Tag: Swarovski

DIY: Embellished Easter Eggs

One of our favorite Easter events is decorating the eggs! There are so many fun and unique ways to make your eggs stand out. You can use ribbon, buttons, and countless other embellishments to decorate. This year add a little dazzle to your Easter celebrations with metallic accents and rhinestone embellishments!
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What You’ll Need: 

Faux Eggs

Gold permanent marker

Rhinestones

Crystal Katana

Syringe

 

Green Egg:

DSC_07211. Create a scallop pattern with your gold pen going around the middle of the egg.

 

DSC_07342. Glue down a rhinestone at each scallop corner.

 

 

Pink Egg:

 

DSC_07291. Take your gold pen and draw a line going around the egg. Under that line draw a scalloped pattern like the green egg design. In the loop draw stripes.

DSC_07412. Glue down a rhinestone at each scallop corner.

 

Blue Egg:

 

DSC_07431. Take your gold pen an create a loop going vertical on each side of the egg.

 

DSC_0755 2. Create a rhinestone pattern in the center of the egg. Mirror what you do on one side to the other sign.

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Halloween DIY: Frozen Fantasy Shoe

This year almost everyone was obsessed with an icy cool animated film, and we have yet to “let it go”. This year, embrace that Arctic-freezing fashion with your Halloween costume! Learn how to make a shoe that’s worthy of an ice princess. Not the princess you had in mind? Check out our Fiction and Fantasy Halloween Shop for everything you need to create the most magical costume of all!

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What You’ll Need:

Pumps with clear siding

Crystal Meridian Blue

Sapphire

Light Sapphire

Crystal

Crystal AB

14mm Round Jewel With 2 Holes

24mm x 10mm Oval Jewel With Holes

E6000

Crystal KatanaDSC_06201. Decide on the pattern you want to create on your shoes.

DSC_06322. Use up the larger stones and pieces first. This ensures that you will have space for them.

DSC_06433. Hold each stone in place for a few seconds so that the stones don’t slip down the shoe.

DSC_06474. Let dry overnight before wearing.DSC_0701

DIY: Shimmering Nail Art

Did you know that the items we sell at M&J aren’t only great for fashion and accessories? You can also use them to beautify your nails! We used some of our smaller Swarovski crystals to add a shimmering accent to a fresh manicure. You can switch out the colors to match or contrast your nail polish for a customized look that’s all your own!  DSC_0487 What You’ll Need:

Polished nails

SS20 Rose AB Swarovski Flatbacks

SS20 Aquamarine AB Swarovski Flatbacks

SS16 Crystal Swarovski Flatbacks

Nail Glue

TweezersDSC_0488 1. Once your nails are painted, dab a little glue onto your ring finger, or whichever finger you’d  like to be the accent nail.

DSC_0490 2. Apply each rhinestone on your nail individually, using tweezers for more precision. Start with bigger rhinestones first, otherwise you may not have room for them later.DSC_0502 3. You can stop at one stone, or continue adding rhinestones until your entire nail is covered.

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M&J Rhinestone Roundup

At M&J we’re very proud of our selection of rhinestones. It could have to do with the fact that we sell the most amazing genuine Swarovski crystals, or because we have a penchant for anything sparkly. Whatever the reason, we thought we would highlight our rhinestone love by showing you some of our favorite DIYs using rhinestones! An added bonus? Today you can receive 10% off Swarovski flatback and hotfix crystals, which means these awesome DIYs are only a click away!

Nutcracker Inspired Ballet Slippers

These Nutcracker-Inspired Ballet Flats are the perfect gift for any princess or ballerina! They use an assortment of crystals that can be easily customized to fit any costume or outfit! Want to make a black flat instead? Try using Jet AB, Dark Indigo or Crystal Silver Night!

Fringe Bag DIY

Our Fringe Bag DIY has a subtle shine that comes from golden Swarovski crystals! Mix and match your metals by using Light Gold or Crystal Rose Gold.

Rhinestone Clutch DIY

This Rhinestone Clutch will be your perfect partner-in-crime for a great night out! The rhinestones blend seamlessly into this graphic clutch, making it a bejeweled work of art! For an unexpected approach, highlight the leaves with Dark Moss Green!

Rhinestone Collar Necklace

This Rhinestone Collar Necklace is THE piece for glamming up any basic outfit! It adds just the right amount of sparkle without being overwhelming. Try Crystal AB for an iridescent alternative.

So now that you’ve seen what you can make, what’s stopping you from stocking up on our beautiful Swarovski Rhinestones for your upcoming DIYs? But hurry! Our spectacular sale on Swarovski ends tonight!

Our Favorite DIYs of 2013

New Years Day is a time to reflect on the year before, and make plans for the year ahead. As we start planning our fabulous DIYs for the upcoming year, we wanted to take a look back at some of our favorites from this year and share them with you!

