Digital Paper Christmas Tree Tags
Oscar Wilde once said he could resist anything but temptation. I personally can resist anything but bringing home another stack of paper. My husband jokes that I have a paper addiction. I will admit when I see pretty paper my mind goes wild with what I can do with it.
This blog was inspired by anEtsy shop called Scrapettes who sells the cutest digital papers for download. I love their papers as they are hand-designed with love. One of my favorite finds is this Scottie Terrier Paper which I want to use to make gift tags for my niece’s Christmas gifts.
Scottie Terrier Digital Paper
Today I want to share with you some fun and easy DIY Christmas paper projects.
DIY PAPER BOWS
These bows would be cute to top your Christmas packages and hostess gifts. Paper Bow Tutorial
This hand-designed red poinsetta paper would be perfect for your Christmas bows.
Digital Red Poinsetta Floral Paper
3-D PAPER SNOWFLAKES
Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow! 3D Snowflake Tutorial
You could add some fun to your snowflakes by using green or red pattern paper.
Digital Cottage Floral Greenery Paper
PAPER GARLAND FOR HOLIDAY DECOR
Easy Garland Tutorial
This Garland project is not just for christmas. You can use them for parties and bridal showers. Simply use festive papers such as this Digital Ditsy Flower Paper.
Or you could make butterfly garlands using this digital butterfly paper.
*** A special Thank You to Scrapettes for inspiring this blog. You can see their entire hand-drawn digital paper collection here.
We all have seen it at some point during the holidays: a limp paper plate loaded with cookies and covered in plastic-wrap that’s not clinging. Is there a drearier way to transport baked goods, treats, or gifts from point A to point B? This holiday season, I vowed to make every effort to put an end to this unsightly and ineffective mode of conveyance by making cute brown paper sacks with ribbons.
These bags are super easy to make. You could use them for your wedding favors or even pack your families’ lunches for school and work.
Some assorted ribbon and a hole punch (or two, or three…) are all you need to extend the life of these “single-use” paper bags. Get the kids involved making their own lunch bags and they’ll be sure to bring them back home to use again and again.
A simple basting stitch is all you needed to make a pretty container perfectly suited to hold a batch of freshly made cookies to send to a friend.
For an even quicker solution, a few knotted lengths of satin ribbon look festive without being fussy.
These two “woven” examples are my favorites during the holiday. I recently used this pattern for Thanksgiving hostess gifts; one contained homemade brownies and the other Peanut butter fudge (both wrapped in waxed paper before being inserted into their brown paper wrappings).
For the example on left, use a 1/2-inch hole punch. Notice that you crease the bag vertically along the dotted lines and then place your hole cutter halfway over the fold and punch. For the example on the right, seven small cuts made with a craft knife (notice the tiny one at the bottom) provided the lattice through which you weave three bright red ribbons (Fasten the ends with clear tape on the inside of the bag).
For the holidays, I like to make cookies to give to all of my neighbors. With everyone’s schedule being what it is, I usually end up leaving packages at people’s doors. A 2-1/2-inch circle (again, cut by folding the bag over and cutting half a circle out across the fold) makes a perfect way to hang this gift on a doorknob. I used a custom rubber stamp to label each bag and a little silver cord to stitch them shut around the hole.
And last but not least a cute shoelace weave.
Nothing could be less trouble than putting a few stitches in a paper bag, and delivering your holiday goodies in style.
** Photo Credits & Inspiration: Jeff Rudell
One of my favorite gifts to give for the Holidays is something from the kitchen. Who doesn’t love food? It may be something you make myself, or a gourmet favorite you purchase. Either way, foodie gifts are something everyone can use.
For this year’s food gifts I have found a set of fun chalkboard style Christmas/Holiday labels from Lia Griffith. These labels are ready for you to personalize and print. The button at the end of the post will take you to worldlabel.com where the free printables are hosted. Once you download them onto your computer and open in Acrobat you can click on the text fields and update the text to your own. Simply print them onto full sheet labels and trim with scissors for your food packages and jars.
** A special Thank you to Lia Griffith.
** Photo credits: Lia Griffith
These sweet little cards are perfect for thanking your wedding guests or friends who celebrate with you at your housewarming party or anniversary bash. Print on white card stock, score and fold, and you’ve got quick, easy and super adorable thank you cards.
Cards are available in your choice of pink, mint or blue.
