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Entries in christmas (28)


simple party { wine glass exchange

How it works: Everyone invited simply brings one wine glass (wrapped real pretty), and then you play "steal from your neighbor" or just trade gifts. Perfect for holidays, when budgets are tight and calendars are full of parties. Even more fun, bringing FOUR individually wrapped glasses, so that you go home with an entirely unique set.

Other great gift party ideas? Something wallet friendly AND you want to take home (unlike the dreaded white elephant exhange)?


display your christmas cards

Need a better/more appealing way to display Christmas cards? I sure do.

1 // Martha Stewart  2 // Bettter Homes and Gardens  3 // Country Living
4 // Free Craft  5 // Martha Stewart  6 // Bettter Homes and Gardens
7 // Apartment Therapy


holiday styling

Another fun project to share with you. I styled the Christmas decor for the counseling center at my church, and the details came together so well. Take a look!

The tree needs a bit of explanation. I saw this blessing tree from Jeanne Winters, and loved the idea. The waiting room environment was a perfect candidate to house the tree.

Basically there are paper tag ornaments with blessings like "peace, laughter, grace, etc" for visitors to either take or just read a few. The goal is to give lots of warm fuzzies, and a few smiles.

So there you have it! Using cheap items like old books, fabric, and pinecones, all the decor was around $60 (excluding the tree). Perhaps it is obvious that I had free rein, as everything looks real similar to my holiday home decor. *Apparently my personal taste trumps all when there are no boundaries.*


paper ornament diy

Did I mention I'm participating in the Freshly Blended Ornament Swap? Anticipating the packages is fun (and some ornaments are slightly entertaining). This is my second year, and I wanted to share my ornament with you. Follow along below:

Use a glass or round object to trace a circle onto desired paper. Cut them out (I cut out multiples at a time), and then stack about 12 together.

Sew a straight line down the center. I'm not sure another solution if you don't have a machine (besides borrowing like I did).

Now add a smidgen of glue and paper clip two leaves together, alternating one centered and two outside. Continue this all around the ornament until all pages are glued.

To finish, I used a paper hole punch and then tied on a small metal ring for the hook. This step is optional and hardly noticable, but I thought it added a nice polish.

I love the final! You could also spiff it up like this one, or use colored paper to create interest. Any other great ornament tutorials you are using this year? Do share!


cookie exchange freebies

Friday is for freebie download!

One thing that makes this season the best time of the year...cookie exhange parties! If you are lucky enough to attend one this year—make sure to print some little tags to dress up your yummies.

Click images above to download the pdf's. The recipe card is editable, so you can type in your recipe and print copies for everyone at party. {Simply delete text if you want to print blank} There are tags if you decide to vote on the best cookie, or if you want to give cookie cutter favors, and also a fun quote from Friends.

I hope you enjoy them! Any fun weekend plans? I am *almost* on the road for a weekend of shopping in Chicago and attending Renegade Craft Fair, woo woo! So exciting! Have a great one.


simple tree skirt diy

I'll to my best to make this thorough, as I sort of "winged it" when I made mine.
Supplies // Any fabric - 1.5 yards was perfect for 42" round skirt // Trim - 6 yards
Tools // Scissors // Sewing machine

For a petal pattern, I just cut out newspaper to the size I wanted. Using the total round size based on my small tree, I needed each petal to be 21" in length. Tip: For the paper pattern, fold in half and then cut out the petal—this assures symetry along the curve. Using pattern, cut enough petals from fabric to create a circle. Fabric idea: I used burlap and wanted the frayed edges, you could use a non-fray material like fleece OR use pinking shears to cut out the petals.

Now take the petals, overlap about .5" and sew straight lines, connecting each one. Tip: I loved the overlapping layers {pictured below}, a zigzag cut from pinking shears would also add personality to the skirt. Or using alternating colored petals, be creative!

Sew all the petals together, leaving two unconnected for the tree wrap. Tip: Burlap has a finished edge, so I simply cut my petals where the finished edge fell along the unconnected petals. Saved some sewing time!

Lastly, sew your trim along the outside of the circle. Put below the tree and enjoy!

Simple, right!? Any other ideas to add flare and spunk?


chic wreath diy

Perfect for any occasion and easliy updated.

I'm sure this has been done a million times. It's super simple and inexpensive, with only three ingredients. Follow instructions below:

Cut up many many strips of fabric, any color or blend. I cut roughly 1"x7" strips, and used muslin and white burlap.

Next, simply tie one knot around wreath (no need to double). Any size/type of wreath works for this, I used a cheap one from the $1 store and a fatter grapevine wreath is pictured. Even an emproidery hoop or cardboard circle would work. Different widths and sizes allow a wide range of creativity to gain any style or desired look. While the fabric knots are a bit time consuming, it's super easy to do while watching movies or tv.

Tie knots all around until the wreath is covered. Optional: Attach a wire circle hanger using any bendable thin wire.

Last, attach a fun accent. Any bow or flower of any color will work. Easy peasy!


white green christmas diy

Back to blogging > and should have posted this weeks ago. Now I have so much to share I'll be posting like mad!

First time decorating for Christmas since high school—and loving the results! Many of my ornaments are DIY, using pinecones, paper, and fabric-wrapped balls. I still spent more than I'd hoped {mission fail}. And still undecided about the tree topper....but I prefer it over store ones I've seen. It'll do this year.

Also, I must add that pre-lit trees are from the devil. Worst idea ever—considering they lasted a whole of 3 hours, followed by my attempted fix taking another 4.

One more thing! My outdoor wreath below, LOVE LOVE. It's the DIY from Creature Comforts. Best 5 min - $3 DIY ever attempted. Ez's Christmas DIY posts have been AMAZING.

Okay ONE MORE note. I'll post the super simple wreath and tree skirt later this week (trying to pack in all these Christmas posts now!), so don't change that channel!

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