Editorial Inspiration

We’re obsessing over the floral headpieces from this editorial in the Spring/Summer issue of Tar Magazine. They would be such a fun summer accessory, and you could easily recreate them with a bunch of flower pins and some ribbon. New DIY project, anyone?

DIY:Beautiful Belt Creation

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By Julissa

Do you have plain dress you want to dress up? Well there’s no worries! You can take affordable material to design your own belt and customize  your own dress. Whether is to meet a friend at the local coffee shop or a night out in the town, you can’t go wrong with a floral belt. Make it casual, fun, or elegant. Your Choice! Here is a belt made out of double face satin ribbon and our popular rosettes.

Materials:

* Not everyone is the same size, the amount depends on your waist size.

Directions:

- Put the ribbon around your waist and mark the place on where you going to put the large rosette. Put a small mark towards your right side of your waist.

- Turn the large rosette over and small amounts of hot glue on the back. Gently press it down on where you made the mark on the ribbon.

- Take the two piece of the ivory rosettes, turn them over and apply small amounts of hot glue in the back. Take one end and glue it next to the large rosette, glue the other end away of the large rosette. There should be a small space between the large black rosette and the small ivory rosettes

- Take the punk rosette, turn it over and apply small amounts of hot glue. Glue it in between the large rosette and the small ivory rosettes.

- Take the Velcro and apply two dots at the end of the ribbon. This makes the belt removable.

DIY: Wedding Bouquet Jewelry

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By Blerona

Bouquets! What can we say about a wedding bouquet other than they are the second or third most important part of your wedding day accessories. There are always so many new trends every season that go away as quickly as they come and some that always stay with us. Like wedding bouquet jewelry, where pearls or Swarovski elements are placed in between or in the middle of a flower itself. And the look is well, Glamorous and Beautiful without looking tacky. While looking online for bouquet jewelry I realized they can get a bit pricey, so I decided to make my own DIY versions.

Bouquet jewelry usedSwarovski Pear shaped sew-on jewel, 8mm faux pearl, ss20 Swarovski flatback (crystal) -Directions for each below

Materials:

Optional Swaroviski elements and pearls

Learn How to make this eco-friendly vase, same bouquet jewelry as photo above


Directions For flat back rhinestones, & H.F. Swarovski Pearl:

  • Step 1: Take straight pin and dip the flat end in E-6000 glue and stick it to the flat surface of the rhinestones or half pearl.
  • Step 2: let it sit for about 20 minutes before placing in flower.

Directions For Swarovski pear sew-on jewel:

  • Step1: Measure and cut a piece for cardboard foam that fits exactly behind the sew-on jewel.
  • Step2: Stick two straight pins in the cut cardboard foam and place glue ontop of the straight pins and cardboard then stick to the back of the pear sew-on. Let it sit for 25 minutes before placing in flower.

Directions for Faux Pearl Strand

  • Step1: Take a straight pin and dip it in E-6000 glue about 1/2″ on the flat tip. Then take one pearl from the strand.
  • Step2: Take the straight pin and slip it threw the hole in the pearl. Clean the pearl for extra glue and let it set for 20minutes before placing in flower.

Fun Sequin Flower Headband

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By Kristin

M&J is constantly getting in new items and I have fallen in love with this new sequin trim.  It’s a gorgeous scalloped edge trim on a netting.  There are so many uses for this trim and a headband is an easy one.  One of the girls who work on the floor took the gold version of this trim and made a simple flower from it for her hair.  I was instantly inspired to make my own version.

I’m a huge fan of headbands, hairclips, and hair ties to hold back and adorn my long hair.  Working at M&J has allowed me to expand my collection and have a different look everyday.  I’ll show you how to make a sequined flower that can then be glued to a headband or hair clip, or even sew a pin on the back for other uses.  It only takes a few minutes to make, so it’s also a great last minute gift idea.

Materials:
#44434 – ½ Yard Gunmetal Scalloped Sequin Trim
#42955 – 23mm Silver Sequin Look Button
#43659 – Black Plastic Headband
Black Thread
e6000 Glue 

*Call 1-800-9MJTRIM, ext:377 to order any of the products not listed online.

1.)  Thread your needle and knot the end.  Weave the needle through the sheer side of the trim about 1” away from the edge.  Weave it in and out every ½” or so to create a gathering stitch.  When you get to the end, pull the trim down this thread to gather it up.  Gather it to about 3-4” long and knot the end securely to keep it gathered.

2.)  Sew one gathered end to the other.  You should now have a circle that is ruffled, this will be your flower.  You can now either sew on or glue the button to the middle to cover the hole.  If you glued it, once it is dry you can move to the next step.

3.)  Now you can choose to glue this to a headband, a hair clip, or a pin back and you are set!