DIY: Floral Medallion Chain Belt


Do you enjoy jewelry making? If so, you’ll sure love this DIY project we “chained” up for all you to try out. This week’s DIY project is a gorgeous Floral Medallion Chain Belt. We took three of our favorite chains (do not hesitate to add more) and made this awesome chain belt that can be paired up with just about anything. Sometimes our outfits are missing a little pop, so a chain belt will definitely give you that pop it’s missing. Pair this belt with a shirt dress, a casual button down shirt, or a casual plain dress for best results!M&J Trimming - DSC_0018

40MM Flower Medallion

3MM Brass Figaro Filed Chain

4MM Steel Cable Chain

5MM Brass 8 Figure Chain

15MM Metal Chain

15x20MM Clasp Jump Ring

Beadalon 10MM Jump Ring

5MM Jump Ring

Chain Nose with Cutter Pliers

Side Cutter Pliers

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  1. Measure your waist with the larger chain and remove any excess chain links.

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2. Attach both jump rings to each end of chain, then attach clasp to one end.

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3. Attach larger jump ring to the medallion.

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4. Attach larger jump ring with medallion to the middle link of the larger chain.

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5. Take a different style chain and cut a small portion of it evenly in half.

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6. Attach jump ring onto one end of chain to attach to the medallion

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7. Take a larger jump ring to attach to one end of chain

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8. Attach to the larger chain a few links away from medallion.

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9. Repeat steps 5-8 with a second different style chain in a longer portion. Repeat steps 5-9 on opposite side.

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10. Take a third style chain and attach jump rings to both ends.

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11. Attach to farther ends of larger chain. A few links away from the second chain.

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12. Take a larger jump ring to attach the middle link of third chain onto the bottom middle of medallion.

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13. Take a larger jump ring to hook all three chains onto the larger chain link.

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Cool Cuff Inspiration


Looking for the one piece of jewelry that’s going to take your look to the next level? Try a cuff on for size! These cool bracelets have the impact of a statement piece, and can easily be paired with almost any outfit. Going for the minimalist look? Wear a bold cuff with a basic dress. Or go bohemian and layer your cuff with daintier pieces to create a clustered and carefree look.  0da283dde2e987ac48718720a2b5e798ALL DAY EVERYDAY BEACH JEWELS // GYPSEA Brass Bangle Cuffs <---


Textured Leaf coiled silver coated Indian armlet, gypsy armlet,tribal,upper arm cuff, metal engraved design


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What’s New for September


September is a great month for jewelry makers because we introduced a lot of new materials for DIYers to work with. From beads to jump rings, the jewelry-making selection at M&J Trimming continues to grow and offer unique and on-trend pieces to add to your next project!

DSC_1021If you’re a fun-loving bohemian, we have a huge selection of pendants just for you! These beautiful mosaic pieces are just the ticket for that chunky statement necklace you’ve been working on.

DSC_1025Looking for more delicate pieces? We have just the charm for you. From nature-inspired leaves to spiritual hamsas and crosses, we have the perfect charm for your bracelet or necklace.

DSC_1030What about some bold beads to really set off your next project? Our Czech Glass Beads come in a rainbow of colors, and look good enough to eat!

DSC_1029If you’re a fan of the more classic look, check out our Czech Glass Pearls. They come in a range of sizes and colors, making them perfect for using in both jewelry and fashion DIYs!

DIY: Beaded Friendship Bracelets


Summer is almost officially over, but don’t let the September chill put a freeze on your friendships! Cement those ties you made during the warmer months with these fun friendship bracelets that feature beads and dainty little charms.

What You’ll Need:
8mm Czech Glass Colored Pearl
1 3/4” Silver Celtic Key Charm
Elastic String
Jump Rings
ScissorsDSC_04041. Wrap your elastic string around your wrist to gauge how big your bracelet needs to be. Leave an inch or two to tie a knot.

DSC_04072. Tie a knot at one end.


3. Add on beads.

DSC_04184. Take the end and tie to the other end in a knot.

DSC_04215. Open up a jump ring and add a charm.DSC_04236. Close jump ring with the charm attached, anywhere onto the bracelet.


Favorite DIYs of July


Summer is always a fun time to DIY because the projects can get bigger, more messy, and brighter! From accessories to art, bloggers have been crafting their hearts out making the coolest projects! Below you’ll find a snapshot of some of our July favorites that really expanded our creativity!
Gold Bulb ChandelierBrit + Co made the coolest chandelier using painted gold bulbs with larger circular ones. We love the clustered effect of this modern chandelier, and wouldn’t mind having it in every room of the house!


6a00d8358081ff69e201a511e22506970c-800wiThis month the beautiful sisters from A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make a simple beaded necklace. When working with natural gemstones, sometimes all you need is something simple to showcase their inherent beauty.

Bridal-Shower-Invitations-MintedThese bridal shower invites from Creme de la Craft are beyond adorable, and just go to show you that it’s the details that make all the difference.

watercolor-napkins-8We love the watercolor trend, especially on these beautiful napkins from Paper and Stitch! They’re the perfect addition to your dinner party place settings.

