That’s a Wrap!

I’m back again with one last post before Christmas. I am looking forward to a few days filled with family, food & drinks! Christmas is most definitely my favorite time of year. As a child, I would be up all night on Christmas Eve filled with excitement about what gifts I might receive the next morning. Now, I get giddy with glee over the gifts I have wrapped and ready to give!

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Here are a few of the ways I’ve decorated my packages this year. I stuck with my rustic Christmas theme, which you saw this morning with my rubber stamped wood gift tags. I used lots of Kraft paper, twine & ribbon, and rubber stamped just about everything in sight.

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Some of the leftover artificial boxwood I used to make my mini boxwood wreaths made for pretty toppers.

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The gifts for my cute little niece and nephews got some fun touches, like this jingle bell topped package:

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And this one, topped with a blue dinosaur (a little preview of what’s inside…shh!)

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For those small & special gifts, I decorated gift boxes with ribbon & topped them with some mini bottle brush trees.

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And, sometimes, simple is the sweetest way to go…

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So there you have it, my simple & rustic gift wrap for this Christmas! How about you? Do you stick to a theme when wrapping holiday gifts, or do you go for mixed colors & patterns? Are you done wrapping, or will you be pulling an all-nighter on Christmas Eve? Make sure you listen for sleigh bells!

Wishing you and yours the merriest and happiest of Christmases!

Rubber Stamped Wood Gift Tags

I can’t believe Christmas is only two days away! I’ve scheduled two(!) wrapping-related posts for today, in case you are looking for some last minute ideas. I have work today, and we will be traveling on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so I managed to finish all of my wrapping already in preparation! It was a long process, but is probably my favorite pre-Christmas activity each year. I love admiring every gift one last time, and imagining how happy it will make the family member or friend it is intended for. I also LOVE wrapping and experimenting with ribbons, string, toppers and more. Hence today’s wrapping posts!

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First up – a simple little DIY gift tag/topper in line with my rustic Christmas theme this year. You can buy a little bag of these slices of birch at Michael’s for $1.99, or, if you live in the country/woods, you can cut your own!

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Screw little eye hooks into the tops of the wood pieces to turn them into gift tags, toppers, and/or ornaments!

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I used my trusty alphabet rubber stamps to create little tags that can be used as ornaments once the gift has been opened!

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This one is going to a sweet little baby celebrating her first Christmas this year!

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I hope you enjoy these simple little toppers!

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Good luck with all of your wrapping and final preparations! I’ll be back in a few hours with one more wrapping post before I sign off for a few days!

DIY Holiday Card Display

It’s that time of year, when the mailbox is filled each day with beautiful holiday cards from people far more organized and productive than me! I love getting holiday cards from friends and family members, mostly featuring adorable babies these days. I always try to come up with a fun new way to display our cards, and this year I created this rustic, painted wood holder!

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This was something I completely threw together out of stuff I had lying around. I had some leftover pieces of 1×3 pine from another (secret gift!) Christmas project, and so I just grabbed one and gave it a quick coat of white paint.

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Then I painted the tops of some clothespins a nice holiday red, glued them to the wood (four inches apart) and hot glued some mini bottle brush trees to them!

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I didn’t want all of my friend’s babies showing up on Pinterest someday without their knowledge, so I snapped the pic above with some non-photo cards (like my favorite postcards from Rifle Paper Co. seen below!)

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In real life, however, you can picture this whole thing full of pretty families! A great reminder of all the wonderful people in our lives!

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What about you? How do you display your holiday cards? I’d love to hear about/see your ideas! And can you believe there are only 5 more days until Christmas! Oooh I am just getting so excited!!

Six Easy (and Practically Free) DIY Ideas for Holiday Artwork

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Hey guys! I had so much fun sharing my holiday decor in my Holiday Home Tour 2013 (which you can see here, here & here). Most of these ideas for easy (and super affordable) DIY holiday artwork were seen in the tour. I love simple little pieces that can be ‘subbed in’ for the non-seasonal art you may already have scattered throughout your home. Some of these pieces are just stuck on top of whatever print is typically displayed – which means you’ll save by not buying new frames, and you can pull out the holiday artwork and be back to ‘normal’ in a flash!

