MJ Project DIY Review February 2014 Cold As Ice

february 2013 project diy review What I’ve realized from my different craft subscription boxes is that my favorite type of craft is jewelry crafting. I think there is something so great about making a beautiful piece of jewelry and being able to proudly exclaim that you made it when someone compliments you when you wear it. When MJ Project DIY kindly offered me a box to review, I was thrilled to try their Cold as Ice box.

february 2013 project diy review The Cost: $30, including shipping

The Products: MJ Project DIY sends everything you need to create 2 – 3 unique jewelry pieces based off a monthly theme.

The Concept: Project DIY is aimed to help you explore your creative side and provide you with simple ways to create fashion-forward and unique jewelry pieces.

Other Reviews: You can read all my Project DIY reviews here.

february 2013 project diy review They include an explanation of the theme and why they chose the pieces.

february 2013 project diy review On The Rocks Bracelet Duo

I never really considered mixing silver and gold together. I’ve always been tempted to and now I have the perfect excuse to experiment!

february 2013 project diy review Crystal Clear Statement Necklace

I thought the main piece would be clear, but it is frosted. I like that it provides you with the ability to really make the necklace your own.

Thoughts: The entire concept for the Cold as Ice box and the bold jewel tones are things I would normally never get on my own, but I am really excited to make my new pieces of jewelry. I will post photos of the finished projects on social media.

What did you think of the February 2014 MJ Project DIY Box?


Here is my completed project!


MJ Project DIY February 2014 Spoilers!

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There are a few spoilers out for the February 2014 MJ Project DIY box. I’ve been subscribing on and off and I think I might have to subscribe again for this month. The theme is Cold as Ice and is inspired by iridescent colors and frosted textures of winter.

The Cost: $30 a month, including shipping and a starter kit

The Products: Each month, MJ Project DIY will send you everything you need to make 2 – 3 jewelry pieces and accessories. You can read my past Project DIY reviews here.

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This necklace is so beautiful! I love the different gems and it looks like it would be fun to make and customize.


project diy february 2014 spoilers

I am not sure if we get to make one or both of these bracelets, but they both look gorgeous and are my style.


Will you be getting a February Project DIY box?

MJ Project DIY Joan of Arc Review – Jewelry DIY Subscription Box

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I’ve only done one jewelry craft subscription before, and that was with Project DIY. I loved the first project so much and I was thrilled when the kindly offered me  the Joan of Arc box to review. I can’t believe how late I am posting this review, but I just couldn’t help it! I wanted to finish both my projects before I finished my review. I think this may be the second hardest DIY for me to complete (the first I still haven’t reviewed or even started yet!). I just could not decide on a pattern for my cuff. Even now, I am not sure if I made the right decision.

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The Cost: $30 a month, plus you can get a free starter kit for a limited time ($20 value)

The Products: Project DIY sends you everything you need to create a selection of different high-end jewelry pieces. All trimmings are from their parent company, M&J Trimming and they also have a free app you can download that provides you with detailed instructions. (You could also go online to get the instructions!) You can read my Project DIY reviews here. By the way, you can go to M&J Trimming to buy the past kits for individual pieces.

This month’s theme was Joan of Arc and I was excited to see how they were incorporating the theme with their usual modern twist!

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These were the products for the cuff. You could wrap the beads on as they were, or cut them down individually. They provided a few different patterns for you to choose from, or you could make up your own. I felt this project had the most versatility in the design and would allow you to make sure that your piece was entirely unique to you.

project diy joan of arc review

When I first saw the photos of the necklace, I did think for a moment that we would have to link the chain together. Luckily this was not the case, although my daughter manage to pull one link off, I was able to get it on with ease using my starter kit from my first box. I did think the instructions for adding on the rods were a little vague from the app, but I think I did alright. I love that you can use nail polish to change the color of the gem.


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Here are the final pieces! What do you think?


project diy joan of arc review

Here is the closeup of the pattern on my shield. I ended up changing the color of the gem about 5 times. This was my first idea that I kept coming back to and decided to keep. My second choice was a burgundy with gold microglitter, but I thought the blue and silver would make it something I could wear year-round more. I used my Color Club nail polish from my Holiday Wantable Box in case you are curious!


project diy joan of arc review

This is a closer up view of the cuff, so you can see some of the pattern on the side of the cuff. I am debating whether or not I should add the beading to the top and bottom of the cuff like in their photos – thoughts?



Thoughts: I love each piece a lot. What I love about both projects is that I feel as though it would be near impossible to not have a fabulous piece of jewelry at the end of it all. The materials individually are striking and work well together. The most difficult part about making the necklace and cuff is deciding how to best express your personality through each piece and even then, it is fun to experiment with different compositions and try new things out!


What did you think about the Joan of Arc Project DIY? What did your final pieces look like?

Project DIY Review and Coupon September 2013 – Jewelry Craft Subscription Box

A friend from college used to make our small group of friends jewelry and I was always so impressed with her talent. I’ve wished for a long time that I could one day figure out how to make pieces that looked as high quality as hers. When I heard that MJ Trimmings was starting their own jewelry subscription box called Project DIY, I signed up immediately!

The Cost: $30 a month, including shipping. You can purchase a jewelry making starter kit for $20

The Coupon: Use code MJDIY8 for 20% off your first subscription – you can use this to add on your starter kit for free!

The Products: Each month, Project DIY will send you 2 – 3 accessory crafts for you to make, plus provide detailed instructions via their website or free mobile app – just search Project DIY!

This is the jewelry maker starter kit. It comes with  needle nose plier, wire cutter, chain nose plier, jump ring opener, assorted clasps, earring hooks, jump rings, and chain extenders.

I love how well-organized the projects are. These containers are really cute! I did not realize the small bag actually escaped one of the containers in shipping until after this photo was taken.

Suede Tassle Keychain

This was the craft I was not too excited about at first, but it was one of the more simple crafts to do and it actually looks really cute in person!

Horseshoe Wrap Bracelet

I love wrap bracelets and the photos of the finished product is what really drew me to this subscription box in the beginning. This took the longest to make and required a bit more skill using the tools from my starter kit. It also hurt my fingers a bit working with the gold wire. The end product was so worth it though!

Equestrian Charm Necklace

This was the second craft that drew me in with this box. I thought the overall look and feel was perfect for Autumn and was just my style! I did this craft first and it was the easiest and fastest out of the three. I am so in love with the finished product!

Here are my finished projects:

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Thoughts: This was such a fun box! The projects were fun and did not take too long to do. I actually sat down and did all three at once. I used the app for instructions and it made it very easy to figure everything out. Right now, I feel like I can take over the jewelry-making world because of this box!

What did you think of Project DIY? Which of the pieces did you like the most? Which crafts do you want to see for October?
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