The presents have been wrapped, the cookies have been iced, and the seasonal DIYs are done. Well..almost. Before you throw out that holiday ribbon that’s wrapping your present, give it another glance. Ribbon is like DIY platinum. It’s a great resource to DIY with! Trust us on this one. We went all the way back into the M&J Archives and dug up some of our favorite ways to use ribbon, along with updated seasonal suggestions!
Use a beautiful solid-colored ribbon to show off some jewels. This DIY would be easy to recreate with some of our rhinestone buttons or appliques!
If you’re left with a lot of the same seasonal ribbon, use it to spruce up your winter decor! Gold or rich velvet ribbons would look great against a dark winter curtain. Need a little more hold for heavier curtains? Secure the curtain with a thick craft wire first, then wrap the ribbon around it and tie a beautiful bow!
Pearls add fun to the sophisticated look of pearls by making this cool ribbon and pearl necklace!
Reuse that ribbon to accent a basic shirt. Imagine how pretty a bright red shirt would look with this plaid ribbon as an accent.
We hope these suggestions have shown some new light on those oft-forgotten ribbons. Now that you have those ribbons safety stashed, go enjoy some cookies and watch Home Alone already! From all of us at M&J Trimming, we wish you a very merry Christmas, and happy holidays!
Ugly Holiday Sweater parties are all the rage now. If you aren’t familiar with this theme, the basic concept is simple: find the most heinous looking holiday sweater, and rock it til the reindeer fly home. While your sweater may look absolutely ridiculous, the rest of your outfit doesn’t have to! Here are a few simple ways to make your outfit stylish..or as stylish as possible given the circumstances.
Sweater, Diamond Cluster Rhinestone Button, Large Jewel Rhinestone Button, Flat Rhinestone Button
Remember our Vintage Button Necklace DIY? Replace those brass buttons with some of the rhinestone buttons above, and your neck may even garner more attention than that sweater! Plus you can wear it after the month of December, which is more than we can say for that ornament sweater.
Sweater, Bugle Beaded Applique, 1 1/4″ Woven Elastic, 18mm Metallic Foldover Elastic
Why stop sparkling with that sequin snowflake? Project DIY Designer, Michelle Levy, showed us how to make a No-Sew Holiday Headband, and we think that a sparkly beaded headband is the perfect complement to this sweater!
Sweater Dress, 1 1/2″ Ribbed Elastic, Buckle
This sweater dress looks comfy, cozy and totally bulky. Cinch it up by making a quick and easy belt!
Now granted we picked some cute, albeit loud sweaters, but we hope our suggestions gave you some ideas on how to upgrade your ugly sweater! Have you ever been to an ugly sweater party? Going to one this Christmas? If you revamp it using any of these tips, send us a photo! Actually, just send us a photo regardless. We would love to see how you rock this style.
Thanksgiving is over which means it’s time to dress your house for winter holidays! Take a peak at some of our favorite home decor looks for the holiday season.
These loose-hanging decorations keep the holidays from looking too overdone. If you prefer the no-fuss approach to decorating, this may be the look for you! It’s both rustic and relaxed.
Don’t have space to spare? Make decorating for the holidays easy and clutter-free with this innovative solution to cramped living quarters.
These pillar candles bring the Festival of Lights front and center. Keep the rest of your decor simple with blue and silver accents.
We love this festive and richly colored doorway. It’s the perfect way to get your guests in the holiday spirit before even walking through the door.
Sometimes less is more. The gold cone trees add a festive touch to an otherwise monochromatic space.
What’s your preferred look for the holiday season? Do you prefer bright and bold, or simple and understated?
So the food is all prepped and the family is on their way, but your decor leaves much to be desired. Here are some quick DIYs that will make your home festive for Thanksgiving.
This wreath made using corn is so festive with the addition of the husks! They’re like nature’s ribbons.
A Beautiful Mess never fails to impress. This Thanksgiving garland gets straight to the point with its typographic approach.
We love these festive gold-dipped leaves from The Sweetest Occasion. If you don’t want to make them into a garland, you can stick them on the wall with double-sided tape, or keep them on their branches and place them in a vase or jar.
This colorful little pumpkin from Glitter and Glue makes a really pretty centerpiece! Using floral foam helps the flowers fresh for days, and keeps your dinner guest from getting drenched in case it gets knocked over!
These little ombre pumpkins are so easy to make, anyone can make them! Recruit the kids table to help you out with this DIY.
Which of the DIYs above will you be using to transform your house into a festive family haven? Have another suggestion? Leave it down below!
If your gift wrapping strategy needs a little revamping, check out these great gift wrap DIYs for some inspiration!
