Every year before Lent, many cities participate in festivities that basically blow all of the others out of the water. Whether you call it Carnival or Mardi Gras, these celebrations are over the top and outrageous, but what WE love most about them is the style inspiration! Check out these amazing photos of Carnival around the world!
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is wild, loud, and vibrant! Paraders dance to the classic Brazilian dance, the samba, all while wearing gorgeous costumes with gigantic feathered headpieces. The celebration lasts for days, and the revelers are invited to join in on the fun by jumping into the parade! We love the costumes because they are so intricate and exciting!
While the Carnival in Rio may be racy, the Carnival festivities in Venice might be the exact opposite! Most people walk around cloaked in ornate costumes with beautiful masks covering their faces. Many centuries ago masks were worn frequently in Venice, and scholars have suggested that it was a way to disguise your social ranking in everyday life. When the mask came on a pauper could be a prince. These masks are often made with leather, porcelain or glass, and then decorated with gold and jewels.
In New Orleans, Mardi Gras is the main event. A combination of Venice’s masks and Rio’s headdresses with a penchant for gold, green and purple; this celebration is known nationwide! People flock from all over the globe to experience this event with a uniquely Louisiana vibe.
Have you ever been to any Carnival-type celebrations? If not, which would you love to go to?
This winter has been one for the record books, and we’re probably not the first ones to wish that this slushy snowy season was over! However, we think you should put off packing up your parka for a little while longer because this February just got a few degrees cooler. We’re so excited to finally unveil our Cold As Ice collection! If you’re unfamiliar with Project DIY, take a look at what this subscription service for the crafty entails. If you like what you see, you can sign up to receive the Cold As Ice collection and make your own frosted jewels!
Our Crystal Clear Statement Necklace is a DIYers dream! It comes with a frosty acrylic base, gorgeous link chain, and a bevy of jewels perfect for bedazzling! We show you how to arrange the crystals in a specific formation, but the placement of the jewels is totally up to you.
The next project in this collection is the On the Rocks Bracelet Duo, a pair of stunning bracelets with chunky curb chain and gorgeous jewel embellishments.
Now that you’ve seen the projects in this month’s collection, start brainstorming about how you’ll personalize your OWN pieces! Then take a photo of your gorgeous customized creations, and tag us @MJProjectDIY so we can be frozen with awe!
Looking for a new wallet that’s extra special? This bold blue box is perfect for carrying your loose change, credit cards and any other small knick-knacks you might need every day. Then when the sun sets, bring this little number with you out to dinner or dancing. Your sparkling wallet will be the talk of the town!
What You’ll Need:
Altoid’s mint container
Chrysolite Opal SS20
Pacific Opal SS20
Light Turquoise SS16
2 10mm Half Dome Buttons with Shank in Turquoise #58614
1. Paint your mint tin gold. Your tin will need a few coats to cover the information on the back. Let dry.
2. Use the ridge of the tin as a guide, and outline it with rhinestones. Create your own fun pattern, and glue it down. It is easier if you use a rhinestone tool to place the stones onto the lid since you’re dealing with such tiny pieces. Once all of your stones are in place, let the glue dry.
3. Take your two buttons, and carefully cut off the shanks.
4. Have the mint case standing up with the opening upward. Glue one button onto the smaller lip of the tin, and glue the other to the opposite side. When you close the tin they should connect creating a little purse. Let dry.
When you hit the town, hit it in style with this adorable accessory that’s sure to dazzle any passersby.
This winter has been intense to say the least. With the Winter Olympic Games in effect and the polar vortex ravaging the East, we’ve been seeing a LOT of snow this season. Needless to say we’ve become completely inspired by the iridescent crystalline colors of the winter, and had to include them in our latest Project DIY collection.
This collection is all about big bling. We love the look of heavy jewels saturated in vibrant colors. Cold as Ice features a lot of bedazzled pieces that are sure to catch and reflect light in a beautiful way.
This collection combines vintage rhinestones and shimmering metals that create an icy cool look.
Our favorite aspect of this collection is the customizability of the pieces. With so many components available, we guarantee that no piece has to look the same. Each unique element can be as stunning and unique as a snowflake.
What do YOU think this month’s collection will contain?
