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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!

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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


12 Cool Kids Room Decor Ideas

Trend: Cool Kids Room Decor Ideas

Kid rooms have a tendency to get messy FAST, so I’m always on the lookout for new decor ideas that are cute and organize the massive amount of toys, art, and other random items. I found 12 Cool Kids Room Decor Ideas that I love and I think you will enjoy.

1) I LOVE this little DIY cactus coat rack. It would look cute in just about any kids room. Found on Carnets Parisiens.

I LOVE this little DIY cactus coat rack. It would look cute in just about any kids room. Found on Carnets Parisiens.

2) I have a cute little fridge and I prefer to not have it cluttered with magnets, so I really love this idea for a magnet wall for the kids! So much fun. Found on Oh Happy Day.

I have a cute little fridge and I prefer to not have it cluttered with magnets, so I really love this idea for a magnet wall for the kids! So much fun. Found on Oh Happy Day.

3) Don’t spend a ton of money on artwork for the kids room. You can make your own with your kids favorite toy, a white backdrop, and a camera. Found on Modern Parents Messy Kids.

Don't spend a ton on artwork for the kids room. You can make your own with your kids favorite toy, a white backdrop, and a camera. Found on Modern Parents Messy Kids.

4) This cute kids table is perfect for kids crafting time, plus it has a little shelf underneath for storage. Check out how they made this table for $30 on Strawberry Chic.

This cute kids table is perfect for kids crafting time, plus it has a little shelf underneath for storage. Check out how they made this table for $30 on Strawberry Chic.

5) My kiddo has SO MANY tiny toys that she loves and this little toy figurine display is so cute and would be perfect for her. Found on Young House Love.

My kiddo has SO MANY tiny toys that she loves. This little toy figurine display is so cute and would be perfect for her. Found on Young House Love.

6) If your kids room is tiny this may be a good option for you. A little bed loft built into a closet. Find the DIY on Bigger Than the Three of Us.

If you're kids room is tiny this may be a good option for you. A little bed loft built into a closet. Find the DIY on Bigger Than the Three of Us.

7) This bunk bed doubles as a sleeping spot and play place! Find the tutorial on Infarrantly Creative.

This bunk bed doubles as a sleeping spot and play place! Find the tutorial on Infarrantly Creative.

8) If you’re a parent of a toddler you probably have a clumsy kiddo that wants to help you cook and clean. They tend to fall off most stools, but this DIY kids stool has a guard rail to keep them safe while they “help” you. Found on IKEA Hackers.

If you're a parent of a toddler you probably have a clumsy kiddo that wants to help you cook and clean. They tend to fall off most stool, but this DIY kids stool has a guard rail to keep them safe while they

9) Using IKEA spice racks to hold kids books on the wall is a great idea! Found on Probably Actually.

Using IKEA spice racks to hold kids books on the wall is a great idea! Found on Probably Actually.

10) Kids bring home a TON of artwork from school. It’s almost impossible to fit al of that on the fridge or on the wall. This DIY kids art gallery wall is the perfect spot to display those little masterpieces and you can swap them out when new art comes along. Found on The Caterpillar Years.

Kids bring home a TON of artwork from school. It's almost impossible to fit al of that on the fridge or on the wall. This DIY kids art gallery wall is the perfect spot to keep those little masterpieces and you can swap them out when new art comes along. Found on The Caterpillar Years.

11) Those small toys always fall to the bottom of the toy bin and are hard to find. You can organize little metal toys on the wall using a magnetic knife rack! Found on Just A Girl and Her Blog.

Those small toys always fall to the bottom of the toy bin and are hard to find. You can organize little metal toys on the wall using a magnetic knife rack! Found on Just A Girl and Her Blog.

12) These DIY toy bins are also benches (and they roll)! Found on This Little Street.

These DIY toy bins are also benches (and they roll)! Found on This Little Street.

