DIY: Faux Fur Slippers

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During the winter you want your toes to be cozy and warm, but you also want your feet looking fashionable! So what’s a girl to do when the only slipper options leave something to be desired? DIY them of course! This simple and easy DIY only takes about 30 minutes to complete, but the transformation is incredible!

Slipper Upgrade DIY from M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

Slippers

Beaded Trim With Fur Edge #57507

50mm Faux Fur Cordedge #34274

Needle

Thread

Scissors

Slipper Upgrade DIY Measuring Faux Fur Trim from M&J Trimming

1. Measure your fur trim across the top of the slipper, leaving an extra inch on both sides.

Slipper Upgrade DIY Wrapping Faux Fur Trim from M&J Trimming

2. Fold over the extra inch on one side, and sew your way across the top of the slipper. Repeat the same fold over the opposite end.

Slipper Upgrade DIY Cutting Fabric Tape from M&J Trimming

3. Cut the black fabric tape off of your faux fur cordedge.

Slipper Upgrade DIY Measuring Fabric Tape from M&J Trimming

4. Wrap the faux fur cordedge around the back of the slipper, and cut off any excess.Slipper Upgrade DIY Sewing Faux Fur Cordedge from M&J Trimming5. Sew the cordedge across the back of the slipper with the ends of the cordedge sewn behind the faux fur trim.

Furry Slipper Upgrade from M&J Trimming

See what we mean? These slippers are lush, luxe, and if their soles weren’t as soft as clouds, you might even want to wear them out! Grab your materials and get ready to lounge in style!

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!

DIY: Inspiration Pin Board and Number Pins

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Today is New Year’s Eve which means that everyone is scrambling to think of goals for 2014. This year let your goals inspire you every day! We would like to show you a beautiful and simple way to display those resolutions with our Inspiration Pin Board! You can use this board to display inspiring photos, workout routines, schedules, recipes, and family mementos!
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What You’ll Need:

18mm Foldover Elastic in Avocado, Gunmetal, & Light Grey

Number 0-9 Single Button

Square Cork Board

Scissors

Glue

Pins

Thumb Tacks

Fabric Pin Board

1. Choose a cork board, and cover it with fabric. Use spray glue to  adhere the fabric to the board.

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2. Create an X with your gunmetal elastic with each end going from corner to corner.

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3. Pull the elastic taut, and pin each end to the corners of the board.

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4. Place your avocado elastic across the bottom left corner. Repeat on the upper right corner area. Cut and pin them down as you did with the gunmetal.

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5. Take your light grey elastic, and mirror the placement of the avocado elastic. Pin down.

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Number Pins

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1. Carefully cut the shank, the loop on the back of the button, off. Make sure you use strong scissors, or a tool that is capable of cutting this piece off.

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2. Place a drop of E6000 on the head of the tack. Glue down to the back of the button, and let it dry for 24 hours.

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Finished Pin Board and Number Pins M&J Trimming

Now that you have your pin board and number buttons made, what’s the first thing you’re going to pin?

Organization DIY Roundup

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Staying organized can seem daunting, but with these easy DIY solutions you’ll be as organized as the best of them. These organization hacks are so simple you can knock them out thisweekend, and breath easier come Monday knowing you’re one step closer to living that clutter-free life that crafters wish for!

Wine Rack Yarn Storage

There’s nothing worse than going through a bin of tangled trim, yarn, or thread. Use a wine rack to organize your yarn!

Beautiful Boxes from BHG

Don’t buy those pretty storage boxes you see at home decor stores. Make them! The best part? You can customize them to match YOUR decor.

Frame Magazine Rack

Love magazines, but hate to have them taking up valuable tabletop real estate? Make a decorative magazine rack using a frame!

Large Pegboard Tutorial Honey Bear Lane

This is the stuff of dreams fellow DIYers! Organize your crafting tools with this amazing pegboard tutorial.

Repurposed Tin Cans from Martha Stewart

Keep small items organized by repurposing attractive tins and making them into magnets!

