Leather Accessories DIY Roundup

Although the weather is warm and balmy, we have leather on our minds! There’s something so rugged about it that makes its addition to your home decor or outfit a little more earthy and cool. Its also a great medium to use when making gifts because its sturdy, durable and only looks better with age. Here are a few of our favorite DIYs that use this classic material.

Leather Wallet

Adventuring in distant lands this summer? Make this cool leather passport holder for your desert or jungle adventures!

Shelf DIYKeep your items up with this cool shelf DIY that uses thick leather straps!

 

Leather Herb LabelsThere’s something so natural and organic about these leather herb labels. You can use this same technique to create cool office supply jars!

 

DIY Leather Camera StrapCarrying around a heavy camera can be a bother, especially when you have a standard strap. Give your tech a rustic upgrade with this soft leather camera strap.

 

Makezine Leather Tool Kit Still need a gift for Father’s Day? Make this tool roll that any guy would love!

Father’s Day DIY Roundup

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Father’s Day is right around the corner, and we have just the DIYs for you to make your dad!  Father's Day Shirt CardStart the day off right with these cards shaped like shirts!

Swiss Army Key Ring

Your dad will never misplace his keys again when they look like a rugged swiss army knife.

DIY Leather Sunglass CaseThe weather is warm and the sun is out. Make this great sunglass case  to keep his shades safe from scratches.

Cuff Links

Is you father formal? Make these cool cufflinks for his next event using our cool buttons!

Eye Chart DIY

Is your Dad a sci-fi fan? Make this cool Star Wars-inspired wall art!

Need some more suggestions? Take a look at last year’s roundup for some equally awesome ideas!

Gift Guide for the Crafty Mom

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if your mom loves to DIY as much as you do, we have some suggestions that will make her jump with joy.

ThreadThe Seamstress – If your mom loves to sew, give her some enhanced essentials! Make a kit with fashion tape, a rainbow of thread, and a unique array of buttons.

Pompom TrimThe Home Decor Diva – Does your mom change her decor according to styles and not just seasons? Give her some trim that she’s bound to love! How about an elegant tassel fringe, or a fun pom pom fringe?

Beaded Trim

The Social Butterfly – If your mom is a VIP who is always attending parties and galas, make sure she shines with rhinestone or beaded trim! It’s the perfect trim for adorning an evening dress or clutch.

Project DIY

The Accessory Queen – If your mom loves making her own stylish accessories, check out our Project DIY kits! They have everything you need to make stylish, runway-inspired accessories.

 

Easy Holiday Gift Upgrades

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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