If you want to add some femininity or romance to any room without making it too girly and pink, pick up some lace trim. Lace is the quintessential feminine fabric, and can easily add softness to any room. Our latest DIY uses lace trim to create a sweet chandelier that any princess or princess-at-heart would love. This would be a great addition to a bridal party, and you can even dye the lace blue or pink and use it for a baby shower!
What You’ll Need :
4 Yards of 30mm Cotton Eyelet Lace #38898
4 Yards of 35mm Cotton Eyelet and Scalloped Lace #38907
4 Yards of 1.5” Scallop Rosette Lace #58826
Light Socket and Cord Set*
White 6″ Round Metal Lighting Base*
24 Gauge Galvanized Wire*
Round Lamp Socket Ring*
Screw-in Metal Hook and Eyes*
*Available at your local hardware store.
1. Turn over your round metal lighting base, and place the round lamp socket ring in the center.
2. Cut out three or four 2 in. pieces of your galvanized wire, depending on the number of prongs in your lamp socket ring.
3. Put E-6000 glue on one end of the wire, and slide into the socket.
4. Put some more E-6000 on the opposite end the wire, and glue down to metal lighting base. Repeat another two or three times with the other sides. Let dry.
5. Cut your lace into specific measurements:
35mm Cotton Eyelet and Scalloped Lace (12 in. Strips)
1.5” Scallop Rosette Lace (10 in. Strips)
30mm Cotton Eyelet Lace (6 in. Strips)
6. Glue down each lace piece into your desired pattern. The longer pieces should go first, followed by the next size, with the smallest going last. Let it dry.
7. Connect your socket cord into the DIY shade and bulb. You can use a pendant chain to hang your chandelier. You can also screw in two hook-and-eye hooks to hang the light from the ceiling.
Now you have the perfect light that’s soft and feminine, but still really stylish. The best part is that you can recreate this look with other types of trim too! Try metallic or sequin trim for a glam vibe, or mix the lace with jute for a rustic approach!
It’s almost Superbowl Sunday, and we know you’re probably stressing out thinking of all of the things you need to do before the big game! We’ve put together a list of our favorite decor DIYs for the big day to make your party go smoothly, and your guests wonder how you did it. Get your scissors out because this perfect paper banner from the Krazy Coupon Lady is both simple to make, and so sweet!
This fun party table from A Night Owl Blog will get anyone into the spirit of the game!
Planning on having an impressive beer selection at your next gathering? Showcase it with this “pigskin” beer menu from Camille Styles!
Take your mason jars from hipster to sports enthusiast in ten seconds flat with this super simple DIY from Flamingo Toes!
These fun bingo boards are made especially for Sunday’s big game by the uber-talented Kelly of Studio DIY!
What are your plans for the big game? Are you hosting, or venturing out this weekend? Let us know below!
Books are a wonderful way to escape from the mundane, dive into a new adventure, and ultimately spark creativity. We hope that the creative spark from reading will ignite you to make the DIYs below that are either inspired-by, made from or used for books!
Do you love cohesion in your home decor? Wrap your hardcover books in wallpaper a la A Merry Mishap to give them a harmonious vibe!
If there’s a vintage book that’s beyond repair, make it into a shelf with this fabulous tutorial from Sweet Paul Magazine!
Take your favorite book with you wherever you go with this Book Cover Clutch from Caroline Womack!
Go green with this cool Succulent Book Planter from Wednesday Custom Design! Succulents are a great choice for beginning gardeners because they don’t need much maintenance or watering!!
If you prefer not to DIY using books, you can always DIY your OWN books with this tutorial from Design Sponge!
So which book-themed DIY will YOU be making this weekend? Stay tuned because we will be showcasing our own bookish DIY this Tuesday!
We don’t know about you, but to us libraries and books have an elegant charm that Kindles just can’t touch. (No offense.) Curling up in a corner with a good book is the ultimate stay-at-home activity for a chilly winter night, and having a beautiful library to hide away in is even better! Check out our library inspiration that will make you feel smarter and more stylish just by looking at it.
