Make Your Own Typography Cookies

By: Jenny Batt, of Hank and Hunt.

Love fonts? I’m nuts about them and judging all the pins around Pinterest, there are a few others that are too. Minted has an amazing assortment of fonts to choose from and they inspired this simple yet fun way to update sugar cookies. Pick a font, any font and turn it into a cookie. Easier than pie. These would be perfect for a place setting for Thanksgiving or just a fun way to add interest to that standby plate of sugar cookies. I am not the best cookie decorator, so this easy bake it and leave it plain, is perfect for me.

You will need: a few favorite fonts, a printer, scissors, a great cookie dough recipe that bakes flat and a sharp paring knife.

Step 1: Add some letters to a word document or in Illustrator. Blow the letter up, these are about 400 pt.  Add more letters. Print and cut out each letter with scissors.

Step 2: Make your cookie dough and chill as directed. Roll out a small amount of dough, enough for one or two letters, to about 1/3″ thick. Place cut out letter on top and carefully cut around your template with the tip of the knife. Trim excess close to outside of the letter and place on cookie sheet. Leaving most of the dough surrounding the cookie as you move it from the table to the cookie sheet is the key to keeping delicate letters from stretching out. Once on the cookie sheet, remove the excess dough revealing the letter and smooth any bumpy edges with a toothpick or your finger.  Repeat with remaining letters.

Step 3: Bake for about 8 mins (see recipe for details), watching it for the 2-3 remaining minutes very carefully. Remember to only bake similar sized and thickness cookies. Thin script shaped cookies will cook faster than bold san serif cookies. Let cool.

You could use these cookies to top presents, make an edible garland or just for fun at your next party. Stick a few in the top of a cake as a monogram for a wedding or just make pretty cookies. If you are an icing superstar, these could really become showstoppers. I like the plain version, I think it is a pretty sweet DIY. (ha)

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Styling Tips for a Farmhouse Thanksgiving

Inspired by nature, we love Griffinbell Paper Co’s minimalist take on a rustic style in her party suite Rustic Harvest. Below are some of our favorite tips to create a chic and stylish Thanksgiving.

A simple kraft table runner with minimalist white leaf pattern creates a dressed up but comfortable setting. Complete the look by adding simple white votive candles and greenery.

Make your guests feel special by dressing up their spot at the table with place cards. Mixing in metallics, like the gold leaves, with an otherwise natural color palette adds a decidedly festive look.

Eschewing flowers and opting for simples greens like olive branches or eucalyptus leaves is an easy and elegant way to dress up your mantle, front door, and party welcome signs.

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Designer to Know: Amber Asay

By Maia McDonald of Design Conundrum

If you need a little design inspiration look no further than the stunning graphic design portfolio of Florida-based Amber Asay. I found Amber on Dribbble recently and she quickly became one of my favorite accounts to follow. Her work is always inspiring; I especially love her use of vintage type, but it never feels over the top or too kitschy. I recommend checking out all of her work and getting a little inspiration of your own.

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Custom Patterned Bar Tray

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

I love a pretty serving tray, especially one that’s both colorful and versatile. Check out this simple DIY project for a reusable patterned tray–lined with a paper of your choosing and made to swap prints whenever the right mood (or party) strikes.

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Forest Green and Pink Wedding Inspiration

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

green and pink weeding

Is it really already September? And you know what that means, we are moving away from the super bright palettes to more saturated and fall inspired tones. Now, i’m not a huge fan of the brown and gold that comes to mind when we think fall. Not all color should be thrown in the trash once we get to the cooler months. I think we can still play with color, but use more saturated tones, and definitely skip the neon. With that said, here is one of my favorite color palettes for fall, forest green and pink. I love that the green is very mellow and grounding, but you can still have fun with the pops of pink.

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watercolor monogram favor boxes

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave

I love ending a party on a high note with a great favor but sometimes store bought packaging can be so ho-hum. Here’s a really quick way to customize and beautify a simple white box that can be filled with anything from a set of crayons to a sweet treat. The watercolor finish would blend well with an art party theme.

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Minted + West Elm Art Challenge Special Prizes

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

We are delighted by the work that was submitted for the Minted + West Elm Art Challenge—and we are delighted by our partnership as well—look for Minted in West Elm stores and www.westelm.com starting in September.

One of my favorite elements about this challenge was the influx of new artists and the variety of new styles from our existing artists. It’s exciting to see work from well-established graphic artists like Rose Lindo delve into new territory for our collection (see her lovely piece, The Rapids). It’s equally exciting to meet new Minted artists, such as Holly Royval and Samantha French, and have the privilege to welcome them, and the other new artists, into our community.

I keep returning again and again to view these pieces and can’t wait for them to be available for sale—I’m holding spots for a few of these prints in my own home.

Unexpected Organic Award

Sun Drop” by Holly Royval

A mosaic of natural shapes hints at a variety of influences—sunflowers, a spiral of seashells, fossils embedded in the terrain. The syncopation of shapes, both long and short, are presented in a myriad of cascading colors on top of a white background. While the choice of materials suggests a reference to the design interest of the 1970’s in the natural world, the selection of colors in this piece is entirely modern.

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DIY Notebooks from Cereal Boxes

By Merrilee of Mer Mag

Whether you and your little one are off on adventures enjoying the last weeks of summer or already gearing up for back-to-school, you’ll both love this simple DIY notebook craft. Made from simple recycled materials, they are a breeze to make and will have your little adventurer recording their travels or sketching wildlife (which include zombies in our neck of the woods) in no time.

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Golden Heart Swizzle Stick

By Victoria Hudgins of A Subtle Revelry

Serve your wedding drinks in style with these golden heart swizzle sticks. They are an easy way to create a celebratory feeling as your guests are served and keep the love going all night long.

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