You may have seen our cute little cardboard trees from our Minted Christmas Card post, found here. Well we couldn’t wait to share this simple and easy DIY Christmas Tree craft and then spice them up just a bit.7 COMMENTS
Thanksgiving is just days away but there’s still time to add this easy, extra-special touch to your table. Scatter these along your dinner table and have guests write what they are most thankful for this year. Just download our free template, print on your home printer and cut out!1 COMMENT
By Melanie of You Are My Fave
Advent calendars are my favorite thing to make for the holidays. With the first day of the countdown only being ten days away, I thought today would be a good time to share this scratch off one that you can make with only a few supplies. It might be the perfect long weekend project to kick off the festivities.
By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.
Lately it seems that many of the spaces I save as inspiration all have one thing in common – pops of beautiful and graphic typographic decorative elements. I’ll them all – the vintage metal letters, oversized, or paired with others. Like the “L A D” seen above from photographer Seth Smoot, using letters as accent pieces around your home or office is a great way to bring unique visual elements to a space that could spell out meaning, or hold a more abstract message.3 COMMENTS
By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete
One thing I had really looked forward to doing for our wedding was picking out special gifts for all of the people that helped us make that day perfect. And when the costs started adding up, it seemed less and less likely we were going to be able to splurge as planned. If you have a large wedding party, the gifts that you present them with can really add up! So i’ve rounded up 10 great gifts for your bridesmaids that won’t break the bank. Whether they are something they can use or wear at your wedding, or something you want them to enjoy after, i’m positive you’ll be able to find at least one for each gal on your list.
Read on for where to shop!1 COMMENT
By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we’ve got you covered with this paper centerpiece idea. Use our printable template and any paper you choose to make the perfect accent for your Thanksgiving table or sideboard.
- 5-10 sheets of decorative paper
- Crepe paper (optional)
- Quick dry glue (such as Beacon 3-in-1) or hot glue
- Binder clips
- Masking tape
Truth be told, I’ve never actually used place cards for a party. But since we’re doing a smaller scale Thanksgiving with friends this year, I think it would be fun to implement these illustrated portraits. At least it would garner a good laugh (or someone would leave insulted). They’re easy as long as you or a friend has basic drawing skills.
By: Jenny Batt, of Hank and Hunt
Sure there are tissue poufs and paper lanterns, but sometimes you just want something a little different. Since I will never tire of pops of color hanging from the ceiling, I wanted to make something a bit different. These are like those little paper ball ornaments and garland that have been around for ages, but bigger. They are really pretty and when they catch a small breeze they rotate for even more shadow play. Make these in any color of the rainbow, the toughest part about this DIY is choosing a shade.
You will need: 12″x12″ card stock (8 sheets per ball), a plate, a pencil, scissors, Glue Dots and clear fishing line.
Step 1: Choose a few different colors of card stock.
Step 2: Flip your plate upside down and trace around the outside with a pencil. You should have a perfect circle. Repeat this step for each sheet.
Step 3: Cut out circles using scissors. Hint: Save time by tracing one and cutting out four sheets at a time.
Step 4: Fold each circle in half.
Step 5: Add Glue Dots to one folded side. Stick on top, center and bottom and outer edge. Stack another folded sheet on top. Press down to secure.
Step 6: Add more dots and repeat until all sheets form one big ball. Hang with fishing line.
Big decorations give you oodles of impact for your party with minimal effort. You can make these party balls in any size you like, use the same idea to make the standard ball and turn it into a garland or teensy as a cupcake topper.
Another idea? Don’t forget the space under your dessert table or bar cart, you can hang things there too! It is like a surprise for your guests to find party decor in unexpected places.3 COMMENTS
By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete
When my husband and I got married, we crafted up a simple guestbook and asked guests to add polaroid photos of themselves along with notes of encouragement. Best decision we made. We received everything from the simple piece of advice to hilarious pictures of our best friends. It gave everyone the freedom to do something creative. So, it is still one of my number one recommendations for guest books. Read on for instructions on how to make your own with a little winter flair for those of you currently finalizing details for your own winter wedding!1 COMMENT
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)18 COMMENTS