Great Guides for DIY Beginners

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When it comes to making your own crafts, fashions or decor, the hardest part is figuring out where to start. If you’ve never ventured into the world of DIY, it can be a little daunting at first. Don’t let it deter you because at the end of the day all of your hard work will have been worth it! Here are some of our favorite DIY guides for the more traditional homemade arts.

Diamond Quilt

Quilting has been a relaxing art, and a fun group activity for decades. Learn how to start your quilt, and then pick up a gorgeous pattern to make a homemade heirloom!

Yarn Storage

Knitting is the perfect DIY for pairing with a great Netflix marathon because once you get going, it’s hard to stop! The first steps are to figure out what type of yarn and knitting needles you’ll need, and then you need to master the technique. You can also try your hand at crocheting if two needles are too many.

Vintage Sewing Machine

Take the first step toward fashion design by learning how to sew with a machine! When you finally get to the point of being a pro, the internet is full of fashion-forward patterns.

So which of these skills are you looking forward to learning? Which do you already know? Sound off in the comments below!

What’s New in February

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This February we have put some really special items up on the web. From furry pom poms to the perfect blazer button, we have everything you would ever need to create some stylish winter gear. We even have some cool new home decor additions too! Take a look below to see what’s new this February.

Fur Pom Poms

These colorful fur pom poms are the perfect addition to any winter hat! We love the gorgeous rainbow of colors they come in.

Fashion Buttons

Need to make a fashionable style statement? Try one of our fashion buttons! The Dome Faceted Button adds some dimensional sparkle, and the Concentric Ridge Button comes in an unexpected design. Our Perforated Faux Leather Button with Shank is also a great choice for adding some classic style to your clothing!

Metallic Buttons

Nothing looks better on a blazer than our gorgeous Dome Blazer Button with Crest! For added interest, try our Two Hole Metal Concave Button or Cast Metal Flat Rim Button!

Home Decor Fringe

Dress up your home with this gorgeous Braided Tassel Fringe! It comes in an array of colors to match any decor and style.

Which of these items are you most excited to try out?

DIY: Valentine’s Day Heart Art

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, one of the sweetest gifts to give and receive is something handmade! This year, why not make your sweetheart something they can see every single day? This DIY is a perfect piece of wall art, and will fit right in no matter what your home decor looks like because this DIY is completely customizable.

Heart Wall Art DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:

Buttons: (Use different sizes)

Hexagon Fashion Button 4 Holes #39945

Octagonal Fashion Button #41710

Shiny Fashion Button 4 Holes #39789

4-Hole Button Classic #20919

6 Yards of Black and White 25 mm Herringbone Ribbon #43800

E-6000

10″ x 10″ Foam Core Board or Canvas Board

Scissors

Pins

Cutting Ribbon

1. Lay out your herringbone ribbon on one side. Be sure to leave enough ribbon to cover the sides of the foam board.

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2. Begin creating the pattern with the ribbons. Make sure that what you do to one side, you mirror on the other side.

Pinning Ribbon to Board

3. Pin down or glue the ribbons, and cut the excess.

Create Pattern with Ribbon

4. Keep creating a pattern with the herringbone until the entire board is covered.

Cutting Excess Ribbon

5.  Turn the board over and cut the excess ribbon.

Creating Heart Shape

6. Lay your buttons out into a heart-shaped pattern.

Gluing Button Pieces

7. Pick one button up at a time, and glue down to maintain your desired shape.

Heart Wall Art

We love how personalized you can make this project. You can grosgrain ribbon, metal buttons, or make the shape into a monogram. The options are endless, and allow you to make a DIY that really comes from the heart!

DIY: Beautiful Bookmarks

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From sleeves to screens, it seems like tablets are getting the most stylish accessories nowadays! Well what about books?! Dress up your books with these pretty fabric bookmarks, and make your techie friends jealous. They’re also the perfect present for the bookworm in your life!

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark MaterialsWhat You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Bluebird 1.5” Grosgrain Ribbon #00307

1 Yard of Pink 3/8” Pom Pom Fringe #31664

Scissors

Sobe glue

Paint brush

Measuring tape or ruler

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Cutting

1. Cut 1′ of grosgrain ribbon, and paint a small amount of glue onto the edge of the ribbon. NOTE: Every time you cut a piece of ribbon, you should seal the edge with some glue to prevent fraying.

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Measuring Pom Pom Trim

2. Line the pom poms against the width of the ribbon, and cut. Each piece should have four pom poms.

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Gluing Pom Pom Trim

3. Glue the pom pom trim to the top of the ribbon. Repeat the process on the other side.Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Cutting Edge

4. Using your scissors, fold the end and cut on a diagonal starting from the corner to the other side. The cut should make a V shape with the negative space.

