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DIY: Decorated Graduation Caps

Graduation time is here! Nothing is more exciting than putting on your cap and gown and walking across the stage. But those plain cap and gowns they give you are a bit boring, now there is nothing wrong with being just another cap in the crowd. But if you want your family to be able to spot you from the bleachers, go out in style by decorating your cap. Here are two great ideas on how to stand out and show your individuality.

Cap #1: Decorate with Patches

Customize your cap with some of your favorite things, and what better way to show your style then with patches?

What You’ll Need:

  • Graduation Cap
  • Patches
  • Iron
  • Thin cotton cloth

NOTE: Make sure you know which is the front of your cap so your design sits properly.

 

Step 1:  Grab an assortment of patches in various sizes and play around with the layout until you’ve got it right.

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)

Viola! You’re finished.

 

Cap#2: Decorate with Rhinestones

What You’ll Need:

  • Graduation Cap
  • Monogram print out
  • Rhinestones
  • Iron-On Rhinestone Trim (we used this one)
  • Iron safe transfer paper
  • Iron
  • Tweezers

NOTE: Make sure you know which is the front of your cap so your design sits properly.

Step 1: Choose the font and size you want your monogram (or quote) to be and then print it out . Make sure to print the “mirrored” version so it is the correct way once it is on your cap. For this we used the font Paduka Script

Step 2: Place your monogram under the transfer paper and peel back the protective layer to reveal the sticky side.

 

Step 2: Fill in your monogram with rhinestones. Put the rhinestones flat back up, jewel side down, so that the top of the jewel is on the sticky part of the transfer paper.

Step 3: Transfer to your cap. Carefully put your cap over the transfer paper and flip both over. Then position your monogram where you would like it to go.

Step 4: Iron on. Place a thin cotton sheet over the transfer paper and iron your monogram onto your cap. About 30 sec in each place then move around until its on there good.

Step 5: Lay out your trim. We cut this trim so it was a little thinner. Measure each side with the trim and make sure to account for any overlap in corners so that the trim lays flat all around.

Step 6: Iron on your trim. Just like with the rhinestones, place a thin cotton sheet over your trim and iron on. Holding for about 30 sec or until it is not loose.

That’s it, you’re all done!

 

 Now go strut your stuff across the stage and congratulations!

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.

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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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Adventures of the M&J Intern: Interview with Saralee

For my second adventure at M&J’s creative department, I got to sit with Saralee Gordon, M&J Trimming’s graphic designer. She is the woman behind the website graphics, the promotions and everything in between. Without her, customers would not receive the awesomely designed weekly emails and the website would not look as fun and inviting as it does!

Saralee

Cookie Cohen: When did you start working for M&J Trimming?

Saralee Gordon:I started working for M&J Trimming in April 2012, right when I moved to New York from a small suburb in Michigan.

 

CC: What are your key responsibilities at M&J Trimming?

SG: I am in charge of designing the graphics for the weekly emails and campaigns. I also am in charge of redesigning the website to make it more intuitive. 

 

CC: How did you get started with graphic design? What school did you go to?

SG: I went to Michigan State University, and started as having no preference. I decided to take a journalism class. One day our professor invited the graphic designer from Newsweek to do a presentation for our class. The presenter said that if we liked design and organizing, graphic design might be a good career path for us. 

 

CC: What does your daily schedule look like?

SG: It’s different every day. Some days I spend designing the weekly email and other days I am setting up a photo-shoot with Chris, our photographer and Allie, our visual merchandiser.

 

CC: How would you describe your graphic design style?

SG: I like to keep things as clean as possible. It allows me to emphasize the M&J products.

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CC: How do you decide how you would like to photograph the M&J products for the website?

SG: Allie, Chris, and I started to photograph the products in atmospheres instead of having the products float around. We also started taking close up pictures of the products, which allow you to see the details (stitching, beading, etc.) of the products.

 

CC: Do you have a favorite font? If so, which one?

SG: There is one font, Mrs Eaves, it’s similar to cursive. It adds fun little ligatures to the letters. It’s very fun.

 

CC: What’s your favorite graphic design software?

SG: My favorite is Illustrator because it’s easy to use. I’ve noticed that there is a love-hate relationship between Photoshop and Illustrator. I absorbed Illustrator quicker than Photoshop so I stuck with it.

 

CC: What’s your favorite part of Illustrator?

SG: You could merge shapes and then divide them, so basically, you could “hole-punch” a shape inside another shape.

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CC: What’s one of the coolest projects you’ve done working for M&J?

SG: One of the funniest I’ve done is the van wrap. I made a graphic for the M&J van, and now my graphic drives around the city!

 

CC: What is your favorite M&J product?

