DIY Washi Tape Pencils

By Jenny Batt, Hank + Hunt

A quick swash of washi tape can take ho-hum pencils to wow. I love working in pencil, especially in my planning calendar. Pretty pencils are hard to find, but with this tutorial, you can make a variety of pencils to match your style, just grab some fun washi tape. 

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DIY Star Combs

By Rachael Smith, Penelope & Pip

If you want to look a little bit fancy for New Year’s Eve, but are saving your holiday dollars for the sales, this is the perfect DIY for you. Add a bit of glitz and glam to some pretty coloured suede and you have yourself an originally designed hair piece perfect for seeing in the New Year – we want 2013 to begin all sparkly after all!

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Easy & Easier: DIY Photo Ornaments

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor

Keep loved ones close this holiday season with these DIY ornaments. Ribbons and sewing trims become tree trimmings with the addition of your favorite snapshots — from this year’s family portrait to an heirloom photo. Read on for more creative ideas on how to make these your own.

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Easy Ball Garland

By Jenny Batt of Hank + Hunt

I like to stroll down the floral pick aisles this time of year. They are full of pre-glittered wonders and as a gal who has worked alot with glitter, I know it is a messy craft. When it is already attached to my object of choice, I get really excited. These ball picks were at my local hobby store and I had to snatch them up. First, they were on sale for half off and second At 99 cents regular price, it was considerable cheaper than the ornament versions of this rectangular glitter style I have seen elsewhere. Less than a dollar a pop always means I will make a garland out of it, especially if it is in my favorite holiday palette.

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DIY Modern Christmas Fairy Lights

By Rachael Smith of Penelope & Pip

I love walking along the street in our shopping district at Christmas as there are so many amazing Christmas displays in the windows. This year however, I’ve noticed there is not a lot of the traditional red, white and green colours schemes we are used to seeing in decorations for the holiday season.

This inspired me to create a modern take on the tree lights we usually hang, using hot pink and blue, instead of red and green, with a cool geometric pattern of course, to really bring some colourful festive cheer into our home, just like the gorgeous shop windows we love. This is a true five minute DIY which will transform your tree beautifully.

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Paperwhite Hostess Gift

By Victoria Hudgins of A Subtle Revelry

Ready-to-plant paperwhites can be found in almost every floral shop this time of year. A handful of bulbs and a simple stack of vintage napkins makes a lovely gift for any hostess to have. Come prepared for your next party with this sweet combo.

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Cozy Pom-Pom Garland

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor

As the temperatures start to drop this month, projects involving a cozy bundle of yarn start to sound like just the ticket. Even if you don’t knit or crochet, you can still get in on the fun. Make this easy pom-pom garland in an afternoon and enjoy it all winter long.

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