New Years Day is a time to reflect on the year before, and make plans for the year ahead. As we start planning our fabulous DIYs for the upcoming year, we wanted to take a look back at some of our favorites from this year and share them with you!
It’s clear why this bag made it into our favorites! Our Rhinestone Lucite Bag DIY is perfect for carrying everything you’d ever need, and the addition of the rhinestones really makes it pop.
We aren’t sure if it was 2013 or 1922 because this year was all about the Roaring 20s! Inspired by the Great Gatsby, we made this gorgeous bracelet/ring combination.
So this summer we went a little crazy for dye. We made a series of projects using Rit Dye. From the swirl scarf to the abstract tank, we loved all of them and can’t pick a favorite! Which is yours?
Glam up your graphic clutch with rhinestones. It’s the perfect way to give your clutch a super stylish touch!
If you’re feeling edgy, or fringe-y for that matter, take your sweater to the next level with this DIY using chainette fringe.
This vintage button necklace definitely makes a statement! We loved the bold look of thick chain and antiqued buttons.
What DIY was your favorite this year, and what are you looking forward to seeing in 2014? Let us know in the comments below, and you may just see your DIY suggestion in 2014! We hope you have a happy new year from all of us at M&J Trimming!
The presents have been wrapped, the cookies have been iced, and the seasonal DIYs are done. Well..almost. Before you throw out that holiday ribbon that’s wrapping your present, give it another glance. Ribbon is like DIY platinum. It’s a great resource to DIY with! Trust us on this one. We went all the way back into the M&J Archives and dug up some of our favorite ways to use ribbon, along with updated seasonal suggestions!
Use a beautiful solid-colored ribbon to show off some jewels. This DIY would be easy to recreate with some of our rhinestone buttons or appliques!
If you’re left with a lot of the same seasonal ribbon, use it to spruce up your winter decor! Gold or rich velvet ribbons would look great against a dark winter curtain. Need a little more hold for heavier curtains? Secure the curtain with a thick craft wire first, then wrap the ribbon around it and tie a beautiful bow!
Pearls add fun to the sophisticated look of pearls by making this cool ribbon and pearl necklace!
Reuse that ribbon to accent a basic shirt. Imagine how pretty a bright red shirt would look with this plaid ribbon as an accent.
We hope these suggestions have shown some new light on those oft-forgotten ribbons. Now that you have those ribbons safety stashed, go enjoy some cookies and watch Home Alone already! From all of us at M&J Trimming, we wish you a very merry Christmas, and happy holidays!
New Year’s Eve is the time for glitz and glam, and this year we’re pulling out all of the stops with a DIY accessory that’s sure to garner some attention. We’re making a bejeweled golden Holiday Clutch that’s perfect for that VIP New Year’s Eve party!
What You’ll Need:
Antiqued 12mm X 10mm Rectangle With Setting
Antiqued 10MM X 6MM Pear With Setting
10mm X 5mm Navette Rhinestone with Setting
10mm X 6mm Pear Rhinestone with Setting
10mm X 8mm Swarovski Crystal Oval Rhinestone with Setting
8mm X 6mm Oval Rhinestone with Setting
2” Large Rhinestone Leaf Trim
Glue Applicator Syringe
1. Cut three sets of two leaves and one circle out of the rhinestone trim.
2. Glue down each set so that they are mirroring each other. TIP: Use the applicator syringe so the glue does not get messy.
3. Create a colorful pattern with your sew-ons. Make sure that the pattern on one side matches the one on the other.
4. Glue the sew-ons down using that same syringe.
5. Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours.
After the glue has set, your stunning holiday clutch is ready to follow you wherever the night takes you!
Ugly Holiday Sweater parties are all the rage now. If you aren’t familiar with this theme, the basic concept is simple: find the most heinous looking holiday sweater, and rock it til the reindeer fly home. While your sweater may look absolutely ridiculous, the rest of your outfit doesn’t have to! Here are a few simple ways to make your outfit stylish..or as stylish as possible given the circumstances.
