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Lucky You! Try These Two, Easy DIY Decorating Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

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Whether you like to dress in green from head to lime polished toes, or prefer a more subtle approach to St. Patrick’s Day, we still believe that you should bring a little luck to your life with festive St. Patrick’s Day decor. Decorate your home with a dash of green to get into the holiday spirit (and avoid getting pinched, too).

We fell in love with these simple, playful decorations from Kelly Lanza of Studio DIY. Clever cutting techniques gives these standard party materials a St. Patrick’s Day twist. Take a look at how she did it, below!

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Lanza used honeycomb balls from her local party store to create these shamrock-shaped hanging decorations. Take a look at how she did it (plus, download a free template to help) here.

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All you need are streamers, scissors and a steady hand to make these cute little clover garlands. Simply fold the streamers, trace a shamrock onto one side, and carefully cut all but two sides. Check out the full DIY instructions here, at Studio DIY.

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DIY: Easy, Personalized Gift Bags

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For the launch party of our new wedding blog, Have & Hold, we worked with our Brand Packaging Department (who develop all of our amazing gift wrap) to create special gift bags for guests at the event. We were pleasantly surprised at how simple they were to put together, and how beautiful they turned out.

The idea behind these beautiful bags can be adjusted to suit any style or color palette. Take a look at how we put together these easy, customized gift bags below and get inspired to create your own personalized gift wrap at home!

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Here’s how the final result turned out. We filled these bags with white and gold tissue and a few special Pottery Barn goodies for our event.

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Here’s what you’ll need to create a similar look:

1. Paper gift bags in the color of your choice (we recommend using a lighter colored paper).

2. A stamp pad and stamp.

3. 2 pieces of poster board. One piece should be cut to size to fit inside your gift bag. The other piece should be cut in a grid to size to fit on top of your gift bag. You’ll use this top piece to make sure your stamped design is even and consistent on all your bags.

4. Gift tags and twine (optional).

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Step 1: Place the solid piece of posterboard inside your gift bag. This will provide an even working surface to help you get the best stamped design possible. Place the grid on the top of your bag, as shown.

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Step 2: Ink up your stamp. We recommend doing a few practice rounds on a piece of scratch paper, just to play it safe.

PS: We had this stamp custom made in the same design as our new Rayna Paisley print. Isn’t it gorgeous?

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Step 3: Once you feel good about your stamping skills, it’s time to start your first bag. Carefully stamp your pattern into each hole that you’ve cut out on your grid. Notice, like this grid, that you may be stamping half of your pattern in some spots. That’s okay! It’s more important that the design and spacing stays consistent.

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Step 4: Repeat on as many bags as you’d like. (We hand stamped over 200!) If you have gift tags, tie them on with twine in a contrasting color.

Get more gift wrap ideas on our All Wrapped Up Pinterest Board. 

Read more about our Have & Hold launch party here.

Two Easy Valentine’s Day DIYs from Shop Sweet Lulu

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Valentine’s Day is a playful holiday by nature. With a color palette of pink and red and a theme that revolves around kisses and candy, how could it not? We love how Valentine’s Day encourage us to have a little more fun.

These two adorable DIYs from the Shop Sweet Lulu Blog certainly embody this vibe. Try your hand at one of these easy Valentine’s Day DIYs to bring a little love into your life this February.

Photography: Stevie Pattyn for Shop Sweet Lulu

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Make Mini Valentine Balloon Lollies for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day. All you need are a couple heart shaped balloons, balloon sticks and some basic craft supplies (streamers, ribbons or any other type of fun flair).

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Put it all together for a festive trinket that will make your sweetheart’s Valentine’s Day even more special.

 

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This Candy Ring Tutorial is the perfect DIY for jewelry lovers with a sweet tooth. Stock up on some red, pink and white candy of your choice (if you haven’t already) — we recommend the rock candy for this particular DIY.

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Ring blanks and a hot glue gun are all you need to create these sweet looking baubles for the most lovey dovey day of the year. Keep in mind that they’re not edible — so you may want to keep some extra candy on hand for when that sugar craving kicks in.

You might also like: 5 Tips to Help You Throw a Classy Valentine’s Day Party

DIY: How to Make a Gorgeous Holiday Wreath

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Today’s wreaths are quite different from the faux-flocked pine and candy red foil of the past.  Now, our Christmas wreaths and garlands celebrate nature with seasonal foliage and flowers that could have easily been gathered from our own backyards.

