DIY: Holiday Ribbon Tree

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Looking for an elegant way to decorate your mantel? These ribbon trees are just the ticket, and the best part is that they are so simple to make that you almost feel guilty. Almost. Find out how to make them below!

Large Tree

Ribbon Tree DIY Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

40mm Imported Double Face Satin Ruffled Edging #33567 (Cream)

Rhinestone Bijou Button #19846 (35mm) (Crystal Silver)

SS34 Fuchsia Flatbacks

SS34 Tanzanite Flatbacks

SS34 Crystal Flatbacks

Styrofoam Cone

Pins

T-Pins

Glue

Scissors

Ribbon Tree DIY | M&J Trimming

1. Wrap the ruffled satin edging around the bottom of the cone until both ends meet, and pin the ends to the styrofoam.

Ribbon Tree DIY Cutting | M&J Trimming

2. Cut where the ribbon ends meet.Ribbon Tree DIY Ribbon Layers | M&J Trimming

3. Repeat the steps above until you reach the top of the tree.

Ribbon Tree DIY Rhinestone Button | M&J Trimming

4. Take one of the rhinestone buttons, and adhere it onto the top of the tree with a t-pin.

Ribbon Tree DIY Rhinestone Ornaments | M&J Trimming

5. Glue your flatback rhinestones onto the ribbon in a sporadic pattern to represent ornaments.

Ribbon Tree DIY Finished Cream Tree | M&J Trimming

Small Tree

Ribbon Tree DIY Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

40mm Imported Double Face Satin Pleated #33566 (Dusty Rose)

Rhinestone Button #19840 (22mm) (Crystal)

SS34 Fuchsia Flatbacks

SS34 Tanzanite Flatbacks

SS34 Crystal Flatbacks

Styrofoam Cone

Pins

T-Pins

Glue

Scissors

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1. Wrap the ruffled satin edging around the bottom of the cone until both ends meet, and pin the ends to the styrofoam.

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2. Cut where the ribbon ends meet.

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3. Repeat those steps until you reach the top of the tree.

Ribbon Tree DIY Rhinestone Button | M&J Trimming

4. Take a rhinestone button, and adhere it onto the top of the tree with a t-pin.

Ribbon Tree DIY Rhinestone Ornament | M&J Trimming

5. Glue your flatback rhinestones onto the ribbon in a sporadic pattern to represent ornaments.

Ribbon Tree DIY Finished Pink | M&J Trimming

Finished Ribbon Tree

These Ribbon Trees are the perfect centerpiece for a holiday dinner, or an excellent decor element for your mantle. Wherever you decide to display them, they’ll add a bit of holiday cheer to any spot!

AB & Cs of Crystals

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This Tuesday we’re having one of our legendary Swarovski sales! Swarovski crystals are the perfect solution to any DIY that needs some dazzle. If you’re new to the world of Swarovski, you may be overwhelmed by all of the options. Here are a few tips for Swarovski novices so that they can take advantage of our sale! Knowledge is power, people.

Swarovski Rhinestone Rainbow | M&J Trimming

When it comes to color, Swarovski makes almost every color under the sun. There are even some varieties which reflect multiple colors. For example, one of our most popular colors, Crystal, also comes in Crystal AB, which stands for Aurora Borealis. The Crystal AB initially looks clear, but reflects different colors from different angles. This rainbow effect is created by adding metallic chemical coatings to the glass.

Swarovski Rhinestone Flame | M&J Trimming

Swarovski crystals come in all different shapes and sizes, but they are measured in SS. If you’re having trouble figuring out what size you need, check out our handy Rhinestone Size Chart!

Swarovski Rhinestone Cool Tones | M&J Trimming

Another variable to consider when picking out rhinestones is how to affix them! There are generally two types of rhinestones you can buy: flatback and hotfix. Flatback rhinestones have to either be glued by hand, or used with a brisk-set. The brisk-set uses tiny metal backings that pierce through fabric and hold the rhinestone in place. Hotfix rhinestones have glue on the back of them which attaches to fabric when heated.

We hope you’ve learned a thing or two about these gorgeous DIY elements. Now that you’re in the know, head on over to mjtrim.com and pick out some beautiful rhinestones! Have any other rhinestone-related inquiries? Leave your questions below!

New in November

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At M&J Trimming we’re constantly getting new trims, notions and findings to dazzle and delight! Every month we bring in the most beautiful and unique trims from all over the world because we know our customers want the best and finest. If you happen to live outside of the city and can’t see our fabulous selection of trims in person, we have good news. All of the new arrivals below are available online!

Lace | M&J Trimming

We absolutely adore lace at M&J Trimming. It’s a borderline obsession, really. This month we’ve received a lot of beautiful eyelet lace like the Ruffled Eyelet Lace, the Scallop Lace Edging, and the Scallop Eyelet Lace above! This lace is durable and perfect for trimming a dress or a shirt! Many of these beautiful eyelet trims are made in Spain, and they’re also 100% cotton!

Thread | M&J Trimming

Sometimes all you need is a little bit of thread. This button thread we’ve recently started stocking is perfect for those pesky loose buttons! It’s strong and sturdy, and will keep the buttons on your winter coat right where you left them!

