DIY: Valentine’s Day Heart Art

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When it comes to Valentine’s Day, one of the sweetest gifts to give and receive is something handmade! This year, why not make your sweetheart something they can see every single day? This DIY is a perfect piece of wall art, and will fit right in no matter what your home decor looks like because this DIY is completely customizable.

Heart Wall Art DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:

Buttons: (Use different sizes)

Hexagon Fashion Button 4 Holes #39945

Octagonal Fashion Button #41710

Shiny Fashion Button 4 Holes #39789

4-Hole Button Classic #20919

6 Yards of Black and White 25 mm Herringbone Ribbon #43800

E-6000

10″ x 10″ Foam Core Board or Canvas Board

Scissors

Pins

Cutting Ribbon

1. Lay out your herringbone ribbon on one side. Be sure to leave enough ribbon to cover the sides of the foam board.

Mirror Image with Ribbon

2. Begin creating the pattern with the ribbons. Make sure that what you do to one side, you mirror on the other side.

Pinning Ribbon to Board

3. Pin down or glue the ribbons, and cut the excess.

Create Pattern with Ribbon

4. Keep creating a pattern with the herringbone until the entire board is covered.

Cutting Excess Ribbon

5.  Turn the board over and cut the excess ribbon.

Creating Heart Shape

6. Lay your buttons out into a heart-shaped pattern.

Gluing Button Pieces

7. Pick one button up at a time, and glue down to maintain your desired shape.

Heart Wall Art

We love how personalized you can make this project. You can grosgrain ribbon, metal buttons, or make the shape into a monogram. The options are endless, and allow you to make a DIY that really comes from the heart!

DIY Fashion Emergency Fixes

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Fashion week is well underway, and the air in New York City is vibrating with excitement. The latest trends are on display, and the most fashion-forward are strutting their stuff on the runways and sidewalks of Lincoln Center. While we all try to look our best in case a fashion photographer decides to snap a street style shot, sometimes we’re struck with a fashion emergency! These quick fixes will get you back on the catwalk in no time.

EarringsDid your earring back fall out? Erasers are a great substitute. Just pop one off of your pencil, and place the flat end against your ear. It may be better than the real thing!

Static overload? Spray the area with a light mist of hairspray to make all cling subside.

Boots and Leather Leggings

Scuffed shoes are messing with your swagger? Use some Sharpie markers for a temporary fix. Word of warning: this won’t hold up as well in bad weather, so just carry a marker with you wherever you go!

If you’ve got a run in your stockings, use the oldest trick in the book: clear nail polish. That run will stop in its tracks (temporarily).

Yellow Pencil SkirtIf you’re having problems with your hem, use a stapler! We wouldn’t recommend this on very expensive pieces, but if you’re in a bind and need a quick fix, there’s no easier way to adjust a hem. You can also use packing tape for a sturdy hold that does minimum damage.

Another use for tape is furry friend damage control. The tape easily picks up any unwanted animal hair!

Have you every had a fashion disaster that you fixed with a DIY? Tell us your story!

Winter Olympics DIY Roundup

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The 2014 Winter Olympics are underway which means that for the next couple of weeks you and your friends are going to be glued to the television set rooting for the home team! If you’re more of a doer than a watcher, you might want to take a peek at some of these fun Olympic-inspired DIYs. Make them with friends, use them for a party, or support your favorites with some custom jewelry!

Olympic Chocolate Medals

Who needs a gold medal, when you can have a chocolate one? Make these cute chocolate medals with some satin ribbon, and you’re ready to celebrate!

Olympic Ring Candy Jars

Does your Olympics party have a dessert table? Bring the theme full circle with these painted candy jars from nobiggie.net!

Olympic Ring Necklace

Show your support with this adorable Olympic ring necklace from CraftGawker user RemarkablyDomestic!

Olympic Ring Door Wreath

Throwing an Olympic party? Let guests know where to go with this DIY Olympic Door Wreath from Confetti Sunshine!

