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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!

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.

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.

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.




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


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.


  • 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.



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




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.

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!


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

How-To: Create Unexpectedly Chic Seasonal Floral Arrangements

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Interested in creating an unexpected, yet undeniably sophisticated arrangement that will work for the autumn season? We caught up with the masterminds behind Crimson Horticulture Rarities to find out how to do just that.


Leigh and Allison of Crimson Horticultural Rarities recommend using unusual flora in darker, moodier colors to create your bouquet. For this bouquet we started with Pottery Barn’s Etched Mercury Glass Vase in a medium size. Using a vase with a larger mouth makes it easier to add some of the striking, unusual and large florals that were added to the arrangement.

For similar flowers to those we used, try adding

  • Castor bean plant
  • Black dahlias
  • Chocolate cosmos
  • Ornamental black grasses
  • Black ornamental pepper
  • Silver foliage such as eucalyptus

Keep reading for tips!

For a large arrangement like this one, instead of using a flower frog, try cutting a length of chicken wire and then crumpling it to fit inside the vase. This will help your flowers to hold their placement in the bouquet. Just slip stems through the holes in the chicken wire as you go.


Make sure to start with your biggest florals first to establish a framework, and then fill in with smaller florals. Remember to examine your arrangement from several angles to make sure you’re not overfilling in places or leaving gaps in other spots.


Cluster smaller vases around the finished bouquet to create a larger vignette.



Here are some more of Crimson Horticultural Rarities‘s top tips:

  • Choosing in-season flowers that are locally grown will ensure that your blooms last longer.
  • If something doesn’t look quite right, twist the flower or grass by the stem to change the direction of the placement
  • To change water in a large vase like this one, cradle it in one arm, cup the arrangement, and pour old water into a sink before refilling.
  • For a fun “super local” element, take a fall stroll through your neighborhood to look for unusual plants, branches, or other seasonal elements you can add to your arrangement.

How are you decorating with fall florals?

Source: Photos by Elka Karl

Decorating DIY: 3 Bewitching Book Decorating Ideas For Halloween

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When it comes to Halloween decorating, we love to combine classic Halloween decorations with something every well loved home should have: a great collection of books. As Cicero famously noted, “To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.” (We couldn’t agree more.)

To celebrate our love of all things Halloween, here are a few Halloween book decorating ideas, along with our ideas for pairing them with some Pottery Barn Halloween items.

Little House on the Corner has a great DIY for making spooky book covers. We’d stage these with our Crow on a Wire String Lights.


For an even easier book decorating idea, try buying a set of themed Halloween books in orange and black, like this collection from Etsy seller thevintagebirdnest. We think they’d look fantastic stacked next to our Punched Terra Cotta Luminary Owl Lantern.


We’ve also been keen on decorating with book wreaths. This Halloween Book Page Wreath from Etsy seller pagesandprose is so chic. It would look perfect on your front door, especially if our Etched Mercury Glass Pumpkins flanked it on either side of your doorway.


Do you decorate with books? Tell us your favorite vignette ideas in the comments!

Top Fall Decorating Trends—Showcase Foliage in Hurricanes

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  • Discover why hurricanes are a must-have fall decorating accessory. — Style at Home
  • Get the look of these celeb bedrooms. — Country Living
  • We’ll be dreaming about this gorgeous Montana ranch. — PopSugar Home
  • This spooky Halloween decor is divinely frightening! — Jezebel
  • Brown-butter apple tart, anyone? — Taste
  • Discover the medlar, a strange and charming tree. — Gardenista
  • Trays for tank storage. — Apartment Therapy

How-To: Create a Pinboard For Your Home

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We’re excited to share this post from the Fall issue of Sweet Paul Magazine!

Pinboards are perfect for having a personal source of inspiration on the wall. When you make one yourself, you can get it exactly the way you want it!

Sewing materials are so beautiful and we wanted to display some of ours over our sewing table.

  1. Frame pieces of silk in embroidery hoops.
  2. Cut out pieces of foam board so that they fit inside the hoops and gently place them in the hoops from behind.
  3. Glue the edges of the fabric to the foam board on the backside.

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Put up your favorite pics and memories from your most loved city. We found this old rustic bag that has been used by the New York City Transit Authority and just slipped a foam board inside. We smile every time we see it. New York, New York…


  1. Get an old sack or bag that you love.
  2. Cut out a foam board so that it fits the sack and slip it inside.
  3. Sew a loop on the backside so that you can hang it on a wall.

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A great way to personalize pinboards is to cover them in beautiful papers in your favorite patterns and colors. We used paper from Paper Source and glued them to standard clipboards. We got clipboards from Amazon for super cheap! This project makes a colorful and inspirational wall.


  1. Cut out pieces of beautiful papers that are a little bit bigger than the clipboards.
  2. Glue the paper to the clipboards and fold back the edges of the paper to the backside of the clipboards and glue.


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Tin ceilings were popular in the Victorian era and it’s easy to find old parts of those ceilings at NYC antique markets. We found a pink one and matched it with pics from magazines, old postcards, and Japanese stickers. You can choose between using magnets or sticky tack to put up your pictures.

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Letterboards are just amazing. They have such a great and timeless design. And you can choose both font and size when you buy the letters! This is a felted board and the pics are pinned with needles. Put up a favorite quote. Ours is from The Great Gatsby, in 1-inch Helvetica. We bought the board and letters at

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Sweet Paul loves Brooklyn and it is lovable for sure. What an amazing place to live and work. This is a map of Downtown Brooklyn and Paul, we pinned your favorite place! Cutting it out was time consuming but still easy.


  1. Put a map of your selected area over a watercolor paper.
  2. Cut out the blocks and the water. Sketch some place names and spare those too if you wish.
  3. Decorate with a contrasting paper. Bkln has an extra layer of neon pink paper glued to the white.
  4. To give the map a small distance from the wall cut out a foam board frame and glue it to the backside.

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Craft+styling by Lova Blavarg & Susanna Blavarg

Photography by Susanna Blavarg