Earth Day is one of our favorite holidays because, as big fans of the DIY movement, we LOVE recycling and reusing to make chic projects while also reducing our carbon footprint. This Earth Day we decided to use our trims to make a recycled DIY that serves a very green purpose! You’ll work with a recycled can, jazz it up with natural jute trims, and make it a home for beautiful plant or flower!
What You’ll Need:
1 Clean Empty Soup Can
Small Tubular Jute
29mm Jute Knit Braid
23mm Jute Braid
1” Jute Braid
1. Using the hole punch, punch a hole on each side of the can. Make sure the hole is not too high. It should be half an inch below the rim.
2. Take your tube jute and place it through the holes on each side. Tie a knot at the end so that the jute does not fall through the hole.
3. Wrap the jute around the can, and cut it so that the edges just meet.
4. Place E6000 on the can where you want your jute to be, and glue it in place.
5. Repeat with other types of jute if you like. We added two more strips in different patterns.
Voila! You have an Earth Day treasure that not only LOOKS beautiful, but is great for the environment. Depending on the plant you use, it can also help filter the air! Put bamboo, peace lily, or aloe in your pot and you’ll be breathing easy in no time.
This year we are giving a portion of our Earth Day sales to Earthworks, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of irresponsible mineral and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions.
It’s time to start thinking about hostess gifts for the holidays! Of course, we’ll be DIYing all of our hostess gifts, and we’ve been working on one that we absolutely adore. We made use of M&J trimming’s incredible selection of jute, paired it with some pretty lace, and created this lovely DIY vase. We love the mixture of the rough jute with the soft lace (and we think any hostess would love it as well). Follow our steps below to make it yourself, and check out our Toast the Host selection to get all your DIY gift supplies.
Supplies: scissors, 2 ft wide jute or burlap trim (ours is item #54116 and can be ordered at 1-800-9-MJTRIM), 2 ft lace trim, 1 yd jute cord, a plain cylindrical vase, strong glue
1. Wrap your wide jute trim around the vase, then cut it so the edges meet perfectly.
2. Cut the lace trim so it is the same length as the jute trim. Then use small drops of glue to gently glue it in place on top of the jute trim. The lace should be in the middle of the jute so there is still some jute showing at the top and bottom.
3. Draw a line of glue going vertically in the middle of the vase, then place the jute trim on top of it. Press down so the trim stays in place. Slowly wrap the rest of the jute and lace around the vase, adding lines of glue as you go along. Once you have wrapped it all the way around, add some more glue at the end, then press down both ends until dry.
4. Wrap the jute cord around the middle of the lace then tie it into a bow. It should stay on without glue, but you can add some glue for extra hold.5. Fill with fresh flowers and you’ve got a lovely, handmade hostess gift. (We’d recommend making one for yourself as well, because you won’t want to part with it!)
Now that the holiday season is approaching, we’re sure you’ll be preparing to attend all of those seasonal events and parties. We’ve got the same thing on our mind, so we’ve been trying to brainstorm some simple DIY hostess gifts. We’re loving the idea of a burlap-wrapped candle, a vase wrapped in jute, or a lovely lace candle holder. See some of our gift inspiration below, and check out our Toast the Host picks to make your own DIY host gift!
DIY Burlap and Lace Candle by Factory Direct Craft
DIY Geode Bottle Stopper by Cupcakes and Cashmere
DIY Burlap Napkin Rings by Tatertots and Jello
DIY Lace Candle Holders by Style Me Pretty/Beth Helmstetter
DIY Wrapped Vase by Sheepy Me
This bracelet is essence of summer: natural materials, a bit of sparkle, and a fresh mint color come together for some arm candy that’s sure to be a new favorite. Keep reading for how it’s made.
Tools and Materials:
25mm herringbone trim, in mint
36mm jute braid
1/8″ rhinestone trim (1/2 yard)
Embroidery thread in Aqua
Sew-on snap closure
E6000 super glue
Cut a piece of jute trim long enough to wrap around your wrist, plus an inch extra. Cut a piece of herringbone ribbon to the same length.
Measure and cut another piece of the herringbone ribbon as long as the width of the trim. Use fray check or a lighter to melt down and fuse the ends to prevent unraveling.
Spread a layer of super glue on the ribbon.
Place on one end of jute and stick to the trim.
Place larger piece of herringbone on the jute, and fold the smaller piece of trim and glue over the trim. Repeat on the other end of the trim.
Use a clip to hold in place until the glue dries completely.
Sew one half of the snap closure to the outside of the trim.
Sew the other half of the snap to the inside of the trim, making sure to line up the snaps before sewing in place.
Cut two pieces of rhinestone trim to fit on the ribbon.
Sew the trim onto the bracelet, with stitches in between the stones.
Sew the second row of rhinestones.
Created by Erin of Thanks, I Made It
. You can find more DIY inspiration and tutorials on her site.