DIY: Toast the Host Lace Candle Holders

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Looking for the perfect gift for your holiday host? This DIY is the perfect last minute present that is sure to dazzle! These lace votive holders will set the cozy mood for any soiree, and they may even use them for the party as soon as they get them! DSC_0314

What You’ll Need:

 Glass Votive Holders

4” Fine Metallic Lace

Scissors

Magna-Tac glue

 Small candlesDSC_03161. Wrap your lace around the candle holder.

DSC_03182. Measure and cut.

DSC_03193. Cut one edge off of the lace trim so that the bottom is relatively flat.

DSC_03214. Add glue to your lace and gently wrap it around the votive. Place on candle holder carefully, and let it dry.

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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!

Ribbon & Wrapping Roundup

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Christmas is almost upon us, which means many homes are about to be taken over by scraps of wrapping paper and knotted trim! Although there are a select number of individuals who have a natural ability in the wrapping arts, most of us are left to fend for ourselves against the growing heaps of gift wrap and tissue paper. Here are some tutorials to help you wrap presents and tie ribbons like a pro.

Gift Wrapping

Gift Wrap Tutorial from Hideous Dreadful StinkyClassic and professionally perfect, this gift wrap tutorial is great for the standard boxed gift. Just try not to wince when the recipient tears off that beautiful wrapping job!

Eco Friendly Wrapping Tutorial from Hello, Handy Heart

We love the idea of using a napkin to wrap a gift. It’s practical, reusable, and really cute! This tutorial from Hello, Handy Heart is perfect for those of you who prefer an eco-friendly fabric approach.

Holiday Bundle Wrapping from Honestly WTF

The girls from Honestly WTF have just changed the gift wrap game with their Holiday Gift Bundle! Now you don’t need to find a box to hold that adorable cashmere sweater. Just bundle it up!

Once you’re confident in your wrapping abilities, take a look at our Holiday Gift Wrap DIY Roundup for some creative gift wrap ideas!

Ribbon Tying

Ribbon Tying from Design Mom

Design Mom takes you through the steps of tying the perfect classic bow! We love how a simple ribbon can totally transform the look of your package!

Gift Bow from How About Orang

These fluffy bows may appear difficult to make at first glance, but they’re actually pretty easy with the tutorial at How About Orange! Substitute the paper for some of our beautiful Wired Edge Ribbon, and you’ll have the most gorgeous bow this side of the North Pole.

We hope these tips and tricks have helped you conquer your wrapping anxiety. Now time to make a molehill out of a mountain, and start wrapping!

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!

Stay Stress-Free During the Holidays

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The holidays are a  time for togetherness and celebration, but they can also be extremely stressful. From planning to shopping, hosting and decorating; the stress of the holidays can take the joy out of the most wonderful time of the year! Here are some ways to keep your cool during this busy season.

Black Wrapped Presents

Keep It Simple – When it comes to gift wrapping or decorating, you can use shortcuts without sacrificing style. Wrap all of your gifts with one type of wrapping paper, and then customize each with different trim.

Gingerbread from Honestly YumFocus on One Thing – Whether it’s wrapping the presents beautifully or making a gingerbread house even a seasoned architect would be envious of, focus on doing one or two things really well. If you put too much pressure on yourself to make everything perfect, you’re bound to crack.

Dining Room Thistlewood

Accumulate Over Time – There’s no reason to buy or make all of your decorations at once. If you choose a decorating style that’s timeless you can continue reusing the same pieces year after year! Don’t hop on the color trend bandwagon every year. You can also reuse gift bags, and gift wrap. You’ll save yourself both time and money.

Vintage Star DecorationsEnjoy Yourself – When it comes to the holidays, sometimes we become so wrapped up in getting ready for the season that we forget to enjoy it while it’s here. Try to take a breather every once in a while, and take part in the holiday fun!

How do you stay sane every holiday season? Let us know below!

New York City Window Displays

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Many New Yorkers will agree that winter is one of the most magical seasons of the year, especially in the Big Apple. From the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center, to the light show displayed on the windows of Saks 5th Avenue, it’s truly one of the most unique and special times of the year. Every year we become completely inspired by the holiday atmosphere of the city, and we thought we’d share a little bit of New York magic with our readers!