We love the eclectic mix of modern and vintage in this library/work space. And those arched shelves are amazing!
Sometimes chaos can be totally called for. A stack of books can easily become a tiny table for a cup of tea or coffee!
Does anyone remember Reading Rainbow? Well check out this literal iteration! Books organized by color look so cool, and we don’t want this trend dying out any time soon. Your plethora of books can easily become a work of art!
There’s nothing like a bold pop of color to really brighten a room. This fuchsia bookshelf would get anyone excited to read!
Which of these libraries would you love you read in, and what books do you think would feel most at home in these varied spaces? Let us know in the comments below, and send us a pic of YOUR library to @mjtrimming!
The holidays are so relaxing, said no one..ever. Even though Christmas is over, New Year’s is hot on our heels! We know you’ve probably started perusing Pinterest for some New Year’s DIYs, and we have been too. Here are some of our favorite DIYs to make before the big night.
These Countdown Champagne Glasses from Martha Stewart are a gorgeous way to ring in the New Year!
A more dramatic way to decorate your stemware can be found on Linen Lace and Love! They use a marbling technique to get those abstract patterns on each glass making every one unique!
Avoid the crowd in Times Square with your own mini-spiked balls from The Sweetest Occasion. They are great for adding some sparkle to a tablescape.
Strike a pose against this sequin photo backdrop from Oh Happy Day!
We love these tinsel covered letters! You could make a monogram for your home using the same concept, and some beautiful ribbon.
So what are you waiting for?! Get that glue gun out, and start crafting before the ball drops!
The holidays are a time for togetherness and celebration, but they can also be extremely stressful. From planning to shopping, hosting and decorating; the stress of the holidays can take the joy out of the most wonderful time of the year! Here are some ways to keep your cool during this busy season.
Keep It Simple – When it comes to gift wrapping or decorating, you can use shortcuts without sacrificing style. Wrap all of your gifts with one type of wrapping paper, and then customize each with different trim.
Focus on One Thing – Whether it’s wrapping the presents beautifully or making a gingerbread house even a seasoned architect would be envious of, focus on doing one or two things really well. If you put too much pressure on yourself to make everything perfect, you’re bound to crack.
Accumulate Over Time – There’s no reason to buy or make all of your decorations at once. If you choose a decorating style that’s timeless you can continue reusing the same pieces year after year! Don’t hop on the color trend bandwagon every year. You can also reuse gift bags, and gift wrap. You’ll save yourself both time and money.
Enjoy Yourself – When it comes to the holidays, sometimes we become so wrapped up in getting ready for the season that we forget to enjoy it while it’s here. Try to take a breather every once in a while, and take part in the holiday fun!
How do you stay sane every holiday season? Let us know below!
This month we’re really feeling the luxurious textures and tones of the Baroque Era. While it may have something to do with the fact that the latest Project DIY collection is Baroque n’ Roll, we’re sure part of the reason is that this style is so perfect for the season! We love the decadent golds and rich velvet textures that this time period is famous for, but we also absolutely adore a certain component that is inherent to this style. We’re talking about pearls!
This ornate bracelet from Alexander McQueen is beautiful and bold. The focus of this piece is that single pearl in the middle, and we wouldn’t have it any other way! It’s a total stunner.
This emerald green velvet jacket is definitely embracing pearl embellishments to the max. The jacket is so intricate and detailed, like a work of art!
Here are two easy ways to wear pearls every day! Sewing a spatter of pearls onto a basic piece makes it more festive and feminine. The bottom embellished beanie is a DIY from our blogger friend Kirsten Nunez of Studs and Pearls!
Pearls are great to use in decor as well! They are a sophisticated embellishment that adds just the right amount of shine. We love this ornament wreath that’s made to look like a ring of large pearls. What an elegant way to bring in the holidays!
