Easy Holiday Gift Upgrades

Have you ever received a gift that just wasn’t your style? Maybe it was too simple, maybe it was too loud. Whatever the reason, you’re thankful for the gift and wouldn’t ever want to throw it out. But what do you do? Stick it in the back of your closet never to see the light of day? Not so fast! Here are some ways to make that meh gift your favorite of the bunch!

Jeweled Sweater

Did you get a piece of jewelry that has way too much going on? Break it apart and use the individual pieces for something else. You can add baubles to a pair of shoes, or make your shoulders shine by sewing your gems onto a basic sweater.Embroidered Headphones from Sweet Paul Magazine

You’re a music lover, but also a fashionista, so those basic headphones might not do. Upgrade them by adding nailheads, gems or even embroidered flowers!

Rugged Sweater Boots DIY

Make those boots made for walking into boots made for strutting! If you have enough basic boots in your closet, make these a fun pair by adding a sweater or some fun leather trim to them!

Studded Pillow

Got a home decor item that doesn’t match your style? Oh the DIYs you could do! Rit Dye will become your best friend. So will beaded trim and jacquard ribbons because they turn the boring and bland into unbelievable.

Did you receive a gift you didn’t absolutely love? Just DIY it into something you can’t live without!

Holiday Gift Guide

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Are you a serial gift card giver? It’s time to break the habit, and get personal with your holiday gifts. Here are a few suggestions for those who are new to the gift-giving game.

Working Man's Hygiene Kit from Uncommon Goods

The Undercover Groomer – This Working Man’s Hygiene Kit from Uncommon Goods is a great gift idea for that man in your life who works with his hands, but still wants to keep them baby-soft. He may accept it begrudgingly, but he’ll be smiling on the inside.

Project DIY Joan of Arc Warrior Cuff

The Fashion Savvy Pinner – You know that friend who says she wants to get crafty and make things, but the excuses always seem to pile up? Take those excuses out of the equation with a Project DIY gift subscription! Project DIY is a carefully curated collection of DIY accessories that are perfect for crafting beginners, and the boxes come with everything your friend needs to start making envy-worthy fashion pieces. The best part is that it comes right to your door every month! The individual projects are also fantastic stocking stuffers.

Clue Game from Restoration Hardware

The Playful Party Host – Bringing people together and creating lasting memories are the number one goals of a great host. Give them a helping hand with this Vintage Bookshelf Edition of Clue! Guests won’t only be wondering if it was Professor Plum in the ballroom with a candlestick, they’ll also be wondering where to find such an aesthetically pleasing version of the game.

Barnes and Nobles Collectible Edition

The Design-Conscious Bookworm – Barnes and Nobles reinvents their classics collection with beautiful hardcover editions. Replace the torn and overworked copy of their favorite novel with one of these gorgeous books! There are a lot of great classics to choose from. So whether they enjoy the twisted world of Wonderland or want to delve into the world of philosophy with Plato, they’re sure to be pleasantly surprised.

Garden Plate & Utensils

Picky Eaters – You know how kids are always told NOT to play with their food? This Garden Plate let’s them do the opposite with a bunch of garden “tools”/utensils. Why can’t eating be more fun? Plus, imagining that they grew their own vegetables in their plate may encourage them to eat more greens! No guarantees though.

Do you have any more gift suggestions to add to the list? Let us know below!

DIY: Glamorous Holiday Gift Wrap

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We’ve been going on and on about butcher paper being used as holiday wrapping the past few days because it’s so versatile. Despite its less-than-appealing name, this stuff can be a canvas for some of the most amazing present wrapping ever! If you’re still not convinced you can make a gorgeous gift with it, prepare to be amazed by our totally glamorous holiday gift wrap!

Large Package

Glamorous Large Package DIY Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need: 

Fine Metallic Lace (Gold) #56468

Fine Metallic Lace (Gold) #56466

Beaded Trim with Fur Edge (Black) #57507

5mm Imported Velvet Ribbon (Reef Gold) #02405

22mm Imported Velvet Ribbon (Reef Gold) #02422

Glue

Tape

Scissors

Glamorous Large Package DIY Gold Ladder Ribbon | M&J Trimming

1. Once you have your present wrapped, start by taking your gold ladder shaped ribbon and wrapping it across vertically. Tape the first ribbon down.

Glamorous Large Package DIY Velvet Weave | M&J Trimming

2. For your horizontal piece, weave in your 22mm velvet ribbon. Weave under and over one bar, skip 4 spaces, then weave up and over one. Keep repeating until you have enough ribbon to wrap around the box. Tape ribbon down onto the bottom of the package.

