Project DIY: Joan of Arc Inspiration

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Chain mail, bold details, mixed metals, and an overall tough-girl feel are the elements which inspired us to center Project DIY’s November collection around the famous fighter, Joan of Arc. If you haven’t seen the Project DIY Joan of Arc collection featuring this famed heroine, take a look!

Cate Blanchett in Armor VogueNatalia Vodianova Knight

Although Joan of Arc led thousands of men into battle, we can’t forget that she was still a teenage girl. We wanted to mix the strong and powerful elements of a warrior, with some more delicate and feminine pieces.

Armored Sleeves and Rhinestone Bodysuit EditorialLong Blonde Hair and Armor Editorial

We loved the look of heavy metal armor and the idea of mixing metals. You’ll see a lot of different metallic elements which work really well together throughout this collection .

Knight Helmet and Chain Mail Editorial

Chain mail was another element we really wanted to incorporate into the Joan of Arc collection because it was such an important stylistic feature of the times. To get a similar look and feel we added a layered chain to the statement necklace project.

Joan of Arc Studded ArmorAlthough she was a heroine of the past, Joan of Arc’s story and style have endured through the ages because of their ground-breaking ability to completely disregard the status quo. We hope that by creating the pieces in the Project DIY Joan of Arc collection you can take a little bit of Joan’s spirit with you wherever you go!

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!

Bohemian Chic DIY Inspiration

When looking for upcoming trends we are often inspired by our surroundings.Being located in New York City, we find there is always an abundance of style around us. One trend that has been making its way to the east coast post-Coachella is definitely the global influenced/boho trend. The vibrant colors, mixed mediums and over-the-top detail associated with many of these products completely satisfies our creative juices. We’ve rounded up some of our top bohemian-influenced pieces that you can recreate using M&J trims just in time for Bonnaroo or everyday use.

Free People BagFree People

56292-g4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Stud

18603-84325/8″ Fancy Rayon Braid

Free People Tapestry BagFree People
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1″ Mohair Stretch Braid
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Florence Tassel Fringe

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54701-ivory_14 ½” Beaded Lace

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Swarovski Flatback Rhinestones-Black Diamond AB 

Check out M&J for even more inspiration.

Fringe Bag DIY

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Love fringe? Love studs? This spring time bag update is perfect for you!
Rather than buying a new bag revamp one that you already have with some of our favorite trims!DSC_0128SUPPLIES

8” Imported Ultra Suede Fringe- Beige

4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Stud in Gold

Bag

Needle

Thread

Iron

Scrap piece of fabric

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Place your 4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Stud in Gold on your 8” Imported Ultra Suede Fringe- Beige
DSC_0135Make sure each of your 4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Studs are centered on each piece of fringe.
Once the stud is properly placed, cover the fringe with a piece of scrap paper.
Iron the scrap piece of fabric for 15 seconds. This will allow your studs to properly stick.

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Once you have added all of your studs onto your fringe you’re ready to attach your fringe to your bag. Starting from the inside, begin sewing the fringe into place.

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Now you’re ready to show off your new and improved bag!

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Studded Home Decor

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Furniture shopping has evolved in recent years. The time where selecting a black, brown or tan couch is long behind us. Now home owners are truly looking to personalize their space. Studs are gender neutral giving off both feminine and masculine traits. Studs are edgy without being too over the top. Since studs coordinate with many colors the possibilities are endless. Here are a few of our favorite studded home accents.
Check out our selection of Studs and Nailheads at MJTrim.com

Urban Outfitters Sapphire ChairUrban Outfitters

Target Studded OttomanTarget

Pottery BarnPottery Barn

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NordstromNordstrom

Alexander McQueen Inspired Bag DIY

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Each year there is an it-bag. This coveted item is desired by everyone but owned by a select few.  This past year everyone had been crazed over the Alexander McQueen Skull bag.  Upon adding our Skull Nailheads to our e-commerce site, we realized how simple this DIY would be.  Check out our Alexander McQueen Inspired DIY tutorial below.

SUPPLIES:
12MM x 8MM IRON-ON SKULL NAILHEADS

4MM METAL CHAIN

REVOLVING LEATHER HOLE PUNCH

IRON

SCRAP PIECE OF FABRIC

WALLET

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STEPS:
Place one of your 12MM x 8MM IRON-ON SKULL NAILHEADS face up on your wallet.

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Gently put a piece of scrap fabric over that wallet, covering the nailhead.
Now iron your fabric for 15 seconds

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NOTE: The Nailhead will be hot, so wait several seconds before you touch it.

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You can create a design with your 12MM x 8MM IRON-ON SKULL NAILHEADS one at a time, or all at once.

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Repeat the original step over again…Placing the skulls face up, covering it with fabric and ironing.
NOTE: If your skulls are not secure, iron for an additional 15 seconds.

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Once you have created a pattern you are happy with on either side you may choose to add a strap.
Using your REVOLVING LEATHER HOLE PUNCH, poke a hole on either side of the wallet.

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Pull your 4MM METAL CHAIN through the hole you had just created

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Open the 4MM METAL CHAIN a little bit, create a loop, and then secure the chain shut

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Carry the chain over and do the same thing for the other side.

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Now wear your bag around town!

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Top 5 Emerald D.I.Ys

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Emerald has been ruling the runways therefore it is only necessary to incorporate the “it color” into our lifestyles. Many bloggers have been creating emerald infused pieces and we’ve rounded up 5 that we particularly love.  The following D.I.Y’s will make everyone around you green with envy.
Click on the images for the tutorials on each piece.

VJuliet Emerald Bib Necklace

Bliss-athome Emerald Decorative Storage Box

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Glitter_N_Glue Emerald Green Button Ring

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HonestlyWTF Emerald Woven Charm Bracelet

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Kittenhood Featuring Vixy Blue’s Emerald Heart Brooch

A big thanks to VJuliet, Bliss-athome, Glitter_N_Glue, HonestlyWTF and Kittenhood for the inspiration.

Evening Wear DIY

Lace Belt D.I.Y

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With Paris Fashion Week rounding up, we are beyond obsessed with anything and everything black and white. The major trend highlighted at every show inspired us to create this lace belt. This Chanel inspired D.I.Y will spruce up a plain white tee or a fab gown ready to be taken out on the town. Check out our selection of elegant lace and beaded trims on our site.

SUPPLIES:
Beacon Magna-Tas 809 Glue

3″ Rigid Lace from M&J Trimming

Grossgrain Bow from M&J Trimming

Mundial 8.5″ Dressmaker Shears Scissor

SuppliesSTEPS:
1. Cut lace in half based on the floral design(One side will be larger than the other depending on which lace was selected)
2. Fold the thinner piece in half3. Glue both halves together creating a thicker piece (You can match the lace or mismatch for a more romantic touch…)

4. Pick up the leftover piece of lace and lay this piece under the now thicker band making sure it is centered.
Step 45. Using your Beacon Magna-Tac 809, now glue down this piece for an additional layered look
0066. Be creative! We glued on a bow, but feel free to add brooches, rhinestones, chains or studs! Make this lace belt your own canvas
0077. Ta Da!

Want to try your hand at making a stylish evening accessory?  See our selection of elegant trims on our site and don’t forget to posts photos of your DIYs on Instagram (#MJtrimmingDIY) and Pinterest (@MJtrim) so we can see!

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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