Remember that awesome DIY body harness we posted a while ago? It was created by the incredibly talented Candy of Taylor and Demolish, whose blog we follow religiously. We were so thrilled to see that she created another edgy DIY harness, made with M&J Trimming products, and we just had to share the tutorial with you. Check it out below, and stop by Taylor and Demolish to see more cool DIYS!
3-4 yards of leather trim
3 Sew-on snaps (or sold in the M&J Trimming store)
Needle & Thread
1. Measure the length of trim that would wrap around your waist and sit right above your belly button. Add 1 inch to this measurement and cut this length.
2. Measure 2 lengths of trim – one that would wrap around your waist and sit 2 inches above the trim cut in step 1 and one that would be 2 inches below the trim cut in step 1. Add 1 inch to each measurement and cut.
3. Lay the 3 three pieces of trim that you cut on a flat surface. Space them out so that they are centered and that there is 2 inches separating them equally.
4. Cut 2 pieces of trim that will fall diagonally across the 3 waist trims close to the center, as depicted in the picture above.
5. Add a little fabric glue to connect all of the pieces of trim.
6. Push the 6 studs onto the 6 meeting points of the trim.
7. Add sew snaps to the ends of the trims.
8. Et voila!
The collections at Fashion Week are always a major source of DIY inspiration, as we love scouting out the upcoming trends and thinking of ways to create them ourselves. This season definitely didn’t disappoint, as there were plenty of over-the-top embellishments, leather accents, and bold accessories. We rounded up a few of our favorite shows and the different ways they’re inspiring us. Which collection did you like the best?
Gucci – We loved the bright necklaces at Gucci, which mixed together flowers, gems, and spikes for an incredible combination. We’d love to recreate one with flowers and gems from our store. The embellished collars were also to die for.
Alexander Wang – This collection was full of sleek leather accents, strategically placed cutouts, and clothing that seemed to float in mid-air. You could easily DIY these looks by adding long leather straps to your favorite pair of shoes, or by cutting apart a t-shirt and adding a transparent panel.
Rodarte – The leather fringe accents are definitely DIYable, but we especially loved the elaborate chain belts. Secure some chains together, add a few brooches, and you’ve got a chic, Rodarte-inspired belt!
Dolce and Gabbana – Like always, Dolce and Gabbana showed an incredibly elaborate, intricate collection. The shoes were detailed with bright braided raffia, and we adored the fun earrings. You could definitely DIY these looks by stitching some bright thread onto a natural bag, or by adding braided cord to a simple pair of wedges.
Jason Wu – This collection was especially lovely, with sweet little embellishments on some shoes and tops. But there was a bit of added edge with sleek leather harnesses and metal accents.
Two of our favorite trends right now are spikes and neon, and we’re trying to incorporate them into our everyday looks as much as possible. And we have so many cool new neon supplies in our store that we knew it was time for a neon DIY. With our favorite cone spikes and some awesome neon nailheads, we created this edgy, trendy headband that will brighten up any look this fall. Check out our tutorial below, and stop by our store to find more neon and spike selections!
a plain metal headband (available in our store)
silver cone spikes
leather trim cut to the length of the headband
neon square nailheads
1. Make sure your leather trim is trimmed so it will fit perfectly around the headband. Then lay it flat, and draw a thin line of glue along one side.
2. Begin adding a line of neon nailheads on top of the glue. Hold each one down for a few seconds as it dries, and make sure there are no gaps in between the nailheads.
3. Continue to add lines of glue, and then nailheads on top, until you have neon nailheads running down an entire side of the leather trim. Then use the same process to add a line of nailheads to the other side.
4. Unscrew each of the cone spikes, as you will not be needing the screws.
5. Evenly line up the spikes on the strip of leather to make sure you have the correct placement. They should be about an inch apart. Then gently glue each one in place.
6. After the glue has dried and the spikes are firmly in place, draw a thin line of glue all along the metal headband.
7. Gently place the leather trim onto the metal headband, making sure it is even and symmetrical. Hold it in place while the glue dries. Once everything is dry, you’re all done!
Fall is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about your outerwear options. Personally, we’re loving this DIY studded trench coat by Meredith and Gwyneth of Meredith and Gwyneth, The New Yorkie. They used pyramid studs from M&J Trimming to embellish this coat, and the end result is to die for. Stop by Meredith and Gwyneth, The New Yorkie to see more!
We can’t get enough of the friendship bracelet trend that we’ve been seeing everywhere. But of course we couldn’t just rock a plain friendship bracelet without adding some DIY embellishment! So we whipped up two different studded friendship bracelets to add to your stack of arm candy. Check them out below.
1. Gather your supplies. All you need is a friendship bracelet and a pack of pyramid studs.
2. Starting at one end of the friendship bracelet, push the stud into the bracelet. Make sure the prongs go all the way through.
3. Flip the bracelet over and push down each of the prongs to hold the stud in place. You can use your fingers, but you may want to use something like a butter knife to push the sharp prongs down.
