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!
We’re back with another original DIY – and this time we’re all about the pastel trend! Using only 3 materials, (all from M&J Trimming) we created this lovely striped beaded headband. See the instructions below to make your own!
1. Create the middle strip first, drawing a line of glue down the middle of the headband. You may want to draw the line in pencil first to make it easier.
2. Pour the first color of the beads into a wide, shallow bowl or saucer. Dip all sides of the headband in the bowl until beads are covering all of the glue. Let the middle stripe dry.
3. Once dry, add another line of glue to create one of the outside stripes.
4. Pour the second color of the beads into the second bowl. Repeat the process that you used to make the first stripe, dipping the glue stripe in the bowl. If you prefer, you could also sprinkle the beads onto the headband.
5. Continue to add beads on both sides of the middle stripe, until the whole headband is covered.
6. Let dry for an hour and then you’re all done!
Our New Favorite blogger for December is Grace from Stripes & Sequins!
Hi everyone! I’m Grace from Stripes & Sequins. Ever since moving to New York City six years ago, M&J Trimming has been one of my favorite places in the city… a virtual candy store for us crafty folks! I’m honored to be M&J’s blogger of the month. If I had to describe my style in two words, it would be human magpie. I love all things shiny and sparkly.. By day, I work for BaubleBar, where I run their social media. I’ve been blogging for about two years and love DIY – it forces me to be creative and helps me temper my expensive taste. My blog has been featured on Guest of a Guest, the Wall Street Journal, and Dismount Creative as a Top DIY blog. I’ve also DIY’d with The Glitter Guide, which is, very fittingly, one of my favorite online publications!
Stripes & Sequins DIY’s
Here’s what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…check back on Tuesday, December 13th 2011 to see what she made!
Hi everyone! I’m Carly from Chic Steals, and I’ve been a huge fan of M&J Trimming for such a long time. I make it a point to always stop in the store and meander through whenever I’m in New York City. It’s like a glittering treasure trove for me, stocked full of beads, baubles, trims, rhinestones, and appliqués – so much so that I’m never able to leave with empty hands. It’s amazing how easily you can update a piece of clothing or an accessory with said beads, baubles, and appliqués…and how incredibly high-fashion projects can look when you’ve added a bit of frivolous sparkle to them.
I love a metallic manicure as much as the next girl, but most polishes aren’t bright enough to truly gleam like the real thing. Though a little tedious, a sequin manicure gets those fingertips a-sparkle: a true conversation piece!
*6mm Flat Loose Sequins Style# 34424 in Turquoise
*thick clear base coat nail polish (the stickier the better!)
*thick clear sealing topcoat nail polish
1. Cut a bunch of sequins in half, and some into quarters.
2. Work on each nail one-by-one. Spread a thick coating of base coat onto a nail. While it is still wet, use the flat end of the toothpick to pick up a half-sequin, and place at the tip of your nail in the center. (It’s easier to pick up the sequin if you lick the end of the toothpick.)
3. Fill in the sides of each nail with the quarter-sequins.
4. Continue to fill in the nail with more half- and quarter-sequins, layering each one overlapping the previous one a little, covering the center of your nail going back to the cuticle.
5. Cover with at least one coating of topcoat; thick enough so that the edges of the sequins don’t lift up or feel too scratchy.
Flash those holographic talons! My manicure lasted about 5 days before the edges of the sequins lifted up too much, so something like this would be perfect for a party or a special occasion.
It’s so simple to update an old bangle with wrappings of brightly-colored ribbon and thread! You can even use scraps of fabric to keep things fun and festive.
*38mm Silky Grosgrain Ribbon in Sapphire and Grey Style# 42053 (1-800-9MJTRIM)
*M&J Trimming ribbon
*contrasting color of fabric paint
*glue for fabric, metal, and plastic
1. Use fabric paint to paint designs on your ribbon; I chose lines and dots. Allow to dry.
2. Place a small amount of glue on the end of a ribbon, and glue it to the inside of the bangle. Wrap the ribbon around the bangle a couple times, then cut and glue the free end to the bangle inside.
3. Add the other color of ribbon, and the painted ribbon as well, overlapping the ribbons on the bangle as you go.
4. For visual interest, add an area of thread wrapped around the bangle as well.
5. After all ends are glued down and the bangle is covered completely, add a contrasting ribbon tied around the bangle for a little sass.
Wear stacked with other bangles or on its own as a cute accessory to brighten your day.
Bead-Edged Cut-Out Top
Give them all the cold shoulder with this skin-baring top. Take it to the next level with a border of bright metallic beads around saucy cut-outs.
*8mm 60″ 8MM 60″ Faux Pearl PKG Style# 49380 in Silver (1-800-9-MJTRIM)
*long-sleeved knit top
*clear bead cord (I’m using Magic Stretch)
3. Turn the top inside-out and carefully notch around the cut edge so the fabric won’t pull too much when you turn it inwards. Spread a small amount of fabric glue around the edge of your cut-out. Fold the fabric inwards to create a finished edge.
4. Make a double knot in your beading cord and thread your beads onto it, until you have enough to go all the way around the cut-out. Knot the end loosely so you can add more beads later on if you find you haven’t strung on enough.
5. Use a doubled length of matching thread to stitch your string of beads around the cut out. Stitching over the cord in-between each bead I found is
enough to secure the string onto the top.
6. If you get to the end of the string and find you still haven’t gotten all the way around the cut-out, un-knot the cord and add more beads on. Finish the cord with a double-knot and trim the cord close.
