DIY: Flower Girl Swarvoski Head Band

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By Julissa

Everyone always sees the adorable little girl throwing petals on the floor. Brides also need to worry about what to put on their flower girls. You can create your own head band for your flower girl using ribbon and crystals with these easy steps.

Materials:

Directions:

  • Take the 1/2 yard of satin ribbon and glue it the headband to cover the plastic, cut the the ends to make them shorter, then glue the ends to the inside.
  • Take the 1/2 yard of organza ribbon and glue it straight in the middle of the headband. Cut a little of the ends, leave some left over to glue the ends on the inside of the headband.
  • take the metallic cord, cut 4 pieces even pieces (about 3 1/2 inches long), take the belt and swoop the pieces through, as a belt and glue the the ends on to the headband.
  • take the other pieces of jewels and scatter them as you wish on each side of the head band.

DIY: D-Ring Chain Necklace

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By Julissa

Bulky and big accessories are completely in. People like looking unique and dressing up their outfits with the craziest accessories. Here is a a chain necklace  made out of chain, d-rings and ribbon. With these steps, you can customize your own accessories.

Materials:

Directions:

  • take the longest chain, 18” gold chain, and slide both ends to the ribbon.
  • then take teh 12” matte gold chain, count 14 links, then open the link and lock in the 40mm gold d-ring. Then attach two links on the other side of the d-ring, with the links attach the 25mm antique brass d-ring. Attach one link on the other side. Then take the 20mm Gold d-ring and attach it to the one link. Then count 15 links, attach one side to the 20mm gold d-ring and slide the other end to the ribbon.
  • take the 11” Dark Antique chain and slide both ends to the ribbon.
  • do the same with the 9” gold chain, slide both ends to the ribbon.
  • then make a bow with the ribbon ends.

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DIY Card or Picture Holder

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By: Goldie

Now that Holiday Season is in full swing I am sure that you’ve all got an enormous amount of cards poring in.  Running out of room on the mantel? We may have a solution for you; this project is quick and relatively inexpensive.  All you will need is; some ribbon, left over fabric, and a hot glue gun, and you’re in business. 

Materials:

  • Piece of foam cork, we cut ours down to 24” x 24”
  • 1 ½ yard of each ribbon you’d like to use
  •  Piece of fabric 2” larger than the measurement of your foam cork
  • Glue gun and glue sticks

 Directions:

  1. Cut foam cork down to desired size
  2. Place foam cork over top pressed fabric and center.  Starting on one side fold over 1” remaining fabric and hot glue to the back of cork.  I like to glue the corners over first at a 45 degree angle before the sides; I believe it makes the cleanest looking corners.
  3. Cut ribbon 2” longer than your board. Lay them out the way you desire.
  4. Fold ends towards the back and hot glue.  You may want to pull out a ruler to be sure you get them all nice and straight.
  5. Fill with your holiday cards or pictures and enjoy! 

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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DIY Bracelet for Mother’s Day/Prom/Evening out

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By Dara

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Today’s project is a beaded trim bracelet.  You can make this bracelet as a gift for your mom, for yourself, for prom or a nice evening out.  It’s an easy way to accessorize in only a few minutes.  The steps are really easy and you can use the same instructions to make matching headbands or belt also.  Here’s the detail. 

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 Materials:

 Instructions:

  1.  Measure the ribbon and along the center, add glue along the six inches in the center.
  2. Slowly add the beaded trim on top of the glue.
  3. Leave it to dry and you’re done.

 If you want to make a headband, you can use a longer ribbon and it’s the same instruction.  The same instruction also applies to creating a belt.  When it dries, you can tie it up and you’re done.

Headbands

By Milton

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Ladies, it’s that time again.  This Sunday, M&J Trimming will be hosting another headband workshop.  You’ll be able to learn how to create some dazzling DIY headbands like the one I made here.  Call 1-800-9-MJTRIM to register. 

For this headband, I used a large plastic headband that I got from a local discount store.  With a 2″ wide satin ribbon, I simply covered the headband using unique stitch glue.  After that dried, I glued a beaded appliqué onto the side.  Then Tada!  It’s really that simple. 

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Satin Bow Headband

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By Milton

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Headbands are undeniably popular, thanks to Gossip Girl.  Girls across the world can’t seem to get enough of these lovely accessories.  However, these headbands do come with a large price tag at the department stores.  Recently, a lot of people took a different route and started making their own headbands.  I’ve put up some instructions on this new piece that is quite popular.