Dark Green Moss Swarovski | M&J Trimming

Crystal Lilac Shadow Swarovski | M&J Trimming

Aside from ribbons and trims, we also love anything that sparkles! We have a huge selection of Swarovski crystals that are ideal for adding a little bit of bling to your outfit. We’re happy to introduce two captivating new colors: Dark Moss Green and Crystal Lilac Shadow. If you like to DIY with a little sparkle check out our Rhinestone Clutch, Rhinestone Beanie, and Rhinestone Clear Minauderie posts!

Are you a lover of lace? A Swarovski savant? A fan of threads? What new products do YOU love seeing at M&J Trimming?

DIY Neon Cuff

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We had an old metal bracelet that had been sitting in our drawers for some time now. Since we had been staring at our spray paint for quite some time we opted to spray the bracelet with a pretty blue tone. Once it had dried overnight, we spruced it up with neon in hopes of creating our go to summer piece.

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Metal Cuff
Spray Paint
Sew On Rhinestones

We applied a small amount of Gem Tac glue on the back of each rhinestone one at a time.

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We gently placed each rhinestone down onto the cuff adding a small amount of pressure. DSC_0100

We continued to do this until we came up with a unique and one of a kind pattern for our cuff. 

DSC_0133Even on a rainy day this cuff brightens up our outfit. We can’t wait to see your DIYs.

Summer Hair Inspiration

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The summer heat has finally arrived. We crave it all year round, but once the hot air rolls in, we often wonder what to do with our hair. Rest assured these styles will inspire you on those days when you’re truly stuck in a rut. With flowers crowns, ribbons, bows, spikes, and rhinestones to chose from, what look will you be dabbling in this summer?

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Rhinestone Street Style

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We love the way rhinestones look, but rocking the gems everyday may seem a bit tricky to those looking to dress down the glitzy duds. We looked at some of our favorite street style blogs to see how fellow fashionistas were rocking the look. We adored the versatility in everyone’s use of the stones. We can’t wait to recreate some of these astonishing looks here at M&J.

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Glitz and Glamour

Whoever said diamonds were a girl’s best friend must not have known about Swarovski rhinestones. The affordable gems are just as beautiful as the real thing. Rhinestones can be used to embellish, highlight, decorate or enhance any look. Here at M&J we can’t get enough of them. Whether selecting from a Flatback or Hot-Fix, the color assortments will be sure to blow you away.  Sometimes we find ourselves wishing everything we owned were encrusted in these stones.

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Rhinestone Lucite Bag DIY

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We’ve been eyeing the Lucite bags on the runway in Valentino’s and Marc Jacobs’s 2013 collection and have been wanting to try our hand at a DIY influenced by this trend. We gave our bag a mini face-lift and couldn’t be happier with the results. We spiced up our pink lucite bag with swarovski flatback rhinestones and couldn’t wait to show off this easy and affordable DIY.

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SUPPLIES:

DSC_0570Forever 21 Pink Lucite Bag

Brisk-Set Rhinestone Setter

SS48 Tiffany Settings-Nickel Regular Legs

Swarovski Flatback Rhinestones- Crystal AB SS48

STEPS:

Place your Swarovski Flatback Rhinestones- Crystal AB SS48 face down in the Brisk-Set Rhinestone Setter. The pointed side of the stone will be faced down revealing the silver back.

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Hold your bag in a way that allows you to put the Brisk-Set Rhinestone Setter inside. Place a SS48 Tiffany Setting with the prongs facing down over your plastic bag. Make sure the SS48 Tiffany Setting matches the hole in the Brisk-Set Rhinestone Setter .

DSC_0575Press down on your Brisk-Set Rhinestone Setter for the rhinestone to set.

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For harder to reach areas you may want to manually place each of the crystals into place. The first thing you’ll want to do is push your Tiffany Settings through the bag from the interior side.

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Once the settings are locked into place, place your crystal in the backing. It may help to angle your bag in a way that allows the stone to comfortably sit into place.

DSC_0581In order to secure the crystal fold the metal legs so they appear to be clasping the crystal. Add as many crystals as you desire in order to achieve the perfect bag.

Lucite Bag DIY

Don’t forget today is the last day of our 2 Day Sale!
TAKE 10% OFF FLATBACK AND HOTFIX RHINESTONES
USE CODE CRYSTALSALE AT CHECKOUT

 

Rhinestone Accessories

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Rhinestones serve many purposes. Rhinestones can accent an outfit in many ways.  The beauty of these crystals are their versatility. Each crystal can be used individually or grouped together. Rhinestones can be used for clothing, jewelry or even makeup purposes. However you choose to rock the look  you’ll be sure to sparkle in the crowd.

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Bracelets

Body Jewels

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Today is the first day of our 2 Day Sale
 TAKE 10% OFF FLATBACK AND HOTFIX RHINESTONES
 USE CODE CRYSTALSALE AT CHECKOUT

Rhinestones on the Runway

Many designers use rhinestones to enhance pieces within their collection. Some designers add a few stones here and there while others create works of art. Judith Leiber is one designer who has made a name for herself for her innovative use of crystals and rhinestones. Her initial bag created due to a shipping error which left many of her bags damaged. Rather than throwing the bags away, Judith began decorating them with a variety of small crystals. Ms. Leiber’s creative instincts may have inspired some of the runway looks we see today. Here are some of our favorite rhinestone-enhanced looks from the runway.

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