Reuse Holiday Ribbon

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The presents have been wrapped, the cookies have been iced, and the seasonal DIYs are done. Well..almost. Before you throw out that holiday ribbon that’s wrapping your present, give it another glance. Ribbon is like DIY platinum. It’s a great resource to DIY with! Trust us on this one. We went all the way back into the M&J Archives and dug up some of our favorite ways to use ribbon, along with updated seasonal suggestions!

Ribbon and Applique Necklace from M&J Trimming

Use a beautiful solid-colored ribbon to show off some jewels. This DIY would be easy to recreate with some of our rhinestone buttons or appliques!

Curtain Tieback from M&J Trimming

If you’re left with a lot of the same seasonal ribbon, use it to spruce up your winter decor! Gold or rich velvet ribbons would look great against a dark winter curtain. Need a little more hold for heavier curtains? Secure the curtain with a thick craft wire first, then wrap the ribbon around it and tie a beautiful bow!

Pearl and Grosgrain Necklace from M&J Trimming

Pearls add fun to the sophisticated look of pearls by making this cool ribbon and pearl necklace!

Ribbon Shirt from M&J Trimming

Reuse that ribbon to accent a basic shirt. Imagine how pretty a bright red shirt would look with this plaid ribbon as an accent.

We hope these suggestions have shown some new light on those oft-forgotten ribbons. Now that you have those ribbons safety stashed, go enjoy some cookies and watch Home Alone already! From all of us at M&J Trimming, we wish you a very merry Christmas, and happy holidays!

How to Rock an Ugly Sweater

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Ugly Holiday Sweater parties are all the rage now. If you aren’t familiar with this theme, the basic concept is simple: find the most heinous looking holiday sweater, and rock it til the reindeer fly home. While your sweater may look absolutely ridiculous, the rest of your outfit doesn’t have to! Here are a few simple ways to make your outfit stylish..or as stylish as possible given the circumstances.

Ugly Sweater

SweaterDiamond Cluster Rhinestone ButtonLarge Jewel Rhinestone Button, Flat Rhinestone Button

Remember our Vintage Button Necklace DIY? Replace those brass buttons with some of the rhinestone buttons above, and your neck may even garner more attention than that sweater! Plus you can wear it after the month of December, which is more than we can say for that ornament sweater.

Ugly Sweater

Sweater, Bugle Beaded Applique, 1 1/4″ Woven Elastic, 18mm Metallic Foldover Elastic

Why stop sparkling with that sequin snowflake? Project DIY Designer, Michelle Levy, showed us how to make a No-Sew Holiday Headband, and we think that a sparkly beaded headband is the perfect complement to this sweater!

Ugly Sweater Dress

Sweater Dress, 1 1/2″ Ribbed Elastic, Buckle

This sweater dress looks comfy, cozy and totally bulky. Cinch it up by making a quick and easy belt!

Now granted we picked some cute, albeit loud sweaters, but we hope our suggestions gave you some ideas on how to upgrade your ugly sweater! Have you ever been to an ugly sweater party? Going to one this Christmas? If you revamp it using any of these tips, send us a photo! Actually, just send us a photo regardless. We would love to see how you rock this style.

Ribbon & Wrapping Roundup

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Christmas is almost upon us, which means many homes are about to be taken over by scraps of wrapping paper and knotted trim! Although there are a select number of individuals who have a natural ability in the wrapping arts, most of us are left to fend for ourselves against the growing heaps of gift wrap and tissue paper. Here are some tutorials to help you wrap presents and tie ribbons like a pro.

Gift Wrapping

Gift Wrap Tutorial from Hideous Dreadful StinkyClassic and professionally perfect, this gift wrap tutorial is great for the standard boxed gift. Just try not to wince when the recipient tears off that beautiful wrapping job!

Eco Friendly Wrapping Tutorial from Hello, Handy Heart

We love the idea of using a napkin to wrap a gift. It’s practical, reusable, and really cute! This tutorial from Hello, Handy Heart is perfect for those of you who prefer an eco-friendly fabric approach.

Holiday Bundle Wrapping from Honestly WTF

The girls from Honestly WTF have just changed the gift wrap game with their Holiday Gift Bundle! Now you don’t need to find a box to hold that adorable cashmere sweater. Just bundle it up!

Once you’re confident in your wrapping abilities, take a look at our Holiday Gift Wrap DIY Roundup for some creative gift wrap ideas!

Ribbon Tying

Ribbon Tying from Design Mom

Design Mom takes you through the steps of tying the perfect classic bow! We love how a simple ribbon can totally transform the look of your package!

