Category Archives: Holidays

Hi Five! All-American Celebrations

May 18, 2015

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer in the USA. It’s also the first of three warm-weather holidays where red, white, and blue is expected and welcomed. Say “hello” to five summer celebration favorites that will carry you through Labor Day.

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1. Replace the metal tops of your mason jars with card stock inserts and you’ll protect your ice-cold lemonade from bugs, and minimize possible spills.
2. I love sparklers, but they can be dangerous for little ones. Add some ribbon wands to the mix so everyone has something to wave when the mood strikes.
3. Dig out a well-loved quilt from your attic (or buy one on Etsy), and spread it out at the park, beach, or even in your own backyard. Perfect for day dreaming and picnic eating.
4. Pinwheels can add patriotic flair to your tabletop or can be a craft activity at your BBQ.
5. If you have a fire pit, s’mores are likely on the menu. But you can create this quintessential summer treat even without an open flame.

Check out more All-American celebration ideas on Pinterest. I would love to hear about some of your summer celebration favorites.

Hi Five! May Day Flowers

April 26, 2015

May Day is a generally an uncelebrated holiday. But, what better excuse to fill your home with lovely blooms? Fresh flowers too pricey? Add some cheer to your space with a few paper alternatives. Say hello to my five favorite paper floral decorations from around the web.

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1. This lovely bouquet from The Budget Decorator looks like china!
2. No time for a DIY? Paper Source to the rescue.
3. This lovely gift wrap idea from 33 Shades of Green would also be perfect for Mother’s Day.
4. I still love these paper bouquet cones I made last year.
5. These tissue pom poms from The Idea Room could stay up all year.

Happy May Day!

Scratch-Off Valentines

February 10, 2015

Valentine packaging | Card and Parcel

I’ve been wanting to make some kind of scratch-off card forever, and I decided Valentine’s Day was the holiday to finally give it a try. I love the results!

There are a few ways to go when making scratch-offs. You can mix your own metallic scratch-off paint or you can use stickers. I went the sticker route… clean and easy. I designed and printed a few Valentine puns, cut them out, and applied the stickers, rounded the corners and voila… scratch-off valentines.

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Valentine scratch-offs | Card and Parcel

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I put the mini valentines in 2-inch boxes filled with candy and decorated with polka-dotted hearts, red and white twine, and “be mine” flags I picked up at Michaels.

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I enjoyed handing these out at work today. And, I have plenty of stickers left over so I see more scratch-offs in my future.

P.S. Here’s what I did last year for Valentine’s Day.

Free Printable: Fa La La Garland

December 13, 2014

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What are you doing this weekend? If you’re like the rest of the country, you’re probably baking and entertaining and shopping and wrapping. Maybe you’re addressing your holiday cards while watching your favorite Christmas movie. Is there time to squeeze in a quick decorating DIY? Yes! And I have a free printable for you to make it easy.

For the simple accordion folded garland above, I printed the letters needed on sticker paper I found at Paper Source. I then used a 1-inch circle punch to cut the letters and adhered them to the “garland.” So simple. I created free printables of several color combos so you can make your own garland.

Here’s How:
1. Use a 2-inch paper punch to create 18 circles of patterned paper or card stock.
2. Print* one of the PDF templates below and use a 1-inch paper punch to cut out each letter.
3. Adhere one letter to each patterned circle.
4. Use a needle to thread the circles on a piece of embroidery floss or twine.
5. Hang above your bed, from your mantle, or use the garland to wrap a gift.

Free Fa La La Garland Printables
1. Cherry & Kelly
2. Berry & Pine
3. Blush & Mint
4. Magenta & Lime
5. Black & Gray

BONUS!
Here are a few “Happy Birthday” and “Happy New Year” garland printables.
1. Happy Navy
2. Happy Gold
3. Happy Black

* Be sure to print at full size with no shrinking or the circle guides may be too small and show on your final product.

 

 

3 Easy Holiday Garlands

December 7, 2014

Have you ever looked around after completing your holiday decorating and thought – it needs something. Maybe it’s more color, more shine, or something new to rest on that shelf you hung a few months ago. Garlands to the rescue! Here are three easy-to-make garlands that will add that needed finishing touch to your holiday decorations.

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1. Fa La La Garland
This is an accordion garland perfect for a mantle, a desk , a coffee table or as the centerpiece on your holiday buffet. Simply decide what you want to spell out and how long it needs to be and that will determine how many folds you need in your garland. I glued several pieces of card stock end to end to have the length I needed. You can decorate each folded piece in numerous ways. I went for a Nordic/ski lodge feel and used printed letters on stickers to spell out the fa la la. The best part is it folds up neatly which makes it easy to move and store.

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2. Santa Hat Garland
I collect Santas so I wanted to make a garland that worked well with my collection. For this garland I cut diamond shapes out of red card stock and folded them over bakers twine to form the hats. I folded a white card stock rectangle over each hat for the white fur, and glued a white pompom on each tip. I alternated the hats with tiny jingle bells which I think makes the garland a little more fun. Be sure to use good glue to keep the hats in place. (Note: the card stock was more difficult to keep glued together but regular paper may not be sturdy enough.)

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3. Christmas Lights Garland
When I was in grade school my dad would line the eaves of our house with big, old-fashioned Christmas lights. I could see them out my bedroom window and sometimes they would be covered in snow, creating a soft glow of red, green, orange and blue. There’s no snow where I live now but I figured out a way to get a colorful holiday glow in my windows.

To make this garland, I used these directions for crayon hearts and this punch from EK Success. (Looks like the punch is discontinued but you could cut the shape by hand.) I spaced the lights out along a piece of black embroidery floss and glued each one to a piece of folded black construction paper. I love how the light shines through the melted crayons making unique patterns on each bulb. This one’s probably my favorite.