DIY: Nautical Knot Necklace

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We’ve been going nuts over knots the last few days, and we’ve finally decided to do something about it! We wanted a nautical-inspired accessory that could add a little class to any outfit, while also looking casual and simple. We created a knotted necklace using twist cord and tape in red and navy, but you can customize the materials to make this knotted necklace in whatever colors and styles you like!

Nautical Knot Necklace Materials

What You’ll Need:
3/16” Rayon Twist Cord (keep the ends secured with tape to prevent fraying)
1/4” Heavy Apron Tape
Jump Rings
E6000
End Caps
Lobster Clasp
Scissors

Nautical Knot Necklace Diagram1. Using two sets of two cords, create the knot above by following the arrows above.

Measuring Nautical Knot Necklace2. Measure to make sure the necklace is your desired length, and cut off any excess.

Nautical Knot Necklace Gluing Apron Tape3. As you cut, add glue and apron tape to the ends. Cut and glue each end one by one to prevent fraying.

Nautical Knot Necklace End Caps4. Add E6000 to the inside of the end cap, and insert the cord tip into the end cap.

Adding Jump Rings to Nautical Knot Necklace5. Attach jump rings to each end cap, one jump ring for two cords.

Adding Lobster Clasp to Nautical Knot Necklace6. Add a lobster clasp to one end of the necklace.

Nautical Knot Necklace

DIY Roundup: Autumn Decor

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While we love decorating for Halloween, all good things must come to an end, even a roll of fabulous vintage jacquard ribbon. Now that the holiday is over, it’s time to replace some of those ghoulish gourds and creepy creations with bright and warm fall decor. Here are a few of our favorite DIYs for autumn!

Ring of Fire

Autumn Wreath | Better Homes and Gardens

You’re probably thinking you’ve seen one wreath, you’ve seen them all. Well this one really caught our eye. It captures the colors of fall beautifully, and we love those bright Chinese lanterns! It’s easy to make with the instructions on the Better Homes and Gardens website.

Rustic Elegance

Jute and Lace Vase | M&J Trimming

This jute and lace vase is just as cute as it was when we made it last year as a host or hostess gift. Fill it with sprigs of autumn leaves to really embrace the season!

Decorative Dish

Fall Leaf Bowl | Shelterness

Why shouldn’t bowls be seasonal and stylish? This fall leaf bowl from Shelterness is a great for holding treats, or as a catchall for keys. It also makes a great gift!

What a Hoot

Autumn Owl Decorations | A Beautiful Mess

Are you an avian aficionado? Make one of these cute little owls from A Beautiful Mess. Even a bird brain could do it!

Brown Bag Bouquet

Brown Paper Bag Flowers | A Place for UsThese beautiful brown flowers are made using an unlikely source: paper bags! Visit A Place for Us to find out how to make these thrifty and rustic fall decorations!

We hope we’ve inspired you to create some new decorations for the season! If you have any great ideas for fall decor that you think we would love, share them down below!

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!

Cut Short

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.

Lace Lounge

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!

Pretty Princess

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.

Tangerine Dream

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!

Kicked Up

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!

DIY: Punk Spike Bracelet

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It’s been two months since we launched Project DIY, and we can’t get over how incredibly creative our subscribers are!  As some of you may have noticed, our October Project DIY box has more edge than September’s box. That’s because for October we’re embracing the Punk Revival vibe! The DIY below was a finalist for our latest box, but proved to be a little more dark and daring. Although this gothic design didn’t fit into the collection, we loved the bracelet so much that we just couldn’t keep it to ourselves!

Materials-Punk-Spike-Bracelet

What You’ll Need:

1 Yard of 3mm Vinyl Braided Cord in Silver/Black #56150

1 Yard of 1.5″ Spike Fringe #57610

2 End caps

Jump rings

Lobster clasp

Scissors

Pliers

Wrapping Black and Gold Cord for Measuring

1. We’re going for the layered look, so wrap the cord around your wrist a few times to measure the length.

Cutting the Black and Gold Cord with Scissors2. Cut to your desired length.

Fixing Closure to Braided Trim

3. Take cord end caps, and attach to each end of the cord. Clamp down to secure cord in the end cap.

Attaching Jump Ring to Black and Gold Cord

4. Take a jump ring, and attach it to the hole on the end cap. Repeat this step on the other side, but add the lobster clasp as well.

Spike Fringe Laid Out

5. Now it’s time for the fun part: embellishing! Count 6 spikes, and then detach them from the chain. Repeat this until you have no leftover chain.

Attaching Jump Ring to Cord and Spike Fringe

6. The next step is to add one jump ring to each of the spike fringe segments you just created.

Closing Jump Ring with Spike Fringe

7. Finally, add the jump ring with the fringe chain section to the cord and close the jump ring. Repeat this step until all of the chain sections are attached to the cord.