Coral Velvet Bookmark

Coral Velvet Bookmark Materials

What You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Light Coral 36mm Imported Velvet Ribbon #02436

1 Yard of Sage 5mm Mini Pom Pom Loop Fringe #58606

Scissors

Sobe glue

Paint brush

Measuring tape or rulerCoral Velvet Bookmark Cutting Velvet Ribbon

1. Measure 1′ of your velvet ribbon. Cut to measure, and glue the edge.

Coral Velvet Bookmark Measuring Pom Pom Trim

2. Line the pom poms against the width of the ribbon, and cut. Each side should have three pom poms.

Coral Velvet Bookmark Gluing Pom Pom Trim

3. Paint a strip of glue, and adhere the pom poms to the edge of the velvet. Repeat on the other side.

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4. Using your scissors, fold the end and cut on a diagonal starting from the corner to the other side.

Coral Lace Bookmark

Coral Lace Bookmark Materials

What You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Coral 5 1/4” Floral Pattern Chantilly Lace

1 Yard of Ivory 1.5” Single-Face Satin Ribbon

Scissors

Sobe glue

Paint brush

Measuring tape or ruler

Coral Lace Bookmark Gluing Satin

1. Cut  1′ of your satin ribbon, and glue the edge.

Coral Lace Bookmark Gluing Satin and Lace

2. Paint one side of the satin ribbon with glue. Coral Lace Bookmark Laying Lace

3. Quickly place the lace on the satin ribbon before the glue dries.

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4. Once dry, cut off the excess lace on each side.

Coral Lace Bookmark Cutting Lace Angle

5. Cut on a diagonal starting from the corner to the opposite side. Apply some glue to the freshly cut piece so it does not fray.

Coral Lace Bookmark Cutting Lace Angle

6. Repeat step 5, but cut going the opposite way from one side to the corner. Apply some glue to the freshly cut piece so it does not fray.

Ribbon Bookmarks Finished DIYs

Now your books look stylish, and can compete with any trendy accessory!

Library Inspiration

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We don’t know about you, but to us libraries and books have an elegant charm that Kindles just can’t touch. (No offense.) Curling up in a corner with a good book is the ultimate stay-at-home activity for a chilly winter night, and having a beautiful library to hide away in is even better! Check out our library inspiration that will make you feel smarter and more stylish just by looking at it.

Jenny Komenda Styles Tribeca Library

We love the eclectic mix of modern and vintage in this library/work space. And those arched shelves are amazing!
Stacked Books from Top Design MagSometimes chaos can be totally called for. A stack of books can easily become a tiny table for a cup of tea or coffee!

Rainbow Library from Top Design Mag

Does anyone remember Reading Rainbow? Well check out this literal iteration! Books organized by color look so cool, and we don’t want this trend dying out any time soon. Your plethora of books can easily become a work of art!

Bold Fuchsia Library from Belle Maison 23There’s nothing like a bold pop of color to really brighten a room. This fuchsia bookshelf would get anyone excited to read!

Which of these libraries would you love you read in, and what books do you think would feel most at home in these varied spaces? Let us know in the comments below, and send us a pic of YOUR library to @mjtrimming!

Here’s to Hot Drinks!

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When cold weather strikes, the first things we reach for are our cozy winter blankets and socks, and then we make our way into the kitchen to warm ourselves from the inside out with a warm cup of coffee, tea, or even a hot toddy if we’re battling a cold. Here are some of our favorite DIYs inspired by, using, or related to hot drinks!

Tea Bags for Loose Tea from a Beautiful Mess

Catch that loose leaf tea before it can make a break for it! Bad jokes aside, bagging loose tea is a terrific idea if you want to enjoy a specific tea flavor anywhere and anytime. This easy DIY from A Beautiful Mess makes tea time even more adorable.

Coffee Can Organizer from Leethal Magazine

Remember when we gave you some organizing tips for the new year? Well this yarn organizer is perfect for the caffeinated and cluttered. Reuse those old coffee cans and organize your life!

Polka Dot Mugs from Framed Frosting

You’ve probably seen the baked marker mug DIYs online. This is a fun metallic version from Framed Frosting, and it will surely make you smile every time you see it. Polka dots are a known smile-inducer. Fact.

Shrimp Salad Circus Patio Coffee Set

This ombre coffee set from Shrimp Salad Circus is a must-make in our book. It’s perfect for sharing and enjoying a hot drink with someone special!

Une Touche de Rose Girly Mug DIY

Glam. That’s the word that comes to mine when you see this gorgeous mug from Une Touche de Rose. Who needs rings when your coffee mug has its own bling?!

So how will you be upgrading your hot drink routine?

Cold Weather Comforts

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The last few days have been painfully cold on the East, and the terrible road conditions make for a perfect weekend to be a homebody. For the next two days we’re basking in the warmth of our cozy comforts: socks, sweaters, blankets. What’s so wonderful about being stuck inside during a weekend? We’re glad you asked.

