Project DIY: Your Projects in February 2014

We don’t know if it’s just the shortened month, but it seems like February just flew by! Our subscribers have been busy bees working on their Project DIY collections, and really customizing and personalizing each piece. Here are some of our favorite projects from this month to help inspire your creativity! Punk and Film Noir Combination

We love how Instagrammer @PrincessLeighLeigh combined the Punk Revival and Film Noir collections! And the pom pom trim she used in the Femme Fatale necklace? So on trend.

Stylecaster Project DIY Collections

Stylecaster got in on the fun by creating four different collections!! They all look fabulous, but we should ask them which THEY liked the most!

Rain Blanken Film Noir

Rain Blanken, DIY guru from About.com, came to visit us and spoke with lead designer Michelle Levy about Project DIY! She made some pretty cool customized pieces from the Film Noir collection before heading back to her home state. Hope you come back into the city soon Rain!

Sketch 42 Film Noir Camera Strap

One of our favorite bloggers, Nicole from Sketch 42, modified the convertible belt into a cool camera strap! Pretty perfect for such a great photographer.

How did YOU customize your projects in February? Share your results with us on Instagram @MJProjectDIY!

Project DIY: Baroque n’ Roll Alternatives

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This Thursday we’re shifting the gears in reverse back to December’s Baroque n’ Roll collection. Why? Well we recently had a Project DIY workshop, and the customized pieces made by the attendees were amazing! Inspired by their creativity, designer, Michelle Levy, made some amazing Baroque n’ Roll alternatives. If you didn’t subscribe in December, no worries! You can still pick up the Baroque n’ Roll collection at MJTRIM.com!

Double Strand Baroque BraceletDouble Strand Bracelet from Project DIY

1. Double up the pearl rosary and the rhinestone chains to create a two-strand bracelet instead of the hand adornment. You can wear the leftover ring on its own or embellish it with the stone from the gem turban.

Snowdrop Earrings

Snowdrop Earrings from Project DIY

1. Remove 2 pearl links from your pearl rosary as well as 6 rhinestone links from your rhinestone chain (part of the Baroque Hand Adornment).
2. Attach one pearl link to the top of each earring filigree using a jump ring.
3. Cut up the rhinestone chain into individual stone pieces, and glue them to the earring filigree instead of the black resin flowers.
4. Play around to come up with a combination that you love!

Baroque n’ Basic Headband

Baroque n' Basic Headband from Project DIY

1. Follow our online guide to sew the basic headband shape.
2. Leave off the filigree and gem details, and wear your headband with the seam at the base of your neck for a more traditional headband look! Spread out the lace on your hair for more coverage, or scrunch it up for a thinner style.

Asymmetrical Pendant Necklace

Asymmetrical Pendant Necklaces from Project DIY

1. Mix and match your components from all three projects to create a unique asymmetrical piece.

Pearl Cluster RingPearl Cluster Ring from Project DIY from Project DIY

You will need the pearl rosary chain and the filigree ring (both from the Baroque Hand Adornment).

1. Open a jump ring and close it around the center of your filigree ring.
(Refer to our DIY tips n’ tricks guide if you need some guidance on how to open and close a jump ring.)
2. Use your flat plier to gently bend open the wire loop on one pearl link from your pearl rosary chain. Remove one entire link from the chain (one link= pearl with wire loop on each side). Add the open wire loop to the jump ring from step 1, and bend back the wire to secure.
3. Repeat the process by removing more links from the chain and adding them to the ring until you can’t fit any more!

Have you thought of another way to customize your pieces? We would love to see it! Take a photo, and tag us at @MJProjectDIY!

Project DIY: Joan of Arc Customization

You’ve probably heard about our awesome subscription service, Project DIY. If you haven’t, Project DIY is a craft subscription box that brings materials to make fashion-forward accessories right to your door! This month is inspired by the truest tough-girl, Joan of Arc. Our Joan of Arc collection features strong mixed metals with a feminine edge. If you like the materials but the finished looks just aren’t your style, here are a few ways you can customize them!

Joan of Arc Custom Warrior Cuff Project DIY

The warrior cuff allows for a lot of customization because the small metal elements can be re-arranged any way you like. Make flowers, crosses, or abstract arrangement with the gold pearl trim! If you like your jewelry a little rough around the edges, you can simply leave off the leather trim.

Joan of Arc Nail Polish Jewel

If you want to add a little color to your Shield Necklace, just go through your nail polish collection!

Joan of Arc Customized Shield NecklaceYou can paint the back of the clear gem with any color in your arsenal. Match your nail polish to your shield necklace! (Because matching your shoes with your handbag is so last season.)

Joan of Arc Customized Shield Necklace

What’s your Project DIY strategy? Do you like to make the collections by following the instructions, or do you throw rules out the window when it comes to fashion and accessories? We would love to see what you have come up with this month, so share your pieces with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!