Organizing can be tough if you don’t have the right tools, but hopefully these easy ideas will get you on the right track! Which room in your house needs the most help, and how are you going to tackle it in the new year?

Clutch DIY Roundup

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Clutches are a stylish and simple choice for those who want a no-fuss bag which only holds a few select items. They’re also one of the easiest options to DIY. Here are some of our favorite ways to make this perfect evening bag!
Transparent Clutch from A Pair and A Spare

Leather Clutch from a Pair and a Spare

A Pair and a Spare created these two very different, but very cute clutches. The top transparent clutch gives off a futuristic minimalist vibe, while the plain leather clutch makes a classic statement. Which do YOU prefer?

Clutch Revamp from McKenzie Renae

Have an old clutch that needs new life? All you need is some paint (preferably gold) and tape, and you’re good to go!

Kenzo-Inspired Clutch from Adventures in Fashion

This modern Kenzo-inspired design from Adventures in Fashion is perfect for a girl who wants to make a stylish statement!

Alexander McQueen-Inspired Clutch from Salute to Cute

Salute to Cute made an adorable clutch using a sunglasses case! And those connected rings make for such a unique handle!

Clutches are the perfect alternative to a big bulky bag for a fun night out, and they’re so easy to DIY! If you loved these suggestions, stay tuned to our blog for a DIY that’s perfect for the biggest night out of the year: New Year’s Eve!

Project DIY: Baroque n’ Roll Unveiling

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This December our monthly DIY subscription service, Project DIY, came out with a collection inspired by the Baroque Style. This popular runway trend emanates radiance, drama and luxury, and is perfect for the holiday season.

While we announced the theme earlier this month, we have kept the projects under wraps. After weeks of waiting, we ‘re excited to finally unveil the Project DIY Baroque n’ Roll projects!

Project DIY Baroque Pearl Hand Adornment

The Baroque Pearl Hand Adornment is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Our beautiful cameo and pearl rosary connects to an elegant filigree ring with a sparkling rhinestone chain. It’s adds an unexpected sparkle to your outfit.

Project DIY Belle of the Ball Earrings

These Belle of the Ball Earrings are a fantastic way to add Baroque-inspired flair to any look. These earrings combine some of the most beloved elements from this collection, from the pearls to the intricate gold detailing.

Project DIY Gem and Lace Headband

The Gem and Lace Headband from the Baroque n’ Roll collection is a true showstopper. This project allows you to dabble in a new skill, sewing! Crafters sew the gorgeous lace trim into a fashionable headband, and attach the jeweled adornment to make it a sparkling statement piece.

Project DIY Baroque n' RollYou can wear these gorgeous projects together for a decadent and glamorous look, or wear each piece individually for some understated elegance. Which project are you most looking forward to making?

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY

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With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are scrambling to put together some festive and stylish outfits. This season is all about adding a bling to your outfit, and Project DIY designer, Michelle Levy, knows all about the sparkle of the holidays. For the holiday Project DIY collection centered around the theme of Baroque n’ Roll, Michelle created some truly dazzling DIYs for you to make at home. If you already have the latest Project DIY collection at home and need another craft project to sate your DIY appetite, then read on and see how Michelle made this easy no-sew holiday headband (a previous contender for the latest collection)! Although if you DO have the Baroque n’ Roll collection, sewing is a skill you’ve probably picked up while making the Gem and Lace Turban.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Michelle Cutting

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:

1.75″ Bead/Sequin Leaves Trim

Black Stretch Grosgrain

Fabric Glue

Felt

Scissors

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Cutting

Beaded trim can play double duty as both a trim and an applique! Just cut out each shape individually, making sure not to cut any of the threads holding the beads in place. Here Michelle is cutting out each leaf shape using the mesh backing as a guide.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY PlacementOnce the appliques are cut out, place them whichever pattern you like. Play around with different combinations and layouts. When you’ve settled on a layout, glue it down!

