How To Display Your Holiday Cards: Fabric Cork Board

Chances are you’ve received lots of holiday cards from loved ones in the mail by now. Instead of letting them pile up on the kitchen counter, show ’em off by displaying them on this clever fabric-covered cork board. This easy DIY project was created for us by the lovely Melissa Fallon of the fabulous blog Design Eat Repeat; it’s designed to look like a cute envelope with its heart-shaped seal (which also makes it perfect for Valentine’s Day—just keep it up until February rolls around, then swap out the holiday cards for valentines!).

How To Display Holiday Cards: Fabric-Covered Cork Board

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How I Holiday: Handmade Gifts With Kids

Today we’re sharing a holiday-themed guest post from Minted artist Carolyn MacLaren, a graphic designer based in Encinitas, CA.

DIY Kids Pottery Painting

Name: Carolyn MacLaren
Where you’re based: Encinitas, CA
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since 2011

From Carolyn:  For the past three years, we’ve made it a tradition in our family to create handmade gifts for friends and family members. The first year, my daughter, who was two years old at the time, painted with watercolors; I chose a small section of the painting and framed it with a large matte. Framing a small portion of the painting made it feel more artistic, special, and versatile. The next year, we made handmade soaps and jams: We found an amazing soap recipe on Pinterest which included grapefruit, mint, poppy seeds, and shea butter—they turned out fantastic and were perfect for the kids. We gave everyone the soaps paired with homemade lemon curd and jams.

Kids Pottery Painting

This year, my daughter wanted to paint pottery, so we went to a nearby children’s pottery painting studio and spent an evening painting small bowls. I chose bowls because they’re easy for the kids to paint—they make great gifts that have so many uses (keys, jewelry, food, etc.). I limited our color palette to blues and greens to keep all of pieces unique yet cohesive; the kids could paint any design they wanted, and since it was in a single color palette, I knew it would look fresh, modern, and fun. I love how they turned out! The energy of the kids’ designs is so carefree and whimsical—something that as an adult is hard to do. We painted the pottery, left it at the studio to kiln fire, then picked it up a few days later. Ben and Reese are so proud of their gifts!

Thank you for sharing your family’s wonderful holiday tradition, Carolyn!


More Holiday Ideas:
DIY Holiday Luminarias
• Free Printable: Modern Black-and-White Holiday Gift Tags
• Three of the Cutest Ways to Wrap Your Holiday Gifts
• How To: Tie the Perfect Bow

More From Minted:
• Shop Carolyn MacLaren’s Minted Store
• Gift Tags
Foil-Pressed Art Gifts

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DIY: Marbled-Clay Christmas Ornaments

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

It’s prime Christmas tree-trimming time, which means it’s the perfect time to make these cute DIY marbled clay ornaments. Not only will they make a stylish statement on your Christmas tree, but they also make a great handmade gift idea, too!

How to make homemade clay Christmas tree ornaments.

The possibilities are endless with this marbled clay technique. All you need to do is find some great holiday cookie cutters and get to work!

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Minted Holiday Playbook Awards

Announcing the winners of our Minted Holiday Playbook Awards! Throughout November 2015, we looked to reward artists who had taken great initiative with their Minted Artist Stores. We had 7 categories from “Star Attraction” to “Social Butterfly” where artists could be nominated. A huge congrats to the winners! All winners will be receiving $250 Minted credit.

 Star Attraction Award
For the Artist Store with a Featured Products Bar that best integrates title, description,
and the selected products to grab a shopper’s attention.
Katie Craig

Runners up: Kamala Nahas | Alethea and Ruth


 Ready for my Close Up Award
For the Artist Store that does an excellent job of using photos
to tell their story in the ‘About Me’ carousel
Stephanie Nowotarski

Runners up: Oscar and Emma | Jocelyn Edin


 Tis The Season Self-Launch Award
To the artist who self-launches the best seasonal art,
holiday cards, gift wrap, or gift tags
Annie Brady

Snowy Trees Wrapping Paper

Silent Night, Holy Night Cards

Runners up: Lisa Revelli | Lauren Rogoff


 Social Butterfly Award
For the Minted Artist who does a stellar job creating engaging social posts
about their Minted products or Artist Store
Angela Marzuki

Runners up:  Carly Reed | Carrie O’Neal


Autobahn Award
Biggest traffic driver from October 1st through December 1st
Katie Craig

Runners up:  Julia Contacessi | Geek Ink


Student Driver Award
Newbie with most traffic to their Artist Store
Maja Cunningham

Runners up: Lyna TiBlair Stakey


100-Meter Dash Award
Most traffic to an Artist Store on Cyber Monday
Julia Contacessi

Runners up: Geek Ink | Shirley Lin Schneider

Published December 16, 2015 • Learn how to become a Minted artist here.

