AB & Cs of Crystals

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This Tuesday we’re having one of our legendary Swarovski sales! Swarovski crystals are the perfect solution to any DIY that needs some dazzle. If you’re new to the world of Swarovski, you may be overwhelmed by all of the options. Here are a few tips for Swarovski novices so that they can take advantage of our sale! Knowledge is power, people.

Swarovski Rhinestone Rainbow | M&J Trimming

When it comes to color, Swarovski makes almost every color under the sun. There are even some varieties which reflect multiple colors. For example, one of our most popular colors, Crystal, also comes in Crystal AB, which stands for Aurora Borealis. The Crystal AB initially looks clear, but reflects different colors from different angles. This rainbow effect is created by adding metallic chemical coatings to the glass.

Swarovski Rhinestone Flame | M&J Trimming

Swarovski crystals come in all different shapes and sizes, but they are measured in SS. If you’re having trouble figuring out what size you need, check out our handy Rhinestone Size Chart!

Swarovski Rhinestone Cool Tones | M&J Trimming

Another variable to consider when picking out rhinestones is how to affix them! There are generally two types of rhinestones you can buy: flatback and hotfix. Flatback rhinestones have to either be glued by hand, or used with a brisk-set. The brisk-set uses tiny metal backings that pierce through fabric and hold the rhinestone in place. Hotfix rhinestones have glue on the back of them which attaches to fabric when heated.

We hope you’ve learned a thing or two about these gorgeous DIY elements. Now that you’re in the know, head on over to mjtrim.com and pick out some beautiful rhinestones! Have any other rhinestone-related inquiries? Leave your questions below!

Holiday Card DIY Roundup

When the holiday season hits most people go into crafting mode! One of the first crafts that everyone sets out to make is a holiday card because they’re so easy to make and customizable. If you’re in the crafting spirit today, here are some cute holiday cards to make this weekend!

Fun-Sized Wreaths

Mini Wreath Holiday Cards from Frolic Blog | M&J Trimming

These mini-wreaths from Frolic Blog are totally cute! They’re a nice way to add a natural element to your cards, and the minimalist design ensures that the focus stays on these darling little wreaths!

Feliz

Ribbon Holiday Card from HGTV | M&J Trimming

This ribbon card from HGTV was inspired by the bright and lively colors of Mexico. We love the look of the different colors and finishes, and obviously any project with ribbons has our name on it!

Stitched with Love

Stitched Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

These simple stitched cards are so crafty and stylish at the same time. The modern shapes make them a great choice for the design-savvy folks in your life.

Snow Shaker

Handmade Shaker Fan Better Homes and Gardens | M&J Trimming

This card is so much fun! Using glitter or salt to make a holiday card is perfect for those who like a little bit of interactivity. Kids would go CRAZY over these cards!

Reindeer Games

Paper Reindeer from Eat Drink Chic | M&J Trimming

This Eat Drink Chic card is adorable, and we love the bold pink reindeer against the neutral background!

Some people prefer to send photos, others like to create cards from scratch, and some just buy beautiful cards in bulk. What’s your holiday card strategy?

Cold Weather DIY Roundup

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This week we experienced a flirtation of what’s to come this winter with some light snow flurries. It turned cold, fast, but just because there’s a biting chill in the air doesn’t mean that we have to go outside looking like the Michelin Man. Here are some cold weather accessories that you can make this weekend so that you’ll be toasty warm come the Monday commute!

Bejeweled Beanie from M&J Trimming

A hat can be a serious nemesis to good hair days, but when your hat is this cute you might just want to wear it inside! We plucked this DIY from our archives just in time for cold-ear weather!

Arm-Knit Infinity Sweater from DIY Confessions

We love this arm-knit infinity scarf from DIY Confessions!! The chunky knit and color make it a dramatic statement piece, perfect for spicing up a fall outfit.

Pom Pom Gloves the Alison Show

These little white gloves from the Alison Show are so cute, and the black pom poms add a whimsical touch! Not only are these gloves adorable, they’re also totally affordable!

