Tag: Arts & Crafts

Decorate Your Own Napkin Holders

By Goldie

Here is a way to give your table décor the perfect final touch. Although you can make napkin holders out of just about anything, I would like to share with you some ideas I have created.

Material I used:

 

Directions:

These directions are very simple and quick. Start by deciding on which color combination you like, your napkins should be in front of you. Take the ribbon you have chosen and wrap it around your napkin and make sure it shapes it well you will sew the ends of the ribbon together. If you have chosen an appliqués you can attach it buy using hot glue.

DIY Holiday Week Three: Chain Bracelet

It’s Finally Here,

Check out our new DIY Holiday Gift Idea Video for your gift inspiration. Last week Carlos and I showed you have to apply an iron-on appliqué.  This week I show you how to make this fun and simple chain bracelet. A great gift for anyone who loves fashion.

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Click here for material

Happy Holiday, Blerona  =o)

Create Your Own Swarovski Bangle

By Goldie

We all have old bangles cluttering our jewelry boxes.  I’d like to share with a quick way to turn your old bangle into a blingin’ Swarovski art piece.  I embellished only a portion of the bangle so that you can get a feel for the before and after.

I used:

Directions:

When using different shapes and sizes for this type of embellishing I like to draw out the shape and exact dimensions of what I am going to embellish on paper first.  Then lay out my design.  This helps you find a pattern that works, so that you avoid gaps or a cramped looking design.  Once you have decided on the design of your choice you may begin gluing your stones to your bangle.  I believe that the E-6000 adhesive works best.

DIY Holiday Week Two: Iron-on Applique

Hello Holiday Lovers,

As part of our Holiday Season, we are creating DIY Holiday Gift Idea videos for your gift inspirations. Last week I took you on a tour in our NYC’s 5,000 sq ft showroom. This week Carlos and I show you how to apply an iron-on appliqué. A great gift for anyone on the holidays!

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Click here for a list of materials 

Tune in next week for a look that will have you chained to our website!

Happy Holidays, Blerona

Vintage Inspired Headbands

By Milton

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Here is an easy way to create vintage inspired headbands. To make these two  I  used Beaded Trim to cover the headband and then glued the edges at the bottom with Gem Tac and a Glue Gun. Gem Tac is great when working with trims that have tiny beads because it prevents the beads from falling and  dries completely clear. Even  if the bottom of the headband will never show when you wear it, its always good to finish the inside wit a braided trim, it will make the headband stay better while you wear it and hide the edges of the trim you glued under.

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Materials:
Gem Tac Glue
Glue Gun
-Embroidered Beaded Trim # 28596 (Call 1-800-9-MJTRIM)
-Beaded Trim #37107 (Call 1-800-9-MJTRIM)
-Black  and Brown Braids # 00407

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Show your American spirit with this hot slashed leather necklace

By Roseann

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When I sat down to do this entry I was a little scared.  Americana fashion is hard to do without looking cheesy.  I don’t know, that’s just my opinion.  However, I really think that by incorporating our colors into today’s hottest trends the look can be quite hip.  Wear this piece with a white tank as to not over do it.

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 Materials

  1. Ultra suede tape 10 yards of both white and cardinal, and 3 ½  yards in French blue
  2. Sobo craft glue
  3. Jewelry wire
  4. Wire clippers
  5. Cord necklace fastener.  I choose to use a magnetic fastener, be sure that it will be large enough to hide all the ends of the leather.

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 Directions

  1. Cut the red and white suede into strips 36 long and the blue into strips 20” long.
  2. Take all the red and white and 3 strips of the blue together and wire wrap the end.
  3. I then pinned this end to a board and gathered the other side with the other 3 strips of the blue and draped to the other side of my board.
  4. If you like pull on some of the leather strips at the unwrapped end to create different lengths in the necklace.
  5. Once you have the desired look, gather the other ends, trim, and wire wrap.  Trim the blue hanging strips so they have a staggered appearance.
  6. Using Sobo craft glue, glue the wrapped ends of your necklace into the magnetic fastener.

