4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Neon Lights Shorts

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Summer isn’t hot without some neons to light up the night! We’ve taken a few of our favorite items to DIY with, and given a pair of white jean shorts the neon treatment. These shorts are perfect for a pool party, or a fun night out. This DIY would also look awesome with a black pair of jeans for a high-contrast look. DSC_0310What You’ll Need:

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10mm x 15mm Sew-On Neon Plastic Spikes
8mm x 7mm Sew-On Mini Neon Plastic Spikes
8mm Round Hf Epoxy Nailheads
7mm Flat Square Hf Nailheads
6mm Hf Octagon Rhinestone Stud
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Needle and Thread

 DSC_03121. Create a pattern going down of side of the shorts using your spikes.

DSC_03162. Once you’ve settled on a pattern, sew them into place.

DSC_03223. On the opposite leg, create a pattern with your iron-ons.

DSC_03214. Once you’ve created your pattern, iron them on or use a hotfix setting tool.

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Project DIY: Punk Revival Customization

If you haven’t heard of Project DIY, it’s our awesome new subscription service that allows you to create monthly curated looks with the best materials and most trending styles. So what are you waiting for? Subscribe today!  If you HAVE heard of Project DIY and subscribed, you’ve probably received the Punk Revival collection.

Well, now what? You can follow the instructions found inside each pack, or you can customize your projects and create something unique! If you’re looking to make something new, Project DIY designer, Michelle Levy, has created some fun items that can be made using the materials found in your Punk Revival kit!

Project DIY Punk Revival Bracelet | M&J Trimming

This leather bracelet is easy to make using the leather wrap cord from the Luxe Punk Collar, and the spikes from the Oversized Chain Pin. Just cut the cord in half, and seal each end under an end cap with E-6000. Once the glue is dry, create a double-strand bracelet by attaching both cords to one jump ring on each end of the clasp.

Finally, create a little charm by using a jump ring and the spikes, and add on wherever you like!

Project DIY Punk Revival Multi-Metal Chain | M&J Trimming

This heavy metal necklace will definitely make a statement!

Just follow the directions for the choker, and continue adding chains using the components from the Spike Tassel Pendant and Oversized Chain Pin projects. Use as many or as few chains as your heart desires!

Project DIY Punk Revival Chain | M&J Trimming

For this long statement piece, take the silver chain from the Spike Tassel Pendant, and the black chain and spikes from the Oversized Chain Pin. Attach the silver chain to the black one using one large jump ring. On another large jump ring, add all three spikes and attach to the end of the black chain.  We used the oversized gold clasp from the choker to finish it off in the back.

Project DIY Punk Revival Rhinestone Pearl Necklace | M&J Trimming

Going for the layered look? Make these two pieces! For the pin choker, use the leather cord from the Luxe Punk Collar and attach the large pin from the Oversized Chain Pin using some jump rings!

For the pearl necklace use the pearl strand from the Spike Tassel Pendant project. Simply leave it uncut—or adjust to the length you like. Attach the rhinestone spike chain from the Luxe Punk Collar by using 2 jump rings.  We used a lobster clasp from our Starter Kit to finish it off in the back.

Project DIY Punk Revival Custom Pin | M&J Trimming

For this super chic pin that you can attach to your sweater, boots or bag, start by making the tassel from the Spike Tassel Pendant. Then you just need to attach it to the oversized pin using a jump ring!

Project DIY Punk Revival Custom Pieces | M&J Trimming

Which customization are you swooning over? If you’ve already created your punk-rock pieces, don’t worry! You can still rework and repurpose the items you already have! Interested in making some of these awesome accessories? Hurry and subscribe! Today is the last day to sign up for October’s Punk Revival Collection.

DIY Inspiration: Sold on Spikes

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On Tuesday we’re creating a DIY that’s a little bit dark and daring, and it uses one of our FAVORITE DIY materials: spikes! We love the look of spiked and studded clothing because it adds a little bit of edge to an otherwise demure outfit. Here are some of out favorite DIYs using spikes and studs!

Spiked T-shirt Rainbow Bracelet

The use of a colorful t-shirt for the bracelet base makes this piece look fun and funky! We also really like that leather band bracelet. That could be another awesome DIY!

Winter Vest Upgrade with Spikes and Studs

Guys love spikes too! A month ago we upgraded a winter vest using spikes and studs from the store. Be sure to check it out if you want to add some hardware to your wardrobe.

Studded Pastel Vans

Honestly WTF embraced their rebellious side, and turned these precious pastel Vans into some studly shoes! It’s amazing how studs can make something so innocent look totally killer.

Spiked Camo Headband

Just because you’re wearing camo doesn’t mean you’ll be blending in! Check out our Camo Print Spike Headband DIY to make this look!

P.S. I Made This Spiked Trench

Not all spikes are made equal. The “spikes” used in this P.S. I Made This DIY are more like stakes that have been painted gold. They’re the perfect addition to take your trench from tired to bold!

Have you created crafts with spikes before? If you found it difficult to pierce the fabric with conventional scissors, we suggest using a leather hole punch! We would love to see YOUR spiked DIYs. Show us whatcha got!

DIY: Men’s Winter Vest Upgrade

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With winter well on its way we thought it would be appropriate to DIY a winter accessory, and even more fun to DIY a male accessory. We asked one of our male coworkers to help us out with this project, and decided to DIY his go-to winter vest. The end result is pretty awesome, and made for an easy and fun DIY.

Materials needed:

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Step 1: attach nail head trim (6-Row Plastic Square Trim style# 44401 – black) to lower vest.

