DIY: Retro Painted Ornaments

Take some cues from the bright colors and iconic ornament shapes of a mid-century Christmas and make this colorful collection of glass baubles for your tree. To make this project easier, you can start with solid colored ornaments and use the spray-bottle technique to decorate them.

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DIY: Snowman Place Cards

This holiday season, in addition to our regular Julep contributors, we’re also sharing stories from our Minted artists and designers about how they celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

Name: Bob Daly
Where you’re based: Reston, VA
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since August 2012
Favorite thing about the holidays: Sugar cookies
On my holiday wish list this year: Things for my toolbox
This never fails to get me in the holiday spirit: Cheesy 80s holiday rock songs
Favorite holiday tradition: Decorating cookies with the kids

For a festive (and fast!) way to dress up your dinner table for the holidays, Bob shared this adorable and easy-to-make snowman place-card tutorial.

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DIY: Colorful Paper Ornaments

By Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers of  Alice & Lois

Looking for a merry and modern (not to mention easy!) way to decorate your Christmas tree this year? You’ve got to try these DIY paper ornaments. With Christmas only a couple weeks away, these ornaments will help you finish trimming your tree in style.

Easy paper ornaments for the holidays

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How To Display Your Holiday Cards: Binder-Ring Flipbook

This simple-yet-genius idea comes to us from Ashley Muir Bruhn of the wonderful blog Hither & Thither. Instead of letting her just-received holiday cards pile up on counter, she corrals them together using a simple binder ring, essentially creating a friends and family flipbook. “My son Hudson loves looking through them,” says Ashley, “and it’s a nice way for me to talk to him about loved ones whom we don’t get to see often.”

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DIY: Fabric Christmas Stockings

This holiday season, dress up your fireplace mantle, banister, or walls with a one-of-a-kind fabric stocking that’s super simple to make. We made ours using Minted’s new line of fabrics, which comes in tons of different colors and patterns (in cotton and cotton-linen blends). Have each family member pick his or her favorite pattern, then fashion a handmade stocking for each to show off their style and personality. Each stocking takes less than an hour to make (even when it’s sewn by hand!).

DIY Christmas stockings made with Minted fabric (from left to right: “Into the Woods” by Olivia Raufman, “Red Flowers” by Alexandra Dzh, and “Watercolor Branches” by 2birdstone.

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DIY: Printable Holiday Gift Tags

What type of holiday gift-wrapper are you? Someone who enjoys wrapping the present more than shopping for it? Or maybe you check the “gift wrap” option while shopping online? Or are you someone who procrastinates until Christmas Eve (with some gifts not making the cut because you’ve run out of time)? Whatever your wrapping style, these free holiday gift tags will come in handy in the next couple of weeks—print and cut out a bunch right now so you have them on hand for all your holiday gift-wrapping needs.

printable holiday gift tags

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DIY: Modern Color-Block Ornaments

By Ashley Rose of  Sugar & Cloth

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The holidays are such a busy time of the year and, of course, not everyone can devote as much time as they’d like to making handmade holiday crafts. Which is why these DIY color-block ornaments are such a great idea—they’re so quick and easy to make, you’ll be able to finish them while the cookies are baking or in time for your in-laws’ arrival. Plus, they’re perfect for gift tags or place cards, too!

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How To Display Your Holiday Cards: Paint-Stirrer Mobile

It’s that time of the year again, when you start to receive holiday cards in the mail and struggle to not let them pile up on the kitchen counter. This DIY holiday-card display is cleverly made with paint stirrers that you can pick up at any hardware store. (Thanks, Dad, for always making me tag along on your trips to Home Depot—those skills definitely came in handy for this one!) It’s a festive and modern way to show off your beautiful holiday cards so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.

DIY paint stirrer holiday card mobile

DIY paint stirrer holiday card mobile

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DIY: Three Easy Holiday Gift-Wrapping Ideas

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Here’s the thing: I’m not so great at wrapping presents. Those pesky corners never lay flat for me and for the life of me, I cannot tie the perfect bow. So, out of necessity, I make sure to add some flair to my simply wrapped gifts. Here are my three favorite ways to easily turn a so-so wrapping job into something much, much better.

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