DIY: Hanging Metal Planter

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Earth Day is one of our favorite holidays because, as big fans of the DIY movement, we LOVE recycling and reusing to make chic projects while also reducing our carbon footprint.  This Earth Day we decided to use our trims to make a recycled DIY that serves a very green purpose! You’ll work with a recycled can, jazz it up with natural jute trims, and make it a home for beautiful plant or flower!

Metal Planter DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:

1 Clean Empty Soup Can

Small Tubular Jute

29mm Jute Knit Braid

23mm Jute Braid

1” Jute Braid

E6000

Scissors

Hole Punch

Hole Punching Metal Can1. Using the hole punch, punch a hole on each side of the can. Make sure the hole is not too high. It should be half an inch below the rim.

Running Jute Braid Through Can2. Take your tube jute and place it through the holes on each side. Tie a knot at the end so that the jute does not fall through the hole.

Wrapping Jute Around Can3. Wrap the jute around the can, and cut it so that the edges just meet.

Gluing Can4. Place E6000 on the can where you want your jute to be, and glue it in place.

Gluing Jute Trim to Metal Can5. Repeat with other types of jute if you like. We added two more strips in different patterns.

Metal Hanging Planter DIY

Voila! You have an Earth Day treasure that not only LOOKS beautiful, but is great for the environment. Depending on the plant you use, it can also help filter the air! Put bamboo, peace lily, or aloe in your pot and you’ll be breathing easy in no time.

This year we are giving a portion of our Earth Day sales to Earthworksa nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of irresponsible mineral and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions.

Garden Party DIY Roundup

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The early spring flowers have finally emerged in all of their glory, making us forget all about our love of comfy, cozy socks and hot soup. Now we want to play in the great outdoors! We’re ready to entertain outdoors, and happen to have beautiful spring flowers on the brain. Here are a few ways to make your next gathering into a garden party that can’t be missed!

Moss Coaster DIYThese coasters from Sincerely Kinsey are a simple way to add some garden greenness to your day when the April showers are still in full effect.

mothers day yfffk (37 of 42)Make a big balloon even MORE magical by wrapping the string with floral trim. It’s a simple, but effective way to make any fairy princess smile.

Spring Nest Napkin RingsThese napkin rings from Scissors and Spatulas are great for Easter, and for your garden party!

Flower VotivesMood lighting is essential to any good party. These floral votives from Hello Bee are just the thing to give your party that special glow.

Flower Party BlowersThese flower party blowers from Oh Happy Day are sure to excite everyone! They’re so beautiful that we would probably stick them in a vase after the party and call it a day.

Easter Decor DIY Roundup

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Easter is merely days away, and if you’re like us then you love getting your home decorated for upcoming holidays. Here are a few inventive ways decorate your home for this fun spring celebration!Bunny Pallet ArtThis bunny pallet art piece from Design, Dining, and Diapers is ideal for a rustic, country home. Pallets are a staple in DIY furniture, and it’s nice to see how you can use them in smaller ways around the house.

Easter Tablescape with Carrots
This fun little centerpiece from Love Grows Wild uses the Easter bunny’s favorite veggies to bring the holidays into your home, and the unexpected orange adds a fresh pop of color.

Burlap Bunny RunnerAn average table runner gets an unexpected Easter upgrade with some cute cotton tails! Find out how to make your own at Eclectically Vintage.

Dip Dye Tulip SettingIf you need a DIY that’s great for spring, try these dip-dyed napkins from Trendenser! They look like beautiful tulip petals, and go well with almost any arrangement.

Wrapped Easter WreathThis great wreath stays cute without the use of plastic eggs. We love the beautiful felt flowers used, and you can find out how to make your own at Very Truly Me!

DIY: Trimmed Easter Eggs

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This Easter don’t stop at just dyeing your eggs. DIY them! These DIYs will show you how to create cute and original Easter eggs that will dress up any spring dinner table!

Materials for Easter Eggs

15mm Ombre Rococo Trim

15mm Gingham Rococo Trim

6mm Cup Loose Sequins

8mm Cup Loose Sequins

3.5mm x 12mm Rectangular Sequins

E6000

Plastic Eggs

Scissors

All Trimmed

Glue on Trim1. Put some glue on the top of the egg, and place the end of the trim on the glue.

Wrapped Trim

2. Wrap the trim around the egg and glue the end of the trim on the part that you already glued.Opposite Wrap Trim3. Repeat going in the opposite way.

Sequin Speckled

Sequin on Egg1. Create a polka dot pattern with your loose sequins.

Polka Dot Pattern on Egg2. Glue each sequin down with a dab of glue.

 

Shapes and Sizes

Rectangular Sequin on Egg1. Glue your rectangular sequins down going around the egg horizontally. Make sure the sequins are going in a straight line around the egg.

Wrapped Ombre Trim2. Once dried wrap your ombre trim around the top edge of the sequins, and glue down.

Trim Wrapped Easter Eggs

 

 

Egg-cellent DIY Roundup

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This Easter don’t just DYE your eggs, DIY your eggs with these fabulous ideas! From vegetable dye, to hidden message eggs, there’s so much you can do with your Easter eggs to make them unique and special this year!

Message in an EggForget sending a message in a bottle. What about sending a message in an egg? This inventive egg from Poppy Talks will certainly add a special something to the average egg!

