This week’s DIY is quite a stunner! As we head into cooler weather, it’s up to our outfits to keep us bold, bright and warm. Well we have a few of those bases covered with this statement necklace that we created using a zipper and some glamorous metallic trim. This statement necklace would look great over a little black dress, and if you’re really crafty, you can use it in place of a typical zipper for your next sewing project.
Looking for the perfect accessory for that party this spring? Make a basic clutch bloom with a little floral beaded trim! This pastel purse is great for a garden wedding, bridal shower, or any garden party!
What You’ll Need:
It’s a fact that moms love receiving heartfelt and handmade presents from their kids, no matter what age they are! This Mother’s Day make your mom something she’s guaranteed to love and use in her home! No need for yarn and popsicle sticks here, this DIY uses quality materials to really make this DIY worthy of that mantel. Customize the materials to match the decor, and watch your mom’s face light up when she sees her present.
What You’ll Need:
Three Small Vases
3. Glue the trim around the top rim of the vase.
4. Hold trim firmly in place, and let dry.
You can make a set of these trimmed pots using different types of beaded trim! Add some soil and a succulent, and you have a trendy new home accessory!
The little black dress, or LBD as it is affectionately referred to, is a staple in almost every woman’s closet. It’s versatile, classic, and you can wear it over and over again! Sometimes though, your LBD needs a little TLC in the form of an upgrade. Check out these super simple ideas to turn your LBD into a SATULBD, or Super Amazing Totally Unforgettable Little Black Dress.
This dress has a very classic shape, and will look great for any occasion. The flared skirt gives the bottom interest, but what about adding a little something to the top? Glue beaded trim to the collar of the dress for some sparkle. We love the subtlety of black trim, but a contrasting color would look great too!
Remember when cutout dresses were having a total moment last summer, and everyone was walking around with missing sleeves and backs and sides? If you’ve suddenly realized that your cutout dress from last season isn’t going to make the cut this time around, DIY a more modest option! Just sew lace into the inside of the dress where the cutouts are! Your dress will leave more to the imagination, while still looking super flirty!
This slim-fitting dress is already beautiful, but it’s pretty basic! We think the way to go is buttons. Give the dress a military vibe by putting two rows of small buttons down the front. You can also have a single line of buttons on the back of the dress for an eye-catching feature that is more discrete. As they always say, business in the front, button party in the back.
What does YOUR little black dress look like, and how do you style it to keep it fresh?
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.
Check out M&J for even more inspiration.
We got such a great response to our list of the Top 5 DIY Camera Straps that we figured it was about time we made our own! We opted for a beaded trim in a Native American print, and performed our DIY magic to make it completely sturdy and usable. Follow the directions below to jazz up your own camera.
1. Glue the beaded trim directly in the center of the black trim. The trim is long, so you may have to glue it piece by piece. Let dry.
2. Slightly pull open the sides of the D-ring and slide the clasp onto the D-ring so they are connected.
3. Slide the D-ring onto the end of the black trim, leaving an inch or two on the end. Making sure the black trim is flipped over, (with the beaded trim on the bottom) apply some glue to the end of the trim and press it down over the D-ring. Hold in place until it dries.
For my first post I decided to create an easy DIY chain and seed bead necklace. Although I choose these materials solely many other combinations can be created from the array of trims offered by M&J such as; ribbons, lace, cording, and leathers.
- Two different chains style: 42357G and style: 42360G (not available online please call 1-800 -9-mjtrim) yardage depends upon length you desire
- 4 yards seed bead trim
To get the look:
- Cut 1 piece of beaded trim 3” longer than length of 1 of the chains.
- Thread this piece through the chain and secure ends with glue
- Next thread the other piece of beaded trim through second chain, knot the excess trim off to one side and let hang
- by widening one of the links in the back of the chain attach the two chains together
Today’s project is a beaded trim bracelet. You can make this bracelet as a gift for your mom, for yourself, for prom or a nice evening out. It’s an easy way to accessorize in only a few minutes. The steps are really easy and you can use the same instructions to make matching headbands or belt also. Here’s the detail.
