DIY Holiday Video coming soon…

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We are almost finished with the festive season of DIY Holiday Videos, but we’re not done shining. Next week our very own Kristin shows us how to make a Shooting Star necklace and earrings, because everyone should feel like a STAR!!

Happy Holidays, Blerona

Recession Friendly Gift (DIY Money Box)

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By Dara

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Summer is finally here!  It’s about time.  Well, actually it doesn’t quite feel like summer in NYC.  It still feels like spring time especially since it’s raining almost every day.  If it wasn’t for the tall buildings, you’d think its Seattle. 

 Anyways, summer is a time for celebration.  There’s graduation, Independence Day, and just time to enjoy the warm sun.  If you’re planning a celebration this summer for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or graduation, then why not make it recession friendly.  Instead of receiving gifts, ask for a thick envelope with cash instead. 

You’ll need a safe place to store all that cash.  So today, I decided to make a money box!  The money box should be very popular this year; especially with the recession, who wouldn’t want some cash instead of a toaster for your gift. 

 The money box I made today measures 8 inches all around.  If you plan on doing the same size then you’ll need:

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 Instructions:

  1.  You have 6 pieces of the 8” x 8” board, take four of them and glue them together along the edge to build a box.  There should be a hole in the center after you finish.  It’s the space for the top and the bottom of the box.  Let is dry before continuing to the next step
  2. While the glue is drying, work on the top of the box.  With the ruler, measure 2 inches from the edge of the board and mark it with a pencil. Mark the opposite side with about 5 inches from the edge. Then mark 1.5 inches on both the left and the right edge of the board. 
  3. Using the pencil and ruler, trace the marked areas.  It should form a long rectangle.  It should be about ½” long. 
  4. Use the box cutter to cut out that area.  It will be the hole for the money.
  5. Now, using the multipurpose adhesive, lightly spray the top of the board and lay the 9” x 9” fabric on top.  Smooth out the fabric. 
  6. With the cutter, cut through fabric into the hole you just created for inserting the money.  Leave enough fabric so that you can cover the inside and give it a nice finish.
  7. Take the gem-tac glue and glue don the extra fabric onto the other side of the board.
  8. Now, going back to the box.  Take the 30” by 9” fabric and wrap if around the box after it finished drying.  You can use the multipurpose adhesive and spray it around the box first.  It helps smooth out the fabric. 
  9. Wrap it tightly and at the end, fold the extra fabric inside.  Then use the gem-tac and glue it in place. 
  10. Use the gem-tac to glue the other extra fabrics along the edges of the box.  Fold the fabric into the inside of the box.  If it’s hard, use scissors to cut the corners and then fold the fabrics and glue it in place.
  11. Using the pins, pin the top part of the box with the rest of the boards.  This should close the top.  We’re using pins instead of glue, so that you can take out the money when the party is over.
  12. It’s time for the satin ribbons.  The 11” goes in front of the box.  The 13” goes in the back of the box.  The 24” goes along the side of the box.  Glue them in place.
  13. Center the 27” ribbon and glue only the center of the ribbon to the center of the box.
  14. It’s time for the hand-dyed silk.  With one hand, hold the end of the ribbon.  With your other hand, start folding the ribbon over to form a flower. 
  15. Take the needle and thread and stitch the center in place when you’re done.
  16. Glue the flower down on the top of the box and glue the button in the center of the flower.
  17. When the glue for the box dries, flip the box over and glue the bottom of the box on.  You can add a strip of rhinestone trim to the button like how I did. 
  18. You’re all done!

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Cake Jewelry

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By Kristin

 

Cake jewelry is a popular item that Brides call me for daily.  Although M&J Trimming don’t sell premade cake jewelry, you can easily use M&J products to create your own custom look.  When I was browsing through M&J for ideas for the blog, I noticed these gorgeous crystal spray and pearl sprays.  I was inspired immediately! 

Take the sprays and arrange them so the stems are all lined up and the sprays create nice large flower look.  Tape the top, middle, and bottom to secure for wiring.  Take a piece of beading wire and wrap it (starting at the top) around the stems until you reach the bottom, clip the excess wire.  You can then simply place the new large stem directly into the cake.

Another way to do it is to take one stem, surround it with 4 stems positioned slightly lower (by 1″), position the remaining 7 stems around those 4 another inch lower.  Tape and wrap the same way as before.  This will create a tiered firework effect with the sprays.

If you want a fuller look, try 2 or even 3 packs of sprays.  You can also mix the rhinestone sprays with the pearl sprays for a multi-textured look.  Rhinestone buttons can be added to the tiers with ribbon to carry the cake topper look to the rest of the cake.

A Touch of Gray (DIY Bridal Shoe Clip)

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By Kristin

The hottest trend it seems lately is that brides are heading towards shades of gray for the new accent color.  They are incorporating into everything ranging from the invites to the wedding dress itself!  I decided to create a simple pair of shoe clips done in this hot new shade to show how versatile it can be. 

 Shoe clips were at their most popular during the Victorian era, they were used to dress up your shoes, but could also be clipped to hats, scarves, and bags.  I’m a huge fan of shoe clips, I usually make my own using mostly buttons and ribbons, but I do have a few vintage pairs too.  Why not try to make a pair today, you’ll quickly see how addictive it is to own a ‘new’ pair of shoes!

 

 

Materials Used:

 

Instructions:

  1. You will need 2 pieces of ribbon measuring 8 inches and two measuring 3 inches.
  2. Fold the ends of the 8″ ribbon towards the middle and glue in place with Unique Stitch Glue, then take the 3″ piece and fold over the ends about ¼” and glue in place.  Wrap the small 3″ piece around the center of the long folded piece to cover the seam, glue in place.
  3. Take your needle and thread and sew the shoe clip to the back of the ribbon.  You can use E6000 as well, but I find that the thread holds up better over time.
  4. Take your rhinestone button and clip off the shank back (the small metal loop on the back).  Clip it as close to the back of the button as you can, a little extra remaining is okay, so long as the button lays flat.
  5. Glue your button to the middle of the front of the ribbon.
  6. Let everything dry overnight. 
  7. Clip on and look gorgeous!