So you have like a thousand Instagram pictures, but what good are they if they’re only on your tiny cell phone screen? Lemon Jitters has a great way to put those pics to good use! Print them out and cut them into tags to add a little bit of personality to your holiday wrapping. You could even personalize them further by using photos of the recipient as the tag!
We said it before, we’ll say it again: we love sparkles! This glitter gift wrap DIY from Best Day Ever is perfect for those who share our sentiments!
Keep your presents nice and cozy this holiday season. The adorable DIY from Boxwood Clippings shows you how to re-purpose those old sweaters into these cute gift sleeves!
Making this cute wrap will take a few pins, some string and some patience. We think the finished product is stunning!
Kids get so “wrapped up” in opening presents that they don’t pay attention to the wrapping! Make it interactive by adding some crayons to the mix. This way the gift wrap is part of the fun!
We love the look of gold and black for the holiday season. There’s just something about the combination of those two colors that screams glamour and drama. Here are some photos to turn your creative gears when planning your holiday festivities.
This incredible table almost looks like a bunch of clustered ornaments. It’s definitely on our holiday wish list.
This holiday place setting is perfect for a fun and festive evening. The confetti adds a whimsical touch to this metallic setup.
Adding an accent color like purple and fun chevron stripes adds some playfulness to these Art Deco invitations. We love these cards from Minted!
These black candles add a dramatic flair to a holiday dinner table. The gold detailing keeps them from looking too macabre, and perfect for a luxurious holiday gathering.
We love the look of this metallic ornament wreath from Bliss at Home! The black ribbon adds an elegant touch, and we think that a thick black velvet ribbon would provide a great contrast in texture.
When the holiday season hits most people go into crafting mode! One of the first crafts that everyone sets out to make is a holiday card because they’re so easy to make and customizable. If you’re in the crafting spirit today, here are some cute holiday cards to make this weekend!
These mini-wreaths from Frolic Blog are totally cute! They’re a nice way to add a natural element to your cards, and the minimalist design ensures that the focus stays on these darling little wreaths!
This ribbon card from HGTV was inspired by the bright and lively colors of Mexico. We love the look of the different colors and finishes, and obviously any project with ribbons has our name on it!
Stitched with Love
These simple stitched cards are so crafty and stylish at the same time. The modern shapes make them a great choice for the design-savvy folks in your life.
This card is so much fun! Using glitter or salt to make a holiday card is perfect for those who like a little bit of interactivity. Kids would go CRAZY over these cards!
This Eat Drink Chic card is adorable, and we love the bold pink reindeer against the neutral background!
Some people prefer to send photos, others like to create cards from scratch, and some just buy beautiful cards in bulk. What’s your holiday card strategy?
The late fall and early winter are THE times to have the most amazing parties because there are so many great holidays to celebrate with friends and family on the horizon. If you’re thinking of planning a party or hosting a small get together, we have a few tips to make your event go off without a hitch (or as few hitches as possible).
The earlier you start planning and doing, the better. Don’t leave things to the last minute, especially when it comes to the menu! This isn’t the time for creativity, make something you’ve already mastered or at least attempted with a high rate of success in the past few weeks.
It’s All About the Details
Little details are what people really remember from a party. Whether you decide to dip your pumpkin place cards in gold or wrap your napkins in lace trim, adding unique touches to your gathering really stays with the guests.
It’s a scientific fact that people love theme parties. Not only do they make the party more fun for the party-goers, it also narrows down the decor and dining options for the host. In all cases (except for trimming) too much variety can be overwhelming. We really like the medieval theme for this holiday season!
If you’re the host, you’re probably going to feel like you have to be taking care of your guests all of the time. Remember that these are your friends and family, and this is a party. You’re meant to enjoy it!
Do you have any party planning tips for our readers? Let us know below, and for more party planning inspiration click here!
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!
Don’t just walk like an Egyptian, walk like a pharaoh!
The beauties from the M&J Bridal Salon look great as Minnie Mouse and a swashbuckling pirate!
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!
Guys, we found Waldo. “He” was staring at the striped grosgrain ribbon wall for like…hours.
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!
Forget Madison Square Garden. We had Psy performing on the M&J Trimming runway!
Just two dudes being dudes as Nancy from the Craft and the Brawny man.
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.
And the winner of our M&J Trimming 2013 Halloween Pageant is Charlie as the totally terrifying zipperface!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Looks like someone is “taking it easy” in a hippie ensemble. This look is super easy to recreate using our ribbons for the headband!
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!
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!
There was no absence of cats and dark costumes at this year’s Halloween. Meow!
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!