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Every year, during the holidays, I put a great deal of thought into what gifts to give my family and friends. After purchasing presents for people near and dear to me throughout the month of December (and occasionally as early as November), I always seem to put off gift-wrapping until the last possible minute (sometimes as late as December 24!). That being said, my gift-wrapping usually ends up being subpar.

 

I got to thinking about how much I enjoy receiving a gift that is tastefully and beautifully packaged. Gift-wrapping is truly an art. So, this year I’ve decided to go a different route. After all, shouldn’t we put as much thought into the presentation of the gift as we did in purchasing it? If you’re ready to step-up your gift-wrapping game like me, then check out these 5 stellar ideas to take your gift-giving to the next level.

 

1. How fun are these DIY Gold Tipped Paper Feathers? Thanks to Lia Griffith you can easily make your own gold tipped feathers!

 

 

2. Make snow white wrapping paper pop with A Ruffled Life‘s DIY Present Topper.

 

 

3. Have you ever considered decorating parchment paper with tape? Neither did I until I stumbled upon Almost Makes Perfect‘s DIY Washi Tape Gift Wrapping tutorial. It opens up a whole new world of gift-wrapping!

 

 

4. If you’re looking for something pretty and pink, then take a peek at this colorful Winter Scene tutorial courtesy of Midwest Living.

 

 

5. Get the kids involved! Splash of Something‘s DIY Reindeer Prints tutorial is quick to make and easy to follow.

 

Merry Christmas!

 

xxmadison


It’s a predicament many people face each holiday season—how do I change up my holiday table without breaking the bank? You don’t want style and elegance to suffer, but you’ve been using the same dinner and serve ware for years. This year, we’ve got creative, affordable holiday entertaining ideas using the Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart. The BHG Live Better Network of Bloggers was challenged with creating whimsical party and entertaining ideas for the holiday season, and we’ve bundled them up for you in this tight little bow. Grab your pen and paper and take notes! We guarantee you’ll get your creative juices flowing with these affordable entertaining ideas.

1. Anytime she’ll be entertaining, Anna Moseley from Ask Anna always plans ahead. Whether it’s grocery shopping or heading to Walmart to pick up seasonal dinnerware and candles, it’s important to give yourself enough time to prep.

2. Kim Demmon from Today’s Creative Life suggests taking the party outside and firing up the fire pit—s’mores don’t make themselves, after all!

3. You can also mix your metals, just like Monica Benavidez from Monica Wants It. Using gold flatware, BHG Metallic salad plates, and a BHG snowflake beaded placemat, this table setting is ready for your fancy guests!

4. Stacy Risenmay from Not Just a Housewife also brought her guests outside, keeping them warm with plenty of cozy throws to go around.

5. Taryn Whiteaker at Design Dining and Diapers suggests blending holiday decor with everyday pieces. Here, she complements her square porcelain dinnerware with neutral—yet festive—seasonal plants and feathers.

6.  Shannon Fox from Fox Hollow Cottage refreshed her couch with fluffy decorative pillows before welcoming holiday guests. Bonus tip: Keep a neutral palette with plenty of white pillows, but mix up sizes and textures for an interesting look.

7. Here comes the whimsy! For a different take on a holiday party, Randi Dukes from Dukes and Duchesses took inspiration from candy canes. Using mugsserve ware and a cake stand from Better Homes and Gardens (and a touch of DIY-creativity!) this peppermint party will impress any guest.

8. Jamielyn Nye from I Heart Naptime added different candle accessories to her holiday tablescape. The red LED cinnamon-scented candles are a nice alternative to real fire, safe for kids (and clumsy adults!) alike.

9. Gloribell Lebron from I Don’t Know How She Does It doesn’t shy away from seasonal candle accessories on her holiday table, either. Here, she’s added a Wire Deer Tealight Holder, among other gold accessories.

10. Head outside for dessert just like Debbie Westbrooks from Refresh Restyle! Caramel apples, s’mores and fun drinks filled her holiday table, and seasonal dishes complement her white porcelain serving platters.

