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10 Organizing Printables for the New Year!

I cannot believe we are nearly in 2017! Every new year I feel the need to go through my house and get rid of stuff I do not need and organize the rest of my life. It’s a nice fresh start for the year. Below you will find 10 organizing printables for the new year!

1) Sometimes you just need to focus on a couple things to finish for the day. These printouts from Design Love Fest will help you get important tasks done.

Sometimes you just need to focus on a couple things to finish for the day. These print outs from Design Love Fest will help you get those important tasks done.

2) Download these pretty labels, made by me, on the Better Homes and Gardens blog to keep all those messy cords organized! Check them out here.

Download these pretty labels, made by me, on the Better Homes and Gardens blog to keep all those messy cords organized! Check them out here.

3) Organize your family time with these free printables! Found on I Heart Naptime.

Organize your family time with these free printables! Found on I Heart Naptime.

4) These prepared clear zippered bags are perfect to grab when you’re in a hurry! Get free labels to make these for your home on BHG.

These pre prepared clear zippered bags are perfect to grab when your in a hurry! Get some free labels to make these for your home on BHG.

5) If you have ribbon, you probably know how messy and tangled it can get. Download these printable ribbon wraps to organize all that lovely ribbon. Found on Free Pretty Things for You.

If you have ribbon you probably know how messy and tangled it can get. Download these printable ribbon wraps to organize al that lovely ribbon. Found on Free Pretty Things for You.

6) I provided some printables so you can make this weekly meal planner for your kitchen! Find it on The Paper Mama.

I provided some printables so you can make this weekly meal planner for your kitchen! Find it on The Paper Mama.

7) All of those laundry bottles and boxes are sort of ugly, so use these printable labels to make your laundry room look pretty! Found on Boxwood Avenue.

Okay. All of those laundry bottles and boxes are sort of ugly, so use these printable labels to make that laundry room look pretty! Found on Boxwood Avenue.

8) Try this wonderful laundry cheat sheet! My husband has shrunk way too many of my favorite sweaters, and I need this. Found on Boxwood Avenue.

They also made a wonderful laundry cheat sheet! My husband has shrunk way too many of my favorite sweaters and I need this. Also found on Boxwood Avenue.

9) Keep your 2017 planner organized with these colorful printable planner stickers! Found on Minted Strawberry.

Keep your 2017 planner organized with these colorful printable planner stickers! Found on Minted Strawberry.

10) I can ALWAYS count on I Heart Organizing to have the best tips and printables to organize anything in my life. Check out this post to set up a very organized filing system.

I can ALWAYS count on I Heart Organizing to have the best tips and printables to organize anything in my life. Check out this post to set up a very organized filing system.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


I love getting holiday cards each year. Not only do I enjoy getting updates from friends and family both near and far and seeing how much everyone has grown up, but I also love feeling the gorgeous paper and oohing and aahing over the beautiful designs. I swear they get more and more amazing every year! But there’s one thing that I think universally stumps people, and that’s finding a fun, festive, attractive way to display holiday cards. My mom always taped our cards up on the pantry door when I was growing up, and we’ve continued that tradition in our family. I love figuring out how to arrange the cards so that they all fit on one door, and I actually leave them up all year as a sort of art installation/conversation piece. We love looking at the photos of our loved ones as we pass by during our daily routines, and visitors think it’s fun to see who they know on the door. Puzzled as to how you can creatively display all those holiday cards you’re receiving this season? Check out these 12 fun DIY holiday card display ideas.

Make this darling pom pom garland to display your holiday cards

Design Improvised shares this bright and colorful DIY pom-pom garland on which you can clip your holiday cards.

Clip holiday cards to gorgeous greenery garland like Nine + Sixteen does.

Nine + Sixteen hangs fresh greenery garland in her kitchen doorway and clips holiday cards to it. Gorgeous and fragrant!

Clip holiday cards onto strings set against a decorative backdrop, like this one from the Lily Pad Cottage.

There are lots of ideas for hanging holiday cards from twine or string. I like this one from the Lily Pad Cottage where the display is against a decorative window backdrop.

Use washi tape to embellish holiday cards hung on the wall.

