Halloween DIY: Frozen Fantasy Shoe

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This year almost everyone was obsessed with an icy cool animated film, and we have yet to “let it go”. This year, embrace that Arctic-freezing fashion with your Halloween costume! Learn how to make a shoe that’s worthy of an ice princess. Not the princess you had in mind? Check out our Fiction and Fantasy Halloween Shop for everything you need to create the most magical costume of all!

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What You’ll Need:

Pumps with clear siding

Crystal Meridian Blue

Sapphire

Light Sapphire

Crystal

Crystal AB

14mm Round Jewel With 2 Holes

24mm x 10mm Oval Jewel With Holes

E6000

Crystal KatanaDSC_06201. Decide on the pattern you want to create on your shoes.

DSC_06322. Use up the larger stones and pieces first. This ensures that you will have space for them.

DSC_06433. Hold each stone in place for a few seconds so that the stones don’t slip down the shoe.

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DIY: Punk Rock Studded Collar

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This year add some serious punk-rock style to your Halloween costume with a collar DIY that can be easily created with a few simple studs and a collared shirt! Need more edgy DIY materials? Check out our Punk Rock Halloween Shop! DSC_0456 What You’ll Need: Black Collared Shirt 7mm x 10mm Metal Spike With Screw 7mm x 10mm Metal Spike With Screw 8mm x 13mm Metal Spike With Screw 10mm Two-Tone Spike Ultra Suede Ribbon E6000 Hole Puncher Scissor   DSC_0457DSC_04801- Take your shirt and carefully remove the collar part. DSC_0482DSC_04842- Take your trim and glue down on the rim of the collar. Let dry. DSC_04853- Punch a hole in the collar and screw in a spike. Repeat this until desired design is complete.

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Halloween DIY: Medieval Chain Headpiece

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If you’re anything like us, you have Game of Thrones fever, and that fever is bound to inspire a lot of really cool costumes for Halloween! Whether you want to transform into a fair maiden or gallant knight, this regal chainmaille-inspired headpiece is the perfect accessory for your outfit.

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What You’ll Need:

6mm Colored Metal Chain

28mm x 16mm Oval Jewel With Holes

E6000

Pliers

DSC_04391. Measure silver chain from the tip of your forehead to the mid back of your head, and then measure gold chain going around the length of your head. Close the gold chain, and attach the silver chain in the middle.

DSC_04452. Take Two pieces of chain and connect to the tip of the first chain. These two pieces should be longer on the sides to create a “U” shape. Measure, cut, and connect to the back piece.

DSC_04383. Take three long pieces of chain in varying lengths. Connect these pieces to the sides of the U-shaped chains on the side on your head.

DSC_04524. Add a stone to the front of your headdress where the gold and silver chain meet. DSC_04495. Create a small “U” out of chain and attach it to either side of the area where the stone is.

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If you want to see what other items we have to create the perfect Medieval Renaissance look, check out our Medieval Renaissance shop. For other costume materials, visit our Halloween Store!

M&J Halloween 2013

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Halloween is a big deal here at M&J because the holiday is all about getting to show your creative side! (The candy doesn’t hurt either.) Every year we like to dress to impress, and show our customers how versatile the products at M&J Trimming are. Check out our costumes from one of the most exciting holidays of the year!
Pharaoh M&J Halloween Pageant Don’t just walk like an Egyptian, walk like a pharaoh!

Minnie and Pirate M&J Halloween Pageant

The beauties from the M&J Bridal Salon look great as Minnie Mouse and a swashbuckling pirate!

Flock of Birds M&J Halloween Pageant

This creative flock decided it’s better to be birds of a feather than to fly solo. Guess which one of them took home 6th place at the M&J Halloween Pageant!

Waldo M&J Halloween Pageant

Guys, we found Waldo. “He” was staring at the striped grosgrain ribbon wall for like…hours.

Cat M&J Halloween Pageant

No Halloween is complete without a black cat. Crossing paths with this one won’t give you bad luck though, just really great fashion advice!

