It’s been two months since we launched Project DIY, and we can’t get over how incredibly creative our subscribers are! As some of you may have noticed, our October Project DIY box has more edge than September’s box. That’s because for October we’re embracing the Punk Revival vibe! The DIY below was a finalist for our latest box, but proved to be a little more dark and daring. Although this gothic design didn’t fit into the collection, we loved the bracelet so much that we just couldn’t keep it to ourselves!
What You’ll Need:
1 Yard of 3mm Vinyl Braided Cord in Silver/Black #56150
1 Yard of 1.5″ Spike Fringe #57610
2 End caps
1. We’re going for the layered look, so wrap the cord around your wrist a few times to measure the length.
2. Cut to your desired length.
3. Take cord end caps, and attach to each end of the cord. Clamp down to secure cord in the end cap.
4. Take a jump ring, and attach it to the hole on the end cap. Repeat this step on the other side, but add the lobster clasp as well.
5. Now it’s time for the fun part: embellishing! Count 6 spikes, and then detach them from the chain. Repeat this until you have no leftover chain.
6. The next step is to add one jump ring to each of the spike fringe segments you just created.
7. Finally, add the jump ring with the fringe chain section to the cord and close the jump ring. Repeat this step until all of the chain sections are attached to the cord.
You’re all done! Pair this bracelet with some black jeans and a rebel yell, and you’re good to go! If you haven’t had enough punk goth aesthetic for the day, check out our Punk Goth Inspiration page for all of your dark and brooding needs. Looking for something a little more glamorous? Subscribe to this month’s Project DIY box!
The DIY movement stems from the punk goth community. Since people couldn’t find something that fit their style, they just made it! Whether or not you’re a fan of the punk goth style, you have to give them credit for creating such a push for the craft community! Here are some easy DIYs that embrace that gothic punk look and vibe!
These tights are so edgy, and simple to make yourself! Just grab a pair of opaque black tights, a bleach pen, and start doodling! For lighter colors go over your design with the bleach pen multiple times, and place a piece of cardboard inside of the tights to prevent the bleach from crossing over to the other side.
A Piercing Piece
This necklace from Sorelle in Style is so easy to make! Just grab a beaded necklace, some safety pins, and a yard of chain!
Corsets are a goth staple. Learn how to make one yourself with this awesome DIY! It’s in another language, but don’t let that deter you! The photos are super informative, and easy to follow.
Such Great Heights
Have you ever reshaped the heel of your shoe? One DIYer did, and while she said it was the most grueling task ever, we think the finished product came out looking incredible! Take those cheesy costume heels and turn them up about twenty notches!
Skeletons in Your Closet
Add a new new skeleton to your closet with this simple t-shirt DIY. All you need is a shirt and a pair of scissors!
We hope these gothic DIYs have inspired you! Let us know in the comments below if you can rock a goth glam look on the regular, or if you prefer to keep your closet bright and cheerful.
On Tuesday we’re creating a DIY that’s a little bit dark and daring, and it uses one of our FAVORITE DIY materials: spikes! We love the look of spiked and studded clothing because it adds a little bit of edge to an otherwise demure outfit. Here are some of out favorite DIYs using spikes and studs!
The use of a colorful t-shirt for the bracelet base makes this piece look fun and funky! We also really like that leather band bracelet. That could be another awesome DIY!
Guys love spikes too! A month ago we upgraded a winter vest using spikes and studs from the store. Be sure to check it out if you want to add some hardware to your wardrobe.
Honestly WTF embraced their rebellious side, and turned these precious pastel Vans into some studly shoes! It’s amazing how studs can make something so innocent look totally killer.
Just because you’re wearing camo doesn’t mean you’ll be blending in! Check out our Camo Print Spike Headband DIY to make this look!
Not all spikes are made equal. The “spikes” used in this P.S. I Made This DIY are more like stakes that have been painted gold. They’re the perfect addition to take your trench from tired to bold!
Have you created crafts with spikes before? If you found it difficult to pierce the fabric with conventional scissors, we suggest using a leather hole punch! We would love to see YOUR spiked DIYs. Show us whatcha got!
We love to dye at M&J. It’s always an experiment because the medium has a mind of its own! We embraced that free-flowing spirit with this next DIY, a tank top worthy of any mermaid under the sea.
What You’ll Need:
20mm Paillettes with Hole on Top #13623
Teal RIT Dye
White tank top
Big Plastic Bucket or Sink
1. Follow the RIT Dye instructions. We used teal RIT dye powder, which we combined with 2 cups of hot water and 5 cups of lukewarm water.