Glamorous Large Package DIY Wrapped Ribbon | M&J Trimming

3. Tape ribbon down onto the bottom of the package.

Glamorous Large Package DIY Fur Decal | M&J Trimming

4. Cut 3 inches of your fur trim. Fold one side on top of the other to create an appliqué. Glue down.

Glamorous Large Package DIY Metallice Lace | M&J Trimming

5. Take your circle patterned lace, and cut out 3 connecting circles. Make sure each circle connects to form a triangle. Then glue onto the present.

Glamorous Large Package DIY Ribbon Tag | M&J Trimming

6. Add a tag of your choice with the 5mm Reef Gold velvet ribbon.

Glamorous Large Package DIY | M&J Trimming

Small Package 1

Glamorous Small Package DIY Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need: 

Fine Metallic Lace (Gold) #56477

Fine Metallic Lace (Gold) #56482

16 mm Imported Velvet Ribbon (Bordeaux) #02416

5mm Imported Velvet Ribbon (Reef Gold) #02405

Glue

Tape

Scissors

Glamorous Small Package DIY Weaving | M&J Trimming

1. Take your 16mm Bordeaux velvet ribbon and weave it in and out of the gold lace. You will need enough ribbon to cover the front vertically. When it is the desired length, tape down the ribbon with the ends on the bottom.

Glamorous Small Package DIY Metallic Lace Circles | M&J Trimming

2. Take your gold lace, and cut out three connecting circle to form a triangle.

Glamorous Small Package DIY Glued Lace | M&J Trimming

3. Put your lace triangle circles on each side of the velvet and lace combination.

Glamorous Small Package DIY Tag | M&J Trimming

4. Hang a tag with the 5mm Reef Gold velvet ribbon.

Glamorous Small Package DIY | M&J Trimming

Small Package 2

Glamorous Small Package DIY Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need: 

Oval Detailed Fine Metallic Lace (Gold) #56473

27mm Butterfly Pleat Taffeta (Black) #40566

5mm Imported Velvet Ribbon (Reef Gold) #02405

Glue

Tape

Scissors

Glamorous Small Package DIY Weaving | M&J Trimming

1. Take your pleat taffeta and weave it in and out of the large circle openings in the gold lace.

Glamorous Small Package DIY Placement | M&J Trimming

2. Place the ribbon across the package, and tape the ends to the bottom.

Glamorous Small Package DIY | M&J Trimming

3. Add a tag with the 5mm velvet ribbon.Finished Luxe Holiday Wrapping | M&J Trimming

With a little M&J Trimming ANYTHING can go from ordinary to extraordinary, even presents wrapped in plain old paper!

Quick Gift Wrapping Tips

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At M&J Trimming we know a lot about wrapping presents. Our beautiful ribbons aren’t just for adding to fashion items, they’re also perfect for wrapping those holiday gifts! Over the years we’ve collected a few tips to make your wrapped presents enviable, and keep your headache at bay.

Brown Butcher Paper from Create-OlogieKeep it Simple – Skip the reindeer wrapping paper. Grab a roll of brown butcher paper or white craft paper instead! If you want something a little more vibrant, get a big roll of silver or gold wrapping paper. By buying a large quantity of one type of wrapping paper you’re saving money, space and time! You also get the opportunity to make each present a little bit different by using various ribbons and tags.

Custom Colors – If you took our advice on the butcher block paper, now’s the time to get creative. Use stamps to make some patterned wrapping paper, and vary the colors for each present. Draw notes or doodles directly on the wrapped box!

Under the Wire – Looking to adorn your present with a beautiful bow? Wire edge ribbon is perfect for puffing up holiday bows. The wire hidden in the edges of the ribbon helps your bows keep their shape.

Neon Gift Tags from Lil Sugar

Tag It – Making tags is a quick and easy way to personalize a gift. Because tags are small, you can pull out all the stops with them. Add some Swarovski crystals, attach them with some gorgeous vintage ribbon, or paint on some abstract patterns. A simple way to give your tags some pop is to use a pair of scalloped scissors when cutting them out.

Card Catalogue – Re-use old holiday cards by cutting out the images and fastening them onto gifts with double-stick tape or glue.

Wrapped Holiday Presents

Use the Unusual – If your gift recipient is a big comic book fan, use comic book pages to wrap your present. If they love Jane Austen, use a few pages from an old book. Thrift stores usually have very cheap books for sale, so you won’t have to sacrifice your copy of Sense and Sensibility.

What tips have you picked up over the years? Share them with fellow wrappers below!

