Once Upon a Time is a show in which all of your favorite fairy tale characters come to life! If you haven’t seen it yet, you should try to catch at LEAST one episode because this show boasts some of the most beautiful costumes we’ve ever seen. Everyone looks like, well, a princess! If you’ve been inspired to make your own Once Upon a Time character costume, we have a few helpful suggestions to take your costume to the next level.
Two of the main characters, Snow White and the Evil Queen, have the most contrasting looks on the show. Snow White wears lots of fur and leather, befitting a totally kick-butt princess. It’s more function than fashion for her. The Evil Queen, on the other hand, has some of the most ornate costumes on the show! Check out the beaded trim, frogs and lace on this dress! She definitely demands attention with her incredible gowns. Those sleeves leave us completely speechless.
This may look like Snow White, but it’s actually a shape-shifting siren! We love her jeweled crown which looks just like water, and the fringed wrap reminds us of a fisherman’s net.
Rumpelstiltskin plays the resident bad guy of Storybrook. When you find him in flashbacks he’s dressed to kill in leathers and crocodile skins. If you’re going for an authentic “Dark One” look, don’t forget the golden thread!
Aurora, A.K.A. Sleeping Beauty, is on point with her princess-attire. With her lush feather collar and rhinestone accessories, she definitely fits the part of a princess!
Dressing like Tinkerbell is all about sparkle. So bring on the beaded trim to recreate her headband, and don’t forget the wings and pixie dust!
Do you watch the show? Which princess’s style are you coveting? Let us know!
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!
The ocean is home to some of the strangest and most inspiring creatures, colors and things on earth. Why do you think we all tune in to watch Shark Week year after year? There are so many wonderful things in the water to inspire us, and here are some of the products of that inspiration!
If this was a full-length shot, we bet she would be sporting a scaly tail. Her beachy aqua locks must be the envy of mermaids in each of the seven seas!
Lady Gaga, with colored hair and an oil-slicked mermaid tail, looks mesmerizing. Despite it’s beauty, this shot is also a sharp reminder of how NOT to treat the ocean and its inhabitants.
Let’s just start off by saying that everything about this look is amazing. The flow of the dress makes her look like she’s wrapped up in the ocean, and those Nicholas Kirkwood Mermaid Shoes really round out this under-the-sea style. Plus, the pairing of the bold blues is shrimply amazing. Too much?
This dress is amazing! We love the cut, and check out those SEAquins! Seriously though. It looks like the ocean and the dress were cut from the same cloth.
In 2008 Jean Paul Gautier created a sea-inspired collection. Models glided down the runway in flowing, sequined frocks reminiscent of beautiful sirens. Their hair was even made to look perpetually wet!
The sea is a world unexplored for most, which is why its mysterious nature makes it so inspiring. See our treasure chest of sea-inspired embellishments on our Under the Sea Inspiration Page.
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!
At M&J, celebrity fashion is always a fun topic to discuss because the looks we see on the red carpet are not ones that we can readily replicate. (How often are you going to need a $3,000 ballgown?) We can live vicariously through celebrity fashion choices, noting their fashion hits and misses. However when Halloween rolls around, all bets are off. We can draw style inspiration from their zaniest costumes, and wear them out because since it’s Halloween it’s totally cool. Here are a few of our favorite Halloween looks from celebrities!
Elle Fanning as Mary Poppins is absolutely adorable! It looks like before she became the fashion maven she is today, she had a brief stint as a magical nanny! We love the tiny details she took care to add, like the little bird sitting on the umbrella and the vintage print bag.
If kids can dress like adults, then adults can dress like kids. Right? Check out Jessica Alba dressed as Dora the Explorer! It’s a look that is so easy to recreate, but also so clever! It’s the perfect costume for a young mom on a budget.
Lauren Conrad looks so pretty and feminine in this flapper getup! We love everything about this look from the fringe to the coral feather boa. If you want to recreate the costume yourself, check out our Great Gatsby inspiration page!
Heidi Klum is one of the most beautiful women in the world, and a force to be reckoned with when it comes to Halloween! Every year she holds a star-studded Halloween party, and every year she blows people away with her amazing costumes. Our favorite has to be this snake and apple costume. Seal was the Eve to this apple, naturally.