Easter Bunny EggCombine two Easter favorites with this adorable bunny egg! The details are just too sweet. We love the little pom pom tail!

Vegetable Dyed Easter EggsWant eggs that you can definitely eat afterwards? Try dye made from vegetables and spices! You’ll be amazed at how many different colors you can create using ingredients from your kitchen!

Pattern Dyed EggsThese eggs from BHG  use wax to create beautiful negative space designs!

Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

For a glam touch to your table, create these gold marbled “robin’s eggs” from She Knows!

This year take on a new egg challenge, and DIY a creative alternative to the usual dye! Which of these ideas will YOU be trying first?

Prom Accessories DIY Roundup

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It’s that time of year again when high school seniors are scrambling to find the princess perfect dress for their prom. Although the shining star is usually the dress, you need the perfect matching accessories too! Here are some DIY options guaranteed to make you the belle of the ball.
Pearl Hair CombThis classic hair comb from Beauty Riot has a subtle, vintage flair. We think it would look amazing with rhinestone trim too!
Evening ClutchRemember this great holiday clutch we made? Make one to match your prom colors and you’ll have the perfect statement clutch for your magical evening out!

Crystal and Pearl HeadbandThis easy DIY uses classic and elegant elements like rhinestones and pearls to make a one-of-a-kind headband!

Sequin ClutchThis perfect clutch from Henry Happened adds sparkle to your outfit and it has enough room for everything you need for your special night!
Rhinestone Heels If you want to sparkle with every step, stock up on Swarovski and check out this DIY on Making it with Danielle!

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part Four: Ombre Frame

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We’re not hopping off the ombre train just yet! For our final 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor segment, we’re using Rit Dye to create a fun ombre wash on a simple frame. That’s right ladies and gents, Rit Dye isn’t JUST for creating cool tie-dye t-shirts. You can use it to dye buttons, wood, and much more! With this DIY you’ll learn how to use it as paint! The finished product makes a perfect housewarming gift.

Materials for Ombre Frame

What You’ll Need:
White wooden frame
Rit Dye
Sponge brush

DSC_01621. Lay your frame down and starting from the bottom, paint on the dye with a sponge brush. Stop when you’ve painted half of the frame, and let the dye dry.

DSC_01662. Add another coat of dye starting from the bottom, but only paint a quarter of the way up the frame this time. Let it dry.

DSC_0077Now you have the perfect pastel frame to highlight your spring adventures! Try this DIY on an unfinished wooden frame too to get a more natural look. To find other inspiring materials, visit our 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Decor shop!

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part Three: Buttoned Up Bottle Stoppers

We’ve been seeing these creative bottle stoppers all over the internet, and it’s no wonder why! They’re funky, add a little fun to your party, and make a terrific gift. This DIY will teach you how to make these cool bottle stoppers out of decorative buttons! 
Materials for Button Bottle StoppersWhat You’ll Need:
3 Corks
Domed Buds Metal Button
Glitter Button with Shank
Curved Top Metal Button with Shank
E6000

Creating Hole in Cork with Button1. Push your button into the top of the cork.

Placing Glue on Shank of Button2. Pull your button out of the freshly made space, and add some glue to the shank of the button.

Adding Button to Cork3. Push it back into the hole you’ve created in the cork.

Buttoned Bottle Toppers

It’s really as simple as that! Now you can dress up any bottle with a few simple materials, and we guarantee you’ll be the life of the party!

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part Two: Jeweled Lamp

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Lamps are a DIY staple, but most of the focus seems to be based on the shade. Today we’re turning the usual lamp DIY on its head, and focusing on the base of the lamp! By adding sew-ons to a basic lamp base, we’ve created a dynamic and interesting  fixture to light up your end table!
Materials for Jeweled Lamo

What You’ll Need:

Lamp
40 x 12 1/2mm Sew-On Chips
27 1/2 x 18mm Sew-On Chips
41 x 20mm Sew-On Chips
E6000

DSC_01191. Glue your sew-ons in your desired pattern.

Holding Sew-Ons onto LampTIP: Make sure to hold sew-ons in place because it will slip when first putting the glue on.

Lamp with Sew-Ons

And just like that you’ve taken your lamp from basic to brilliant!

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part One: Blooming Pillow

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When it comes to decorating for spring, flowers are always a favorite for us at M&J! Our first 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Decor segment features a DIY for one of our favorite decorating items, the throw pillow! This DIY teaches you a technique to make fun flowers out of ribbon that can be adapted for other types of DIYs too.

Blooming Pillow DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:
Pillow
50mm Double Faced Silk Ribbon in Mint
2.5” Hand Dyed Silk Satin Ribbon in Aurelina, Fresh Celery and Lobelia
E6000
Hot Glue

DSC_01361. Using the ribbon create rosettes by taking the end of one ribbon and bunching it together into a little ball, then hot gluing it in place.

Creating flower from mint ribbon2. Twirl the ribbon, and hot glue it down every few inches to create “petals”.

Gluing Flowers to Pillow3. Make three or four ribbon flowers, and glue them onto the pillow in the desired pattern with E6000 glue.

Flower Bloom Pillow

Use ribbons that match your decor for  custom pillow that fits your decorating style perfectly, and with so many different pillow options available you’re bound to find the perfect shade for you! If you need additional options to make your DIY totally customized, check out our 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Decor store!