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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Holiday Cookie Recipe: Kris Crinkles

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: Ann Gardner
Where you’re based: Irving, TX
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since February 2010
Favorite thing about the holidays: People seem to be in a better mood, generally nicer, and more giving this time of the year.
On my holiday wish list this year: The past couple of years have been rough for me and my husband, so I’m going to be a bit selfish this year and wish for good health for me and our families… and world peace, of course.
This never fails to get me in the holiday spirit: Ever since I can remember, the “official” start of the holiday season was watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade—my family would wait for Santa to arrive at the end of the parade and I looked forward to it every year. It was just one of those small, simple things our family shared together during the holiday season.

I’ve loved baking for as long as I can remember (check out the photo of me and my brother (below) decorating cookies when we were kids!) In fact, I went to culinary school and studied baking and pastry arts. Although I ultimately choose a career in design, I still like to bake. And nothing compares to the smell of something baking in the oven, especially around the holidays. My recipe for Kris Crinkle Cookies is one of my favorites—it fills the house with the warm scent of spices and gingerbread. It’s an easy recipe that’s perfect for cold, wintry days (and I promise they taste as good as they look!).  —Ann

Click through for the recipe and to download the recipe-card printable… 


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

Click through for the free holiday gift-tag printables…


Printable “How to Holiday” List

The holidays are definitely a busy time of making, eating, and going places. Instead of trying to remember everything on your to-do list off the top of your head, let’s make things official (and a little more fun!) with a fill-in list. A “How to Holiday” list, to be exact, ready for you to print and hang up. Grab the download below.

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fill-in holiday list

Click through for our “How to Holiday” printable…


Recipe: Classic Cranberry Sauce (With Printable Gift Label!)

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: Susan Brown
Where you’re based: Menomonie, WI
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since 2011
My favorite thing about the holidays is… having our son and his fiancé home for a few days.
This year, I’m thankful for… good friends, good books, and gold foil!
Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving unless… my family fights over the dark meat.
Stuffing—love it or loathe it? Love it (especially mine!).

There is little that signals the approaching holidays better than the bright red cranberry bogs along Wisconsin’s highways. Since Wisconsin is the biggest producer of this versatile berry, it seemed only natural to share this simple Thanksgiving recipe for fresh cranberry sauce with you. And if you’ve never made this tasty, tart sauce before, I hope it will become a tradition in your family, too.I like to make an extra-large batch of cranberry sauce and spoon it into small canning jars to give as a parting gift. That way, when I’m passing out Thanksgiving leftovers for guests to take home, I include a jar so everyone can enjoy turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce the next day.  —Susan

Keep reading for Susan’s easy-to-make cranberry sauce recipe…


Minted + Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Giveaway!

At Minted, we’re all about celebrating your children’s milestone moments, which is why we love our friends at Restoration Hardware Baby & Child. They carry the cutest baby and kids’ products—everything from nursery bedding and felt-animal mobiles to play room tents and furniture. Their products are the perfect complement to any Minted party and I had so much fun dreaming up three themed celebrations (featured below): a race car-themed birthday party, baby’s first year, and a birthday party campout.

We also teamed up with them to offer an amazing $500 giveaway exclusively for Julep readers: one lucky winner will score a $250 gift card to Minted + $250 gift card to Restoration Hardware Baby & Child. Click through below to find out how you can win!

Celebration #1: Race Car Birthday Party
1. The perfect party invitation: “The Right Track” by Kelli Hall for Minted.
2. A vintage race car for your littlest driver: Roadster Scoot from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child.
3. Turn the drinks table into a fuel station with these free Juice Box printables by Kelli Hall for Julep.
4. Top simply frosted cupcakes with these black-and-white checkered flags.
5. Cherry-flavored lollipops make the perfect party favor.
6. This garage-themed playhouse from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child is guaranteed fun.


DIY: Printable Advent Calendar

diy advent calendar
I love advent calendars. I’m not sure if it’s the excitement that Christmas is near or the promise of a piece of chocolate every day, but each year I look forward to coming up with a new way to enjoy the countdown.

This year’s advent calendar is Scandinavian-inspired and comes ready for you to print and make at home. Get the free download after the jump…


Thanksgiving Leftovers Labels (Free Printable!)

By Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers of  Alice & Lois

Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away? We’e celebrating the holiday with friends and family in L.A. this year and are busy planning all aspects of the epic meal (side note: Did I order the turkey yet?! Eek!). After the turkey has been carved and the pumpkin pie completely devoured, you’ll eventually need to pack up the leftovers and send them home with your dinner guests. Do this in style using the free printable label we created just for you.

Keep reading for the instructions and Thanksgiving leftovers takeout-container printable…


DIY: Cotton Candy Thank-You Card Printable

Written by Olivia Kanaley

Showing your gratitude is even sweeter when it takes the shape of this fairground favorite. Even though the party’s over you can still treat your guests to one more surprise when your thank-you note hits their mailbox. With our printable template, you can craft up this unique cotton-candy card from a just a few simple materials you probably have already.


DIY: Halloween Shadow Puppets (With Free Template!)

Written by Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers

By Melissa and Sara of  Alice & Lois

Get those flashlights ready, cook up some ghoulish tales, and you’re ready for some Halloween shadow puppet theater. We love Halloween and all the spooky tales that go along with it, which is why we’ve created these DIY shadow puppets for you. All you have to do is download the template, print them out, and cut out the shapes. Then, let your kids’ imaginations go wild with tales of the witch on her broomstick, her haunted house, jet-black kitty, and more.

Keep reading for the DIY instructions and downloadable templates.