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!
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.
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.
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?
Glam up your graphic clutch with rhinestones. It’s the perfect way to give your clutch a super stylish touch!
If you’re feeling edgy, or fringe-y for that matter, take your sweater to the next level with this DIY using chainette fringe.
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!
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!
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
1. We’re going for the layered look, so wrap the cord around your wrist a few times to measure the length.
2. Cut to your desired length.
3. Take cord end caps, and attach to each end of the cord. Clamp down to secure cord in the end cap.
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.
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.
6. The next step is to add one jump ring to each of the spike fringe segments you just created.
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.
You’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!
Even though it’s been months since Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby came out, we can’t stop obsessing over the fashions and accessories of the Roaring 20’s. Here are a few DIYs that will be perfect for your next flapper costume, but we love them so much that we might just wear them to our next party!
This adorable bracelet from Jolie Jouel captures the fringe of flapper dresses perfectly! The combination of the white and blue gems is refreshing, and the bracelet is so dainty that it won’t overwhelm your wrist. It would look beautiful with a white eyelet dress!
This M&J DIY bracelet was inspired by Daisy Buchanan’s beautiful jewelry. This piece would be the perfect addition to any authentic flapper Halloween costume! The best part? All of the items you need to make it can be found at M&J Trimming, even the floral applique!
If headbands make you feel fussy, try College Fashion’s re-purposed hair brooch on for size!
This incredible fringe dress tutorial from Cup of Tea is not for the novice crafter. It does take some skill with the sewing machine. If you’re feeling brave, give it a go! You’ll end up with an amazing dress. Interested in creating some different color combinations? At M&J we have fringe trim in every color imaginable!
This wouldn’t be a Great Gatsby DIY Roundup without at least ONE headband tutorial. The headpiece is an iconic component of the flapper style! This one from Buzzfeed is simply charming, and the way the rhinestone trim dangles adds a romantic touch. Do you love this look too? Check out our great selection of rhinestone trim and beaded appliques if you want to recreate it!
Now you can totally see why we love The Great Gatsby right? Everything about Jay Gatsby’s parties was glamorous and over the top! And can we just spend a minute gushing over the amazing amount of rhinestones in that movie? If you’re looking for more splendidly sparkly embellishments, visit our Great Gatsby Inspiration Page!
When we think of The Great Gatsby, we imagine the decadence and splendor of Jay Gatsby’s parties. If you’re in the business of trim and embellishments, you probably love tiny details. And if you haven’t been able to tell, we really, REALLY do. Especially ones that sparkle! Here are some images that got us completely inspired for our next DIY.
These beautiful pastel dresses are so detailed. Look that the pearl embellishments on the mint green dress, and the beading on the lace of the pink dress!
These bottles are a work of art! The etched glass is so detailed, and the amber whiskey really highlights the contrast.
The ultimate flapper had to be Clara Bow. She was the “It” girl of the 1920s, a silent-film siren, and an enduring fashion icon. Check out that sultry stare!
This beautiful black dress from ModCloth hits all the right jazz notes. We love the art deco design created by the trim and beading.
Our Bridal department was tasked with tracking down a headband inspired by the one worn by Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby. This one by Bernie of New York exceeded expectations! We were blown away by the serious shine of this headpiece.
While we hope you enjoyed our inspiration roundup, you can never have enough sparkle! Visit our Great Gatsby Inspiration Page to see more trim befitting the most fabulous flapper!
Curtains are among the first details you notice when you enter a room. They are both functional and fashionable. In order to get that dramatic effect curtains should be embellished with fringe, pom-pom trim, or greek key Jacquard. Purchasing these curtains ready-made can get pretty expensive which is why we always take the DIY route at M&J. To make your own customized curtains you can purchase inexpensive curtains from a department store and embellish them with any decorative trim. The options are endless!
To give you some inspiration we’ve rounded up some of our favorite curtain makeovers. Let us know what you think!
DIY Back Tap Curtains via I Heart Nap Time
DIY Pom Pom Curtains via 6TH Street Design School
Ikea Curtain Makeover via Lilikoi Joy
Ikea Curtain Makeover via Dwellings by Devore
Curtains from Drab to Fab via …Love Maegan
Customize Store-Bought Curtains via The Shabby Nest
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Staying warm and chic during fashion week has never looked better. Our latest 4 Ways to Embellish feature will show off the best ways to impress everyone with your little black sweater. Bring out your inner diva by adding a bold fringe to your shoulder sleeves. This simple transformations will have every style photographer looking your way.
50MM Chainette Fringe with chain
Lay your 50MM Chainette Fringe with chain trim on the smallest part of your sleeve. You can either wrap the trim around or focus on one side.
If you’re only highlighting one side, cut the strip from one end to the other.
If you want to have fringe on the front and backside, wrap the trim around the sleeve.
Cut the trim at the desired location.
Continue doing this until you have completed your entire sleeve.
This will allow you to lay our the 50MM Chainette Fringe with chain trim in the desired location.
Using E-6000, glue the trim down on each tier.
Apply a small amount of pressure.
How chic is this look?
It takes a lot of confidence for stars to don some of their concert looks. Although they may not be street style appropriate, there are many aspiring singers and entertainers looking to replicate these looks without the heavy price tag. These outfits are created with the intention of being noticed from all angles of a venue hence the over the top accents. We felt it was our duty to show you how to rock some of the greatest stage looks we’ve seen on our favorite leading ladies. Stop in and check out M&J we have everything from sequined trims to feathered accents. We can’t wait to see you here!
Wearing a scarf is one of the simpler ways of sprucing up an outfit. We found 5 DIY tutorials that demonstrate the many innovative ways to wear, embellish, or use scarves in original DIYs. Whether you’re looking to dip dye one you already have or reuse it to tie bows to your toes, these DIYs will perfect your spring wardrobe. Click on each of the images for the full demonstration.
Dip Dyed Scarf via Scarves Dot Net
Braided Jersey Scarf viaPickles
Scarf Bracelet via Trinkets in Bloom
Scarf accented shoes via Palm Beach Parties
Scarf necklace via My Life; My Story
When looking for upcoming trends we are often inspired by our surroundings.Being located in New York City, we find there is always an abundance of style around us. One trend that has been making its way to the east coast post-Coachella is definitely the global influenced/boho trend. The vibrant colors, mixed mediums and over-the-top detail associated with many of these products completely satisfies our creative juices. We’ve rounded up some of our top bohemian-influenced pieces that you can recreate using M&J trims just in time for Bonnaroo or everyday use.
4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Stud
5/8″ Fancy Rayon Braid
1″ Mohair Stretch Braid
Florence Tassel Fringe
4 ½” Beaded Lace
Swarovski Flatback Rhinestones-Black Diamond AB
Check out M&J for even more inspiration.
Supermodels, Celebs, and music lovers rejoiced at Coachella 2013. The California based music festival brought people together to celebrate musicians, comedians and fashion. As we scanned through instagram envious of those soaking up the sun in Cali we admired the many cropped tops, studded shorts and floral headpieces donned by the crowd. Below are some of our favorite looks we can’t wait to recreate.