When sitting in a college classroom, most people look to their classmates for fashion inspiration. You see a cute bag across the way, a nice pair of boots on your neighbor next to you, but rarely do you look at the person at the very front of the room. We’re talking about the older professor in the stereotypical tweed jacket with the suede elbow patches. We’re taking a cue from that academic style, and imparting it into some of our favorite fall fashions in the way of elbow patches! Elbow patches instantly add a little something to an otherwise typical sweater or cardigan.
If you’re looking to make a totally glamorous statement, this DIY is for you. Our final DIY for our 4 Ways to Embellish Statement Pieces segment is a gorgeous set of sparkling earrings. Any time you want to make a statement Swarovski and sequins are the way to go!
What You’ll Need:
1 Yard of Wine 5/8 in. Sequin Flower #00757
2 Crystal AB Pear Sew-On Stones #27474
2 Large Earring Posts with a Loop for Jump Rings
1. Take your sequin trim and cut off 3 flowers. Cut off excess trim if needed.
2. Glue each flower to the earring post. Let dry for an hour.
3. Connect the jump ring to the earring post loop and the crystal opening. Close the jump ring.
4. Repeat steps 1 – 3 for the other earring. Let finished piece dry for 24 hours.
We adore the look of this blinged out statement piece! (Especially in that iridescent Crystal AB finish.) Check out our additional material inspiration!
The holidays are so relaxing, said no one..ever. Even though Christmas is over, New Year’s is hot on our heels! We know you’ve probably started perusing Pinterest for some New Year’s DIYs, and we have been too. Here are some of our favorite DIYs to make before the big night.
These Countdown Champagne Glasses from Martha Stewart are a gorgeous way to ring in the New Year!
A more dramatic way to decorate your stemware can be found on Linen Lace and Love! They use a marbling technique to get those abstract patterns on each glass making every one unique!
Avoid the crowd in Times Square with your own mini-spiked balls from The Sweetest Occasion. They are great for adding some sparkle to a tablescape.
Strike a pose against this sequin photo backdrop from Oh Happy Day!
We love these tinsel covered letters! You could make a monogram for your home using the same concept, and some beautiful ribbon.
So what are you waiting for?! Get that glue gun out, and start crafting before the ball drops!
Flat are a great shoe for those days when your toes don’t want to go through the agony of wearing heels, but sometimes they can fall a little flat when it comes to style. Turn your basic flat into a fashion staple with these easy DIYs!
Jenn Camling if you’re telling us all we need to upgrade our flats is a Sharpie marker, we’re telling you that we’re on board and making these today.
You’ve probably seen these cute gold-tipped shoes before. Here’s an easy way to recreate the look with whatever pair of flats you choose!
The Miu Miu smoking slippers which inspired this style are all sold out, but luckily there’s a DIY solution! Grab some embellishments, a paint marker, some rhinestones, and you are good to go!
This summer we created these adorable flats featuring these Bugle Beaded Appliques! They’re a great way to add a pop of color to any outfit!
These flats have everything we love from beads to sequins! They’re so perfect they should be part of the M&J uniform. We’d wear these every day!
Flats don’t have to be boring and basic, especially when you DIY them! Which of these options is on YOUR weekend DIY agenda?
We love to dye at M&J. It’s always an experiment because the medium has a mind of its own! We embraced that free-flowing spirit with this next DIY, a tank top worthy of any mermaid under the sea.
What You’ll Need:
20mm Paillettes with Hole on Top #13623
Teal RIT Dye
White tank top
Big Plastic Bucket or Sink
1. Follow the RIT Dye instructions. We used teal RIT dye powder, which we combined with 2 cups of hot water and 5 cups of lukewarm water.
2. Dip the end of your tank into the dye. If you want an ombre effect, leave the ends of the tank in the dye for a longer period of time.
3. Wring the excess dye out into the bucket.
4. Wash out your tank until the running water becomes clear. This will indicate the dye has set in and will not run.
4. Allow your tank to dry.
5. When your tank is dry, create a design on the bottom of the colored tank using paillettes.
6. Glue your paillettes down in your desired pattern. We chose to border the bottom of the tank to represent fish scales, but you can choose whatever design you’d like!
