Tag: Arts & Crafts

Best DIY Projects from September 2015

Wow! Can you believe it’s almost October. With September coming to an end, here are some ways to keep yourself busy and those creative juices flowing. Here is a round-up of some pretty unique projects from the month of September. We’ve rounded up our favorite DIY projects that can surely keep you busy for October. Make a pillow, or re-design your closet. Keep your mind at ease this fall with some DIY projects. The ideas are endless!

M&J Trimming - Candle Holders

Such a cool way to hold candles. And it goes great with the fall season!

M&J Trimming - Closet Customization w. Trim

Another useful way to use trimmings. It came out beautiful! Make sure to check out the before & after picture.

M&J Trimming - Shell Candles

You can never have too many candles. But how cute are these shell candles! So creative.

M&J Trimming - Chain Scarf

Make a chain scarf! It will definitely come in handy for the fall and winter.

M&J Trimming - Fall Pillow

Everything about this pillow is perfect. The color, the saying, the design…very fall-ish.

DIY: Floral Medallion Chain Belt

Do you enjoy jewelry making? If so, you’ll sure love this DIY project we “chained” up for all you to try out. This week’s DIY project is a gorgeous Floral Medallion Chain Belt. We took three of our favorite chains (do not hesitate to add more) and made this awesome chain belt that can be paired up with just about anything. Sometimes our outfits are missing a little pop, so a chain belt will definitely give you that pop it’s missing. Pair this belt with a shirt dress, a casual button down shirt, or a casual plain dress for best results!M&J Trimming - DSC_0018

40MM Flower Medallion

3MM Brass Figaro Filed Chain

4MM Steel Cable Chain

5MM Brass 8 Figure Chain

15MM Metal Chain

15x20MM Clasp Jump Ring

Beadalon 10MM Jump Ring

5MM Jump Ring

Chain Nose with Cutter Pliers

Side Cutter Pliers

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  1. Measure your waist with the larger chain and remove any excess chain links.

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2. Attach both jump rings to each end of chain, then attach clasp to one end.

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3. Attach larger jump ring to the medallion.

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4. Attach larger jump ring with medallion to the middle link of the larger chain.

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5. Take a different style chain and cut a small portion of it evenly in half.

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6. Attach jump ring onto one end of chain to attach to the medallion

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7. Take a larger jump ring to attach to one end of chain

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8. Attach to the larger chain a few links away from medallion.

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9. Repeat steps 5-8 with a second different style chain in a longer portion. Repeat steps 5-9 on opposite side.

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10. Take a third style chain and attach jump rings to both ends.

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11. Attach to farther ends of larger chain. A few links away from the second chain.

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12. Take a larger jump ring to attach the middle link of third chain onto the bottom middle of medallion.

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13. Take a larger jump ring to hook all three chains onto the larger chain link.

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Nail Art DIY Roundup

If you’ve ever wanted to imbue more personality into your outfit without going the accessory route, why not accessorize with your digits? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite nail art DIYs that are sure to add flavor to any outfit, and are perfect for a night of pampering.
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This designer-inspired DIY comes in a beautiful knit that’s reminiscent of stitches, and you know how we love all things fashion!

image (3)A bold, graphic nail is just the thing to add some sharp contrast to a soft look.

a40e2841835e0544092aeb131b457640The California sunset has nothing on this intricate Coachella-inspired nail art!

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Watercolor is such a hot trend right now, and we love it even more on nails!

ManiMonday11This fruity mani is perfect for long days of summer. We feel refreshed just looking at it!

 

DIY: Nautical Knot Necklace

We’ve been going nuts over knots the last few days, and we’ve finally decided to do something about it! We wanted a nautical-inspired accessory that could add a little class to any outfit, while also looking casual and simple. We created a knotted necklace using twist cord and tape in red and navy, but you can customize the materials to make this knotted necklace in whatever colors and styles you like!

