M&J Trimming Featured in Lucky Magazine August Issue

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We weren’t kidding when we said nailhead studs are in trend this season.  Lucky Magazine recently featured M&J Trimming’s nailheads in the August issue.  The editor gave great tips to readers on redesigning your jacket as you get ready for Fall.  Pick up the issue at your local magazine shop to see what the trend is all about.

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DIY Wired Ribbon Christmas Tree

By Dara

Okay, I’m a little early but early is better than late.  What am I talking about?  Well, I’m talking about getting ready for Christmas.  I’ve already kept my eyes open for gifts and decorations.  Besides purchasing decorations from department stores, I also like making them myself.  It’s one of the best time of the year to spend with family and work on a fun project.

This week, I decided to create a miniature Christmas tree out of wired ribbon.  This is really fun and it’s great to do as a family or teachers can use this for school projects also. 

 

Materials: (1-800-965-8746)

Directions:

  1. Using the scissors cut 6 inches of the 1 1/2″ ribbon.  You’re going to need five pieces of this.  Then five pieces in 5 inches, five pieces in 4 inches, and five pieces in 3 inches.
  2. Once again using the scissors cut 6 inches of the 1″ ribbon.  You’re gong to need six pieces of this.  Then six pieces in 5 inches, six pieces in 4 inches, and 3 pieces in 3 inches.
  3. Now take the craft stick and place it into the styrofoam.  The styrofoam will be the base. 
  4. Remember the 6″ of the 1 1/2″ ribbon you cut earlier?  There was five pieces.  Take the ribbon, add glue to 1/2″ of the ribbon on the edge and wrap it around the stick towards the bottom.  Do this with the rest of the ribbon.  It’s okay if you overlap the area that you already placed the ribbon. 
  5. Once you’re done with those five pieces.  The next part is to do the same with the six pieces of the 1″ ribbon.  From then on, you pretty much just have to wrap the ribbons around the stick; switching between the 1″ and the 1 1/2″ ribbon.  Go from the largest cut ribbon to the smallest.  Such as from 6″ to 5″ to 4″ to 3″.
  6. Once you reach the top, you can glue the rhinestone button on as a star.
  7. Then start shapping the wired ribbon and decorate using the rhinestones, pearls, nailheads and gem-tac glue. 
  8. After you’re finish, wrap the base with the velvet ribbon and you’re done. 

Mail & Envelope Holder

By Dara

Bills, bills and more bills!  They just seem to keep coming, one right after the other.  Sometimes organizing them or just simply remembering where you placed them can get difficult. 

 For example, I have a habit of opening them after I get home and throwing them on whichever table or draw is closes to me.  I guess it’s not the best habit when I have to pay the bills on time.

I finally came to the conclusion that I need some help.  So for this week’s project, I’ve decided to make a mail holder.  I wanted to buy one from the store, but it’s a lot more fun to make it myself.  Plus the one’s at the store are so dull.  

 Materials:

  • White on white poster foam core board (Two posters glued together with a thin layer of foam in between the posters)

Above:  Poster foam core board

 

Steps:

mail_box_sizes1 <— Here’s a pdf of the measures for the mail holder that you can print and trace.

  1. Measure and trace two 2″ x 8″ on the poster foam board.  This will be for the side of the mail holder.
  2. Measure and trace 4.5″ x 10″ on the poster foam board.  This will be for the back of the mail holder.
  3. Measure and trace 4.5″ x 6″ on the poster foam board.  This will be for the front of the mail holder.
  4. Using a box cutter carefully cut the pieces off the poster foam board.
  5. Using sobo glue, glue the edge of the 2″ x 8″ onto the edge of the 10″ piece.  Repeat this on the other side as well.
  6. Then glue the 6″ edge onto both of the 2″ x 8″ piece.
  7. Let it dry for about five minutes.
  8. Then after it dries, the mail holder should be sitting up right.  Place it on top of the rest of the foam board and trace the bottom.  This will be the support for you mail holder.
  9. Using a box cutter, cut of the piece, and then glue it onto the bottom of the mail holder.
  10. Now you can spray paint the mail holder any color you like.  Remember not to put too much paint because it will dissolve the foam.
  11. Let it dry for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  12. After it dries, you can now decorate it using the velvet ribbon to hide the edges.  Use glue to add this on. 
  13. You can then also use glue to add on the bullion crest.
  14. Finally, add some nailheads to the top of the mail holder.
  15. Leave it dry for about 15 minutes and then add the velcro on the back so you can add it onto your wall. 
  16.  Now your mail holder is all done and ready for work.  Enjoy!