DIY Cufflinks For Dad

By Roseann

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If your dad is anything like mine, then he’s probably not interested in any fancy expensive gifts this Sunday.  Some of the best gifts given to dad were the macaroni art you made when you were five.  A handmade gift is more personal and really comes from the heart.  But, now that you’re older you may want to step up the level of taste just a bit, not that the macaroni art wasn’t cute.  So, if the “what should I get dad for father’s day” question is still plaguing you?  Skip the shave kit or another tie, you know he’s got plenty, and try making him a gift this year.  My suggestion is a pair of cufflinks.  It’s easy to do and won’t break your bank.   

All you will need for this project is cufflink posts, you should be able to purchase these at any jewelry supply shop. I found them for a dollar a piece, some cool buttons, wire clippers, and E-6000 craft glue   I chose 4 different styles to create a variety of looks.  I like to cover my basis.  They range from casual with a leather button  to business with a gold and black glass button and a gold crest to very dressy with a rhinestone , for dads who are into a little blingAll of these buttons can be found online.  All you need to do is remove the loop from the back of your buttons and glue the cufflink post to the back.  When purchasing buttons for this project be sure to purchase shank buttons only.  I hope this has helped some of you.  Please share with us some of your creative personalized gifts for dad.

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DIY EMBELLISHED LEATHER CUFF

By Roseann

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Today embellishing is seen everywhere, from necklines to ankles.  It’s a great way to add color and a little flash to an everyday piece.  I was really inspired by John Hardy’s new bamboo and sterling silver cuffs.  Since I am not an expert jewelry crafter, I figured a leather cuff would be a great way to get the look.

 

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 Materials:

 Please note that M&J Trimming offers a wide selection of sew on jewels and beads. So explore our selection and be creative.

 You will also need:

  • Gem Tac glue
  • 2 18mm snaps  (1-800-9MJ-TRIM)
  • Thread
  • Leather needle

 Instructions: 

  1. Measure wrist
  2. Cut Leather 2″ longer than wrist measurement.
  3. Create your design
  4. Using Gem Tac lightly glue down your design to the leather.  Be sure to measure and center.  I like to wait about 4 hours to allow the glue to set.  Once you feel that your jewels are adequately attached you may sew the jewels on to the leather.  I like to glue the jewels down first, I think it makes this step easier.  If you’re comfortable with sewing them without glue feel free.
  5. Measure in 1″ from sides.  Center snaps in center of 1″ edge. Sew them down in a vertical position from one another.  The female piece should be sewn on the outside of the cuff and the male piece on the inside.  This will make the cuff easiest to get on and off.
  6. Wear, enjoy!

Headbands

By Milton

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Ladies, it’s that time again.  This Sunday, M&J Trimming will be hosting another headband workshop.  You’ll be able to learn how to create some dazzling DIY headbands like the one I made here.  Call 1-800-9-MJTRIM to register. 

For this headband, I used a large plastic headband that I got from a local discount store.  With a 2″ wide satin ribbon, I simply covered the headband using unique stitch glue.  After that dried, I glued a beaded appliqué onto the side.  Then Tada!  It’s really that simple. 

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DIY Valentine's Day Vase

By Rosenn

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Expecting flowers this Valentines day?  Why not put them in a vase as hot as the man who sent them.  You can dress up an old vase or grab an inexpensive plain glass vase from your home décor shop. 

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Materials used:

 

  1. Plug in hot glue gun.  Allow gun to heat up 3-5 minutes.
  2. Once glue-gun is hot and glue can easily be applied, begin applying to the lip of the vase. Do this while working in small section, about 2-3inches at a time.  Apply the tape of the fringe to the lip while glue is still hot. Work around entire lip of vase. Trim off any excess fringe.
  3. Apply feather tape in same manner.
  4. Glue 1st mesh covered jewel on top of tape.  Measure 2 1/2″ from either side of jewel and apply the 2nd. Continue around entire lip of vase.