 

Materials:

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Instructions:

  1. Turn the glue-gun on and leave it to heat up for about 3-5 minutes.
  2. After the glue is hot, carefully place a tiny dab of the glue long one end of the 1.5″ satin ribbon.  Do this for both the 12 inch and 14 inch long ribbons. 
  3. Then take the other end and place it over the area that you applied glue to. 
  4. After a few minutes, turn both ribbons inside out.  Apply a little bit of glue to the area where you see the ends that were already glued together.  Then hold the ribbon together in the center so that there are two loops.  (One on each side)
  5. Flip the ribbon back into place.  Apply a little bit of glue along the center of the 14 inch long ribbon.  Then place that glued area onto the headband.  As you’re adding the ribbon, pinch the ribbon into place.  (As shown in the picture above)
  6. Repeat step 5 with the 12 inch long ribbon, but this time place the ribbon over the other ribbon that you glued onto the headband.
  7. Once you’ve done that, add a little bit of glue to the 5/8″ satin ribbon and wrap it around the center of the larger ribbons. 
  8. Leave it to dry for a minute or two and you’re done. 

 

Magnetic Twilight Saga Bookmark

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By Dara

 

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Okay, I have a confession to make.  While everyone is soaking in the Gossip Girl trend, I’ve been hooked on the Twilight saga.  Yeah, I know it’s a teen book, but I can’t get enough of it.  I’m currently reading ‘Eclipse’.  I definitely recommend the Twilight saga.  Lately, reading has definitely made me feel more productive than watching TV until I fall asleep. 

 Anyways, when I first bought ‘Twilight’, I got the special collector’s edition.  It came with a nice red satin ribbon attached to it as a bookmark.  The other three books didn’t come with the ribbon; which made me feel a little empty.  Lucky for me, I work at M&J Trimming.  So I decided to make my own ribbon bookmark.  However, I also wanted to add a little creativity to this easy project and made it a magnetic bookmark.  Here are the materials and instructions.

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Materials:

              

 

Instructions:

  1. Using the scissors, trim the plastic seal around the magnet so that it fits within the 7/8″ ribbon
  2. After you finish trimming it, add a few drops of glue around what’s left of the plastic seal. 
  3. Then place one of the magnets on the back side of the single face satin ribbon.  The magnet should be at the end of the ribbon.
  4. Add glue onto the other side of the plastic seal and fold the ribbon over so that the magnet is cover.  Be careful not to use too much glue.
  5. Now repeat the steps with the other magnet, but on the other end of the ribbon.  After that’s done, let it dry for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Once everything is dry, you can add glue to the back of your button and place that over the magnet, but of course on the side where you can’t see the fold of the ribbon.  Repeat this with the other button.
  7. If you’ve chose to use a regular shank button with a flat back, then carefully use the pliers to take off the shank.  Then you can add the glue and place it over the magnet. 
  8. If you don’t want to use buttons, you can also use appliqués. 
  9. Now you’re all done and ready to snap your bookmark in place. 

\Magnetic Save The Date Cards!

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By Kristin

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You just got engaged, congratulations!  Now time for some fun and planning your big day, but not before picking the date.  Once you have your special day picked out, make sure your guests will know far enough in advance to save the date.  Save the date cards are important to remind your guests so that you can work on the invitations and send out final details later.  This is a great time to express who you are as a couple, fun and quirky or romantic and serious?  Use these traits to personalize your card. 

 My brother used a really neat trick to make his cards for his San Diego wedding, refrigerator magnets!  You can pick up magnet business cards from any office supply store (I suggest Avery brand #8374, you get 30 for $12).  You can make a simple card that states the date with the bride and groom’s name.  If you are really creative you can use a photo editing program to make a custom design using an engagement photo or make a monogram to put on the card.

So how does M&J factor into this?  Try embellishing the magnet with a simple ribbon loop at the top, some new refrigerators won’t let a magnet stick, and some people just don’t like magnets on their refrigerators (like my mother).  The loop will allow them tack it on a cork board for safe keeping.  Make a little loop at the top and glue it down with some e6000 glue, add an SS20 rhinestone for that ‘Bridal Bling’ and you are done.  They are a super easy project that can save you a little money in the long run.

The magnets are light enough that one postage stamp should suffice, but just to be safe, take one to the post office and have it weighed.  While there be sure to check out their wedding stamps that they offer every year.  Congrats, and have fun planning!