New Year’s Eve is the time for glitz and glam, and this year we’re pulling out all of the stops with a DIY accessory that’s sure to garner some attention. We’re making a bejeweled golden Holiday Clutch that’s perfect for that VIP New Year’s Eve party!
What You’ll Need:
Antiqued 12mm X 10mm Rectangle With Setting
Antiqued 10MM X 6MM Pear With Setting
10mm X 5mm Navette Rhinestone with Setting
10mm X 6mm Pear Rhinestone with Setting
10mm X 8mm Swarovski Crystal Oval Rhinestone with Setting
8mm X 6mm Oval Rhinestone with Setting
2” Large Rhinestone Leaf Trim
Glue Applicator Syringe
1. Cut three sets of two leaves and one circle out of the rhinestone trim.
2. Glue down each set so that they are mirroring each other. TIP: Use the applicator syringe so the glue does not get messy.
3. Create a colorful pattern with your sew-ons. Make sure that the pattern on one side matches the one on the other.
4. Glue the sew-ons down using that same syringe.
5. Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours.
After the glue has set, your stunning holiday clutch is ready to follow you wherever the night takes you!
Emerald has been ruling the runways therefore it is only necessary to incorporate the “it color” into our lifestyles. Many bloggers have been creating emerald infused pieces and we’ve rounded up 5 that we particularly love. The following D.I.Y’s will make everyone around you green with envy.
Click on the images for the tutorials on each piece.
VJuliet Emerald Bib Necklace
Bliss-athome Emerald Decorative Storage Box
Glitter_N_Glue Emerald Green Button Ring
HonestlyWTF Emerald Woven Charm Bracelet
Kittenhood Featuring Vixy Blue’s Emerald Heart Brooch
A big thanks to VJuliet, Bliss-athome, Glitter_N_Glue, HonestlyWTF and Kittenhood for the inspiration.
Winter in NYC is not over so we’ve been looking for creative ways to add style to our wardrobe while still wearing the same coats, hats, scarves and gloves. Not only are statement necklaces a great way to do this but so are jeweled winter accessories! The girls over at Honestly WTF created a beautiful DIY jeweled beanie using our sew on and flatback rhinestones. It’s cool, chic, and unique so make sure to check out their tutorial in order to make your own!
We have always been inspired by jewels, gems, and rhinestones but when we see them on winter accessories, our love for embellishments grows even more.
How cool are these headpieces from the latest issue of Vision China? We’re especially loving the bejeweled cap – we would love to remake it with some sew-on jewels!
Everyone always sees the adorable little girl throwing petals on the floor. Brides also need to worry about what to put on their flower girls. You can create your own head band for your flower girl using ribbon and crystals with these easy steps.
- 1/2 yd of 2 1/4 Poly Satin Ribbon, Ivory Style# 00318 (1.800.9.mjtrim)
- 1/2 yd of 10mm Organdy Ribbon, Light Peach Style# 02110
- 25mm Plastic Head Band, White Style#43469 (1.800.9.mjtrim)
- 1 pack of SS12 Swarvoski Rhinestones, Crystal Style# 03012
- 1 pack of SS34 Swarvoski Rhinestones, Crystal Style# 03034
- 15” of 2mm Fine Metallic Twist Cord, Brown Gold Style# 00860
- 1/4” Swarvoski Crystal Belt, Crystal/Silver Style # 19912
- 2 pcs of 18*10mm Swarvoski Crystal Sew-on Pear Shaped Jewel, Crystal Style# 27474
- 1 pc of 15*4 mm Navette Rhinestone w/Setting, Crystal Style# 03912
- 1 pc of 18*9mm Sew-on, Crystal Style# 27473
- 1 pc of 12*6mm Sew-on, Crystal Style# 27473
- 1 pc of 10mm Round Sew-on, Crystal #32016
- E6000, Style # 37777
- Take the 1/2 yard of satin ribbon and glue it the headband to cover the plastic, cut the the ends to make them shorter, then glue the ends to the inside.
- Take the 1/2 yard of organza ribbon and glue it straight in the middle of the headband. Cut a little of the ends, leave some left over to glue the ends on the inside of the headband.
- take the metallic cord, cut 4 pieces even pieces (about 3 1/2 inches long), take the belt and swoop the pieces through, as a belt and glue the the ends on to the headband.
- take the other pieces of jewels and scatter them as you wish on each side of the head band.