Colored Crystal DIY Roundup

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Our most popular rhinestones are the Crystal and Crystal AB variety which have a clear or iridescent shine. They’re classic and elegant, and perfect for making any accessory or outfit more special and statement-worthy. But if you like a little more sass with your sparkle, our Swarovski crystals come in a full spectrum of colors! Sometimes adding a little bit of color goes a long way, and these DIYs prove it!

Painted Rhinestone Necklace by Swell MaydeThis necklace from Swell Mayde is great for repurposing old, inexpensive necklaces that you wouldn’t otherwise wear. Just a few coats of paint and you have the perfect spring accessory!

School Magnets from EarringsIf you’re in school or just love having beautiful office supplies, these fun magnets are a great weekend DIY! Created using inexpensive earrings, these are sure to set your locker apart from the rest.

 

Ombre Rhinestone TrimsThese Miu Miu-inspired earrings are so sweet and elegant, and you know our thoughts on ombre anything. Must have.

 

Crystal Mirror From Design Love FestThis mirror from Designlovefest is a favorite because it is so unique. It’s an exciting addition to your home, and would make a fantastic house-warming present.

 

Crystal Clutch from Honestly WTFThis clutch from Honestly WTF is fierce and fashionable. We love the drama of the beautiful crystal shards.

DIY: Inspiration Pin Board and Number Pins

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Today is New Year’s Eve which means that everyone is scrambling to think of goals for 2014. This year let your goals inspire you every day! We would like to show you a beautiful and simple way to display those resolutions with our Inspiration Pin Board! You can use this board to display inspiring photos, workout routines, schedules, recipes, and family mementos!
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What You’ll Need:

18mm Foldover Elastic in Avocado, Gunmetal, & Light Grey

Number 0-9 Single Button

Square Cork Board

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Glue

Pins

Thumb Tacks

Fabric Pin Board

1. Choose a cork board, and cover it with fabric. Use spray glue to  adhere the fabric to the board.

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2. Create an X with your gunmetal elastic with each end going from corner to corner.

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3. Pull the elastic taut, and pin each end to the corners of the board.

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4. Place your avocado elastic across the bottom left corner. Repeat on the upper right corner area. Cut and pin them down as you did with the gunmetal.

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5. Take your light grey elastic, and mirror the placement of the avocado elastic. Pin down.

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Number Pins

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1. Carefully cut the shank, the loop on the back of the button, off. Make sure you use strong scissors, or a tool that is capable of cutting this piece off.

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2. Place a drop of E6000 on the head of the tack. Glue down to the back of the button, and let it dry for 24 hours.

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Finished Pin Board and Number Pins M&J Trimming

Now that you have your pin board and number buttons made, what’s the first thing you’re going to pin?

DIY Roundup: We Love Lace

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Lace has this fantastic way of making anything it touches instantly lovely and feminine. Lace is often used in the DIY world because of its versatility and ease of use. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use this delicate trim in both fashion and home decor!

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Lace Shorts DIY from Sincerely Kinsey

Save this DIY for summer because, while shorts season is a long time from now, we guarantee you’ll want to be wearing these DIY lace shorts from Sincerely, Kinsey.

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Martha Stewart Lace Decor

Why leave lace to just the fashion world? Martha Stewart shows us some great ways to use lace in the home, from throw pillows to coffee cups!

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Lace Crowns from the Girl Inspired

Oh hey guys. No big deal, but we think we just found the most awesome thing on the internet. These princess crowns made of lace are perfect for your daughter’s next tea party, or just a night of watching Netflix. Make one for yourself, and be a princess whenever you want. We won’t judge you.

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Lace Dress from Life Is Beautiful

This tangerine dress was a mere shell of its current self before the addition of lace. Whip out your sewing machines because this is one DIY you DON’T want to skip. It’s relatively easy to replicate using any type of lace. We recommend a Venise!

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M&J Trimming Lace and Neon Oxfords

Oxfords are usually a very neutral and plain affair, but we are never satisfied with plain at M&J Trimming! Check out our oxford DIY, and take your oxfords to new territory by adding two of our favorite things: lace and neon.

Do you love lace as much as we do? Do you prefer it in home decor, fashion, or relegate it to the “unmentionables” drawer? Let us know in the comments!

Decor Inspiration: Gothic Romance

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When you hear the word “goth”, what springs to mind? Is it a dark and dreary image full of cobwebs and bats? Well, you’re only getting an eighth of the picture. Goth can actually be used to describe anything spanning from architecture to literature! When we hear the word goth we think of rich heavy velvet, delicate black lace, and intricate and ornate design.  See why below, and get inspired by this dark and decadent style!

Cavernous Cathedral

Gothic Cathedral

The beautiful details on this cathedral are reason enough to go to church! There are so many things to look at that we’re sure you’d find something new each time you took a look.

Natural Findings

Gothic Bedroom

Not everything that’s gothic has to be black, right? The mismatched bedding creates a sense of cluttered comfort in the room, and some of those throw pillows look like easy DIYs!

Asymmetrical Style

Gothic Black Chair

Check out how beautiful this leather chair is! The shine of the black makes the detailing even more dramatic.

The Modern Goth

Modern Goth Decor

This modern take on goth decor uses a more subtle approach to the style. The furniture is simple, while the lighting and bookshelves add some drama to the room.