Haeley from Design Improvised basically comes up with a different darling way to display her holiday cards every year. I love this one from a few years ago where she stuck the cards on the wall, then embellished each one with cute washi tape. So easy and inexpensive!

Create a whimsical garland to hang your holiday cards from.

This whimsical DIY garland to hang holiday cards from is courtesy of — surpise — Walmart!

While this is technically an advent calendar, hanging holiday cards in this same manner would be so cute!

This is an advent calendar from Little Gold Nook, but you could easily hang holiday cards instead of advent packages and it would be darling. The colorful twine and whimsical bakers twine pattern make this tree-shaped display cuter than all the rest.

These colorful DIY clay card holders make a perfect holiday card display!

I love these colorful DIY clay card holders from Kathleen Ballos of Snowdrop & Co for Julep. The colors she uses are gorgeous, but you could easily use colors that match your holiday decor scheme.

Hang cards from a festive branch like this display from Marks & Spencer.

This idea from Marks & Spencer is so elegant. Suspend a branch, decorate it with greenery, and hang cards and ornaments from it. So lovely.

You can build this pretty DIY holiday card display from Lolly Jane!

I like the pretty boxwood wreath in the middle of this DIY holiday card display from Lolly Jane. It adds a nice pop of fresh color.

Love this minimalist holiday card display featuring fragrant eucalyptus!

If you go for the more minimalist, natural look with your holiday decor, this eucalyptus garland card display from Alice & Lois for Julep is just the thing!

Make this fun, tree-shaped cork board from A Bubbly Life to display your holiday cards.

You can make this easy DIY cork Christmas tree from A Bubbly Life to hang your cards on. And ornament push pins too!

Spell out a festive message on cork tiles, and use them to display your holiday cards!

Here’s another cute corkboard idea, this time from Melanie Blodgett for Julep. Spell out a festive message on cork tiles and use push-pins to hang your holiday cards.

How do you display your holiday cards? Do you take them down as soon as the season ends, or do you leave them up a little longer like we do?


Whether it’s a lack of space or just an aesthetic preference, there’s something to be said for small Christmas trees. I’m particularly charmed this year by small potted Christmas trees; they remind me of the little tree my grandmother always had in her living room when I was young.

Smaller trees are great for spaces where square footage is tight. They’re less mess should you choose to go the real route, and require fewer ornaments, which means you save money overall. But they’re cute too, which makes them perfect for decorating kids’ rooms, front porches, dining room tables, and more. Decorating with a small Christmas tree opens up so many more decorating possibilities.

In our house this year, I put up a big tree in the formal living room (out of sight, out of mind for grabby toddler hands), but I wanted something festive in our family room too as a nod to the season. We did a small tree decorated sparsely with lights and a few unbreakable ornaments, and it feels fresh and happy.

Christmas home tour with Pencil Shavings Studio; Boxwood wreaths, simple Scandinavian inspired garlands, red stripe ribbons, and the soft glow of lanterns. www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Get creative with the type of container you put your tree in; there are so many more options than your basic Christmas tree stand. Look for interesting baskets, pots, wooden crates — the opportunities are endless.

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This little tree gets some added height thanks to the wooden crate it sits on. I love that it’s decorated with natural elements like oranges!

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If one is great, a pair is even better. These little evergreens are happily wrapped in toile-covered boxes and strung with white lights. It’s a simple and inexpensive way to bring festive flair to any corner of your home.

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How cute are these adorable tiny “trees” made out of evergreen boughs?

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Look for a cozy corner in your home that needs a little bit of holiday cheer. A miniature Christmas tree draws attention to this back door windowseat.

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Here’s a colorful spin on the small Christmas tree trend that would be perfect for any playroom. Look for kid-friendly ornaments made out of felt or yarn.

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A sweet little pink tinsel tree is perfect for a baby girl’s nursery. I love the different sizes of glass ornaments.

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I love the repetition of this scene with multiple woven baskets. This is a great idea for organizing and transporting gifts if you’re traveling multiple places this holiday season.

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A pink container provides a happy pop of color to the evergreen branches of this little tree. Strands of pom-poms are an easy DIY to do with kiddos — this would be a perfect tree for any kid’s room or playroom.