Sew Your Own Mittens from a Sweater A Beautiful MessYou don’t need to know how to knit to make these cute little mittens from A Beautiful Mess! All you need is an old sweater you wouldn’t mind reusing.

Audrey Cape DIY from In Honor of Design

Embrace your inner-Audrey with this beautiful (and easy) cape DIY. Sewing outwear doesn’t need to be daunting, and this is a great foray into sewing something really substantial and wearable!

Even though it’s freezing outside, don’t let your style hibernate. Make these cute winter accessories to keep you warm and your fashion cool.

Gucci-Inspired Belt DIY with Carlos

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Working at a store like M&J Trimming it’s hard not to become completely overcome with creativity! This place is really a DIYer’s dream. That’s why when Carlos saw this amazing green and red canvas ribbon, he knew exactly what to make with it: a Gucci-inspired belt! Learn how to make this stylish belt with just a few items, and in only a few minutes!

Gucci Inspired Belt DIY Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:
2 2.5″ Bamboo Rings

35MM Polyester Webbing

A Striped Grosgrain ribbon or Jacquard ribbon for a vintage touch. You can order this style (55160) by giving us a call!

Gucci Inspired Belt DIY Measuring | M&J Trimming1. For this project we’re using printed ribbon, and lining it with webbing to make it sturdier. The webbing can also be used by itself for a fun solid belt. Line up the webbing and ribbon, and measure how much ribbon you will need by wrapping it around your hips and adding six inches.

Gucci Inspired Belt DIY Gluing | M&J Trimming2. Once you’ve cut the ribbon and webbing to your desired length, glue them together using a hot glue gun or E-6000. If you’re using a glue gun, work in sections. This way the glue won’t dry before you’ve reached the end of the ribbon!

Gucci Inspired Belt DIY Bamboo Rings | M&J Trimming3. Take the two bamboo rings, and loop the belt through them. Glue the end of the belt down past the rings. There should be a little bit of wiggle room between the two rings.

Gucci Inspired Belt DIY Carlos | M&J TrimmingExtra step: If you want to make a belt loop for your belt, take a piece of that patterned ribbon and glue the two ends to the back of the belt, while making sure to create a loop on the other side. Make sure you can fit your belt through the loop before gluing it down!

What did you think of Carlos’s quick and easy belt tutorial? This belt is a great way to jazz up any outfit!

Button Basics

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Buttons have a place in our hearts at M&J Trimming, and for good reason! This often overlooked item is on some of the most beloved staples including the blazer, the button-down shirt, and almost every jacket! We thought we would let you know a little bit more about the so-called “basic” button. Natural and Leather Buttons M&J Trimming

Before the invention of plastic, buttons were primarily made out of natural materials like bone, horn, pewter and shell. While they were originally used as an adornment, the invention of the buttonhole during the Renaissance took them from stylish to practical. Who knew they were initially created with fashion over function in mind?

Rhinestone Buttons M&J Trimming

Buttons fall into one of two categories determined by how you attach them. There are sew-on buttons, which are flat with visible holes going through them. These provide a more secure hold, which is why they are more often used on heavier materials like coats and winter jackets. Then there are also shank buttons which attach through a loop in the back of the button. These are usually more decorative. Our rhinestone buttons look more like elegant brooches than buttons!

Blue Buttons M&J TrimmingButtons are measured by their diameter using millimeters in the United States. In European countries they use ligne as the unit of measurement. There are 40 ligne in an inch!

If you need help figuring out what size button you need, check out our handy Button Size Chart!

We hope this post has inspired you to give those buttons a second look! Not only are they great for keeping your jacket from flailing, but they’re also a great way to give your clothes a little upgrade!

DIY Roundup: Make a Statement

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If you want to jazz up your outfit without having to get out of your comfy tee and favorite jeans, we have a fashionable suggestion. Throw on a statement necklace! Dainty chains need not apply because this piece is meant to draw some attention! The easiest way to get your hands on one of these style lifesavers is to make it. Here are a few of our favorites to try out TODAY! You’ll thank us on Monday.

