DIY: Framed Art That Slides to Hide Your TV

Written by Amy Ehmann of  Design Lotus

What do you see in the photo below? Really, the better question is what don’t you see?! At first glance, you’re looking at a dresser and a lovely pair of framed art pieces. But (no joke!) behind those prints is our 46″ flat-screen TV! I can hardly believe it myself. Keep reading because I’m going to show you how to make these framed-art sliders to hide that unsightly screen without breaking a sweat or your budget. Believe it!

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DIY: New Year’s Eve Drink Stirrers

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

Looking for a quick way to add a festive touch to your New Year’s Eve cocktails? We’ve created these simple DIY drink stirrers with bamboo skewers and gold ribbon. A little touch of gold goes a long way at the cocktail bar. It’s fun to add a little DIY personal touch to your celebration this holiday season.

Whip up these simple DIY drink stirrers for New Year's Eve Make these cute DIY drink stirrers in under five minutes

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How I Holiday: Easy Christmas Greenery Centerpieces

Today we’re sharing a holiday-themed guest post from Melanie Severin, a Minted artist and graphic designer based in Lloydminster, Alberta.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece Idea: Fresh Greenery

Name: Melanie Severin
Where you’re based: Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since 2011

From Melanie:  One of my favorite holiday traditions is getting together with the women in my family to make table centerpieces with fresh greenery. This DIY is simple enough to get the kids involved and make wonderful teacher gifts.

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DIY: Cookies for Santa Printable

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

One of our favorite traditions when we were kids was frosting special cookies for Santa. That tradition continues as our girls are in the kitchen with our mom right now icing sugar cookies for the jolly old man. We created this fun “Cookies for Santa” printable for you—print it out and encourage the kids to write a thank-you note for Santa this Christmas Eve. And don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the reindeer!

Cookies for Santa Free Printable by alice & lois for minted Cookies for Santa Free Printable by alice & lois for minted

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DIY: Personalized Initial Ornament

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon from  Alice & Lois

Are you ready for the easiest and most thoughtful handmade gift this holiday season? We’re sharing how to make this hand-painted initial ornament! It makes for a sweet hostess gift for all of those holiday parties you’re attending. We love coming up with ideas for easy and affordable handmade gifts (our favorite holiday tradition!), and this one totally fits the bill. Don’t be intimidated by the hand lettering because we used graphite transfer paper! Personalize it by incorporating a first initial, last name initial, or even their full name—the possibilities are endless!

DIY Initial Ornament by alice & lois for minted

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DIY: Candy-Cane Popcorn Favors With Printable Tags

by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

I’ve always been a sucker for classic Christmas tunes and “Let It Snow” is no exception—today’s project was inspired by the line “I’ve brought some corn for popping.” These DIY candy-cane popcorn favors are so simple: Package some unpopped kernels, white chocolate, and crushed candy canes in a small box, top with the printable tag, and you’ve got the perfect sweet treat to give your Christmas party guests.

Popcorn Favors + Printable Tags

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DIY: Marbled Clay Drink Tags

By Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Holiday party season is here! Is your bar cart all ready for your party guests? These DIY clay drink markers are the perfect way to add a custom touch to your cocktails. Make them in a variety of marbleized colors and your guests will be sure to remember whose drink is whose.

Clay Drink Tags
Clay Drink Tags

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How To Display Your Holiday Cards: Fabric Cork Board

Chances are you’ve received lots of holiday cards from loved ones in the mail by now. Instead of letting them pile up on the kitchen counter, show ‘em off by displaying them on this clever fabric-covered cork board. This easy DIY project was created for us by the lovely Melissa Fallon of the fabulous blog Design Eat Repeat; it’s designed to look like a cute envelope with its heart-shaped seal (which also makes it perfect for Valentine’s Day—just keep it up until February rolls around, then swap out the holiday cards for valentines!).

How To Display Holiday Cards: Fabric-Covered Cork Board

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How I Holiday: Handmade Gifts With Kids

Today we’re sharing a holiday-themed guest post from Minted artist Carolyn MacLaren, a graphic designer based in Encinitas, CA.

DIY Kids Pottery Painting

Name: Carolyn MacLaren
Where you’re based: Encinitas, CA
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since 2011

From Carolyn:  For the past three years, we’ve made it a tradition in our family to create handmade gifts for friends and family members. The first year, my daughter, who was two years old at the time, painted with watercolors; I chose a small section of the painting and framed it with a large matte. Framing a small portion of the painting made it feel more artistic, special, and versatile. The next year, we made handmade soaps and jams: We found an amazing soap recipe on Pinterest which included grapefruit, mint, poppy seeds, and shea butter—they turned out fantastic and were perfect for the kids. We gave everyone the soaps paired with homemade lemon curd and jams.

Kids Pottery Painting

This year, my daughter wanted to paint pottery, so we went to a nearby children’s pottery painting studio and spent an evening painting small bowls. I chose bowls because they’re easy for the kids to paint—they make great gifts that have so many uses (keys, jewelry, food, etc.). I limited our color palette to blues and greens to keep all of pieces unique yet cohesive; the kids could paint any design they wanted, and since it was in a single color palette, I knew it would look fresh, modern, and fun. I love how they turned out! The energy of the kids’ designs is so carefree and whimsical—something that as an adult is hard to do. We painted the pottery, left it at the studio to kiln fire, then picked it up a few days later. Ben and Reese are so proud of their gifts!

Thank you for sharing your family’s wonderful holiday tradition, Carolyn!

More Holiday Ideas:
DIY Holiday Luminarias
• Free Printable: Modern Black-and-White Holiday Gift Tags
• Three of the Cutest Ways to Wrap Your Holiday Gifts
• How To: Tie the Perfect Bow

More From Minted:
• Shop Carolyn MacLaren’s Minted Store
• Gift Tags
Foil-Pressed Art Gifts


DIY: Marbled-Clay Christmas Ornaments

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

It’s prime Christmas tree-trimming time, which means it’s the perfect time to make these cute DIY marbled clay ornaments. Not only will they make a stylish statement on your Christmas tree, but they also make a great handmade gift idea, too!

How to make homemade clay Christmas tree ornaments.

The possibilities are endless with this marbled clay technique. All you need to do is find some great holiday cookie cutters and get to work!

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