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How To: Make Easy Literary Leaf Gift Tags (Free Template Included)

by Chris Gardner

created at: 12/07/2010

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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Roundup: 10 Clever Paper Straw DIYs

by Faith Towers
Roundup: 10 Clever Paper Straw DIYs
Photo: Remodelista

Paper straws suddenly became popular a while back (kind of like washi tape), and now I grab a box of them whenever I see them. Which means that now I suddenly have a lifetime supply of them. And I'm guessing some of you are in the same boat. Bur there are other, alternative ways to use them, aside from drinking through them... here are ten super clever DIY projects using paper straws.   

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Round up: 12 Fun Holiday Gift Wrap Printables

by Stephanie Lee
Photo: The Lovely Drawer

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!

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How to: Origami-Inspired Paper Star Garland

by Chris Gardner


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!

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Make It: Printable Mountain Advent Calendar

by Stephanie Lee
Printable mountain advent calendar

One of my favourite things about the festive season is the lead up to the big day; there’s so much anticipation and excitement surrounding the countdown to Christmas. This is why advent calendars are right up my alley and this year I finally got around to hand-making one, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Best of all, being a printable calendar, it’s easy to set one up for your own holiday celebrations - click through to see how!  

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Make It: Printable "To Go" Pie Boxes

by Stephanie Lee
Printable pie boxes

With Thanksgiving around the corner and Christmas not far behind, I thought it'd be a good time to start thinking about all those desserts that will be leftover in the wake of the festivities. Because at this time of year there always seems to be too much food, despite my best efforts to eat everything in sight! 

These pie boxes are perfect for handing out the extra pieces after the party's over; and best of all, they're so easy to make that you could put them together while the turkey's roasting. Click through for the full tutorial...  

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How to: DIY Modern Wall Art in Under 30 Minutes

by Brittni Mehlhoff
DIY Modern wall art in under 30 minutes
Photo: Rachel Brewer

When it comes to revamping a room in my home or studio, I love wall art projects because they usually give you the most bang for your buck in terms of transforming a space. Admittedly though, I don't always have the time it takes to create awesome DIY art pieces. So, I came up with a modern, minimal way to add great artwork to your walls in under 30 minutes and thought I'd share the tutorial,  in case you're always in a time crunch for DIYs like I am.

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Roundup: 10 Clever IKEA Hacks For Your Next Party

by Faith Towers
Roundup: 10 Clever IKEA Hacks For Your Next Party
Photo: Smile and Wave

IKEA is often thought of as solely a furniture retailer, but they have so much more than just furniture... and many of their pieces lend themselves to entertaining. And with the holidays sneaking up on us, I thought I'd share some clever IKEA hacks that would be perfect for your next gathering. Keep reading to check out ten of my favorite hacks for entertaining.   

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Make It: Printable Halloween Fang Treat Bags

by Stephanie Lee
Halloween fang printable treat bags

Halloween is a great time of year to get creative with wrapping up that candy because there's so many occasions to share it with others! You may find yourself dishing out sweets to trick or treaters, at Halloween parties, or for friends, family or neighbours who drop by for a visit. Tis the season for a WHOLE lotta of sugar.

So why not have a little fun with it and wrap your candy in style with this super easy treat bag printable? Click through for all the details!  

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Make It: Printable Halloween Pyramid Decorations

by Stephanie Lee
DIY printable halloween decorations

I love decorating with paper for the holidays. Not only is it inexpensive, it can make a big impact without too much effort and it's easy to change up, recycle or pack-down once the big day is over.

I created some downloadable pyramid boxes that you can print out and use to dress up your walls this Halloween. These little boxes also have a few other handy uses which I'll show you at the end of the post - click through for all the details!

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