Olympic Inspired Rattail Bracelet

This bracelet gives a subtle nod to the Olympics through it’s use of color and jump rings. You can follow this Brassy Apple tutorial to a tee, OR switch out the colored cords for something more your style.

Bronze Laurel Headband

Go back to the first Olympics with this polymer laurel wreath from Hands Occupied! The best part about this bronzed headpiece? You can wear it long after the Olympics are over!

Will you be watching the Olympic Winter Games? Which events are you most looking forward to seeing?

4 Ways to Embellish Your Statement Accessories for Fashion Week Part Three: Braided Chain Shoulder Pads

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The next item in our 4 Ways series is a set of Braided Chain Shoulder Pads. Now before you dismiss shoulder pads as an heirloom to the 80s, hear us out. These blinged-out accessories have been appearing on the celeb set, and are a fun way to make any average outfit pop with power! They instantly add glamour to a look, with just the right amount of POW! Upgrade your sweater, blazer or button-down for a look that is totally Beyoncé.

Shoulder Chain Pads

 Chain Shoulder Pads Materials

What You’ll Need:

2 4 1/2″ Braided Chain Motif #59205

1 Yard of Silver 6mm Colored Chain #36956

E-6000

Pliers

Jump Rings

4 Bar Pins

Measuring Tape

Measuring Chain

1. Measure two sets of 4″, 6″ and 8″ chain pieces, and then cut.

Attaching Jump Rings to Chain

2. Open your jump ring and start adding  one set of the 4″, 6″ and 8″ chain. Connect to the end of the chain appliqué, and close the  jump ring.

Attaching Jump Ring to Chain Applique

3. Repeat on the opposite side so that the chain is attached on both sides.

Gluing Pins to Applique

4. Glue two bar pins onto each side, and let your project dry for 24 hours.

Finished Braided Chain Shoulder Pads

Now you have a cool set of chained shoulder pads that will make any outfit a ten! These look amazing on a bold blazer like the one above, or even an all-black ensemble. Want to try a different chain? Check out what other materials you could use for this funky DIY!

4 Ways to Embellish with Statement Pieces for Fashion Week Part One: Fun Feather Collar

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Necklaces are the standard when it comes to dressing up your neck, but sometimes it’s better to do your own thing and really make a statement! Stand out from the flock with this gorgeous feather collar. It’s so simple to make, and looks so elegant on.

Materials for Feather Collar

What You’ll Need:

4-5 Light Blue Feather Patches #42641

2 White Beaded Jewel Feather Patches #43077

Hook and Eyes #43922

E-6000

Felt

Scissors

Needle

Thread

Felt Collar Outline

1. Create a collar that fits your neck out of felt, and cut it out.

Placing Feathers on Felt Outline

2. Starting at the back, lay your light blue feather patches down. Make sure that the tips of the feathers are pointing out when you get to the end of the collar.

Gluing Feathers to Felt Outline

3. Take the next two light blue patches and repeat the same step but further down the collar. Glue down.

Positioning Embellished Feathers on Collar Ends

4. Lay the white feather patches on the tips of the collar where the closing will be. Leave a little space for the hook and eye. Glue feathers down.

Sewing Hook and Eye Closure

5. Sew your hook and eye onto the tips of the collar for closing.

Finished Feather Collar

Check out our selection of feathers and other materials that would work really well for variations of this DIY!

Superbowl Party DIYs

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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. Paper Football Banner from the Krazy Coupon LadyGet your scissors out because this perfect paper banner from the Krazy Coupon Lady is both simple to make, and so sweet!

Football Field Part Table from A Night Owl Blog

This fun party table from A Night Owl Blog will get anyone into the spirit of the game!

Pigskin Menus for Beer Menu from Camille Styles

Planning on having an impressive beer selection at your next gathering? Showcase it with this “pigskin” beer menu from Camille Styles!

Football Mason Jars from Flamingo Toes

Take your mason jars from hipster to sports enthusiast in ten seconds flat with this super simple DIY from Flamingo Toes!

Super Bowl Bingo from Studio DIY

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!

