If you're like me, now that the holidays are over you have leftover wrapping paper everywhere. Whether you have used paper that you'd like to reuse, or just scraps that you don't want to save until next year - there are plenty of alternative ways to reuse it. Read on for ten clever ideas.
A few years back, I posted an article highlighting 36 easy handmade Christmas cards. Little did we know that four years later, it would generate close to a quarter of a million views. The post's popularity told us that people are clamoring for easy and beautiful handmade Christmas card tutorials. It also told us that we needed to scrounge the internets for even MORE ideas. After doing just that, here's some for this holiday season....
I don't know about you guys, but for me Christmas is the time of year when my last-minute tendencies really come to the fore. It's always so busy during the holiday season that between my day job, blogging, client work and family gatherings, there's little to no time left to shop for gifts, let alone wrap them!
This year, all my Christmas decor is leaning towards the paper-y and the handmade. So, when all my Christmas presents ended up getting wrapped in brown craft paper and old books, I knew the leftover red and green gift tag stickers at the bottom of my wrapping paper organizer wouldn't do.
So, I came up with this easy way to create leaf-shaped newsprint gift tags for free! And free is a lot better than the $4.00 apiece they're asking at West Elm. Here's how:
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This is a holiday party that won’t cause you any stress. Skip all the hard stuff (multiple-course meals, etc.), and treat yo’ self and yo’ friends to the good stuff: champagne and chocolate. End the year with sweets and bubbles, and host a decadent open house to wrap up the season with style. Here’s how you can pull it off with ease.
Everyone loves a good Christmas village or little winter scene to display during the season! I love how it adds a whimsical touch and how easy it is to create your very own without having to buy the expensive sets in stores. Simply using stackable wooden blocks and floral wire, you can create beautiful silouettes of trees to capture a magical winter in your own home.Materials
- Wooden blocks (I found mine...
Ah the holidays. If your family is anything like mine, this is the one time of year when everyone's in the same place so of course all the cameras come out for the obligatory family photograph. And that being the case, why not make it a good one complete with stunning festive backdrop! You'd be surprised how simple it is to set one of these up, and boy will they add a whole of pretty to your pics. Read on for my favourites!
I am a huge fan of simple, clean shapes, and triangle are my all time favorite. This little alternative Christmas tree was inspired by a tree I saw in a shop window in Sweden a couple years ago.
I've been looking for a fun graphic piece for our home that has some sort of cute little holiday message or countdown to Christmas day, but I'm finding it hard to find one that suits our style and aesthetic. So, I created a modern and sleek Chrismas sign that is versatile, functional and one-of-a-kind!
- 1/4" Birch Plywood (ours was 8 1/2" x 10 1/2")
- Plexi glass (8" x 10"...
Fireplace and mantles are focal points of rooms so they can become the focal point of Holiday decor. Here are ten mantles that are festive and unique, and if you haven't decorated your mantle they can give you some inspiration.
If you're anything like me, you'll know what it's like to scrounge around on Christmas Eve for the last remnants of wrapping paper you can find because you've left your gift wrapping to the last minute and the shops are no longer open. Thankfully, the internet always comes to my rescue with printable after free printable full of prettily patterned paper goodness - it's saved my gifts and my sanity time and time again. Click through to see my favourite printable finds!
I am always love interiors that go all out with Holiday decor beyond the room with the Christmas tree. These are the houses that Christmas cheer is found in most rooms... even in small ways. Here are some interiors that have literally decked the halls and staircases for the holidays.
Not everybody has space for a giant Christmas tree. And some of us just love to have a variety of different trees (that's me!). If you're short on space, this hanging twig Christmas tree might be the perfect solution for you. It can be suspended over a tabletop, and you can also make it any size you like. Continue reading to check out the final result and to find out how to make one yourself.
I love a colorful Christmas tree with all my favorite things about Christmas. Here is how your Christmas tree can make a statment...literally, by adding a little bit of typographic garland to your decor.
I'm guilty of it - every year I end up propping the holiday cards I receive up against the wall on the kitchen counter. It's not very functional, and it's certainly not very pretty either. So I was determined to come up with a creative alternative. Keep reading to check out what I found.
Here I am. Pledging my undying love for PVC pipe and all the crazy amounts of creative things you can make with it. The lastest hack? These candy cane napkin rings that are perfectly simple and sweet for your holiday table. PVC, how I love thee. You just need two things!
My favorite aspect of the holiday season is most certainly the decorating. It puts a festive spirit in your heart and a big smile on your face – the perfect recipe for holiday cheer.
And while holiday decor can mean a variety of different things to different people, I think we can all agree that the best holiday decorations are both beautiful and inexpensive! This is Linda from A Sweet Afternoon here to show you how to make an easy, origami-inspired paper star garland that’s as festive as can be, and that you can make with any paper you have and just a few basic craft items. By the end of this, you’ll know how to make two different types of folded stars for all your decorating needs!
I'm on the fence on this first one. On one hand, it's fabulously quirky, but on the other hand, it looks a bit more spring-y than Christmas-y. But the NEXT one??
It's officially December, which means it's time to deck the halls and transform our homes into those festive retreats! But wait, no fireplace? No problem! This simple Scandinavian stocking hanger is stylish, easy-to-make and ready to hang wherever and whenever!
Christmas is coming early this year! We've teamed up with a handful of gorgeous, modern brands to offer you a holiday giveaway that is off the hizzy, 'fo shizzy!
The holiday season is for getting together and having fun with the people you love. One of my family's favorite Christmas activitites is playing our handmade Christmas chimes. These were a gift to our family and we have had some serious memories and laughter playing these bells. If you want to add some epic Christmas cheer to your next party here is how you make these Christmas bells.
Sometimes the holidays can become focused on shopping, candy and presents - but every now and then it's refreshing to take a step away and go back to the roots of Christmas... simple, natural decorations to celebrate time spent with family and friends. So today we're sharing ten ways to incorporate fresh herbs and fruits to create uncomplicated wreaths, ornaments and tablescapes.
This season we partnered with Dremel to bring you a pair of tabletop holiday trees you can add to your winter decor. We wanted to come up with a project for all of you folks who are tight on space, but still wanted to bring in lots of seasonal cheer.
Using several tubes of PVC, you can quickly fashion a unique tree (on a small scale) and spruce it up to your liking. We love this tree's versatility; it can house ornaments or trinkets (like a curio box), or it can stand alone, as a minimal, modern piece. Let's make one!
Like with a lot of things in life, I find that simple is best when it comes to DIY projects. And these felt garlands are exactly that - they're simple to make, they don't require many materials, and they have a classic look which makes them easy to work into the rest of your Christmas decorating. Read on for the easy how-to!
The holidays are officially here and what better way to kick them off than a good ol' fashioned room makeover.
A few weeks ago, Bruno and I traveled to Overland Park, Kansas to make over a Curbly reader's home, courtesy of Lowe's. We spent two days with the Dickson family in their sweet, stylish home (Hi, Amber and Lucas!), transforming their living room for the holidays.