Here are six ways I updated my walls for the holidays this year. Since many of these pieces were created using supplies I already had on hand, my total ‘new’ costs for all of these pieces combined was probably somewhere around $10!

Burlap & Wood Reindeer Art

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To make this simple & rustic holiday art, I painted a wooden reindeer head cut out (found at Michael’s for under $2) with white craft paint (or whatever color you choose). Cover the glass with burlap (or whatever fabric you happen to have lying around), and glue the reindeer to the fabric. Stick it in your frame, and you’re done!

Stenciled Kraft Paper Art

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Stencil a festive animal, word, or other design onto a piece of kraft paper. Frame it. Go get a pedicure with all the time you have leftover after this project. (Don’t have a stencil? Make one by printing out clip art in the design you want & cutting it out!) Chances are, you already have everything you need to do this… which makes it technically free! But if not, you can probably get everything you’d need for less than $5.

Framed Chalkboard + Wreath

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If you don’t already have a framed chalkboard somewhere in your house, you can make one! I made mine without even opening a jar of paint – here’s how. Hang a wreath in front of your new chalkboard with some pretty ribbon, and add some inspirational text. But don’t thank me for this idea, I saw it here, here & here first. This one is ‘free’ to make too, if you already have a chalkboard, some ribbon, and a wreath!

 

Framed Holiday Card

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This really can’t count as a “DIY” project as it pretty much only requires the ability to put something into a frame. But I am obsessed with these holiday postcards from Rifle Paper Company, and am using them this year to send quick well wishes to friends and family. I love them so much, that I framed one in my kitchen, and one in my bathroom! Use holiday cards from your stash, or a pretty one that you received this year, and enjoy another free new piece of holiday artwork!

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Merry & Bright Typography

I just played with some fonts on my computer and printed out this little fella onto some recycled cardstock and framed it. Boom! Easy artwork!

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Burlap & Ribbon Tree Wall Hanging

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I shared this little project last week and again – I made it completely out of supplies I already had on hand. (Ok, maybe I am a burlap/ribbon/glue gun hoarder… but maybe you are too!?) You can probably guess how I made it (think hot glue gun), but you can see the original post here!

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So, what do you think? Any ideas you would try in your home? What are some other quick & inexpensive ways to deck your walls for the holidays? I’d love to hear your ideas!

A Rustic Christmas in the City [Holiday Home Tour Part 3]

Welcome to the final installment of my photo tour of my little city home all decked out for Christmas. I started on Monday with my festive kitchen, and then I shared my ‘woodsy-glam’ living room, which, I’ve decided, basically feels like living in the woods – if everything was covered in silver and/or gold, glittery, rabies-free rodents hung from trees, and bar carts were aplenty. (Sounds like a pretty awesome camping trip, no?) Anyway, you can see the first two installments of this tour marathon here:

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Our “dining room” is really just an extension of our open living space, that tries to act fancy with its pedestal table. Since we rarely eat at the table, the whole room is really just an excuse to display more pretty things.

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As you can see, I’ve continued the theme of mixing natural and rustic elements with pretty, shiny things. If I were a bird, I’d have a super chic twig nest.

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My handmade burlap stockings are hung by the… uh.. console table with care from the tree branch my doting father cut for me. The table features some of my (growing) collection of trees. Emma’s “Christmas portrait” from two years ago makes a reappearance each year.

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Some more burlap elements, some bottle brush trees in glass pedestal, and a pretty artificial poinsettia that won’t poison my dog.

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And, to complete the tour, a look at my holiday touches in the bedroom:

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I traded the burlap wreath that was hanging on my DIY Wooden Headboard for a more festive one with pretty red berries (again, fake, so they don’t kill my dog. If you’re a dog owner out there, I hope you’re all read up on the dangers of holiday foliage to pets!)

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Well THANKS for joining me on this marathon! Now that the house is set, it’s time for me to get wrapping!

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Today’s post linked up at The Nesting Place’s 2013 Christmas Tour of Homes – head over to see more amazing decor & follow along on Instagram with hashtag #idhtbptbbchristmas (Translation: It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful Christmas! So true!)