DIY: Holiday Gift Wrapping

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Sometimes, it’s not only about what’s on the inside that counts! Taking time to wrap a gift shows care, and makes the gift recipient even more appreciative of the effort. If you’re looking to upgrade your gifting game, check out these three fun ways to wrap your holiday presents!
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What You’ll Need:

DSC_02891- Place the largest velvet ribbon going across the front. Flip over and glue the two pieces together when they meet.

DSC_02922- Flip box over, and place the 36mm velvet ribbon on top of the larget velvet you just pout down. Flip over and glue down.

DSC_02993- Take a piece of the 36mm ribbon and place under the two velvet ribbons you placed down. Create a bow.

DSC_03024- Take a piece of your 50mm velvet and create a 4 inch. motif. Glue end to the back of the ribbon. Place aside.

 

DSC_03055- Repeat step 4 but with 36mm velvet and 2 inch. motif.

DSC_03116- Take your 22mm ribbon and place the tassel threw it.

DSC_03137- Take the 50mm velvet motif and 36mm velvet motif and place together with the smaller one on top.

DSC_03168- Lay the 22m velvet and tassel combo across the motif and glue on the back. Place in the center of the gift.

 

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What You’ll Need:

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1- Place velvet ribbon across and glue end on the back.

DSC_03192- Place a piece of grosgrain ribbon an each side of the velvet  and glue on back.

DSC_03273- Take the silk ribbon an create a bow. Create another bow by adding another piece of silk ribbon.

 

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What You’ll Need:

TapeDSC_03281- Place velvet ribbon across box and glue on the back.

DSC_03322- Take a piece of velvet ribbon and place the fur pom pom threw. Tie a knot so the fur pompom does not slide off.
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What You’ll Need:




DSC_03441- Create a hole with your hold puncher at the end of each ribbon. Make the tags as long as you like.

DSC_03462- Cut at different angles to create different styles.

DSC_03483- Take your maker and write the person name or desired text.

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DIY: Brilliance Statement Shoulder Sweater

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As the weather gets colder and party season heads into full swing, we’re looking for holiday party style that won’t leave us shivering! This week we used Brilliance sew-on jewels to upgrade a stylish sweater into a seasonal staple! Pair this sweater with dark denim and a wedge boot, and you won’t need another accessory. And remember, there’s nothing wrong with giving the cold shoulder with a little bit of icy Brilliance bling.
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What You’ll Need: 

Sweater
Brilliance Sew-On Jewels in Jet
Needle and Thread
DSC_03121. Place Brilliance stones onto sweater in your desired pattern. We placed them in a random cluster on one shoulder, but follow your creative instincts. Use different colors, play with placement and have fun with it!

DSC_03132. Start sewing! If you find your jewels sinking into the sweater, place a fabric behind the sweater material and jewels.

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DIY: Lace Crown

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Our final Halloween DIY is ideal for the queen in all of us and perfect for any little princesses as well! We created an intricate crown using two types of metallic lace and, of course, some Brilliance stones for sparkle. This DIY is quick and easy to make, and also easy to customize! Swap out the laces with different varieties, use colored gems, make a tiara instead.
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What You’ll Need:

5 1/2″ Cupped Round Buckram Frame
Spray Paint
5 1/2″ (140 MM) Floral Metallic Lace
4 1/2″ (114 MM) Ornate Metallic Lace
Brilliance Crystal Flatbacks and Navette Sew-Ons
E6000
Starch or Spray Glue

DSC_04021. Spray the buckram frame with metallic spray paint.

DSC_04032. Spray the laces with spray glue or starch to stiffen them. Then let dry.

DSC_04043. Apply spray glue or E6000 to the buckram frame.

DSC_04054. Apply the first piece of lace, and wrap around the length of the frame.

DSC_04065. Add more glue and wrap the second piece of lace around the buckram frame.

DSC_04106. Use E6000 to add the Brilliance stones to the desired areas.

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Halloween Shoes DIY Roundup

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When it comes to Halloween costumes, the component that is usually left untouched is the footwear! We have a feeling that that’s because people are intimidated to DIY with shoes, but fret not DIYers! The internet is chock full of easy DIYs that will step up your costume game, literally. Here are a few of our favorite shoe DIYs for those who would like to delve into costume shoe customization.

Boot DIYThis boot DIY is perfect for costumes that require boots in hard-to-find colors or superhero boots!

Paw Costume Feet DIYWe have to give this DIY a round a ap-paws for allowing us to make a cute pair of costume paws.