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First, apply the multi-grip glue to the first 2 or 3 inches of the trim. When the glue is evenly added to the trim, place the trim on the lower part of the vest and wait two minutes. Then begin to the sew the trim onto vest.

*Notes* We decided that we would glue and sew the trim onto the vest for a strong hold, but you can glue or sew only if you feel confident that will hold. We will also be adding the trim onto the vest in stages so it will look even.

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If you are going to glue and sew,  you should space out the distance between where you put glue on your trim, space out your glue so that you only have 2 or 3 small portions glued for support and then sew over the rest (this particular trim has a nice spacing in between the rows of nail head, it’s a very good trim for even a beginner to start sewing on).

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Step 2: Nailhead front pocket flap -

For this step we decided to embellish the flap of the front pocket but you can embellish any part of the vest or coat.

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Take your 7MM x 25MM curved spikes with screws, and something sharp to use for assistance, we used a screw driver. Ideally, you would want to use M&Js revolving hole puncher, (style # 55246) but anything sharp is fine.

First,  punch a hole through the flap. After the hole is made, make sure u keep your finger on the whole to keep its place, if you’re using a thicker fabric for a vest the hole can literally just drop out of sight on you.  Then you take the screw to the back of the nailhead, push it through the back of the whole and then screw it into its spike from the front. We also used a flathead screw driver to further tighten the screw and spike together.

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And that’s all it takes to completely transform an ordinary vest into your own creation.

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DIY Spiked Necklace Inspiration

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When browsing Shopbop, one of our favorite go-to sites for inspiration, we became enthralled by Joomi Lim’s latest collection. The punk carnival bracelet stood out for several reasons. It’s not only stunning, but something we could easily replicate. Here at M&J we carry chains, clasps and screw on nails making this a very simple DIY. Looking to add a pop of color? Use nail polish!Spiked Necklace
Since we’ve been doing crafts for awhile now we picked up some helpful hints and tricks that we love sharing! Feel free to share any of your tips as well, we love hearing from you!

Camo Print Spiked Headband DIY

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We’re crushing on everything camo print and these elastic bands are our latest obsession. Most people have been creating hair ties with these but we’ve opted to create a punk influenced head band.

SUPPLIES
18MM Foldover Elastic Style No. 25068 in Camo
7MM x 10MM Metal Spikes with Screw
Small Holed Hole Puncher

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STEPS
Wrap the elastic around your head, so it wraps around fully with three inches left over.

Cut the elastic at this point.

Flatten the elastic making evenly spaced holes with your small holed hole puncher.

HINT: The holes are tiny so do not fret if you have placed them in the wrong spot.

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Place the screw through the hole tightening the other end with the spiked end.

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Continue doing this until you have the desired amount of spikes

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Get the Look: Celeb Concert Attire

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It takes a lot of confidence for stars to don some of their concert looks. Although they may not be street style appropriate, there are many aspiring singers and entertainers looking to replicate these looks without the heavy price tag. These outfits are created with the intention of being noticed from all angles of a venue hence the over the top accents. We felt it was our duty to show you how to rock some of the greatest stage looks we’ve seen on our favorite leading ladies. Stop in and check out M&J we have everything from sequined trims to feathered accents. We can’t wait to see you here!

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The 2013 Met Gala Recap

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Not only did the 2013 Met Gala bring art enthusiasts and fashion designers together, it brought our city together. Each year that the Met Gala takes place the city becomes a bit more vibrant. The punk theme truly brought nostalgia to the city and encouraged everyone to dress the part. We loved how each starlet had fun with their looks and we’re dying to DIY our own punk project.

FEATHERS"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaSarah Jessica Parker rocked a Giles gown with a custom Philip Treacy headpiece and plaid Louboutins

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaKristen Dunst wore a Louis Vuitton feathered frock

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaAmar’e Stoudemire’s pregnant wife Alexis Stoudemire wore a feather enhanced  Giambattista Valli couture gown.

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"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaJennifer Morrison stunned in a black lace Donna Karan number.

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaKristen Stewart opted for a lace embellished Stella McCartney pantsuit.

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaRooney Mara, the co-host of the evening selected an ivory lace Givenchy gown with zipper accents.

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"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaDonatella Versace wore her own spike enhanced gown.

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaCameron Diaz donned a sleek blue Stella McCartney dress.

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute GalaSienna Miller was very punk in her Burberry ensemble.

DIY Suspender Tee

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If you couldn’t tell last week, we are totally in love with our iron-on stud trims!  They are the perfect alternative to not having to apply studs to fabric one by one.  We decided to use some to update a plain tee u  After creating a pair of DIY suspenders a few weeks ago, we decided to continue the trend with a faux suspenders tee!

Supplies

2-3 yds of  Iron-On Stud Trim

T shirt

Iron

Scissors

Scrap cloth

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1.  Cut the amount of trim it will take to go straight up the left side of your shirt and then diagonally across the back to the bottom right.

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2.  Lay the trim on the t-shirt, as described above.  Set your iron on high and without steam.  Place the cloth over the trim and hold the iron over each section for a minute.

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3.  Repeat steps 1-2 for with trim that will go on the front right side of your shirt and diagonally across the back to the bottom left.

4.  Let the shirt cool and you’ve got a cool, new studded tee!

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New ‘4 Ways to Embellish’ Feature!

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What a Fashion Week it has been!  From all the live streaming runway shows to all of the DIY inspiring streetstyle, we had so much fun!  It completely inspired our team to run around our store picking up tons of cute studding embellishments and finding our top 4 ways to use them! This is going to be a cool new feature on our site and we hope all of you lovely readers like it.  Make sure to check out our selections of iron-on studded trim, iron-on nailheads, spike chains, and our screw-on spikes! And let us know…which is your favorite?!

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