Project DIY: Your Projects in February 2014

We don’t know if it’s just the shortened month, but it seems like February just flew by! Our subscribers have been busy bees working on their Project DIY collections, and really customizing and personalizing each piece. Here are some of our favorite projects from this month to help inspire your creativity! Punk and Film Noir Combination

We love how Instagrammer @PrincessLeighLeigh combined the Punk Revival and Film Noir collections! And the pom pom trim she used in the Femme Fatale necklace? So on trend.

Stylecaster Project DIY Collections

Stylecaster got in on the fun by creating four different collections!! They all look fabulous, but we should ask them which THEY liked the most!

Rain Blanken Film Noir

Rain Blanken, DIY guru from About.com, came to visit us and spoke with lead designer Michelle Levy about Project DIY! She made some pretty cool customized pieces from the Film Noir collection before heading back to her home state. Hope you come back into the city soon Rain!

Sketch 42 Film Noir Camera Strap

One of our favorite bloggers, Nicole from Sketch 42, modified the convertible belt into a cool camera strap! Pretty perfect for such a great photographer.

How did YOU customize your projects in February? Share your results with us on Instagram @MJProjectDIY!

Project DIY: Cold As Ice Unveiling

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This winter has been one for the record books, and we’re probably not the first ones to wish that this slushy snowy season was over! However, we think you should put off packing up your parka for a little while longer because this February just got a few degrees cooler. We’re so excited to finally unveil our Cold As Ice collection! If you’re unfamiliar with Project DIY, take a look at what this subscription service for the crafty entails. If you like what you see, you can sign up to receive the Cold As Ice collection and make your own frosted jewels!
Project DIY Crystal Clear Statement Necklace

Our Crystal Clear Statement Necklace is a DIYers dream! It comes with a frosty acrylic base, gorgeous link chain, and a bevy of jewels perfect for bedazzling! We show you how to arrange the crystals in a specific formation, but the placement of the jewels is totally up to you.

Project DIY On the Rocks Bracelet Duo

The next project in this collection is the On the Rocks Bracelet Duo, a pair of stunning bracelets with chunky curb chain and gorgeous jewel embellishments.

Now that you’ve seen the projects in this month’s collection, start brainstorming about how you’ll personalize your OWN pieces! Then take a photo of your gorgeous customized creations, and tag us @MJProjectDIY so we can be frozen with awe!

Project DIY: Cold As Ice Inspiration

This winter has been intense to say the least. With the Winter Olympic Games in effect and the polar vortex ravaging the East, we’ve been seeing a LOT of snow this season. Needless to say we’ve become completely inspired by the iridescent crystalline colors of the winter, and had to include them in our latest Project DIY collection.

Cold as Ice Inspiration

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Cold as Ice Inspiration

Crystal Jewel Dress

This collection is all about big bling. We love the look of heavy jewels saturated in vibrant colors. Cold as Ice features a lot of bedazzled pieces that are sure to catch and reflect light in a beautiful way.

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Spike and Stone Shoes

This collection combines vintage rhinestones and shimmering metals that create an icy cool look.

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Valentine Yudashkin Paris Fashion Week 13/14

Valentine Yudashkin Paris Fashion Week 13/14

Our favorite aspect of this collection is the customizability of the pieces. With so many components available, we guarantee that no piece has to look the same. Each unique element can be as stunning and unique as a snowflake.

What do YOU think this month’s collection will contain?

Project DIY: Your Projects in January 2014

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This month has been super busy for Project DIY! We got to see some of your gorgeous Baroque n’ Roll pieces, released our Film Noir collection and had a chance to meet a few of you at our Project DIY Workshop! Check out some of our favorite Project DIY moments from this month below.

Customized Bracelets from About.com

Customized Earrings from About.com

Rain Blanken, the DIY guru from About.com, customized her creations with indigo nail polish to achieve a tarnished look! We loved this unique way to customize your pieces. Nail polish on metal, who knew?

Customized Joan of Arc Shield Necklace from Workshop

So these Joan of Arc Shield Necklaces from Instagrammers @everyeveryeve @samanthalavine @jumpoverthemoon really knocked our socks off! Each one was similar but different, just like the three friends themselves! We had a blast customizing the Joan of Arc necklaces with you at our Project DIY Workshop, and can’t wait to meet more of you at next month’s meeting!

