Colored Crystal DIY Roundup

8

Our most popular rhinestones are the Crystal and Crystal AB variety which have a clear or iridescent shine. They’re classic and elegant, and perfect for making any accessory or outfit more special and statement-worthy. But if you like a little more sass with your sparkle, our Swarovski crystals come in a full spectrum of colors! Sometimes adding a little bit of color goes a long way, and these DIYs prove it!

Painted Rhinestone Necklace by Swell MaydeThis necklace from Swell Mayde is great for repurposing old, inexpensive necklaces that you wouldn’t otherwise wear. Just a few coats of paint and you have the perfect spring accessory!

School Magnets from EarringsIf you’re in school or just love having beautiful office supplies, these fun magnets are a great weekend DIY! Created using inexpensive earrings, these are sure to set your locker apart from the rest.

 

Ombre Rhinestone TrimsThese Miu Miu-inspired earrings are so sweet and elegant, and you know our thoughts on ombre anything. Must have.

 

Crystal Mirror From Design Love FestThis mirror from Designlovefest is a favorite because it is so unique. It’s an exciting addition to your home, and would make a fantastic house-warming present.

 

Crystal Clutch from Honestly WTFThis clutch from Honestly WTF is fierce and fashionable. We love the drama of the beautiful crystal shards.

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part Three: Buttoned Up Bottle Stoppers

We’ve been seeing these creative bottle stoppers all over the internet, and it’s no wonder why! They’re funky, add a little fun to your party, and make a terrific gift. This DIY will teach you how to make these cool bottle stoppers out of decorative buttons! 
Materials for Button Bottle StoppersWhat You’ll Need:
3 Corks
Domed Buds Metal Button
Glitter Button with Shank
Curved Top Metal Button with Shank
E6000

Creating Hole in Cork with Button1. Push your button into the top of the cork.

Placing Glue on Shank of Button2. Pull your button out of the freshly made space, and add some glue to the shank of the button.

Adding Button to Cork3. Push it back into the hole you’ve created in the cork.

Buttoned Bottle Toppers

It’s really as simple as that! Now you can dress up any bottle with a few simple materials, and we guarantee you’ll be the life of the party!

Spring Hair Accessory DIY Roundup

1

The days are getting longer and the nights are getting warmer, which means those cable-knit beanies no longer stand between you and your fabulous ‘do! Here are some great spring accessories to make your hair stand out.

Button Hair Pin from Thanks I Made It

This button hair pin from Thanks I Made It is literally the easiest thing to make, but it looks so fabulous! If you want to try your hand at this super simple DIY, try using our Dark Crystal Rhinestone Button or the Dome Rhinestone Beaded Button.

Anthropologie-Inspired Hair Pins from Little Miss Mama

These fabric barrettes from Little Miss Mama are vintage chic, and the perfect way to dress up a casual hairstyle.

Leather Hair Tie from Cupcakes and Cashmere

If you’re a ponytail girl, this DIY from Cupcakes and Cashmere is for you! This leather hair tie is like ponytail insta-chic. Make it with some pastels in time for spring, and you’re

Trinkets in Bloom Feather Pins

These feathered hair pins from Trinkets in Bloom are the perfect way to add bohemian beauty to your updo.

Love Maegan French Pouf

This chiffon and tulle hair accessory from Love Maegan can also be worn as a broach! Whatever way you wear it, it’s a romantic addition to any ensemble!

The Adventures of the M&J Intern: Interview with Allie

4

Allie in Baroque n' Roll

M&J’s creative department is where all the fun happens! The creative team helps to run the M&J website, blog, social media channels, visual displays, and Project DIY! I got to sit with one of the essential members of the M&J creative team, Allie Scalici, to learn more about her role in the creative department.

Cookie: What is your role at M&J Trimming?

Allie: I am the visual merchandising coordinator. I first started doing window displays and visual displays for the store. Then Project DIY started, and I was in charge of making the Project DIY displays and packaging. I also make the weekly DIY for the blog and style the photos.

CC: When did you start working for M&J Trimming?

AS: April 10,2013

CC: When did you start crafting?

AS: Oh elementary school! There would be arts & crafts in school, but I really started at home. My mom and I would craft, and my grandfather taught me a lot about art and visual displays.

CC: What does your daily schedule look like?

AS: I check my emails and then check my Visual Display Projects Chart. It’s a chart I made with all the projects and deadlines. I see what’s a priority, and what I could put on hold.

M&J Trimming Color Board

 CC: How do you showcase the trim on the blog or in the store?

AS: I come up with the size board I want. I pick fabrics to cover the board and other elements to bring the board to life; if it’s patterned images, fashion photos, or creating depth with foam core. I experiment with how to lay out the products; whether I want to twist the cord, roll the ribbon etc.

CC: Where do you get inspiration for your DIY’s?

