Whether it’s the rough and tumble attire or the amazing use of leather, there’s something about the Old West that makes us go wild! That’s why our first Halloween DIY this year is featuring this classic theme, perfect for a cowgirl (or boy) costume. Our Western Belt DIY will transform you into a modern day Annie Oakley, and nobody messes with Annie Oakley! What You’ll Need:
1 Yard of Faux Leather Bias Binding #42143
1 Round Cowboy Buckle #30161
1 Pack of 7mm x 10mm Metal Spikes with Screw #57562
Revolving Leather Hole Punch #55264 Scissors #57470
1. Insert about an inch of the leather trim into the buckle opening, and wrap it around the metal fixture. Glue it down, and let dry it for an hour.
2. Wrap the leather trim around your waist to figure out where to place the notch in your belt. Mark the area to ensure correct placement!
3. Once you know where the hole is going, cut off any excess trim.
4. Using a small hole punch, create a hole for the buckle closure.
5. Place the spikes or studs you want to use, and mark the spots as you had for the notch. 6. Then take out your hole punch to create holes where you want your spikes to go.
7. Twist the spikes into place.
8. Put on your finished belt, and prepare to be the chicest gal at the rodeo! Love the look but not feeling the buckle? Or maybe you’re looking for a different style of trim. Switch it out! Explore our Wild Wild West page to find all the Western-inspired materials to make a belt that reflects YOUR style.
This Earth Day we’ve opted to recycle something…our DIYs. The M&J blog has been around since 2008 and we’ve been donning out useful information, tips and tricks since then. For those of you who have just started following us enjoy these DIYs for the first time. For those who have been reading along since the beginning look at how far we’ve come. We’d love to see some of your very own upcycled fashions. We felt it was only appropriate to highlight some of our favorite refashioned DIY’s of the past.
Embellish your clothes using rhinestones
Applying Nailheads Tutorial
Revamp His Shirt for Her
Refashion your Blazer
With summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to be DIYing some colorful bracelets. We picked up some rhinestone trim the other day and got inspired to make this rhinestone wrap bracelet. It’s super easy to make, so you can whip up a bunch for your friends. Follow our tutorial below and let us know how it turns out!
1. Take one of the pieces of suede trim and pull the end through the metal closure. Hold it in place by tying a knot around the suede with the cord.
2. Begin wrapping the cord around the suede.
3. Once you have wrapped the cord around a few times, place the rhinestone trim on top of the suede trim. Continue wrapping the cord around, this time wrapping it over the rhinestone trim to hold it in place.
4. Keep wrapping until you reach the end of the trim, or until it is long enough to fit around your wrist. Like you did at the beginning, bring the end of the suede through the other side of the metal closure and wrap the cord around to hold it in place. Tie a knot to keep it secure. Then repeat the process to create the second strand. Now you’re ready to wear your bracelet!
Belts are the best way to accessorize a simple summer outfit, so we have been searching for the best DIY belt tutorials to try. We think we’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 – check out our picks below!
1. DIY J. Crew Style Belt by Sidewalk Ready
2. DIY Rope Belt by Sincerely, Kinsey
3. DIY Door Knocker Belt by Honestly WTF
4. DIY Isabel Marant Belt by Floorteloves
5. DIY Transparent Belt by Love Aesthetics
Need help creating a stylish stack of bracelets? Look no further than A Matter of Style, a great DIY blog that shares simple and trendy tutorials. Alessia, the crafty genius behind the blog, recently shared an awesome post that teaches you how to make 5 on-trend bracelets and now we seriously think we’re addicted to her site. We also love her bejeweled sunglasses – how cute! Stop by A Matter of Style to see more incredible tutorials!
Make 5 bracelets in 10 minutes
We’re back with another original DIY – and this time we’re all about the pastel trend! Using only 3 materials, (all from M&J Trimming) we created this lovely striped beaded headband. See the instructions below to make your own!
- 2 packages each of 2 different colors of seed beads
- 1 plastic headband
- craft glue
- 2 wide, shallow bowls
1. Create the middle strip first, drawing a line of glue down the middle of the headband. You may want to draw the line in pencil first to make it easier.
2. Pour the first color of the beads into a wide, shallow bowl or saucer. Dip all sides of the headband in the bowl until beads are covering all of the glue. Let the middle stripe dry.
3. Once dry, add another line of glue to create one of the outside stripes.
4. Pour the second color of the beads into the second bowl. Repeat the process that you used to make the first stripe, dipping the glue stripe in the bowl. If you prefer, you could also sprinkle the beads onto the headband.
5. Continue to add beads on both sides of the middle stripe, until the whole headband is covered.
6. Let dry for an hour and then you’re all done!
With summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to be trying out some hippie-chic headbands. We searched our favorite DIY blogs to find the best headband tutorials, and we’re pretty pleased with what we found. Here’s our list of the top 5 headbands we plan to try this summer!
1. DIY Dolce & Gabbana Tiara by Honestly WTF
2. DIY Floral Headband by A Beautiful Mess
3. DIY Double Strand Lace Headband by Elisa McLaughlin Designs
4. DIY Floral Headband by Wish Wish Wish
5. DIY Crystal Wrapped Headband by P.S. I Made This
All The Good Girls Go To Heaven is one of our latest DIY blog discoveries. Ren always creates incredibly on-trend DIYs that mirror some of our favorite designer pieces, like her DIY Dannijo bracelet. We would seriously wear everything that she’s made – see more of her great tutorials on All The Good Girls Go To Heaven!
DIY Dannijo Friendship Bracelet
DIY Pyramid Stud Choker
This leopard print bow belt is the perfect mix of girly and edgy – and it’s incredibly simple. And of course, all of the supplies are from M&J Trimming. Pair it with your favorite LBD and some red lipstick, and you’re good to go!
1. Pull the end of the ribbon through the metal ring. Apply some glue on the inside of the ribbon and fold it over itself.
2. Repeat Step 1 on the other end of the ribbon, so each side is attached to a metal ring.
3. Add a little glue to one of the metal rings and place it onto the back of the bow closure. Hold it in place while the glue dries.
4. All done! Just slide the other metal ring onto the back of the bow whenever you want to wear it!
With summer on its way, there’s no better time to DIY a trendy pair of shorts. We scouted through our favorite DIY blogs to find the best shorts tutorials – check out our picks!
1. Floral Print Denim Short by Swell Mayde
2. Distressed Denim Cutoff Shorts by A Pair & A Spare
3. Scalloped Shorts by Boat People
4. Embellished Short by P.S. I Made This
5. Leopard Print Short Shorts by Because I’m Addicted