I’m guest blogging for Laurie at Tip Junkie today and sharing my top 10 fav peppermint sweet ideas. Here’s just a little peak at what you’ll see after the jump! As always, I hope you’re inspired!
My darling friend Kelly at The Party Dress asked a few of us to participate in a holiday series on her blog this month. We could style a dessert table, a dinner table or a child’s table. Since my 2010 Christmas collections, Mod Candy Cane and BELIEVE, were already styled and in the shoppe, Kelly let me bend the rules a bit. I worked with the two most important (shorter than 4 feet) men in my life to style Santa’s cookie placesetting for Christmas Eve. For the most part I let them lead and they chose a woodland theme with the initial inspiration coming from a huge pine cone they had been dying to decorate like a Christmas tree.
More to come on the placesetting, but for now I want to share the DIY pom pom Rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer craft we came up with. I’m just in love with him! I was inspired by Jenn at HWTM and her recent use of yarn in several Christmas crafts. Here’s what you’ll need:
- brown yarn for the body and neck
- large acorn for the reindeer’s face/snout
- 4 dark brown pipe cleaners for the legs
- 2 light brown pipe cleaners for the antlers
- small brown pom pom for the tail
- red paint for the tip of his nose
- glue gun
- sharp scissors
And here’s how you make him:
You’ll need two medium size pom poms for the body. Wrap the yarn around your hand (just below the knuckle) 45 to 50 times, cut and tie in the center as shown in image A. You’ll need two small pom poms for the neck. Wrap the yarn around two fingers (above the knuckle) 45 to 50 times, cut and tie in the center.
Cut all the loops in each of your pom poms. You may need to shape them a bit, clipping off any stray strands and condensing his body a bit as shown in image B.
For the antlers, cut a pipe cleaner in half and form a “V” with one piece. Next cut the remaining piece in half and twist them around each side of the “V” as shown in image C.
For the legs, you can twist the pipe cleaners to give the legs more dimension as we did as shown in image D, or you can leave them straight.
Now it’s time to hot glue. Start by gluing the two medium size pom poms together for the body and then add the tail.
Glue the two small pom poms together for the neck and glue the acorn on as the snout with the point out.
Attach the neck to the body (at about 10 o’clock on the body pom poms) so that the head is up. You may need a few dots of glue at the back of the neck to the body (easily hidden) if your acorn is heavy.
Attach the legs.
And finally paint the tip of the acorn red.
As always, I hope you’re inspired!
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Not all garland has to be store-bought, and as a matter of fact it’s likely more fun if it’s not!
This week while we were whipping up a few placesetting and craft ideas, my six-year old son grew a little restless. Imagine that! So we set him up with this simple craft. And the best part, we just used leftover candy that we had around the office. The top garland is red cherry chews and green taffy. Using a large dull needle and clear fishing line (always in my craft bag!) thread each piece. I recommend cleaning your needle with a damp paper towel between each piece of candy and using short pieces of fishing line that you can tie together at the end so that you don’t have to push the chewy candy down very far.
And for this second one, popcorn, chewy cherry sour balls and green cross-stitch thread. Admittedly there was much more eating than threading on the kids’ part, but there were lots of giggles. My very favorite sound!
Happy weekend everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired!
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We’ve been busy over the past few weeks! We’ve launching two new holiday collections: Mod Candy Cane and BELIEVE, forged a sweet partnership with the fabulous Sweet Tooth Cottage cookie company, and had two wonderful press opportunities: honored as a Martha Stewart Dreamer Into Doer and had our Science birthday collection featured in Columbus Parent Magazine.
And now I’m very happy to announce that we’re having our best sale ever! Today through noon tomorrow we’re offering 30% off any custom invitation order (code INVT30) and 30% off any printable collection (marked)!
So plan those January birthdays, host a wow-worthy holiday cookie decorating party with the kids or a sophisticated cocktail party for the adults, and surprise your mom-to-be or bride-to-be girlfriends with the perfect shower!
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I love crafting with my kids and Christmas is my absolute favorite season, everything from the giggles of excitement that waft through the house (the kids and mine) to whipping up new treats to share with neighbors and friends.
So last week while we were wrapping up our final Christmas collection photo shoot, I took a little time to plan this fun and easy Christmas tree advent calendar craft. Make it over the Thanksgiving holiday and be all set to count down the days to December 25 by decorating a mini Christmas tree each day!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 24 Christmas trees (8 to a sheet of regular scrapbook paper)
- 9′ of ribbon to hang, another 3′ for push pin bows
- 24 mini clothes pins (wood working section of your craft store)
- 24 stars
- sheet of number stickers
- ornaments (aka hole punches out of coordinating scrapbook paper)
- 1 sheet of vellum (for the mini envelope)
- 6 push pins
- glue (to attach your vellum pocket and for the kids to decorate with)
And here’s how you pull it all together:
- Cut out 24 trees, stars and vellum rectangles.
- Punch out lots and lots of ornaments (a regular office hole punch works just fine).
- Using stickers, number each of the stars 1 to 24.
- Attach the stars to the tops of the trees and then flip the trees over.
- Sprinkle some ornaments in the center of each tree, pipe three lines of glue (Elmer’s glue or a glue stick) leaving the top open, attach the vellum rectangle over the ornaments and allow the trees to dry for 5-10 minutes.
- Hang three 3′ sections of ribbon with push pins. (Optional: Tie bows in coordinating ribbon to the push pins to help hide them.)
- Attach the trees on the ribbon using mini clothes pins.
Now, starting on December 1, let your little ones take down a tree each day and decorate it using the hole punch ornaments from the little vellum envelope in back. As you can see, we’ve got a jump start! As always, I hope you’re inspired!