AS: Pinterest. It’s my go-to thing. Lets say I’m looking for an idea for a belt DIY, I just type in “2014 Runway Fashion” and see if there is are belts on the runway. Style.com is also good for inspiration because they have all the Fashion Week fashion shows.

Chunky Chains from M&J Trimming

CC: Favorite M&J product?

AS: Chunky chains! I’ve bought so much of this M&J product. I have three necklaces made out of their chain. I’ve given so many people necklaces I’ve made and they love them!

Tassel Fringe Pump DIY from M&J Trimming

CC: Favorite DIY you ever made for the M&J blog?

AS: I have to say one of the more recent ones, the pumps with the home decor tassels. It was simple, but fun. Those were inspired by Manolo Blahnik.

CC: Favorite Project DIY collection from past months?

AS: This is a hard one! I would have to say Joan of Arc. I was obsessed with the cuff. It was based off of Dolce & Gabbana. I took elements from the Joan of Arc necklace and added them to my cuff to customize it.

CC: Favorite DIY blog?

AS: Studs and Pearls is a good one. I also like Miss Kris Turner!

CC: Biggest DIY pet peeve?

AS: When you glue something, and you see the glue. It looks rushed and unfinished.

CC: Must have DIY tool?

AS: Glue!? You need glue…? Never-mind, I know! The Crystal Katana! This thing is a MUST HAVE! This tool allows you to pick up rhinestones with the wax tip. Very convenient when you are working with tiny rhinestones. 

CC: Rhinestones or ribbon?

AS: Ribbon.

CC: What’s your guilty pleasure?

AS: Junk food! I eat so much junk food. (She answered this after asking Michelle to heat up her queso.)

CC: Have any hidden talents?

AS: Yes. I can quote the whole Mean Girls movie. Maybe not the WHOLE movie. I am very good at movie quoting. Is that a thing? Movie quoting?

St. Patrick’s Day DIY Roundup

3

St. Patrick’s Day is less than a week away, which means that you’re probably going to be scouring your attic for all of the green decor items you can find, or trekking to the store to buy anything leprechaun or clover-themed! If you want to get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with some new green without spending a lot of green, you’re in luck! (Pun totally intended.) We’ve compiled some of the best DIYs to celebrate this special day with.

St. Patrick's Day Gift Tags from A Little Claireification

Obviously any crafts that involve buttons are great in our book! Make your gift recipients even luckier with these fun gift tags from A Little Claireification!

Clover Wreath from Blue Sky Confections

This simple clover-shaped wreath from Blue Sky Confections adds a subtle celebratory vibe to your home, and we’re obviously in love with that thick satin ribbon.

Velvet Candle Wrap from BHG

Hosting a dinner party? This great candle wrap makes the perfect centerpiece. This DIY would also look fantastic with a cranberry red velvet ribbon around the holidays. You may want to make a few for future festivities!

Foiled Clover from Kiki and Company

The gold at the end of the rainbow is actually gold foil! Create this gorgeous print from Kiki and Company to add a classy touch to any St.Patrick’s Day party.

St. Patrick's Day Mantel

Designers rejoice! This cute paint chip board is perfect for those who like their decor a little witty and colorful. Celtic Chartreuse? Any jokes involving colors are obviously a win. Craftaholics Anonymous, you nailed it.

Which crafts will YOU be making for St. Patrick’s Day?

Spring Skirt DIY Roundup

3

It’s almost spring which means that we’re finally thawing out of our winter gear! After a winter this cold, we’re welcoming the spring and its fashions with open arms, specifically the fun and flirty pants alternative, the skirt. Here are some of our favorite DIYs  for making this seasonal wardrobe staple!

DIY No Sew Shirt Skirt

No sewing machine? No problem! With some fancy twisting and tying you can have yourself a new skirt made of an old shirt!

DIY Draped Skirt from Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily

Another no-sew option from Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily is this draped mini skirt which looks perfect for a beach party!

Lace Skirt from Cotton and Curls

We love this lace skirt from Cotton and Curls! If you’re loving this look, check out our lace and use promo code LACE102 to receive 15% off lace! Hurry, the offer ends tonight (3/9/14)!

Fine and Feathered Maxi Skirt

The problem with maxi skirts is that they’re often too long for shorter ladies and too short for taller ones, so what’s a girl to do? Make her own of course! This great tutorial from Fine and Feathered will make all of your maxi worries moot.

Circle Skirt DIY from My Pink Life

Big, flouncy skirts are totally in this spring. Try your hand at making one with this DIY from My Pink Life!

We’re so excited to ring in spring! What are you most looking forward to do this season?

The Right Light DIY Roundup

1

Taking on a DIY that involves wires and lights may seem daunting at first, but it’s really just like any other DIY! Take a look at some of our favorite DIYs that will add some light to any dreary day.

Just Something I Made Paper House Luminaries

This incredible house luminary from Just Something I Made would look so cute around the holidays. It’s perfectly warm and cozy!

