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DIY Monogram Treat Box Labels

 

Hello everyone! I’m Amber from Damask Love, and today I’m sharing how to make monogrammed treat box labels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The holiday season is officially upon us and if you’re anything like me, it manages to sneak up on you! It comes the same time every year and I should be more prepared than I am, but alas, I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy ways to wrap gifts for friends, family and coworkers. I’m excited to share an easy gift wrapping idea that you can use during the holiday as well as year round.

1. Punch a circle from gold glitter paper. I used a 1.75″ circle paper punch.
2. Use a scalloped punch to punch around the circle to create a pretty frame.
3. Punch a 1.75″ circle from white cardstock and nest the circle in the center of the gold frame.
4. The white circle will fit snuggly as pictured.
5. Place the shape into a sticker maker…
6. …and pull through the other side.
7. You’ll now have a pretty frame sticker.
8. Add an alphabet sticker and you’re done!

This simple project takes minutes to complete and adds a beautiful, personalized touch to your gifts. If you don’t already own a sticker maker, it’s a great tool for even the most inexperienced crafters! You can use it to turn anything into a quick label or seal…and who doesn’t love a cute sticker?

 

Please visit me at Damask Love for more handmade holiday ideas!

 

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Style Spotter Editor

Best of the Blogs: Valentine’s Day

We’re excited to announce a new post series on Style Spotters that highlights a few of our favorite blogger projects. Every month we’ll share a round-up of ideas we love, focused on a specific topic. Sounds fun right? First up: DIY Valentine’s Day crafts from a few of our friends from Alt Summit!

 

1) We loved Ashley of Sugar & Cloth’s fun Cute as a Button post about wrapping Valentine’s Day gifts!

 

Photo Credit: Sugar and Cloth

 

2) Haeley from Design Improvised reused yarn pom-poms from her Christmas tree to make this festive Valentine Wreath.  What a cute way to recycle crafts! 

 

Photo Credit: Design Improvised

 

3) What a sweet gift! Erin of House of Earnest created this adorable Bee Mine Valentine.

 

Photo Credit: House of Earnest

 

4) Amber of Damask Love showed readers how to create this adorable DIY Paper Ribbon Banner.

Photo Credit: Damask Love

 

5) Jenny from Hank & Hunt went outside of the typical Valentine’s Day color scheme to create this Floating Heart Backdrop.

 

Photo Credit: Hank & Hunt

6) Kelly of Studio DIY gave us great ideas for packaging small Valentine’s Day gifts with her Glitter Heart Bags.

Photo Credit: Studio DIY

7) We think these DIY Painted Cork Coasters from Sarah at Sarah Hearts are perfect for a Valentine’s Day soiree!

Photo Credit: Sarah Hearts

8) And we’ll be definitely be making these cute Heart Clips from Mandy at Fabric Paper Glue!

Photo Credit: Fabric Paper Glue

 

What are you crafting for Valentine’s Day? We love to share something handmade and from the heart with our friends and family. If you have a project you’d like to share with us, send an email to BHGBloggers@Meredith.com for the chance to be featured in our monthly Best of the Blogs series.

 

Happy crafting!

-Liz Frantz, Social Media Editor


Style Spotter Editor

BHG Behind-the-Scenes: Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles

As an editor with Do It Yourself magazine and BHG.com Decorating, I’m constantly surrounded with beautifully created items for the home. And being a lover of all things handcrafted, getting the opportunity to check out an independent craft market couldn’t have been a more exciting opportunity for me.

This past weekend, I traveled to sunny California to take in Renegade Craft Fair’s Los Angeles edition, held at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. The Saturday & Sunday event brought in makers from all across the country, selling their wares and taking in the vibrant handmade scene. Poppy colors and geometric shapes reigned supreme, but there was a strong showing of organic shapes and natural elements, too. I’ve compiled ten of my favorite booths here (in no particular order)—check them out!

1. Bird and Feather: This terrarium and craft shop also sells gorgeous terrarium-making supplies for those that want to DIY a mini garden of their own. 2. Paper Pastries: The LA-based stationery studio sells fabulous cards and paper goods, but it’s their custom calligraphy rubber stamps that really caught my eye. 3. Kik Design: Handprinted letterpress cards with fun, to-the-point salutations cover almost every special occasion (and even the everyday ones, too). 4. Flock Home: These hand-printed alphabet onesies, as well as the rest of the line’s illustrated textiles, feature eco-friendly linens and non-toxic dyes.  5. Amy Marcella: Illustrated calendars, textiles, and cards that feature modern botanicals would freshen up any space. 6. Eri Sugimoto: This patterned pottery is created using a one-time-use hand-cut pattern, but is microwave and dishwasher safe. Beautiful and usable! 7. Bird Mafia: Cut paper artwork amazes me every time—and this dimensional fox scene was no different. Though small in scale, it was huge on impact. 8. Catherine Reece: Hand-drawn illustrations and patterns decorate her pottery pieces and tableware. Aren’t these teeny vases adorable? 9. JFish Designs: These slipcast ceramic planters would be cool on their own, but those candy-colored interiors really make them shine. 10. The Bocket Store: Sarah rescues vintage vessels and gives them a new life with her signature hand-painted dots.

For the full list of artists that were at the fair, click here and check out their shops.

 

–Alexa Fornoff, Do It Yourself