DIY: Warm Winter Headband

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Winter is definitely one of those seasons that makes looking flawless harder than usual. Why? Those bulky hats mess up your glamorous hairstyle! Don’t let itchy hats deflate your ‘do any longer! This DIY will keep your ears from freezing and leaves your hair in great shape AND looks adorable on. Three birds, one snowball.

Warm Winter Headband DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:

1” Faux Leather Tape #48081

Pear Sew-On Stone #27474

Ear Warmer

Needle and Thread

Warm Winter Headband DIY Leather Loops

1. Cut 7 inches of your leather trim. Fold both sides into the center, so that each side has a loop.

Warm Winter Headband DIY Leather Bow

2. Flip the adjusted leather piece over, and sew onto the center of the headband.

Warm Winter Headband DIY Leather Wrap

3. Take a smaller piece of leather, and wrap it around the center of the bow.

Warm Winter Headband DIY Jewel

4. Sew your pear jewel onto the center of the leather bow.

Warm Winter Headband DIY from M&J Trimming

Now your ears are no longer a screaming shade of red, and your hair has that same volume it did when you left the house this morning. Take THAT winter!

How to Avoid DIY Disasters

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You see something on Pinterest, you venture to get supplies, and next thing you know your hands are dyed blue, you’ve put out a small fire, and you have successfully Gem-tac’d and feathered yourself. The DIY Disaster. We’ve all been there! Sometimes DIYs can get a little out of hand, and we’re here to help. Here are a few of our tips to keep your crafts and projects from getting the best of you.

Button Statement Necklace Materials | M&J Trimming

Read the Instructions – This may seem like a simple one, but going into a DIY unarmed with info and knowledge is a common mistake. Sometimes we get too excited to read them through! Sometimes we think we already know it all. Just do your future self a favor, and give those guides a good read-through. And then read them again. Just in case. If the project calls for a skill or item you aren’t familiar with, check out our resource guide!

Stacked Paintings from Mescaprices Belges

Put It Aside - Sometimes you just need some space. If a project is causing you grief, just put it aside! Maybe during your break you’ll figure out how to fix the problem or get really excited about making it again. If you’ve put it aside over and over again, don’t feel guilty throwing it out. With some projects, it just isn’t meant to be.

Organized Craft Drawer from Papier Valise

Ready Your Troops – Get your materials and supplies ready BEFORE diving in because do you know what happens when you don’t prepare? You end up cutting your finger with a butter knife because you were trying to use it as a substitute for a pair of scissors. Be prepared.

Work in Progress Watercolor from Lovely Sweet William

Enjoy the Experience – The DIY is all about the journey, so don’t forget to enjoy it! It’s easy to get anxious about the result, but DIYing isn’t just about the final product. Flip on your favorite movie or show, rustle up a bowl of popcorn, and bask in your creativity. This is YOUR time.

What advice would YOU give to DIY novices?

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!

Celebrating Subzero

These past few days have been painfully cold, and while we would love to just hibernate in our beds for the rest of winter, we have things to do! Carpe diem and what not. So instead of hiding from the frost, embrace it! (Not literally please.) Here are some beautiful DIYs that you can create with the help of your friendly neighborhood polar vortex!

Ice Marbles for Winter

Ice Luminary from Design Mom

Both of the DIYs above are made using frozen balloons! So head to the dollar store, grab any ol’ pack of water balloons and start DIYing!

Christmas Ice Wreath from Founterier

Bird Feeder Frozen Ornaments from Henry Happened

Want to make a cool outdoor ornament or wreath? What better to make it with than ice?! The only things you need for this DIY are water and nature. The best part is that you can make these into frozen bird feeders too!

Ice Candles from Henry Happened

These candles got their crater-y appearance by being mixed with ice. This is a great way to re-purpose those almost-empty-but-smell-too-good-to-throw-out candles.

So will you be celebrating the icy chill in the air by making some temperature-appropriate DIYs? Whatever you decide, be sure to bundle up! It’s almost too cold to function!