DIY: Embellished Easter Eggs

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One of our favorite Easter events is decorating the eggs! There are so many fun and unique ways to make your eggs stand out. You can use ribbon, buttons, and countless other embellishments to decorate. This year add a little dazzle to your Easter celebrations with metallic accents and rhinestone embellishments!
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What You’ll Need: 

Faux Eggs

Gold permanent marker

Rhinestones

Crystal Katana

Syringe

 

Green Egg:

DSC_07211. Create a scallop pattern with your gold pen going around the middle of the egg.

 

DSC_07342. Glue down a rhinestone at each scallop corner.

 

 

Pink Egg:

 

DSC_07291. Take your gold pen and draw a line going around the egg. Under that line draw a scalloped pattern like the green egg design. In the loop draw stripes.

DSC_07412. Glue down a rhinestone at each scallop corner.

 

Blue Egg:

 

DSC_07431. Take your gold pen an create a loop going vertical on each side of the egg.

 

DSC_0755 2. Create a rhinestone pattern in the center of the egg. Mirror what you do on one side to the other sign.

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DIY: Crystal Embellished T-Shirt

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Does your old graphic tee need a glamorous upgrade? Give it the gusto it deserves with Swarovski crystals! We’re channeling spring and breathing bright color into this botanical print t-shirt by outlining the leaves in brilliant shades of emerald and olive. DSC_0588

What You’ll Need: 

Graphic Tee (H&M)

Olivine SS20 Flat Back Rhinestones

Fern Green SS16 Flat Back Rhinestones 

E6000

Glue Syringe

Crystal KatanaDSC_05901. Decide which areas you would like to embellish with crystals. We decided to use the rhinestones to accent the palm fronds on the shirt.

DSC_05902. Apply glue with the syringe to create a neat thin line.

DSC_0599 3. Using your Crystal Katana, lay out your rhinestones precisely but quickly on the line of glue.

DSC_06124. Apply the rhinestones and glue section by section so that the glue doesn’t dry prematurely, and let the piece dry overnight.

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Sparkling Sew-Ons

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This month we’re happy to introduce a huge selection of beautiful new sew-on stones. These sparkling crystals are cut to reflect light just like real gems, and will make a next great addition to your next DIY.

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Our Margarita Sew-On Jewels add the perfect amount of floral sparkle to your next piece! Use these rhinestones to embellish the collar of your blouse, add them to your sweater for subtle shimmer, or sew them onto a hat for a sprinkling of shine! 71634-CRYSTAL

 

These Navette Sew-Ons add the ideal amount of shimmer. They have two holes on either end, offering a secure hold for almost any project! Add them to a dress, belt, or even a handbag! 71646-CRYSTAL

 

These beautiful Oval Sew-On Jewels with Settings are great for making a necklace or bracelet. You can also sew them to the collar of your sweater.

 

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These gorgeous Pear Sew-Ons with Settings are perfect for making a statement. Use them to create a brooch, necklace, or add them to a jacket.

Check out our selection of sew-ons!

 

DIY: Embellished Pillow

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Add a little ice to your home decor this season with an embellished pillow that is sure to sparkle! We used loch rosen rhinestones and flat metal sequins to add a multi-dimensional shimmer that’s not too over-the-top, but still has a high-end style. DSC_0150

What You’ll Need:

6mm Round Loch Rosen Rhinestones
8mm Round Metal Sequins
Pillow
Needle and thread
Scissors

DSC_01601. Sew sequins and sew-on rhinestones into an abstract cluster shape.

DSC_01622. Repeat the pattern throughout the pillow, or embellish random sections for a more eclectic look!

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DIY: Party Hats

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With our 78th Anniversary coming up we have parties on the brain. From cake to candles, all we can think about is fun celebrations! Our next DIY highlights our recent obsession, and aims to create an upgraded party staple using trims, crystals and colorful card stock!

DSC_0073What You’ll Need:

Card Stock Paper

Citrine Flatback Rhinestones in SS20 and SS34

Capri Blue Flatback Rhinestones in SS20 and SS34

Light Siam Flatback Rhinestones in SS30

Emerald Flatback Rhinestones in SS30 and SS34

15MM  Mini Pom Pom Loop Fringe

23MM Box Pleated Chromspun Edging 

Scissors

E6000

Hot Glue Gun

Hole Puncher

Thick String

Tweezers

 

Pompom Party Hat
DSC_00791. Cut a circle out of your card stock.

DSC_00812. Cut a line into the center of the circle.

DSC_00843. Start to curve the paper to form a cone, and glue in place.

DSC_00904.  Glue your 15MM Mini Pom Pom Loop Fringe around the rim of the hat.

DSC_00975. Punch a hole on each side and put through the thick string on each side.

DSC_0102Make a knot on the inside. Cut string to appropriate length to tie around your face.

 

 

 

Ruffled Trim Hat

 


 DSC_01091. Create the cone from card stock as shown with the first hat.

DSC_01172. Take your 23MM Box Pleated Chromspun Edging and starting from the top, glue down going around the cone in a spiral.

 

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Crystal Party Hat
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1. Create the cone from card stock as shown with the first hat.

 

DSC_01262. Glue crystals onto the cone with E6000

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DIY: Sparkling Lace Bracelet

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This season, unlike the bundled and structured styles of winter and autumn, is all about being carefree and fun! We take this to heart when it comes to stylish accessories too, so this spring don’t let heavy metals weight you down! A beautiful bracelet made of lace trim and rhinestones offers just the right amount of sparkle and won’t weigh down your wrist.