Finished Spike Fringe BraceletYou’re all done! Pair this bracelet with some black jeans and a rebel yell, and you’re good to go! If you haven’t had enough punk goth aesthetic for the day, check out our Punk Goth Inspiration page for all of your dark and brooding needs. Looking for something a little more glamorous? Subscribe to this month’s Project DIY box!

Behind the Scenes: Papillon

People know M&J because of our amazingly colorful storefront filled with trims of all shapes and sizes. More and more people know about our subscription DIY box, Project DIY. But there is one area of M&J Trimming that most people aren’t privy to. This section of M&J is a magical place filled with unicorns, pandas, jewelry and accessories, and it’s called Papillon Accessories.

Papillon Accessories is a division of M&J that creates licensed and private label products. What does that mean? Papillon Accessories buys a license to create hats, jewelry, cold weather accessories, and Halloween accessories, featuring some of your favorite characters and brands like Lisa Frank, Hello Kitty, Angry Panda, and Sharknado! Papillon then sells these items to retailers who offer them to customers in their retail locations.

Papillon Accessories is always busy creating lots of amazing goodies just for Halloween, and we wanted to see what kind of items they were working on. We took a little trip to the Papillon Accessories studio to give our readers a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in this little-known, but very important, part of M&J Trimming.

Just in time for Halloween, Papillon Accessories has created some costumes inspired by one of the most popular (and strangest) sci-fi movies of the last year. That’s right ladies and gents. We’re talking about Sharknado.  You can buy our very own Sharknado Shark Fin Costume Headband and the Sharknado Shark Mask Hood today on Amazon, and get it just in time for Halloween.

Sharndado Hat with Male Model | M&J Trimming Sharndado Hat with Female Model | M&J Trimming Sharknado | M&J Trimming

Right now Papillon Accessories is inspired by the sea, and their designers are creating a ton of adorable “sea punk” pieces! These necklaces will be sold to stores like Claire’s or Hot Topic, where YOU can buy them!

Sea Punk Necklaces | M&J Trimming

We love these pendant necklaces. The keys and cogs make them look a little bit steam punk! It’s very Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea if you ask us.

Sea Inspired Jewelry | M&J Trimming

These pieces are a little more sparkly and refined, like the jewels you would find in a sunken pirate treasure chest! And the teal starfish ring is such a showstopper!

Sea Punk Charm Necklace | M& J Trimming

We love this charm necklace, and what’s that one charm on the middle right? A dinglehopper, right?

Next time you’re at the mall, the Halloween store or doing some online shopping, and you notice your favorite characters or styles on an accessory in your shopping cart, remember that it might have been made by us here at M&J Trimming!

DIY: Under the Sea Tank

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We love to dye at M&J. It’s always an experiment because the medium has a mind of its own! We embraced that free-flowing spirit with this next DIY, a tank top worthy of any mermaid under the sea.

Supplies for Under the Sea DIY | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

20mm Paillettes with Hole on Top #13623

Teal RIT Dye

E-6000

White tank top

Big Plastic Bucket or Sink

Pouring Teal RIT Dye Powder | M&J Trimming

1. Follow the RIT Dye instructions. We used teal RIT dye powder, which we combined with 2 cups of hot water and 5 cups of lukewarm water.

Dipping Tank into Teal RIT Dye Powder | M&J Trimming

2. Dip the end of your tank into the dye. If you want an ombre effect, leave the ends of the tank in the dye for a longer period of time.

Wringing out Dyed Tank Top | M&J Trimming

3. Wring the excess dye out into the bucket.

Rinsing RIT Dye from Tank | M&J Trimming

4. Wash out your tank until the running water becomes clear. This will indicate the dye has set in and will not run.

Allow Tank to Dry | M&J Trimming

4. Allow your tank to dry.

Pailletes Being Placed on Tank | M&J Trimming

5. When your tank is dry, create a design on the bottom of the colored tank using paillettes.

Gluing Down Paillettes | M&J Trimming

6. Glue your paillettes down in your desired pattern. We chose to border the bottom of the tank to represent fish scales, but you can choose whatever design you’d like!

Finished Mermaid Under the Sea Tank | M&J Trimming

And there you have it, an Under the Sea tank top. We know Ariel would trade all of her thingambobs for this shiny tank! Do you want to replace the paillettes with pearls or rhinestones? Take a look at our Under the Sea page for some extra inspiration! 

Trimmer Tales: Carlos

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Aside from our long history as a New York City specialty store and our massive selection of trims, there is something that we at M&J Trimming are proud to be known for: exceptional customer service. In honor of our amazing employees, we would like to introduce a new series of blog posts called Trimmer Tales, which highlights the people who make this company so special. Our first Trimmer Tale will feature Carlos, whose story proves that if you work hard, you will get where you need to be.

