Category Archives: Holidays

Holiday Gift Wrapping

December 1, 2014

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Just like people eat with their eyes, I believe gift-givng starts with the eyes. How a package is wrapped is as important to me as finding the perfect gift to give. I’m not always convinced I’ve selected a gift that’s “just right” (although I try), but I certainly can take the time to make sure the wrapping is top-notch.

When I stumbled upon the Most Gifted Wrapper contest, I had to enter. I thought of three different ways to wrap the same size box and carefully executed my plan. Wouldn’t you know it… you can only enter one wrapped gift. Bummer. This nature-themed gift was one of my rejected wrapping ideas. I don’t want to jinx it by posting the one I entered. If I win, I’ll share.

Do you love to wrap gifts? You have until December 10, 2014 to enter. By the way… I am not being paid by Scotch Brands to promote their contest (and I hope it doesn’t disqualify me!). I just got so excited about it I wanted everyone who loves gift wrapping as much as me to have a chance to enter.

5 Simple Advent Calendars

November 30, 2014

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When I was little, we always had an advent calendar. They were made of paper and generally depicted a manger scene, but sometimes the image was secular like the Santa advent calendar shown above. Every day my brother and I would take turns opening the tiny paper windows to reveal an image related to Christmas – a star, an angel, a bough of holly. Advent calendars were special and glittery and, at once, increased anticipation and managed expectations. There’s no need to ask, “how many days ’til Christmas?” when there’s an advent calendar in your home.

Advent calendars have morphed (especially if there are kids in the house) from a daily, brief moment of wonder to the added pressure of coming up with 24 tiny gifts or activities to enjoy every day. If you’re scrambling to come up with a last-minute advent calendar, here are five easy-to make versions made with materials that are easy-to-find or you may already have around your house or in your stash of craft supplies.

1. Mini silver buckets from Our Vintage Home Love.
2. Needlepoint hoop from Lapinblu.
3. Free printables from Melanie Blodgett for Julep.
4. Envelopes from Martha Stewart.
5. Kraft boxes from Sally Shim.

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DIY: Mini Pumpkin Piñata

October 5, 2014

This year I wanted to give mini piñatas a try for a Halloween decoration. Here are the five designs I created and here’s how I made them.

You will need empty toilet paper or paper towel tubes, paper, crepe paper, glue, scissors, pencil, construction paper, embroidery floss and needle.

1. Trace around the end of a empty tube with a pencil on a piece of paper. Draw four tabs. Cover opposite side of traced circle with crepe paper. Cut out both circles with tabs and glue one over one end of tube. Thread a piece of embroidery floss through the center of the other circle with tabs.

Halloween piñata - step 1 | Card and Parcel

2. Fill the tube with treats and glue the second circle to the end of the tube to enclose the contents.

Halloween piñata - step 2 | Card and Parcel

3. If there are gaps between your circle with tabs and the tube, cover them with more crepe paper. Cut three pieces of crepe paper about 6″ long and glue around the tube to cover it completely.

Halloween piñata - step 3 | Card and Parcel

4. Cut eight pieces of crepe paper about 12″ long. Stack them and cut fringe about 3/4″ into the crepe paper and about 1/4″ apart. Starting at the bottom, glue each strip around the tube. They will wrap around the tube several times. It’s OK – don’t skimp!

Halloween piñata - step 4 | Card and Parcel

5. Add some eyes and mouth using card stock. To access the treats, just pull the string!

Halloween piñata - step 5 | Card and Parcel

Get creative! Check out my other piñata designs for inspiration. If you make a Halloween piñata, be sure to add your link in the comments. I would love to see it!

Mini Halloween Piñatas

Happy October! It’s time for all things Halloween. What’s your favorite Halloween decoration? Do you like cute or spooky? Do you make or buy?

This year I wanted to give mini piñatas a try. They are easy to make (although they do take some time) and crepe paper is a very forgiving medium. Fill them with candy, stickers, crayons, spider rings, etc. Or, leave them empty and create a garland. Here’s how I made them.

Spider (or bat or vampire) | Ghost

Spider and Ghost Piñatas | Card and Parcel

Candy Corn | Martian

candy corn and martin piñatas | Card and Parcel

Pumpkin | Filled with candy!

Pumpkin Piñatas | Card and Parcel

 

Hi! Five: Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

May 1, 2014

Hola! Listo para una fiesta? Say “hello” to these Cinco de Mayo party basics I found on Pinterest.

Cinco de Mayo party ideas found on Pinterest | Card and Parcel

1. Lovely tin can floral arrangements from wedding style guide.
2. Refreshing strawberry agua fresca from The Taylor House.
3. Classic salsa fresca recipe from Martha Stewart.
4. Fiesta favor bags filled with goodies from Camille Styles.
5. Festive pull piñata garland from Love + Cupcakes.

Bonus: How adorable are these individual seven layer dips? (Leave a comment if you know the source.)

Individual seven layer dip found on Pinterest | Card and Parcel