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We love this layered look by Instagram user @Mandersbal! So many different customized options make this piece perfect for any outfit, and are a divine accessory for any silver screen siren.

We can’t wait to see what February has in store, and look forward to seeing your creations in the coming month!

Project DIY: Film Noir Unveiling

If you haven’t heard of our DIY subscription box, Project DIY, it’s a service which brings curated DIY collections right to your door! To find out more about this fun monthly service, check out the Project DIY website! This month’s collection has been as dark and mysterious as its name: Film Noir. The projects have been curiously hidden away until now. The wait is finally over, and we’re ready to reveal these mysterious projects!

Film Noir Charm Bracelet

This bracelet is positively charming. It features a black hematite chain with interwoven satin, and delicate charms. It’s glamorous and sleek, and goes perfectly with your LBD.

Film Noir Chain Belt

This cool interlocking chain belt design is next on the project list. It features the same black hematite chain, and a silky smooth satin ribbon. The charm bracelet above can even be linked to the belt to add interesting detail.

Film Noir Camera Strap

If you’re more of a sleuth than a siren, convert your belt into a slinky, cool camera strap. It’s perfect for the most stylish private eyes.

Which of these DIYs are YOU most looking forward to making?

Project DIY: Baroque n’ Roll Alternatives

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This Thursday we’re shifting the gears in reverse back to December’s Baroque n’ Roll collection. Why? Well we recently had a Project DIY workshop, and the customized pieces made by the attendees were amazing! Inspired by their creativity, designer, Michelle Levy, made some amazing Baroque n’ Roll alternatives. If you didn’t subscribe in December, no worries! You can still pick up the Baroque n’ Roll collection at MJTRIM.com!

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1. Double up the pearl rosary and the rhinestone chains to create a two-strand bracelet instead of the hand adornment. You can wear the leftover ring on its own or embellish it with the stone from the gem turban.

Snowdrop Earrings

Snowdrop Earrings from Project DIY

1. Remove 2 pearl links from your pearl rosary as well as 6 rhinestone links from your rhinestone chain (part of the Baroque Hand Adornment).
2. Attach one pearl link to the top of each earring filigree using a jump ring.
3. Cut up the rhinestone chain into individual stone pieces, and glue them to the earring filigree instead of the black resin flowers.
4. Play around to come up with a combination that you love!

Baroque n’ Basic Headband

Baroque n' Basic Headband from Project DIY

1. Follow our online guide to sew the basic headband shape.
2. Leave off the filigree and gem details, and wear your headband with the seam at the base of your neck for a more traditional headband look! Spread out the lace on your hair for more coverage, or scrunch it up for a thinner style.

Asymmetrical Pendant Necklace

Asymmetrical Pendant Necklaces from Project DIY

1. Mix and match your components from all three projects to create a unique asymmetrical piece.

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You will need the pearl rosary chain and the filigree ring (both from the Baroque Hand Adornment).

1. Open a jump ring and close it around the center of your filigree ring.
(Refer to our DIY tips n’ tricks guide if you need some guidance on how to open and close a jump ring.)
2. Use your flat plier to gently bend open the wire loop on one pearl link from your pearl rosary chain. Remove one entire link from the chain (one link= pearl with wire loop on each side). Add the open wire loop to the jump ring from step 1, and bend back the wire to secure.
3. Repeat the process by removing more links from the chain and adding them to the ring until you can’t fit any more!

Have you thought of another way to customize your pieces? We would love to see it! Take a photo, and tag us at @MJProjectDIY!

Project DIY: Film Noir Materials

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This month’s Project DIY collection harkens back to an earlier time when right was right and wrong was wrong, and a slow saunter in a satin dress was enough to stop a man’s heart. We’re talking about the 1940s when the detective movie reigned supreme, and the stories were told in greyscale. We took our favorite elements from these classic films, and put them into this month’s collection: Film Noir.

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You’ll be using gorgeous satin trim which is reminiscent of those long flowing dresses that the femme fatales of the 1940s wore so elegantly.