11. Don’t be afraid to experiment with unconventional hues! Here, Chris Nease from Celebrations at Home added pink to her Christmas table. Bold ornaments and shiny ribbon add a colorful twist to her Metallic Dinnerware from Better Homes and Gardens, which can be found at Walmart stores nationwide.

12. With overnight guests, it’s important to keep them comfortable. Amy Clark from Mom Advice refreshed her guest room especially for the holidays, by adding a simple, cozy, seasonal throw.

13. View from above! Camille Simmons from Planning Pretty used a natural table runner to break up her black and white table. Bonus tip: Alternating the placement of your square porcelain salad plates creates a different take on your typical table setting.

14. With guests in the home, consider putting together a do-it-yourself hot cocoa bar like Kimberly Sneed from A Night Owl Blog! Mugs are easy to grab and white canisters from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart make displaying straws, candy canes, and other fixins’ a breeze.

For all of these products and more, shop online at Walmart.com/BetterHomesandGardens.


It’s that time of the year again! Christmas is just around the corner. You’ve probably already seen the abundance of jingle bells, twinkly stars, white snowflakes, green garland, peppermint candy, metallic tinsel, and colorful Christmas trees that seem to flood the department stores as early as October. Christmas cards, holiday decorations, desserts and presents tend to make a (HUGE) dent in the budget. If you’re like me and you love to see new ornaments on the tree every year, then you know that Target’s holiday aisle is dangerous territory. Instead of spending an arm and a leg on mass-produced (and generic) ornaments every year, why don’t you save some money and make personalized ones (that no one has) for yourself.

 

 

These white and gold DIY Clay Feathers by 100 Layer Cake are oh-so-chic!

 

 

For an unconventional twist, give away (or keep them for yourself!) these Dip Mix Ornaments by Bubbly Nature Creations as a gift to your hostess.

 

 

Many thanks to Purl Soho for this colorful Felt Ornament Tutorial!

 

 

If Christmas in Vermont is a part of your holiday dream, then you HAVE to check out these Etched Snowflake Ornaments by Design Mom.

 

 

Get the kids involved! Little Bit Funky’s Reindeer Thumbprint Ornaments are quick and easy to make.

 

 

How cool is this 3D Deer Head Ornament by Cherished Bliss?

 

 

Take a peek at these vintage Stamped Burlap Ornaments by Bliss Bloom Blog. Simply stunning!

 

 

Is it even Christmas without Charlie Brown? Find out everything you need to know with A Little Gray’s simple Charlie Brown Christmas Ornaments Tutorial.

 

 

Repurpose old toys with this DIY Dino-Mite Dinosaurs tutorial. Thank you Parents Magazine!

 

 

If you’re wanting a more natural look, then call off the search because Yellow Bliss Road‘s Handmade Rustic Twig Arrows are perfect for you!

 

Happy Holidays!

 

xxmadison


It’s time to take a few tips from your grandmother because the art (and appreciation!) of calligraphy is back and here to stay! The pages of wedding invitations, signs, wrapping paper, chalkboards and cakes are overflowing with delicate handwritten notes. Whether you’re a newcomer to typography or a regular attendee, it’s time incorporate stunning script into your home’s decor.

 

Take a peek at Oh So Beautiful Paper‘s elegant DIY Balloon Engagement Cocktail Party Invitation. The gold metallic lettering shines brightest over a muted hue.

 

 

Go big or go home! Style Me Pretty‘s DIY “Cheers” Sign takes cursive (and sparkle!) to a whole new level.

 

 

Who says that script needs to be two-dimensional? Put on your 3D glasses because Oh Happy Day‘s Calligraphy Cake Topper opens up a dimension of an entirely different magnitude.

 

 

Put your favorite song lyrics to paper with Paper & Stitch‘s Large Scale Hand Lettered Artwork Tutorial. It’s simple, it’s easy, and did I mention that it can be done in less than an hour?

