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!

 

 

Rainy Day Fashion DIY Roundup

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April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring unique and waterproof fashions into our wardrobes. If you feel stunted by the lack of wet-weather fashion options, here are a few ways to upgrade your accessories to match your style!

18This beautiful script painted umbrella from Popsicles and Pinatas will brighten any day!

Miss Kris Turner Gold Leaf Leopard Rain BootsThese black and gold leopard rain boots from Miss Kris Turner are positively fierce! Rule the rain forest with these fun patterned boots on your feet!

Raining Cats and Dogs UmbrellaThis cheeky cats and dogs umbrella from Paper Plates and Plane is so cute. We love the limitless possibilities of this DIY!

Transparent Capelet from a Pair and a SpareAlways fearless and fashionable, A Pair and a Spare made this cool, see-through capelet that can show off your outfit without getting you soaked!

Embellished Wellies Rain Boots from Beach BrightsThis DIY from Beach Brights uses grommets and gorgeous grosgrain ribbon to jazz up some average rain boots!

With these DIYs you’ll go from the girl who sings “rain rain, go away” to the one who is “only happy when it rains”.

Fringe of Fringe DIY

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We’re huge fans of hair accessories at M&J Trimming, but what about those times when you need hair AS an accessory? This DIY will show you how to create a stunning hairstyle using trim that you can wear out and about to completely change your look. You might even be mistaken for Zooey Deschanel!

Fringe Materials

What You’ll Need:

Metal headband

4” Chainette Fringe

E6000

Scissors

Cutting Fringe1. Measure your trim around the headband, and cut so that there is an inch or two of metal on both sides of the headband.

Gluing Fringe to Headband 2. Put E6000 glue onto the metal headband, and gently press the fringe trim on the glue.

DSC_00793. Let it dry before wearing.

Finished Fringe as Fringe

Now you’re ready to go out in style! If you fancy another type of fringe, try something in suede or even beaded for a night on the town!

Happy April Fools’ Day!

Silly Prank DIY Roundup

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Tomorrow is April 1st, which means you only have one day to prepare the perfect pranks to play on your friends and family. If you want to get some silly inspiration to send yourself and your friends into a fit of giggles, check out some of the DIYs below. Some are perfect for April Fool’s, and others are great for a home that loves a little laughter.

Whatever Clock from Serendipity and SpiceWe’ve seen similar clocks all over the internet, and now we know how to make this unaffected “Whatever” clock.

Shark Purse from A Beautiful MessThis Shark Bag is a little bit creepy, and a little bit cute. Despite his sharp fangs, this bag won’t bite and is great for storing lightweight knick-knacks!

Dinosaur Heels from InstructablesThese Dinosaur Heels are too funny! These shoes are definitely business in the front, and Jurassic Park in the back.

DIY Monster PatchesPatch up worn jeans, and give them new life with these monster patches!

Glue Milk Prank

And then if you really want to freak out your coworkers, there’s always this simple and effective “Spilled Milk” prank.

What’s your favorite prank to play on April Fool’s?

Fringe Fashion DIY Roundup

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Fringe is always a fashion staple for free-spirits, and we know why! It’s a carefree trim that adds fun movement to anything it’s on. Wearing an outfit with fringe will instantly more playfulness to your entire look! Here are some of our favorite DIYs using this dynamic trim!

The Alison Show Fringe Earrings

These fringe earrings from The Alison Show are a fun accessory that add that we bet all of your friends will want to make!

Leather Fringe Tshirt from M&J Trimming

This DIY from our archives pairs a cotton tee with fun leather fringe! It’s easy to make and look totally edgy and cool.diy-tassel-earrings-feature-072012

These bold tassel earrings from Trinkets in Bloom are definitely statement worthy. We love the use of rhinestone trim around top!

Fringe Bathing Suit from Pulled TogetherInterested in creating some bohemian beachwear? Look no further  than this tutorial on Pulled Together!

Sans Limites Crochet Fringe

This DIY from Sans Limites is perfect for the crocheter! This intricate fringe trim really adds another element to your garment, and would look great on a kimono!

Our Favorite Florals at M&J

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We don’t know if this incredibly chilly winter is to blame, but we are eagerly anticipating the day that the flower buds start blooming. We are obsessed with florals. So much so that we wanted you to become as obsessed as we are by having a sale! Get on the botanical bandwagon with us, and receive 15% off of floral trims from now until Sunday March 30th! Here are some of our favorite floral products that you can pick up now:

 

4” POLKA DOT WITH TULLE FLOWER PIN

 

The 4″ Polka Dot with Tulle Flower Pin is so cute! We adore the mixed-media look, and the tiny gold dot accents. Pin it to a basic dress to add a little garden style to your outfit.

40MM X 30MM ROSE AND LEAF OVAL CAMEO

 

Cameos usually feature a delicate silhouette, but this Rose and Leaf Oval Cameo is for the florist! Use our Medieval Renaissance Choker DIY as a guide to make a flower-inspired necklace.

