Nail Art DIY Roundup

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If you’ve ever wanted to imbue more personality into your outfit without going the accessory route, why not accessorize with your digits? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite nail art DIYs that are sure to add flavor to any outfit, and are perfect for a night of pampering.
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This designer-inspired DIY comes in a beautiful knit that’s reminiscent of stitches, and you know how we love all things fashion!

image (3)A bold, graphic nail is just the thing to add some sharp contrast to a soft look.

a40e2841835e0544092aeb131b457640The California sunset has nothing on this intricate Coachella-inspired nail art!

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Watercolor is such a hot trend right now, and we love it even more on nails!

ManiMonday11This fruity mani is perfect for long days of summer. We feel refreshed just looking at it!

 

DIY: Nautical Knot Necklace

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We’ve been going nuts over knots the last few days, and we’ve finally decided to do something about it! We wanted a nautical-inspired accessory that could add a little class to any outfit, while also looking casual and simple. We created a knotted necklace using twist cord and tape in red and navy, but you can customize the materials to make this knotted necklace in whatever colors and styles you like!

Nautical Knot Necklace Materials

What You’ll Need:
3/16” Rayon Twist Cord (keep the ends secured with tape to prevent fraying)
1/4” Heavy Apron Tape
Jump Rings
E6000
End Caps
Lobster Clasp
Scissors

Nautical Knot Necklace Diagram1. Using two sets of two cords, create the knot above by following the arrows above.

Measuring Nautical Knot Necklace2. Measure to make sure the necklace is your desired length, and cut off any excess.

Nautical Knot Necklace Gluing Apron Tape3. As you cut, add glue and apron tape to the ends. Cut and glue each end one by one to prevent fraying.

Nautical Knot Necklace End Caps4. Add E6000 to the inside of the end cap, and insert the cord tip into the end cap.

Adding Jump Rings to Nautical Knot Necklace5. Attach jump rings to each end cap, one jump ring for two cords.

Adding Lobster Clasp to Nautical Knot Necklace6. Add a lobster clasp to one end of the necklace.

Nautical Knot Necklace

Blogger of the Month, December!

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By Blerona

Our New Favorite blogger for December is Grace from Stripes & Sequins!

Hi everyone!  I’m Grace from Stripes & Sequins.  Ever since moving to New York City six years ago, M&J Trimming has been one of my favorite places in the city… a virtual candy store for us crafty folks!  I’m honored to be M&J’s blogger of the month.  If I had to describe my style in two words, it would be human magpie.  I love all things shiny and sparkly..  By day, I work for BaubleBar, where I run their social media.  I’ve been blogging for about two years and love DIY – it forces me to be creative and helps me temper my expensive taste.  My blog has been featured on Guest of a Guest, the Wall Street Journal, and Dismount Creative as a Top DIY blog.  I’ve also DIY’d with The Glitter Guide, which is, very fittingly, one of my favorite online publications!

 Stripes & Sequins DIY’s

Here’s what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…check back on Tuesday, December 13th 2011 to see what she made!

Chic Steals Blogger of the Month-October!

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Hi everyone! I’m Carly from Chic Steals, and I’ve been a huge fan of M&J Trimming for such a long time.  I make it a point to always stop in the store and meander through whenever I’m in New York City.  It’s like a glittering treasure trove for me, stocked full of beads, baubles, trims, rhinestones, and appliqués – so much so that I’m never able to leave with empty hands.  It’s amazing how easily you can update a piece of clothing or an accessory with said beads, baubles, and appliqués…and how incredibly high-fashion projects can look when you’ve added a bit of frivolous sparkle to them.

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Project 1:

Sequin Nails

I love a metallic manicure as much as the next girl, but most polishes aren’t bright enough to truly gleam like the real thing.  Though a little tedious, a sequin manicure gets those fingertips a-sparkle: a true conversation piece!