And there you have it, an Under the Sea tank top. We know Ariel would trade all of her thingambobs for this shiny tank! Do you want to replace the paillettes with pearls or rhinestones? Take a look at our Under the Sea page for some extra inspiration!
The ocean is home to some of the strangest and most inspiring creatures, colors and things on earth. Why do you think we all tune in to watch Shark Week year after year? There are so many wonderful things in the water to inspire us, and here are some of the products of that inspiration!
If this was a full-length shot, we bet she would be sporting a scaly tail. Her beachy aqua locks must be the envy of mermaids in each of the seven seas!
Lady Gaga, with colored hair and an oil-slicked mermaid tail, looks mesmerizing. Despite it’s beauty, this shot is also a sharp reminder of how NOT to treat the ocean and its inhabitants.
Let’s just start off by saying that everything about this look is amazing. The flow of the dress makes her look like she’s wrapped up in the ocean, and those Nicholas Kirkwood Mermaid Shoes really round out this under-the-sea style. Plus, the pairing of the bold blues is shrimply amazing. Too much?
This dress is amazing! We love the cut, and check out those SEAquins! Seriously though. It looks like the ocean and the dress were cut from the same cloth.
In 2008 Jean Paul Gautier created a sea-inspired collection. Models glided down the runway in flowing, sequined frocks reminiscent of beautiful sirens. Their hair was even made to look perpetually wet!
The sea is a world unexplored for most, which is why its mysterious nature makes it so inspiring. See our treasure chest of sea-inspired embellishments on our Under the Sea Inspiration Page.
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!
There’s something about sequins that we can’t get enough of. When looking for a medium for our pillow revamp we jumped at the opportunity of incorporating our notice me-trim: sequins!
2 ¼ “6-ROW STRETCH SEQUIN-Turquoise
2 ¼ “6-ROW STRETCH SEQUIN-Blue Iris
Place the end of your sequin trim over your pillow. Cut the trim once it reaches the other side creating a sequin trim strip.
Continue to cut your sequin trim into even pieces. Create as many strips as needed to cover the entire pillow. Lay your now even pieces in a pattern you feel comfortable with. We opted to mix our Blue Iris Sequin Trim with our Turquoise Sequin Trim
Using your Gem Tac Glue begin gluing down your first piece of sequin trim. Continue gluing each piece one at a time
Before you know it your pillow will be ready to show off
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This D.I.Y was inspired by the one and only Beyonce Knowles. Although we can’t steal Jay Z we can steal this look! Warning: Completing this D.I.Y will bring out the inner diva in you, guaranteed! Check out all our emerald trims and embellishments at M&J Trimming in order to recreate this look.
6.5 by 7.75″ Oval Buckram Frame in White Mesh
1.5″ Stretch Sequins #16709 in Kelly
Mini Dual Temp Glue Gun Kit
Mundial 8.5″ Dressmaker Shears Scissors
Wrap sequin trim around the fascinator base
Once the sequin trim is wrapped around, cut it on a slight angle
Now apply Magna Tac glue onto your cut piece of sequin trim.
Wrap the glued trim around the base adding light pressure throughout
Repeat these steps for the remainder of the sequined cap.
TIP: If you are having difficulty wrapping the sequin trim, you can wrap both sides individually.
BONUS TIP: For the last piece you may want to cut your trim into two pieces. This will allow you to focus on one side at a time.
Wait for the hat to dry prior to wearing.
Take a photo #MJTrim and show off your glamorous new look
Love the look? We love hearing your feedback!
Sequins were all over the red carpet at the 2013 Oscar Awards
Naomi Watts wore a Gunmetal Armani Privé gown alongside her husband Liev Schreiber. Although the couple looked great, it’s hard to take your eyes off of Ms. Watts in that dress. Halle Berry’s Atelier Versace gown was on trend for spring with the striped detailing. Nicole Kidman’s L’Wren Scott mermaid gown had intricate detailing throughout the bodice. Stacey Keibler wore a Naeem Khan sequined dress paired with Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Jennifer Hudson’s Roberto Cavalli gown flattered the star’s new figure.