Tag: Trims

DIY: 3 Ways to Use Frames In Your Dorm Room

One of the most versatile things you can find is a frame. You probably already have plenty lying around or you can get them for a couple of bucks at ikea or if you’re adventurous you can find them at yard sales or thrift stores. I put together 3 ways you can use a frame in your dorm decor but this is just a starting point for you guys to come up with your own unique ideas.

LACE DRY ERASE BOARD

This one is super simple and quite useful. You can hang it on your wall and write yourself a note or on the outside of your dorm door for people to leave you messages when you’re out.

Here’s what you need:

A frame with glass

Cardstock (thick paper) in a light color

Wide lace like this one

Scissors

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Take the backing out of the frame and lay it on the cardstock. I used a corner so I would only have to cut two sides.

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Using a pencil trace around the board and cut out the resulting rectangle.

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I used this Chantilly lace which was wide enough for a 11 x 14 frame with some extra. With the glass in the frame (facing down), place the lace and then the cardstock on top. Then carefully insert the backing to hold everything in place.

And that’s it. Now get your self some dry erase markers and make a to do list.

TRIMMED POLAROID HANGER

With Instax and other companies making affordable polaroid cameras, polaroids are a nice way to collect memories and document your travels. What you need is a cute frame where you can hang up your awesome polaroids.

Here’s what you need:

A frame

Braided trims in 2 colors (more or less, depending on the size of your frame.

This Rococo trim

Scissors

A Glue Gun

Clips to hang your polaroids

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Measure the trim to fit from side to side of the frame and cut all of them equally.

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Apply a small amount of glue to the right side of the trim and attach to one side. Let it dry for a minute. Then, pulling it tight, add glue the other end to the other side. Be careful with the hot glue though!

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Repeat with the other two trims and you’re done.

Hang up your polaroids and show them off!

Velvet Ribbon Art

Want a sophisticated and tactile piece of art for your dorm room that’s not going to break the bank? I have just the idea for you. All you need to do is figure out your color scheme and then just play with the different velvet trims in different widths till you like the layout. You can see the one I made for some inspiration:

What you’ll need:

A frame

Velvet ribbon in various colors

This adorable velvet daisy trim

Tape

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I used half a yard for each of the strips for a 14″ tall frame. Measure the inside area of the frame and add 4 inches to that measurement to know how much you’ll need for each strip.

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Starting with one side start taping the ribbon taut onto the backing of the frame. I did it directly on the backing because it’s sturdy and won’t bend when I pull it tight.

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Keep going, experimenting with different widths that you can change by overlaying the ribbon differently.Add the daisy trim in between for some dimension. The back is going to look messy with all the tape so if you want a cleaner more permanent solution use a glue gun and glue all the ribbon evenly.

And that’s it. Pop the backing back into the frame and hang your art up. 

DIY Roundup: Update Your Curtains

Curtains are among the first details you notice when you enter a room. They are both functional and fashionable. In order to get that dramatic effect curtains should be embellished with fringe, pom-pom trim, or greek key Jacquard. Purchasing these curtains ready-made can get pretty expensive which is why we always take the DIY route at M&J. To make your own customized curtains you can purchase inexpensive curtains from a department store and embellish them with any decorative trim. The options are endless!

To give you some inspiration we’ve rounded up some of our favorite curtain makeovers. Let us know what you think!

DIY Back Tap Curtains via I Heart Nap TimeDIY-back-tab-curtains1

DIY Pom Pom Curtains via 6TH Street Design School pompom-5

Ikea Curtain Makeover via Lilikoi Joy DSC_0323 pm

Ikea Curtain Makeover via Dwellings by Devore 3

Curtains from Drab to Fab via …Love Maegan

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Customize Store-Bought Curtains via The Shabby NestGirl's Bedroom 1

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M&J Trimming in New Dress A Day’s new book

We love when bloggers use our products to create special pieces for their wardrobes and homes. We really began to blush when we got a copy of New Dress A Day blogger, Marisa Lynch’s new book The Ultimate DIY Guide to Creating Fashion Dos from Thrift-Store Don’ts.  Marisa was kind enough to send it along with a little note letting us know how much she loves M&J Trimming but the real ‘melt our hearts’ moment happened when we saw her shoutout to M&J in the book!

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We can read her shoutout over and over and never get bored with it (Thanks Marisa!).  In the book, she gives detailed tutorials on how to fix and update your wardrobe with various trims.

