Holiday DIY: How To Dress Up Boxed Wine for The Holidays

DIY Boxed Wine Gingerbread Boxes

Last time, we got cozy and cute with DIY beanie wine bottle toppers. Today, we’re dressing up boxed wine. In fact, we made a DIY boxed wine gingerbread village we lovingly call Vinoville. Let’s get one thing clear, there’s nothing wrong with boxed wine. If your a wino, it may not be your thing, and that’s cool. We love a smooth bottle of Brunello di Montalcino as must as anyone, and if we had the budget, we would splurge all the time.

But, we love to sip wine, whether it’s in a bottle or box. Wine, even when it’s presented from a box, tastes good, and helps us get our chill on. Plus, we’re getting more bang for our buck, and gotta love that! As a college student or 20-something who is hanging with girlfriends – a boxed wine on the table or bar is ALL good. As grown women who like to host (sometimes), a box of wine is not the prettiest addition to the bar. Again, absolutely nothing wrong with it, but dressing it up just a bit can make all the difference for a more ‘grown-up’ look, especially during the holidays. You can do it for very little money, and get creative with it! You can use the wrapping paper you have on-hand, so you don’t even have to go to the store. We love to wrap with Kraft paper, so we had some on hand, and used it to create Gingerbread Houses. But, imagine how cute this would be with plaid paper, or pretty metallic paper with a big bow!

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DIY Boxed Wine Makeover: Gingerbread Houses 

Materials:

Directions:

Step 1: Remove the cardboard circle, where the spout comes out. Next, trace that circle  on the wrapping paper. Make sure you do it in the middle, like your wrapping a gift, so you have enough paper on all sides (basically don’t trace it on the edge of the wrapping paper). Cut the circle out with scissors or an X-acto knife. You can make it slightly larger so it doesn’t rip when you pull the spout through, or if you rip it like we did on one of them, you can add a black paper door (or even a mini wreath) around it and no one will ever know.

Step 2: Wrap the wine boxes. We didn’t get a good photo of that, but put the wine box upside down (you can take the bag out if it’s too heavy and crinkles the paper), and line up the cut out circle with the spout. You can pull the spout through it at this point if you didn’t already in step one. Wrap it like a gift, so do the back first, then “cut-in” on the sides for the bottom just like you would for a gift. See step 3 for the roof.

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diy boxed wine gingerbread houses-holiday DIY

 

Step 3: Cut in the sides just like you did for the bottom, but just tape one of the sides, not the final “corner” – that peak is the roof. Kraft paper stays nice and straight. If you use flimsy wrapping paper, you can either find something to prop it up, have a flat roof or keep open up and glue two of the sides of the wine box together before wrapping it, so it creates a peak (we did that for the white-roof one before we created a ruffle roof with a crepe paper roll).

diy boxed wine gingerbread houses-holiday DIY

diy boxed wine gingerbread houses-holiday DIY

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Step 4: Now, it’s time to make gingerbread house lines, swirls, doors, snowflakes, etc. Make each house your own. We used a marker pen for the white decorations, and added ribbon, pins and mini Santa hats, and a bell to accessorize. They can be as simple or as complex as you want. How fun would it be to make the Grinch house, Whoville, or even ugly Christmas sweaters?! If you want the labels, we can email them to you for free. Email us at hello@jsorelle.com or IM us on IG here and tell us you want the boxed gingerbread house wine printables. We have one for Merlot, Pinot and Chardonnay!

diy boxed wine gingerbread houses-holiday DIY

diy boxed wine gingerbread houses-holiday DIY

Step 5: Let the wine flow. Cheers!

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Gift Guide To Shop Small This Holiday Season

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Small businesses are the heartbeat of what we believe in – living the American dream, courage to step outside the box, creativity to run a business how you want, generations of Americans continuing the tradition of their parents and grandparents, families working together to bring their dreams to fruition, and less government (more freedom). They are the soul of this country. This support may look one way for some, and different for others. You can buy goods, or services. Some ideas are to order food to-go from a local restaurant, buy gift cards at local restaurants and stores, get that photography session of your family with a good local photographer, or buy from a local maker. Let’s support them (if your means allow), because they need us more than ever! If you have any other favorite small shops, let us know about them and we can feature on our Instagram. Below are some faves. Support Small Business Gift Guide shop small cancer gift guide