- 20.5 inches of black 5/8” double face satin ribbon
- 6 inches of Beaded trim item number 20230 (call 1-800-9-MJTRIM if you want this trim)
- Unique stitch glue
- Measuring tape
- Measure the ribbon and along the center, add glue along the six inches in the center.
- Slowly add the beaded trim on top of the glue.
- Leave it to dry and you’re done.
If you want to make a headband, you can use a longer ribbon and it’s the same instruction. The same instruction also applies to creating a belt. When it dries, you can tie it up and you’re done.
It’s pretty obvious that the headbands from Gossip Girl have been inspiring girls everywhere this year. As long the cast from the show continues with this trend, sporting these stylish headbands isn’t going away anytime soon.
This week, I’ve decided to create a different headband using sew-on jewel trims. They’re great for that extra sparking finish to use on New Years Eve. There are different colors available to match almost any color garment you might be wearing for the night.
- Regular headband
- Sew-on Jewel Trim
- Note: You can pretty much use any beaded trim but I used the sew-on jewel trim)
- Glue gun
- Measure the trim so that it wraps around the top of the headband
- Cut the trim
- Carefully use the glue gun to add glue along the top of the headband
- Add the trim from one end the other and let it try
- In just minutes, your headband is ready for use!
Happy New Years Everyone!
The tradition of the veil on a bride has many back-stories. Some say it started in ancient Rome to confuse the evil spirits who may try to steal her away from the groom. Some say it was to disguise the bride before the wedding of an arranged marriage, this way if he saw something he didn’t like he wouldn’t run away. It is also said that the lifting of the blusher veil is so the groom knows he is marrying the right woman. There are so many variations on the story, but today the veil is more an accessory to the gown.
My best friend recently got engaged and has put me in charge of making her wedding gown and veil. As her Maid-of-Honor it is my duty to see what would look best on her and work with her taste. I know she likes lace, being a pretty traditional girl, so that’s what I went with. Looking in various bridal stores I noticed how expensive beautiful lace edged veils can be! They can be anywhere as much as $300 on up! So I’m going to describe how I made a beautiful antique looking lace veil that my friend could use on her big day without the big price tag.
- Lace (I used #35329 in Ivory to Match the Ivory Tulle)
- Unique Stitch Glue
- SS16 Hot Fix Pearls (#03416) in Nacre
- 3″ long clear plastic comb
- Needle and Thread
Note: I chose a length a little longer than the fingertip. It is double layered with the top layer being about 8″ shorter than the under-layer. Choose a length that works for you, I’m going to give directions for fingertip length though.
Measure the length from where you want the veil to start, to your knee.
Fold the tulle in half and use the folded edge as the top of the veil (where the comb will be sewn). Fold this piece in half length wise. From the top of the folded edge (comb edge) measure the length you used for the head to knee.
Mark with pins a quarter oval. Make it a little wider at the top than the bottom to give it a more full look. When you are happy with the shape, cut it out.
Unfold the piece (leave the top and bottom layers folded together) so you now have a half oval shape. Take the top layer and mark with pins about 8″-10″ up from the edge. Cut it shorter but still keep the shape of the bottom layer.
Now the fun begins, you get to glue on the lace! This will take patience and time, it cannot be rushed! You can also opt to sew the lace on with a machine. Line the edge of the scallop up with the edge of the tulle and pin in place if sewing, pin it as you glue otherwise.
Once you have the lace attached (and it has dried overnight) you can set the pearls or rhinestones (or both if you so choose).
If you used a scalloped edge lace as I have, be sure to cut the excess tulle from the scallops for a cleaner look.
The nice thing about the veil is that you can choose to use lace as I did here, leave the tulle plain (like I did for my own wedding), use rattail cord (1mm or 2mm), beaded trims, or a thin ribbon edge. You can personalize your veil to match your dress and it won’t cost a fortune.