Spring Skirt DIY Roundup

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It’s almost spring which means that we’re finally thawing out of our winter gear! After a winter this cold, we’re welcoming the spring and its fashions with open arms, specifically the fun and flirty pants alternative, the skirt. Here are some of our favorite DIYs  for making this seasonal wardrobe staple!

DIY No Sew Shirt Skirt

No sewing machine? No problem! With some fancy twisting and tying you can have yourself a new skirt made of an old shirt!

DIY Draped Skirt from Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily

Another no-sew option from Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily is this draped mini skirt which looks perfect for a beach party!

Lace Skirt from Cotton and Curls

We love this lace skirt from Cotton and Curls! If you’re loving this look, check out our lace and use promo code LACE102 to receive 15% off lace! Hurry, the offer ends tonight (3/9/14)!

Fine and Feathered Maxi Skirt

The problem with maxi skirts is that they’re often too long for shorter ladies and too short for taller ones, so what’s a girl to do? Make her own of course! This great tutorial from Fine and Feathered will make all of your maxi worries moot.

Circle Skirt DIY from My Pink Life

Big, flouncy skirts are totally in this spring. Try your hand at making one with this DIY from My Pink Life!

We’re so excited to ring in spring! What are you most looking forward to do this season?

DIY: Western Belt

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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! Western Belt DIY Supplies 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

E-6000

Marker

Leather Trim Western Belt DIY

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.

Marking Notch for Western Belt DIY

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!

Cutting Leather Trim for Western DIY

3. Once you know where the hole is going, cut off any excess trim.

Hole Punch for Western Belt DIY 4. Using a small hole punch, create a hole for the buckle closure.

Marking Holes for Western Belt DIY

5. Place the spikes or studs you want to use, and mark the spots as you had for the notch. Stud Placement for Western Belt DIY 6. Then take out your hole punch to create holes where you want your spikes to go.

Metal Spikes in Leather Trim Belt

7. Twist the spikes into place.

Finished Western Belt DIY

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.

We’re Recycling our DIYs for Earth Day Part 1

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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
Revamp yout Clothes Using Rhinestones 1Revamp your clothes using rhinestones 2

Applying Nailheads Tutorial
Tutorial Applying Nailheads 4

Tutorial Applying Nailheads 6


Revamp His Shirt for Her
Revamp his shirt to hers 1Revamp his shirt to hers 2

Refashion your BlazerRefashion your denim blazer

Refashion your denim blazer 2

DIY Rhinestone Wrap Bracelet

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!

Supplies:

Directions:
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!

Top 5 Belt DIYs

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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

Blogger Highlight: A Matter Of Style

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

Bejeweled sunglasses

DIY Pastel Striped Headband

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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!

Supplies:

  • 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!

Top 5 Blogger Headband DIYs

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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

Blogger Highlight: All The Good Girls Go To Heaven

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

DIY Leopard Print Bow Belt

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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!

Supplies:

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!