We’re so thrilled for our upcoming Four Ways to embellish feature. How would you embellish your sweater? Would you add rhinestones, mohair, lace or studs? Either way you’ll be sure to make an entrance anywhere you go.
After graduating from fashion school, and honing her skills through internships at Rodarte and Nike, Aimee landed her dream job and is now a working designer in Los Angeles. Constantly DIY’ing in her spare time, she created SwellMayde as a home for her readers to embrace their creativity. It is all about finding inspiration and teaching others how to bring it to reality with easy to follow steps.
DIY | STATEMENT BIB NECKLACE
I loved the concept of M&J Trimming’s Blogger Challenge, and was absolutely on board when they approached me to participate. They sent me a mystery box of supplies to utilize in a DIY. The day the box came to my door, I quickly opened it and so many ideas came rushing into my head. I couldn’t wait to get creative with this challenge. The one idea that stuck out the most was to make a statement bib necklace, inspired by the amazing tutorial Drew of Dylanex created with Geneva of A Pair and Spare. I just couldn’t get over how utterly beautiful all of Drew’s handmade pieces are!! Check out my version, using her tutorial below.
- 5 or 6 necklaces that you are willing to break up, hit your local flea market to find bulk deals
- Jump Rings
- Stringing Wire (Metal or Rope)
- Ribbon from the M&J Trimming Mystery Box
1. Find the steps to the Drew’s DIY Necklace Tutorial (here). I followed her steps to create my own.
2.Then, to incorporate a feminine and colorful touch, I used ribbon from the mystery box to use as the closure of the necklace. You can simply cut 2 pieces of ribbon, about 8 to 10 inches long.
3. Tie one end of the ribbon to one end of the necklace. Repeat for the 2nd piece of ribbon. Then, tie onto your neck.
- Gold faux-leather bolo cord
- Tin cans
- Decorative buttons
- Cutters to cut the button shank off the back of the buttons
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Hot glue the ribbon over the cord, and then remove the shanks from the backs of the buttons so their backs are flat. Hot glue those on the ribbon.
I wanted to plant succulents in my glam cans, but you could also use them for pencils, craft supplies, or whatever you desire!
- Woven ribbon trim
- fuchsia thread
- Elastic hair tie (I was lucky to have a matching fuchsia one!)
- Needle (we’ll be doing some simple hand sewing)
- Washi tape
- Measuring tape
- Lighter (not pictured)
Wrap a piece of washi tape around the trim, centering it at about 20.5″. Cut down the middle of the tape (this prevents the ribbon from unraveling.) Fold the trim over one side of the elastic, and sew the trim back on itself – make sure you don’t sew through the elastic! I sewed up and down three times to ensure the stitches were tight. Then trim the ends and fuse with the lighter.
Repeat with the other side, making sure that the ribbon is not twisted. When done sewing, trim the excess and fuse the ends with the lighter.
All done! So pretty, and I love the colors for fall. It looks chic for the gym, or with any hairstyle!
Once I saw this lovely carabiner clip, I immediately wanted to make a chic keychain clip of it.
- Gold carabiner clip
- Gold and fuchsia thread
- E-6000 glue
- Split key ring
- Wooden bead (or any bead you have with a wide hole)
Start by making the tassel. Use your fingers and wrap the fuchsia thread around them as shown, interspersing with a few wraps of gold thread here and there. Once you have a good amount for a tassel, slip it off and tie it in the center, snip the ends, and slide your bead on from the tied top. Slide the bead down a little so you can slip the tassel on the carabiner clip. Apply a dollop of glue to the inside of the bead (or just on the threads where the bead will ultimately sit) and push the bead into its final resting place. Add your key ring and you’re done!
I love how chic yet practical this is. I can never find my keys in my purse, and now it’s so much easier to find them!
As soon as I saw this gorgeous milky acrylic link chain, I wanted to weave metal chain through it. It was so easy and makes such a unique statement piece.
- Acrylic link chain
- Lightweight aluminum chain
- Jewelry pliers
- Tape measure
- 2 medium jump rings
- 1 large jump ring
- Lobster clasp
Measure and cut 5 pieces of chain 22″ long. Measure your acrylic links and remove any links past 18″. Gather the ends of the chain and attach using a jump ring at either end. Weave through the acrylic links.
When you get to the end, wrap the chain around the last links. Attach the lobster clasp to one jump ring, and the large jump ring to the other.
So pretty and fun! I can’t wait to wear this with a plain shirt. I think it will especially be set off by fall’s rich jewel tones.
- Fuchsia satin ribbon
- Fuchsia thread
- 9″ zipper
- Coordinating colors of satin thread
- Fabric glue
- Needle (we’re hand-sewing again)
- Measuring tape
Measure and cut a piece of muslin fabric about 10.5″ x 12″. Fold it in half, this will be the shape / size of your clutch. Don’t cut the ribbon yet! Use your fabric glue to adhere the ribbon to one side of your pouch, then flip it over.