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


14 Neat Pet DIY Ideas

Trend: 14 Neat Pet DIY Ideas

We love our pets, but that doesn’t mean all of their toys and supplies needs to make our homes look like a pet store. Check out these 14 Neat Pet DIY Ideas to inspire some pet crafting in your home!

1) Let’s be honest, a lot of cat scratchers are pretty ugly. This pretty color blocked cat scratching post will fit right in most homes and your kitty will love it. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

Let's be honest, a lot of cats craters are pretty ugly. This pretty color blocked cat scratching post will fit right in most homes and your kitty will love it. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

2) If you are a little more crafty and know how to use power tools check out this amazing DIY Geometric Doghouse. Found on Home Made Modern.

If you are a little more crafty and know how to use a power tool check out this amazing DIY Geometric Doghouse. Found on Home Made Modern.

3) After you’re done building a dog house for your pup you will need to make a home for your kitty! Check out how to make this tiny kitty tent on Instructables.

After you're done building a dog house for your pup you will need to make a home for your kitty! Check out how to make this tiny kitty tent on Instructables.

4) Sometimes there is just too much stuff on the floor and cats like being up high anyway, so this cat bed made from a basket and installed on the wall is wonderful! Might not be strong enough for my 20 pound cat, but it’s cute. Found on Flickr from Silfide.

Sometimes there's just too much stuff on the floor and cats like being up high anyway, so this cat bed made from a basket and installed on the wall is wonderful! Might not be strong enough for my 20 pound cat, but it's cute. Found on Flickr from Silfide.

5) Do you have a dog that’s crazy for cat food and it’s hard to keep it away from him? Well, I made this cat food table and it’s just the right height to keep my chihuahua out of the food. Check it out on The Paper Mama.

Do you have a dog that's crazy for cat food and it's hard to keep it away from him? Well, I made this cat food table and it's just the right height to keep my chihuahua out of he food. Check it out on The Paper Mama.

6) Forget storing pet food in the ugly bags they come in. Make your own little dog or cat food containers! This post shares free printables to make your own on I Heart Organizing.

Forget storing pet food in the ugly bags they come in. Make your own little dog or cat food containers! This post shares free printables to make your own on I Heart Organizing.

7) Dress up your doggy door with a little paint to create a faux frame! Found on the Lowes blog.

Dress up your doggy door with a little paint to create a faux frame! Found on the Lowes blog.

8) Would you like a more modern dog dish for your pup? This DIY raised pet feeder is perfect. Check it out on Curbly.

Would you like a more modern dog dish for your pup? This DIY raised pet feeder is perfect. Check it out on Curbly.

9) Litter boxes are the worst. You should definitely create something to hide it. This IKEA hack can be found on IKEA Hackers.

Litter boxes are the worst. You should definitely create something to hide it. This IKEA hack can be found on IKEA Hackers.

10) It’s almost impossible to keep my cats off of any tables or windowsills, so why not give them a special spot by the window? Check out this DIY cat window perch on Hymns and Verses.

It's almost impossible to keep my cats off of any tables or windowsills, so why not give them a special spot by the window? Check out this DIY cat window perch on Hymns and Verses.

11) Dog beds don’t have to be boring. Make this cool modern dog bed for your home! Found on Centsational Girl.

Dog beds don't have to be boring. Make this cool modern dog bed for your home! Found on Centsational Girl.

12) This lovely dog bed is a little more of an advanced project, but these ladies show you exactly how to make it. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

This lovely dog bed is a little more of an advanced project, but these ladies show you exactly how to make it. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

13) Sometimes you need to keep your pets out of a certain room, so make this neat DIY dog gate out of a folding bookcase. I love the sign. Found on DIY Showoff.

Sometimes you need to keep your pets out of a certain room, so make this neat DIY dog gate out of a folding bookcase. I live the sign. Found on DIY Showoff.

14) Make this cute little leash holder wall mount to keep your walking supplies ready to go right by the door. Found on the Lowes Blog.

Make this cute little leash holder wall mount to keep your walking supplies ready to go right by the door. Found on the Lowes Blog.

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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