DIY Tips and Tricks: Jewelry

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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!

Rhinestones

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.

Organizer

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.

Chain

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: Cold As Ice Unveiling

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This winter has been one for the record books, and we’re probably not the first ones to wish that this slushy snowy season was over! However, we think you should put off packing up your parka for a little while longer because this February just got a few degrees cooler. We’re so excited to finally unveil our Cold As Ice collection! If you’re unfamiliar with Project DIY, take a look at what this subscription service for the crafty entails. If you like what you see, you can sign up to receive the Cold As Ice collection and make your own frosted jewels!
Project DIY Crystal Clear Statement Necklace

Our Crystal Clear Statement Necklace is a DIYers dream! It comes with a frosty acrylic base, gorgeous link chain, and a bevy of jewels perfect for bedazzling! We show you how to arrange the crystals in a specific formation, but the placement of the jewels is totally up to you.

Project DIY On the Rocks Bracelet Duo

The next project in this collection is the On the Rocks Bracelet Duo, a pair of stunning bracelets with chunky curb chain and gorgeous jewel embellishments.

Now that you’ve seen the projects in this month’s collection, start brainstorming about how you’ll personalize your OWN pieces! Then take a photo of your gorgeous customized creations, and tag us @MJProjectDIY so we can be frozen with awe!

Project DIY: Cold As Ice Inspiration

This winter has been intense to say the least. With the Winter Olympic Games in effect and the polar vortex ravaging the East, we’ve been seeing a LOT of snow this season. Needless to say we’ve become completely inspired by the iridescent crystalline colors of the winter, and had to include them in our latest Project DIY collection.

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Doe Deere as Ice Queen

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Crystal Jewel Dress

This collection is all about big bling. We love the look of heavy jewels saturated in vibrant colors. Cold as Ice features a lot of bedazzled pieces that are sure to catch and reflect light in a beautiful way.

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Spike and Stone Shoes

This collection combines vintage rhinestones and shimmering metals that create an icy cool look.

Cold as Ice Inspiration

Valentine Yudashkin Paris Fashion Week 13/14

Valentine Yudashkin Paris Fashion Week 13/14

Our favorite aspect of this collection is the customizability of the pieces. With so many components available, we guarantee that no piece has to look the same. Each unique element can be as stunning and unique as a snowflake.

What do YOU think this month’s collection will contain?

Snowed In

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Oh the weather outside is frightful, but inside it’s so DIY-lightful! While winter storm Hercules makes his way through the East, we thought it would be a great idea to give you some fun, snow-themed DIYs to do during the blizzard because you’re definitely not going out on a day like today!

Glitter Snow Candle

Fire and ice meet with this clever candle upgrade from The Inspired Room!

Snow Globe Necklace from I Love to Create

 

Take a little snow wherever you go with this Snow Globe Necklace from I Love to Create!

 

Snow Mobile Guide

Get ready for a new type of snow mobile! Use the guides above to make those beautiful paper snowflakes you loved as a kid. Stick them on a thin silver hoop using fishing wire or thread to make the mobile above, OR use them for the DIY below.Snowflake Pendant Light from Design Sponge

Make this lace-like pendant light using delicate paper snowflakes! This DIY from Design Sponge may be snow-inspired, but we think it would be pretty in any season!

Snowflake Wreath from Fit Crafty Stylish and Happy

Retire that holiday wreath for the season, and make way for some snow. This beautiful snowflake wreath adds an elegant touch to any doorway.

With this roundup of snow-inspired DIYs, you’ll be busy DIY-ing until Hercules relents! We hope everyone stays warm and safe during the storm. Happy crafting!

Quick Thanksgiving Decor DIYs

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So the food is all prepped and the family is on their way, but your decor leaves much to be desired. Here are some quick DIYs that will make your home festive for Thanksgiving.

Corn Husk Wreath from Home Edit

This wreath made using corn is so festive with the addition of the husks! They’re like nature’s ribbons.

Thanksgiving Garland from A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess never fails to impress. This Thanksgiving garland gets straight to the point with its typographic approach.

Gold Leaf Garland from The Sweetest Occasion

We love these festive gold-dipped leaves from The Sweetest Occasion. If you don’t want to make them into a garland, you can stick them on the wall with double-sided tape, or keep them on their branches and place them in a vase or jar.

Pumpkin Centerpiece from Glitter 'N Glue

 This colorful little pumpkin from Glitter and Glue makes a really pretty centerpiece! Using floral foam helps the flowers fresh for days, and keeps your dinner guest from getting drenched in case it gets knocked over!

Pumpkin Place Cards from Today's Parent

These little ombre pumpkins are so easy to make, anyone can make them! Recruit the kids table to help you out with this DIY.

Which of the DIYs above will you be using to transform your house into a festive family haven? Have another suggestion? Leave it down below!