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A Hedgehouse velvet throwbed on the hearth is the perfect place to curl up in front of the fire and wait for Santa to come down the chimney on Christmas Eve. Giveaway at www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

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As for me, we now have a total of three Christmas trees in our house this year. My oldest son was set on having our mini Christmas tree in his room, complete with a foam finger from the University of Oklahoma as the tree topper. I can honestly say it’s the first time I have seen one of those topping a tree. Merry Christmas!


12 Neat Hardware Makeovers

Today is all about DIY hardware for your home. Craft your own drawer pulls, makeover an old doorknob, and update that boring garage with a little hardware.

1) I’m loving these DIY geode drawer pulls. They are so lovely. Found on Popsugar.

I'm loving these DIY geode drawer pulls. They are so lovely. Found on Popsugar.

2) These Anthropologie-inspired DIY rope drawer pulls are great and low-cost to make! Find out how on CK and Nate.

These Anthropologie inspired DIY rope drawer pulls are great and low cost to make! Find out how on CK and Nate.

3) If you’re not into rope pulls, maybe you’d prefer these leather handles. Find the DIY on Designer Trapped.

If you're not into the rope pulls, maybe you would like these leather handles? Find the DIY on Designer Trapped.

4) If you already love the design of your drawer pulls, but you don’t like the color: paint them! This post explains the correct way to spray paint those old metal pulls. Found on Refresh Restyle.

If you already love the design of your drawer pulls, but you don't like the color: paint them! This post explains the correct way to spray paint those old metal pulls. Found on Refresh Restyle.

5) These golden animal pulls would be perfect for any kids’ desk! They’re made using spray-painted toys. Found on Apartment Therapy.

These golden animal pulls would be perfect for any kids desk! It's made using spray painted toys. Found on Apartment Therapy.

6) You can also craft drawer pulls out of copper pipes! Check out this amazing dresser transformation on Mountain Modern Life.

You can also craft some drawer pulls out of copper pipes! Check out this amazing dresser transformation on Mountain Modern Life.

7) Make these knobs with a few rocks right from your backyard. Find the DIY on BHG.

Make these knobs with some rocks right from your backyard. Find the DIY on BHG.

8) How many of you have a doorknob in your home that you cannot stand because of its finish? Well, you can easily make it over with some spray paint! Find out how on Handle the Heat blog.

How many of you have a doorknob in your home that you cannot stand because of its finish? Well, you can easily make it over with some spray paint! Find out how on Handle the Heat did this on their blog.

9) Now that you have your doorknob ready to go, you have to install it! Check out this tutorial on the Home Depot blog to see how to install a door knob.

Now that you have your doorknob ready to go, you have to install it! Check out this tutorial on the Home Depot blog to see how to install a door knob.

10) Have you considered installing a rolling barn door in your home? This tutorial might be for you. Learn how to make your own barn door track hardware. Found on Baby Rabies.

Have you been wanting to install a rolling barn door in your home? This tutorial might be for you. Learn how to make your own barn door track hardware. Found on Baby Rabies.

11) I love everything about this hardware makeover. Framing a doorknob with a ceiling medallion and adding a bit of paint is a great way to update your closet door’s hardware. Found on Popsugar.

I love everything about this hardware makeover. Framing a doorknob with a ceiling medallion and adding a bit of paint is a great way to update your door's hardware. Found on Popsugar.

12) Did you know you can easily update your garage doors with a bit of hardware? Check it out on the Bliss Images site.

Did you know you can easily update your garage doors with a bit of hardware? Check it out on the Bliss Images site.

Do you have any plans to update the hardware in your home?

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


12 Inexpensive Handmade Gift Ideas

Gift giving doesn’t have to break the bank. Why not try to make some thoughtful gifts for your friends and family? It could save you a bit of money, plus handmade gifts are fun to receive. Check out these 12 inexpensive handmade Gift Ideas below to get some inspiration.

1) This “gimme some sugar” towel is so cute and would be fun to give to your significant other with some nice cookware! A free file to make this at home is on Persia Lou.

This Gimme Some Sugar towel is so cute and would be fun to give to your significant other with some nice cookware! A free file to make this at home is on Persia Lou.

2) I love a nice sugar scrub, but they can be pretty pricey. This year I’m going to try to make my own; it would also make a great gift. Found on A Pumpkin and a Princess.