4. Continue to add studs to your bracelet until you reach the end. Now you’re all done!
1. Get your supplies. You need a friendship bracelet, glue, and white round nailheads.
2. Apply a small amount of glue to the back of one of the nailheads. You may want to use a toothpick to do this.
3. Gently place the nailhead near one end of the friendship bracelet. Hold in place for a few seconds while the glue dries.
4. Use the same technique to apply the rest of the nailheads to the bracelet.
Looking for a way to spice up your summer bun? We’ve been browsing around Pinterest lately and got inspired to make an edgy studded bun cuff. We grabbed supplies from M&J Trimming and quickly whipped this up. What do you think? Follow the instructions below to make it yourself.
1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need:
2. Trim your leather trim to your desired length. You may want to put your hair in a bun first, and then measure the leather. On one end of the leather, sew one side of the metal closure in place. Flip the leather over, then sew the other side of the metal closure in place on the other end.
3. Using your metal hole punch, create 10 evenly distributed holes in the leather trim. You may want to mark them first with a pencil.
4. Unscrew the studs. Push a screw through one of the holes, then screw the stud in place on top.
5. Continue to secure the rest of the studs in the trim by screwing them through the holes.
6. You’re all done! Simply create your bun, then wrap the studded cuff around it and clasp in place.
A while back, we shared this incredible studded clutch as our DIY inspiration. We spotted it on the lovely Chiara of The Blonde Salad, and it instantly went on our must-try DIY list. And now we’re proud to say that we’ve finally made it! With a few materials from M&J Trimming, it was easy to transform a simple black wallet into an edgy studded bag with a chain strap. You can use it as a clutch, like Chiara, or you can drape it over your shoulder for an effortless look. Either way, check out our instructions below to make your own!
1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need:
2. Add about 8 studs to the piece of leather trim. You’ll have to push the studs through in the front, then push down the prongs in the back. Make sure you leave about an inch without studs on either end.
3. Measure out where you want your studded strap on the wallet. Flip over the studded piece of leather, and use your glue to attach one of the ends to the clutch. When you glue it, the studded side should be facing down.
4. Once the glue has dried for the first side of the strap, flip it over so the studs are facing up. Fold down the extra inch on the other end, and glue it onto the wallet to create the strap. Hold in place while the glue dries.
5. Use your pliers to open up a link on both ends of the chain.
6. If your wallet has holes on top, you can simply slip the link through and then close it with your pliers. If not, you will need to create a hole on either side with a leather hole punch. Attach the chain on both sides of the wallet to create the strap. Now you’re all done!
We love anything that combines girly and edgy elements, so when we saw these adorable ceramic flowers in our store, we knew they would look awesome paired with some rock-n-roll studs. So we created the ultimate summer headband,which could be worn by girly girls and downtown rockers alike. Follow along below to make your own!
1. You’ll only be needing the tops of the spikes, so unscrew each spike.
2. Begin gluing the flowers and studs onto the headband. Place a dot of glue onto each flower or stud, and press it firmly onto the headband. Hold down for a few seconds while glue dries.
3. Continue covering the headband with flowers and spikes, alternating between the two. Make sure you allow time for each piece to dry.
4. When you’ve finished gluing on all of the flowers and studs, let your headband dry for 30 minutes, then you’re ready to show off your new hair accessory!
After seeking out our favorite DIY iPhone cases, it was about time that we made our own. And when we spotted these new neon studs in our store, we knew they would be a great addition to a plain white phone case. Armed with our studs and some E3000 glue, we created this neon iPhone case that will be the perfect summer accessory. Keep reading to find out how to make your own!
1. Begin to arrange your studs on the case to figure out the design you want. You could do polka dots, or stripes, but we opted for a simple geometric pattern.
2. Using the E3000 glue, begin to individually glue down each stud. If you use the same pattern as us, start in the middle and work your way out. You may want to use a toothpick to apply glue to each stud.
3. Continue to apply the studs until you’ve covered the entire phone case. Let dry for half an hour then you’re ready to show off your new neon case!
If anyone remembers our fringe inspiration post from last week, you’ll know that we were obsessing over this neon fringe necklace that we saw on Chiara of The Blonde Salad. We decided to make our own edgier version with some studs and fringe from M&J Trimming. Follow along below to make it yourself!
1. Cut the neon fringe in half, so you have two 9 inch pieces of fringe. Spread a thin line of glue across the top of one of the pieces, then place the other piece directly on top and press them together. (This is so the fringe will be thicker and sturdier.) Do the same thing with the black fringe.
2. Draw a line of glue across the top of the black fringe. Place the neon fringe directly on top and press down. Let the glue dry.
3. Using your pliers, open a link on one end of the chain. Hook it through one of the loops in the top of the fringe and then close the link with the pliers. Do the same on the other side of the fringe. Make sure the chain is long enough to slip over your head.
4. Unscrew the studs and remove the screws, so you only have the flat studs. Space them evenly along the top of the fringe, then glue them down individually. Let them dry and you’re all set!