4 Ways to Embellish Back to School: Calendar

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Buying a new calendar every year can be a hassle. First you need to find one you like, and then, a mere twelve months later, it goes in the trash. Make a reusable version, that you’re sure to love for years to come using ribbons and a frame.
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What You’ll Need:

Frame
1.5” Grosgrain Ribbon
E6000
Scissors
Marker Board Pens

1. Take the back of the frame out, and lay it out. You will work directly on this piece.DSC_02402. Using the ribbons, create a weave pattern. Make sure you 7 rows going across, and at least 5 rows of boxes going down.

 DSC_02484. Glue it to the frame back, and let it dry.DSC_02505. Put board in frame and using an erasable marker write down the month, days of the week, and days.

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Need more inspiration for your back-to-school gear? Check out our 4 Ways Back to School Shop!

Yard Sale 2014

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As summer draws to a close, we’re fulfilling one of our favorite warm-weather traditions: the yard sale. Our annual Yard Sale is probably a little different than the ones you’re used to though. This one is happening rain or shine, and everyone can join in on the fun because it’s all online! During our yard sale you can receive 15% off trims by the yard, and stock up on the trims that will get you through your winter DIYs. Just use coupon code YARDSALE102  to receive the discount from now until August 22.

DSC_0484Check out our gorgeous beaded trim, to use for embellishing evening wear or dramatic decor!

DSC_0405Don’t forget to pick up some fringe from home decor  for your throw pillows!

03.17.14-9Grab some grosgrain for a year’s worth of birthday bows!

DSC_0390Make bold belts with our vinyl trim and braids!

DSC_0798Velvet is the perfect material for all of your fall and winter DIYs!

So what are you waiting for? The best yard sale of the summer is only a click away!

DIY: Ribbon Garland

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A very special birthday is coming up, and the cake is definitely bound to have more candles than it can handle. But what do you do when you want to keep the celebratory impact of the cake without turning the cake into a crater? With a simple decoration that’s also easily translatable to walls: ribbon garland!
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What You’ll Need:

15mm French DF Satin Ribbon

Thick String

Scissors

E6000

Dowels

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1.Cut your ribbons into 4″ strips.DSC_0022

2. Add glue to one side of the ribbon, and place it under the string in the middle.DSC_0010

3. Fold over the ribbon and pat it down. Repeat this step with the other colors until you reached your desired length for your garland.

DSC_00414. Once the ribbon is dry, fold the tips of each ribbon meeting together. Cut on an angle doing downward.

 

5. Add dowels to each side of the cake and attach your cake garland to each side.

 

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What You’ll Need:

1.5” Single-Face Satin Ribbon #00299

Thick String

Scissors

E6000

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1. Repeat the steps above with 10″ lengths of ribbon.

 

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Ribbon Party Roundup

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Ribbons are a party staple: they come in almost every color imaginable, are easy to manipulate, and are available in tons of enticing textures. We’re entering garden party and wedding season, which means that you’ll be seeing ribbons everywhere! Here are a few of our favorite ways to style them this spring and summer.

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49164ce1d30d07d8e663737c7dc2b612Add some personality to your tablescape with lace trim or satin ribbon. These trims are perfect for adding a special touch to each place setting or flower arrangement.

Ribbon Streamers

 

 

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f86593dd60d628355816189663fd1478Ribbons are great to use as a backdrop, or to frame a table like in the example below.

 

147915168981732526_AC4PU9OV_fThese ribbon wands are great for weddings! Imagine a wave of ribbons floating through the spring breeze on your wedding day.

 

b58070387bd2aac0c4b1725a689f4f2bUse a few types of ribbons as an unconventional table runner. This is especially beautiful if the table underneath them has a stunning grain like the one above.

 

 

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part One: Blooming Pillow

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When it comes to decorating for spring, flowers are always a favorite for us at M&J! Our first 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Decor segment features a DIY for one of our favorite decorating items, the throw pillow! This DIY teaches you a technique to make fun flowers out of ribbon that can be adapted for other types of DIYs too.