*6mm Flat Loose Sequins Style# 34424 in Turquoise
 *scissors
*toothpick
*thick clear base coat nail polish (the stickier the better!)
*thick clear sealing topcoat nail polish

How To:

1. Cut a bunch of sequins in half, and some into quarters.

2. Work on each nail one-by-one.  Spread a thick coating of base coat onto a nail.  While it is still wet, use the flat end of the toothpick to pick up a half-sequin, and place at the tip of your nail in the center.  (It’s easier to pick up the sequin if you lick the end of the toothpick.)

3. Fill in the sides of each nail with the quarter-sequins.
4. Continue to fill in the nail with more half- and quarter-sequins, layering each one overlapping the previous one a little, covering the center of your nail going back to the cuticle.
5. Cover with at least one coating of topcoat; thick enough so that the edges of the sequins don’t lift up or feel too scratchy.
Flash those holographic talons!  My manicure lasted about 5 days before the edges of the sequins lifted up too much, so something like this would be perfect for a party or a special occasion.

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Project 2:

Ribbon-Wrapped Bangle

It’s so simple to update an old bangle with wrappings of brightly-colored ribbon and thread!  You can even use scraps of fabric to keep things fun and festive.

*38mm Silky Grosgrain Ribbon in Sapphire and Grey Style# 42053 (1-800-9MJTRIM) 

*Thread Style# 42681 in Flint and Mink Blue 

*M&J Trimming ribbon

*contrasting color of fabric paint

*bangle

*glue for fabric, metal, and plastic

*scissors

How To:

1. Use fabric paint to paint designs on your ribbon; I chose lines and dots.  Allow to dry.

2. Place a small amount of glue on the end of a ribbon, and glue it to the inside of the bangle.  Wrap the ribbon around the bangle a couple times, then cut and glue the free end to the bangle inside.

3. Add the other color of ribbon, and the painted ribbon as well, overlapping the ribbons on the bangle as you go.

4. For visual interest, add an area of thread wrapped around the bangle as well.

5. After all ends are glued down and the bangle is covered completely, add a contrasting ribbon tied around the bangle for a little sass.

Wear stacked with other bangles or on its own as a cute accessory to brighten your day.

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Project 3:

Bead-Edged Cut-Out Top

Give them all the cold shoulder with this skin-baring top.  Take it to the next level with a border of bright metallic beads around saucy cut-outs.

*8mm 60″  8MM 60″  Faux Pearl PKG Style# 49380 in Silver (1-800-9-MJTRIM)

*long-sleeved knit top

*Thread Style# 42681 in Flint

*marking chalk

*scissors

*fabric glue

*clear bead cord (I’m using Magic Stretch)

How To:
1. Try on the top and mark where you want to cut out the shoulder (remember to mark an oval a little smaller than you want for your finished piece).

2. Cut out where you marked with scissors.  Try the top on again to make sure it’s the shape you want, and make adjustments if necessary.

3. Turn the top inside-out and carefully notch around the cut edge so the fabric won’t pull too much when you turn it inwards.  Spread a small amount of fabric glue around the edge of your cut-out.  Fold the fabric inwards to create a finished edge.

4. Make a double knot in your beading cord and thread your beads onto it, until you have enough to go all the way around the cut-out.  Knot the end loosely so you can add more beads later on if you find you haven’t strung on enough. 

5. Use a doubled length of matching thread to stitch your string of beads around the cut out.  Stitching over the cord in-between each bead I found is
enough to secure the string onto the top.

6. If you get to the end of the string and find you still haven’t gotten all the way around the cut-out, un-knot the cord and add more beads on. Finish the cord with a double-knot and trim the cord close.

Wear with something a bit more covered-up on the bottom to play off the sultriness of the cut-outs on top.

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Project 4:

Bead-and-Ribbon Fishnet Necklace

*8mm 60″  8MM 60″  Faux Pearl PKG Style# 49380 in Silver (1-800-9-MJTRIM)

*Thread Style# 42681 in Flint

*38mm Silky Grosgrain Ribbon in Sapphire Style# 42053 (1-800-9MJTRIM)

*metallic beads

6mm Flat Loose Sequins Style# 34424 in Turquoise

*6mm Mesh Tube Ribbon Style# 36876 in Grey  (1-800-9-MJTRIM)

*large crystal pendant

*assorted jumprings, rings, and chains

*necklace closure

*eyepins

*pliers (I used round-nose, flat-nose, and wire-cutting)

*optional: lighter or open flame

How To:

1. Tie the end of the ribbon to a ring.

2. Make the closure of the necklace and add a jumpring with chain attached to it to one side.  Add a jumpring to the other side and attach it to the ring from the previous step.