Spooky Skeleton ShoeKeep it simple and spooky with a pair of DIY Skeleton Canvas Shoes!

zapatos4Last but certainly not least, witch costumes are a Halloween staple, so it only makes sense that we would feature these awesome DIY Witch Heels!

DIY: Steampunk Boots

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This week’s DIY revolves around a science fiction sub-genre which revolves around steam power! We’re making a pair of edgy steampunk-inspired boots with brassy buttons and Brilliance embellishments, and chain laces. Sure, it may be a little modern for true steam punk aficionados, but these boots can work double-duty as your statement shoes this season.
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What You’ll Need:

Combat Boots
Metal Buttons
Work in Progress Button
Metal Fashion Button
Ornate Metal Button
Rustic Flat Top Shank Button
Crossed Bars Hammered Metal Button

Brilliance Stones
Brilliance Collection Gold Flatback Rhinestone
Brilliance Collection Jet Hematite Flatback Rhinestone

Nailheads
-6.5mm Cone Shaped Stud
10mm Hotfix Flat-Top Pyramid Studs
10mm Hotfix Flat-Top Cone Studs

Chain
2mm Steel Cable Chain (2 yards)
8mm Steel Cable Chain (2 Yards)

E6000
Pliers
Jump Rings

DSC_03221. Thread the two chains through your boot like you would laces. We kept the original cord laces, but only tied them up halfway.

DSC_03312. Add a button to the end of the length of chain.

DSC_03273. Add a jump ring to the chain on the inside of the boot. It should only be one or two links away from the button. Repeat on the other side.

DSC_03334. For added stability we glued the button to the first eyelet.

 

DSC_03325. Repeat on the other side of the boot.

 

DSC_03236. Remove the shanks from your metal buttons.
DSC_03367. Glue the buttons on first.

DSC_03418. Follow them with nailheads.

DSC_03429. Finally, add your Brilliance Flatbacks.
DSC_032010. Repeat the steps above with second boot.

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DIY: Comic Book Hero Mask

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This week’s DIY is almost limitless. We’re giving you the materials, but it’s up to you whether you want to use them for good or evil. Using craft foam, elastic, Brilliance sew-ons, and a steady hand; we’ve created a mask that is perfect for your super heroic alter-ego.
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What You’ll Need:

Craft Foam
18mm Foldover Elastic
Scissors
Stapler
Needle and Thread
Brilliance 4mm x 8mm Navettes, 9mm x 18mm Navettes7mm x 10mm Pears,  & Flatbacks
E6000 Glue
X-Acto Knife
Pen or Crystal Katana
Face Mask Printout or Drawing

DSC_02341. Staple your face mask printout to your craft foam.

DSC_02362. Outline the image with your pen with medium force. You want to make an imprint of the design on through the paper and onto the foam.

DSC_02373. Use your knife to cut away the excess foam.

DSC_02454. Decide on the layout of your sew-ons.

DSC_02525. Sew them onto your mask.
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6. Glue the Brilliance Flat Backs onto the desired areas.

DSC_02537. Glue the elastic to the edges of your mask, and let dry.

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DIY: Gothic Lace Choker

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This week’s DIY project is super fun, chic, and a little Gothic. Perfect timing for one of our favorite holidays, Halloween! If you’re looking for an accessory piece to complete your Halloween look, well then, you stumbled upon the right blog. This DIY project consists of a gothic choker made completely from lace. How cool is that!? We’ve also included crystal  because what’s a statement piece without the right bling? Hope you all enjoy making it as much as we did!
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What you will Need:

Lace

We Suggest:

13MM Crimp Bracelet Ends

Lobster Claw

4MM Jumprings

Rhinestone Button

Thread and Needle

18MMx25MM Pear Shape Sew-On Jewel

7x10MM Pear Shape Sew-On Jewel

Scissors

Mini E6000 Glue

Round Nose Pliers

Cutter Pliers

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DSC_01341. Measure the amount of lace you need using you neck as a guide. Cut off any extra.

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DSC_01372. Dab some glue to one end of the lace, and place the crimp bracelet end. Make sure to close it tight with a pair of pliers.

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DSC_01443. Take two jump rings and attach them to each other.

DSC_01474. Take those two jump rings and add them onto the bracelet end. This will give your choker some length if needed.

DSC_01515. Take another jump ring to add it onto the other end of the lace. You can stitch it on for extra security.

DSC_01526. Take the lobster claw and attach that to jump ring.

DSC_01537. Take the rest of your lace and count five (5) pointed scallops and cut.

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DSC_01558. Cut off the top portion of the lace. Do the same with four (4) pointed scallops and three (3). You would need two (2) pieces of the three (3) pointed scallop piece.

