DIY: Valentine’s Day Printable “Eye Candy” Party Favors

We’re thrilled to welcome Melissa Rose of the awesome blog  Design Eat Repeat to our talented roster of Julep contributors. She’ll be sharing all kinds of clever crafts and DIYs—welcome, Melissa!

Showing your love doesn’t have to be mushy, gushy, and time consuming and these “eye candy” party favors are here to prove it! This Valentine’s Day, throw the serious, sappy love letters out the door and opt for something a little more witty, sweet, and eye-catching. With this printable template, you can whip up some tasty treats using your home printer and a few materials you probably have laying around the house.

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DIY: Pop-Up Thank-You Card Printable

I’m more than a bit behind on writing thank-you notes but the procrastination is over. I’ve printed several of these little hedgehog cards to pop in the mail—they’re an adorable way to say thanks.

diy thank you card idea

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DIY: Watercolor New Year’s Eve Party Hat

By Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers of  Alice & Lois

Get ready to ring in the New Year with these DIY watercolor party hats. We love to include the kids in prepping for New Year’s Eve celebrations and these party hats are simple and artistic even for the little ones. What we love about these is that you can pick the watercolors to coordinate with your color scheme for your festivities.

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DIY: Printable Watercolor Tartan Gift Tags

This holiday season, in addition to our regular Julep contributors, we’re also sharing stories from our Minted artists and designers about how they celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

Printable Watercolor Holiday Gift Tags

Name: Laura Condouris
Where you’re based: Baltimore, MD
How long you’ve been with Minted: Five years!
Favorite thing about the holidays: Everyone is extra generous and kind this time of year.
On my wish list this year: “Adopting” an African elephant from the Baltimore Zoo.
This never fails to get me in the holiday spirit: Putting on the “John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together” record! It’s the BEST.
Fave holiday tradition: Bursting into tears at the end of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” every single time.

Chances are you’re probably in major gift-wrapping mode right now and we’re here to help! Dress up your packages with these wonderfully wintry tartan gift tags, handpainted by Laura Condouris.

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DIY: Printable Cyanotype Gift Tags

Written by Olivia Kanaley

Top off your holiday wrapping this year with a nod to nature. Winter botanicals and the variegated blues of cyanotype prints combine to create an unexpected yet festive finishing touch.

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DIY: Holiday Luminarias (with printable template!)

This holiday season, in addition to our regular Julep contributors, we’re also sharing stories from our Minted artists and designers about how they celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

Name: Laura Hankins
Where you’re based: Edmond, Oklahoma
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since 2008
Favorite thing about the holidays: the family time, the foods, the decorations, the classic movies and music… I love it all!
On my wish list this year: A new phone. I routinely overload mine with photos—time to upgrade!
This never fails to get me in the holiday spirit: Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” album
Favorite holiday tradition: One tradition we started while vacationing on our honeymoon is to pick out an ornament as our souvenir from each trip. It’s so fun to unpack them every year and remember all of the great places we’ve visited together.

One of my favorite memories growing up was the drive home from Christmas Eve mass—my dad would drive around a bit so we could look at the different light displays in our neighborhood. My favorite was a street of old homes that lined its’ long sidewalks with luminarias each year. There was nothing prettier than all of those little paper bags glowing up and down the street. Recreate the look at your own home with my easy DIY luminaria tutorial.  —Laura

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DIY: Printable Family-Trivia Game

This holiday season, in addition to our regular Julep contributors, we’re also sharing stories from our Minted artists and designers about how they celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

Name: Kim Dietrich Elam
Where you’re based: Cincinnati, OH
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since 2011
Favorite thing about the holidays: Spending time with family

My dad’s side of our family is rather large—he’s one of ten children!—which means the stories shared at family gatherings are both too numerous to count and too entertaining not to recount. There’s an endless supply of trivia, and since there are so many family members, it’s pretty much guaranteed that no one knows all the answers. Some fun family facts I’ve recently learned: In 1971, my Uncle Jay defeated my dad and his seven brothers at ping pong. My grandmother, Anna Louise, always displayed her nativity set in the fireplace every Christmas. My Uncle Bobby caught the sailfish that hung in my grandparents’ basement.

One year, to preserve all of our family’s wonderful stories, I made little tins for everyone that contained cards printed with family-trivia questions, with the answers on the back. They were a big hit and made such a wonderful family keepsake, and I thought they might make a lovely little tradition in your family, too.  —Kim

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DIY: Fabric Christmas Stockings

This holiday season, dress up your fireplace mantle, banister, or walls with a one-of-a-kind fabric stocking that’s super simple to make. We made ours using Minted’s new line of fabrics, which comes in tons of different colors and patterns (in cotton and cotton-linen blends). Have each family member pick his or her favorite pattern, then fashion a handmade stocking for each to show off their style and personality. Each stocking takes less than an hour to make (even when it’s sewn by hand!).

DIY Christmas stockings made with Minted fabric (from left to right: “Into the Woods” by Olivia Raufman, “Red Flowers” by Alexandra Dzh, and “Watercolor Branches” by 2birdstone.

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Holiday Cookie Recipe: Kris Crinkles

This holiday season, in addition to our regular Julep contributors, we’re also sharing stories from our Minted artists and designers about how they celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

Name: Ann Gardner
Where you’re based: Irving, TX
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since February 2010
Favorite thing about the holidays: People seem to be in a better mood, generally nicer, and more giving this time of the year.
On my holiday wish list this year: The past couple of years have been rough for me and my husband, so I’m going to be a bit selfish this year and wish for good health for me and our families… and world peace, of course.
This never fails to get me in the holiday spirit: Ever since I can remember, the “official” start of the holiday season was watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade—my family would wait for Santa to arrive at the end of the parade and I looked forward to it every year. It was just one of those small, simple things our family shared together during the holiday season.

I’ve loved baking for as long as I can remember (check out the photo of me and my brother (below) decorating cookies when we were kids!) In fact, I went to culinary school and studied baking and pastry arts. Although I ultimately choose a career in design, I still like to bake. And nothing compares to the smell of something baking in the oven, especially around the holidays. My recipe for Kris Crinkle Cookies is one of my favorites—it fills the house with the warm scent of spices and gingerbread. It’s an easy recipe that’s perfect for cold, wintry days (and I promise they taste as good as they look!).  —Ann

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DIY: Printable Holiday Gift Tags

What type of holiday gift-wrapper are you? Someone who enjoys wrapping the present more than shopping for it? Or maybe you check the “gift wrap” option while shopping online? Or are you someone who procrastinates until Christmas Eve (with some gifts not making the cut because you’ve run out of time)? Whatever your wrapping style, these free holiday gift tags will come in handy in the next couple of weeks—print and cut out a bunch right now so you have them on hand for all your holiday gift-wrapping needs.

printable holiday gift tags

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