines for the eyes. Add short lines for eyelashes.

Step 2: Apply glue towards the top of the egg. Stick the first trim around the top of the egg and cut off excess.

Step 3: Apply glue on top of the first trim. Stick the second trim on top, going around the egg. trim off the excess.

That’s it. Your egg is now ready for a music festival!

NEON STUDS AND PAINTED FLOWERS EGG

What you’ll need:

Hard boiled egg

Neon studs

Acrylic paint

Paintbrushes

Gem-Tac Glue

Step 1: Apply a dot of glue and using the tweezers place a stud on it.

Step 2: Taking a small paintbrush, make small petals around the stud. To get even petals, make a small circle and then extend it on one side. Repeat with different colors.

And you’re done!

DAISY PATCH EGG

What you’ll need:

Hard boiled egg

Daisy stick on patch

Green marker

Step 1: Stick daisy patch in the center of the egg.

Step 2: Make little leave around the flower with the green marker.

That might have been the easiest DIY EVER!

Hope you have fun making these Easter eggs! Would love to see what you make. Tag us on Instagram @mjtrimming or on Facebook www.facebook.com/mjtrimming.

DIY: Gucci Inspired Studded Acid Wash Denim Jacket

Who would have thought these trends make a comeback! Studs on Acid Washed Denim! Gucci this Spring took these popular 80s trends, put them in a blender and out came this:

We thought we’d take this hot trend and turn it into a fun, easy DIY. We love recreating runway looks for those of who you love fashion but don’t want to break the bank. The first thing we did was hunt for the perfect denim jacket – something slightly oversized to match the current trending silhouette. We bought a classic blue Talbots denim jacket and headed back to HQ to get started on the project.

What You’ll Need:

Step 1: Remove all the buttons from the jacket. We wanted to replace the plastic buttons on the jacket with cool metal ones. This step is optional. If you like the current buttons on your jacket, skip this step.

Step 2: Fill a spray bottle with bleach. Make sure you wear rubber gloves to protect your skin. We advise that you work in a well-ventilated area when working with bleach. Keeping the bottle about 6 inches from the jacket, start spraying in random sections. Don’t spray too much! You’ll notice the color stripping away. Let it dry and then wash it.

Disclaimer: Bleach strips dye from fabric and sometimes reflects the undertones present in the dye. For example, you might see yellowish or pinkish tinges based on your denim’s original wash/dye.

 

Step 3: Start attaching the studs. For the studs with prongs, poke it through the fabric and use pliers to bend the prongs inward into the hollow of the stud. For the studs with screws, use a sharp tool (scissors/awl/X-Acto knife) to make a small hole and push the screw in. Then screw the stud onto the screw.

Starting at the shoulder, attach as many studs as you like.

Step 4: Sew on the new metal buttons. Again, this step is optional.

And you’re done! If you wanna buy this jacket go here. Hurry! There’s only one.

 

 

Studs used in our project:

Small Metal Spikes with Screw
Large Cone Spike with Screw
Medium Spike with Screw
Small Flat Nailheads
Cone Nailheads

 

DIY: Wedding Invitation with Ladder Lace Trim

Wedding season is around the corner! Spring weddings are all about DIY! Need some wedding invitation inspiration? We’ve got you covered! Here are some simple DIY invites to make your wedding extra special!

What you’ll need: 

Envelope

Metallic Ladder Lace trim

Brilliance Star Buckle

Scissors

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Step 1: After stuffing envelope, measure ladder lace trim around outside of envelope once, leaving excess trim to be tied at the end. Cut with scissors.

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Step 2: Weave trim through rhinestone buckle. Place rhinestone in the center of the trim.

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Step 3: Place rhinestone and trim on opening on envelope. Tie knot in the back.

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Simple and elegant is always the answer!

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Don’t forget to check out our youtube video!