Materials for Lace Bracelet

 

What You’ll Need:

1 3/8” Scallop Rosette Lace-White

8mm Round HF Epoxy Nailheads

5mm Round HF Epoxy Nailheads

SS10 Hot Fix Swarovski Pearl

SS12 Swarovski in Emerald

SS20 Swarovski in  Light Sapphire, Emerald, Light Topaz

SS34 Swarovski in Crystal

Crimp Closures

Jump Rings

Lobster Clasp

Pliers

Scissors

Crystal Katana

Glue

Measuring Lace Trim Around Wrist1. Wrap the lace trim around your wrist, and measure how long the lace is when it overlaps on your wrist. Add an inch to that number, and cut.

Folding Over Lace Trim2.  Fold your lace over half an inch, so that the crimp closure will have a thicker grip.

Clamping Metal Crimper3. Place the crimp at the end of your folded lace, and clamp down. Repeat on the opposite side.

Attaching Jump Ring to Lace Trim4.  Connect your jump ring and lobster clasp, and then connect each end to a jump ring.

Laying Out Pattern with Rhinestones5. Now it’s time to design! Lay out your bracelet, and create the pattern you want using rhinestones and nailheads. Use your crystal katana to easily pick up  and place the rhinestones.Gluing Down Rhinestones on Lace Bracelets6. Once you’ve laid out your pattern, glue down each stone. Let the bracelet dry overnight.

Finished Embellished Lace Bracelet

Now you have a bracelet that’s perfect for your next spring adventure!

DIY Tips and Tricks: Jewelry

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Jewelry-making is a popular way to DIY right now because the projects are usually quick, easy, and the results are stunning. There’s also the added bonus of having a completely custom piece that will have all of your friends asking where you got it! While making jewelry is usually a simple affair, there are a few things you can do to make it even easier!

Rhinestones

When working with rhinestones, a crystal jewel setter is your best friend. It allows you to easily pick up and place rhinestones without the hassle of turning them over and fiddling around with them manually. It also allows for more precision. Don’t have a jewel setter? A toothpick with beeswax on the tip works just as well.

Opening jump rings the right way is a lesson that will help you throughout jewelry making. Almost every piece needs a jump ring to attach closures! Check out our video to see how to open and close jump rings properly, so that you aren’t stuck with that annoying gap.

Organizer

Keep it in a caddy. With all of the tiny beads and charms floating around, its good to keep them organized so that you’re able to find the exact piece you need when you need it.

Chain

When it comes to buying supplies, the least noticeable parts are probably the most important. When buying thread or chain, make sure to get the good stuff, or at least the medium stuff. If you’re using a mediocre chain or thread to keep your item together it could easily snap and break.

 

Colored Crystal DIY Roundup

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Our most popular rhinestones are the Crystal and Crystal AB variety which have a clear or iridescent shine. They’re classic and elegant, and perfect for making any accessory or outfit more special and statement-worthy. But if you like a little more sass with your sparkle, our Swarovski crystals come in a full spectrum of colors! Sometimes adding a little bit of color goes a long way, and these DIYs prove it!

Painted Rhinestone Necklace by Swell MaydeThis necklace from Swell Mayde is great for repurposing old, inexpensive necklaces that you wouldn’t otherwise wear. Just a few coats of paint and you have the perfect spring accessory!

School Magnets from EarringsIf you’re in school or just love having beautiful office supplies, these fun magnets are a great weekend DIY! Created using inexpensive earrings, these are sure to set your locker apart from the rest.

 

Ombre Rhinestone TrimsThese Miu Miu-inspired earrings are so sweet and elegant, and you know our thoughts on ombre anything. Must have.

 

Crystal Mirror From Design Love FestThis mirror from Designlovefest is a favorite because it is so unique. It’s an exciting addition to your home, and would make a fantastic house-warming present.

 

Crystal Clutch from Honestly WTFThis clutch from Honestly WTF is fierce and fashionable. We love the drama of the beautiful crystal shards.

Our Favorite Florals at M&J

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We don’t know if this incredibly chilly winter is to blame, but we are eagerly anticipating the day that the flower buds start blooming. We are obsessed with florals. So much so that we wanted you to become as obsessed as we are by having a sale! Get on the botanical bandwagon with us, and receive 15% off of floral trims from now until Sunday March 30th! Here are some of our favorite floral products that you can pick up now:

 

4” POLKA DOT WITH TULLE FLOWER PIN

 

The 4″ Polka Dot with Tulle Flower Pin is so cute! We adore the mixed-media look, and the tiny gold dot accents. Pin it to a basic dress to add a little garden style to your outfit.

40MM X 30MM ROSE AND LEAF OVAL CAMEO

 

Cameos usually feature a delicate silhouette, but this Rose and Leaf Oval Cameo is for the florist! Use our Medieval Renaissance Choker DIY as a guide to make a flower-inspired necklace.

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This 10MM Imported Iron-On Floral Trim comes in an assortment of colors, and can add a delicate touch of daisies to anything you want! The best part it’s iron-on, so there’s no mess and no sewing involved!

TWO-HOLE FOIL FLORAL BUTTON

This floral foil button is so cool! It’s unique design will ensure that anything you put it on stands a tier above the rest.

FLORAL RHINESTONE PEARL TRIM

This rhinestone and pearl trim will take your evening wear to the next level. You can even cut the individual flowers out, and use them as appliques to make a headband! This is also a great time to buy rhinestone trim to make a DIY bridal belt!

To see more floral items, check out our Floral Shop!

Celebrating Carnival

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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!
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Brazil Carnival Headdress

Brazil Carnival Blue Dresses

Brazil Sea of Feathers

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!

Venetian Gold Mask

Celestial Venetian Mask

Venetian Couple During Carnival

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.

Mardi Gras Mask

New Orleans Mardi Gras

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?