DIY: Cork Tile Christmas Card Display

Written by Melanie Blodgett of  You Are My Fave

The annual flurry of Christmas cards and holiday cards is getting underway, and if you’re looking for a clean and modern way to display the season’s greetings, check out this easy DIY project using painted cork tiles.


DIY Christmas Card Display: Painted Cork Tiles

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DIY: Simple Tassel Napkin Ring

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

We love creating simple, easy-to-make handmade details to add to your the holiday table (especially helpful if you’re pressed for time!). Last year, we made leather-cording napkin ties with fresh eucalyptus; this year, we created these super-simple yarn tassels to use as napkin rings. These fun tassels add a pop of color and a handmade touch to each guest’s place setting. We used a light-blue wool yarn for the tassels and stamped guests’ names on mustard yellow card stock—the colors really popped against our black-and-white patterned napkins (“Criss-Crossed” by Hooray Creative). Keep reading for the full tutorial.

DIY Simple Tassel Napkin Ring DIY Simple Tassel Napkin Ring

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DIY: Pumpkin Wine Stoppers

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Thanksgiving is upon us—has November flown by or what? I always start the month with big plans to get ahead for the holidays, and every year I’m shocked when Christmas is a month away (whoa!) and I haven’t made a dent on my to-do list. But before I get ahead of myself, there’s Thanksgiving to celebrate. Whether you’re hosting dinner this year or heading out to celebrate with family, these simple pumpkin wine stoppers are the perfect way to add an autumnal touch to your Thanksgiving gathering. They literally take minutes to make, so they’re a great last-minute hostess gift or you could even whip up a bunch and give them as favors to your adult guests. Happy Thanksgiving!

DIY Pumpkin Wine Stopper | Julep
DIY Pumpkin Wine Stopper | Julep

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DIY: Wooden-Bead Trivet for Thanksgiving

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

‘Tis the season for entertaining! Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner at home or are headed somewhere else, these wooden-bead trivets are the perfect accompaniment to your holiday meal. With all of the piping-hot dishes headed to the dining table, chances are you’ll be searching for something to set them on. These simple trivets are easy and inexpensive to make and look great display on the tabletop. Make several ahead of time or set up an activity table to keep the kids entertained while waiting for the meal to be served. You can also create an extra set and package them up as the perfect hostess gift!

Homemade gift idea for DIY wood bead trivets.Wood Bead Trivet DIY

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DIY: No-Sew Thanksgiving “Grateful” Banner

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Thanksgiving prep, for our families, involves a number of things: planning festive holiday-weekend activities, menu planning for the big day, and, above all else, practicing being grateful. Thanksgiving is a time to pause from our busy schedules and reflect on gratitude, and today we are delighted to share this simple fabric banner project showcasing the word “grateful.” This no-sew banner only requires an iron and fusible hemming tape; we used a neutral grey linen for the banner paired with mustard yellow for the hand-painted word.

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DIY: Mini Honeycomb-Paper Turkeys

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

I love looking at retro party supplies for inspiration. When browsing online recently, I noticed tons of honeycomb-paper turkeys in all sizes for Thanksgiving. Some looked pretty neat but most were a bit dated, so I decided to put a modern spin on the idea with these mini DIY turkeys! Use them to add a pop of color to your centerpiece, put one on each place setting, or even use them to top your pumpkin pie!

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DIY: Cupcake Flags and Number Printable

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Today we’re sharing one of our favorite ways to decorate a cupcake—it’s super easy and makes a big impact. All you need to do is print out our free numeral printable and use your favorite rolls of washi tape to create these festive little flags for your next birthday celebration.

Make these simple cupcake topper flags with washi tape.

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DIY: Colorful Bat Cake Toppers

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Who says Halloween has to be scary? These rainbow bats certainly don’t think so! Use colorful cupcake liners and pom poms to craft these friendly little bats to decorate your Halloween treats this year! They’d be pretty cute sitting atop a pumpkin loaf, don’t you think?

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Throw a Spooky Halloween Party

Written by Alicia Johnson and Betsey Hodge of  Happy Wish Company

Spiders, pumpkins, and bats, OH MY! Get in the trick-or-treat spirit with our spooky Halloween party. Minted’s creepy-crawly “Let’s Get Spooky!” invite (also available as a free online Halloween party invitation) set the stage for a classic orange, black, and white color scheme. Your little ghosts and goblins will have fun haunting your party—they can dress up in their spook-tacular costumes, carve pumpkins, and, of course, eat all the sweets! Keep reading to learn how to make a Halloween balloon garland, friendly ghost cupcakes, and amazing frosted-skull sugar cookies…

Minted Halloween Party Invitations

DIY: Creepy-Crawly Balloon Backdrop
Our DIY kit includes everything you need to make a haunted balloon garland to set a spooky mood but you can make one on your own, too! Use a combination of large and small Halloween-colored balloons like orange, black, and silver in a mixture of solids and polka dots. Have you ever used a balloon decorating strip? It’s clear plastic strip with perforated holes that you use as a template for your balloon garland; the strip can hold up to 12 latex balloons per foot. Simply pull the knotted ends of inflated balloons through the evenly spaced holes and trim the strip to the right length. To increase the fright factor, you can add pulled-cotton spider webs and eerie eyeballs made out of construction paper. The kids will love it!

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