M&J On the Today Show

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If you were tuned into Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda on Friday, you may have seen some of our star trims in the spotlight during Bobbie’s Buzz, a segment focused on the most current fashion trends. This segment highlighted the DIY craze, and featured three different types of DIYs to take your outfits to the next level!

Our favorite DIY of the three was definitely trim-centric, and featured an ingenious way to add trim to your outfit without ever having to touch a needle and thread.

Watch the video to see the crafty way you can attach trim to your favorite pieces!

Best DIYs of June 2014

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This month was full of fun summer/spring DIYs that are perfect for those upcoming summer parties and beach vacations! Take a look at some of our favorite DIYs this month to help get your creative juices flowing!

untitled-136Amp up your home with a sequined ampersand made by Sugar and Cloth! We’re happy to find another use for our sequin trim!
DIY-Ice-Cream-Cone-Balloon-Weights3-600x900Stay sweet with Studio DIY’s delicious ice cream balloon weights!

miss-kris-diy-pom-pom-ponchoMiss Kris does it again with this pom pom trimmed poncho that’s perfect for the beach!

ehowstyle-mixedmediatasselnecklace-21Studs and Pearls mixed it up with a cool mixed media necklace.

6a00d8358081ff69e201a511d1d084970c-800wiThis table cloth created by A Beautiful Mess is perfect for summer cookouts, and uses a DIY essential, Rit Dye!

 

Gift Guide for the Crafty Mom

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if your mom loves to DIY as much as you do, we have some suggestions that will make her jump with joy.

ThreadThe Seamstress – If your mom loves to sew, give her some enhanced essentials! Make a kit with fashion tape, a rainbow of thread, and a unique array of buttons.

Pompom TrimThe Home Decor Diva – Does your mom change her decor according to styles and not just seasons? Give her some trim that she’s bound to love! How about an elegant tassel fringe, or a fun pom pom fringe?

Beaded Trim

The Social Butterfly – If your mom is a VIP who is always attending parties and galas, make sure she shines with rhinestone or beaded trim! It’s the perfect trim for adorning an evening dress or clutch.

Project DIY

The Accessory Queen – If your mom loves making her own stylish accessories, check out our Project DIY kits! They have everything you need to make stylish, runway-inspired accessories.

 

DIY App Roundup

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We’re living in a hyper-digital world, and many of us like to DIY to escape the vibrating computer screen. But digital media can play a part in your next DIY too! There are plenty of apps out there that are the perfect addition to your DIY toolkit or inspiration board.

makrNeed designer style, without having a designer’s eye or a handle on Adobe Suite? Makr makes things simple by giving you on-trend templates for papercrafts and wares. It’s also great for a brand on a budget for those DIYers looking to expand into selling their crafts!

 

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As if DIYing couldn’t get any more fun, enter DIY – Get Skills. Be Awesome. This gamified app grants badges for different types of DIYs that you post and share with friends. This app has a strong community filled with sharing and skill-building!

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Can’t keep your patterns in order? This app will help keep you organized. It keeps all of you information on file so that you can make that dress at the drop of a hat.

Dimensions

 

Dimensions is a great tool if you don’t have a ruler handy. Actually, just drop the ruler and use this app which tells you the dimensions of any item up to .078 millimeters. Now that’s more precise than even our own eyeballs!

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Of course Pantone would make an app that would make deciding on colors even more exciting and beautiful. Finding great color combinations has never been easier with this swatch app.

 

 

Spring Decor DIY Roundup

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Happy first day of spring readers! The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and the warm weather is beckoning you outdoors. Embrace this season with these beautiful DIYs inspired by the spirit of the season.

Buttons Flowers from Freckled Nest

This funky wall decor DIY from Freckled Nest is right up our alley! Check out our collection of floral buttons and fashion buttons if you love this idea!

Floral Paper Wreath from Hello Lucky

Brighten your front door with this colorful faux floral wreath from Hello Lucky. The best part about this DIY is how long these fun flowers will last!

Front Door Flower Basket from Design Dining and Diapers

If you need a way to brighten your front door but want to think outside the wreath, take a look at this fresh alternative from Design, Dining + Diapers!

Twig Frame from Not Just a Housewife

This twig frame from Not JUST a Housewife is earthy and perfect for the first days of spring!

Lowes Wooden Floor Mat

This colorful doormat DIY from Lowes is fantastic for keeping those April showers out of your house.

We can’t wait to get outside to start some of these fabulous DIYs! How will you be celebrating the first day of spring?

Tassel Decor Inspiration

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We don’t think we’re alone here when we say tassels are just the best. They can be used for anything from home decor to fashion accessories, and everything in between! We’ve been playing with a lot of tassel as of late because it’s such a fun material fun, and adding it to clothes can instantly make them more funky! Here are some of our favorites. We’ll go as far as to say they’re fan-tassle-stic!

Dipped Neon Tassels

Two loves marry in this photo of dip dyed tassel. We love the pop of neon on an otherwise neutral tassel.

Purple Tone Tassels

The cool purple palette of this tassel garland keeps it from being too bold, with the silver accents adding just the right amount of festive fun!

Assorted Tassels from Ceiling

A ceiling of tassels would be such a cool installation in a craft room! We would be endlessly inspired by just looking up.

Tassels for Party Decor and Weddings

These paper tassels are a huge trend for weddings and party decor. They add whimsy and color to any event, without going over the top and looking childish.

Fringe Wall at M&J Trimming

We obviously couldn’t make an inspiration post about tassel without displaying our giant wall of tassel fringe! In a rainbow of colors and an assortment of shapes, the tassels we have are incredible and varied.