DIY Roundup: Autumn Decor

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While we love decorating for Halloween, all good things must come to an end, even a roll of fabulous vintage jacquard ribbon. Now that the holiday is over, it’s time to replace some of those ghoulish gourds and creepy creations with bright and warm fall decor. Here are a few of our favorite DIYs for autumn!

Ring of Fire

Autumn Wreath | Better Homes and Gardens

You’re probably thinking you’ve seen one wreath, you’ve seen them all. Well this one really caught our eye. It captures the colors of fall beautifully, and we love those bright Chinese lanterns! It’s easy to make with the instructions on the Better Homes and Gardens website.

Rustic Elegance

Jute and Lace Vase | M&J Trimming

This jute and lace vase is just as cute as it was when we made it last year as a host or hostess gift. Fill it with sprigs of autumn leaves to really embrace the season!

Decorative Dish

Fall Leaf Bowl | Shelterness

Why shouldn’t bowls be seasonal and stylish? This fall leaf bowl from Shelterness is a great for holding treats, or as a catchall for keys. It also makes a great gift!

What a Hoot

Autumn Owl Decorations | A Beautiful Mess

Are you an avian aficionado? Make one of these cute little owls from A Beautiful Mess. Even a bird brain could do it!

Brown Bag Bouquet

Brown Paper Bag Flowers | A Place for UsThese beautiful brown flowers are made using an unlikely source: paper bags! Visit A Place for Us to find out how to make these thrifty and rustic fall decorations!

We hope we’ve inspired you to create some new decorations for the season! If you have any great ideas for fall decor that you think we would love, share them down below!

Ideas For Gift Wrapping

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By Blerona

In spirit of the holiday’s I’d like to show you some ideas for gift wrapping. Even though everyone rips through the wrapping paper in 2 seconds, presentation is everything! And I love wrapping my presents in fun and inspiring colors with trimmings that I have laying around. The two wrapped gifts below were for the winners of the Ladies Night Out Challenge and I just had to take pictures before I sent them out because I loved the way they came out.

Materials for Gift Wrapping

The directions are pretty simple, just let you creative side run wild using trims and paper that you never thought you’d use to gift wrap! Happy Holidays!

Brittany’s Wrapped Gift

Laura’s Wrapped Gift

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Items Used:

16mm Velvet Ribbon Dark  Grey,Style# 02416 1

2” Pleated Velvet Ribbon Cardinal, Style # 40495 (1.800.9.mjtrim) 2

DIY Frog closure

By Blerona

I love keeping planners and journals. And recently I bought a journal that opens from the middle but it was to plain for my liking so I decided to dress it up a bit. Frog closures have always reminded me of a vintage classic look. So I attached a frog closure to stretchable trim and it looks a lot more expensive than what I paid for and I love it. This is such a good idea for those on a budget gifts I will definitely be thinking about this around Christmas.

 

Materials:

Directions:

  • Step 1: Measure the stretchable trim around the planner or book and cut
  • Step 2: Sew one frog closure onto one end of the stretchable trim
  • Step 3: Then sew the other closure on the other side of the trim
  • Step 4 (Optional): Take your hot glue gun and glue the back of the stretchable trim to the back side of your planner or journal. This way if you want to unhook your closure you won’t lose or forget it.
  • Step 5: And you’re finished, start writing!

DIY Holiday Week Two: Iron-on Applique

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Hello Holiday Lovers,

As part of our Holiday Season, we are creating DIY Holiday Gift Idea videos for your gift inspirations. Last week I took you on a tour in our NYC’s 5,000 sq ft showroom. This week Carlos and I show you how to apply an iron-on appliqué. A great gift for anyone on the holidays!

 

Click here for a list of materials 

Tune in next week for a look that will have you chained to our website!

Happy Holidays, Blerona

Wedding Favors

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By Kristin

Wedding Favor Box

Picking out your wedding favors is one of the many exciting part of planning your wedding. I think using some handmade favor boxes is a great way to give your guest a special little “Thank you”.

A fun idea for using favor boxes is setting up a bar filled with your favorite candies and confections. You can pick candies that coordinate with your wedding colors or ones that remind you of your childhood. Place the candies in pretty jars, vases or bowls and have the boxes on the side for your guests to fill at their leisure.

You can also use the boxes as seating cards. Write your guest’s name and table number on a little card and tuck or tie it on top of the favor box. The boxes can be placed on tables and your guest will be sure to enjoy opening up their little gift from you.

The favor boxes are very easy to make and can be personalized in a variety of ways. Stamp your monogram on the side, glue on a photo or tie them with a coordinating ribbon, topped with a cute button or flower.

You can fill the boxes with anything you like such as candies, cookies or candle. I find edible favors to be the most popular and most enjoyed by guests.