The New Nautical

Braided Neon Necklace from A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess’s braided statement necklace made from parachute cord is to die for! We’re always a huge fan of anything neon, hence why we’re one of the only places WE know that carries neon studs.

Trim’n’Chain

Fall for DIY Ribbon and Chain Necklace

This simple ribbon and chain necklace from Fall for DIY is making our creative gears turn. The combinations we could make out of M&J ribbons and chains is practically endless! We’re doing this. Today.

Bold and Beautiful

Stacked Necklace from A Pair and a Spare

This stacked necklace from A Pair and a Spare  makes a serious statement. It takes a few different necklaces to get this over-the-top look that’s guaranteed to turn heads! 

Inspired By

Prada-Inspired Floral Necklace from M&J Trimming

We made a Prada-inspired necklace last spring that is screaming to be shared again!  It’s so easy to jazz up some simple acrylic chain to make an outfit impact.

Refined Style

Statement Necklace from Refinery 29

Our friends at Refinery29 made this stunning black statement necklace, perfect for breaking your style out of the doldrums!

Have we convinced you to make a statement yet? Good! We can’t wait to see them!

DIY: Metallic Lace Napkin Rings

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We’re heading into party season people! If you’re stuck on what to get the host of your next party, what about some one-of-a-kind napkin rings? Here are two ways to spruce them up, and personalize them for your gracious host!

Silver Spark

First we have a beautiful silver napkin ring featuring a bold button accent!

Silver Napkin Ring Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

Metallic Lace #35269

Metallic Lace #36873

Rhinestone Button

Scissors

Needle and Thread

Silver Lace | M&J Trimming

1. Place the thinner lace trim on top of the thicker lace trim.

Measuring and Cutting Metallic Lace | M&J Trimming

2. Wrap the metallic lace around your napkin for sizing, and cut off any excess.

Sewing Together Metallic Lace | M&J Trimming

3. Sew together the lace ends.

Sewing Rhinestone Button to Metallic Lace | M&J Trimming

4. Take your rhinestone button, and sew it into the center. Make sure your seam is in the back!

Completed Silver Napkin Ring | M&J Trimming

Voila! You have a silver napkin ring that is fit for royalty!

Au-stounding

The next napkin ring is more simple, but just as exquisite! It features gold lace with gorgeous rhinestone accents!

Gold Napkin Ring Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

Fine Metallic Lace #56482

Light Colorado Topaz SS30 Flatback

Gem-Tac

Scissors

Needle and Thread

Measuring Gold Lace Trim | M&J Trimming

1. Wrap your metallic lace around your napkin for sizing.

Cutting Gold Lace Trim | M&J Trimming2. Cut to the proper length.

Sewing Gold Lace Trim | M&J Trimming

3. Sew the ends of the metallic lace together.

Gluing Rhinestone Flatbacks | M&J Trimming

4. Glue flatback rhinestones into the center of the circle designs on your lace trim.

Gold_Completed

We love the pattern on this lace, and the addition of rhinestones make the circles look like tiny suns! How cute is that?

What’s YOUR party decor style? Do you like rich extravagant details, or do you prefer the understated approach? Let us know below!

DIY Roundup: Autumn Decor

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While we love decorating for Halloween, all good things must come to an end, even a roll of fabulous vintage jacquard ribbon. Now that the holiday is over, it’s time to replace some of those ghoulish gourds and creepy creations with bright and warm fall decor. Here are a few of our favorite DIYs for autumn!

Ring of Fire

Autumn Wreath | Better Homes and Gardens

You’re probably thinking you’ve seen one wreath, you’ve seen them all. Well this one really caught our eye. It captures the colors of fall beautifully, and we love those bright Chinese lanterns! It’s easy to make with the instructions on the Better Homes and Gardens website.

Rustic Elegance

Jute and Lace Vase | M&J Trimming

This jute and lace vase is just as cute as it was when we made it last year as a host or hostess gift. Fill it with sprigs of autumn leaves to really embrace the season!