DIY: Sparkling Money Holder

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Looking for a new wallet that’s extra special? This bold blue box is perfect for carrying your loose change, credit cards and any other small knick-knacks you might need every day. Then when the sun sets, bring this little number with you out to dinner or dancing. Your sparkling wallet will be the talk of the town!

Materials for Sparkling Money Holder

What You’ll Need:

Altoid’s mint container

Rhinestones:

Chrysolite Opal SS20

Pacific Opal SS20

Light Turquoise SS16

2 10mm Half Dome Buttons with Shank in Turquoise #58614

E-6000

Gold paint

Paint brush

Rhinestone glue

Rhinestone tool

Painting Tin Gold

1. Paint your mint tin gold. Your tin will need a few coats to cover the information on the back. Let dry.

Rhinestones Glued onto Altoid Tin

2. Use the ridge of the tin as a guide, and outline it with rhinestones. Create your own fun pattern, and glue it down. It is easier if you use a rhinestone tool to place the stones onto the lid since you’re dealing with such tiny pieces. Once all of your stones are in place, let the glue dry.

Cutting off Button Shank

3. Take your two buttons, and carefully cut off the shanks.

Buttons Being Glued Onto Mint Tin

4. Have the mint case standing up with the opening upward. Glue one button onto the smaller lip of the tin, and glue the other to the opposite side. When you close the tin they should connect creating a little purse. Let dry.

Finished Rhinestone Money Holder

When you hit the town, hit it in style with this adorable accessory that’s sure to dazzle any passersby.

Bookish DIY Roundup

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Books are a wonderful way to escape from the mundane, dive into a new adventure, and ultimately spark creativity. We hope that the creative spark from reading will ignite you to make the DIYs below that are either inspired-by, made from or used for books!
Wallpaper Covered Books from A Merry Mishap

Do you love cohesion in your home decor? Wrap your hardcover books in wallpaper a la A Merry Mishap to give them a harmonious vibe!

Sweet Paul Book Shelf

If there’s a vintage book that’s beyond repair, make it into a shelf with this fabulous tutorial from Sweet Paul Magazine!

Clutch Made from a Book from Wishes at 11:11

Take your favorite book with you wherever you go with this Book Cover Clutch from Caroline Womack!

Book Planter from Wednesday Custom Design

Go green with this cool Succulent Book Planter from Wednesday Custom Design! Succulents are a great choice for beginning gardeners because they don’t need much maintenance or watering!!

Book Binding 101 from Design Sponge

If you prefer not to DIY using books, you can always DIY your OWN books with this tutorial from Design Sponge!

So which book-themed DIY will YOU be making this weekend? Stay tuned because we will be showcasing our own bookish DIY this Tuesday!

Get a Hobby!

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We think that the weirdest holidays can also be the best! Let’s take January for instance. This month is not only the first of the year, it’s also National Hobby Month. Maybe it’s the fact that taking up a new hobby is a common resolution, but whatever the reason for this wacky holiday we’ll embrace it with open arms! Here are some crafty hobbies you may not have heard of that we think you’re going to love.

Quilled Lettering from All Things Paper

Quilling is also known as paper filigree. It involves carefully curling and manipulating paper into desired shapes. We wonder if you could do this with starched ribbon! Oh the possibilities. If you want to get started, All Things Paper has great tutorials and resources!

Screenprinting Process

If you’ve ever said something that you thought was worthy of a t-shirt, why don’t you try screen printing? It’s the process forcing ink through a mesh screen to create an image or pattern. Check out Instructables to learn the basics!

Fauxpals from Polymer Clay

Despite their realistic appearance, these opals are made out of polymer clay! There are a lot of really cool tutorials on how to make faux gems from polymer clay like this one from Fall for DIY!

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So everyone knows you can color with crayons, but did you know that you can carve them too?! These waxy mediums are perfect for whittling down into tiny colorful sculptures! The ones above were created by artist Diem Chau.

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So macrame isn’t a new hobby at all, but we think it deserves a shout out because it can create such cool looking pieces! Think of the things you could make with our cord!

Taking up a new hobby can be fun and exciting, especially if its a crafty one! Have you taken up a new hobby recently? Let us know in the comments below!

How to Avoid DIY Disasters

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You see something on Pinterest, you venture to get supplies, and next thing you know your hands are dyed blue, you’ve put out a small fire, and you have successfully Gem-tac’d and feathered yourself. The DIY Disaster. We’ve all been there! Sometimes DIYs can get a little out of hand, and we’re here to help. Here are a few of our tips to keep your crafts and projects from getting the best of you.

Button Statement Necklace Materials | M&J Trimming

Read the Instructions – This may seem like a simple one, but going into a DIY unarmed with info and knowledge is a common mistake. Sometimes we get too excited to read them through! Sometimes we think we already know it all. Just do your future self a favor, and give those guides a good read-through. And then read them again. Just in case. If the project calls for a skill or item you aren’t familiar with, check out our resource guide!

Stacked Paintings from Mescaprices Belges

Put It Aside - Sometimes you just need some space. If a project is causing you grief, just put it aside! Maybe during your break you’ll figure out how to fix the problem or get really excited about making it again. If you’ve put it aside over and over again, don’t feel guilty throwing it out. With some projects, it just isn’t meant to be.

Organized Craft Drawer from Papier Valise

Ready Your Troops – Get your materials and supplies ready BEFORE diving in because do you know what happens when you don’t prepare? You end up cutting your finger with a butter knife because you were trying to use it as a substitute for a pair of scissors. Be prepared.

Work in Progress Watercolor from Lovely Sweet William

Enjoy the Experience – The DIY is all about the journey, so don’t forget to enjoy it! It’s easy to get anxious about the result, but DIYing isn’t just about the final product. Flip on your favorite movie or show, rustle up a bowl of popcorn, and bask in your creativity. This is YOUR time.

What advice would YOU give to DIY novices?