DIY: Warm Winter Headband

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Winter is definitely one of those seasons that makes looking flawless harder than usual. Why? Those bulky hats mess up your glamorous hairstyle! Don’t let itchy hats deflate your ‘do any longer! This DIY will keep your ears from freezing and leaves your hair in great shape AND looks adorable on. Three birds, one snowball.

Warm Winter Headband DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:

1” Faux Leather Tape #48081

Pear Sew-On Stone #27474

Ear Warmer

Needle and Thread

Warm Winter Headband DIY Leather Loops

1. Cut 7 inches of your leather trim. Fold both sides into the center, so that each side has a loop.

Warm Winter Headband DIY Leather Bow

2. Flip the adjusted leather piece over, and sew onto the center of the headband.

Warm Winter Headband DIY Leather Wrap

3. Take a smaller piece of leather, and wrap it around the center of the bow.

Warm Winter Headband DIY Jewel

4. Sew your pear jewel onto the center of the leather bow.

Warm Winter Headband DIY from M&J Trimming

Now your ears are no longer a screaming shade of red, and your hair has that same volume it did when you left the house this morning. Take THAT winter!

Warm Ears for Winter

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The chill in the New York City air is so intense that the other day Times Square was eerily quiet. (And that NEVER happens!) Now’s the time to bundle up if you want to brave the cold. But what if you don’t want to ruin a perfectly good hair day with a case of hat hair? Fret not, for the solution to your problem is a simple one: headbands. Here are a few of our favorites! (And make sure you check out their FANTASTIC hair too.)

Winter White Headband and Sweater

Loving the sweater/headband combo. The different patterns keep this look from being too match-y.

Caramel Headwrap from Morea Seal

It’s like a caramel crown of comfort! This braided headband looks so cozy, and the color really brings out the model’s beautiful red hair.

Fuzzy White Headband with Snow

This white headband looks so luxe and lovely against the dark coat, which we’re also coveting.

Black Headband and Pink Hair

We love the modern touch the leather detail gives to this otherwise average black headband.

Studded Headband

The studs and rhinestones give the piece a subtle shine, and some edge.

So whip out that warm winter headband AND the curling iron because today your perfect hair day won’t be at the mercy of this frigid weather!

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY

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With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are scrambling to put together some festive and stylish outfits. This season is all about adding a bling to your outfit, and Project DIY designer, Michelle Levy, knows all about the sparkle of the holidays. For the holiday Project DIY collection centered around the theme of Baroque n’ Roll, Michelle created some truly dazzling DIYs for you to make at home. If you already have the latest Project DIY collection at home and need another craft project to sate your DIY appetite, then read on and see how Michelle made this easy no-sew holiday headband (a previous contender for the latest collection)! Although if you DO have the Baroque n’ Roll collection, sewing is a skill you’ve probably picked up while making the Gem and Lace Turban.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Michelle Cutting

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:

1.75″ Bead/Sequin Leaves Trim

Black Stretch Grosgrain

Fabric Glue

Felt

Scissors

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Cutting

Beaded trim can play double duty as both a trim and an applique! Just cut out each shape individually, making sure not to cut any of the threads holding the beads in place. Here Michelle is cutting out each leaf shape using the mesh backing as a guide.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY PlacementOnce the appliques are cut out, place them whichever pattern you like. Play around with different combinations and layouts. When you’ve settled on a layout, glue it down!

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Cutting

Carefully cut out the piece you’ve made.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Felt Trim Applique

You can leave some felt around the edges for a more crafty look.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Applique

But we decided to cut precisely around the piece.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Measuring

The next step is to measure around your head with the elastic. If you’re making this headband as a gift, the standard size is 22″.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY GluingThe No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY GluingGlue the applique to the elastic band. You can place the applique directly on top of the seam to hide it.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Michelle The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Michelle The No-Sew Holiday HeadbandsThis project is so easy, takes less than ten minutes to make, and looks like a million bucks! Pair one of these dazzling headbands with a little black dress, and you’re ready for any holiday party!

DIY Inspiration: Sold on Spikes

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On Tuesday we’re creating a DIY that’s a little bit dark and daring, and it uses one of our FAVORITE DIY materials: spikes! We love the look of spiked and studded clothing because it adds a little bit of edge to an otherwise demure outfit. Here are some of out favorite DIYs using spikes and studs!

Spiked T-shirt Rainbow Bracelet

The use of a colorful t-shirt for the bracelet base makes this piece look fun and funky! We also really like that leather band bracelet. That could be another awesome DIY!

Winter Vest Upgrade with Spikes and Studs

Guys love spikes too! A month ago we upgraded a winter vest using spikes and studs from the store. Be sure to check it out if you want to add some hardware to your wardrobe.

Studded Pastel Vans

Honestly WTF embraced their rebellious side, and turned these precious pastel Vans into some studly shoes! It’s amazing how studs can make something so innocent look totally killer.

Spiked Camo Headband

Just because you’re wearing camo doesn’t mean you’ll be blending in! Check out our Camo Print Spike Headband DIY to make this look!

P.S. I Made This Spiked Trench

Not all spikes are made equal. The “spikes” used in this P.S. I Made This DIY are more like stakes that have been painted gold. They’re the perfect addition to take your trench from tired to bold!

Have you created crafts with spikes before? If you found it difficult to pierce the fabric with conventional scissors, we suggest using a leather hole punch! We would love to see YOUR spiked DIYs. Show us whatcha got!