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This 10MM Imported Iron-On Floral Trim comes in an assortment of colors, and can add a delicate touch of daisies to anything you want! The best part it’s iron-on, so there’s no mess and no sewing involved!

TWO-HOLE FOIL FLORAL BUTTON

This floral foil button is so cool! It’s unique design will ensure that anything you put it on stands a tier above the rest.

FLORAL RHINESTONE PEARL TRIM

This rhinestone and pearl trim will take your evening wear to the next level. You can even cut the individual flowers out, and use them as appliques to make a headband! This is also a great time to buy rhinestone trim to make a DIY bridal belt!

To see more floral items, check out our Floral Shop!

DIY: Floral Headband 3 Ways

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Now that spring is here it’s time to pack up those winter hats, and let our hair down. Dress up your hair with these quick and easy headband DIYs featuring our favorite spring trend: Florals!

Materials for Flower Headband

What You’ll Need:

Mauve 1 3/4″ Artificial Flowers

E6000

Three Metal Headbands

Scissors

Measuring Floral Trim

1. Place the end of your floral trim against the end of the headband, and line the trim along the headband.

Cutting Floral Trim

2. Cut the trim around the metal headband.

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3. Glue the trim onto the headband, and let it dry.

This DIY is so easy that we had to try it out with other floral trims!

Blue Floral Headband

This variation is made with Navy Floral Rosette Trim. We trimmed back the mesh on the sides after the trim was glued to the metal band.

Sequin Flower Headband

Our last variation used 5/8″ Sequin Flower by the Yard in Soft Multi. It’s the perfect pastel headband with a little bit of sequin sparkle!

Final Floral Headbands

Now you have an easy way to add florals to your spring wardrobe, and from now until Sunday March 30th, 2014 you can get 15% off of our floral trims!

How to Add Florals to Your Warm-Weather Accessories

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Sometimes your old accessories need a little upgrade. Make your warm-weather items bloom just in time for spring by adding fun floral trim!

Umbrella

Flower by the Yard 1 1/4″, Large Rosette by the Yard

Glue flower trim to the edge of your umbrella for an easy rainy day pick-me-up!

Sunglasses

1″ Imported Sequin Floral Trim

Cut individual flowers from our 1″ Imported Sequin Floral Trim and glue them onto the top of a pair of sunglasses.

Fedora

95mm Iron-On Embroidered Rose Trim

Skip the boring black band on the fedora, and go with something fun and floral! Just detach the black band, and glue the floral trim down with E6000!

Spring Hair Accessory DIY Roundup

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The days are getting longer and the nights are getting warmer, which means those cable-knit beanies no longer stand between you and your fabulous ‘do! Here are some great spring accessories to make your hair stand out.

Button Hair Pin from Thanks I Made It

This button hair pin from Thanks I Made It is literally the easiest thing to make, but it looks so fabulous! If you want to try your hand at this super simple DIY, try using our Dark Crystal Rhinestone Button or the Dome Rhinestone Beaded Button.

Anthropologie-Inspired Hair Pins from Little Miss Mama

These fabric barrettes from Little Miss Mama are vintage chic, and the perfect way to dress up a casual hairstyle.

Leather Hair Tie from Cupcakes and Cashmere

If you’re a ponytail girl, this DIY from Cupcakes and Cashmere is for you! This leather hair tie is like ponytail insta-chic. Make it with some pastels in time for spring, and you’re

Trinkets in Bloom Feather Pins

These feathered hair pins from Trinkets in Bloom are the perfect way to add bohemian beauty to your updo.

Love Maegan French Pouf

This chiffon and tulle hair accessory from Love Maegan can also be worn as a broach! Whatever way you wear it, it’s a romantic addition to any ensemble!

Spring Decor DIY Roundup

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Happy first day of spring readers! The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and the warm weather is beckoning you outdoors. Embrace this season with these beautiful DIYs inspired by the spirit of the season.

Buttons Flowers from Freckled Nest

This funky wall decor DIY from Freckled Nest is right up our alley! Check out our collection of floral buttons and fashion buttons if you love this idea!

Floral Paper Wreath from Hello Lucky

Brighten your front door with this colorful faux floral wreath from Hello Lucky. The best part about this DIY is how long these fun flowers will last!

Front Door Flower Basket from Design Dining and Diapers

If you need a way to brighten your front door but want to think outside the wreath, take a look at this fresh alternative from Design, Dining + Diapers!

Twig Frame from Not Just a Housewife

This twig frame from Not JUST a Housewife is earthy and perfect for the first days of spring!

Lowes Wooden Floor Mat

This colorful doormat DIY from Lowes is fantastic for keeping those April showers out of your house.

We can’t wait to get outside to start some of these fabulous DIYs! How will you be celebrating the first day of spring?