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Printable Holiday Treat Labels

One of my favorite holiday traditions is delivering a little cheer with a festive treat. Whether homemade or store-bought, the best way to make it memorable (besides the taste!) is to package it nicely. Here’s a quick way to do that with colorful labels that can be added easily to a canister or box. Grab the free download below.

printable gift labels
printable gift labels

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The Perfect Holiday-Party Playlist

A holiday party is the perfect excuse to wear your favorite lipstick, shake up a signature drink, serve up some tasty snacks, and make merry with your nearest and dearest. Set the stage for a swinging night with this upbeat soundtrack of soulful sounds mixed with holiday classics that I put together just for you. Just remember to dim the lights, lower the music volume to promote conversation, and make sure every guest has a beverage. Happy merrymaking!

Listen to my Perfect Holiday-Party Playlist right here (total listening time: 1hr 12min).

Photo: Cover image via Fork Knife Swoon

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DIY: Wood Serving Board

By Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

I always love a good multitasker, like these fabulous DIY wood appetizer boards. Not only are they perfect platter for cheeses or hors d’oeuvres, they can also double as a place-card marker or take-home favor. Give your guests something to ooh and ah over at your party, then surprise them by giving it them as a gift. Read on to quickly craft these up for your next holiday soiree.

Holiday Favors
Dinner Party Favor Holiday Entertaining

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DIY: Gift Tote for the Pet-Lover On Your List

We all have that one friend who’s obsessed with their pet (or maybe you’re said friend?). If you’re stumped on what to give your pal this holiday, we think Minted’s new Completely Custom Pet Silhouettes fits the bill (we can turn a pet photo into a letterpressed or foil-pressed art print!). Surprise the pet-lover in your life with this DIY tote emblazoned with a handsome photo of their favorite furry friend and fill it with a custom pet silhouette, as well as some extra goodies to share.

Supplies:
• Cotton tote bag
Iron-on transfer paper
• Ink printer
• Iron
Completely Custom Pet Silhouette
• Extra goodies (I filled mine with all natural treats, an antler chew, a doggie bow tie, a leather leash, and a flossing rope toy)

Steps:

1. First things first: Stalk your friend on social media or go take pictures (in stealth mode!) of your friend’s pet. To make a silhouette, the photo should be side profile, shot in front of a white wall. But for the tote bag, anything goes!

2. Order a Completely Custom Pet Silhouette online (be sure to time it right so the gift arrives in time!).

3. Upload or scan the tote bag photo to a computer. Print the photo onto a sheet of iron-on transfer paper and cut out with a pair of scissors or craft knife. You may choose to cut out the entire photo or just the subject’s silhouette (which is what I did). Iron the image onto the tote bag according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

4. Fill it up and let the giving begin!



More Holiday Gift Ideas:
Turn Your Beloved Family Recipe Into an Art Print
• Free Printable: Modern Black-and-White Holiday Gift Tags
• Three of the Cutest Ways to Wrap Your Holiday Gifts
• How To: Tie the Perfect Bow

More From Minted:
• Completely Custom Pet Silhouette
• Gift Tags
Foil-Pressed Art Gifts

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Design to Dish: Sugared Pecans

With the holidays in full swing, you’re undoubtedly in need of lots of gifts. Besides the ones to go under the Christmas tree, there are gifts for neighbors, teachers, co-workers, party hosts and hostesses, and not to mention unexpected visitors who drop by! These sugared pecans are the perfect solution to all of those situations—they’re easy to make in bulk (each batch yields about four cups and takes about five minutes) and they last a loooooong time if stored in a sealed container. And, most importantly, they’re delicious—great on salads, cheese plates, ice cream, holiday desserts, and, let’s face it, straight off the pan. Package this sweet homemade gift in cellophane with a sprig of greenery and a cute holiday tag from Minted, like these “Holly Jolly” gift tags by Toast & Laurel.

Handmade Holiday Gift Idea: Sugared Pecans Sugared pecans (recipe below) | “Holly Jolly” gift tags by Toast & Laurel

Handmade Holiday Gift Idea: Sugar Pecans

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DIY: Scratch-Off Gift Tags

Gift-giving season is here and that means wrapping. Loads and loads of wrapping. Up your game this holiday season with these scratch-off joke gift tags—the recipient will get a kick out of scratching off the label to reveal the punch line. They’re like lotto tickets for children! Grab the free printable below.

gift tags printable

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