Best DIY Projects from September 2015


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


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:


Spooky Image of Your Choice


1mm Round Leather Cord


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.


DIY: Floral Medallion Chain Belt


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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DIY: Lace Embellished Tank


Are your basic tanks looking a little boring? Take a tank top from bland to beautiful with the addition of lace embellishments! For this DIY we took a collection of our favorite lace trims of the moment, and re-purposed them as appliques! This DIY is great for upgrading an old piece of clothing into a style statement, and the technique can be used to embellish anything from a hat to a coat!

4” (102 MM) Rose Wool Lace

3” (76 MM) Leaf Embroidered Lace

5” (127 MM) Floral Wool Lace

4 1/2” (114 MM) Wool Lace

Sobo Craft Glue


Needle and Thread


DSC_00261. Cut out shapes from your lace trim.

DSC_00372. Arrange the lace shapes on the tank top. Play around with the layout until you’re happy with the design.

DSC_00393. Place a piece of cardboard inside of the tank top so that the glue doesn’t go through both sides of the garment.

DSC_00424. Glue the elements down, and let them dry.

DSC_00595. Sew the elements onto the tank top for extra security.


Add Zippers to Your Accessory Tray


We’ve been zipper crazed! Our last DIY features a necklace made of some lace, beaded trim, and of course a zipper! We’ve gathered some accessories that were made out of zippers that we find pretty cool and unique. Add some zippers to your accessory tray with these inspiring accessories that features all sorts of zippers.

M&J Trimming - Zipper Bracelet

So chic! Loving the layered zipper effect.

M&J Trimming - Zipper Bracelets

Arm candy fever !! We are loving these beautiful colored zippers.

M&J Trimming - Feathers and Zipper

Feathers, zippers, and some studs. So creative!

M&J Trimming - Zipper Necklace

Statement piece of zippers! This is beautifully put together.

M&J Trimming - Zipper Ring

Need a ring for that statement piece?

DIY: Embellished Lace Zipper Necklace


This week’s DIY is quite a stunner! As we head into cooler weather, it’s up to our outfits to keep us bold, bright and warm. Well we have a few of those bases covered with this statement necklace that we created using a zipper and some glamorous metallic trim. This statement necklace would look great over a little black dress, and if you’re really crafty, you can use it in place of a typical zipper for your next sewing project.M&J Trimming: Zipper Necklace Materials

1 1/2” (38 MM) Metallic Lace

7/8″ Multi-Beaded Trim

18″ Heavy Separating Jacket Zipper 

Sobo Glue


Needle and Thread

M&J Trimming: Measuring Length of Lace1. Measure how much lace and beaded trim you will need.
M&J Trimming: Cutting Beaded Trim2. Add one inch to the desired size, and cut to that size.

M&J Trimming: Sobo Glue on Zipper3. Place glue on one side of the zipper.

M&J Trimming: Gluing Lace onto Zipper4. Glue down your lace. Repeat on the opposite side and let dry.

M&J Trimming: Sewing Lace onto Zipper5. Sew the lace into place for extra security.

M&J Trimming: Gluing Back of Zipper6. Flip the zipper over and place glue on the other side.

M&J Trimming: Gluing Beaded Trim to Zipper7. Add beaded trim to glue. Repeat on the opposite side and let dry.

M&J Trimming: Sewing Beaded Trim on Zipper8. Sew the trim into place for extra security.

M&J Trimming: Gluing Folded Lace9. Add glue to the end pieces of lace, and fold them over so you don’t have any raw edges. This will help to prevent fraying.

M&J Trimming: Zipper and Lace Metallic Statement Necklace DIY

DIY: Greek Key Trimmed Lamp


This week’s DIY is super simple, but incredibly chic. We took one of our favorite patterns, Greek key, and added it to a basic white lamp shade. The result? A lamp that looks fabulous, and is easy and inexpensive to make.DSC_0835

1 3/8″ (33mm) Greek Key Jacquard

Sobo Glue


Lamp Base

DSC_08361. Wrap the trim around the base of your lampshade to see how much trim your will need.

DSC_08372. Cut to the length you will need

DSC_08393. Apply glue to the base of the lampshade.

DSC_08384. Place your trim on the areas with glue.  If your lampshade has a seam, start there.

DSC_0844Continue wrapping the trimming around the lampshade until it covers the entire length of the base.



DIY Tray Roundup


If you’re looking for an easy DIY to make just in time for hosting season, we have five incredible DIY trays that will add a special decorative touch to your home! Whether you make them for a friend or for yourself, these practical DIYs will fit right in among your favorite pieces.M&J Trimming: Gold Zig Zag Tray DIYAdd glamour to a basic white tray with shimmering gold zigzags!

M&J Trimming: Pressed Flower TrayThis incredible pressed-flower tray from Say Yes can capture the beauty of any season!


M&J Trimming: Glitter Jewelry TrayA little glitter can make anyone smile, and a lot of glitter will have us grinning from ear to ear! If you’re in the market for a glittery jewelry tray like this one from A Beautiful Mess, stock up on glitter and make one this weekend!

M&J Trimming: Chalkboard Tray

What’s better than breakfast delivered in bed? Breakfast delivered in bed with a personalized chalk message added! Make this adorable chalkboard tray from the Pretty Blog, and we guarantee your next Mother’s Day/anniversary/birthday will be that much sweeter.

M&J Trimming: DIY Bone-Inlay Inspired Tray

A beautiful tray like this one from Centsational Girl definitely deserves to be front and center! We love the bone-inlay inspired pattern.

DIY: Jacquard Trimmed Tray


If you’re looking for an easy way to jazz up a tray, why not make something practical as well as pretty? We added beautifully embroidered metallic jacquard to a simple silver tray to give it versatility, and add a dose of color! This DIY is perfect for making as a gift for your favorite party-host friend. Or simply add it to your coffee table!DSC_0417Materials:

60mm Metallic Rose Jacquard Ribbon




DSC_0418 1. Cut a yard of jacquard in half so that you have two 18″ pieces.

DSC_04202. Fold one length of jacquard in half and glue the ends together.

DSC_0423 3. Add  glue to the bottom of the tray.

DSC_0424 4. Attach the folded jacquard to the end. Repeat on the other side.


DIY: Trimmed Bird House


This week’s DIY is definitely one to tweet about! Although many of us city-dwellers don’t have the opportunity to hang birdhouses in our backyards, that doesn’t mean we can’t use them at all! We used trim, paint and rosettes to flip a basic bird house into an adorable bird cottage! This bird house might not be able to withstand the elements, but would look adorable as a decorative piece. Make a few and cluster them around your living room or bedroom for an instantly shabby-chic look.
M&J Trimming: Birdhouse DIY Materials:

Bird House

27mm Butterfly Pleat Taffeta

3/4” Carnation Rosette




Paint Brushes

DSC_04311. Paint your bird house your desired colors. We chose a soft blue and white.

DSC_04362. Glue pleated trim to the rim of the bird house roof.

DSC_04413. Glue down rosettes in desired areas, and let dry.