Leave it to designer Christian Serrano to don this creative Cruella de Vil outfit. It’s dramatic. It’s daring. But from the looks of his coat, the movie should have ended a little differently…
We hope these celebrity looks have gotten you inspired to go out and create your own costume! If you need any more inspiration, check out our Trick or Trims Halloween page!
Anyone can spot a French girl from a kilometer away. She looks put together without trying. She is effortlessly chic. She’s a master at layering, and her style exudes romance. You might think that sweet sentiment was embraced during Paris Fashion Week SS2014. Well you would stand corrected because this year the power players played with power as a theme.
Those dark headdresses at Louis Vuitton made the models look showgirl-chic. The feathers, the embellishments, and the attention paid to the tiniest decorative detail really show how skilled this fashion house is at its craft.
While we may never be royals, we can always pretend with Valentino’s collection. It featured heavy embroidery, and silhouettes worthy of a queen. We loved that the looks were paired with simple, flat Grecian sandals. Who says queens need to be subjected to the hazards of heels?
Coco Chanel once said, “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” We think someone was definitely thinking aloud when creating this collection! Chanel’s classic looks were taken to bold extremes: huge pearls, saturated tweed suits, and extreme neon makeup.
Givenchy mixed Japanese and African influences for this collection. Some of the models donned crystal-covered kabuki “masks”, which were both sparkly AND a little intimidating. We wonder if they used Swarovski crystals, preferably not hot fix! Ouch!
The Rick Owens show really blew us away. Remember that ethereal Parisian we were talking about earlier? Yeah, this show wasn’t for her. Step dancers took the stage in lieu of models, and powered through an energetic dance number. Watch the video above, and join us in collective awe.
Whether it’s the rough and tumble attire or the amazing use of leather, there’s something about the Old West that makes us go wild! That’s why our first Halloween DIY this year is featuring this classic theme, perfect for a cowgirl (or boy) costume. Our Western Belt DIY will transform you into a modern day Annie Oakley, and nobody messes with Annie Oakley! What You’ll Need:
1 Yard of Faux Leather Bias Binding #42143
1 Round Cowboy Buckle #30161
1 Pack of 7mm x 10mm Metal Spikes with Screw #57562
Revolving Leather Hole Punch #55264 Scissors #57470
1. Insert about an inch of the leather trim into the buckle opening, and wrap it around the metal fixture. Glue it down, and let dry it for an hour.
2. Wrap the leather trim around your waist to figure out where to place the notch in your belt. Mark the area to ensure correct placement!
3. Once you know where the hole is going, cut off any excess trim.
4. Using a small hole punch, create a hole for the buckle closure.
5. Place the spikes or studs you want to use, and mark the spots as you had for the notch. 6. Then take out your hole punch to create holes where you want your spikes to go.
7. Twist the spikes into place.
8. Put on your finished belt, and prepare to be the chicest gal at the rodeo! Love the look but not feeling the buckle? Or maybe you’re looking for a different style of trim. Switch it out! Explore our Wild Wild West page to find all the Western-inspired materials to make a belt that reflects YOUR style.
We love Western-inspired fashions and decor, but sometimes it’s a little hard to find something that’s fashion-forward and really resonates with your personality. When you DIY, the finished piece has the creator’s special flare! Here are a few of our favorite Western-inspired DIYs to get your creative wagon wheels turning.
Do you want to add a little sparkle to your neck without the nuisance of a necklace? Create Honestly WTF’s collar tips! They’re perfect paired with a chambray shirt.
Do you need a little more luck in your life? Welcome it into your home with this Horseshoe Sign DIY! The little splashes of color add a necessary pop of color to the otherwise neutral sign.
You’ve probably seen bolo ties in old Westerns, but these tiny ties can be really chic when set off with a great charm. Find out how to make them on ModCloth’s blog!
These amazing cutoffs scream Western-wear. They’re simple, but the fringe adds some Western flare.
We’re going wild for these DIY boots from Threadcense! Feathers, leather, studs, buckles! What’s not to love?! If you’d like to make it yourself, you can find similar trim styles on our website!