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Carefully cut out the piece you’ve made.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Felt Trim Applique

You can leave some felt around the edges for a more crafty look.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Applique

But we decided to cut precisely around the piece.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Measuring

The next step is to measure around your head with the elastic. If you’re making this headband as a gift, the standard size is 22″.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY GluingThe No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY GluingGlue the applique to the elastic band. You can place the applique directly on top of the seam to hide it.

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DIY: Nutcracker-Inspired Ballet Slipper

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Every winter we become completely inspired by the festive sights of the City. The Nutcracker Ballet is one of those seasonal treasures that continues to dazzle and amaze us with each passing year. We wanted to take some of the magic from the show, and infuse it into our DIY, and what better to make than a pair of bedazzled ballet flats?

Nutcracker Ballet Flats Materials

1.5” Bugle & Seed Beaded Leaf Trim (Silver) #14758

7/8” Single Face Stain Ribbon (Silver)  #00298

Embroidered Beaded Rhinestone Trim (Silver) #36631

Light Rose Flat Back SS20

Light Rose Flat Back SS30

Light Peach Flat Back SS34

Light Colorado Topaz SS34

Crystal SS20

Scissors

Glue

Ballet Flat Shoe

Cutting Rhinestone Trim for Nutcracker-Inspired Flat

1. Cut two ovals off of your rhinestone trim.

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2. Glue them going down the center of the tip of the shoe.

Cutting Beaded Trim for Nutcracker-Inspired Flat

3. Cut two leaves off of your Bugle & Seed Beaded Leaf Trim.

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4. Glue your leaf pieces onto the back of the shoe in a mirrored pattern. 

Gluing Rhinestones for Nutcracker-Inspired Flat

5. Take your assorted rhinestone flat backs, and glue them sporadically in the front and back.

Cutting Ribbon for Nutcracker-Inspired Flat

6. Cut  the satin ribbon evenly in half. You will probably need a yard for each side.

Gluing Ribbon for Nutcracker-Inspired Flat

7. Glue onto the inside of the shoe towards the heel.

Finished Nutcracker-Inspired Ballet Flat

Your flats are complete, and you look like the prima ballerina! These are a perfect holiday gift for little girls too! Will you be making this DIY? Let us know!

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?

Project DIY: Baroque n’ Roll Inspiration

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For last month’s Project DIY collection, we explored the tough-girl world of Joan of Arc with bold pieces and mixed metals. With the holidays quickly approaching, we thought we would embrace a more luxurious aesthetic. When we were dreaming up this collection, we couldn’t help but think of rich velvets, warm golds, ornate designs and lots of elegant sparkle. These elements lend themselves well to the festive holiday atmosphere of December, which is why we’re happy to announce that our latest collection is Baroque n’ Roll!

Dolce and Gabanna Autumn 2012 Runway

Andrew Yee Baroque Shoot for How to Spend It Magazine

Project DIY: Baroque and Roll Inspiration Red Fabric

Baroque Fashion from Pink Lemonade Design

This collection is all about lavish decadence. We combined diverse textures and deep colors to make the Baroque n’ Roll collection feel as elegant as its namesake era.

Project DIY: Baroque and Roll Inspiration Chandelier

Baroque Couture from Babs Closet

We fell in love with the look of ornate filigree and sprawling brocades, and used a similar floral design in some of our materials.

Andrew Yee Baroque Shoot for How to Spend It Magazine

Project DIY: Baroque and Roll Inspiration Gold Lace

You can’t do the Baroque period justice without some gorgeous lace! This delicate and intricate trim is highly representative of the time-period, but will continue to be popular in fashion until the end of time!

Project DIY: Baroque and Roll Inspiration Confetti

The Baroque n’ Roll collection is a fantastic holiday gift because the pieces make the perfect accessories to your holiday dress! If you’re interested in experiencing the Project DIY: Baroque n’ Roll collection, just sign up here! If you prefer one of our previous collections, you can always buy the kits or individual projects at mjtrim.com!