DIY: Mother’s Day Flower Pots

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It’s a fact that moms love receiving heartfelt and handmade presents from their kids, no matter what age they are! This Mother’s Day make your mom something she’s guaranteed to love and use in her home! No need for yarn and popsicle sticks here, this DIY uses quality materials to really make this DIY worthy of that mantel. Customize the materials to match the decor, and watch your mom’s face light up when she sees her present.

Materials for Mother's Day Vases

What You’ll Need:

1 1/4” Beaded Fringe With Satin Tape

1 3/8” Beaded Fringe On Braid

16mm Imported Double Face Satin Box Pleated

Three Small Vases

Scissors

Glue

 Gluing Beaded Trim Around Pot  1.Measure each trim around the vases.

Cutting Trim2. Cut the trim to the appropriate length.

Gluing Trim with E-60003. Glue the trim around the top rim of the vase.

Holding Trim in Place After Gluing4. Hold trim firmly in place, and let dry.

Mother's Day Flower PotsYou can make a set of these trimmed pots using different types of beaded trim! Add some soil and a succulent, and you have a trendy new home accessory!

 

Upgrade Your LBD

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The little black dress, or LBD as it is affectionately referred to, is a staple in almost every woman’s closet. It’s versatile, classic, and you can wear it over and over again! Sometimes though, your LBD needs a little TLC in the form of an upgrade. Check out these super simple ideas to turn your LBD into a SATULBD, or Super Amazing Totally Unforgettable Little Black Dress.

Flared Dress with Beaded Trim Collar

Alice and Olivia Dress4″ Embroidered Beaded Floral Lace2″ Embroidered Pearl  Beaded Trim

This dress has a very classic shape, and will look great for any occasion. The flared skirt gives the bottom interest, but what about adding a little something to the top? Glue beaded trim to the collar of the dress for some sparkle. We love the subtlety of black trim, but a contrasting color would look great too!

Cutout Dress with Lace

Topshop Black Dress, 6″ Chantilly Floral Lace

Remember when cutout dresses were having a total moment last summer, and everyone was walking around with missing sleeves and backs and sides? If you’ve suddenly realized that your cutout dress from last season isn’t going to make the cut this time around, DIY a more modest option! Just sew lace into the inside of the dress where the cutouts are! Your dress will leave more to the imagination, while still looking super flirty!

High Collar Slim Fit Dress with Buttons

Newlook Black Dress, Metal Mask Button, Metal Fashion Button, Two Hole Metal Concave Button

This slim-fitting dress is already beautiful, but it’s pretty basic! We think the way to go is buttons. Give the dress a military vibe by putting two rows of small buttons down the front. You can also have a single line of buttons on the back of the dress for an eye-catching feature that is more discrete. As they always say, business in the front, button party in the back.

What does YOUR little black dress look like, and how do you style it to keep it fresh?

Bohemian Chic DIY Inspiration

When looking for upcoming trends we are often inspired by our surroundings.Being located in New York City, we find there is always an abundance of style around us. One trend that has been making its way to the east coast post-Coachella is definitely the global influenced/boho trend. The vibrant colors, mixed mediums and over-the-top detail associated with many of these products completely satisfies our creative juices. We’ve rounded up some of our top bohemian-influenced pieces that you can recreate using M&J trims just in time for Bonnaroo or everyday use.

Free People BagFree People

56292-g4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Stud

18603-84325/8″ Fancy Rayon Braid

Free People Tapestry BagFree People
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1″ Mohair Stretch Braid
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Florence Tassel Fringe

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54701-ivory_14 ½” Beaded Lace

SaksDannijo

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Swarovski Flatback Rhinestones-Black Diamond AB 

Check out M&J for even more inspiration.

DIY Beaded Camera Strap

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We got such a great response to our list of the Top 5 DIY Camera Straps that we figured it was about time we made our own! We opted for a beaded trim in a Native American print, and performed our DIY magic to make it completely sturdy and usable. Follow the directions below to jazz up your own camera.

Supplies: 3 1/2 ft beaded trim, 4 ft twill tape, 2 D-rings, 2 metal claspsE6000 glue

1. Glue the beaded trim directly in the center of the black trim. The trim is long, so you may have to glue it piece by piece. Let dry.

2. Slightly pull open the sides of the D-ring and slide the clasp onto the D-ring so they are connected.

3. Slide the D-ring onto the end of the black trim, leaving an inch or two on the end. Making sure the black trim is flipped over, (with the beaded trim on the bottom) apply some glue to the end of the trim and press it down over the D-ring. Hold in place until it dries.

