Over the last couple years I’ve shared so many wrapping projects here (almost 80!). I can’t seem to help myself – I just LOVE giving a gift that has been thoughtfully wrapped. A great wrapping job makes whatever is inside the box seem so much better! Here are 15 of my favorite ideas for wrapping up presents this season. Whichever way you choose – easy, festive and fun (with a nod to your awesome thoughtfulness) are the ways to go this year.
Posted December 06, 2013 1 Comment
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Have you seen the new holiday goodies at Minted yet? Minted has been one of my favorite companies for a long time. Their commitment to supporting artists and showcasing their work is so inspiring. Many of my favorite designers have taken part in their holiday line that is filled with custom wrapping paper, gorgeous invites, and creative gift ideas. This year I ordered so much (couldn’t help myself!). I grabbed the simple Christmas cards above, a stack of New Years invites for our party this year, gift tags, and that custom wrapping paper. I am using the custom wrapping paper to share my recipe for sugared cranberries (with a yummy bowlful inside of the present) to be given to some of my favorite people.
Minted wants you to join the fun too! They are giving away a $250 gift card this week to one reader from A Subtle Revelry. This way, you can fill your basket with personalized holiday goodies too! To enter, simply head on over to Minted and let me know in the comments what your favorite holiday item is… Oohh I also love this, and this. Have fun! Giveaway is open until midnight Wednesday December 11, 2013.
Posted December 06, 2013 55 Comments
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Buying for the guys in my life is always a challenge. I often get stuck just thinking about what would be the perfect gift for them. This year though, the problem is solved! The Home Depot asked if I wanted to give my guy this amazing electric grill/smoker and a solar powered lantern set.
I immediately thought, “oh yes, he’d love that… and so would he… and him too!”. I started thinking about how really every guy I buy for would love this gift. So I bought three! And have come up with three different ways to give it, one for each of my three favorite guys, with their own specific flair. Might it be perfect for a guy on your list as well?
This first selection is how I’m giving the gift to my sweetheart, who loves the outdoors and trying new things. I packaged the grill with the lantern which is perfect for a late night roast. Along with a stack of wood (with drawn-on hearts of course), marshmallows for roasting, and our favorite blanket to keep us warm. The gift comes with a small note stating a date and time that the sitter is coming for our little adventure into the night – since that is all he really wants from me anyway!
Posted December 05, 2013 1 Comment
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Looking for a way to gussy up the tree this year? This patterned rope tree skirt is a great idea for crafting a tree with festive, modern flair. It is sturdy, graphic, and will bring a classy punch to the decor. The rope skirt also makes a great hostess gift; make two and package one up for a thoughtful last minute gift you will need to have on hand.
The technique itself is ridiculously simple and could easily be made while watching a favorite holiday show. Here’s what you’ll need: A nice thick rope makes (which will make a very sturdy tree skirt), colorful bakers twine, and glue.
Posted December 05, 2013 0 Comments
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Lining the mantel in bright bowed stockings makes for a very merry Christmas display. Homemade stockings are an easy way to bring in personalization and your own festive style to the season. They are a simple sewing project to pull together, and if sewing an entire stocking seems overwhelming this time of year, read on and add the bright colorful bows to stockings you may already own, or gussy up an affordable pair from the store for gifting this season.
To make these bright bow stockings for your mantel: Start by tracing a favorite stocking pattern (or trace a stocking and add 1/2” to all sides) and cut two pieces for each stocking out of brightly colored fabric, and two each out of a lightweight lining fabric. With the right sides together, sew stocking pieces together, leaving the top open, then trim corners with pinking shears.
Turn the outer stocking piece right side out and stuff the lining inside. Fold top edges over twice and hem. For a stocking with a 7” opening, cut a cuff piece out of coordinating polka dot fabric that is 8”x8”. Fold in half and sew along edge (adjust to match the size of your stocking and add 1” seam allowance). Fold cuff in half with right sides facing outward and sew with edges turned under.
Cut an 8”x28” piece of coordinating polka dot fabric and fold in half widthwise with right sides facing. Trim ends off diagonally and sew along the open edge, leaving a 1.5” opening in the middle. Turn right side out and sew opening closed.
Slide cuff piece onto stocking and stitch each side to keep in place. tie strip onto the middle. Sew a 5” loop of ribbon to the top to hang.
Project design and photography by Disney, from Ruffles and Stuff for A Subtle Revelry.
Posted December 04, 2013 8 Comments
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Having a casual gathering of friends during the holiday’s is one of my favorite things to do. Last summer I hosted a craft party and it went so well that I’ve been planning another for Christmas. To make life more fun (and productive) for my friends, I decided on a craft that would help knock something off their holiday prep list…
We crafted spunky Christmas bow present toppers. It was a great craft to choose – the project was easy enough to do with a drink in hand and conversation flowing. Plus, they look really pretty and helped everyone feel accomplished for the afternoon. Everyone left with spirits a bit higher and a bag filled with bright festive toppers for all their holiday gifts.
You can make your own DIY big bow gift toppers for a craft gathering this season, or for merrily wrapping presents on your own. Use three bows in varying sizes (I purchased huge bags of bright colored bows). Using scissors, snip of the top of all the connecting ribbons on the top of the bows.
Take off the sticky back on the smallest bow and place it into the center of the next size up, repeat with the largest. The end result is a very huge and bright topper for gifts, that looks way fancier than it’s humble bagged bow beginnings.
I found a few larger bows in the tree trimming section and used the same process to make big, bright wall decor for the party.
Posted December 04, 2013 0 Comments
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