Ornament WindowsLord and Taylor Window Santa Lord and Taylor Holiday Window Lord and Taylor Holiday Window Eveningwear Lord and Taylor Holiday Window Illustrations Lord and Taylor Animated Fitting

These beautiful animated window displays from Lord and Taylor brought us back to a forgotten time. The illustrated scenes paired with the moving characters looked like a storybook coming to life.
Ted Baker Holiday Window Clock Ted Baker Holiday Window Clock Gears

Saks 5th Avenue Yeti Story Saks 5th Avenue Yeti Story Family Saks 5th Avenue Holiday Yeti Story

Saks 5th Avenue had a whimsical story displayed in its windows. Passersby could follow the story of a young yeti who was determined to chase his dream! Kids were lined up around the block to see the animatronic yeti in action!

Versace Holiday Window Fendi Holiday Presents Window Display Tommy Hilfiger Holiday Windows Cartier Holiday Windows Chocolate Shop Storefront Anthropologie Sleeping Bear WindowAnthropologie Spool Bear WindowAnthropologie Holiday Spools Window Anthropologie Nesting Doll Holiday WindowThe windows at Anthropologie were a DIYers dream come true! That adorable slumbering bear was actually made of spools! Their attention to detail was enough to have you standing in front of the window for hours on end.
Holiday Ornaments Holiday Light Reindeer Holiday Trees

The holidays are in full swing in the city. We think that New York City really embraces the holidays in a special way, but we might be a little bit biased. What does your town do for the holidays? Send us a photo of your favorite decorations!

DIY: Baroque Pearl Ornament

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If you want your ornaments to make an elegant statement, we have the DIY for you! This month is all about sparkle and shine, from the tinsel on a Christmas tree to the icicles adorning your window. With these frosty and fun images in mind, we wanted to create something that was both seasonal and sparkly!

Baroque Pearl Ornament DIY from M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

8mm Faux Pearls Package #49380

6mm Faux Pearls Package #49387

40 x 30mm Oval Women Head Cameo #41584

3/8” Single Face Satin Ribbon (Ivory) #00295

7/8” Single Face Satin Ribbon (Silver) #00298

Styrofoam ball

Pins

T-pins

Glue

Scissors

Gluing Cameo onto Styrofoam Ball

Placing Cameo onto Styrofoam from M&J Trimming

1. Glue the cameo onto the center of the Styrofoam ball, and begin pinning pearls around it to create a frame.

Pinning Pearls from M&J Trimming

2. Continue adding pearls to the ornament until it is completely covered, aside from a small space at the top.

Gluing Ribbon from M&J Trimming

3. Pull your satin ribbon through a t-pin, and glue one end to the other.

Gluing Ribbon to Ornament from M&J Trimming

4. Once the ribbon seam is dry, push the t-pin through the empty space on top.Ribbon Bow Ornament from M&J Trimming

7. Create a bow using the other satin ribbon, and glue it in front of the looped ribbon.

DSC_0092Baroque Pearl Ornament from M&J Trimming

This pearl-adorned ornament is perfect for a classic and elegant tree. If you want the ornament to be a little less Baroque-inspired, just remove the cameo for an ornament that’s reminiscent of a playful snowball!

Trimming Your Tree Tips

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The Christmas tree often plays a central role in holiday festivities. Whether it’s trimming the tree to bring in the holiday season, or unwrapping presents underneath it on Christmas morning; the Christmas tree is almost its own character on Christmas! Here are a few tips to make this year’s tree both memorable and stylish.

Bold and Colorful Tree

Play with Color – Don’t be scared to use a rainbow of color in your holiday decor. How does the tree above embrace almost every color of the rainbow, and still look cohesive (and cute)? The neutral white tree and floor make the ornaments pop, without overpowering everything else!

White Monochromatic Tree from Traditional Home

Or Lack Thereof –  Sticking with one or two colors on your holiday tree can have a very elegant and modern effect. We love the two pictures above because, while they both use that white tree as a canvas, their decorations couldn’t be more different!