We love the use of pearls in both fashion and home decor because they offer a little sparkle and glamour to everything they touch. Stay tuned because our upcoming DIY features a holiday decoration that’s completely decked out in pearls!
Does holiday decorating have you stressed out? Don’t fret because we’re here to help. Here are a few tips to keep your holiday decorations from getting the best of you.
Simply Styled – Pick a theme before you start decorating. Do some Pinterest perusing and Tumblr digging for fun and festive ideas. Keep the same style throughout the house so that you can easily move items around, and the space will still feel cohesive.
Color Combinations – If your home is generally neutral and not decor-heavy, you can get away with some interesting color combinations. If your house is already pretty colorful, keeping to a simple color palette will help keep your holiday decor from looking over-the-top.
Child’s Play – If you have kids, you probably cherish their artist creations. Here is their time to shine! The holidays are one of the best times to showcase your child’s festive art. Even though they may not match your theme or coordinate with your color palette, they add a sweet touch to any home.
Bring the Outdoors In – Decorating with natural elements is one way to keep your holiday decor from being too stuffy. It adds a nice rustic touch to any home, and the natural scents of the season are absolutely incredible! There’s nothing like having your whole house smell like a huge pine forest!
DIY It – We obviously love DIYing, and the holidays are the perfect time of year to “do it yourself”. You can save a lot of money by decorating with items that you already have at home! If you love to DIY your decor, don’t forget to go to mjtrim.com for your decorating needs! We have an amazing sale on ribbons, trims, buttons and notions for Cyber Monday, but don’t delay because the offer is only good today!
Remember that these are just suggestions, and if you prefer a different style of decorating, go for it! You may be allergic to pine or prefer to have a rainbow of colors at your holiday table, and these tips may not work for you. Just make sure you’re having fun during the process!
We love the look of gold and black for the holiday season. There’s just something about the combination of those two colors that screams glamour and drama. Here are some photos to turn your creative gears when planning your holiday festivities.
This incredible table almost looks like a bunch of clustered ornaments. It’s definitely on our holiday wish list.
This holiday place setting is perfect for a fun and festive evening. The confetti adds a whimsical touch to this metallic setup.
Adding an accent color like purple and fun chevron stripes adds some playfulness to these Art Deco invitations. We love these cards from Minted!
These black candles add a dramatic flair to a holiday dinner table. The gold detailing keeps them from looking too macabre, and perfect for a luxurious holiday gathering.
We love the look of this metallic ornament wreath from Bliss at Home! The black ribbon adds an elegant touch, and we think that a thick black velvet ribbon would provide a great contrast in texture.
While we love decorating for Halloween, all good things must come to an end, even a roll of fabulous vintage jacquard ribbon. Now that the holiday is over, it’s time to replace some of those ghoulish gourds and creepy creations with bright and warm fall decor. Here are a few of our favorite DIYs for autumn!
Ring of Fire
You’re probably thinking you’ve seen one wreath, you’ve seen them all. Well this one really caught our eye. It captures the colors of fall beautifully, and we love those bright Chinese lanterns! It’s easy to make with the instructions on the Better Homes and Gardens website.
This jute and lace vase is just as cute as it was when we made it last year as a host or hostess gift. Fill it with sprigs of autumn leaves to really embrace the season!
Why shouldn’t bowls be seasonal and stylish? This fall leaf bowl from Shelterness is a great for holding treats, or as a catchall for keys. It also makes a great gift!
What a Hoot
Are you an avian aficionado? Make one of these cute little owls from A Beautiful Mess. Even a bird brain could do it!
Brown Bag Bouquet
These beautiful brown flowers are made using an unlikely source: paper bags! Visit A Place for Us to find out how to make these thrifty and rustic fall decorations!
We hope we’ve inspired you to create some new decorations for the season! If you have any great ideas for fall decor that you think we would love, share them down below!