Psy M&J Halloween Pageant

Forget Madison Square Garden. We had Psy performing on the M&J Trimming runway!

Nancy and Brawny Man M&J Halloween Pageant

Just two dudes being dudes as Nancy from the Craft and the Brawny man.

Zipperface and Mermaid M&J Halloween Pageant

The two finalists for the M&J Trimming Halloween pageant! Check out those accessories, and that makeup! It’s no wonder these two made it to the top.

Zipperface M&J Halloween Pageant

And the winner of our M&J Trimming 2013 Halloween Pageant is Charlie as the totally terrifying zipperface!

M&J Trimming Halloween 2013

Everyone from M&J Trimming seriously stepped up their costume game this year! We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with next year!

Our Favorite M&J Costumes

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At M&J Trimming, Halloween is one of our favorite holidays! Our favorite aspect of this glorious day isn’t the treats, the spooks, or the tricks. It’s the, you guessed it, costumes! We love getting creative using the items we have in the store to make totally customized costumes! Here are a few of our favorites  from over the years!

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This cute gypsy costume is easy to recreate. You just need a skirt with some volume, a scarf to tie around your waist, and some gold coin trim!

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These costumes are positively terrifying. If you see these guys stalking you in the store, we promise that they’re just trying to help you pick out some trim!

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How creative are these troll costumes? The use of Troll Beads takes these costumes to the next level, and we love the color coordination and crazy hair!

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Looks like someone is “taking it easy” in a hippie ensemble. This look is super easy to recreate using our ribbons for the headband!

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This costume was inspired by the classic film and novel, Clockwork Orange. We may be biased, but we think this looks way more stylish than the original!

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These pictures were taken during our Halloween event a few years ago. Guests got to trim, bedazzle and embellish to their heart’s content. Look at that amazing chained corset one guest made!
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There was no absence of cats and dark costumes at this year’s Halloween. Meow!

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Everybody smile and say trick or trims!

Can’t wait to see what we’re going to be? Come into M&J Trimming on Halloween to see some of your favorite trimmers all dolled up in hilarious and creative costumes!

Dia de Los Muertos Inspiration

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In the United States our Halloween celebrations are usually very dark and intentionally gloomy. However when October 31st swings around in Mexico, the atmosphere is completely different! From October 31st to November 2nd, Mexico is full of bright colors, celebrations, and beautiful sugar skulls in honor of the Dia de Los Muertos!

We weren’t the only ones inspired by this beautiful holiday. Dia de Los Muertos is a well of inspiration for fashion designers too!

Marie Claire Dia de Los Muertos

Marie Claire Dia de Los Muertos

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These editorial photos for Marie Claire by Enrique Badulescu embody the drama and flair that is often found in Mexican style.

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Lena Hoschek’s Spring 2013 collection embrace the bright colors of the holiday, and the aesthetic of the traditional Mexican style. We love the bold colors and prints, and the little punchy details like the black mini-tassels on the pink dress!

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Drea Sobieski of blondehaus went a little darker with the style, but still donned an amazing sugar skull mask. And check out that bone ring! We love it. We want it. Immediately.

What aspect of Dia de Los Muertos do YOU find most inspiring: the flower crowns, sugar skulls, bold printed dresses?

Once Upon a Time Costume Inspiration

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Once Upon a Time is a show in which all of your favorite fairy tale characters come to life! If you haven’t seen it yet, you should try to catch at LEAST one episode because this show boasts some of the most beautiful costumes we’ve ever seen. Everyone looks like, well, a princess! If you’ve been inspired to make your own Once Upon a Time character costume, we have a few helpful suggestions to take your costume to the next level.

Snow White and the Evil Queen from Once Upon a Time

Two of the main characters, Snow White and the Evil Queen, have the most contrasting looks on the show. Snow White wears lots of fur and leather, befitting a totally kick-butt princess. It’s more function than fashion for her. The Evil Queen, on the other hand, has some of the most ornate costumes on the show! Check out the beaded trim, frogs and lace on this dress! She definitely demands attention with her incredible gowns. Those sleeves leave us completely speechless.