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Claire of Fellow Fellow designed this wreath out of foliage and berries found at her local flower market, a basic wreath ring and green florist wire. With just a little bit of effort, she turned a few plant cuttings into a beautiful, handmade holiday decoration for her front door.

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Take note — look for sturdy plants, sticks and berries when hunting for winter foliage for your wreath. Fragile leaves and flowers are more difficult to work with, and won’t last as long. Choose plants with plenty of greenery to help fill in any empty spots or gaps showing florist wire.

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Jump on over to Fellow Fellow to get the full step-by-step instructions on Claire’s DIY Wreath.

Tell us: Will you be making any of your own home holiday décor this year?

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5 Simply Stunning DIY Gift Wrap Ideas

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If you’re anything like us, gift wrapping traditionally happens at 9:00 pm the night before Christmas, in a flurry of Santa wrapping paper purchased from the drugstore at the last minute. Sure, it does the job in a time crunch — but isn’t there something special about a gift that was wrapped with care?

These five bloggers took the time to create wrapping that’s as beautiful as the gift inside — all with minimal effort, cost and DIY skills. Take a look at these clever DIY gift wrap ideas. Could one replace your last minute gift wrap this year?

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1. Stylist, editor and creative maven Heather Bullard made these rustic gift tags out of manila tags, waxed thread, embroidery floss, hot glue and fresh clippings from her garden. The pop of red and green adds a natural spirit to any gift.

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2. Emily and Sarah at Boxwood Clippings came up with a great gift wrap that makes the most out of unused sweaters. Simply cut off the arm of an old knit sweater and sew the bottom closed. Slip your gift box through the arm, and tie the remaining wool into a bow. Cozy and chic!

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3. Jennifer Prince used a few evergreen sprigs from her backyard to add a dainty wreath on top of Kraft paper and twine wrapping. A small paper ring serves as the base for the wreath,with the evergreen branches hot glued on top.

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4. Several colorful swaths of Japanese washi tape transformed Amy Ferguson’s basic brown Kraft paper into minimalist but personal gift wrap. Ferguson stuck to a straightforward design with stripes of contrasting colors, but feel free to get crazy creative and design intricate patterns with this wonderful crafting tape.

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5. Heather at Whipperberry used wax paper, fabric remnants, Elmer’s Glue spots, twine and branches to design her own unique gift wrap that feels rustic but elegant. This is the kind of wrapping your friends won’t want to just tear off and throw away!

More: Find more amazing DIY gift wrap ideas on our Pinterest board, “All Wrapped Up.

Thanksgiving DIY: Acorn Garland Perfect For Family Crafting

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Last Friday, we showed you how to throw a fun and easy craft party, and this week we’re back with a tutorial for the acorn garland we made that night. This acorn garland is perfect for Thanksgiving decorating, and so simple you can even make them with your children.

 

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Supplies Needed:

  • Acorns and caps, separated. Acorns should be baked in a 200 degree oven for three to four hours so they are sterile.
  • Bakers twine
  • Paint and painbrushes
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Paper for covering your table
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Here’s how to do it . . .

  • First, select acorns and caps that match. (For instance, a large acorn should be matched with a large cap.)
  • Paint your acorns, one side at a time, until they are dry and can be flipped. It may take a few coats of paint, especially if you’re using metallic paints.
  • After your acorns are dry, add a generous dot of glue into the inside of the cap.

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  • Thread the bakers twine between the cap and acorn, and press down firmly until all three pieces are secure.
  • Repeat until you have reached your desired length.
  • Hang and enjoy!

We suggest trying them hung over your fireplace or framing doorways.

 

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Another idea? Use one acorn and bakers twine to tie together a napkin for a Thanksgiving placesetting.

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Do you have any Thanksgiving crafts planned? Share your ideas in the comments!

 

 

Three Thanksgiving Placecard DIY Projects to Try This Weekend

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Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, which is why this is the perfect time to get a jump on decorating projects. Today, we’re concentrating on three fantastic placecard DIY projects perfect for this year’s table.
Beth from Unskinny Boppy created these lovely gold leaf placesettings. Make sure to read the entire tutorial on her site — can you believe that you use a pasta maker for this DIY? We love it!

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Dreamed up by Lova Blåvarg, these charming placecards would be perfect on your Thanksgiving table. Sweet Paul has the full tutorial.
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Finally, we’re in love with this animal clay placecard project from Merete at One More Mushroom. This project is kid-friendly — in fact, Merete created these forest animal placecards with her son. This would be a perfect project to share with visiting grandchildren, nieces, or nephews if you’re hosting this year!

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Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving placecard DIY project? Share the link in the comments!