Fold the ribbon over the edge and glue it down on the other side. Let dry overnight, cut the ribbon where it was folded, and cut the ribbon excess so it’s flush with the fabric. If there’s excess fabric at the top and bottom, fold it so it’s flush with the fabric and use the bottom edge of your scissors to crease the fold.
These might be the easiest project yet. When I saw the foldover elastic, I thought ‘Twistband hair ties’.
- Silvery foldover elastic
- Measuring tape
Cut lengths of elastic about 9.5″ long. Fold in half, tie the loose ends in a knot leaving about a half inch excess. Singe the ends with a lighter, and that’s it!
This style hair tie is so popular right now, and for how easy they are to make (and how inexpensive too!) I will never pay the outrageous prices when I can DIY my own!
- Blue crystals
- E-6000 glue
- Shrinky dink plastic
- 2 sew on rhinestones
- Hand-drawn template (for the marquise shape I drew it 5″ long by about 4″ wide; for the large circle I traced a soda bottle cap and for the small circle I traced my chapstick!)
- 6 small jump rings
- 2 earring wires
- Jewelry pliers
- Hole punch
- Skewer or toothpick
Tape your template to the plastic and cut out the shapes. Repeat for 2 of each shape. Make sure to punch holes where you’ll want your jump rings to go before you bake the plastic! Bake the shapes according to the directions on the shrinky dink package.
When you are done with your stones, it’s time to attach the pieces. Use jewelry pliers to attach jump rings, adding an earring hook to the top jump ring.
I can’t get over how glam these earrings are and how expensive they look. You’d never guess it’s not lucite!
Call us a tad bit biased, but we can’t help our latest obsession over our foldover elastic trim. Here’s a fun and easy DIY tutorial for the wearable elastic.
Apply a decent amount of E-6000 glue along your elastic band.
Place your 1.5″ Bugle/Seed Beaded Leaf Trim on the area that you had just glued.
Allow the headband to dry for 24 hours prior to wearing it.
Now that the trim is secured, tie your elastic into a double knot.
The elastic is easy to unknot so feel free to test out different measurements making sure the headband rests comfortably on your crown.
Try mixing and matching various trims and appliques using the same steps. We’d love to see what you come up with! #MJTRIMMING
We love sprucing up our locks, but sometimes we wake up wanting to snooze another ten minutes rather than dedicating that time on our hair. This easy to do barrette transformation will take less than five minutes to complete and give you an excuse to sleep in. Simply clip your hair up with this chain barrette and you’ll look movie star set for the day. What’s not to love?
Leftover chain from a previous project
Make sure that your chain matches up with your barrette prior to starting.
If the chain is too long us your pliers to adjust the measurement.
Open your barrette. Once you have done this, apply a small amount of glue along the flat metal part of the hair clip.
Place the chain over the E-6000, applying a small amount of pressure.
Wait 24 hours prior to showing off your new hair clip.
This will ensure the longevity of the clip.
When browsing Shopbop, one of our favorite go-to sites for inspiration, we became enthralled by Joomi Lim’s latest collection. The punk carnival bracelet stood out for several reasons. It’s not only stunning, but something we could easily replicate. Here at M&J we carry chains, clasps and screw on nails making this a very simple DIY. Looking to add a pop of color? Use nail polish!
Since we’ve been doing crafts for awhile now we picked up some helpful hints and tricks that we love sharing! Feel free to share any of your tips as well, we love hearing from you!
We’re crushing on everything camo print and these elastic bands are our latest obsession. Most people have been creating hair ties with these but we’ve opted to create a punk influenced head band.
Wrap the elastic around your head, so it wraps around fully with three inches left over.
Cut the elastic at this point.
Flatten the elastic making evenly spaced holes with your small holed hole puncher.
HINT: The holes are tiny so do not fret if you have placed them in the wrong spot.
Place the screw through the hole tightening the other end with the spiked end.
Continue doing this until you have the desired amount of spikes
We’re crazy for polka dots here at M&J, and if you haven’t noticed we’ve been dip dying a lot lately. We’ve combined our passion for polka dots and our dip dying skills to create this adorable dress.
H&M Pink Dress
Lay your shirt out on a flat surface.
Dip the back of your pencil into your dye making sure it is heavily saturated.
HELPFUL HINT: The back of your pencil will be used like a paintbrush while the dye will be used like paint.
We opted to outline the dress with a polka dot pattern, but have fun with it!
Rit Dye in Purple
Rit Dye in Blue
Following the Rit Dye instructions, we combined the RIT dye blue powder with 2 cups of hot water, and 5 cups of lukewarm water in order to fill one bucket.
We also filled another bucket with a purple Rit dye powder.
Dip half of your tank into a bucket of blue dye making sure it is fully saturated.
Now, dip the middle portion of your tank into the purple dye.
Squeeze any excess dye out into either bucket letting the colors run.
Wash out your tank until the running water becomes translucent. This will indicate the dye has set in and will not run.