Nautical Knot Necklace Materials

What You’ll Need:
3/16” Rayon Twist Cord (keep the ends secured with tape to prevent fraying)
1/4” Heavy Apron Tape
Jump Rings
E6000
End Caps
Lobster Clasp
Scissors

Nautical Knot Necklace Diagram1. Using two sets of two cords, create the knot above by following the arrows above.

Measuring Nautical Knot Necklace2. Measure to make sure the necklace is your desired length, and cut off any excess.

Nautical Knot Necklace Gluing Apron Tape3. As you cut, add glue and apron tape to the ends. Cut and glue each end one by one to prevent fraying.

Nautical Knot Necklace End Caps4. Add E6000 to the inside of the end cap, and insert the cord tip into the end cap.

Adding Jump Rings to Nautical Knot Necklace5. Attach jump rings to each end cap, one jump ring for two cords.

Adding Lobster Clasp to Nautical Knot Necklace6. Add a lobster clasp to one end of the necklace.

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NEW Flatback Swarovski Colors!!

By Blerona

As if there weren’t enough beautiful colors already, Swarovski has surprised us with some more! Take a look at Swarovski’s new flatback rhinestones colors! Click on the size to view more colors in that size.

DARK SAPPHIRE Size: ss9 – EMERALD AB  Sizes: ss9, ss12GREEN TURMALINE Sizes-ss9  – FUCHSIA AB  Sizes: ss9, ss12 LT. SAPPHIRE Size: ss12  – AMETHYST SATIN Size:  ss20  LT AZORE Size:  ss9 – BLUE ZIRCON AB Size: ss12 LT AMETHYST AB Size: ss12 – CITRINE Size: ss12  INDIAN SAPPHIRE Sizes: ss9, ss12– LT. AMETHYST Size: ss9 MONTANA AB Size:  ss12 – SHADOW CRYSTAL Size: ss12TANZANITE AB Size: ss12 – SMOKED TOPAZ AB Size: ss12 SUNFLOWER Size: ss16, ss20 – CRYSTAL SILVER Size: ss16, ss20    ROSE SATIN Size:  ss20 – JONQUIL SATIN Size: ss20 

 LT SAPPHIRE SATIN Size: ss12 

Swarovski Rhinestone Limited Time Special!

By Dara

Swarovski Rhinestone

Hi Everyone!  Welcome back from the long weekend.  I hope everyone had a good time off and enjoyed the summer weather.  I have an annoucement today for those who are fans of Swarovski Rhinestones!  Until July 7th 2010 at 11:59pm EST, when you spend $250 or more on Swarovski Flatback or Hotfix, you get $25 Off your entire purchase!  Great time to save some extra $$ on your purchase.  With your purchase, you’ll also qualify for Free UPS Ground Shipping (Continental US Only).

$25 Off Your Entire Purchase

When You Spend $250 or more on

Swarovski Rhinestone Flatbacks or Hotfix!

Special Ends:  July 7th 2010 @ 11:59pm EST!

Coupon Code: 25offsmrrs

DIY Lace and Chain Accessory

By Dara

It has been quite a while since my last post, so I think I’m due for another DIY. 

The weather in NYC has been a lot warmer lately, in the mid 50s.  I assume it is also starting to get warmer everywhere else as well.  If you are tired of hibernating for the winter like me, then you’re probably looking forward to spring and the fashionable outfits that comes along with the weather.  So it’s time to shed off that thick coat and start dressing a little more fashionable and creative. 

As the season changes, I’m always in need of something new, but the my wallet won’t always allow me to do so.  Therefore, for this spring, I’m dressing up my outfits from last year with a little bit embellishments. 

This week, I made a shoulder accessory; which you’ll see more of in magazines and clothing stores this season. 