3. Make the pearl bead string by dropping beads into the mesh cord, and knotting the cord on either side of each bead.

4. Attach the pearl bead string to the ring with the ribbon by simply double-knotting the metallic mesh cord around the ring, and trimming the excess.


5. Make the metallic bead string by threading a sequin onto an eyepin, then a bead, then another sequin, and finishing the eyepin in another loop, trimming the excess.  Attach each beaded segment to each other to create the bead string.

6. Try on the necklace and decide how long you want it.  Cut the attached chain accordingly, and attach the beaded string to the end of the chain with a jumpring.

7. Attach another large ring to the end of the beaded string – this will lie in the center, and hold the pendant.

8. Tie the free end of the ribbon to the ring, and trim the excess.  If the ends of the ribbon are fraying too much, you can heat-seal them with an open flame.

9.  Attach a smaller chain to the end of the pearl bead string, trim the excess, and attach it to the center ring as well.

10. Slip the pendant inside the mesh cord.  Twist the ends tightly around the pendant, roll to the back, and trim.



11.  Attach the pendant to the center ring with jumprings.

Wear a regal piece like this with simple, understated clothing so it stands out all on its own.

Tip: Choose black or orange beads for a spooky Halloween-style spiderwebby piece!

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Project 5:

Sparkly Beaded Hairclip

*4″ x 2 1/4″ Rhinestone Applique Style# 47335 in Black ( 1-800-9MJTRIM)

*stiff black felt

*hair barrette

*scissors

*hot glue & glue gun

*hand-sewing needle and matching thread

How To:

1. Remove the center spring from the barrette and spread hot glue on the top.  Press on to the felt and allow to dry.

2. Use the needle and thread to stitch around the barrette to secure it to the felt further.

3. Hot-glue the appliqué to the other side of the felt, directly on top of the barrette.

4. Once dry, trim around the felt with scissors.  You can even take a small pair of scissors and cut out all the intricate spaces in the appliqué for more visual interest.

This piece looks lovely securing a ponytail, or glittering out from the back of a braided chignon.  The ways to use a beaded appliqué are numerous: you can add it onto a ribbon belt, a boring cloche, an old clutch, use as a shoe-clip, attach to a ribbon and wear as a wristlet, or even attach a chain to either side and sport it as a pretty pendant necklace.  Wear it with flair!

Blogger of the Month, October!

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By Blerona

Our New Favorite blogger for October is Carly J. Cais from Chic Steals

Carly J. Cais is a self-taught DIY maven whose lack of funds never stifles her creativity.  She operates her fashion and style blog Chic Steals based on the motto, “Be Stylish * Get Creative * Spend Less,” telling everyone that the designer look is easily attainable through budget shopping, thrifting, and DIY’ing.  She always loves the challenge of creating runway-inspired pieces and clothing refashioned from thrift store finds – from men’s shirts refashioned into rompers, sweatshirts re-made into blouses, shoes detailed like Louboutins, and designer-style accessories made from foam and clay.  Chic Steals is all about looking on-trend and chic – for an unbelievable steal

 Chic Steals DIY’s

Here’s what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…check back on Tuesday, October 11th 2011 to see what she made!

Blogger of the Month, September!

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By Blerona

I know we’ve missed a couple of month’s after May, but luckly we had Five amazing bloggers for our M&J Challenge 2 to keep your creative juices flowing for the summer. And I’m happy to say that we are back in action. Our New Favorite blogger for September is Arianna from Runway DIY!

