Coachella Style Essentials

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Coachella, one of the most anticipated music events of the year, is finally upon us! If you’re lucky enough to be going to this desert event, congrats and we’re jealous. If you love the bohemian style of the attendees, then check out these Coachella style essentials, and channel your inner hippie with these fashionable and free-spirited choices!

Flower HeadbandIt’s all about the carefree, wavy hair topped off with a delicate flower crown. If you want to DIY a similar look, check out our floral headband tutorial!

Kimono

 

Floral KimonoKimonos are all the rage these days. They’re light and airy, and have a carefree flow that suits any inner-flower child.

Overall ShortsOveralls have gotten an overhaul. These pieces are easy and playful. Just add a colorful crop top and you have an instant outfit!
Geometric Tribal PrintWhen it comes to pattern favorites, there are two you’re bound to see in every iteration: floral and geometric. Jump on the bandwagon, because these are bound to be summer style standbys in 2014!

Fringe Kimono

 

And let’s not forget about a key player: fringe. Check out our fringe inspiration and fringe DIY roundup posts for more inspiring ways to wear this trend!

Fringe of Fringe DIY

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We’re huge fans of hair accessories at M&J Trimming, but what about those times when you need hair AS an accessory? This DIY will show you how to create a stunning hairstyle using trim that you can wear out and about to completely change your look. You might even be mistaken for Zooey Deschanel!

Fringe Materials

What You’ll Need:

Metal headband

4” Chainette Fringe

E6000

Scissors

Cutting Fringe1. Measure your trim around the headband, and cut so that there is an inch or two of metal on both sides of the headband.

Gluing Fringe to Headband 2. Put E6000 glue onto the metal headband, and gently press the fringe trim on the glue.

DSC_00793. Let it dry before wearing.

Finished Fringe as Fringe

Now you’re ready to go out in style! If you fancy another type of fringe, try something in suede or even beaded for a night on the town!

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Fringe Fashion DIY Roundup

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Fringe is always a fashion staple for free-spirits, and we know why! It’s a carefree trim that adds fun movement to anything it’s on. Wearing an outfit with fringe will instantly more playfulness to your entire look! Here are some of our favorite DIYs using this dynamic trim!

The Alison Show Fringe Earrings

These fringe earrings from The Alison Show are a fun accessory that add that we bet all of your friends will want to make!

Leather Fringe Tshirt from M&J Trimming

This DIY from our archives pairs a cotton tee with fun leather fringe! It’s easy to make and look totally edgy and cool.diy-tassel-earrings-feature-072012

These bold tassel earrings from Trinkets in Bloom are definitely statement worthy. We love the use of rhinestone trim around top!

Fringe Bathing Suit from Pulled TogetherInterested in creating some bohemian beachwear? Look no further  than this tutorial on Pulled Together!

Sans Limites Crochet Fringe

This DIY from Sans Limites is perfect for the crocheter! This intricate fringe trim really adds another element to your garment, and would look great on a kimono!

Bohemian Fringe Inspiration

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Spring is here which means that those tightly bundled clothes you’ve wrapped yourself in over the winter are going back into storage to make way for the wonderful billowy styles of spring and summer. One trademark feature of this style is fringe, a staple in all hippy-inspired clothing. Check out our favorite ways to wear it!

Fringe Ankle Boots and Bag
Fringe Boots from EtsyAdding fringe to your footwear or handbag is an easy way to throw bohemian flair into your wardrobe.

Free People Fringe Harness

Leather Jacket with FringeClothing with fringe makes for an interesting layering piece. It adds movement and fun to any outfit!

Ombre Fringe Necklace

Who says fringe has to be made with suede or leather? Take a look at this handmade necklace featuring a twisted cord fringe! And is that a little ombre we see? This is the perfect statement necklace for spring and summer.

How will you be rocking this trend?

DIY: Tassel Fringe Pumps

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Over the weekend we had a taste of spring, and we seriously can’t wait until this snow is behind us. There’s less than a month left until the season begins, and we are putting some spring in our step for this week’s DIY, literally. These pumps are adorned with gorgeous tassel fringe in fun, floral colors, making them the perfect segue into one of our favorite seasons. So what are you waiting for? Make this DIY today and kiss winter goodbye!

