Tag: DIY

How to Tie a Classic Bow

Classic Bow Tutorial

Want to step up your gift wrapping game? Well, to do that you need to master the classic bow. Watch the video below and you’ll be an expert in no time. To make sure you get the best possible results follow these tips:

• Use a ribbon that has some stiffness if you want a nice structured bow that holds its own. If you want something softer and almost drape-y, use a silk satin ribbon.

• Use a double faced ribbon so you don’t have to worry about a right and wrong side.

• Use a sharp pair of scissors to avoid a frayed edge.

 

How To Customize Your Christmas Stockings

Customized Stockings – 2 Ways!

Tis the season to be silly, fa la la la la. Get silly by customizing your stockings this year with cute patches that show off your unique personality or spell out your name with some chenille patches. Patches have been hot hot hot for the last few seasons and we don’t see why they can’t make their way on to our festive decor as well. They make for awesome stocking stuffers too. These two easy DIYs will have you ready for the holidays in no time. Santa won’t be able to stuff coal down these stockings!

DIY: Sugar Skull Inspired Halloween Mask

Guys. It’s October. If you haven’t started planning your costume already, you better start now. Halloween is fast approaching, and I want to help you out with a DIY mask to get you started on your costume. I’ve put together a fairly simple tutorial to make a Day of the Dead mask, inspired by the sugar skulls. I’m sure you’ve all seen awesome Day of the Dead themed costumes the last couple of years and now it’s time to make your own.

Did You Know: Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday where people believe that the spirits of their loved ones are reunited with them for two days following Halloween.

What you’ll need:

Flatback Rhinestones

Sew-on Jewels in Different Shapes

3D Flower Patches

Magna-Tac Glue

A Mask

A Rhinestone Applicator

 

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I improvised the placement of the stones for the most part. That’s what was most fun about this DIY. However, if you need a little more guidance, you can use a pencil to lightly sketch out a design on your mask.

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Start by applying a thin layer of glue to the area you want to place the stones. I started around the eyes. Then, using a rhinestone applicator, pick up the stone and place it where you want it. Repeat till you’re done with that section.

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I kept going with the designs, using different colors and shapes to create dimension.

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When you’re done with the stones, take the flower patches and glue each one, facing forward, to the back of the mask. I added one on the front in the center just to give it some depth.
A good substitute for these patches would be red silk roses. 

That’s it, you’re done! Pair this with a corset, tulle skirt and some lace gloves to complete the look.

 

DIY: Lace Wedding Centerpieces

Looking for the perfect table toppers? Enhance your reception table bouquets with some inexpensive, rustic flair. We love the homey, backyard-wedding feel of these lace covers for Mason jar vases. Mix and match using our great selection of lace to give your DIY wedding a quick and easy, vintage look.

What you’ll need:

Cluny Lace

Cotton Eyelet Lace 

Leaf Lace Fringe

Scissors

Glue Gun

1 spool of invisible thread

30 Mason Jars (minus the lids)

Note: We used 3 different sizes of mason jars but you can choose to use 3 of the same.

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Measure the lace around each jar allowing for a 1/2″ seam (doing the measuring and trimming all at once saves precious time!)

 

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Cut lace accordingly

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Wrap the piece of lace around the jar and eyeball a section 1/2” from the edge

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This is where you can choose to delicately glue the piece together overlapping at the ½” mark, or sew the edges together. We prefer gluing to save on time. If you’re sewing, make sure that you’re using invisible thread. It’ll disappear into the trim!

 

Voila! Beautiful vase coverings that give your tables a country feel!

Want to put together your own assortment of lace? Choose from M&J Trimming’s incredible selection of guipure, knitted and more to find the perfect lace for your special day. These DIY lace coverings for mason jars are also the perfect giveaway for guests that want to bring a little bit of your wedding day home with them! 

DIY: Art Deco Earrings

Art deco marks a time of guilty pleasures and luxury. Think modern geometric architecture and flapper dresses. Think Gatsby. I’ve always loved the 20s and wanted to channel that into a pair of earrings that are modern yet reminiscent of more glamorous times. If you love Art Deco as much as I do you’re going to love these earring DIYs.