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!

Pearl-Applique-Bracelet

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!

College-Fashion-gatsby-brooch-diy

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

Great_Gatsby_Fringe_Dress

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!

Gatsby_Hanging_Crystal_Headband

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!

Camo Print Spiked Headband DIY

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We’re crushing on everything camo print and these elastic bands are our latest obsession. Most people have been creating hair ties with these but we’ve opted to create a punk influenced head band.

SUPPLIES
18MM Foldover Elastic Style No. 25068 in Camo
7MM x 10MM Metal Spikes with Screw
Small Holed Hole Puncher

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STEPS
Wrap the elastic around your head, so it wraps around fully with three inches left over.

Cut the elastic at this point.

Flatten the elastic making evenly spaced holes with your small holed hole puncher.

HINT: The holes are tiny so do not fret if you have placed them in the wrong spot.

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Place the screw through the hole tightening the other end with the spiked end.

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Continue doing this until you have the desired amount of spikes

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DIY Beaded Elastic Headband

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Lately we’ve been loving all of the awesome elastic trims that we have in our store, and we’ve been dying to use some in a DIY. So we dreamed up this lovely headband, created with some metallic elastic and beaded trim. If you’re looking for a last minute Halloween costume, this would be the perfect accessory for a Grecian dress, but you could also rock it on an everyday basis. Check out the DIY below!

1. Get your supplies. You need: 2 ft beaded trim, 1 ft metallic elastic, E6000 glue, and scissors. The metallic elastic we used is style number: 00531 and can be purchased by calling customer service at 1-800-9-MJTRIM.

2. Trim your beaded trim so it is about 15 inches long, and trim your elastic so it is about 8 inches long. Your length may be different – just trim the beaded trim so it fits over your forehead from ear to ear, and trim the elastic so it goes behind the head from ear to ear when stretched.

3. Place a dot of glue at one end of the elastic, then fold the end over on top of itself (about 1 cm) to reinforce the end. Hold in place until it dries. Do the same for the other end of the elastic. This will make the ends stronger so they can support the beaded trim. Then glue one of the ends of the elastic to the back of one of the ends of the beaded trim.

4. Glue the other end of the elastic to the other end of the beaded trim, to form a circle.

5. You’re all set! Simply slip the headband over your head and you’re ready to show it off.

Top 5 DIY Animal Headbands

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In our opinion, it’s best to go all out with a head-to-toe DIY costume, but we understand that sometimes it’s easier to go with a simple last-minute option. If you haven’t picked out your Halloween costume yet, have no fear! We’ve rounded up the best DIY animal ear headbands that will turn any outfit into an adorable costume. Check them out below, and let us know which one you like best!

DIY Minnie Mouse Ears by Elle and Ish

 

 

DIY Lace Bunny Ears by Monoxious

 

DIY Pom Pom Ears by Llevo El Invierno

 

DIY Felt Bunny Ears by Finley and Oliver

DIY Lace Cat Ears by Rock Mosaic

 

 

 

 

DIY Neon & Spiked Headband

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Two of our favorite trends right now are spikes and neon, and we’re trying to incorporate them into our everyday looks as much as possible. And we have so many cool new neon supplies in our store that we knew it was time for a neon DIY. With our favorite cone spikes and some awesome neon nailheads, we created this edgy, trendy headband that will brighten up any look this fall. Check out our tutorial below, and stop by our store to find more neon and spike selections!

Supplies:

  • a plain metal headband (available in our store)
  • silver cone spikes
  • leather trim cut to the length of the headband
  • neon square nailheads
  • E6000 glue
  • 1. Make sure your leather trim is trimmed so it will fit perfectly around the headband. Then lay it flat, and draw a thin line of glue along one side.

    2. Begin adding a line of neon nailheads on top of the glue. Hold each one down for a few seconds as it dries, and make sure there are no gaps in between the nailheads.

    3. Continue to add lines of glue, and then nailheads on top, until you have neon nailheads running down an entire side of the leather trim. Then use the same process to add a line of nailheads to the other side.

    4. Unscrew each of the cone spikes, as you will not be needing the screws.

    5. Evenly line up the spikes on the strip of leather to make sure you have the correct placement. They should be about an inch apart. Then gently glue each one in place.

    6. After the glue has dried and the spikes are firmly in place, draw a thin line of glue all along the metal headband.

    7. Gently place the leather trim onto the metal headband, making sure it is even and symmetrical. Hold it in place while the glue dries. Once everything is dry, you’re all done!

    DIY Floral Studded Headband

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    We love anything that combines girly and edgy elements, so when we saw these adorable ceramic flowers in our store, we knew they would look awesome paired with some rock-n-roll studs. So we created the ultimate summer headband,which could be worn by girly girls and downtown rockers alike. Follow along below to make your own!

    Supplies:

    1. You’ll only be needing the tops of the spikes, so unscrew each spike.

    2. Begin gluing the flowers and studs onto the headband. Place a dot of glue onto each flower or stud, and press it firmly onto the headband. Hold down for a few seconds while glue dries.

    3. Continue covering the headband with flowers and spikes, alternating between the two. Make sure you allow time for each piece to dry.

    4. When you’ve finished gluing on all of the flowers and studs, let your headband dry for 30 minutes, then you’re ready to show off your new hair accessory!