Embroidered Leather Cuffs

By Rachael of Penelope and Pip

I’m so excited to be launching my column here on Julep with this quick and easy leather cuff. With the holiday season fast approaching I have been looking for ways I can create handmade gifts for all my gal pals and this beautiful cuff is my favorite idea so far. Geometric string art is being pinned from everywhere at the moment which made me think how great it would be to carry your own little piece of art on your arm!
The best part about this project is you can combine any color combination and pattern you like which makes each cuff you create unique.

Let’s get started with materials…


Leather Thanksgiving Bunting

By Alison of The Alison Show

A bunting instantly dresses up any room for the holidays. Plus, you can complete this simple and chic leather bunting in the time it takes to watch a Twilight movie. Leather seems intimidating to work with, but really it’s an ideal material. It doesn’t fray, it will last for years, and this project requires no special tools.


Continue reading for the full tutorial…


Painted Acorn Garland

By Jenny Batt of Hank and Hunt

As much as I love the leaves when they change colors and fall in the breeze, I like a bit more color when I decorate for any season. I wanted to add a pop of color when I made this super simple fall garland. acorngarlandWho says pink can’t be a Thanksgiving color? What is great, is that these little wonders can stay up clear through to the New Year in their new shades, I know they will be at our house. You can even have the kids help paint them, I love a good family craft session.


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Dried Fruit Bouquet

By Victoria of A Subtle Revelry
Tis the season for centerpieces, hostess gifts and a million reasons to purchase a bouquet of flowers. It is also the season with the least inspiring floral selection. Instead of settling for a ho-hum bouquet make this dried fruit bouquet for your table, or to bring along as a lovely “Thank you” gift. It comes together in a snap, is more affordable than flowers and will last the entire season long!

I found a great stash of dried pomegranates to use, but you could create the same look with any dried fruits. They can be found often at thrift stores, dollar stores and craft stores.
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Getting Your House Cozy for the Colder Weather

By Meta of One More Mushroom

I really enjoy the different seasons, especially when it’s cold outside and the leaves begin to change color. There is something so inviting about being home, curled up next to the fireplace with a blanket and a warm drink while the weather is blistery outside. Growing up it was very important for my German mother to make our house cozy, or “gemeutlich”.


Here are a few things you can add to your home to get it ready for the cold weather…

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Modern Cornucopia

By Melanie of  You Are My Fav

A cornucopia is one of the traditional symbols of Thanksgiving but have you ever really see one used as a centerpiece?
cornucopia1To me they look outdated and bottom of the bin. Plus, putting one out might conjure up some images from the Hunger Games which wouldn’t be all that appetizing. So I decided to try a modern take with this simple, harvest centerpiece.
cornucopia7Here’s how I made it…


The Art of Layering

by Kelli Hall a member of the Minted Design Community

I spend so much time sifting through various snippets of design ideas, when I circle back, I realize that its most often an outfit or essential ‘feel’ pulled from a piece of clothing that becomes my jumping off point for a design. I’m a minimalist at heart, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t wish my designs were packed full of perfectly unperfected layers. This being the case, I thought it would be fun to spend a little more time exploring the art of layering in fashion and considering how this idea informs graphic design (or vice versa). For me, my aspirational definition of personal style is an un-matchy and varied unity; and capturing this in graphic design requires the same kind of touch.

History and Collection

Fashion styling that mixes texture, color, print and pattern is essential to achieving a look that is casual, composed and unforced. It also hints at a collected, curated look, suggesting history through acquired pieces.  The art of this style seems to be found in a kind of deliberate incongruence. A perfect mis-matchery with the goal of an effortless look.  Layering different pieces gives the collective whole a sense of history. The same principal applies in graphic design. That kind of “Oh, this? I just threw it together” look that implies an innate understanding of design principles rather than an outright “following of the rules” type of demonstration.


DIY: Thanksgiving Acorn Centerpiece

By Alison of The Alison Show

Acorns are one of fall’s perfect little understated details. I thought, why not make them larger than life and add some glitz? Can’t hurt, right? You can do this craft an easy way, or an even easier way. Or both!


With some tacky glue and glitter you have glam acorns, and for an even easier version of this craft you can simply paint your acorn with chalkboard spray paint. These acorns dress up your table nicely, and the chalkboard versions would also work well as place
cards or gift tags.

I liked the juxtaposition of the more synthetic glitter and chalkboard paint with the natural-looking yarn, but obviously you could do these in a wide variety of colors and combinations.

Keep reading for the full tutorial…

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Hats Off Graduation Announcement Special Prize Winners

It’s already November, but designs these great can be appreciated all-year-round. Our Hats Off Graduation Announcement Challenge was all about creating fun, unusual, and memorable graduation announcements. It may have taken a few extra semesters of deliberation and anticipation, but we think that makes this graduating class of special prizes all the more well-deserved! Congratulations to the designers whose designs won in each of our categories below – we give you all straight As in amazing announcements!

Can’t Pick Just One Award for the best multi-photo design

Long Road” by Carrie ONeal

“Long Road” has both beautiful design and lots of photos. Carrie’s layered text is clean and unusual, but still lets the customer’s photos stand out. We love the concept – the photos from little girl to grad emphasize what a long road graduation is.