Download your bicycle thank you cards in pink, mint and blue
Some of you may know that one of my favorite crafting techniques is printing on Fabric! I love how professional the fabric looks when the images are printed directly on it…the quality is truly amazing! So I decided to round up some printing methods with links for you to try. Enjoy!
1. Spray Adhesive Method - A fun and quick method that only requires a few supplies.
2. Freezer Paper Method - I believe this technique is probably the least expensive method, providing that you can find Freezer Paper where you live. It’s readily available in the U.S., but not so easy to find in some international countries.
3. Label Method - This is the method that I use most often, because it’s the fastest! This tutorial was written by Gail from My Repurposed Life, she has lots of clear photos so you can really see how nice the printing looks on the fabric!
4. Printable Fabric Sheets - This is a great method to start with, especially if you are nervous about putting things in your printer, other than paper. This is a fool proof, no worry product and there is a project and printable included on the post.
A Wedding Poster Guest Book is a fun alternative to the more traditional guest books. It allows for signatures of your wedding guests in poster format.
Using a Poster Guest Book at your wedding is easy. Download the wedding poster guest book template for free. Customize the poster with the names of the bride and groom and wedding date. If your printer is large enough, load it with 11 x 17 card stock and print the poster. If you have a regular printer, we recommend saving this Printable PDF and visiting a local print shop to print your guest book poster here.
At your reception, place your guest book poster on a table in a high-traffic area. Add some cute pens so guests are encouraged to write down their names. After your wedding, frame the guest book poster and proudly display it on a wall in your home. This will be a fun daily reminder of the amazing time you had on your wedding day with all your family and friends.
*** A special thank you to LoveVSDesign
This pampering gift in a jar is an orange creamsicle sugar scrub recipe that uses coconut oil and smells good enough to eat.
Who doesn’t need a little pampering in their life? Mix up a big batch of this orange creamsicle sugar scrub, put it into small mason jars and give this gift in a jar to the women in your life. The smell reminds me of summer and the coconut oil helps keep your skin soft and smooth!
What You Need
To make one 8 oz mason jar of orange creamsicle sugar scrub, you need:
1/4 cup of coconut oil
3/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
10 drops of orange essential oil.
Soften the coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds.
Add the vanilla extract and the orange essential oil. Then, stir in the sugar, 1/4 cup at a time.
Print off this fun label and attach it to the jars. To print the labels, I opened a blank Word document, inserted the label image using Insert and choosing Picture. I resized the label to whatever would fit on my jar. If you are making more than one, copy and paste for however many labels you need. Then, add a couple pieces of baker’s twine around the lid or a strip of washi tape across the lid.
You can download the free printable here: Orange Creamsicle Sugar Scrub Printable Label
I wish you could smell this sugar scrub!
The coconut oil will return to a solid form but the sugar scrub will soften in your hands or you can add a little warm water to the scrub that you scoop into your hands. We have a jar of this in our bathroom and have been using it for the past couple of days. It makes your legs and feet feel amazingly smooth! Just be careful though because products containing oil can make the shower/tub slippery!
** Credits: The Gunny Sack
This bag is a perfect size to fit a set of personalized note cards and envelopes. To make your bag, just follow the tutorial below.
Once your bag is made, you can embellish it with all kinds of ribbon, twine, paper flowers and gift tags.
A very special Thank You to Elli.com and Lia Griffith for sharing this fun tutorial.
All you need are….
- Stamp pad
- New pencil with an eraser
Simply use the eraser end of the pencil to stamp polka dots to create instant envelope liners.
Make sure the stamp is dry before stuffing the envelopes!
Photo Credits: Christina Lilly Photography
You can create this stunning bouquet with just five different blooms:
- 6 Blooming Lemon tree branches
- 9 Vitality garden roses
- 7 Cream stock
- 10 White nerines
- 2 Stems Jasmine vine
Black and White Chinese Frog Closure
I love the vintage classic look of a Chinese Frog closure. So when I found a shop on Etsy called b b Chris that sells Frog closures, it was love at first sight!
I love the color of this Blue Chinese Frog Closure. It would be great for the necklace in the tutorial below.
Today I want to share with you several fun tutorials using Chinese Frog Closures.
Anthropologie Inspired Necklace
This necklace is so simple and easy. Lay out all your pieces. Depending on the length you want, it will take 10-14 closures. Take a needle and thread and sew the following areas from the back side of the closures.
