When it comes to decorating for the holidays, there seem to be two popular schools of thought: embracing rustic roots or going glamorous. Rustic holiday decor uses warm colors, natural textures like burlap, and brown butcher paper wrapping. On the other hand we have the glam holiday decor which is all about sparkle and shine, metallics, and grandeur!
This holiday season the twain shall meet in our holiday DIY segment! First up we have a set of Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards. The natural-colored card stock offers a nice contrast to the metallic lace and rhinestones. It’s the perfect mix of styles!
Natural Card Stock
Lt. Siam SS20
Lt. Colorado Topaz SS30
Fine Metallic Lace #56465
Silver 3mm Cord #00329
Rhinestone glue syringe
1. Cut the lace into individual teardrop shapes. You’ll need 12 teardrops.
2. Lay out the shapes to form a circle, and glue them down.
3. Glue the Lt. Colorado SS30 at the widest end of each tear. Repeat this step with the other two colors.
4. Take your cord and create a bow for your wreath. Glue it down in the middle-lower part of the wreath.
Christmas Tree Card
Natural Card Stock
Lt. Siam SS16 and SS20
Capri Blue SS20 and SS34
Citrine SS16 and SS20
Purple Velvet SS34
Lt. Sapphire SS16
Fine Metallic Lace #56465
Rhinestone glue syringe
1. Cut the lace into individual teardrop shapes. You’ll need 23 teardrops.
2. Lay out each piece to form a tree shape, and glue them down.
3. Use the Jonquil and Citrine rhinestones to create a star on top.
4. Embellish your tree with the rest of your rhinestones.
You don’t just have to make the tree or wreath either! Make stars, snowflakes, gingerbread men, and menorahs. The only limit is your imagination!
This Tuesday we’re having one of our legendary Swarovski sales! Swarovski crystals are the perfect solution to any DIY that needs some dazzle. If you’re new to the world of Swarovski, you may be overwhelmed by all of the options. Here are a few tips for Swarovski novices so that they can take advantage of our sale! Knowledge is power, people.
When it comes to color, Swarovski makes almost every color under the sun. There are even some varieties which reflect multiple colors. For example, one of our most popular colors, Crystal, also comes in Crystal AB, which stands for Aurora Borealis. The Crystal AB initially looks clear, but reflects different colors from different angles. This rainbow effect is created by adding metallic chemical coatings to the glass.
Swarovski crystals come in all different shapes and sizes, but they are measured in SS. If you’re having trouble figuring out what size you need, check out our handy Rhinestone Size Chart!
Another variable to consider when picking out rhinestones is how to affix them! There are generally two types of rhinestones you can buy: flatback and hotfix. Flatback rhinestones have to either be glued by hand, or used with a brisk-set. The brisk-set uses tiny metal backings that pierce through fabric and hold the rhinestone in place. Hotfix rhinestones have glue on the back of them which attaches to fabric when heated.
We hope you’ve learned a thing or two about these gorgeous DIY elements. Now that you’re in the know, head on over to mjtrim.com and pick out some beautiful rhinestones! Have any other rhinestone-related inquiries? Leave your questions below!
This week we are totally inspired by the sparkle and shine of Swarovski crystals! If you aren’t familiar with them, these Austrian crystals are some of the most beautiful, colorful, and most versatile DIY elements we know. Adding jewels or gems to an article of clothing or a home decor item can instantly take it from boring basic to one-of-a-kind. Take a look at some of our favorite bedazzled pieces.
Circular jeweled embellishments were huge at this year’s Burberry Prorsum SS14 show. We’ve been seeing a lot of great DIYs using that pink embellished jacket as inspiration!
Crystal necklaces, headpieces, belts, and other assorted accessories are popular with brides because they add just the right amount of sparkle to their dresses. These high-fashion pieces may be a little too bold and heavy for most brides, but we love the look of these ornate accessories.
Headbands are one of the easiest ways, aside from regular jewelry, to inject some sparkle and shine into your look. We think crystal headbands look exquisite when paired with a messy updo.
So what do you think of these “shining stars”? Do bedazzles make your life more dazzling, or do you prefer a more understated embellishment?
Many designers use rhinestones to enhance pieces within their collection. Some designers add a few stones here and there while others create works of art. Judith Leiber is one designer who has made a name for herself for her innovative use of crystals and rhinestones. Her initial bag created due to a shipping error which left many of her bags damaged. Rather than throwing the bags away, Judith began decorating them with a variety of small crystals. Ms. Leiber’s creative instincts may have inspired some of the runway looks we see today. Here are some of our favorite rhinestone-enhanced looks from the runway.
Judith Lieber minaudiere
Bling out apparel is something that will never go out of season. Whether its your shirt, and bag or headband; you can always take something plain and boring decorate it and make it your own. Here is a plain plastic ring decorated with Swarvoski rhinestone.
- Get the Swarvoski colors and sizes you wish to put on the ring.
- Apply them how you wish on the plain ring.
Inspiration… Henri Bendel
Everyone always sees the adorable little girl throwing petals on the floor. Brides also need to worry about what to put on their flower girls. You can create your own head band for your flower girl using ribbon and crystals with these easy steps.
- 1/2 yd of 2 1/4 Poly Satin Ribbon, Ivory Style# 00318 (1.800.9.mjtrim)
- 1/2 yd of 10mm Organdy Ribbon, Light Peach Style# 02110
- 25mm Plastic Head Band, White Style#43469 (1.800.9.mjtrim)
- 1 pack of SS12 Swarvoski Rhinestones, Crystal Style# 03012
- 1 pack of SS34 Swarvoski Rhinestones, Crystal Style# 03034
- 15” of 2mm Fine Metallic Twist Cord, Brown Gold Style# 00860
- 1/4” Swarvoski Crystal Belt, Crystal/Silver Style # 19912
- 2 pcs of 18*10mm Swarvoski Crystal Sew-on Pear Shaped Jewel, Crystal Style# 27474
- 1 pc of 15*4 mm Navette Rhinestone w/Setting, Crystal Style# 03912
- 1 pc of 18*9mm Sew-on, Crystal Style# 27473
- 1 pc of 12*6mm Sew-on, Crystal Style# 27473
- 1 pc of 10mm Round Sew-on, Crystal #32016
- E6000, Style # 37777
- Take the 1/2 yard of satin ribbon and glue it the headband to cover the plastic, cut the the ends to make them shorter, then glue the ends to the inside.
- Take the 1/2 yard of organza ribbon and glue it straight in the middle of the headband. Cut a little of the ends, leave some left over to glue the ends on the inside of the headband.
- take the metallic cord, cut 4 pieces even pieces (about 3 1/2 inches long), take the belt and swoop the pieces through, as a belt and glue the the ends on to the headband.
- take the other pieces of jewels and scatter them as you wish on each side of the head band.
Create your own iPhone 4 case by using Swarvoski rhinestones. Its a fun way to customize your cell phone case. Pick all the colors you want and create your own pattern.Here is an example for inspiration.
- When you open the kit, you will have syringe, put the glue inside.
- Take the bees wax, take a small piece and stick it to the wood stick.
- Your are going to apply the glue on to the case and then pick the rhinestones up with wood stick with the bees wax on it.
- Create your own pattern and keep applying till its done.