Long Socks and Celestial Pajamas

Cozy Wool Socks and Blanket

Wool Socks with Red Band

On a chilly winter day a pair of wool socks become your two best friends to keep your toes warm wherever you go.

White Bedding with Coffee

Tea and Slippers

Wool Moose Print Blanket

Nothing like a thick blanket to keep chills at bay! These lazy weekends are great for staying in bed and keeping cozy.

Cozy Warm Candles

Pile of Gray Sweaters

Lounging in chunky sweaters, flannel pajamas and warm fuzzy slippers doesn’t sound like a bad night.

Lavender Hot Chocolate

And let’s not even get started on the warm beverage front. So grab your favorite blanket, invite your cat or dog on the couch “just this once”, and stream Orange Is the New Black on Netflix because while the forecast outside is cold, you’ll be doing just fine inside.

Snowed In

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Oh the weather outside is frightful, but inside it’s so DIY-lightful! While winter storm Hercules makes his way through the East, we thought it would be a great idea to give you some fun, snow-themed DIYs to do during the blizzard because you’re definitely not going out on a day like today!

Glitter Snow Candle

Fire and ice meet with this clever candle upgrade from The Inspired Room!

Snow Globe Necklace from I Love to Create

 

Take a little snow wherever you go with this Snow Globe Necklace from I Love to Create!

 

Snow Mobile Guide

Get ready for a new type of snow mobile! Use the guides above to make those beautiful paper snowflakes you loved as a kid. Stick them on a thin silver hoop using fishing wire or thread to make the mobile above, OR use them for the DIY below.Snowflake Pendant Light from Design Sponge

Make this lace-like pendant light using delicate paper snowflakes! This DIY from Design Sponge may be snow-inspired, but we think it would be pretty in any season!

Snowflake Wreath from Fit Crafty Stylish and Happy

Retire that holiday wreath for the season, and make way for some snow. This beautiful snowflake wreath adds an elegant touch to any doorway.

With this roundup of snow-inspired DIYs, you’ll be busy DIY-ing until Hercules relents! We hope everyone stays warm and safe during the storm. Happy crafting!

DIY: Inspiration Pin Board and Number Pins

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Today is New Year’s Eve which means that everyone is scrambling to think of goals for 2014. This year let your goals inspire you every day! We would like to show you a beautiful and simple way to display those resolutions with our Inspiration Pin Board! You can use this board to display inspiring photos, workout routines, schedules, recipes, and family mementos!
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What You’ll Need:

18mm Foldover Elastic in Avocado, Gunmetal, & Light Grey

Number 0-9 Single Button

Square Cork Board

Scissors

Glue

Pins

Thumb Tacks

Fabric Pin Board

1. Choose a cork board, and cover it with fabric. Use spray glue to  adhere the fabric to the board.

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2. Create an X with your gunmetal elastic with each end going from corner to corner.

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3. Pull the elastic taut, and pin each end to the corners of the board.

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4. Place your avocado elastic across the bottom left corner. Repeat on the upper right corner area. Cut and pin them down as you did with the gunmetal.

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5. Take your light grey elastic, and mirror the placement of the avocado elastic. Pin down.

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Number Pins

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1. Carefully cut the shank, the loop on the back of the button, off. Make sure you use strong scissors, or a tool that is capable of cutting this piece off.

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2. Place a drop of E6000 on the head of the tack. Glue down to the back of the button, and let it dry for 24 hours.

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Finished Pin Board and Number Pins M&J Trimming

Now that you have your pin board and number buttons made, what’s the first thing you’re going to pin?

Organization DIY Roundup

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Staying organized can seem daunting, but with these easy DIY solutions you’ll be as organized as the best of them. These organization hacks are so simple you can knock them out thisweekend, and breath easier come Monday knowing you’re one step closer to living that clutter-free life that crafters wish for!

Wine Rack Yarn Storage

There’s nothing worse than going through a bin of tangled trim, yarn, or thread. Use a wine rack to organize your yarn!

Beautiful Boxes from BHG

Don’t buy those pretty storage boxes you see at home decor stores. Make them! The best part? You can customize them to match YOUR decor.

Frame Magazine Rack

Love magazines, but hate to have them taking up valuable tabletop real estate? Make a decorative magazine rack using a frame!

Large Pegboard Tutorial Honey Bear Lane

This is the stuff of dreams fellow DIYers! Organize your crafting tools with this amazing pegboard tutorial.

Repurposed Tin Cans from Martha Stewart

Keep small items organized by repurposing attractive tins and making them into magnets!

Organizing can be tough if you don’t have the right tools, but hopefully these easy ideas will get you on the right track! Which room in your house needs the most help, and how are you going to tackle it in the new year?