Arianna Berk is a true DIY girl who believes there is no need to want when you can create! Arianna has been making her own clothing, artwork, and accessories since before she could walk and talk. Growing up with a fashion designer mother, Arianna was raised around bolts of fabric and sewing machines, and learned from a young age that with enough creativity and imagination, you can make anything you see.

 

Her website, Runway DIY aims to make high fashion accesible to everyone through step-by-step do it yourself projects inspired by current trends. Her focus is on creating arts, not crafts- she never uses a glue gun where a needle and thread would do better. Arianna views the world through DIY eyes- flipping through magazines and walking past shop windows gives her constant inspiration for her posts and creations. When Arianna isn’t blogging, you will find her trying new restaurants or playing with her dogs- Baye, Rosie, and Sam.

Here’s what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…check back on Tuesday, September 13th 2011 to see what she made!

Our Favorite Blogger of the Month, MAY!

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By Blerona

It’s that time again, when we pick our favorite blogger of the MONTH! Our pick for May is the very talented, Kirsten !

Kirsten Nunez is a New Yorker with an unending love for anything handmade. Founder of the DIY fashion blog Studs and Pearls, her style is equal parts edgy and classy. If she’s not creating, she’s probably baking, thrifting, or writing for About.com’s Style section. She believes that DIY has absolutely no rules. Kirsten is inspired by everything and anything; she has multiple sketchbooks overflowing with ideas, and she wouldn’t want it any other way.

Here’s what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…check back on Tuesday, May 17th 2011 to see what she made!

 

Our Favorite Blogger of the Month!

By Blerona

It’s that time again, when we pick our favorite blogger of the MONTH! Our pick for April is someone you know very well!

Nicole from Sketch42blog, yes the same blogger from our first ever M&J DIY Challenge! Well we invited her back her own post because we love her work so much. Nicole is the ultimate interior decorator! Don’t believe me well check out her blog, she decorated her entire apartment all on her own and added her own artwork to the walls. See her beautiful home in RUE Magazine. On her blog she shares her love for home decor, fashion and just about everything else. And we’re so happy to have her guest post for us again.

Here’s what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…check back on Friday April 15th, 2011 to she what she made!

 

Our Favorite Blogger of the Month!!

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By Blerona

It’s that time of the month again, when we pick our favorite blogger of the MONTH! Our Pick for March is coming from NYC!

Meet Stefanie Schiada, design and lifestyle blogger better known to her readers from Brooklyn Limestone simply as Mrs. Limestone.  Whether working on a DIY home decor project, traveling to all corners of the world in the pursuit of a full passport or prepping for a costume party, she documents it all on her blog. Stefanie is a lifelong New Yorker and self confessed trash tv addict. Check out more of design, decor and travel at Brooklyn Limestone. And that’s why we love her, her home renovation just blew us away and so did all her other creative projects!

Heres what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…now let’s see what she can make! Check back on Thursday March 17, 2011.

NEW Flatback Swarovski Colors!!

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By Blerona

As if there weren’t enough beautiful colors already, Swarovski has surprised us with some more! Take a look at Swarovski’s new flatback rhinestones colors! Click on the size to view more colors in that size.

DARK SAPPHIRE Size: ss9 - EMERALD AB  Sizes: ss9, ss12GREEN TURMALINE Sizes-ss9  - FUCHSIA AB  Sizes: ss9, ss12 LT. SAPPHIRE Size: ss12  - AMETHYST SATIN Size:  ss20  LT AZORE Size:  ss9 - BLUE ZIRCON AB Size: ss12 LT AMETHYST AB Size: ss12 - CITRINE Size: ss12  INDIAN SAPPHIRE Sizes: ss9, ss12- LT. AMETHYST Size: ss9 MONTANA AB Size:  ss12 - SHADOW CRYSTAL Size: ss12TANZANITE AB Size: ss12 - SMOKED TOPAZ AB Size: ss12 SUNFLOWER Size: ss16, ss20 - CRYSTAL SILVER Size: ss16, ss20    ROSE SATIN Size:  ss20 - JONQUIL SATIN Size: ss20 

 LT SAPPHIRE SATIN Size: ss12