Project DIY Film Noir Charms

Need another hint? These projects will be just as charming as the femme fatales themselves! Another “likely suspect” in the Project DIY collection, the chain, is going to be used in an unlikely color.

What do you think you’ll be making this month? Let us know your theories below!

Project DIY: Film Noir Inspiration

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Our first Project DIY collection of 2014 recalls a not too distant past when seductive sirens lit up the silver screen. From the dimly lit alleyways of New York City to the rolling hills of Hollywood, the femme fatales of the 1940s were our muses for this month’s collection, Film Noir.

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We adored the look of silky satin, a staple of these leading ladies. While we couldn’t put an entire dress in this collection, the smooth look and feel of this fabric is definitely represented.

Film Noir Shoot

Inspired by the sharply contrasted look of old detective dramas, the Film Noir collection features a limited color palette. It’s perfect for those who like to make a sophisticated statement.

Natalie Alcala Femme Fatale

We think that the ladies of the Film Noir genre had a certain undeniable charm which played an influential role in our collection.

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So what do you think the latest Project DIY collection holds in store? We would love to hear your guesses in the comment section! 

Project DIY: Baroque n’ Roll in the Press

Christmas just passed, but if you have a Project DIY subscription it feels like Christmas comes every month! It seems like word has gotten around about the most creative gift of the holiday season because we’ve seen Project DIY popping up everywhere!

Elle.com The Gifts That Keep on Giving

ELLE.com featured Project DIY in their “The Best Gifts That Keep on Giving” article, and suggested it as the gift ‘For the DIY Queen’! Also on the list was Birchbox, the subscription service which delivers beauty samples to your door; Mantry, a subscription box for the manly epicurean; and many other great gift ideas!

Parade.com called the style inspiration for our Joan of Arc Collection “Game of Thrones meets Kate Middleton”. Being compared to a style icon like the Duchess of Cambridge is never a bad thing in our book!

CBS: Live From the Couch Project DIY

MizzFIT.com founder, Bianca Jade, mentioned Project DIY as the perfect gift for the Fashionista in your life in her segment on CBS’s Live from the Couch!

Rain Blanken About.com Joan of Arc Review

About.com‘s Rain Blanken reviewed our Joan of Arc collection, calling it inspirational! We loved how she used a watch face she had in her collection to customize the Warrior Cuff.

OKMagazine.com suggested Project DIY in their “Best Gifts for the Ultimate Fashionista” feature! We loved their idea to have a craft party with your most fashion-savvy girlfriends. Sounds like a fun night in to us!

If a Project DIY subscription didn’t make into your Christmas stocking this year, don’t worry. You can always order the latest collection from MJProjectDIY.com, and it will come right to your door! Looking for a past collection, like November’s Joan of Arc? You can find it at MJTrim.com.

Project DIY: Baroque n’ Roll Unveiling

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This December our monthly DIY subscription service, Project DIY, came out with a collection inspired by the Baroque Style. This popular runway trend emanates radiance, drama and luxury, and is perfect for the holiday season.

While we announced the theme earlier this month, we have kept the projects under wraps. After weeks of waiting, we ‘re excited to finally unveil the Project DIY Baroque n’ Roll projects!

Project DIY Baroque Pearl Hand Adornment

The Baroque Pearl Hand Adornment is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Our beautiful cameo and pearl rosary connects to an elegant filigree ring with a sparkling rhinestone chain. It’s adds an unexpected sparkle to your outfit.

Project DIY Belle of the Ball Earrings

These Belle of the Ball Earrings are a fantastic way to add Baroque-inspired flair to any look. These earrings combine some of the most beloved elements from this collection, from the pearls to the intricate gold detailing.

Project DIY Gem and Lace Headband

The Gem and Lace Headband from the Baroque n’ Roll collection is a true showstopper. This project allows you to dabble in a new skill, sewing! Crafters sew the gorgeous lace trim into a fashionable headband, and attach the jeweled adornment to make it a sparkling statement piece.

Project DIY Baroque n' RollYou can wear these gorgeous projects together for a decadent and glamorous look, or wear each piece individually for some understated elegance. Which project are you most looking forward to making?