2. Dip the end of your tank into the dye. If you want an ombre effect, leave the ends of the tank in the dye for a longer period of time.
3. Wring the excess dye out into the bucket.
4. Wash out your tank until the running water becomes clear. This will indicate the dye has set in and will not run.
4. Allow your tank to dry.
5. When your tank is dry, create a design on the bottom of the colored tank using paillettes.
6. Glue your paillettes down in your desired pattern. We chose to border the bottom of the tank to represent fish scales, but you can choose whatever design you’d like!
And there you have it, an Under the Sea tank top. We know Ariel would trade all of her thingambobs for this shiny tank! Do you want to replace the paillettes with pearls or rhinestones? Take a look at our Under the Sea page for some extra inspiration!
The Little Mermaid had always wanted to become a part of our world, but this week we’re trying to be a part of her’s! Here are some of our favorite DIYs inspired by the sea!
Drops of Neptune
The beads used in this bib necklace tutorial look like tiny drops of water, which is why the name “Mermaid Necklace” is so fitting! We love their color and iridescence. They remind us of our Crystal AB Swarovski rhinestones!
Are you up on your memes? If so, you know exactly who the character above is. It’s hipster Ariel! This costume is easy to replicate, and if anyone asks what you are, just write them off as too main”stream”.
Sometimes just looking like a mermaid isn’t enough. Sometimes you need to live like one. This seashell monogram is perfect for those who love the sea! We love the addition of the rhinestone trim!
A Whale of a Tail
Of course a mermaid isn’t a mermaid without a scaly tail. So unless you want to go to your next Halloween party as “Swimming Girl”, check out LoLovie’s tutorial above to get an idea of how to make that sequined tail!
Fit for a Mer-Queen
This video from Debi’s Design Diary shows you how to take a dollar store plastic crown, and turn it into a mermaid princess crown! Now that’s what we call an upgrade.
Were you inspired by our DIY round up? Take a look at our Under the Sea inspiration page for even more suggestions to take your ideas from crab to fab!
Ok, so you’ve probably heard about dip dyeing. The technique has been around for ages, but it’s picked up a lot of steam in the past few years with the resurgence of the DIY movement. We actually LOVE to dip dye at M&J, and one of our upcoming Halloween DIYs features the method! But since we’re holding the Trick or Trims RIT Dye Giveaway, we thought you might need a few more dyeing options with all of that RIT Liquid Dye you might receive. Here are a few of our favorites.
These tie-dye jeans by SwellMayde are awesome! She used a sponging technique to get that abstract pattern. We wonder what this would look like using greens and taupes. Tie-dye camo anyone?
Want to know how to get a yellow this bright? Look in your spice drawer! Turmeric, and other natural items, were used to dye these clothes. Just make sure to wash them thoroughly after dyeing. Your nose might not be able to handle it otherwise!
This is a quick tie-dyeing fix for hippies on the go! Marlena from Rookie Mag
made this t-shirt with a couple of Sharpie markers. We call shenanigans because this looks way too cool to take only a few minutes and some Sharpie markers.
Shibori, the dyeing technique used in Honestly WTF’s
dyeing tutorial, is an oldie but a goodie. But it’s like a REAL oldie. This method dates back to 8th century Japan. Some things never go out of style.
Sometimes it isn’t the dye that makes something fantastic, it’s the LACK of dye. This awesome wall hanging uses the batik method to create the negative space image above. Kelli Murray
gives some great tips for those foraying into batik!
Have you used any of these methods before? Let us know which ones and what the results were below! And if you haven’t entered our Trick or Trims RIT Dye Giveaway
yet, what are you waiting for?!
For our second Halloween DIY installment, let’s take a journey back in time to the Roaring 20s. This style has taken the DIY world by storm after The Great Gatsby came out this spring. With the grandiose celebrations, chic fashions, and surplus of sparkles, it’s no wonder we’d love to channel the look into a DIY costume this year. Embrace your inner flapper with this amazing (and simple) Gatsby-inspired headband!
What You’ll Need:
3/4 yard of 18mm Foldover Elastic #25068
1 Curly Goose Feather Patch #42639
1 Beaded Pearl Fan Appliqué #41988
1. Use an elastic band to measure the distance around your head. Make sure it isn’t too loose or too tight! Create a half inch overlap, and cut off any excess.