  1. Sunday Candle Co.: This company is woman-owned and based in our hometown in Denver, Colorado. Her packaging is so pretty, candles look beautiful and we can smell them now. Give the gift of warm and cozy.
  2. LA Antler Co.: Addie had me hooked on antlers years ago when she helped me with this fun photo shoot for Real Simple. She lives in the Rocky Mountains, and not only is she fun and amazing, her antlers are special, too. They are as authentic as you can get. You can buy them for chic mountain home decor, or as a necklace, keychain and ornament. I have a necklace, and this year I want the twine-wrapped antlers for my home.
  3. Shop Gage Huntley: There is no censorship to the custom jewelry you can buy at this shop. They make us laugh, and some products are things we want to say, but never do. We will let the pieces speak for themselves.
  4. Copper Fox Company: These personalized wood cutting boards make a lovely gift for families, newlyweds, parents, grandparents and even those who love to play hostess. Charcuterie boards are hot as ever, and it would be fun to have a beautiful board to display those meats and cheeses on.
  5. Made by Mary, Faith Over Fear Necklace: THIS is amazing. I asked for this for my birthday. All the worries and fears cloud my head way too often, and I just need to breathe, and remember to have faith in God, in the people I love, and in myself!
  6. Oxford Pennant: We love a good pennant, and Oxford has something for everyone. We love so many, it was hard to choose, but this forever mistletoe brings us so much cheer this holiday season! Gimme Some Sugar on Christmas, and everyday after.
  7. Olivia Care: Jenna loves this hand sanitizer spray. It’s made in Cali and smells amazing. Plus it softens your hands and does not dry them out.
  8. Harper Made: We bought this mountain necklace as a gift, and wanted to keep for ourselves. This is a beautiful gift for the mountain loving girls in your life, and a good price point, too! The mountains are calling…we must go!
  9. AVYN, bras for the modern mom: I am not breastfeeding, and wear this bra all the time – I love it (Jess). If you are breastfeeding, or know a new mother in your life, get her this! These women are awesome, and their bras are comfortable and cute. We SO wish we had this when we were moms of babies, and breastfeeding.
  10. Cole and Dainer: We love Nicole, the owner of this shop, and her products are so cozy and beautifully made! The prints are our favorite! Whether your shopping for a baby blanket, home throw, burp cloths or even masks, her products made a lovely gift for a friend (or yourself).
  11. G Michelle Designs: This is a local Colorado girl who can make custom signs, anything for weddings, personalized mugs, and ornaments for Christmas. She’s dang good at calligraphy and barre, too! These ornaments are totally customizable (color background, no color background, names, shape, etc.) and the gnome ornament are new and our favorite! Prices are $12-$15. Gnomes are hot again this year – spread gnome cheer to everyone on your list! Email her at gmichelledesigns@gmail.com to order!
  12. Ski Town All-Stars: This cool company designs and customizes hats in Vail, Colorado. You can get hats made for your company, or maybe a funny phrase you’ve always wanted on a hat for friends or family. They have some already made, like this Corona one, or you can make your own. Check them out.
  13. Aksels: This company has really fun hats for kids and adults, especially if your in CO. We love their printed socks, too. My son loves the feel of their masks. You can pick up at their warehouse, find their products in stores, or ship from their website. If you’ve ever been to a concert at Red Rocks, you need these socks. One of the best concert venues ever! Yes, please.
  14. Not pictured, but on our IG is this adorable CIAO bag we can’t get enough of from the ever-so stylish Brooke at Antlers & Rose.

Favorite Locals Shops We live in Colorado, and there are a few shops we just love. They have gifts for everyone, and well, they are the cutest!! Stop in to say hi, and keep them busy (and open)!

  • Fleur de Lis, a paperie: Jenna can create Christmas cards, invites for baby showers, parties, and wedding invitations is really her thang! Show her some love with all your paper and invite needs!
  • Andiamo Oils: We LOVE ourselves some doTERRA essential oils! Seriously, we use them daily. Jodi has the knowledge to help you if you want to add (or diffuse) oils. We love some of the other face and vitamins products, too. You can set up an account for $35 and get 25% oils for the year, or just order through her to see if you like them. No minimum purchase every month, which we love. SOOOO good!
  • Patterns and Pops: These girls are the cutest. They have try on shopping parties on IG, which are really hard to not shop because it’s so easy and the items are so cute. Shop in person, IG or online. IG is our favorite!
  • Valleygirl Boutique/Ruby Jane: They have several locations throughout Colorado, so wherever you are, you can find them. If you’re not in CO, you can shop online! We love the Edwards store, and the Highlands one. They have great, affordable fashion at all price points, and home and gift items, too!