From Top to Bottom – Place heavier ornaments toward the bottom of the tree, so that they are on sturdy branches. Fragile ornaments should hang closer to the top to avoid being broken by pets and wayward children.

Rustic Tree from Home Decorators

Don’t Knock Tradition – Sometimes classic approaches are the best. Traditional red and green, white lights, and burlap trim make the tree look cozy and welcoming.

Chalk Christmas Tree

But Embrace the Unconventional – If you prefer a chalk tree to a traditional tree, then draw away! Decorating your tree is meant to be a fun activity that shows off your creative spirit!

White and Traditional Tree

Take a Step Back – Every once in a while it’s helpful to take a step backward to admire your handiwork, and see which areas of the tree look sparse. Getting an overall picture is helpful when working on such a large-scale project. We bet Michelangelo did the same thing when he was working on the Sistine Chapel.

Every year there are certain holiday decor trends that rise to popularity. Do you change your tree up every year to stay on trend, or do you prefer to stick with a traditional style each season?

Holiday Ornament DIY Roundup

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Feeling crafty, but don’t want to commit to a long and time-consuming project? How about creating some cute ornaments for your holiday tree? Take a look at these DIYs, and let us know which YOU’LL be making over the weekend!
Cinnamon Ornaments from Babble

These cinnamon-scented ornaments from Babble are fun to make, and make your house smell inviting and seasonal!

Glitter Galaxy Ornaments from Swell Designer

These incredible glitter ornaments are a fantastic way to add some magic and mystery to your Christmas tree. Plus, since the glitter is on the inside of the ornament, your floor will remain glitter free. Unless you want your floor to be covered in glitter. Totally up to you.

Hot Air Balloon Ornament from My Modern Met

These hot air balloon ornaments look like they’ve been plucked out of a storybook. They add the perfect amount of whimsy to any tree!

Button Ornament from Live Love DIY

This button embellished ornament is incredible. We love the use of different styles and sizes to give it a more vintage look. We would suggest hanging this ornament on a lower, sturdier branch because it’s probably pretty heavy!

Tree Replica Ornaments from M&J Trimming

We made these tree ornaments on our blog a few years back, and we still love them! Who says you can’t put tree ornaments on trees? Not us. We say go for it!

Making ornaments for the holidays is one of our favorite DIYs because ornaments are so quick to make, and each can be easily customized! They’re also a great way to bond with friends and family, and are a perfect reminder of family and friendship every holiday season! Which ornament is your favorite and why?

Tips for Holiday Decorating

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Does holiday decorating have you stressed out? Don’t fret because we’re here to help. Here are a few tips to keep your holiday decorations from getting the best of you.

Tiny Prints Holiday Garland

Simply Styled – Pick a theme before you start decorating. Do some Pinterest perusing and Tumblr digging for fun and festive ideas. Keep the same style throughout the house so that you can easily move items around, and the space will still feel cohesive.

Ornament Wreath from Terrain

Color Combinations – If your home is generally neutral and not decor-heavy, you can get away with some interesting color combinations. If your house is already pretty colorful, keeping to a simple color palette will help keep your holiday decor from looking over-the-top.

Child’s Play – If you have kids, you probably cherish their artist creations. Here is their time to shine! The holidays are one of the best times to showcase your child’s festive art. Even though they may not match your theme or coordinate with your color palette, they add a sweet touch to any home.

Danish Christmas Style from My Scandinavian Home

Bring the Outdoors In – Decorating with natural elements is one way to keep your holiday decor from being too stuffy. It adds a nice rustic touch to any home, and the natural scents of the season are absolutely incredible! There’s nothing like having your whole house smell like a huge pine forest!

DIY It – We obviously love DIYing, and the holidays are the perfect time of year to “do it yourself”. You can save a lot of money by decorating with items that you already have at home! If you love to DIY your decor, don’t forget to go to mjtrim.com for your decorating needs! We have an amazing sale on ribbons, trims, buttons and notions for Cyber Monday, but don’t delay because the offer is only good today!

Remember that these are just suggestions, and if you prefer a different style of decorating, go for it! You may be allergic to pine or prefer to have a rainbow of colors at your holiday table, and these tips may not work for you. Just make sure you’re having fun during the process!