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 9 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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Today is our first real winter storm. Not a pretty dusting, but an all out I’m sliding around the road kind of storm. It seems appropriate considering the day, to share with you my new favorite holiday cake. A winter wonderland cake that will look amazing at your Christmas gatherings, holiday parties – really anywhere you want a pretty display throughout the season. And for all the gorgeous festivities of it, the cake topping is the easiest thing to make this holiday season.
The incredible ease of making this cake look amazing is perhaps my favorite thing about it. In the midst of the holiday dash here’s the three simple steps to making a show stopping wonderland cake.
First gather sprigs of evergreen from nature (I was so excited when I learned that evergreen is actually edible!), choose berries to accent, but be sure they are safe to eat before placing them in your cake.
De-sprig the bottom of each of the branches, wash and dry each branch. Then top your cake with whip cream mounding it on the top to look like snow mounds. Chocolate shavings add a pretty and tasty addition. Lastly, place the sprigs, berries and candles in the cake to welcome winter with a celebratory touch!
Photography done in collaboration with Jocelyn Noel Photography.
Posted December 03, 2013 0 Comments
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There’s not much I love more than easy and homemade this time of year. I am excited to be partnering with the Post-it Brand today to blend a bit of festive vibrant holiday décor with an easy project anyone can make in just moments at home. Post-it Note baubles are a cinch to pinch together. I made a stash of them for placing in one of our trees and they bring such a fun boost of whimsy to our space.
These bright paper baubles are made using Post-it Pop-up Note Dispensers. They are weighted for easy one-handed dispensing, and are refillable with Post-it Pop-up Notes for continued use (because I might just be making these ornaments all month long!).
To make these Post-it Note ornaments you’ll need bright Post-it Pop-up Notes and a Post-it Pop-up Note Dispenser, glue, and a length of pretty string. Start by collecting the Post-it Notes one-by-one in your hand, alternating adhesive sides so the Post-it Notes will gently stick together. I used anywhere from 20-50 Post-it Notes for each ornament.
Next, wrap that chain around and connect the two ends with glue. Place a glue dot on the end of each pair and stick together. Alternate the glue dots – top on one pair, and bottom on the next, to get a honeycomb effect. Combine the two opposing sides in the center with a dot of glue. I used hot glue for this project, since I am such an impatient crafter – but the paper is thin enough that any basic crafting glue would work.
Posted December 03, 2013 3 Comments
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Whether you’re a long winded, year update, note writer, or a more simple “merry everything” sender – this time of year is the season for corresponding the old-fashioned way (which I just love!). Add a selection of these free and festive holiday fonts to your arsenal and make sending those cards, invites, and thank-yous just a little more fun this season.
25 Free Christmas Card Fonts
1. (with title) Menjelajah Halmahera, by Gunarta | 2. Bacana, by MAGOfonts | 3. Batter Up, by Out of Step Font Company | 4. Antrokas, by Roci | 5. Bold and Blue, by weknow | 6. Bodoni, by Casady & Greene | 7. Sailor’s Delight, by Out of Step Font Company | 8. Herr Von Muellerhoff, by Sudtipos | 9. Elsie, Alenjandro Inler | 10. Alex Brush, by TypeSETit | 11. Cursive Sans, by Wojciech Kalinowski | 12. Foglihtenno07, GLUKfonts | 13. Landliebe, by Richard Mitchell | 14. Capriola Regular, by Viktoriya Grabowska | 15. Serious Sally by JOEBOB | 16. Raleway, by The League of Moveable Type | 17. Robinne Truecase, by Nymphont | 18. Cursive Serif, by Wojciech Kalinowski | 19. Kenzo by Frank Hemmekam | 20. Font5, by Intestino Grueso | 21. Magenta Flower, by weknow | 22. All Things New, by Kimberly Geswein | 23. Quivira, by Alexander Lange | 24. Miama, by Linus Romer | 25. League Script, by Haley Fiege
Graphic created by Alli of Hooray, for A Subtle Revelry.
Posted December 02, 2013 7 Comments
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