DIY: Edgy Bow Belt

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Our latest DIY features a beaded bow applique, and some gorgeous lilac elastic. It’s the perfect way to step into spring with an accessory that’s feminine, with a little bit of edge.

Materials for Edgy Bow Belt

What You’ll Need:

Beaded Bow Appliqué #46230
2 Yards of 25mm Elastic Grosgrain #56038
E-6000
Button Snaps
Needle and Thread
Scissors

Measuring Elastic for Bow Belt

1. Fold  your elastic in half. Wrap elastic around your hips or waist depending on where you want the belt to sit, and measure. Make sure to leave an inch to each end for button snaps. Cut to size.

Gluing Elastic in Half

2. To create a sturdier belt, glue the folded sides together.

Sewing Snap to Bow and Elastic

3. Place one end of the elastic on the back of the bow, and sew the male piece of the button snap in place.

Sewing Snap in Place on Elastic

4. Sew the female snap piece to the other end of the elastic.

Finished Edgy Bow Belt

Now you’re ready to hit the town in style this spring! We love this look paired with black basics, or even to cinch a dress.

DIY Inspiration: New York Fashion Week Beauty

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There have been some amazing beauty looks spotted on the runways this season but two in particular caught our eyes.  The models in Kate Spade‘s presentation had simple yet cool manicures that could easily be replicated using our stud nailheads and a little nail glue! Kimberly Ovitz‘s models sported a really cool hairdo that we can’t help but want to DIY with some of our cord trims.  We can’t wait to try out these looks!

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DIY Elastic Hair Ties

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How cool are these DIY elastic hair ties? We found them over on Hello Whimsy, one of our favorite DIY blogs, and we were thrilled to see that they were made with elastic from M&J Trimming! For such a simple process, this DIY has such a cute result, and it’s inspiring us to make some hair ties of our own. Head on over to Hello Whimsy to see the DIY!

 

DIY Beaded Elastic Headband

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Lately we’ve been loving all of the awesome elastic trims that we have in our store, and we’ve been dying to use some in a DIY. So we dreamed up this lovely headband, created with some metallic elastic and beaded trim. If you’re looking for a last minute Halloween costume, this would be the perfect accessory for a Grecian dress, but you could also rock it on an everyday basis. Check out the DIY below!

1. Get your supplies. You need: 2 ft beaded trim, 1 ft metallic elastic, E6000 glue, and scissors. The metallic elastic we used is style number: 00531 and can be purchased by calling customer service at 1-800-9-MJTRIM.

2. Trim your beaded trim so it is about 15 inches long, and trim your elastic so it is about 8 inches long. Your length may be different – just trim the beaded trim so it fits over your forehead from ear to ear, and trim the elastic so it goes behind the head from ear to ear when stretched.

3. Place a dot of glue at one end of the elastic, then fold the end over on top of itself (about 1 cm) to reinforce the end. Hold in place until it dries. Do the same for the other end of the elastic. This will make the ends stronger so they can support the beaded trim. Then glue one of the ends of the elastic to the back of one of the ends of the beaded trim.

4. Glue the other end of the elastic to the other end of the beaded trim, to form a circle.

5. You’re all set! Simply slip the headband over your head and you’re ready to show it off.

DIY Leopard Print Bow Belt

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This leopard print bow belt is the perfect mix of girly and edgy – and it’s incredibly simple. And of course, all of the supplies are from M&J Trimming. Pair it with your favorite LBD and some red lipstick, and you’re good to go!

Supplies:

1. Pull the end of the ribbon through the metal ring. Apply some glue on the inside of the ribbon and fold it over itself.

2. Repeat Step 1 on the other end of the ribbon, so each side is attached to a metal ring.

3. Add a little glue to one of the metal rings and place it onto the back of the bow closure. Hold it in place while the glue dries.

4. All done! Just slide the other metal ring onto the back of the bow whenever you want to wear it!