Color Block Leather/Vinyl Earrings

What you’ll need:

Leather/Vinyl Trim in different colors. We used these:

Pink

Green

Black

Scissors

Pliers

Jump Rings

Slide Connectors

Ear Wire Hooks

Card Stock for Template (A ruler would work too)

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Using a template or a ruler I marked and cut out 3/4″ wide strips from the leather/vinyl. I did this with the pink and green.

 

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Then, using one of the cut trims as a measurement, I marked the width on the black vinyl. I then cut out a square and marked a triangle on it. Cut out the triangle.

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Then, I lay each strip on top of the other so they’re overlapping about a 1/4″. I then use a sharp pin to poke holes on either end. I repeat this for the rest of the pieces.

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Next, I put a jump ring through the holes to connect the pieces. Repeat this with all of the pieces.

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Lastly, I used a slide connector, usually used on necklaces and bracelets, on the top piece. I used a pair of pliers to clamp it down. I like the hammered effect on the gold so I didn’t mind the dents the pliers made. I then added the earring hook to the loop on top.

And you’re done!

Neutral Color Block Earrings

What you’ll need:

3 colors of leather or vinyl. We used these:

Black

Brown

Tan

Scissors

Earring Hooks

Jump Rings

Magna-tac

Card Stock for Templates

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Using card stock, cut out two circles of different sizes. I used a 2 inch and 1 inch circle. Using the templates I cut out 2 black circles with the 2″ template and 2 brown circles with the 1″ template. I also cut out a 1.5 inch square out of the tan. This makes one earring so double it for 2.

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Apply a thin layer of Magna-tac to the black circle and glue it in half. Repeat it with the other black circle.

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Apply Magna-tac to the brown circles. Glue one black semi circle a 3/8″ in. Glue the second on a 3/8″ from the bottom. Then apply the second brown circle on top.

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Cut a little fringe out of the tan square and glue it to the center.

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Poke a hole through the top with a pin or sharp object. Put a jump ring through it and attach the earring hook before closing it.

Ta da!

DIY: Embroidered Off-The-Shoulder Top

There’s no way you haven’t seen these off-the-shoulder tops in every store and every fashion pin in 2017. They’re so cute and summery and actually really easy to make. You don’t even need a sewing machine. Wait, what?!

 Totally crushing on this top from the Alexis 2017 Resort Collection

All you need is:

An oversized T-Shirt

Scissors

Embroidered Floral Patches

Elastic

Iron

Needle and Thread

Safety Pin

Also, keep a measuring tape handy.

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Cut the T-shirt right under where the sleeves begin, in a straight line. You’ll be using the bottom half. Then, cut the sleeve in a straight line an inch or so from the armhole. Using the cut piece as a reference, use it to cut the second sleeve.

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Now, place the embroidered patches where you want them on the piece you cut and iron it on. I did one big piece near the hem and cut the second patch into smaller flowers for the sleeves. Use a thin cotton cloth to cover the patches while you iron and hold down the iron for 20 seconds at a time. Repeat as necessary. Do not use steam.

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Using a measuring tape, measure across around the upper chest. Then, measure your bicep. That’s the fullest part of your arm. Cut 1 piece of elastic a couple of inches smaller than your upper chest measurement and 2 pieces an inch smaller than your bicep measurement. For example, I had  30″ as my upper chest measurement and 10″ as the bicep measurement. I cut my elastic to 1 x 28″ piece and 2 x 9″ pieces respectively.

 

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Taking a pair of scissors, snip two small holes (big enough for the elastic to go through) near the seam of the hem. That’s the pre-stitched part of the piece you cut. Then, attach the safety pin to one end of the longer elastic and use it to pull it through the hem. Make sure you secure the loose end so it doesn’t get pulled in. Scrunch as you go along as there will be more fabric than elastic. Repeat this step with both sleeves. Once you’ve threaded the elastic and come out through the second hole, secure it by stitching it to the fabric.