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DSC_01599. Take your two (2) pieces of three (3) pointed scallops and stitch them together back to back for it to look like this.

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DSC_016110. Take your four (4)  piece pointed scallop and stitch that onto your stitched three (3) piece pointed scallop.

DSC_016211. Take your five (5) piece pointed scallop and stitch that onto your completed bib. The result should look like this with all pieces stitched together. Dab some glue on loose ends.

DSC_016512. Take your completed bib and stitch that onto the lace.

DSC_016613. Cut off any frayed pieces.

DSC_016914. Lay out where you would like your sew-ons to hang.

DSC_017115. Stitch the sew-ons jewels onto lace in desired areas.
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DSC_017616. Stitch rhinestone button in the middle top portion of the choker.

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Best DIY Projects from September 2015

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Wow! Can you believe it’s almost October. With September coming to an end, here are some ways to keep yourself busy and those creative juices flowing. Here is a round-up of some pretty unique projects from the month of September. We’ve rounded up our favorite DIY projects that can surely keep you busy for October. Make a pillow, or re-design your closet. Keep your mind at ease this fall with some DIY projects. The ideas are endless!

M&J Trimming - Candle Holders

Such a cool way to hold candles. And it goes great with the fall season!

M&J Trimming - Closet Customization w. Trim

Another useful way to use trimmings. It came out beautiful! Make sure to check out the before & after picture.

M&J Trimming - Shell Candles

You can never have too many candles. But how cute are these shell candles! So creative.

M&J Trimming - Chain Scarf

Make a chain scarf! It will definitely come in handy for the fall and winter.

M&J Trimming - Fall Pillow

Everything about this pillow is perfect. The color, the saying, the design…very fall-ish.

DIY: Embroidered Pumpkin

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If you’re looking for an easy DIY that will instantly make your doorstep more festive for your favorite frightening holiday, Halloween, this is it! Instead of going the traditional carving route, we decided to make use of our leather cord to create a unique embroidered effect. We also used a craft foam pumpkin for this DIY so that it can last multiple seasons, but you can swap it out for the real thing too!M&J Trimming: Embellished Pumpkin DIY

What You’ll Need:

Scissors

Spooky Image of Your Choice

Pins

1mm Round Leather Cord

Pumpkin

DSC_01481. Cut out your image.

DSC_01492. Pin paper cut-out to pumpkin.

DSC_01523. Cut out top of pumpkin. If you’re using a real pumpkin you’ll want to clean out the insides.

DSC_01534. Make a knot at the base of the leather cord.

DSC_01545. Either drill or puncture  small holes into the pumpkin using your cutout as a guide.

DSC_01596. Start weaving your leather cord through all of the holes. Make sure every hole has a complementary hole close by.

DSC_01617. Continue weaving until the image is complete. For small areas you can tie a knot and weave back through one hole, as we did with the spider fangs.

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DIY: Floral Medallion Chain Belt

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Do you enjoy jewelry making? If so, you’ll sure love this DIY project we “chained” up for all you to try out. This week’s DIY project is a gorgeous Floral Medallion Chain Belt. We took three of our favorite chains (do not hesitate to add more) and made this awesome chain belt that can be paired up with just about anything. Sometimes our outfits are missing a little pop, so a chain belt will definitely give you that pop it’s missing. Pair this belt with a shirt dress, a casual button down shirt, or a casual plain dress for best results!M&J Trimming - DSC_0018

40MM Flower Medallion

3MM Brass Figaro Filed Chain

4MM Steel Cable Chain

5MM Brass 8 Figure Chain

15MM Metal Chain

15x20MM Clasp Jump Ring

Beadalon 10MM Jump Ring

5MM Jump Ring

Chain Nose with Cutter Pliers

Side Cutter Pliers

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  1. Measure your waist with the larger chain and remove any excess chain links.

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2. Attach both jump rings to each end of chain, then attach clasp to one end.

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3. Attach larger jump ring to the medallion.

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4. Attach larger jump ring with medallion to the middle link of the larger chain.

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5. Take a different style chain and cut a small portion of it evenly in half.

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6. Attach jump ring onto one end of chain to attach to the medallion

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7. Take a larger jump ring to attach to one end of chain

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8. Attach to the larger chain a few links away from medallion.

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9. Repeat steps 5-8 with a second different style chain in a longer portion. Repeat steps 5-9 on opposite side.

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10. Take a third style chain and attach jump rings to both ends.

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11. Attach to farther ends of larger chain. A few links away from the second chain.

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12. Take a larger jump ring to attach the middle link of third chain onto the bottom middle of medallion.

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13. Take a larger jump ring to hook all three chains onto the larger chain link.

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