Blooming Pillow DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:
Pillow
50mm Double Faced Silk Ribbon in Mint
2.5” Hand Dyed Silk Satin Ribbon in Aurelina, Fresh Celery and Lobelia
E6000
Hot Glue

DSC_01361. Using the ribbon create rosettes by taking the end of one ribbon and bunching it together into a little ball, then hot gluing it in place.

Creating flower from mint ribbon2. Twirl the ribbon, and hot glue it down every few inches to create “petals”.

Gluing Flowers to Pillow3. Make three or four ribbon flowers, and glue them onto the pillow in the desired pattern with E6000 glue.

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Use ribbons that match your decor for  custom pillow that fits your decorating style perfectly, and with so many different pillow options available you’re bound to find the perfect shade for you! If you need additional options to make your DIY totally customized, check out our 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Decor store!

 

 

Reuse Holiday Ribbon

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The presents have been wrapped, the cookies have been iced, and the seasonal DIYs are done. Well..almost. Before you throw out that holiday ribbon that’s wrapping your present, give it another glance. Ribbon is like DIY platinum. It’s a great resource to DIY with! Trust us on this one. We went all the way back into the M&J Archives and dug up some of our favorite ways to use ribbon, along with updated seasonal suggestions!

Ribbon and Applique Necklace from M&J Trimming

Use a beautiful solid-colored ribbon to show off some jewels. This DIY would be easy to recreate with some of our rhinestone buttons or appliques!

Curtain Tieback from M&J Trimming

If you’re left with a lot of the same seasonal ribbon, use it to spruce up your winter decor! Gold or rich velvet ribbons would look great against a dark winter curtain. Need a little more hold for heavier curtains? Secure the curtain with a thick craft wire first, then wrap the ribbon around it and tie a beautiful bow!

Pearl and Grosgrain Necklace from M&J Trimming

Pearls add fun to the sophisticated look of pearls by making this cool ribbon and pearl necklace!

Ribbon Shirt from M&J Trimming

Reuse that ribbon to accent a basic shirt. Imagine how pretty a bright red shirt would look with this plaid ribbon as an accent.

We hope these suggestions have shown some new light on those oft-forgotten ribbons. Now that you have those ribbons safety stashed, go enjoy some cookies and watch Home Alone already! From all of us at M&J Trimming, we wish you a very merry Christmas, and happy holidays!

Holiday Home Decor Inspiration

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Thanksgiving is over which means it’s time to dress your house for winter holidays! Take a peak at some of our favorite home decor looks for the holiday season.

Ribbon and Ornament Stairwell

These loose-hanging decorations keep the holidays from looking too overdone. If you prefer the no-fuss approach to decorating, this may be the look for you! It’s both rustic and relaxed.

Unconventional Holiday Tree Poster and Garland

Don’t have space to spare? Make decorating for the holidays easy and clutter-free with this innovative solution to cramped living quarters.

Hannukah Candles from Zsa Zsa Bellagio

These pillar candles bring the Festival of Lights front and center. Keep the rest of your decor simple with blue and silver accents.

Red and Gold Holiday Door Inspiration

We love this festive and richly colored doorway. It’s the perfect way to get your guests in the holiday spirit before even walking through the door.

Simple White and Gold Holiday Decor

Sometimes less is more. The gold cone trees add a festive touch to an otherwise monochromatic space.

What’s your preferred look for the holiday season? Do you prefer bright and bold, or simple and understated?

Sizzling Shoe Fashion Inspiration

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Add spikes, beads, ribbons, buttons, or even appliques…Regardless of what you decide to add to your shoes, they may not be the craziest thing we’ve seen lately. This year we’ve seen shoes like never before. Designers have been transforming entire looks with a mere statement shoe. What kind of shoe DIY will you create?

Versace

Ribbon Shoes

Metal Ankle Strap

Jimmy Choo

Dolce

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Summer Shoe DIY Inspiration

We truly stepped up our game with our latest 4 ways feature. Regardless of your style we’ve found something for everyone. We hope you’re as pumped as we are! Check back tomorrow for our first project!

DIY Spring Shoes

DIY Studded Shoes