Decorative Dish

Fall Leaf Bowl | Shelterness

Why shouldn’t bowls be seasonal and stylish? This fall leaf bowl from Shelterness is a great for holding treats, or as a catchall for keys. It also makes a great gift!

What a Hoot

Autumn Owl Decorations | A Beautiful Mess

Are you an avian aficionado? Make one of these cute little owls from A Beautiful Mess. Even a bird brain could do it!

Brown Bag Bouquet

Brown Paper Bag Flowers | A Place for UsThese beautiful brown flowers are made using an unlikely source: paper bags! Visit A Place for Us to find out how to make these thrifty and rustic fall decorations!

We hope we’ve inspired you to create some new decorations for the season! If you have any great ideas for fall decor that you think we would love, share them down below!

Perfect Pumpkins

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Decorating pumpkins is one of our favorite ways to get into Halloween! But who says they’re only good for one holiday? If you take out the scare and insert some style, pumpkins or gourds can be the perfect seasonal decoration!

Party Animals

Studio DIY Party Animal Pumpkins

Studio DIY made these adorable “Party Animal” pumpkins. Just look for tiny pumpkins with long stems or “noses”, and follow their simple instructions!

Gilded Gourd

Cupcakes and Cashmere Gold Pumpkins

Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere is the perfect party planner. Her delicate details are always so chic and simple, and this tiny gilded gourd is the perfect place card for any autumnal gathering!

It’s a Wrap

Good Housekeeping Ribbon Pumpkins

Good Housekeeping made these super cute pumpkins with some double-stick tape and ribbon. Going for another color palette at your next dinner party? Just switch out the ribbon!

Punk-kins

M&J Trimming Punk Pumpkins

We got a little crafty at the office, and made these “punk-kins”. They’re super easy to replicate. Just take your nailheads of choice, and press them in! The nailheads are easily removed, and can be reused in your next DIY!

Personalized Pumpkins

Dwellings by Devore Monogrammed Pumpkin

We bet this pumpkin from Dwellings by Devore is the original pumpkin from Cinderella. Doesn’t it look so stylish and classy? All it takes is a little glitter!

We love mixing organic elements with some chic M&J adornments for fall! What’s your favorite home decor DIY for autumn?

DIY: Under the Sea Tank

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We love to dye at M&J. It’s always an experiment because the medium has a mind of its own! We embraced that free-flowing spirit with this next DIY, a tank top worthy of any mermaid under the sea.

Supplies for Under the Sea DIY | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

20mm Paillettes with Hole on Top #13623

Teal RIT Dye

E-6000

White tank top

Big Plastic Bucket or Sink

Pouring Teal RIT Dye Powder | M&J Trimming

1. Follow the RIT Dye instructions. We used teal RIT dye powder, which we combined with 2 cups of hot water and 5 cups of lukewarm water.

Dipping Tank into Teal RIT Dye Powder | M&J Trimming

2. Dip the end of your tank into the dye. If you want an ombre effect, leave the ends of the tank in the dye for a longer period of time.

Wringing out Dyed Tank Top | M&J Trimming

3. Wring the excess dye out into the bucket.

Rinsing RIT Dye from Tank | M&J Trimming

4. Wash out your tank until the running water becomes clear. This will indicate the dye has set in and will not run.

Allow Tank to Dry | M&J Trimming

4. Allow your tank to dry.

Pailletes Being Placed on Tank | M&J Trimming

5. When your tank is dry, create a design on the bottom of the colored tank using paillettes.

Gluing Down Paillettes | M&J Trimming

6. Glue your paillettes down in your desired pattern. We chose to border the bottom of the tank to represent fish scales, but you can choose whatever design you’d like!

Finished Mermaid Under the Sea Tank | M&J Trimming

And there you have it, an Under the Sea tank top. We know Ariel would trade all of her thingambobs for this shiny tank! Do you want to replace the paillettes with pearls or rhinestones? Take a look at our Under the Sea page for some extra inspiration!