SG: There is a new applique that I love. I just have to decide what to do with it. Maybe make shoulder pads? Another product I love is beaded trim! I just add some elastic and make headbands.

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CC: Have any hidden talents?

SG: I have great memory for TV and celebrities. I could name any famous face and remember every episode of TV shows.

 

 

Behind the Scenes: Papillon

People know M&J because of our amazingly colorful storefront filled with trims of all shapes and sizes. More and more people know about our subscription DIY box, Project DIY. But there is one area of M&J Trimming that most people aren’t privy to. This section of M&J is a magical place filled with unicorns, pandas, jewelry and accessories, and it’s called Papillon Accessories.

Papillon Accessories is a division of M&J that creates licensed and private label products. What does that mean? Papillon Accessories buys a license to create hats, jewelry, cold weather accessories, and Halloween accessories, featuring some of your favorite characters and brands like Lisa Frank, Hello Kitty, Angry Panda, and Sharknado! Papillon then sells these items to retailers who offer them to customers in their retail locations.

Papillon Accessories is always busy creating lots of amazing goodies just for Halloween, and we wanted to see what kind of items they were working on. We took a little trip to the Papillon Accessories studio to give our readers a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in this little-known, but very important, part of M&J Trimming.

Just in time for Halloween, Papillon Accessories has created some costumes inspired by one of the most popular (and strangest) sci-fi movies of the last year. That’s right ladies and gents. We’re talking about Sharknado.  You can buy our very own Sharknado Shark Fin Costume Headband and the Sharknado Shark Mask Hood today on Amazon, and get it just in time for Halloween.

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Right now Papillon Accessories is inspired by the sea, and their designers are creating a ton of adorable “sea punk” pieces! These necklaces will be sold to stores like Claire’s or Hot Topic, where YOU can buy them!

Sea Punk Necklaces | M&J Trimming

We love these pendant necklaces. The keys and cogs make them look a little bit steam punk! It’s very Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea if you ask us.

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These pieces are a little more sparkly and refined, like the jewels you would find in a sunken pirate treasure chest! And the teal starfish ring is such a showstopper!

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We love this charm necklace, and what’s that one charm on the middle right? A dinglehopper, right?

Next time you’re at the mall, the Halloween store or doing some online shopping, and you notice your favorite characters or styles on an accessory in your shopping cart, remember that it might have been made by us here at M&J Trimming!

DIY: Under the Sea Tank

We love to dye at M&J. It’s always an experiment because the medium has a mind of its own! We embraced that free-flowing spirit with this next DIY, a tank top worthy of any mermaid under the sea.

Supplies for Under the Sea DIY | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

20mm Paillettes with Hole on Top #13623

Teal RIT Dye

E-6000

White tank top

Big Plastic Bucket or Sink

Pouring Teal RIT Dye Powder | M&J Trimming

1. Follow the RIT Dye instructions. We used teal RIT dye powder, which we combined with 2 cups of hot water and 5 cups of lukewarm water.

Dipping Tank into Teal RIT Dye Powder | M&J Trimming

2. Dip the end of your tank into the dye. If you want an ombre effect, leave the ends of the tank in the dye for a longer period of time.

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3. Wring the excess dye out into the bucket.

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4. Wash out your tank until the running water becomes clear. This will indicate the dye has set in and will not run.

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4. Allow your tank to dry.

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5. When your tank is dry, create a design on the bottom of the colored tank using paillettes.

Gluing Down Paillettes | M&J Trimming

6. Glue your paillettes down in your desired pattern. We chose to border the bottom of the tank to represent fish scales, but you can choose whatever design you’d like!

Finished Mermaid Under the Sea Tank | M&J Trimming

And there you have it, an Under the Sea tank top. We know Ariel would trade all of her thingambobs for this shiny tank! Do you want to replace the paillettes with pearls or rhinestones? Take a look at our Under the Sea page for some extra inspiration! 

Inspiration: Under the Sea

The ocean is home to some of the strangest and most inspiring creatures, colors and things on earth. Why do you think we all tune in to watch Shark Week year after year? There are so many wonderful things in the water to inspire us, and here are some of the products of that inspiration!

Aqua Mermaid Hair

If this was a full-length shot, we bet she would be sporting a scaly tail. Her beachy aqua locks must be the envy of mermaids in each of the seven seas!

Lady Gaga Mermaid for Visionaire

Lady Gaga, with colored hair and an oil-slicked mermaid tail, looks mesmerizing. Despite it’s beauty, this shot is also a sharp reminder of how NOT to treat the ocean and its inhabitants.

