Summer is always a fun time to DIY because the projects can get bigger, more messy, and brighter! From accessories to art, bloggers have been crafting their hearts out making the coolest projects! Below you’ll find a snapshot of some of our July favorites that really expanded our creativity!
Brit + Co made the coolest chandelier using painted gold bulbs with larger circular ones. We love the clustered effect of this modern chandelier, and wouldn’t mind having it in every room of the house!
This month the beautiful sisters from A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make a simple beaded necklace. When working with natural gemstones, sometimes all you need is something simple to showcase their inherent beauty.
These bridal shower invites from Creme de la Craft are beyond adorable, and just go to show you that it’s the details that make all the difference.
We love the watercolor trend, especially on these beautiful napkins from Paper and Stitch! They’re the perfect addition to your dinner party place settings.
From far away this looks like a piece of traditional Hindu art, but this mandala is definitely modern! Upon closer inspection you’ll find an array of different stickers that are sure to put a smile on your face. We love the stickers they picked out at HonestlyWTF.
Summer is all about having fun, seeing friends and family, going on adventures and bright, bright colors! Embrace the summer spirit by introducing some fun onto your dinner table with these pompom placemats we’ve created. They add the perfect amount of pizzazz to your summer table, and are great for using when entertaining friends!
What You’ll Need:
3/8” Pom Pom Fringe
Scissors1. Lay your pom pom fringe against one side of your placemat, and cut to fit.
2. Place a line of glue going down the edges of the placemat, and glue down your trim.
3. Repeat on all sides.
We may be a month or so through summer, but our love for summer parties has not waned! One of our favorite aspects of the summer party, aside from seeing family and friends, is, of course, the decorations. We love the look of a simple centerpiece at the table, whether it is a vase of blooming flowers or a bowl of strategically arranged fruit! We love the bright colors of these simple centerpieces from Delighted Magazine’s Summer 2013 Issue!
This simple floral centerpiece Like a Saturday captures the effortless style of summer, since everything is so beautiful this season, decorating takes practically no effort!
This citronella centerpiece candle from Adventures in Making is both practical AND beautiful. You’ll be throwing out those tiki torches without a second thought!
Who says single buds can’t be just as captivating as a mixed arrangement? Definitely not us, especially when they’re showcased in such a unique way by Hello Bee!
Succulents are all the rage right now, and make a great centerpiece for a beachy summer party! Take a look at how Home Depot made this sweet succulent centerpiece.
Who knew that even sand could get the ombre treatment? Check out the cool summer candle centerpiece they created over at Something Turquoise!
When it comes to summer dining, we prefer the casual, rustic approach. The effortless style pairs so well with carefree energy of the season, and we love the mix of natural, earthy elements and florals for a look that isn’t too feminine but also has just the right dash of “pretty”.
One staple of a rustic dining experience is wooden acccents. A wooden table makes for a great backdrop for bold, beautiful blooms.
This style also features a lot of greenery. Flowers aren’t the only centerpieces. Leaves and branches play an essential role as well!
A rustic-style table is the perfect backdrop for a fresh summer meal!
Summer is synonymous with sandals, which is all we’ve been wearing since June 21st! We’ve been seeing a lot of simple sandal styles as well as more elaborate ones, but sometimes those trendy sandals can cost a little more than you bargained for. Here are three of our favorite ways to “step up” your sandal game without breaking your budget.
8mm Beaded Snake Chain, 9mm Black Metal Chain, Sandals
Glue or sew chain trim to the straps of your sandals for a shining accent! Try to choose a chain that is the same width as your straps!
If your sandals have wide straps, we would suggest taking advantage of that space with a row of floral cameos!
Sandals, 1 3/4″ Multi Color Braided Vinyl, 10mm Two-Tone Spike Ultra Suede Ribbon
Black basic sandals are essential, but if you prefer yours with a little more oomph, add a strap of braided leather trim or studded leather trim.
Did you know that the items we sell at M&J aren’t only great for fashion and accessories? You can also use them to beautify your nails! We used some of our smaller Swarovski crystals to add a shimmering accent to a fresh manicure. You can switch out the colors to match or contrast your nail polish for a customized look that’s all your own! What You’ll Need:
SS20 Rose AB Swarovski Flatbacks
SS20 Aquamarine AB Swarovski Flatbacks
SS16 Crystal Swarovski Flatbacks
Tweezers 1. Once your nails are painted, dab a little glue onto your ring finger, or whichever finger you’d like to be the accent nail.
2. Apply each rhinestone on your nail individually, using tweezers for more precision. Start with bigger rhinestones first, otherwise you may not have room for them later. 3. You can stop at one stone, or continue adding rhinestones until your entire nail is covered.
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!
If you’ve ever wanted to imbue more personality into your outfit without going the accessory route, why not accessorize with your digits? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite nail art DIYs that are sure to add flavor to any outfit, and are perfect for a night of pampering.
This designer-inspired DIY comes in a beautiful knit that’s reminiscent of stitches, and you know how we love all things fashion!
A bold, graphic nail is just the thing to add some sharp contrast to a soft look.
The California sunset has nothing on this intricate Coachella-inspired nail art!
Watercolor is such a hot trend right now, and we love it even more on nails!
This fruity mani is perfect for long days of summer. We feel refreshed just looking at it!
We’ve been going nuts over knots the last few days, and we’ve finally decided to do something about it! We wanted a nautical-inspired accessory that could add a little class to any outfit, while also looking casual and simple. We created a knotted necklace using twist cord and tape in red and navy, but you can customize the materials to make this knotted necklace in whatever colors and styles you like!
What You’ll Need:
3/16” Rayon Twist Cord (keep the ends secured with tape to prevent fraying)
1/4” Heavy Apron Tape
1. Using two sets of two cords, create the knot above by following the arrows above.
2. Measure to make sure the necklace is your desired length, and cut off any excess.
3. As you cut, add glue and apron tape to the ends. Cut and glue each end one by one to prevent fraying.
4. Add E6000 to the inside of the end cap, and insert the cord tip into the end cap.
5. Attach jump rings to each end cap, one jump ring for two cords.
6. Add a lobster clasp to one end of the necklace.
With all of our talk about nautical style lately, we want to take a moment to send a shout-out to one of our favorite nautical elements: knots! There’s something so rustic and cool about an intricate knot, not to mention that it’s also surprisingly artistic. We often think of knots as a way to secure our projects, but what about making them the focus instead? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite unique knots, to help to make standout DIYs!