Materials for Tassel Fringe Pump

What You’ll Need:

Nude Pumps

Napoli Loop Tassel Fringe (Fuchsia) #39680

32mm Carnation Rosette (Hot Pink) #70453

25mm Carnation Rosette (Hot Pink) #76455

E-6000

Scissors

Sobo Glue

Measuring Tassel Fringe to Cut

1. Count 5 tassels on your tassel fringe trim. This is how much you will need for each shoe.

Gluing Tassel Fringe

2. Turn your fringe over, and put Sobo Glue after the 5th and 10th tassel. Let dry. You will notice the glue is white, but it dries clear.

Cutting Tassel Fringe

3. Once the Sobo Glue is clear and dry, cut a little past the fifth and tenth tassels. These two pieces will be the backs of each shoe.
NOTE: If you see your trim fraying, add some more Sobo glue to the edges and let dry.

Gluing Tassel Trim to Nude Pump

4. Put E-6000 on the back of your fringe, and place the trim on the back upper part of the heel. When gluing down the trim, make sure you place the middle tassel in the middle of the shoe back. Hold the trim in place for a few minutes so it does not slip off and let it dry.

Gluing Rosette Trim to Side of Shoe

5. Take two of the larger rosettes and place one on the end of the trim and one on the opposite side. Glue down with E-6000.

Gluing Rosettes to Edge of Trim

6. On the right shoe place two smaller rosettes on the outside right of the shoe under the larger rosette to make a triangle of flowers. Let dry.

Gluing Rosettes to Side of Shoe

7. On the left shoe place two smaller rosettes on the outside left part of the shoe under the larger rosette to make a triangle of flowers. Let dry.

Finished Tassel Fring Pump in Nude

This fun, floral footwear is just the thing you need to shake off the winter blues! So get a pair of pumps, a section of fringe, and start DIYing your heart out!

Tassel Fashion DIY Roundup

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Tassels used to conjure up images of old dusty libraries with curtains that weigh more than a small car. They were seen as antiquated and out of style. Now tassels are back with a bubbly vengeance, and they’re making their way into your closet!

Tiny Tassel Bracelet from Maize Hutton

This cute bracelet from Maize Hutton is so colorful, and a perfect addition to your spring jewelry box!

Tassel Shoes from Honestly WTF

These tassel heels from Honestly WTF are such an amazing upgrade to a basic pump! This look is so easy to DIY with cord and single tassels.

Vanilla and Lace Tassel Accent Skirt

The tassels on this skirt from Vanilla and Lace add a fun and whimsical feeling to this already feminine piece. We love how they add just a touch of color to an all-white canvas.

The Sweetest Occasion Tassel Necklace

These tiny tassel necklaces from The Sweetest Occasion are so easy to make. You can make a bunch to coordinate with any outfit!

Gina Michele Yellow Drop Earrings

These tassel earrings from Gina Michelle are gorgeous! Their skinny style and long length makes them look so sleek.

Would you rock tassels on your clothes, or do you prefer keeping them on decor only? Let us know below!

Tassel Decor Inspiration

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We don’t think we’re alone here when we say tassels are just the best. They can be used for anything from home decor to fashion accessories, and everything in between! We’ve been playing with a lot of tassel as of late because it’s such a fun material fun, and adding it to clothes can instantly make them more funky! Here are some of our favorites. We’ll go as far as to say they’re fan-tassle-stic!

Dipped Neon Tassels

Two loves marry in this photo of dip dyed tassel. We love the pop of neon on an otherwise neutral tassel.

Purple Tone Tassels

The cool purple palette of this tassel garland keeps it from being too bold, with the silver accents adding just the right amount of festive fun!

Assorted Tassels from Ceiling

A ceiling of tassels would be such a cool installation in a craft room! We would be endlessly inspired by just looking up.

Tassels for Party Decor and Weddings

These paper tassels are a huge trend for weddings and party decor. They add whimsy and color to any event, without going over the top and looking childish.

Fringe Wall at M&J Trimming

We obviously couldn’t make an inspiration post about tassel without displaying our giant wall of tassel fringe! In a rainbow of colors and an assortment of shapes, the tassels we have are incredible and varied.

What’s New in February

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This February we have put some really special items up on the web. From furry pom poms to the perfect blazer button, we have everything you would ever need to create some stylish winter gear. We even have some cool new home decor additions too! Take a look below to see what’s new this February.

