DIY: Modern Paper-Tree Garland

By Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers of  Alice & Lois

Oh Tannenbaum, Oh Tannenbaum… Holiday decorating is in full swing! We love Christmas décor but usually try to keep things modern and simple. This DIY paper-tree garland is easy to make and would be fun project to work on with the kiddos!

Click through for the simple step-by-step instructions…

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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…

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DIY: Fall Leaves Garland

By Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers of  Alice & Lois

Turn your fall leaves into a gorgeous gold garland

This autumn has been an epic one for fall colors in Crested Butte, Colorado (where Melissa lives!), and I wanted to find a way to hang on to the season all year long. I gathered some beautiful aspen leaves on a hike recently and decided to create a simple-yet-festive fall garland. You don’t need very many supplies at all to add a pretty autumnal touch to your home with this golden-leaf garland.

Keep reading for the DIY instructions.

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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.

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DIY: Witch’s Hat Halloween Party Favor

Written by Melissa Fenlon & Sara Albers

By Melissa & Sara of  Alice & Lois

Sure, it’s still September, but we’re starting to get in the Halloween spirit! Our kids are obsessed with Halloween (how could they not be, right?)—candy, costumes, more candy, and spooky decorations. We host a pumpkin-carving party each October with family friends and this year, our kids will be making these super-simple witch’s hat party favors (that are filled with treats!). Keep reading for the DIY instructions…

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Homemade Caramel Sauce

Written by Melissa Fenlon & Sara Albers

By Melissa & Sara of  Alice & Lois

September is a favorite of ours—from the crisp, cool weather to the cozy fall wardrobe to the seasonal harvest. When we were kids, we would go apple picking with our family and we loved coming home with a mound of apples, fresh apple cider, and tasty caramel apples. A jar of homemade caramel sauce is the perfect hostess gift for a fall gathering—read more for our caramel sauce recipe and tips!

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DIY Dream Catcher

Written by Melissa Fenlon & Sara Albers

By Melissa & Sara of  Alice & Lois

I love coming up with craft project ideas that my daughter and I can do together—ones that aren’t too preschool, but also aren’t too advanced. This DIY dream catcher is the perfect in-between. We made it together to hang in my daughter’s room to help ward off nightmares, and working on it was a wonderful way to be creative together. Plus, it requires very minimal supplies, which makes it a great project to do any afternoon. See the step-by-step instructions after the jump.

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DIY Wedding Favor: Homemade Pickles (With Printable Tag!)

Written by Melissa Fenlon & Sara Albers

By Melissa & Sara of  Alice & Lois

Give your wedding guests a take-home treat that’s delicious, homemade, and packs a big crunch: pickles! This recipe is super simple to make; plus, the elegant glass jars make them very versatile—they could easily work as favors at a more rustic-themed celebration as well as at a more classic wedding. Just whip up an extra-large batch and tie each jar of pickles with the downloadable favor tag we made just for you.

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DIY Lemonade Stand (With Printables!)

By Melissa of  Alice & Lois

kids diy lemonade stand

My daughter has been talking about doing a lemonade stand all summer—it’s pretty much the perfect activity for the kiddos on a hot summer day. To make your own lemonade stand, all you need to do is whip up some homemade lemonade because we’ve got the rest covered with these cute lemonade-stand decorations: posters, colorful pennant flags, fun table-tent signs, and a sign for the kids to fill out to let everyone know what they are raising money for.

Find the step-by-step instructions and printables after the jump…

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Kids’ Parties: DIY Musical Instruments

Written by Sara Albers & Melissa Fenlon

By Sara & Melissa of  alice & lois

When we’re hosting a kid’s birthday party, we love to have a craft project to keep the kiddos busy. It’s such a nice way for the little ones to be creative—plus, the craft doubles as a take-home favor. We made these sweet spin drums with the girls at a recent music-themed birthday party!

Read more and get the instructions after the jump.

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