Sweater, Diamond Cluster Rhinestone Button, Large Jewel Rhinestone Button, Flat Rhinestone Button
Remember our Vintage Button Necklace DIY? Replace those brass buttons with some of the rhinestone buttons above, and your neck may even garner more attention than that sweater! Plus you can wear it after the month of December, which is more than we can say for that ornament sweater.
Sweater, Bugle Beaded Applique, 1 1/4″ Woven Elastic, 18mm Metallic Foldover Elastic
Why stop sparkling with that sequin snowflake? Project DIY Designer, Michelle Levy, showed us how to make a No-Sew Holiday Headband, and we think that a sparkly beaded headband is the perfect complement to this sweater!
Sweater Dress, 1 1/2″ Ribbed Elastic, Buckle
This sweater dress looks comfy, cozy and totally bulky. Cinch it up by making a quick and easy belt!
Now granted we picked some cute, albeit loud sweaters, but we hope our suggestions gave you some ideas on how to upgrade your ugly sweater! Have you ever been to an ugly sweater party? Going to one this Christmas? If you revamp it using any of these tips, send us a photo! Actually, just send us a photo regardless. We would love to see how you rock this style.
Clutches are a stylish and simple choice for those who want a no-fuss bag which only holds a few select items. They’re also one of the easiest options to DIY. Here are some of our favorite ways to make this perfect evening bag!
A Pair and a Spare created these two very different, but very cute clutches. The top transparent clutch gives off a futuristic minimalist vibe, while the plain leather clutch makes a classic statement. Which do YOU prefer?
Have an old clutch that needs new life? All you need is some paint (preferably gold) and tape, and you’re good to go!
This modern Kenzo-inspired design from Adventures in Fashion is perfect for a girl who wants to make a stylish statement!
Salute to Cute made an adorable clutch using a sunglasses case! And those connected rings make for such a unique handle!
Clutches are the perfect alternative to a big bulky bag for a fun night out, and they’re so easy to DIY! If you loved these suggestions, stay tuned to our blog for a DIY that’s perfect for the biggest night out of the year: New Year’s Eve!
When it comes to New Year’s Eve we say that the more sparkle, the better. And while we still haven’t passed Christmas, it’s never too early to start planning your New Year’s Eve outfit! Need some inspiration to get you excited for that upcoming party? We’ve got it covered.
While the traditional New Year’s palette is usually gold and black, don’t be afraid to show off in some color. This emerald Balmain number is sure to turn a few heads.
Nothing like a catwalk full of jeweled Elie Saab dresses to really get you in the mood for to party until 2014!
While she may be dripping in sequins from head to toe, the photo above shows that dressing down sparkle is possible. (And super fashionable!)
If dressing in sparkle isn’t really your style, why not add some bling with your accessories? Stay tuned because on Tuesday we’ll be showing you how to make a bejeweled DIY to add the perfect amount of glamour to any outfit!
With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are scrambling to put together some festive and stylish outfits. This season is all about adding a bling to your outfit, and Project DIY designer, Michelle Levy, knows all about the sparkle of the holidays. For the holiday Project DIY collection centered around the theme of Baroque n’ Roll, Michelle created some truly dazzling DIYs for you to make at home. If you already have the latest Project DIY collection at home and need another craft project to sate your DIY appetite, then read on and see how Michelle made this easy no-sew holiday headband (a previous contender for the latest collection)! Although if you DO have the Baroque n’ Roll collection, sewing is a skill you’ve probably picked up while making the Gem and Lace Turban.
What You’ll Need:
1.75″ Bead/Sequin Leaves Trim
Black Stretch Grosgrain
Beaded trim can play double duty as both a trim and an applique! Just cut out each shape individually, making sure not to cut any of the threads holding the beads in place. Here Michelle is cutting out each leaf shape using the mesh backing as a guide.
Once the appliques are cut out, place them whichever pattern you like. Play around with different combinations and layouts. When you’ve settled on a layout, glue it down!