Fur Pom Poms

These colorful fur pom poms are the perfect addition to any winter hat! We love the gorgeous rainbow of colors they come in.

Fashion Buttons

Need to make a fashionable style statement? Try one of our fashion buttons! The Dome Faceted Button adds some dimensional sparkle, and the Concentric Ridge Button comes in an unexpected design. Our Perforated Faux Leather Button with Shank is also a great choice for adding some classic style to your clothing!

Metallic Buttons

Nothing looks better on a blazer than our gorgeous Dome Blazer Button with Crest! For added interest, try our Two Hole Metal Concave Button or Cast Metal Flat Rim Button!

Home Decor Fringe

Dress up your home with this gorgeous Braided Tassel Fringe! It comes in an array of colors to match any decor and style.

Which of these items are you most excited to try out?

Our Favorite DIYs of 2013

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New Years Day is a time to reflect on the year before, and make plans for the year ahead. As we start planning our fabulous DIYs for the upcoming year, we wanted to take a look back at some of our favorites from this year and share them with you!

Rhinestone Lucite Bag DIY

It’s clear why this bag made it into our favorites! Our Rhinestone Lucite Bag DIY is perfect for carrying everything you’d ever need, and the addition of the rhinestones really makes it pop.

Great Gatsby Bracelet DIY

We aren’t sure if it was 2013 or 1922 because this year was all about the Roaring 20s! Inspired by the Great Gatsby, we made this gorgeous bracelet/ring combination.

Tie Dyed DIYs

So this summer we went a little crazy for dye. We made a series of projects using Rit Dye. From the swirl scarf to the abstract tank, we loved all of them and can’t pick a favorite! Which is yours?

Rhinestone Clutch DIY M&J Trimming

Glam up your graphic clutch with rhinestones. It’s the perfect way to give your clutch a super stylish touch!

Chainette Fringe DIY

If you’re feeling edgy, or fringe-y for that matter, take your sweater to the next level with this DIY using chainette fringe.

Vintage Button Necklace DIY

This vintage button necklace definitely makes a statement! We loved the bold look of thick chain and antiqued buttons.

What DIY was your favorite this year, and what are you looking forward to seeing in 2014? Let us know in the comments below, and you may just see your DIY suggestion in 2014! We hope you have a happy new year from all of us at M&J Trimming!

DIY: Punk Spike Bracelet

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It’s been two months since we launched Project DIY, and we can’t get over how incredibly creative our subscribers are!  As some of you may have noticed, our October Project DIY box has more edge than September’s box. That’s because for October we’re embracing the Punk Revival vibe! The DIY below was a finalist for our latest box, but proved to be a little more dark and daring. Although this gothic design didn’t fit into the collection, we loved the bracelet so much that we just couldn’t keep it to ourselves!

Materials-Punk-Spike-Bracelet

What You’ll Need:

1 Yard of 3mm Vinyl Braided Cord in Silver/Black #56150

1 Yard of 1.5″ Spike Fringe #57610

2 End caps

Jump rings

Lobster clasp

Scissors

Pliers

Wrapping Black and Gold Cord for Measuring

1. We’re going for the layered look, so wrap the cord around your wrist a few times to measure the length.

Cutting the Black and Gold Cord with Scissors2. Cut to your desired length.

Fixing Closure to Braided Trim

3. Take cord end caps, and attach to each end of the cord. Clamp down to secure cord in the end cap.

Attaching Jump Ring to Black and Gold Cord

4. Take a jump ring, and attach it to the hole on the end cap. Repeat this step on the other side, but add the lobster clasp as well.

Spike Fringe Laid Out

5. Now it’s time for the fun part: embellishing! Count 6 spikes, and then detach them from the chain. Repeat this until you have no leftover chain.

Attaching Jump Ring to Cord and Spike Fringe

6. The next step is to add one jump ring to each of the spike fringe segments you just created.

Closing Jump Ring with Spike Fringe

7. Finally, add the jump ring with the fringe chain section to the cord and close the jump ring. Repeat this step until all of the chain sections are attached to the cord.

Finished Spike Fringe BraceletYou’re all done! Pair this bracelet with some black jeans and a rebel yell, and you’re good to go! If you haven’t had enough punk goth aesthetic for the day, check out our Punk Goth Inspiration page for all of your dark and brooding needs. Looking for something a little more glamorous? Subscribe to this month’s Project DIY box!