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We can’t wait to see all of you try out these New Dress A Day DIYs with our lace, beaded, feather, fringe, leather, and ribbon trims!  Some of our ribbon trims are now half off, too!  Make sure to tweet us your pictures if you do.

Neon Inspiration inside M&J Trimming

By Blerona

Every summer I have specific color that I try to mix in with my everyday outfits and this year it’s all about the NEONS! I specifically love wearing hints of neon in my outfit, little pops of color that are sure to catch the eye.  Today I took a walk around M&J Trimming trying to find some neon embellishments for a DIY and I was so surprised when I realized all of the neon colors popping out in between the trims. So many different trims and beautiful colors, I decided a NEON inspired DIY can wait because I just had to share these beautiful burst of COLOR trims inside of M&J Trimming with you!

M&J’s Extended Cyber Monday Sale!

We’re excited to announce our Cyber Monday Sale!!

Monday, November 29th 2010  get 15% Off Entire Site Including RHINESTONES!!

Save 15% off your entire order  including Swarovski rhinestones on Monday, November 29th 2010. Sale begins at 12am ends at 11:59pm EST. Take advantage of our special sale while supplies last.

Coupon codes are not valid on sale and promotional items.

DIY: Metallic Trim Headbands

 

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By Blerona

Don’t you just love just love wearing headbands!  It’s jewelry in your hair, and the one-of-kind-headbands are my forte. Since I love DIY’s so much of course I’d try my hand in hair accessories. And these accessories are super easy, Instant Gratification! Check out this Oh So Chic DIY Hand bands

Materials:

Directions First Headband:

  • Step 1: Measure the elastic head band around your head. Make sure it’s tight enough to stay put. Then cut elastic trim to the correct size.
  • Step2: Take your appliqué and hot glue one end onto the back of the appliqué, then hot glue the other end. And you finished!

Second Head band:

  • Step 1: Measure the Metallic trim around your head and cut. Now cut off an extra 2inches of the cut trim and hot glue or sew one end of remaining elastic thread to that end.
  • Step 2: Measure the trim and sewn elastic thread around your head again, and be sure to make it tight to stretch out the elastic trim for a stronger hold.
  • Step 3: Once you measured it cut the extra elastic off and hot glue or sew to the other end of the metallic trim.

Happy DIY’s

Featured in Martha Stewart Living

By Blerona

M&J Trimming has been featured in Marth Stewart Living, in The Best Favorites, Secrets & Sources article. We’ve been nominated as one of the treasured New York City sources for “The Best Finishing Touches”.

Embellishing anything with trims makes all the difference. Whether it be pom-pom fringe, gimps or cordage that you use on a simple and inexpensive pillow to liven up your room, you will not be disappointed. It’s a fun creative and money saving DIY that sets you apart from all the rest!

Here are the style #’s and descriptions listed in order with the magazine:

1. – Style# 40071007 Limbardi Gimp 

2. – Style# 38623008 Pom Pom Fringe

4. – Style# 88727059 Leather Cord/ Trim

5. – Style# 88720039 Frog/Motif

9. – Style# 40095005 Naples Brush Fringe

11. – Style# 88706029 Braid

12. – Style# 39637006 Teleman Gimp Scallop

13. – Style# 41165010 2” Genuine Leather

 14. – Style# 00601 3” Rayon Bullion Fringe –Reef Gold

15. –  Style# 88727059 Leather cord/Trim

16. – Style# 41897 Greek Key Jaquard – Orange Cream

17. – Style# 27139 Braided Band Imported Tassel – Amber

18. – Style# 40751002 Nurgali Ball Tassel Fringe

 19. – Style# 40566 butterfly Pleat Taffeta – Mauve

On the Pillows

Orange Pillow

  • Style# 88715059 Large Embroidery Applique
  • Style# 13916003 Small Metallic Motif

Blue Pillow

  • Style# 40095011 Naples Brush Fringe

Round Beige Pillow

  • Style# 38634017 Berry Covered Ball Fringe

 

15% Off For Group Tours

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Are you planning a trip to M&J Trimming’s showroom in NYC?  If you are, then you’ll be glad to hear the good news.  We now offer group tours within our showroom.  Our Marketing Coordinator will give you a presentation on how the company got started and what we offer.  She will also answer any questions you may have about the industry; making this a fun and informative trip.

 All group tours also receives a small goody-bag for each person and 15% off your purchase in the store and online.  For more information or to sign-up, please e-mail info@mjtirm.com with “Group Tour” on the subject line.  We look forward to seeing you soon.