Siren from Once Upon a Time

This may look like Snow White, but it’s actually a shape-shifting siren! We love her jeweled crown which looks just like water, and the fringed wrap reminds us of a fisherman’s net.

Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon a TimRumpelstiltskin plays the resident bad guy of Storybrook. When you find him in flashbacks he’s dressed to kill in leathers and crocodile skins. If you’re going for an authentic “Dark One” look, don’t forget the golden thread!

Aurora from Once Upon a Time

Aurora, A.K.A. Sleeping Beauty, is on point with her princess-attire. With her lush feather collar and rhinestone accessories, she definitely fits the part of a princess!

Tinkerbell from Once Upon a Time

Dressing like Tinkerbell is all about sparkle. So bring on the beaded trim to recreate her headband, and don’t forget the wings and pixie dust!

Do you watch the show? Which princess’s style are you coveting? Let us know!

DIY: Under the Sea Tank

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We love to dye at M&J. It’s always an experiment because the medium has a mind of its own! We embraced that free-flowing spirit with this next DIY, a tank top worthy of any mermaid under the sea.

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What You’ll Need:

20mm Paillettes with Hole on Top #13623

Teal RIT Dye

E-6000

White tank top

Big Plastic Bucket or Sink

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1. Follow the RIT Dye instructions. We used teal RIT dye powder, which we combined with 2 cups of hot water and 5 cups of lukewarm water.

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2. Dip the end of your tank into the dye. If you want an ombre effect, leave the ends of the tank in the dye for a longer period of time.

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3. Wring the excess dye out into the bucket.

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4. Wash out your tank until the running water becomes clear. This will indicate the dye has set in and will not run.

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4. Allow your tank to dry.

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5. When your tank is dry, create a design on the bottom of the colored tank using paillettes.

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6. Glue your paillettes down in your desired pattern. We chose to border the bottom of the tank to represent fish scales, but you can choose whatever design you’d like!

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And there you have it, an Under the Sea tank top. We know Ariel would trade all of her thingambobs for this shiny tank! Do you want to replace the paillettes with pearls or rhinestones? Take a look at our Under the Sea page for some extra inspiration! 

DIY: Gatsby Headband

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For our second Halloween DIY installment, let’s take a journey back in time to the Roaring 20s. This style has taken the DIY world by storm after The Great Gatsby came out this spring. With the grandiose celebrations, chic fashions, and surplus of sparkles, it’s no wonder we’d love to channel the look into a DIY costume this year. Embrace your inner flapper with this amazing (and simple) Gatsby-inspired headband! Gatsby_Supplies

What You’ll Need:

3/4 yard of 18mm Foldover Elastic #25068

1 Curly Goose Feather Patch #42639

1 Beaded Pearl Fan Appliqué #41988

E6000 #46486

 Gatsy Headband Fitting

1. Use an elastic band to measure the distance around your head. Make sure it isn’t too loose or too tight! Create a half inch overlap, and cut off any excess.

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2. Place glue on that half inch end, and glue the ends together. Let it dry for an hour.

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3. Take your feather patch, and glue it over the seam you just created.

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4. Take your fan appliqué, and glue it over the feather patch.

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5. Make sure you allow your headband to dry for 24 hrs before wearing. You wouldn’t want the feathers to go flying while doing the Charleston!

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6. Place it delicately on your head to avoid disrupting those fabulous pin curls, and you’re all so set to go! Wear it out to your next party for a look that will make even Daisy Buchanan jealous!

Love the look, but want to make it your own? We’ve got you covered! Find all of the inspirational embellishments you need, from beaded trim to peacock feathers, at our Great Gatsby Inspiration Page!

Top 5: Gatsby-Inspired DIYs

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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!
DIY Gatsby Bracelet

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!

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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!

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If headbands make you feel fussy, try College Fashion’s re-purposed hair brooch on for size!

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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!

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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!