Bead-and-Ribbon Fishnet Necklace
*8mm 60″ 8MM 60″ Faux Pearl PKG Style# 49380 in Silver (1-800-9-MJTRIM)
*38mm Silky Grosgrain Ribbon in Sapphire Style# 42053 (1-800-9MJTRIM)
*6mm Mesh Tube Ribbon Style# 36876 in Grey (1-800-9-MJTRIM)
*large crystal pendant
*assorted jumprings, rings, and chains
*pliers (I used round-nose, flat-nose, and wire-cutting)
*optional: lighter or open flame
1. Tie the end of the ribbon to a ring.
2. Make the closure of the necklace and add a jumpring with chain attached to it to one side. Add a jumpring to the other side and attach it to the ring from the previous step.
3. Make the pearl bead string by dropping beads into the mesh cord, and knotting the cord on either side of each bead.
4. Attach the pearl bead string to the ring with the ribbon by simply double-knotting the metallic mesh cord around the ring, and trimming the excess.
5. Make the metallic bead string by threading a sequin onto an eyepin, then a bead, then another sequin, and finishing the eyepin in another loop, trimming the excess. Attach each beaded segment to each other to create the bead string.
6. Try on the necklace and decide how long you want it. Cut the attached chain accordingly, and attach the beaded string to the end of the chain with a jumpring.
7. Attach another large ring to the end of the beaded string – this will lie in the center, and hold the pendant.
8. Tie the free end of the ribbon to the ring, and trim the excess. If the ends of the ribbon are fraying too much, you can heat-seal them with an open flame.
9. Attach a smaller chain to the end of the pearl bead string, trim the excess, and attach it to the center ring as well.
10. Slip the pendant inside the mesh cord. Twist the ends tightly around the pendant, roll to the back, and trim.
Wear a regal piece like this with simple, understated clothing so it stands out all on its own.
Tip: Choose black or orange beads for a spooky Halloween-style spiderwebby piece!
Sparkly Beaded Hairclip
*4″ x 2 1/4″ Rhinestone Applique Style# 47335 in Black ( 1-800-9MJTRIM)
*stiff black felt
*hot glue & glue gun
*hand-sewing needle and matching thread
This piece looks lovely securing a ponytail, or glittering out from the back of a braided chignon. The ways to use a beaded appliqué are numerous: you can add it onto a ribbon belt, a boring cloche, an old clutch, use as a shoe-clip, attach to a ribbon and wear as a wristlet, or even attach a chain to either side and sport it as a pretty pendant necklace. Wear it with flair!
Our New Favorite blogger for October is Carly J. Cais from Chic Steals
Carly J. Cais is a self-taught DIY maven whose lack of funds never stifles her creativity. She operates her fashion and style blog Chic Steals based on the motto, “Be Stylish * Get Creative * Spend Less,” telling everyone that the designer look is easily attainable through budget shopping, thrifting, and DIY’ing. She always loves the challenge of creating runway-inspired pieces and clothing refashioned from thrift store finds – from men’s shirts refashioned into rompers, sweatshirts re-made into blouses, shoes detailed like Louboutins, and designer-style accessories made from foam and clay. Chic Steals is all about looking on-trend and chic – for an unbelievable steal
Here’s what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…check back on Tuesday, October 11th 2011 to see what she made!
I know we’ve missed a couple of month’s after May, but luckly we had Five amazing bloggers for our M&J Challenge 2 to keep your creative juices flowing for the summer. And I’m happy to say that we are back in action. Our New Favorite blogger for September is Arianna from Runway DIY!
Arianna Berk is a true DIY girl who believes there is no need to want when you can create! Arianna has been making her own clothing, artwork, and accessories since before she could walk and talk. Growing up with a fashion designer mother, Arianna was raised around bolts of fabric and sewing machines, and learned from a young age that with enough creativity and imagination, you can make anything you see.
Her website, Runway DIY aims to make high fashion accesible to everyone through step-by-step do it yourself projects inspired by current trends. Her focus is on creating arts, not crafts- she never uses a glue gun where a needle and thread would do better. Arianna views the world through DIY eyes- flipping through magazines and walking past shop windows gives her constant inspiration for her posts and creations. When Arianna isn’t blogging, you will find her trying new restaurants or playing with her dogs- Baye, Rosie, and Sam.
Here’s what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…check back on Tuesday, September 13th 2011 to see what she made!
Kirsten Nunez is a New Yorker with an unending love for anything handmade. Founder of the DIY fashion blog Studs and Pearls, her style is equal parts edgy and classy. If she’s not creating, she’s probably baking, thrifting, or writing for About.com’s Style section. She believes that DIY has absolutely no rules. Kirsten is inspired by everything and anything; she has multiple sketchbooks overflowing with ideas, and she wouldn’t want it any other way.
Nicole from Sketch42blog, yes the same blogger from our first ever M&J DIY Challenge! Well we invited her back her own post because we love her work so much. Nicole is the ultimate interior decorator! Don’t believe me well check out her blog, she decorated her entire apartment all on her own and added her own artwork to the walls. See her beautiful home in RUE Magazine. On her blog she shares her love for home decor, fashion and just about everything else. And we’re so happy to have her guest post for us again.
Here’s what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…check back on Friday April 15th, 2011 to she what she made!
Meet Stefanie Schiada, design and lifestyle blogger better known to her readers from Brooklyn Limestone simply as Mrs. Limestone. Whether working on a DIY home decor project, traveling to all corners of the world in the pursuit of a full passport or prepping for a costume party, she documents it all on her blog. Stefanie is a lifelong New Yorker and self confessed trash tv addict. Check out more of design, decor and travel at Brooklyn Limestone. And that’s why we love her, her home renovation just blew us away and so did all her other creative projects!
Heres what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…now let’s see what she can make! Check back on Thursday March 17, 2011.