Materials:

Directions:

  1. Add a line of glue along the center of the suede fabric.
  2. Pick up the suede fabric with the glue side up and place along the center of the lace. 
  3. Take one end of the lace and place it over the glue.
  4. Add glue to the center of the fabric again.  Then take the other end of the lace and place that over the glue.  The suede fabric should be completely covered with the lace.
  5. With your finger, pinch the center of the fabric, then using a needle and thread, sew the center in place.
  6. Once the center is more table, wrap the center with your chains.  Leave a few inches off so it can dangle. 
  7. Now stitch on the pin back in the center of the fabric on the back side where there is glue.

Now you’re all done and ready to add this to the shoulder of  your tank top, t-shirt or dress.  You can also add it onto your clutch or put a clip instead of a pin back and use it as hair accessory.  For a little more glam, you can also add sequins over the lace with glue.

 

Fun Sequin Flower Headband

By Kristin

M&J is constantly getting in new items and I have fallen in love with this new sequin trim.  It’s a gorgeous scalloped edge trim on a netting.  There are so many uses for this trim and a headband is an easy one.  One of the girls who work on the floor took the gold version of this trim and made a simple flower from it for her hair.  I was instantly inspired to make my own version.

I’m a huge fan of headbands, hairclips, and hair ties to hold back and adorn my long hair.  Working at M&J has allowed me to expand my collection and have a different look everyday.  I’ll show you how to make a sequined flower that can then be glued to a headband or hair clip, or even sew a pin on the back for other uses.  It only takes a few minutes to make, so it’s also a great last minute gift idea.

Materials:
#44434 – ½ Yard Gunmetal Scalloped Sequin Trim
#42955 – 23mm Silver Sequin Look Button
#43659 – Black Plastic Headband
Black Thread
e6000 Glue 

*Call 1-800-9MJTRIM, ext:377 to order any of the products not listed online.

1.)  Thread your needle and knot the end.  Weave the needle through the sheer side of the trim about 1” away from the edge.  Weave it in and out every ½” or so to create a gathering stitch.  When you get to the end, pull the trim down this thread to gather it up.  Gather it to about 3-4” long and knot the end securely to keep it gathered.

2.)  Sew one gathered end to the other.  You should now have a circle that is ruffled, this will be your flower.  You can now either sew on or glue the button to the middle to cover the hole.  If you glued it, once it is dry you can move to the next step.

3.)  Now you can choose to glue this to a headband, a hair clip, or a pin back and you are set!

Limited Time Swarovski Rhinestone Price Reduction

It is that time of the year when most retailers are evaluating how much their Swarovski Rhinestone price should increase by because this is typically the time when Swarovski also increases their prices to vendors.  However, this year, M&J Trimming is taking the other route.  For a limited time we invite you to take advantage of our Swarovski Rhinestone price reduction.  The special reduction is on both small and large packs.  Both flatback rhinestones and hotfix rhinestone prices have been reduced.  We do encourage you to take advantage of this exciting news because it only tempoary.  Customers on our e-mail list will be informed prior to the expiration date.

If you are not already on our e-mail list, please sign-up to be informed on the expiration date along with future promotions.

Fabricate Your Own Leather and Spike Cuff

by Goldie

I would like to share with you a quick and simple way to create your own edgy cuff. I used two of my favorite items to create this cuff, leather and nail heads.

I used:

  • ¼  yard of 81503 Gun Metal/ Ivory (to order please call 1-800-9-mjtrim)
  • one package of Spike Nailheads
  • Sew on Snaps (439320) (to order please call 1-800-9MJTRIM

Directions:

  1. Start by measuring your wris
  2. Take that measurement and add one inch
  3. On the back of the leather sew on one side of the snap ¼” from the edge.  On the face side of the leather at the opposite end sew the other sides of your snaps ¼” from the edge.
  4. Apply your nail heads to the leather.  Mark points to the back of the leather where you would like your nail heads to lie. Since the leather is thick you will need to use a Brisk-set Rhinestone Setter with nail head adapter to apply your nail heads. Be sure to use the correct adapter for the size nail head you use.