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Showing posts with label Holiday goodies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holiday goodies. Show all posts

Repurpose: Candy Lights ...






I saw these "candy" lights and thought Quality Street!!  Not that I've seen/tasted one of these "choc-ies" in many years.  They used to come out especially for the holidays ... the way I see Fannie Mae bought around here ... or See's Candies in CA.  So I think it's entirely appropriate to create party decor with this kind of "candy".

Get the how-to at OhHappyDay.  If you planned it, you could start saving plastic clamshell berry containers now, rather than buying corsage boxes.  





DIY: Make a valentine ...


Handy with a saw?  This tutorial involves cutting, roasting (or nuking-to kill the critters) gluing etc ... but the result is great.  Check out her mirror while you're there... thanks Pretty Handy Girl!


Wrapping yarn around balloons is a technique popping up everywhere ... lovely twist on the the idea at Made by Michelle ... she also has a sweet fabric heart garland tutorial.


A page is for folding
A plane is for flying
A feeling is for saying
and sending and sighing!

Write a letter to your love ... then send it across the room via paper plane (printable - designed by Cathe from Just Something I Made)


I'm also loving these printable soap labels (could be used to wrap candy bars or decorate DIY party crackers!) ... care of Soap Deli News.


Super-cute printable notes from Fresh-Picked Whimsy ...


And .... some pipe-cleaner decor!  Tutorial at Sweetie Pie Bakery


Heart-shaped page markers from Craft & Creativity (tutorial in English and Swedish)


Classy printable card and "coupons" care of Love vs. Design


One of many printable vintage valentines care of Cheeky Magpie...


Make a paper-heart mobile ... from Being Brook


Tutorial and free printable from Creature Comforts...



Four adorable printables from Hello!Lucky ...  For many, many others see the round up at The Long Thread.


Make a puffy origami heart garland ....






Printable: Holiday me-mo book for kids ...


Holidays gone by in a blur? Kids suffering from a little jetlag and maybe a little appreciation-amnesia?  This might be a nice way to slow things down (and pin things down) for your digitally-oriented progeny.  This little book is part MOmento, part MEmory-keeper, part coloring/craft activity.  Get it from OhMyHandmadeGoodness.

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Printable: Keep Calm...it's almost Christmas!


It's the 24th ... you realize you have nothing for your cousin's teenage daugher / your aunt's best friend / the neighbor's stepdaughter (!) ... it's ok.  Thank South African graphic designers Pink Pigeon and print these amazing little boxes.  Pop in some candy / earrings / a pretty pin / a little soap.  You're golden.



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Printable: Ginger Sparkle cookie set


Quick!  Bake some cookies and create a beautiful, last-minute gift!


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Freebie: Owl Holiday stationary etc....

I thought I was done posting printable gift tags and stationary ... then I saw this and had to share!  Thanks as always to My Owl Barn.




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Upcycle: A paper bag, a white-out pen and a sharpie walk into a bar ...


If you save all those paper grocery bags (you know, the ones you have to use because you left all your reusable bags in the car ... because it was raining and your kids were screaming?) ... use them to wrap gifts!  Alisa Burke is beyond talented and I love her eye.




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DIY: Homes for the Holidays ...


Retro Mama rocks.  If you're going to make your own ornaments, it doesn't get much cuter than this.


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Printable: 2011 gift-rag round up!


I'm late posting the link to this year's Gifted Magazine ... so here it is.  And it's relevant to this post because you'll find links to over 25 free-to-download, artist-designed gift tags at the back of the magazine!


Helen Dardik's tags for 2011 / Tags for 2012



Elfie Tags from Allsorts

City Gift Tags from Weelife



Wee Birdy Tags
Retro Tags from My Girl Thursday


Paper Reindeer from Eat Drink Chic / Holiday Knit Tags


Inspiration: Santa's edible study ...




I'm a sugar addict ... and I love great design.  So Amy Atlas (et al) is something of a goddess in my mind.  If you still need a little help getting into the holiday spirit, check out this dessert feature inspired by the idea of Santa's Study.  The details are ridiculous.

Upcycle: Old-book iPad cover



Last year I had a lot more time than money so I made most of my Christmas gifts ... it was exhausting but the response was gratifying.  This year, I have very little time ... and keep seeing amazing DIY gift ideas like the one above!  So, if you're willing and able to skip the stores and use your hands, check out this great Design Sponge round up!

Printable: A Nut-Cracking Calendar ...


Did you know that nutcrackers (at least the wooden ones like our friend above) started popping up in Germany around 1800? And, did you know that the German word for nutcracker is “Nussknacker”? AND, did you know that these little guys love to take refuge in abandoned jack-in-the-boxes? It’s true—they’ll crawl right in and make themselves at home. They’re basically the hermit crab of children’s toys.

Get your December 3D Nutcracker Calendar from Scout Creative.  While you're there, join the calendar of the month club so you never miss a free printable!