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: 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!

Double Strand Baroque BraceletDouble Strand Bracelet from Project DIY

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: 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?