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!
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!
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!
Pearls add fun to the sophisticated look of pearls by making this cool ribbon and pearl necklace!
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!
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.
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.
Don’t have space to spare? Make decorating for the holidays easy and clutter-free with this innovative solution to cramped living quarters.
These pillar candles bring the Festival of Lights front and center. Keep the rest of your decor simple with blue and silver accents.
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.
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?
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?
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!
Ribbons are one of the simpler trims yet they will forever be popular. Ribbons have many purposes. They can be used for invitations, home décor, jewelry, or even footwear. The opportunities for using ribbon are truly endless. Each of the following DIY tutorials demonstrates the many ways ribbons can be orchestrated. Chic Steals turned her ordinary sweater into something extraordinary and not to mention cute. Love Maegan created a statement necklace with different pieces of gathered ribbon. Sprinkles in Springs added a girly touch to her sandals by tying small bows to the T-straps. Each of these DIYs are adorable and we can’t wait to try them out.
Sprinkles in Springs DIY Ribbon Sandals
Chic Steals DIY Woven Ribbon Sweater
Love Maegan DIY Ribbon Necklace
Happy Memorial Day! Here’s a special treat for you…
Mixed prints have continued to receive mixed reviews from the public. Some people admire the daring looks while others argue that certain pieces simply don’t match. One designer that specializes in mixing prints is Mary Katrantzou. Each of her pieces are crafted with some of the more outlandish textiles yet they offer an elegant and sophisticated presence. We became very inspired by the unexpectedness of her pieces that we opted to create our own patterned shirt. Using our M&J Ribbons, we transformed an ordinary shirt into something extraordinary
Mary Katrantzou’s Runway collection
25 MM French Double Faced Satin Ribbon in Aqua Style# 54789
25 MM French Double Faced Satin Ribbon in Black Style#54789
1″ Imported Chromspun Grosgrain in Aqua Style #02224
15MM Grosgrain Fantasy Ribbon in Wine Combo Style #34304
5/8″ Grosgrain in Polka Dot Style #39005
Prior to setting anything down, lay your ribbon down on your shirt. Make sure you like the way each ribbon looks next to one another. Once you have okay’d the pattern remove the ribbon. At this point you should just have your shirt lying down on a flat surface.
One by one, glue each piece of ribbon down in a straight line. Place a small amount of glue on the ribbon and spread it out with the nossel of your glue.
This will prevent bumps in thinner pieces of ribbon.
Continue to glue down each piece of ribbon untill your pattern is complete.
If you had used a button up shirt flip your shirt inside out. By doing so you will be able to see where both sides meet and needs to be cut. Once you have assessed where the center is cut all four pieces of ribbon.
Now that the shirt has dried, cut the additional ribbon off of both sides. We used the seams as a means of measurement.
We wanted our shirt to have a more refined appeal so we added our polka dot ribbon as a finish.
After gluing the ribbon down we held it for several seconds, tucking in all of the excess fray strands.
Since we had some leftover ribbon lying around, we opted to glue it down on either side creating a slimming appearance.
We’re so happy with the way our our ribbon accented shirt DIY turned out.
We have a special Mother’s Day Treat for you…
Mother’s Day is dedicated to celebrating moms everywhere. What could be better than showing mom you truly care than creating something especially for her. Take your childhood skills up a notch with this swoon worthy jewelry box DIY. Moms everywhere will be wondering where they can get one.
Jewelry Box (The Container Store)
Magna Tac Glue
20MM Cup Loose Sequin-NAVY
20MM Cup Loose Sequin-PINK
20MM Cup Loose Sequin-SILVER
20MM Cup Loose Sequin- WHITE OPAQUE
Upon opening each of the 20MM Loose Sequin packs, we mixed them together in the top of our jewelry box. We then laid our jewelry box on its side which created an easy work surface. We placed a small amount of Magna Tac glue down quickly placing a 20MM cup loose sequin on top.
As we became more comfortable with the process, we progressed from gluing down one sequin at a time to gluing down many at once. We placed a strip of glue down and placed a row of sequins.
We repeated this process for each side of the jewelry box.
The greatest part about a DIY often comes in the middle of a project. During this time, you may question what can be tweeked or come up with something new. During this time, we noticed our jewelry box was missing something and picked up some of our Double Faced Silk Ribbon in Pink.
We put a small amount of glue on our Double Faced Silk Ribbon and wrapped it around the side of our jewelry box top. This added a bit of elegance and charm any mother would certainly love.
We took the remainder of our Double Faced Silk Ribbon and finished off our jewelry box by creating a bow.
We added a card and our gift is ready to go!