Gift Bow from How About Orang

These fluffy bows may appear difficult to make at first glance, but they’re actually pretty easy with the tutorial at How About Orange! Substitute the paper for some of our beautiful Wired Edge Ribbon, and you’ll have the most gorgeous bow this side of the North Pole.

We hope these tips and tricks have helped you conquer your wrapping anxiety. Now time to make a molehill out of a mountain, and start wrapping!

New York City Window Displays

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Many New Yorkers will agree that winter is one of the most magical seasons of the year, especially in the Big Apple. From the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center, to the light show displayed on the windows of Saks 5th Avenue, it’s truly one of the most unique and special times of the year. Every year we become completely inspired by the holiday atmosphere of the city, and we thought we’d share a little bit of New York magic with our readers!

Ornament WindowsLord and Taylor Window Santa Lord and Taylor Holiday Window Lord and Taylor Holiday Window Eveningwear Lord and Taylor Holiday Window Illustrations Lord and Taylor Animated Fitting

These beautiful animated window displays from Lord and Taylor brought us back to a forgotten time. The illustrated scenes paired with the moving characters looked like a storybook coming to life.
Ted Baker Holiday Window Clock Ted Baker Holiday Window Clock Gears

Saks 5th Avenue Yeti Story Saks 5th Avenue Yeti Story Family Saks 5th Avenue Holiday Yeti Story

Saks 5th Avenue had a whimsical story displayed in its windows. Passersby could follow the story of a young yeti who was determined to chase his dream! Kids were lined up around the block to see the animatronic yeti in action!

Versace Holiday Window Fendi Holiday Presents Window Display Tommy Hilfiger Holiday Windows Cartier Holiday Windows Chocolate Shop Storefront Anthropologie Sleeping Bear WindowAnthropologie Spool Bear WindowAnthropologie Holiday Spools Window Anthropologie Nesting Doll Holiday WindowThe windows at Anthropologie were a DIYers dream come true! That adorable slumbering bear was actually made of spools! Their attention to detail was enough to have you standing in front of the window for hours on end.
Holiday Ornaments Holiday Light Reindeer Holiday Trees

The holidays are in full swing in the city. We think that New York City really embraces the holidays in a special way, but we might be a little bit biased. What does your town do for the holidays? Send us a photo of your favorite decorations!

Trimming Your Tree Tips

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The Christmas tree often plays a central role in holiday festivities. Whether it’s trimming the tree to bring in the holiday season, or unwrapping presents underneath it on Christmas morning; the Christmas tree is almost its own character on Christmas! Here are a few tips to make this year’s tree both memorable and stylish.

Bold and Colorful Tree

Play with Color – Don’t be scared to use a rainbow of color in your holiday decor. How does the tree above embrace almost every color of the rainbow, and still look cohesive (and cute)? The neutral white tree and floor make the ornaments pop, without overpowering everything else!

White Monochromatic Tree from Traditional Home

Or Lack Thereof –  Sticking with one or two colors on your holiday tree can have a very elegant and modern effect. We love the two pictures above because, while they both use that white tree as a canvas, their decorations couldn’t be more different!

From Top to Bottom – Place heavier ornaments toward the bottom of the tree, so that they are on sturdy branches. Fragile ornaments should hang closer to the top to avoid being broken by pets and wayward children.

Rustic Tree from Home Decorators

Don’t Knock Tradition – Sometimes classic approaches are the best. Traditional red and green, white lights, and burlap trim make the tree look cozy and welcoming.

Chalk Christmas Tree

But Embrace the Unconventional – If you prefer a chalk tree to a traditional tree, then draw away! Decorating your tree is meant to be a fun activity that shows off your creative spirit!

White and Traditional Tree

Take a Step Back – Every once in a while it’s helpful to take a step backward to admire your handiwork, and see which areas of the tree look sparse. Getting an overall picture is helpful when working on such a large-scale project. We bet Michelangelo did the same thing when he was working on the Sistine Chapel.

Every year there are certain holiday decor trends that rise to popularity. Do you change your tree up every year to stay on trend, or do you prefer to stick with a traditional style each season?

Holiday Gift Guide

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Are you a serial gift card giver? It’s time to break the habit, and get personal with your holiday gifts. Here are a few suggestions for those who are new to the gift-giving game.

Working Man's Hygiene Kit from Uncommon Goods

The Undercover Groomer – This Working Man’s Hygiene Kit from Uncommon Goods is a great gift idea for that man in your life who works with his hands, but still wants to keep them baby-soft. He may accept it begrudgingly, but he’ll be smiling on the inside.