Modern Brass Chandelier

This modern brass chandelier from Trend Hunter looks way more expensive than it is to make. It’s minimalist design really allows the shape of the bulbs to shine.

Globe Pendant Light

This pendant light created from a globe is a quirky way to incorporate the map trend into your home, and the tutorial from Our Boat House is pretty easy!

Bead Chandelier

This beaded chandelier from The Hunted Interior makes use of all of those Mardi Gras beads that you may have laying around next week so don’t throw them out!

Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pendant

Design Sponge created this amazing pendant lamp using fringe tassel trim and metallic ribbon. Just imagine all of the variations YOU could make with items from M&J!

Don’t be afraid to delve into new DIY adventures because learning new skills is always really exciting! Especially when the fruits of your labor become something you can see and use every day!

Upgrade Your LBD

2

The little black dress, or LBD as it is affectionately referred to, is a staple in almost every woman’s closet. It’s versatile, classic, and you can wear it over and over again! Sometimes though, your LBD needs a little TLC in the form of an upgrade. Check out these super simple ideas to turn your LBD into a SATULBD, or Super Amazing Totally Unforgettable Little Black Dress.

Flared Dress with Beaded Trim Collar

Alice and Olivia Dress4″ Embroidered Beaded Floral Lace2″ Embroidered Pearl  Beaded Trim

This dress has a very classic shape, and will look great for any occasion. The flared skirt gives the bottom interest, but what about adding a little something to the top? Glue beaded trim to the collar of the dress for some sparkle. We love the subtlety of black trim, but a contrasting color would look great too!

Cutout Dress with Lace

Topshop Black Dress, 6″ Chantilly Floral Lace

Remember when cutout dresses were having a total moment last summer, and everyone was walking around with missing sleeves and backs and sides? If you’ve suddenly realized that your cutout dress from last season isn’t going to make the cut this time around, DIY a more modest option! Just sew lace into the inside of the dress where the cutouts are! Your dress will leave more to the imagination, while still looking super flirty!

High Collar Slim Fit Dress with Buttons

Newlook Black Dress, Metal Mask Button, Metal Fashion Button, Two Hole Metal Concave Button

This slim-fitting dress is already beautiful, but it’s pretty basic! We think the way to go is buttons. Give the dress a military vibe by putting two rows of small buttons down the front. You can also have a single line of buttons on the back of the dress for an eye-catching feature that is more discrete. As they always say, business in the front, button party in the back.

What does YOUR little black dress look like, and how do you style it to keep it fresh?

Great Guides for DIY Beginners

11

When it comes to making your own crafts, fashions or decor, the hardest part is figuring out where to start. If you’ve never ventured into the world of DIY, it can be a little daunting at first. Don’t let it deter you because at the end of the day all of your hard work will have been worth it! Here are some of our favorite DIY guides for the more traditional homemade arts.

Diamond Quilt

Quilting has been a relaxing art, and a fun group activity for decades. Learn how to start your quilt, and then pick up a gorgeous pattern to make a homemade heirloom!

Yarn Storage

Knitting is the perfect DIY for pairing with a great Netflix marathon because once you get going, it’s hard to stop! The first steps are to figure out what type of yarn and knitting needles you’ll need, and then you need to master the technique. You can also try your hand at crocheting if two needles are too many.

Vintage Sewing Machine

Take the first step toward fashion design by learning how to sew with a machine! When you finally get to the point of being a pro, the internet is full of fashion-forward patterns.

So which of these skills are you looking forward to learning? Which do you already know? Sound off in the comments below!

What A Wallet DIY Roundup

2

What’s something really useful that you could definitely DIY in less than a day? A wallet! They’re simple, but can make a real style statement. They’re also the perfect presents for loved ones. The best part? You could probably make all of the ones listed below in one Sunday afternoon.

Color Me Domestic Fabric Wallet

This fabric option by Color Me Domestic is crafty, girly and fun! And while the button she used in her tutorial is a beloved basic, we can’t help but dream of which buttons we would use!

Lovely Indeed Business Card Holder

More of a card holder than a wallet, this style from Lovely Indeed is so sleek that it will make a memorable impact with anyone who sees it. Love the gold leaf for added luxury!

Leather Wallet from Oh Sweet Joy

This leather wallet from Oh Sweet Joy is the PERFECT present for any guy in your life. It’s homemade and stylish, but rugged and manly all the same.

Love Maegan Wallet

Love Maegan upgraded her wallet with some divine gold accents that we just can’t get enough of! The designs add a fun update to this basic style.

ILDACT Card HolderThis card holder is perfect for those of us who make shopping a sport, or happen to be members at a lot of libraries. Keep your cards organized with this cool DIY!

These DIYs make us want to keep our wallets out just a little bit longer when we’re at checkout, just in case someone is checking out our fine handiwork.