Halloween Home Decor DIY Round Up

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Halloween is one of our favorite times to craft. Not only do we love creating costumes, we also ADORE making home decor. Halloween gives us the opportunity to get super creepy with our style, and dust and cobwebs finally have their moment to shine in our homes! Right? Maybe that’s just us. Here are a few of our favorite Halloween DIYs to transform your happy home into  a haunted mansion!

Potent Poisons 

Arsenic and Old Lace Labels

Country Living created these terrifying labels for your questionable libations. You can download the stickers on their website, and watch to see which of your guests dare to drink.

The Bat Shade

Martha Stewart Bat Lamp Shades

Some of these paper bats are glued to the shade, while others are hung from a thread to give the appearance of floating. Who would think that turning the lights ON could send a shiver down your spine?

The Raven

Better Homes and Gardens Feathered Wreath Craft

These feathered wreaths from Better Homes & Gardens are perfectly Poe-etic. We love the long, dramatic ribbons which almost trail the ground. If you’re looking for a similar style check out our selection of satin ribbons and feathers!

Shadowy Figures

Cheesecloth Spirit Sculptures

Martha Stewart deserves the title of “Queen of Halloween”. These cheesecloth spirits are simple to make, and will terrify passersby.  Imagine seeing these specters lurking in the hallway of your house!

Lights and Frights

Halloween Marquee Letters from Lolly Jane

These marquee letters from Lolly Jane are so crafty! Can you believe they’re made using just cardboard letters, paint, and string lights? This DIY would look great even if it weren’t Halloween! Imagine your name lit up in lights! That’s why everyone goes into show business right?

We hope you enjoyed our DIY Halloween Home Decor Roundup, and it inspired you to get crafty! If you need some more Halloween inspiration to start creating creepy-chic home decor, visit the Trick or Trims section of our website!

M&J’s DIY Costumes on Martha Stewart Show

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Frog Prince and Princess Hoodie CostumesLittle Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf Hoodie CostumesShark and Bat Hoodie Costumes

M&J Trimming’s was recently featured on NBC’s Martha Stewart Show on October 9th.  Kristin along with Martha embellished some hoodie’s and created some fun crafty costumes.  Besides having to be careful about the candies on Halloween, parents also have to worry about the health of their children.  Especially since Halloween night is usually a little chilly.  Which means kids can’t stay out trick or treatin’ for long.  However, Kristin and Martha came up with some really fun ideas for creating a DIY costume while keeping warm simply by embellishing hoodies with items from M&J Trimming.  You can find the template and more information on how you and your children can create your own fun costumes at MarthaStewart.com. 

Braided Trim & Grosgrain Ribbon in Country Living Magazine

 

M&J Trimming was featured in the September issue of Country Living magazine.  You can find us on page 22.  Our braided trim and chromspun grosgrain ribbon was used to embellish a decorative pillow.  You can also accessorize your pillows just by adding ribbons and trims.

Bridal Rhinestone Flip Flops

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By Kristin

Getting married at the beach?  No?  Well, maybe you want a comfortable pair of shoes for the reception.  Flip flops are the perfect answer!  They’re cheap and can be decorated to match your dress very easily.  I was able to pick up a pair at the local dollar store and decorate them in only about 45 minutes.  M&J Trimming has this great glue called Flip Flop Glue (item # 37866).  It’s made so that your decorations won’t fall off during regular wear and tear.  You can decorate your flip flops with buttons, ribbons, sequins, or my personal favorite… rhinestones!  I decorated my pair in Light Rose and Crystal AB.  Why not try decorating a pair for your own big day, as a gift for the bride or maybe for your bridesmaids and flower girl.  It’s a fun project and you will be able to wear them after the wedding during your honeymoon, or for a day out on the town.

Hair Clip Organizer

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By Dara

It’s been a while since my last blog post, but now I’m back with a new project to share with everyone.  I, like many other females enjoy styling my hair.  However, it’s not always as simple as using a comb and some hairspray.  Every now and then I use some accessories such as bobby pins and hair clips. 

I use to keep all my hair clips in a basket.  I spend quite a good amount of time searching through the basket just to find the clips I want to use.  All this wasted time spent searching for my cilps in the morning before work inspired me to be a bit more organized. 

I took some fabric and covered a foam center board using 3M Super 77 multipurpose spray adhesive.   Remember to iron your fabric before covering the board. 

Now is the fun part.  I chose different colors and sizes of some grosgrain ribbon to make a flower.  For example, I take a 3/8″ yellow grosgrain ribbon and laid it on top of a 5/8″ williamsberg blue grosgrain ribbon.  And I cut it at every 2 1/2″ so I that I can create a full circle and stitch the ribbon from one end to the other.  I made a total of four circles.  Then I placed each circle on top of each other to create a star shape.  I stiched the center using thread and also added a button.  After that I just pin down the flower to the board and pin a another grosgrain ribbon underneath so that it’s dangling. 

You can decorate your hair clip organizer anyway you want.  The main idea is to have a ribbon that dangles so you can clip your accessosries to it.  Don’t forget to add a ribbon at the top of the board from behind.  This way you can hang it anywhere you like. 

Materials Used:

  1. Swirl Button