2. Place glue on that half inch end, and glue the ends together. Let it dry for an hour.
3. Take your feather patch, and glue it over the seam you just created.
4. Take your fan appliqué, and glue it over the feather patch.
5. Make sure you allow your headband to dry for 24 hrs before wearing. You wouldn’t want the feathers to go flying while doing the Charleston!
6. Place it delicately on your head to avoid disrupting those fabulous pin curls, and you’re all so set to go! Wear it out to your next party for a look that will make even Daisy Buchanan jealous!
Love the look, but want to make it your own? We’ve got you covered! Find all of the inspirational embellishments you need, from beaded trim to peacock feathers, at our Great Gatsby Inspiration Page!
Even though it’s been months since Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby came out, we can’t stop obsessing over the fashions and accessories of the Roaring 20′s. Here are a few DIYs that will be perfect for your next flapper costume, but we love them so much that we might just wear them to our next party!
This adorable bracelet from Jolie Jouel captures the fringe of flapper dresses perfectly! The combination of the white and blue gems is refreshing, and the bracelet is so dainty that it won’t overwhelm your wrist. It would look beautiful with a white eyelet dress!
This M&J DIY bracelet was inspired by Daisy Buchanan’s beautiful jewelry. This piece would be the perfect addition to any authentic flapper Halloween costume! The best part? All of the items you need to make it can be found at M&J Trimming, even the floral applique!
If headbands make you feel fussy, try College Fashion’s re-purposed hair brooch on for size!
This incredible fringe dress tutorial from Cup of Tea is not for the novice crafter. It does take some skill with the sewing machine. If you’re feeling brave, give it a go! You’ll end up with an amazing dress. Interested in creating some different color combinations? At M&J we have fringe trim in every color imaginable!
This wouldn’t be a Great Gatsby DIY Roundup without at least ONE headband tutorial. The headpiece is an iconic component of the flapper style! This one from Buzzfeed is simply charming, and the way the rhinestone trim dangles adds a romantic touch. Do you love this look too? Check out our great selection of rhinestone trim and beaded appliques if you want to recreate it!
Now you can totally see why we love The Great Gatsby right? Everything about Jay Gatsby’s parties was glamorous and over the top! And can we just spend a minute gushing over the amazing amount of rhinestones in that movie? If you’re looking for more splendidly sparkly embellishments, visit our Great Gatsby Inspiration Page!
Halloween is one of our favorite times to craft. Not only do we love creating costumes, we also ADORE making home decor. Halloween gives us the opportunity to get super creepy with our style, and dust and cobwebs finally have their moment to shine in our homes! Right? Maybe that’s just us. Here are a few of our favorite Halloween DIYs to transform your happy home into a haunted mansion!
Country Living created these terrifying labels for your questionable libations. You can download the stickers on their website, and watch to see which of your guests dare to drink.
The Bat Shade
Some of these paper bats are glued to the shade, while others are hung from a thread to give the appearance of floating. Who would think that turning the lights ON could send a shiver down your spine?
These feathered wreaths from Better Homes & Gardens are perfectly Poe-etic. We love the long, dramatic ribbons which almost trail the ground. If you’re looking for a similar style check out our selection of satin ribbons and feathers!
Martha Stewart deserves the title of “Queen of Halloween”. These cheesecloth spirits are simple to make, and will terrify passersby. Imagine seeing these specters lurking in the hallway of your house!
Lights and Frights
These marquee letters from Lolly Jane are so crafty! Can you believe they’re made using just cardboard letters, paint, and string lights? This DIY would look great even if it weren’t Halloween! Imagine your name lit up in lights! That’s why everyone goes into show business right?
We hope you enjoyed our DIY Halloween Home Decor Roundup, and it inspired you to get crafty! If you need some more Halloween inspiration to start creating creepy-chic home decor, visit the Trick or Trims section of our website!
Every October M&J Trimming goes into DIY overdrive! Our trims, buttons, and Swarovski crystals are perfect for creating that one-of-a-kind costume, and we love helping our guests make their Halloween look truly their own. One of our favorite ways to totally transform a piece is to dye it using RIT Dye’s liquid dye. It’s an easy and fun way to create unique colors that you’ve only dreamed of! That’s why we’re giving five lucky M&J Trimmng fans five bottles of our favorite dye!
It’s easy to enter. Just click the link below, and follow the simple instructions! The contest will run through October 31st, and winners will be announced in the beginning of November. It only takes a few minutes to enter, so what are you waiting for?!
CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE M&J TRIMMING’S TRICK OR TRIMS RIT DYE GIVEAWAY