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!
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?
Have an old clutch that needs new life? All you need is some paint (preferably gold) and tape, and you’re good to go!
This modern Kenzo-inspired design from Adventures in Fashion is perfect for a girl who wants to make a stylish statement!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
You 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?
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.
What You’ll Need:
1.75″ Bead/Sequin Leaves Trim
Black Stretch Grosgrain
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.
Once 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!
Carefully cut out the piece you’ve made.
You can leave some felt around the edges for a more crafty look.
But we decided to cut precisely around the piece.
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″.
Glue the applique to the elastic band. You can place the applique directly on top of the seam to hide it.
This project is so easy, takes less than ten minutes to make, and looks like a million bucks! Pair one of these dazzling headbands with a little black dress, and you’re ready for any holiday party!
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?
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
Ballet Flat Shoe
1. Cut two ovals off of your rhinestone trim.
2. Glue them going down the center of the tip of the shoe.
3. Cut two leaves off of your Bugle & Seed Beaded Leaf Trim.
4. Glue your leaf pieces onto the back of the shoe in a mirrored pattern.
5. Take your assorted rhinestone flat backs, and glue them sporadically in the front and back.
6. Cut the satin ribbon evenly in half. You will probably need a yard for each side.
7. Glue onto the inside of the shoe towards the heel.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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?
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!
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.
We fell in love with the look of ornate filigree and sprawling brocades, and used a similar floral design in some of our materials.
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!
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!
This month we’ve stocked up on some amazing items that are ideal for making a very stylish DIY. This accessory is perfect for pairing with pants because it keeps them in place. It can be made out of many materials, but is most commonly made with leather, and usually has a fixture on the front to make it adjustable. We’re talking about belts! We’re sure that our beautiful new trims and buckles will guarantee that a handmade belt will be on everyone’s holiday wish list!
These tri-colored trims consist of three vinyl braids sewn together. We love the idea of a fun colored belt with a modern buckle.
These beautiful embossed trims are ideal for an understated belt with a little bit of edge, and this style comes in six colors, from tame neutrals to a vibrant green! Why not pair this trim with this buckle?
We got a LOT of fantastic buckles in this month, and we think they’re perfect for pairing with our braided trim! We particularly love the 2″ Crescent Buckle with Prong and the Bottle Opener Interlocking Buckle!
So we know what we would make with our latest treasures, but what would YOU make? Would you embellish a pair of boots or a bag? Add the braided trim to an accent pillow? We would love to hear your DIY ideas, or better yet, see them!
If you’re new to Project DIY, it’s a craft subscription box service that brings runway style to your door! (It also happens to be the most creative gift of the season.) The best part about this subscription is the fact that the projects are totally customizable. Here are a few of our favorite customizations of the Joan of Arc collection by our subscribers!
Check out the stone placement on this Shield Necklace from Instagram user @annamartinah! The silver nail polish used on the necklace gem really pulls together the mixed-metal look.
Even Carla Marie from Z100 got in on the fun! We love how she placed the circles in the flowers!
Now THIS is what we call customization. Check out the assymetrical placement of decals on this shield necklace by Instagram user @Mandersbal!
Blogger Brandy of Mommy Splurge used nail polish to color the stone on her Shield necklace. The finished look is so regal!
We love seeing your take on ProjectDIY collections so keep posting! Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
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.
This wreath made using corn is so festive with the addition of the husks! They’re like nature’s ribbons.
A Beautiful Mess never fails to impress. This Thanksgiving garland gets straight to the point with its typographic approach.
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.
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!
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!
The day we’ve been waiting for is finally here. Catching Fire is now officially in theaters, and SPOILER ALERT! we can’t wait to see Katniss kicking butt in the Hunger Games again. We seriously love the powerful tough-girl vibe of her character. (Probably why we also picked Joan of Arc as the inspiration behind November’s Project DIY collection.) We couldn’t help but round-up a few DIYs that have that same rough and tumble feel to them. We’re sure Katniss would even jump in to make a few!
The Hungry Games
Hosting a Hunger Games dinner party? These arrow napkin rings from Ruffled are so perfect. They’re simple and frill-free, just like Katniss. Now that you have your decor figured out, what are you planning on serving for dinner? Better take a trip to the Hob!
Beat the Odds
Sass up your stationary with these silver “arrow” pencils from Popper and Mimi! Whether you’re using them to doodle, take a test or do your taxes, may the odds be ever in your favor.
On the Hunt
We don’t think they have any cell phones in District 12, but if they did we have a feeling Katniss’s would look a lot like this one from Morning by Foley. Probably a little less pink, but we took some creative liberties.
If you’re a true fan of the Hunger Games, you’ll want to sport this DIY Mockingjay bracelet from Geekphoria proudly! Imagine the variations you could make with the suede cord and chain from our store!
Understated but Not Underestimated
This leather glitter arrow ring from Sincerely Kinsey is the perfect accessory to wear to the Catching Fire premiere if you’re fond of an understated look. The ring features a lot of the story’s prominent elements without making you look like a super crazy fan even if you are underneath. We totally are.
We can’t decide whether we’re more excited to finally see Catching Fire or make the DIYs above! Are you a Hunger Games fan too? What DIY will you be making in honor of the movie?