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The final step is attaching the sleeves to the body. Match the seams of the sleeve and the body and sew on either side at about 1/2″.

Pair it with some denim cut-offs and show off your new embroidered off-the-shoulder top!

DIY: Flower Studded Shoes

Ahh it’s that dreaded time of year when you start seeing all those back to school ads. Time to start thinking about finishing your assigned summer reading and mentally preparing for another school year. A cool new wardrobe is just the thing you need to help you look forward to the first day of school. Keep reading to see how you can make these adorable floral studded slip ons to strut into school with.

What you’ll need:

This daisy velvet trim

Small gold pronged studs

Scissors

Pliers

Shoes

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Start by cutting the trim into individual flowers. You can do this by cutting them where they join together.

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Place the flowers on the shoes to see what placement looks good.

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Using the stud, push it through the flower and through the shoe. On the back of the flap you can see the prongs protruding.

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Using the pliers flatten each prong until it’s curling in. Repeat for all the flowers.

You can also try different placements as shown below:

 

That’s it! You’re done.

 

DIY: Rope Basket

I know this DIY’s been making the rounds for a while now and I wanted to jump in and try one myself. I did want to put a spin on it by using different types of ropes so I get different textures instead of sticking to cotton rope. Check out these easy steps to make your own rope basket.

What you’ll need:
  • Rope (I used this one and used about 15 yards)
  • Glue Gun (and at least 10 glue sticks)
  • Spray Paint (optional)
  • A shape to mold your basket around. Something uniform in shape or tapering to the bottom works best. I use this lampshade I had lying around
  • Tape

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It’s important to know what shape you’re going to end up with. In my case, my lamp shade which I’m using as a base, is round. So I glue the rope on itself with the smallest turn.

If I was making a rectangular basket my first turn would be long.

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You then have to keep adding a thing line of glue and wrapping the rope around the first turn. Keep doing this till you finish the bottom of your basket.

3

Once you reach the size you want, place the lamp shade or whatever base you’re using over it and make sure the bottom is one turn bigger than the bottom of the lamp. You then start applying glue on top the rope instead of the side and start wrapping it around the lamp.

Keep in mind you’re not gluing the rope TO the lamp shade. You’re just using it as a shape to mold your basket around.

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Let it cool for a couple of minutes and take the basket out.

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This step is optional.

I taped the top edge of the basket and added two coats of silver metallic spray paint. Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area and wear a mask to protect yourself.

DIY: Floral Patched Shorts

Summer = Flowers

Summer = Shorts

So Shorts = Flowers!

That’s the formula for this super simple floral patched shorts that will make your summer outfit stand out, whether you’re at the beach or on a night out. Check out the video below to see how to make them and scroll down for more information:

Here’s what you’ll need:

A pair of shorts

Iron On Floral Patches like these

Scissors

Iron

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I wanted to cut the patches so I can place half inside the pocket and half along the pocket. This is totally optional. You can get creative with this step by mixing in other patches or putting it on the back pocket instead.

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Place the patch where you want it and using a teflon sheet or a thin cotton cloth (to protect the patch) press and hold down the iron (heat on high, no steam) for 20 seconds. Repeat if necessary.

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Guess what? That’s it. Simplest formula and simplest DIY ever!

DIY: Lace Denim Shorts

Lace and denim just seem to go hand in hand don’t they? I personally think it’s girly in the nicest way. Check out how you can make these adorable shorts to complete your summer attire. Check out the video below to see how to make them and scroll down for more information:

Here’s what you’ll need:

A pair of denim shorts

Lace like these

Thread and Needles

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Before I started, I cut two inches off the bottom of the shorts. I did this to accommodate the extra length the lace was going to add. This is optional but odd lengths on shorts can be extremely unflattering so I would suggest doing it.

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I then started sewing the lacy about three inches in. I made small stitched every half inch or so along the top of the lace. I started and ended at the inner seam for a clean finish.

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You need to around the whole leg and then repeat it with the other side.

That’s it!