Sticker Mandala

From far away this looks like a piece of traditional Hindu art, but this mandala is definitely modern! Upon closer inspection you’ll find an array of different stickers that are sure to put a smile on your face. We love the stickers they picked out at HonestlyWTF.

DIY: Chainette Fringe Earrings


These beautiful tassel earrings pair two great spring colors and fun textures to create a dynamic statement accessory set. We love the glint of the sew-on jewel combined with the soft sway of the chainette fringe used to make the tassel. DSC_0413 Pink 4” Chainette Fringe (Pink)

Jade Green 18mm x 13mm Octagon Jewel W/2 Holes (Jade Green) #39210

Jump rings

Earring hooks




DSC_0416 DSC_04171. Lay your chainette fringe down flat, and glue a quarter over an inch. Take a quarter inch, and glue that over as well. Repeat about 4 times until you have a tassel, and let dry.

DSC_04222. Loop a jump ring through one of the chainette loops. Place the sew-on stone through the same jump ring and close.

DSC_04273. Take another jump ring and loop through the top of the sew-on hole. Then close the jump ring.

DSC_04294. Take your last jump ring and loop through the jump ring you just closed. Add the earring hook and close jump ring.


Drop Earring Inspiration



As of late, we’ve been seeing a lot of beautiful statement stud earrings. And why not? They’re dainty, small, and can be worn without being too distracting. While we’re huge fans of these tiny ear gems, we’d also like to give a shout out to their longer and more flashy counterparts. The beautiful earrings below are some of our favorite dangling “drop” earrings. We love these types of earrings because not only do they provide extra bling, but they also seem to dance when you move, a feature that is found in almost no other jewelry! c6b5d7702c4b9efd4fad36c2875d203b









What are your favorite types of earrings? If you prefer the stud, would you be willing to give the drops a try?


Quick and Easy DIY Roundup


Let’s face it, everyone likes a little instant gratification once in a while. Whether it’s getting next-day shipping on those boots, ordering a cheeseburger through the drive-through, or eating your dessert way before dinner time, there’s a feeling of satisfaction when you get something right when you want it. Weekends are perfect for tackling long DIYs, but sometimes you just want to make something in five minutes and enjoy it!

Washi-0-Featured-645x429These easy DIYs made with washi tape from Brit + Co can be made while watching an episode of your favorite half hour sitcom with time to spare for a coffee break.

wool-felt-ball-coaster-1Speaking of coffee, make a rug for your mug with tiny felt balls! This colorful DIY from Inspired by Charm can be completed before your coffee even cools!

ispydiy_homefinds4While the jewelry that I Spy DIY made LOOKS like it took forever, we’re happy to report that it was quick and simple.

old_mantelwebWhile it may take more than a few minutes to figure out the secrets to alchemy, you can always fake it with this gilded bookend DIY from Design Sponge!

IMG_2120This set of key wristlets from Lizinspiration is the perfect DIY for us. With our selection of ribbons, we’re going to have to start making keys just so we can make all of our fabulous color combinations!




DIY Tips and Tricks: Jewelry


Jewelry-making is a popular way to DIY right now because the projects are usually quick, easy, and the results are stunning. There’s also the added bonus of having a completely custom piece that will have all of your friends asking where you got it! While making jewelry is usually a simple affair, there are a few things you can do to make it even easier!


When working with rhinestones, a crystal jewel setter is your best friend. It allows you to easily pick up and place rhinestones without the hassle of turning them over and fiddling around with them manually. It also allows for more precision. Don’t have a jewel setter? A toothpick with beeswax on the tip works just as well.

Opening jump rings the right way is a lesson that will help you throughout jewelry making. Almost every piece needs a jump ring to attach closures! Check out our video to see how to open and close jump rings properly, so that you aren’t stuck with that annoying gap.


Keep it in a caddy. With all of the tiny beads and charms floating around, its good to keep them organized so that you’re able to find the exact piece you need when you need it.


When it comes to buying supplies, the least noticeable parts are probably the most important. When buying thread or chain, make sure to get the good stuff, or at least the medium stuff. If you’re using a mediocre chain or thread to keep your item together it could easily snap and break.


Lace Jewelry Inspiration


We love an unconventional approach to jewelry as much as the next fashionista, but we especially adore jewelry that’s made out of one of our favorite trims: lace! It’s romantic, has a vintage vibe, and is light and perfect for spring.
il_fullxfull.592495399_10z7Sequins and an ombre dye are one way to liven up a pair of earrings!


a38e9fbcffcbe2f7a0ce2a66397636a2Jazz up your lace with a bright color to make it more playful and less precious-looking!
il_570xN.317724348The best part about the lace used on this necklace is its natural appeal. Each piece looks like a long and elegant feather or leaf.
Do you love lace jewelry as much as we do? Let us know below!