DIY: Floral Medallion Chain Belt


Do you enjoy jewelry making? If so, you’ll sure love this DIY project we “chained” up for all you to try out. This week’s DIY project is a gorgeous Floral Medallion Chain Belt. We took three of our favorite chains (do not hesitate to add more) and made this awesome chain belt that can be paired up with just about anything. Sometimes our outfits are missing a little pop, so a chain belt will definitely give you that pop it’s missing. Pair this belt with a shirt dress, a casual button down shirt, or a casual plain dress for best results!M&J Trimming - DSC_0018

40MM Flower Medallion

3MM Brass Figaro Filed Chain

4MM Steel Cable Chain

5MM Brass 8 Figure Chain

15MM Metal Chain

15x20MM Clasp Jump Ring

Beadalon 10MM Jump Ring

5MM Jump Ring

Chain Nose with Cutter Pliers

Side Cutter Pliers

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  1. Measure your waist with the larger chain and remove any excess chain links.

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2. Attach both jump rings to each end of chain, then attach clasp to one end.

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3. Attach larger jump ring to the medallion.

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4. Attach larger jump ring with medallion to the middle link of the larger chain.

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5. Take a different style chain and cut a small portion of it evenly in half.

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6. Attach jump ring onto one end of chain to attach to the medallion

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7. Take a larger jump ring to attach to one end of chain

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8. Attach to the larger chain a few links away from medallion.

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9. Repeat steps 5-8 with a second different style chain in a longer portion. Repeat steps 5-9 on opposite side.

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10. Take a third style chain and attach jump rings to both ends.

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11. Attach to farther ends of larger chain. A few links away from the second chain.

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12. Take a larger jump ring to attach the middle link of third chain onto the bottom middle of medallion.

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13. Take a larger jump ring to hook all three chains onto the larger chain link.

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DIY: Metallic Chain Cuff


If you’re in need of a flashy statement accessory that will get you through the holiday season, from holiday party to New Year’s Eve, look no further than this DIY! This metallic chain cuff is just the piece you need to grab the spotlight without looking overdone. We used our flat snake chain to adorn a simple cuff, and the result looks like liquid gold! DSC_0001

What You’ll Need:

Metal cuff

6mm Flat Metal Snake Chain





DSC_00051. Take your chain and cut seven 1″ pieces.

DSC_00072. Add E6000 to your syringe. Start adding glue about a half inch up from one side and ending one half inch up from the other side.

DSC_0015 3. Place one piece of chain at the top making sure one side of the chain is longer than the other side.

DSC_0018 4. Continue down making sure you keep making one side longer than the piece of chain above it. This will create an angle with the chain on the cuff.


Cyber Monday Free Gift with Purchase


This Monday marks the last day of our Cyber Weekend Sale extravaganza! This Cyber Monday we wanted to give YOU a gift to show our appreciation, and help you get the Holidays off to a great DIY start! So, today only, we’re giving away a FREE Project DIY Modern Heirlooms Timeless Wrap Watch project with every order of $50 or more!


Each kit comes with everything you need to make a gorgeous wrap watch, but there are also ways to customize the project to fit YOUR style!

Gold Chain

Add chunky chain for a high-end look!


Make it the perfect present with crushed velvet ribbon tied in a bow!


Or swap out the brown bolo for a little blue!

DIY Summer Sandals 3 Ways


Summer is synonymous with sandals, which is all we’ve been wearing since June 21st! We’ve been seeing a lot of simple sandal styles as well as more elaborate ones, but sometimes those trendy sandals can cost a little more than you bargained for. Here are three of our favorite ways to “step up” your sandal game without breaking your budget.


8mm Beaded Snake Chain, 9mm Black Metal ChainSandals

Glue or sew chain trim to the straps of your sandals for a shining accent! Try to choose a chain that is the same width as your straps!

Cameos on Sandals

Cameos, Sandals

If your sandals have wide straps, we would suggest taking advantage of that space with a row of floral cameos!

Braided and Leather Trimmed Sandals

Sandals, 1 3/4″ Multi Color Braided Vinyl10mm Two-Tone Spike Ultra Suede Ribbon

Black basic sandals are essential, but if you prefer yours with a little more oomph, add a strap of braided leather trim or studded leather trim.

DIY Tips and Tricks: Jewelry


Jewelry-making is a popular way to DIY right now because the projects are usually quick, easy, and the results are stunning. There’s also the added bonus of having a completely custom piece that will have all of your friends asking where you got it! While making jewelry is usually a simple affair, there are a few things you can do to make it even easier!


When working with rhinestones, a crystal jewel setter is your best friend. It allows you to easily pick up and place rhinestones without the hassle of turning them over and fiddling around with them manually. It also allows for more precision. Don’t have a jewel setter? A toothpick with beeswax on the tip works just as well.

Opening jump rings the right way is a lesson that will help you throughout jewelry making. Almost every piece needs a jump ring to attach closures! Check out our video to see how to open and close jump rings properly, so that you aren’t stuck with that annoying gap.


Keep it in a caddy. With all of the tiny beads and charms floating around, its good to keep them organized so that you’re able to find the exact piece you need when you need it.


When it comes to buying supplies, the least noticeable parts are probably the most important. When buying thread or chain, make sure to get the good stuff, or at least the medium stuff. If you’re using a mediocre chain or thread to keep your item together it could easily snap and break.


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: Film Noir Materials


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.


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!

Our Favorite DIYs of 2013


New Years Day is a time to reflect on the year before, and make plans for the year ahead. As we start planning our fabulous DIYs for the upcoming year, we wanted to take a look back at some of our favorites from this year and share them with you!

