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.


Change the Way You Use Tassels


We felt very inspired with our Tassel Necklace DIY earlier in the week, that we found some very interesting and inspiring ways to use tassels. Tassels are a great piece of work to add to just about anything you can possibly imagine. Check out how people are using tassels for jewelry making, adding some details to their favorite pair of shoes, and even making a chandelier piece of out it.

M&J Trimming - Curtain Tassel Tie-Back

Tassel tie backs are great for any room in the house that has curtains.

M&J Trimming - Tassel and Pom Pom Chandelier

Pom pom and tassel chandelier! What an adorable way to use these two together! This is too perfect for a girl’s bedroom.

M&J Trimming - Tassel Earrings

These are so pretty! They feature different color nylon thread for that personal touch. Mix and match your favorite colors to make these awesome tassel earrings.

M&J Trimming - Yarn Tassel Knob Bobbles

Check out this creative door knob accessory. Love how the mixture of colors all come together. So cute and looks really fun to do!

M&J Trimming - Tassel Shoes

OhEmGee ! They are to die for. Re-own those worn out heels and turn them into a pair of brand news shoes with this tassel sandal DIY.

Tassel Necklace Round-Up


Time to get inspired with these awesome tassel necklace DIYs! Tassels are not made of just nylon thread. Check out these inspiring pieces that features tassels made out of suede, chain, and even a t-shirt! They will surely make you want to go out and create your own.

M&J Trimming - DIY Suede Tassel Necklace

This suede tassel necklace is just…PERFECT! The suede cording is soft, so it’s very comfortable for the skin.

M&J Trimming - Beaded Tassel Necklace

Isn’t working with beads so much fun? Try mixing up the color of the beads for an extra personal look.

M&J Trimming - DIY Ring and Tassel Necklace

So simple, yet so adorable! This necklace was made with just tassels, jump rings, and some rope, and of course your choice of closure. Very easy, and fun to make.

M&J Trimming - Metal Tassel Necklace

Check out this tassel made out of chain! I love this piece since you can dress it down for those casual days, or dress it up for those eventful ones.

M&J Trimming - T-Shirt Tassel Necklace

This is beyond creative! Transform your t-shirt into a tassel necklace. If you can’t wear that favorite shirt of yours, turn it into a statement piece and fall in love with it all over again.


DIY: Tassel Statement Necklace


We’re used to seeing jewelry that’s made of gold and silver, but jewelry doesn’t need to be made of metal to make a real statement! This week we’ve created a necklace that features silky cord and fun braided tassels. This necklace will go great with any summer outfit, or swap out the tassels for a look that goes right into fall.

M&J Trimming - Cord and Tassel Necklace DIY MaterialsMaterials:

3/16” Rayon Twist Cord

2.75” Braided Band Imported Tassels

End Caps

Jump Rings

Lobster Clasp



M&J Trimming - Cord and Tassel Necklace DIY Measuring Cord1. Take your cord and measure the length you want your necklace to be. Cut to size.

M&J Trimming - Cord and Tassel Necklace DIY Gluing End Caps2. Add the end caps to each cord end with E6000.

M&J Trimming - Cord and Tassel Necklace DIY Adding Jump Rings 3. Add jump rings and lobster clasp.

M&J Trimming - Cord and Tassel Necklace DIY Adding Tassel4. Lastly, add your tassels to your necklace.
M&J Trimming - Cord and Tassel Necklace DIY

Time to Party…Nautical Style


Summer is not over yet! So party it up before summer ends with these simple nautical inspired party decor ideas. It sets a great oceanic vibe to the party. If you can’t bring the party to the beach, then bring the beach to your backyard.

M&J Trimming - Rope Tied Silverware

So simple, yet so creative. A simple rope tie does wonders for your silverware presentation.

M&J Trimming - Rope Knot Napkin Rings

These knotted rope napkin rings are so pretty and vibrant! Will definitely add a pop of color to any occasion.


M&J Trimming - Nautical Inspired CorsageThese nautical inspired “mommy and daddy to be” corsages are too adorable. What a great way to use the stripped edged ribbon! It goes perfect with this nautical theme.

M&J Trimming - DIY Buoy Garland

These buoy garlands are so creative! You can change the colors of the stripes to go along with the occasion of the party.

M&J Trimming - Clay Pot Light

What’s a party without setting the right lighting? Check out this creative way to make a lighthouse outdoor lamp out of plant pots!

Home Decor DIYs Using Rope Cords


Feeling a little twisted? Check out these awesome nautical inspired DIYs using twisted rope cords. They’re very strong and able to uphold even the heaviest of your creations.

M&J Trimming - Hardware Inspired MirrorWho knew rope cord could make such a great strap for a mirror? This Hardware Inspired Mirror is the perfect addition to any bathroom.

M&J Trimming - Nautical Rope VaseThis beautiful Nautical Rope Vase will have your home looking summery all year round (change flowers according to season to intensify the look).

M&J Trimming - Rope WordsHow cute is this Rope Word DIY! It’s the perfect addition to any bedroom. Let the ropes do the talking!

M&J Trimming - Rope Shade LampShed some light into any ol’ bedroom with a Nautical Inspired Lamp.

M&J Trimming - Nautical LanternThese rope handle lanterns are perfect for those outdoor festivities. Switch up the add-ins according to your event.