 

 

Whether it be custom wrapping paper for the holidays or a personalized bouquet that carries a message on its sleeve, Julep‘s DIY Personalized Flower Wrap adds an extra dose of thoughtfulness to any gesture.

 

It doesn’t matter what your handwriting looks like, beautiful script comes in all shapes and sizes. You just have to give it a shot!

 

Happy Friday!

xxmadison


Have you ever been jealous of the mom who seems to be good at just about everything–including sewing? I have. No matter how hard I try, I’m just not a natural seamstress. The farthest my sewing skills take me is putting a button back on.

However, I’ve recently found a new passion that I’ve begun to enjoy very much–weaving. I’m constantly amazed at the countless things you can make and the vast variety of materials you can choose to work with. If you’re like me and you aren’t loving the whole needle and thread thing (or even if you do), then take a peek at these 5 trendy woven projects. Who knows? You might just discover a hidden talent!

 

Isn’t this Woven Circle Mat by A Beautiful Mess stunning? I’ll take 20 please!

 

 

Dress up a plain lawn chair with Henhouse‘s Woven Chair Tutorial. The new transformation is sure to be the talk of the block.

 

 

Okay, yes there isn’t a lot of weaving involved here, but for those who want something simple (and inexpensive) to spruce up a blank wall then check out I Spy DIY‘s Wall Hanging. It’s colorful. It’s fun. It’s bright. And I can’t think of a reason NOT to love it!

 

 

If you’re looking for something a little more natural, then call off the search because you’ve stumbled upon Free People‘s secret to DIY Branch Weaving.

 

 

Say Yes’ DIY Woven Necklace makes a stunning homemade birthday gift.

 

Give weaving a whirl! You never know, it could become your latest obsession.

Happy Friday!

 

xxmadison


Floral Coffee Mug DIY

Floral Coffee Mug DIY

Floral Coffee Mug DIY

Trend: Floral Coffee Mug DIY

It’s really no secret that I love coffee mugs, and I might have too many… The thing is that I want my coffee to sit in a cute vessel, not something plain and boring. That’s why I makeover plain coffee mugs! You can easily find a plain white mug at most stores, or I suggest wandering to a local thrift shop to buy a mug for cheap (there’s always a ton of mugs that need some love). For these projects I typically use paint or a paint pen, but for this Coffee Mug DIY I tried something new. I have discovered that Mod Podge now makes a dishwasher safe gloss! That opens up my mug creativity to adding fabric, glitter, and even paper. For my first time using this gloss, I made 3 floral printables to dress up those plain mugs. I have shared them below so you can make your own!

Supplies:

Directions:

Floral Coffee Mug DIY

STEP 1:

Print out the flower printable you want to use on your mug. Cut out the flowers, leaving a small white border around the shape.

STEP 2:

In a well ventilated space, preferably outdoors while wearing a mask and eye protection, spray a light layer of clear acrylic sealer spray onto the cut out flowers. Let dry completely. The spray will keep the ink from smearing when applying the Mod Podge.

Floral Coffee Mug DIY

STEP 3:

Wipe down the mug with the rubbing alcohol to clean it, then let dry.

Floral Coffee Mug DIY

STEP 4:

Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the back of the paper flower, and apply a layer of Mod Podge on the mug. Attach the flower onto the mug. Be sure to smooth out any air bubbles under the paper. Repeat this step for all the flower pieces.

STEP 5:

Let the paper flowers dry for about an hour. Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the paper flowers. Let that layer dry for 2 – 3 hours. Apply 1 – 2 more layers (allowing dry time in between each layer).

STEP 6:

This step is important. Before using this mug the glue needs to set for 28 days. I know this seems like forever… but the time will fly by. I promise. After the wait time is up, you can wash this cute mug on the top dishwasher rack!

Floral Coffee Mug DIY

You still have plenty of time to get these mugs made for Christmas gifts!

If you create any of these mugs, I’d love to see it! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me in Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. Just a reminder: all of my free printables are for personal use only.


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