I made some adjustments as I went. I wanted the necklace to be a little bit fuller in the front so I added one more frog closure to the bottom row.
To open the necklace just open the frog closure in the back. Now you have a great necklace that is very simple to create, yet makes a bold statement.
Chinese Frog closures are available in many colors and patterns. Here are a few styles available from b b Chris which would be fun for the Journal tutorial below.
Lilac Chinese Frog Closures
Green Bead Chinese Frog Button
Black Chinese Frog Closure
I love keeping planners and journals. And recently I bought a journal that opens from the middle but it was too plain for my liking so I decided to dress it up a bit with a frog closure. Now the journal looks a lot more expensive than what I paid for and I love it.
This is an affordable idea for your bridesmaid gifts or even Christmas gifts.
- ½ yard of Stretchable trim
- 1 Frog closure
- Invisible Thread and Needle
- Hot glue gun
Step 1: Measure the stretchable trim around the planner or book and cut
Step 2: Sew one frog closure onto one end of the stretchable trim
Step 3: Then sew the other closure on the other side of the trim
Step 4 (Optional): Take your hot glue gun and glue the back of the stretchable trim to the back side of your planner or journal. This way if you want to unhook your closure you won’t lose or forget it.
Step 5: And you’re finished, start writing!
Bath salts are a simple, yet lovely, homemade gift idea. You can buy all the ingredients at your local health food store or supermarket.
The ease with which these bath salts are made belies how wonderful they will make you feel. Bath salts have moisturizing, soothing properties, and they’ll leave you feeling completely pampered.
You can color the bath salts with a small amount of food coloring. I’d use yellow with the lemon essential oil (or have fun with your own coloring/scent combinations). For Christmas you can color the salts red or green (or try layering the two). If using food coloring, you’ll want to add just a few drops, mix, then add a bit more, if needed, to deepen the color(s).
Homemade Scented Bath Salts
Yield: 12 cups bath salts
- 8 cups Epsom salts
- 4 cups Kosher salt
- 8 tablespoons sweet almond oil
- 40 drops pure lemon (or other) essential oil
- (Optional) 6-8 tablespoons of dried herbs or crushed flower petals (ex. lavender, thyme, mint, lemon balm, rose, calendula)
1. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl until everything is well blended, then spoon into sterile jars or other gift containers.
2. Label the jars, and attach a note directing your recipient how to use the bath salts - Pour 1/2 cup under hot water while running the bath. The bath salts can also be dissolved in hot water for a soothing foot soak.
What you’ll need:
- Placemats (I found basic white placemats at Bed Bath & Beyond.)
- Sequin fabric
- Hot glue gun + glue sticks
Step 1. Cut strips of the fabric to desired width, including extra to wrap around the sides.
Step 2. Using the hot glue gun, conceal the edges of the fabric in place.
Soak the rosemary in a water bath first to make the sprigs a little more plyable and clean.
Cut sprigs into 7 to 8 inch lengths. If your sprigs are shorter, that’s ok, as you can scale the size of the name-tags to fit your circle.
Form the sprigs into a circle. Try to be careful, because you don’t want them to snap.
Secure the top by winding around some floral wire.
Cover your floral wire. I used plain old white kitchen twine because I thought it would look the cutest. You can use really anything. Wind the twine around a couple of times before tying the bow to ensure you covered all the wire.
Print out the little name tags Here.
You can add text and type each persons name on each little tag. Or, if you have good handwriting, you can just write it! I used the font Hannah.
After you have printed out the name tags, cut them out!
Then, with a pencil or pen, give the little tag some body by curling the paper using your pencil as a curling iron.
They are so cute, and so easy! We just set them on top of a folded napkin, but you could also use this method as a straight up napkin ring with a little tag tucked in the side.
** Special Thank you to Spoon Fork & Bacon for sharing this cute tutorial with us.
What a fun way to gather wedding wishes from your guests! These DIY wedding coasters are such a great way to add a personal touch to your reception or bridal shower.
To make your own coasters, all you have to do is simply download and print the PDF below on full sheet sticker labels, trim, adhere to cork sheet or cardboard, and trim again to match the label.
Easy, inexpensive, and sure to leave a lasting impression!
* Special Thank You to the Elli Blog for this Fun Printable