Carlos Helping Guest with Trim | M& J Trimming

Carlos started out in maintenance, and was occasionally asked to help out on the floor when the flood of lunchtime customers came in. Noticing his creativity and ease with the guests, the Cohen brothers decided to use his knack for DIY at the monthly crafting seminars. Carlos soon became a hit! Now he’s a seasoned member of the floor who is a celeb-favorite, helping stars like Miss Tina Knowles, Paris Hilton, and Sarah Jessica Parker. He’s even made a head piece for Cher to wear!

Cher in Carlos's Design | M&J Trimming

Carlos with Melissa McCarthey | M&J Trimming

Carlos with Guest | M&J Trimming

Carlos with Celebrity Guest | M&J Trimming

Carlos with Paris Hilton | M&J Trimming

He notes that his favorite thing about M&J Trimming is working with the Cohen family. He attributes his success to the tremendous opportunity that they had given him. He also learned a lot about selling by watching Mr. J in action. The fact that the store has such an amazing selection of unique and hard-to-find items makes it easy to sell. “It’s like a candy store,” Carlos says, “We have so much variety!”

Carlos Helping Guest with Swarovski Rhinestones | M& J Trimming

Carlos’s favorite way to DIY? Embellishing. He loves taking plain items and making them into his own. And his number one tip for those who want to get into the DIY game? He says you should make something using not commonly found materials. The more unique your materials, the more it reflects YOUR personal style.

Carlos's first DIY project | M&J Trimming

Applique Hoodie | M&J Trimming

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Interested in seeing Carlos in action? On November 14th, M&J Trimming is hosting its first Project DIY Workshop. Attendees will be walked through three projects by Carlos, and Project DIY designer, Michelle Levy. Space is limited, so sign up today by clicking here!

Top 5: Gatsby-Inspired DIYs

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Even though it’s been months since Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby came out, we can’t stop obsessing over the fashions and accessories of the Roaring 20’s. Here are a few DIYs that will be perfect for your next flapper costume, but we love them so much that we might just wear them to our next party!
DIY Gatsby Bracelet

This adorable bracelet from Jolie Jouel captures the fringe of flapper dresses perfectly! The combination of the white and blue gems is refreshing, and the bracelet is so dainty that it won’t overwhelm your wrist. It would look beautiful with a white eyelet dress!

Pearl-Applique-Bracelet

This M&J DIY bracelet was inspired by Daisy Buchanan’s beautiful jewelry. This piece would be the perfect addition to any authentic flapper Halloween costume! The best part? All of the items you need to make it can be found at M&J Trimming, even the floral applique!

College-Fashion-gatsby-brooch-diy

If headbands make you feel fussy, try College Fashion’s re-purposed hair brooch on for size!

Great_Gatsby_Fringe_Dress

This incredible fringe dress tutorial from Cup of Tea is not for the novice crafter. It does take some skill with the sewing machine. If you’re feeling brave, give it a go! You’ll end up with an amazing dress. Interested in creating some different color combinations? At M&J we have fringe trim in every color imaginable!

Gatsby_Hanging_Crystal_Headband

This wouldn’t be a Great Gatsby DIY Roundup without at least ONE headband tutorial. The headpiece is an iconic component of the flapper style! This one from Buzzfeed is simply charming, and the way the rhinestone trim dangles adds a romantic touch. Do you love this look too? Check out our great selection of rhinestone trim and beaded appliques if you want to recreate it!

Now you can totally see why we love The Great Gatsby right? Everything about Jay Gatsby’s parties was glamorous and over the top! And can we just spend a minute gushing over the amazing amount of rhinestones in that movie? If you’re looking for more splendidly sparkly embellishments, visit our Great Gatsby Inspiration Page!

Inspiration: The Great Gatsby

When we think of The Great Gatsby, we imagine the decadence and splendor of Jay Gatsby’s parties. If you’re in the business of trim and embellishments, you probably love tiny details. And if you haven’t been able to tell, we really, REALLY do.  Especially ones that sparkle! Here are some images that got us completely inspired for our next DIY.

Pastel Vintage Flapper DressesThese beautiful pastel dresses are so detailed. Look that the pearl embellishments on the mint green dress, and the beading on the lace of the pink dress!

Great Gatsby Whiskey Bar

These bottles are a work of art! The etched glass is so detailed, and the amber whiskey really highlights the contrast.

Clara Bow It Girl

The ultimate flapper had to be Clara Bow. She was the “It” girl of the 1920s, a silent-film siren, and an enduring fashion icon. Check out that sultry stare!

Black and Gold Bead Fringe Dress

This beautiful black dress from ModCloth hits all the right jazz notes. We love the art deco design created by the trim and beading.

Gatsby Bridal Headpiece | M&J Trimming

Our Bridal department was tasked with tracking down a headband inspired by the one worn by Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby. This one by Bernie of New York exceeded expectations! We were blown away by the serious shine of this headpiece.

While we hope you enjoyed our inspiration roundup, you can never have enough sparkle! Visit our Great Gatsby Inspiration Page to see more trim befitting the most fabulous flapper!

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!

Potent Poisons 

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?

The Raven

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!