Rhinestone Lucite Bag DIY

It’s clear why this bag made it into our favorites! Our Rhinestone Lucite Bag DIY is perfect for carrying everything you’d ever need, and the addition of the rhinestones really makes it pop.

Great Gatsby Bracelet DIY

We aren’t sure if it was 2013 or 1922 because this year was all about the Roaring 20s! Inspired by the Great Gatsby, we made this gorgeous bracelet/ring combination.

Tie Dyed DIYs

So this summer we went a little crazy for dye. We made a series of projects using Rit Dye. From the swirl scarf to the abstract tank, we loved all of them and can’t pick a favorite! Which is yours?

Rhinestone Clutch DIY M&J Trimming

Glam up your graphic clutch with rhinestones. It’s the perfect way to give your clutch a super stylish touch!

Chainette Fringe DIY

If you’re feeling edgy, or fringe-y for that matter, take your sweater to the next level with this DIY using chainette fringe.

Vintage Button Necklace DIY

This vintage button necklace definitely makes a statement! We loved the bold look of thick chain and antiqued buttons.

What DIY was your favorite this year, and what are you looking forward to seeing in 2014? Let us know in the comments below, and you may just see your DIY suggestion in 2014! We hope you have a happy new year from all of us at M&J Trimming!

Promo Alert: 2 Day Swarovski Rhinestone Sale Starts Now!

Our 2 Day Online Rhinestone Sale is back!

Rhinestone Sale

This Rhinestone Sale ends September 25th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST or while supplies last. Discount is valid only on Swarovski hotfix and Swarovski flatback rhinestones in orders containing 10 or more packs of any size of Swarovski hotfixes or Swarovski flatbacks. Packs can be mixed and matched between hoftixes and flatbacks of any color, size or package size (small pack, 1 gross, 10 gross, etc).

Rhinestones on the Runway

Many designers use rhinestones to enhance pieces within their collection. Some designers add a few stones here and there while others create works of art. Judith Leiber is one designer who has made a name for herself for her innovative use of crystals and rhinestones. Her initial bag created due to a shipping error which left many of her bags damaged. Rather than throwing the bags away, Judith began decorating them with a variety of small crystals. Ms. Leiber’s creative instincts may have inspired some of the runway looks we see today. Here are some of our favorite rhinestone-enhanced looks from the runway.

Judith LeiberJudith Lieber minaudiere

the blonds 1The Blonds

McQueen MaskAlexander McQueen

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Milan Fashion WeekFrancesco Scognamiglio

Bohemian Chic DIY Inspiration

When looking for upcoming trends we are often inspired by our surroundings.Being located in New York City, we find there is always an abundance of style around us. One trend that has been making its way to the east coast post-Coachella is definitely the global influenced/boho trend. The vibrant colors, mixed mediums and over-the-top detail associated with many of these products completely satisfies our creative juices. We’ve rounded up some of our top bohemian-influenced pieces that you can recreate using M&J trims just in time for Bonnaroo or everyday use.

Free People BagFree People

56292-g4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Stud

18603-84325/8″ Fancy Rayon Braid

Free People Tapestry BagFree People
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1″ Mohair Stretch Braid
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Florence Tassel Fringe

TopshopTopshop

54701-ivory_14 ½” Beaded Lace

SaksDannijo

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Swarovski Flatback Rhinestones-Black Diamond AB 

Check out M&J for even more inspiration.

We’re Recycling our DIYs for Earth Day Part 1

This Earth Day we’ve opted to recycle something…our DIYs. The M&J blog has been around since 2008 and we’ve been donning out useful information, tips and tricks since then. For those of you who have just started following us enjoy these DIYs for the first time. For those who have been reading along since the beginning look at how far we’ve come. We’d love to see some of your very own upcycled fashions. We felt it was only appropriate to highlight some of our favorite refashioned DIY’s of the past.

Embellish your clothes using rhinestones
Revamp yout Clothes Using Rhinestones 1Revamp your clothes using rhinestones 2

Applying Nailheads Tutorial
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Revamp His Shirt for Her
Revamp his shirt to hers 1Revamp his shirt to hers 2

Refashion your BlazerRefashion your denim blazer

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Fringe Bag DIY

Love fringe? Love studs? This spring time bag update is perfect for you!
Rather than buying a new bag revamp one that you already have with some of our favorite trims!DSC_0128SUPPLIES

8” Imported Ultra Suede Fringe- Beige

4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Stud in Gold

Bag

Needle

Thread

Iron

Scrap piece of fabric

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Place your 4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Stud in Gold on your 8” Imported Ultra Suede Fringe- Beige
DSC_0135Make sure each of your 4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Studs are centered on each piece of fringe.
Once the stud is properly placed, cover the fringe with a piece of scrap paper.
Iron the scrap piece of fabric for 15 seconds. This will allow your studs to properly stick.

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Once you have added all of your studs onto your fringe you’re ready to attach your fringe to your bag. Starting from the inside, begin sewing the fringe into place.

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Now you’re ready to show off your new and improved bag!

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