Project DIY Joan of Arc Warrior Cuff

The Fashion Savvy Pinner – You know that friend who says she wants to get crafty and make things, but the excuses always seem to pile up? Take those excuses out of the equation with a Project DIY gift subscription! Project DIY is a carefully curated collection of DIY accessories that are perfect for crafting beginners, and the boxes come with everything your friend needs to start making envy-worthy fashion pieces. The best part is that it comes right to your door every month! The individual projects are also fantastic stocking stuffers.

Clue Game from Restoration Hardware

The Playful Party Host – Bringing people together and creating lasting memories are the number one goals of a great host. Give them a helping hand with this Vintage Bookshelf Edition of Clue! Guests won’t only be wondering if it was Professor Plum in the ballroom with a candlestick, they’ll also be wondering where to find such an aesthetically pleasing version of the game.

Barnes and Nobles Collectible Edition

The Design-Conscious Bookworm – Barnes and Nobles reinvents their classics collection with beautiful hardcover editions. Replace the torn and overworked copy of their favorite novel with one of these gorgeous books! There are a lot of great classics to choose from. So whether they enjoy the twisted world of Wonderland or want to delve into the world of philosophy with Plato, they’re sure to be pleasantly surprised.

Garden Plate & Utensils

Picky Eaters – You know how kids are always told NOT to play with their food? This Garden Plate let’s them do the opposite with a bunch of garden “tools”/utensils. Why can’t eating be more fun? Plus, imagining that they grew their own vegetables in their plate may encourage them to eat more greens! No guarantees though.

Do you have any more gift suggestions to add to the list? Let us know below!

Top 5 DIY Ornaments

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to start thinking about the winter holidays. Christmas may be a month away, but we’re already dreaming up DIY ideas. Of course no Christmas DIY list would be complete without a few DIY ornaments, which is why we’ve been scouting the web for some ornament inspiration. We picked out 5 of our favorites – see our picks below! Which one is your fave?

DIY Brass Tack Ornaments by Fellow Fellow

 

 

DIY Winter Wonderland Ornament by Craftberry Bush

 

DIY Penguin Ornament by Craft Schmaft

 

DIY Glittering Initial Ornaments by Aunt Peaches

DIY Mosaic Ornaments From CDs by Creme de la Craft

 

 

 

 

Holiday Store Hours

Please be advised that our holiday store hours are as follows.

Saturday, December 24th:  9am– 4pm

Sunday, December 25th:  Closed

Monday, December 26th: Closed

Saturday, December 31st:  10am– 4pm

Sunday, January 1st: Closed

Monday, January 2nd: 10am – 5pm

Our staffs at M&J Trimming would like to wish you a happy holiday and wonderful New Year.  Thank you for choosing M&J Trimming.

Dress Up for New Years!…

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By Julissa

The New Years Celebration is this week, so let the festivities begin! Of course when you go out, you need to look your best. If you want to stand out, make your own layered necklace made out of M&J’s chains and rhinestone buttons.

Materials:

  • 2 yards of Swarvoski Crystal Chain, Style# 44700 (1.800.9.mjtrim) (Limited Edition)
  • 1 yard of 15mm  Silver Chain, Style# 44522 (1.800.9.mjtrim)
  • 28” of 6mm Pearl Rosary Chain, Style# 44522 (1.800.9.mjtrim)
  • 1  70L/44mm Crystal Rhinestone Button, Style # 37501 (1.800.9.mjtrim)
  • 1 48L/30mm  Crystal Rhinestone Button, Style# 37501 (1.800.9.mjtrim)
  • 1 40L/25mm  Crystal Rhinestone Button, Style# 37501 (1.800.9.mjtrim)


Directions:

  • Connect the links to the Swarvoski Chain together. Twist and make two layers of it.
  • Take the pearl chain and link the chain together. It should fall in between the Swarvoski chain.
  • Take the silver chain, that one is going to be the longest and should fall last, buy jump rings and clasps to attach the back.
  • Use wire to wired the buttons on to the chain.

DIY: Fun Christmas Decorations…

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By Julissa

My favorite part of the year is finally here. The holidays to me means fun gatherings, fun decorations and great presents. I love decorating for the holidays. You can either shop for new decorations or, what I love to do, make my own. Here is a decoration you can wrap your Christmas tree or around you house, it made of paillettes.

Materials:

Directions:

  • Take Needle and thread. Take a paillette and put needle through it. Once the paillette is through, tie a knot. You do this with every paillette, 1 inch apart from eachother.
  • Make it as long as you want, when your a done, tie a knot at the end.