Carefully cut out the piece you’ve made.
You can leave some felt around the edges for a more crafty look.
But we decided to cut precisely around the piece.
The next step is to measure around your head with the elastic. If you’re making this headband as a gift, the standard size is 22″.
Glue the applique to the elastic band. You can place the applique directly on top of the seam to hide it.
This project is so easy, takes less than ten minutes to make, and looks like a million bucks! Pair one of these dazzling headbands with a little black dress, and you’re ready for any holiday party!
Every winter we become completely inspired by the festive sights of the City. The Nutcracker Ballet is one of those seasonal treasures that continues to dazzle and amaze us with each passing year. We wanted to take some of the magic from the show, and infuse it into our DIY, and what better to make than a pair of bedazzled ballet flats?
1.5” Bugle & Seed Beaded Leaf Trim (Silver) #14758
7/8” Single Face Stain Ribbon (Silver) #00298
Embroidered Beaded Rhinestone Trim (Silver) #36631
Light Rose Flat Back SS20
Light Rose Flat Back SS30
Light Peach Flat Back SS34
Light Colorado Topaz SS34
Ballet Flat Shoe
1. Cut two ovals off of your rhinestone trim.
2. Glue them going down the center of the tip of the shoe.
3. Cut two leaves off of your Bugle & Seed Beaded Leaf Trim.
4. Glue your leaf pieces onto the back of the shoe in a mirrored pattern.
5. Take your assorted rhinestone flat backs, and glue them sporadically in the front and back.
6. Cut the satin ribbon evenly in half. You will probably need a yard for each side.
7. Glue onto the inside of the shoe towards the heel.
Your flats are complete, and you look like the prima ballerina! These are a perfect holiday gift for little girls too! Will you be making this DIY? Let us know!
Flat are a great shoe for those days when your toes don’t want to go through the agony of wearing heels, but sometimes they can fall a little flat when it comes to style. Turn your basic flat into a fashion staple with these easy DIYs!
Jenn Camling if you’re telling us all we need to upgrade our flats is a Sharpie marker, we’re telling you that we’re on board and making these today.
You’ve probably seen these cute gold-tipped shoes before. Here’s an easy way to recreate the look with whatever pair of flats you choose!
The Miu Miu smoking slippers which inspired this style are all sold out, but luckily there’s a DIY solution! Grab some embellishments, a paint marker, some rhinestones, and you are good to go!
This summer we created these adorable flats featuring these Bugle Beaded Appliques! They’re a great way to add a pop of color to any outfit!
These flats have everything we love from beads to sequins! They’re so perfect they should be part of the M&J uniform. We’d wear these every day!
Flats don’t have to be boring and basic, especially when you DIY them! Which of these options is on YOUR weekend DIY agenda?
New York City just got its first taste of winter with a slushy coat of snow, which means it’s time to whip out the winter wear! Here are a few of our favorite trends to wear this year so you can keep warm and stylish no matter what the forecast!
Who says you need to be a superhero to wear a cape? Capes are a timeless and elegant way to keep warm, and they’re right on trend for Fall/Winter 2013. We love the look of these rich and flowing capes, and we think they would be even more beautiful with ornate gold buttons!
Knee-d These Now
Over-the-knee boots are totally sleek. There’s definitely a right way and a wrong way to wear boots so high, but pairing them with classic cuts and lots of layers is always a good way to go.
Turtlenecks have totally made a comeback. Skip the statement scarf, and keep your neck toasty with one easy item!
This season’s “it” color is a surprising pick for this time of year. While we usually see rich jewel tones on the runways, this season we can’t help but notice the pastel pink trend sweeping the streets!
Whether it’s faux or the real deal, leather is a back in style! (As if it ever left.) The best part about this trend is that you can take the more conventional route of a loafer or boot, or try a more daring approach with a leather shirt! Check out our selection of leather trim to add a little edge to any outfit!
What’s your favorite trend this season? Did any of your picks not make the list? Let us know in the comments below!