4. Repeat step 2 and 3 for the other side of the strap. Hook the clasps onto your camera and you’re all set!

DIY Seed Bead and Chain Necklace

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By Goldie

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For my first post I decided to create an easy DIY chain and seed bead necklace.  Although I choose these materials solely many other combinations can be created from the array of trims offered by M&J such as; ribbons, lace, cording, and leathers.

Materials:

To get the look:

  1. Cut 1 piece of beaded trim 3” longer than length of 1 of the chains.
  2. Thread this piece through the chain and secure ends with glue
  3. Next thread the other piece of beaded trim through second chain, knot the excess trim off to one side and let hang
  4. by widening one of the links in the back of the chain attach the two chains together

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DIY Bracelet for Mother’s Day/Prom/Evening out

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By Dara

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Today’s project is a beaded trim bracelet.  You can make this bracelet as a gift for your mom, for yourself, for prom or a nice evening out.  It’s an easy way to accessorize in only a few minutes.  The steps are really easy and you can use the same instructions to make matching headbands or belt also.  Here’s the detail. 

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 Materials:

 Instructions:

  1.  Measure the ribbon and along the center, add glue along the six inches in the center.
  2. Slowly add the beaded trim on top of the glue.
  3. Leave it to dry and you’re done.

 If you want to make a headband, you can use a longer ribbon and it’s the same instruction.  The same instruction also applies to creating a belt.  When it dries, you can tie it up and you’re done.

DIY Headband For New Years

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By Milton

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It’s pretty obvious that the headbands from Gossip Girl have been inspiring girls everywhere this year.  As long the cast from the show continues with this trend, sporting these stylish headbands isn’t going away anytime soon.    

 This week, I’ve decided to create a different headband using sew-on jewel trims.  They’re great for that extra sparking finish to use on New Years Eve.   There are different colors available to match almost any color garment you might be wearing for the night. 

 

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 Materials:

 Instructions:

  1. Measure the trim so that it wraps around the top of the headband
  2. Cut the trim
  3. Carefully use the glue gun to add glue along the top of the headband
  4. Add the trim from one end the other and let it try
  5. In just minutes, your headband is ready for use!

 

Happy New Years Everyone!

Bridal Wedding Veil

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By Kristin

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The tradition of the veil on a bride has many back-stories.  Some say it started in ancient Rome to confuse the evil spirits who may try to steal her away from the groom.  Some say it was to disguise the bride before the wedding of an arranged marriage, this way if he saw something he didn’t like he wouldn’t run away.  It is also said that the lifting of the blusher veil is so the groom knows he is marrying the right woman.  There are so many variations on the story, but today the veil is more an accessory to the gown.

 My best friend recently got engaged and has put me in charge of making her wedding gown and veil.  As her Maid-of-Honor it is my duty to see what would look best on her and work with her taste.  I know she likes lace, being a pretty traditional girl, so that’s what I went with.  Looking in various bridal stores I noticed how expensive beautiful lace edged veils can be!  They can be anywhere as much as $300 on up!  So I’m going to describe how I made a beautiful antique looking lace veil that my friend could use on her big day without the big price tag.

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Materials Used:

Note: I chose a length a little longer than the fingertip.  It is double layered with the top layer being about 8″ shorter than the under-layer.  Choose a length that works for you, I’m going to give directions for fingertip length though. 

 

Directions:

  1. Measure the length from where you want the veil to start, to your knee.
  2. Fold the tulle in half and use the folded edge as the top of the veil (where the comb will be sewn).  Fold this piece in half length wise.  From the top of the folded edge (comb edge) measure the length you used for the head to knee.
  3. Mark with pins a quarter oval.  Make it a little wider at the top than the bottom to give it a more full look.  When you are happy with the shape, cut it out.
  4. Unfold the piece (leave the top and bottom layers folded together) so you now have a half oval shape.  Take the top layer and mark with pins about 8″-10″ up from the edge.  Cut it shorter but still keep the shape of the bottom layer.
  5. Now the fun begins, you get to glue on the lace!  This will take patience and time, it cannot be rushed!  You can also opt to sew the lace on with a machine.  Line the edge of the scallop up with the edge of the tulle and pin in place if sewing, pin it as you glue otherwise.
  6. Once you have the lace attached (and it has dried overnight) you can set the pearls or rhinestones (or both if you so choose).
  7. If you used a scalloped edge lace as I have, be sure to cut the excess tulle from the scallops for a cleaner look.

 The nice thing about the veil is that you can choose to use lace as I did here, leave the tulle plain (like I did for my own wedding), use rattail cord (1mm or 2mm), beaded trims, or a thin ribbon edge.  You can personalize your veil to match your dress and it won’t cost a fortune.