Winter Whites.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.
This time of year, it’s easy to get carried away when decorating for the holidays. I’ve been trying to keep it simple and chic, like this dark green wall as a backdrop to glamorous white and silver ornaments and props from Elle Interiör via Emmas Designblogg. Keeping to a minimal color palette with pops of fun accents allows the room to be striking and modern yet still making it festive and fun! Here are a few of my favorite holiday decor ideas for making the end of the year quite merry.
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Eraser Stamp Christmas Tree Cards

By: Merrilee Liddiard, of Mer Mag

We love to make handmade Christmas cards for teachers, friends and neighbors and this simple eraser stamp Christmas Tree card is just the thing to bring handmade merry cheer to all!

Step one: Download the Christmas Tree Card template and print it out on card stock or paper. It also works perfectly on 5″ x 6.5″ white blank cards (found at your local craft store). Fold and trim card as needed.
Step two: Using a pencil eraser and stamp pad, begin stamping ornaments, lights or boughs of evergreen onto the card.
Step three and four: Continue until you are satisfied with your stamped tree. Have fun with different colors (think twinkle lights on evergreen boughs) or go monochromatic with reds like we did here.
Step five: The front of your card is complete! Just don’t forget to write tidings of good cheer for all inside.

Enjoy sharing your custom card for friends and family!


DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia Gift Toppers

By: Jenny Batt, of  Hank and Hunt

So, I haven’t quite finished all of my shopping yet, but I have already started wrapping. Since my wrapping paper theme this year is all about the merry and bright, I knew I needed something fun for the top. I love working with crepe paper to make flowers and I wanted to try to make a poinsettia. It is quick and easy and since I am using crepe paper streamers, incredibly cost effective. I love the off-white cream shade with a pop of gold tinsel in the center.


Artful and Sweet Gallery Wedding

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

paper runner covered lamp shades This past summer, I styled a wedding in a beautiful historic spot-turned-art gallery. The inspiration and theme were drawn from art-inspired media and surfaces: Ink, marbled paper, and watercolor washes. Check it out for all the details, along with a handful of tips on how it came together.


How to Tie the Perfect Bow

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor

Since the launch of our new wrap and ribbon this year, we’ve been doing quite a bit of gift wrapping around here. In that spirit, I thought I’d share one of my favorite tips for making presents picture perfect. Let’s learn how to tie the perfect bow!

Read the full instructions after the jump!


Sweetheart Table Candle Holder DIY

Sweetheart Table Decor

If you are planning a holiday wedding and are looking for some last minute table decor, here is a simple way to add a lot of sparkle. You can place these candle holders at your sweetheart table, or even at your place settings at the head table. Read on for a super easy 3 step DIY!


Letter to Santa Printable

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor

Is your little one writing to Santa this year? Make it extra special with this printable download. We’ve designed a fill-in-the-blank letter that folds up to become it’s own envelope. Whether you’ll be tucking this away with other keepsakes or sending it off to the North Pole, it is sure to delight.

This project requires a little prep by mom, dad or an older sibling. Read on for the download and complete instructions.


New Years Eve Wedding Details

NYE Wedding Ideas

This time of year is pretty much the best time of year to get away with the most simple and sparkly color palette there is, black and metallics. Especially if you are having a New Years Eve Wedding. I love these colors are year round. I mean, can black, silver or gold ever go out of style? I don’t think so. So here are a few details in said color scheme you can easily incorporate into your NYE wedding.

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