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DIY Pioneers Bundle Jewelry-Making Kits for First-Timers

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One business in the Garment District has been helping people with DIY projects for decades. Now, they have DIY jewelry kits for those who still want a little guidance. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

In the DIY explosion, there are those who are innately crafty, and then there's the rest of us.

M&J Trimmings in the Garment District has been helping that first group for more than 70 years. But now it's also offering DIY jewelry and accessory kits for everyone else.

"We talked to our customers a lot, and we see them shop in the store and we know that they want to make stuff and just don't know where to begin and they don't want to spend so much money on all the accessories they do need. So what we're doing is preparing, specifically cut merchandise and exactly what they need with directions of exactly how to do everything to create awesome fashion projects," says M&J Trimming Senior Vice President David Cohen.

With Kit designer Michelle Levy, I gave it a try. Headpieces, bracelets and necklaces with everything included.

There are even online step by step instructions.

"It gives you all the tools that you need to create any of our projects. The only thing that's not included would be a pair of scissors, that you would have at home," Levy says. "And you push—with the plier—you push them open and you want to, instead of splitting them apart, you push one forward and one back, so that you keep that shape.

The DIY jewelry kits have been so popular, now M&J is selling them in its store, on its website and on Amazon.com as well. They range in price from $10-$40.

"We encourage people, if you have sequins, or beads, or charms at home, you can definitely add them and make a really unique piece," Levy says.

Most of these do not look like traditional jewelry pieces, but that's the whole point—they should be different so people stop and ask where you got it, and then you can say "I made it myself."

Still, with the kits, DIY feels a little more like DIT—doing it together.

For more information, go to http://www.mjtrim.com/project-diy/, or just go into the store at 1008 Sixth Avenue, between 37th & 38th Streets.

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