Masks for a Masquerade Ball

Create your own Masquerade Mask at M&J Trimming this Halloween.  Everyone will want to know who’s behind the mask!

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Supplies used: plain half mask, Multi-Grip Glue, feathers, trim, sequins, rhinestones, and anything you can think of.

Sumptuous DIY Halloween Decorations

By Roseann

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It seems like yesterday it was summer and now Halloween is just around the corner. Maybe you haven’t even begun planning or are somewhat perplexed over your theme for your holiday gathering this year; well don’t fret because we’ve got some inspirational ideas in store for you. This Halloween try a more elegant approach to decorating for your holiday gathering. I worked up a few ideas for our decorations this year using feather trims and some inexpensive finds from your local floral or craft shop.

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Materials for Wreath

  • • 1 wreath (I used a plain twig wreath)
  • • 2 feather boas style: 16776 (To order call 1-800-9-mjtrim)
  • • Jewelry wire Materials for Centerpiece
  • • Plastic cauldron ( the one used here has an inner diameter of 12”) you may also use a planter that you may already have
  • • Thin branches
  • • Sand or stones to fill the bottom
  • • Super moss • 3’ artificial ravens
  • • 1 yard (measurement is dependant upon the size of your cauldron) feather trim style: 27971 (To order call 1-800-9-mjtrim)
  • • Craft foam

How To Wreath:

For the wreath I just wrapped the two boas around it and secured with jewelry wire.

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How To Centerpiece: The centerpiece was a bit more involved, but still very easy.

  1. The first I thing I did, and this is completely optional, is treated my cauldron so that it wouldn’t look like a cheap plastic cauldron. I sprayed it with spray on stone which can be purchased at your local hardware store. Once it has set up and dried I went over is with a coat of semi-gloss black spray paint.
  2. Next you are going to want to fill your cauldron with sand or stone, you want to fill it just enough so that the craft foam will sit level with the top of the cauldron, so be sure to take a measurement.
  3. Place your craft foam inside the cauldron; you may have to trim it down if you are not able to find it in a round.  I used an 11” round dummy cake, it’s made of foam and fit perfectly inside the cauldron you should be able to find them online at nycake.com
  4. Arrange your branches in the center of the foam, you should be able to just push them in to secure
  5. Glue your feather trim around the foam so that it appears to be spilling out of the cauldron
  6. Apply your super moss around the branches to cover the exposed foam
  7. Arrange and attach your ravens how you wish
  8. Enjoy your beautiful new Halloween centerpiece

DIY Decorative Feather Throw Pillows

By Roseann

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I was very thrilled when M&J recently began carrying feather patches.  We have been having a lot of fun with them creating all types of accessories that fit right in with this season’s hot trend.  So, you can only imagine my excitement when I discovered the new much larger version, a 20” x 15” feather mat (style #43361-Brown/Green Iris) available by calling 1-800-9-mjtrim.  I thought this would look great on a throw pillow, and since I am currently looking to change the look of my apartment this came in just the nick of time.  Throw pillows make a great accent in any room.  By mixing colors and textures you can liven up the place and create a new ambiance with out the expense of purchasing new furniture or the timely chore of painting.

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Making your own Feather Accessories

By Milton

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This summer, feathers made a come back.  People everywhere are wearing them to accessorize headbands, hair clips, necklaces, earrings, bags, hats, shoes and the list goes on.  The great thing about feathers is that you could get any look you want depending on your personality. You can go from a hipster look to a glamorous look with the right piece.

Feather patches are great if you want to make your own feather accessory. You would be surprised how easy it is to make headbands or jewelry with them. Here are 3 examples of how you could make your own Curly Goose Pad and Cameo Headband, Crystal and Feather Earrings, and Peacock Feather and Tooth Pendant Necklace.

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Curly Goose Pad and Cameo Headband

Materials:
– Headband
Curly Goose Pad
– Oval Coman Head Cameo
White 16mm Double FAce Satin Box Pleated
Glue Gun

Instructions:

  1. Apply some glue along the edge of the back of the Cameo.
  2. Glue the pleated ribbon following the oval shape.
  3. Apply some glue on the thin side of the feather patch and glue the cameo with the ribbon on top of it.
  4. Before gluing it on the headband, with the help of a mirror, find the perfect spot where you desire your feather piece. Glue to the headband and enjoy!

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Crystal and Feather Earrings

Materials:
– Earrings Hooks
– Jump Rings
Diamond Leaf Crystals
4″ Feather Pick with Loop

Instructions:

  1. Open your jump ring and insert one end of the crystal and the look of the feather pick.
  2. Before closing it insert the look of the earring hoop.
  3. Close your jump ring and enjoy!

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Peacock Feather and Tooth Pendant Necklace

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5.5″ Peacock Feather Pick with Loop
– Tooth Pendant with Cap

Instructions:

  1. Cut the chain depending on how long you want your necklace to be. I recommend to make it long enough so you can slide it in without putting a clasp on it.
  2.  Open the last link of the chain and insert the look of the pendant.
  3. Insert it to the last link in the other end of the chain and close it. This will be the center of your necklace.
  4. About 4 ” higher , open another link and insert the feather loop .
  5. Close the link and enjoy!

Dress Up For Halloween Using Body Glue

By Milton

Halloween is just around the corner!  Add some elaborate looking elements to your costume this year without using elaborate amounts of energy!  A few rhinestones and feathers around your eyes are the perfect accent for Halloween this season. 

All you need is body glue, a wooden applicator (or something around the same thickness as a chopstick), beeswax, feathers, and rhinestones in your desired size and color.  Our rhinestone starter kit comes with all the essential tools (rhinestones and feathers not included).  Your design will stay on all night long and comes off when you are ready to remove it with soap and warm water.

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Directions:

  1. I suggest sketching out a draft of your design before you begin gluing.
  2. Apply a small amount of beeswax (about the size of a pea) to one end of your wooden applicator.  You will use this to pick up the rhinestones from the top by lightly touching the wax end to the top of the rhinestone.  Once placed on some glue it should detach itself from the wax.  Sometimes a little nudge with your finger is necessary. 
  3. Dot the area around your eye where you want to apply rhinestones or feathers and begin to apply your rhinestones and feathers.  Make sure you are looking in a mirror or having a friend do this for best results!
  4. Let your design dry for about 5 minutes and you are ready to go!