DIY: Recycled Holiday-Card Garland

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

New Year’s Eve has never been a massive affair for us—usually we end up at home watching movies or playing board games with friends and family, snacking on chocolate fondue. We don’t put away Christmas decorations until New Year’s Day, so it still feels a bit like Christmas. When I’m tidying up I never quite know what to do with holiday cards, so this year I thought it would be neat to turn them into a garland for New Year’s Eve. I think I’ll even keep it up the rest of January to keep the mood festive for a few weeks longer. Happy New Year!

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DIY: Chocolate Mushrooms

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

I’ve always admired the beautiful meringue mushrooms on Christmas yule log cakes—they’re so fluffy and delicate-looking! As much as I love them, I’ve never gotten around to making them myself. The holiday season is just so busy that I can’t seem to find the time to bake meringues on top of everything else. When I saw this round ice cube tray at the dollar store though, I immediately knew it was just the shortcut I needed. Make your own chocolate mushrooms this holiday season—with this trick, they only takes a few minutes!

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DIY: Golden Holly Drinking Glasses

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Growing up, we had special Christmas drinking glasses that we used during the holiday season. My mom would pack away our plain glassware and swap in Christmas-themed ones instead—I loved it! I recently realized that I don’t have any holiday glasses of my own, so I decided to craft these festive ones decorated with golden sprigs of holly.

DIY Golden Holly Glasses | Julep
DIY Golden Holly Glasses | Julep

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DIY: Gem Christmas Ornaments

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Even though we haven’t set up our Christmas tree yet, that hasn’t stopped me from crafting some ornaments ahead of time! These gem ornaments are super simple to make— plus, they have a secret compartment for candies and holiday treats! Check local packaging stores (or jewelry-packaging sites online) to track down plastic boxes and keep reading to see how to turn them into colorful ornaments for the holidays!

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DIY: Pumpkin Wine Stoppers

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Thanksgiving is upon us—has November flown by or what? I always start the month with big plans to get ahead for the holidays, and every year I’m shocked when Christmas is a month away (whoa!) and I haven’t made a dent on my to-do list. But before I get ahead of myself, there’s Thanksgiving to celebrate. Whether you’re hosting dinner this year or heading out to celebrate with family, these simple pumpkin wine stoppers are the perfect way to add an autumnal touch to your Thanksgiving gathering. They literally take minutes to make, so they’re a great last-minute hostess gift or you could even whip up a bunch and give them as favors to your adult guests. Happy Thanksgiving!

DIY Pumpkin Wine Stopper | Julep
DIY Pumpkin Wine Stopper | Julep

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DIY: Mini Honeycomb-Paper Turkeys

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

I love looking at retro party supplies for inspiration. When browsing online recently, I noticed tons of honeycomb-paper turkeys in all sizes for Thanksgiving. Some looked pretty neat but most were a bit dated, so I decided to put a modern spin on the idea with these mini DIY turkeys! Use them to add a pop of color to your centerpiece, put one on each place setting, or even use them to top your pumpkin pie!

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DIY: Colorful Bat Cake Toppers

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Who says Halloween has to be scary? These rainbow bats certainly don’t think so! Use colorful cupcake liners and pom poms to craft these friendly little bats to decorate your Halloween treats this year! They’d be pretty cute sitting atop a pumpkin loaf, don’t you think?

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DIY: Rosé Halloween Costume

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Halloween always seems to sneak up on me! Stepping foot into a party store this time of year can be a bit crazy, so I put together this quick DIY costume for my fellow procrastinators out there. It feels like 2016 has been the year of rosé, so why not celebrate by dressing up as the pink wine itself? Cheers!!

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DIY: Ghost Wine-Bottle Wrap

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

What are your Halloween plans this year? We’re going to a friend’s house for dinner and a night in watching scary movies. When I started to think about what to bring, it struck me how easy it would be to dress up a bottle of wine for the occasion! Keep reading to see exactly how to make your own ghostly wine bottle this Halloween. Boo!

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DIY: Stork Labels for a Baby Shower

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

I’m all about taking a store-bought item and DIY-ing it into a totally new project. That’s exactly what I did with today’s DIY stork labels: I found these adorable stork cake toppers at the cake-decorating store and fell in love. Aren’t they cute? But instead of using them to top a cake, I bought a bunch and styled this flock of storks as food and drink labels for a baby shower. I love the playful touch they add to the table!

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