Mermaid Shoes and Cobalt Dress

Let’s just start off by saying that everything about this look is amazing. The flow of the dress makes her look like she’s wrapped up in the ocean, and those Nicholas Kirkwood Mermaid Shoes really round out this under-the-sea style. Plus, the pairing of the bold blues is shrimply amazing. Too much?

Sequin Mermaid Dress

This dress is amazing! We love the cut, and check out those SEAquins! Seriously though. It looks like the ocean and the dress were cut from the same cloth.

Jean Paul Gaultier 2008 Spring Collection

In 2008 Jean Paul Gautier created a sea-inspired collection. Models glided down the runway in flowing, sequined frocks reminiscent of beautiful sirens. Their hair was even made to look perpetually wet!

The sea is a world unexplored for most, which is why its mysterious nature makes it so inspiring. See our treasure chest of  sea-inspired embellishments on our Under the Sea Inspiration Page.

Trimmer Tales: Carlos

Aside from our long history as a New York City specialty store and our massive selection of trims, there is something that we at M&J Trimming are proud to be known for: exceptional customer service. In honor of our amazing employees, we would like to introduce a new series of blog posts called Trimmer Tales, which highlights the people who make this company so special. Our first Trimmer Tale will feature Carlos, whose story proves that if you work hard, you will get where you need to be.

Carlos Helping Guest with Trim | M& J Trimming

Carlos started out in maintenance, and was occasionally asked to help out on the floor when the flood of lunchtime customers came in. Noticing his creativity and ease with the guests, the Cohen brothers decided to use his knack for DIY at the monthly crafting seminars. Carlos soon became a hit! Now he’s a seasoned member of the floor who is a celeb-favorite, helping stars like Miss Tina Knowles, Paris Hilton, and Sarah Jessica Parker. He’s even made a head piece for Cher to wear!

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He notes that his favorite thing about M&J Trimming is working with the Cohen family. He attributes his success to the tremendous opportunity that they had given him. He also learned a lot about selling by watching Mr. J in action. The fact that the store has such an amazing selection of unique and hard-to-find items makes it easy to sell. “It’s like a candy store,” Carlos says, “We have so much variety!”

Carlos Helping Guest with Swarovski Rhinestones | M& J Trimming

Carlos’s favorite way to DIY? Embellishing. He loves taking plain items and making them into his own. And his number one tip for those who want to get into the DIY game? He says you should make something using not commonly found materials. The more unique your materials, the more it reflects YOUR personal style.

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Interested in seeing Carlos in action? On November 14th, M&J Trimming is hosting its first Project DIY Workshop. Attendees will be walked through three projects by Carlos, and Project DIY designer, Michelle Levy. Space is limited, so sign up today by clicking here!

Best Dressed: Super Hero Costume Round Up

The wait is finally over. New York Comic Con is here! That’s right ladies and gentlemen. It’s time for pop culture costumes to make their way onto the streets of NYC! Out of every genre covered at the convention, we love the superhero look. Here are some of the most stylish crime-fighting costumes we’ve seen!

Batman The Dark Knight Christian Bale

There have been many incarnations of the outfit worn by the “Caped Crusader”. Some cool, and some kind of embarrassing. (Not even George Clooney could pull off the costume in Batman and Robin.) The best had to be the one worn by Christian Bale in the Dark Knight. It was tough, durable, and looked like something a crime fighter would wear.

Mystique X-men Costume

On the first X-Men film it took eight to nine hours to get Rebecca Romijn into her Mystique costume. Why? The whole look is created using prosthetics and makeup, not actual clothing.  Fortunately by the second film they got it down to JUST five to six hours. The wait was well worth it because her makeup turned out AMAZING.

The Amazing Spider Man

Not only does Peter Parker have Spidey Sense, he also has fashion sense in The Amazing Spiderman. The costume is true to the comic books, and looks totally sleek. If he swung through the streets, the most fashionable New Yorkers wouldn’t even bat an eyelash. If they were used to seeing superheroes swing through the streets, that is.

Captain America Costume

Many modern men wouldn’t feel comfortable in a pair of superhero tights. Luckily, Captain America got to wear an American staple instead. Blue jeans! The embroidered stars, full helmet and colorful shield keep the look bold and superhero-esque.

Batman Poison Ivy

Our favorite comic book hero costume is actually donned by a villain! Despite the tough break the good guys got in Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin, Poison Ivy’s outfits were amazing! This fiery redhead was no stranger to embellishments, and the look is easy to replicate with some of our floral appliques.

Looking for some more superhero inspiration before you head to New York Comic Con this weekend? Take a look at our Marvel Comic Book inspiration page! We can’t promise you’ll be able to fly or fight crime with our trim, but we guarantee you’ll be the most stylish superhero at the convention!