Rhinestone Lucite Bag DIY

It’s clear why this bag made it into our favorites! Our Rhinestone Lucite Bag DIY is perfect for carrying everything you’d ever need, and the addition of the rhinestones really makes it pop.

Great Gatsby Bracelet DIY

We aren’t sure if it was 2013 or 1922 because this year was all about the Roaring 20s! Inspired by the Great Gatsby, we made this gorgeous bracelet/ring combination.

Tie Dyed DIYs

So this summer we went a little crazy for dye. We made a series of projects using Rit Dye. From the swirl scarf to the abstract tank, we loved all of them and can’t pick a favorite! Which is yours?

Rhinestone Clutch DIY M&J Trimming

Glam up your graphic clutch with rhinestones. It’s the perfect way to give your clutch a super stylish touch!

Chainette Fringe DIY

If you’re feeling edgy, or fringe-y for that matter, take your sweater to the next level with this DIY using chainette fringe.

Vintage Button Necklace DIY

This vintage button necklace definitely makes a statement! We loved the bold look of thick chain and antiqued buttons.

What DIY was your favorite this year, and what are you looking forward to seeing in 2014? Let us know in the comments below, and you may just see your DIY suggestion in 2014! We hope you have a happy new year from all of us at M&J Trimming!

DIY Roundup: Make a Statement


If you want to jazz up your outfit without having to get out of your comfy tee and favorite jeans, we have a fashionable suggestion. Throw on a statement necklace! Dainty chains need not apply because this piece is meant to draw some attention! The easiest way to get your hands on one of these style lifesavers is to make it. Here are a few of our favorites to try out TODAY! You’ll thank us on Monday.

The New Nautical

Braided Neon Necklace from A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess’s braided statement necklace made from parachute cord is to die for! We’re always a huge fan of anything neon, hence why we’re one of the only places WE know that carries neon studs.


Fall for DIY Ribbon and Chain Necklace

This simple ribbon and chain necklace from Fall for DIY is making our creative gears turn. The combinations we could make out of M&J ribbons and chains is practically endless! We’re doing this. Today.

Bold and Beautiful

Stacked Necklace from A Pair and a Spare

This stacked necklace from A Pair and a Spare  makes a serious statement. It takes a few different necklaces to get this over-the-top look that’s guaranteed to turn heads! 

Inspired By

Prada-Inspired Floral Necklace from M&J Trimming

We made a Prada-inspired necklace last spring that is screaming to be shared again!  It’s so easy to jazz up some simple acrylic chain to make an outfit impact.

Refined Style

Statement Necklace from Refinery 29

Our friends at Refinery29 made this stunning black statement necklace, perfect for breaking your style out of the doldrums!

Have we convinced you to make a statement yet? Good! We can’t wait to see them!

Project DIY: Punk Revival Customization

If you haven’t heard of Project DIY, it’s our awesome new subscription service that allows you to create monthly curated looks with the best materials and most trending styles. So what are you waiting for? Subscribe today!  If you HAVE heard of Project DIY and subscribed, you’ve probably received the Punk Revival collection.

Well, now what? You can follow the instructions found inside each pack, or you can customize your projects and create something unique! If you’re looking to make something new, Project DIY designer, Michelle Levy, has created some fun items that can be made using the materials found in your Punk Revival kit!

Project DIY Punk Revival Bracelet | M&J Trimming

This leather bracelet is easy to make using the leather wrap cord from the Luxe Punk Collar, and the spikes from the Oversized Chain Pin. Just cut the cord in half, and seal each end under an end cap with E-6000. Once the glue is dry, create a double-strand bracelet by attaching both cords to one jump ring on each end of the clasp.

Finally, create a little charm by using a jump ring and the spikes, and add on wherever you like!

Project DIY Punk Revival Multi-Metal Chain | M&J Trimming

This heavy metal necklace will definitely make a statement!

Just follow the directions for the choker, and continue adding chains using the components from the Spike Tassel Pendant and Oversized Chain Pin projects. Use as many or as few chains as your heart desires!

Project DIY Punk Revival Chain | M&J Trimming

For this long statement piece, take the silver chain from the Spike Tassel Pendant, and the black chain and spikes from the Oversized Chain Pin. Attach the silver chain to the black one using one large jump ring. On another large jump ring, add all three spikes and attach to the end of the black chain.  We used the oversized gold clasp from the choker to finish it off in the back.

Project DIY Punk Revival Rhinestone Pearl Necklace | M&J Trimming

Going for the layered look? Make these two pieces! For the pin choker, use the leather cord from the Luxe Punk Collar and attach the large pin from the Oversized Chain Pin using some jump rings!

For the pearl necklace use the pearl strand from the Spike Tassel Pendant project. Simply leave it uncut—or adjust to the length you like. Attach the rhinestone spike chain from the Luxe Punk Collar by using 2 jump rings.  We used a lobster clasp from our Starter Kit to finish it off in the back.

Project DIY Punk Revival Custom Pin | M&J Trimming

For this super chic pin that you can attach to your sweater, boots or bag, start by making the tassel from the Spike Tassel Pendant. Then you just need to attach it to the oversized pin using a jump ring!

Project DIY Punk Revival Custom Pieces | M&J Trimming

Which customization are you swooning over? If you’ve already created your punk-rock pieces, don’t worry! You can still rework and repurpose the items you already have! Interested in making some of these awesome accessories? Hurry and subscribe! Today is the last day to sign up for October’s Punk Revival Collection.