I love a nice sugar scrub, but they can be pretty spendy. This year I'm going to try and make my own and it could also make a great gift. Found on A Pumpkin and a Princess.

3) I’m 99 percent sure these socks were made for me. Find the DIY on Tried and True.

 I'm 99% sure these socks were made for me. Find the DIY on Tried and True.

4) These hanging leather-wrapped utensils are a great gift for the chef in your life. Found on Carolyn’s Homework.

These hanging leather wrapped utensils are a great gift for the chef in your life. Found on Carolyn's Homework.

5) I made these little gem soaps with my daughter a couple of months ago, and I think they would make a cute little stocking stuffer. Find the DIY on The Paper Mama.

I made these little gem soaps with my daughter a couple of months ago and I think they would make a cute little stocking stuffer. Find the DIY on The Paper Mama.

6) Do you know someone that needs a little help organizing their jewelry? This hexagon vanity tray is perfect. Found on Sugar and Cloth.

Do you know someone that needs a little help organizing their jewelry? This hexagon vanity tray is perfect. Found on Sugar and Cloth.

7) Just add a bag of coffee to this gift and you’re all set. Find the free printables to make these mugs on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Just add a bag of coffee to this gift and you're all set. Free printables to make these mugs on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

8) Pretty much every person has keys, so these DIY key fobs are the perfect little gift. Found on Lil Luna.

Pretty much every person has keys, so these DIY key fobs are the perfect little gift. Found on Lil Luna.

9) This is the perfect gift for every mom: a spa in a jar. Get the directions and printable labels on The Gunny Sack.

I feel like this is the perfect gift for my mom: a spa in a jar. Get the directions and printable labels on The Gunny Sack.

10) This little trinket dish is so quick and easy to make. Check it out on Maritza Lisa.

This little trinket dish is so quick and easy to make. Check it out on Maritza Lisa.

11) Create these personalized coasters for the party planner in your life. Found on Martha Stewart.

Create these personalized coasters for the party planner in your life. Found on Martha Stewart.

12) Do you know someone who is always drinking coffee? Make them a funny travel mug for when they are on the go. Found on Studio DIY.

Do you know someone that is always drinking coffee? Maybe you can make them a funny travel mug for when they are on the go. Found on Studio DIY.

Do you plan on making any gifts this year?

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


DIY Numbered Party Glassware!

Okay: You’re at a holiday party, you go to grab your glass, and you forgot which drink is yours! This happens at almost EVERY family gathering I go to. Well, not anymore! Today I’m sharing how you can make your very own DIY numbered party glassware. The best part is that these things are dishwasher-safe. Yay!

Supplies needed:


Directions:

Step 1: Pick out the font you’d like to use for the glassware, or if you have the Silhouette Cameo you can download my 1 – 5 number file. If you are doing this project without a machine and you like the font I used, you can download it here for free; simply print it out and trace onto the material if you are cutting by hand.

Step 2: Measure the area on your glassware where you’d like the numbers to go. Adjust the font size to fit on the measured area (the numbers on the file I provided are roughly 2 inches tall). Note: Don’t forget to mirror your font before cutting since you’re cutting the back of the glitter material.

Step 3: Following the directions on the material, use your machine to cut out the numbers. If you don’t have a machine, cut out your numbers by hand after you’ve traced them onto the material.

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Step 4: Line the number up on the glassware. Tip: I wanted to make sure I was placing the numbers in the same spot on each glass. To do this, I placed the same amount of water in the glass and lined up the bottom of my number with the top line of that water.

Step 5: Stick the glassware between something secure so the cup won’t roll away while you use a hot iron! Place a light fabric material over the glitter number. Using the iron (with the steam off) and the settings set to cotton, iron the number onto the glassware with even pressure while continuing to move the iron (don’t sit in one spot).

DIY Numbered Party Glassware!Step 6: You are done! So far I’ve only run these through the dishwasher once and the stickers are still on there. From what I’ve read, this process should keep this glassware dishwasher-safe for a long time. Silhouette School tested out this entire process and said their glassware still has the stickers!

Head on over to my blog today if you want to find out how to make my Festive Christmas Wine Ice Cubes. Keep your wine chilled without watering it down!

Festive Holiday Wine Ice Cubes

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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