Bone Bouquet

Hideki Tokushige Bone Flowers

The sculptor who creates these beautiful flowers makes them out of tiny bones! Definitely creepy, but also kind of cool, right?

Looking to goth-ify some of YOUR home decor? Check out our beautiful selection of lace and fringe to amplify the drama!

Halloween Home Decor DIY Round Up

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Halloween is one of our favorite times to craft. Not only do we love creating costumes, we also ADORE making home decor. Halloween gives us the opportunity to get super creepy with our style, and dust and cobwebs finally have their moment to shine in our homes! Right? Maybe that’s just us. Here are a few of our favorite Halloween DIYs to transform your happy home into  a haunted mansion!

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Arsenic and Old Lace Labels

Country Living created these terrifying labels for your questionable libations. You can download the stickers on their website, and watch to see which of your guests dare to drink.

The Bat Shade

Martha Stewart Bat Lamp Shades

Some of these paper bats are glued to the shade, while others are hung from a thread to give the appearance of floating. Who would think that turning the lights ON could send a shiver down your spine?

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Better Homes and Gardens Feathered Wreath Craft

These feathered wreaths from Better Homes & Gardens are perfectly Poe-etic. We love the long, dramatic ribbons which almost trail the ground. If you’re looking for a similar style check out our selection of satin ribbons and feathers!

Shadowy Figures

Cheesecloth Spirit Sculptures

Martha Stewart deserves the title of “Queen of Halloween”. These cheesecloth spirits are simple to make, and will terrify passersby.  Imagine seeing these specters lurking in the hallway of your house!

Lights and Frights

Halloween Marquee Letters from Lolly Jane

These marquee letters from Lolly Jane are so crafty! Can you believe they’re made using just cardboard letters, paint, and string lights? This DIY would look great even if it weren’t Halloween! Imagine your name lit up in lights! That’s why everyone goes into show business right?

We hope you enjoyed our DIY Halloween Home Decor Roundup, and it inspired you to get crafty! If you need some more Halloween inspiration to start creating creepy-chic home decor, visit the Trick or Trims section of our website!

Top 5: Western DIYs

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We love Western-inspired fashions and decor, but sometimes it’s a little hard to find something that’s fashion-forward and really resonates with your personality. When you DIY, the finished piece has the creator’s special flare! Here are a few of our favorite Western-inspired DIYs to get your creative wagon wheels turning.

Do you want to add a little sparkle to your neck without the nuisance of a necklace? Create Honestly WTF’s collar tips! They’re perfect paired with a chambray shirt.

DIY Lucky Horseshoe Sign

Do you need a little more luck in your life? Welcome it into your home with this Horseshoe Sign DIY! The little splashes of color add a necessary pop of color to the otherwise neutral sign.

DIY Bolo Tie

You’ve probably seen bolo ties in old Westerns, but these tiny ties can be really chic when set off with a great charm. Find out how to make them on ModCloth’s blog!

Western Shorts FringeThese amazing cutoffs scream Western-wear. They’re simple, but the fringe adds some Western flare.

DIY Buckle Boots

We’re going wild for these DIY boots from Threadcense! Feathers, leather, studs, buckles! What’s not to love?! If you’d like to make it yourself, you can find similar trim styles on our website!

DIY Roundup: Update Your Curtains

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Curtains are among the first details you notice when you enter a room. They are both functional and fashionable. In order to get that dramatic effect curtains should be embellished with fringe, pom-pom trim, or greek key Jacquard. Purchasing these curtains ready-made can get pretty expensive which is why we always take the DIY route at M&J. To make your own customized curtains you can purchase inexpensive curtains from a department store and embellish them with any decorative trim. The options are endless!

To give you some inspiration we’ve rounded up some of our favorite curtain makeovers. Let us know what you think!

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DIY Pom Pom Curtains via 6TH Street Design School pompom-5

Ikea Curtain Makeover via Lilikoi Joy DSC_0323 pm

Ikea Curtain Makeover via Dwellings by Devore 3

Curtains from Drab to Fab via …Love Maegan

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Customize Store-Bought Curtains via The Shabby NestGirl's Bedroom 1

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Dip Dying your Home

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Looking to spruce up your pad this summer? Dip dye it! The dip dye trend has been sweeping the nation for quite some time. The hair and clothing trend has gradually evolved into a must have in the interior decor world. Not sure how to tackle this easy DIY? Check out these inspiring pics for inspiration. dip-dye-wallpaper HereclectincinteriorBlue Curtains Design Chalk Dip Dyed Grey and Natural

Ombre Dip Dye for the Home

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Ombre dip dying has been trending in both the fashion and beauty industry for quite some time. The free spirited trend has suddenly made a comeback in the interior decor market. In the 60’s and 70’s dip dying had been a very popular technique.  The dip dying  technique adds color hues without compromising the natural beauty of many textiles. The process is fairly simple but not to be overlooked. Check out Michael Penney Style’s Dip Dye Tutorial, along with other inspirational images. Along with dyed ribbons we are proud to sell Rit-Dye both online and at our flagship store.

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This reminded us of our Top 5 Dip Dye post created in 2012. Clearly the trend is still going strong.

DIY Inspiration: Pillows

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The perfect dream always starts off with falling asleep in a bed full of pillows.  With our minds on bedroom decor, pillows that are pretty, edgy, funny, and simple are definitely what we are eying.  They would be a lot of fun to create!

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