Happy gifting!

A DIY Beanie Wine Bottle Topper For Every Bottle of Wine In Your Life This Winter

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This holiday season brings about so many emotions. Gratitude for all the silver livings this year has bestowed upon us. A good perspective on our lives and what really matters as we near the end of this disastrous year. Worry that the year is not yet over and well, anything can still happen. Angst about school, jobs and our health. Embarrassed by the fact that we cannot give the extravagant gifts we want due to the economic turmoil this pandemic has caused. Fear that we may get sick. Concern that people are more alone that ever this holiday season. Pleasure in the cozy loungewear we get to wear more often. The list goes on and on. But, through it all we must remain steadfast in hope, joy and love. Whether its from others, or tiny moments throughout the day, it’s there…it’s just harder to find this year.

One thing is for certain this holiday season – we will be sipping wine as we toast the good memories, bid farewell to the bad, and laugh about all the ridiculous ones in between. If we can’t dress up and go to all the parties we usually do, we can at least dress up our wine bottles! We made DIY wine topper beanies, and our wine bottles have never looked so cozy and cute!

These are so insanely easy to make, and you have more time than ever at home, so get to it. There is no sewing, crocheting or knitting skills necessary. Make them for your own wine bottles at home, or gift them to friends with a bottle of wine this holiday season. You can give an expensive bottle, or a cheap $7 Malbec from Kirkland/Costco (don’t knock it till you try it – I have some in my wine bar now). Cover up the label with the cute labels we made (FREE printable here), and no one will ever know if it’s a $100 bottle, $30 bottle, or $10 bottle of wine. You’re welcome!

Let’s get this wine and beanie party started…

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DIY Beanie Wine Toppers

Materials:

  • Wine
  • Yarn (we found the thick yarn works best, and is less work)
  • Toilet paper squares (for the stuffing)
  • Poster board or thick card stock (cut in strips)
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • White flat back pearls for embellishment*
  • Astrobrights Sticker Paper (for labels)*

Directions: 

Step 1: Cut poster about 1-2 inches thick and approximately 8.5-9.5 inches long. You can wrap it around the neck of your wine bottle to see how you want it to sit and the right length for you. Important note: the short the neck of your wine bottle, the better. It looks better, and it fits better. If the neck is too long, it looks odd, and you can’t pull it down. Use a hot glue gun to glue the poster board together so it makes a circle.

NOTE: in the photos below, I used toilet paper rolls and different colored yarn for another similar craft you should check out – DIY beanie ornaments. For the wine toppers, you will need something larger than toilet paper rolls, such as the poster board. The method of making them is the same, so don’t pay attention to the colors, just the method.

Step 2: Cut strips of yarn about 2 feet long.

strips of red yarn for DIY beanie ornaments-yarn crafts for kids

Step 3: Fold the yarn in half so there are two strands of equal length.

DIY beanie ornaments-yarn crafts for kids

Step 4: Pull the ends of the yarn through the ‘circle’ and then back through the yarn loop. Now you should have a ‘knot’ on the bottom of the circle base. Keep doing this until the entire circle is covered. When you are done it almost resembles an octopus or squid with tentacles hanging. Tighten all the knots by pulling the string, and pushing up on the knot at the same time.

strips of red yarn for DIY beanie ornaments-yarn crafts for kids

strips of red yarn for DIY beanie ornaments-yarn crafts for kids

 

strips of red yarn for DIY beanie ornaments-yarn crafts for kids

strips of red yarn for DIY beanie ornaments-yarn crafts for kids

Step 5: Grab and then push all the strings back through the center hole so they hang from the other side. We did this with small groups of yarn each time, and it worked great.

strips of red yarn for DIY beanie ornaments-yarn crafts for kids

strips of red yarn for DIY beanie ornaments-yarn crafts for kids

Step 6: Now grab the strands and tie a tight knot with a thread of yard about 1/4 way up. This will create the head part of the beanie, so it can be a bit shorter or taller, to your liking. Now, it’s time to cut the pom pom on top. Cut all the loose ends above the knot, and the extra string at the end of the knot. I love big pom poms on top of beanies, so it can stay big, or you can make it a smaller pom pom.

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Step 7: Stuff the DIY beanie with some squares of toilet paper. You should have plenty if you’re like the rest of Americans who freaked out and over-bought toilet paper. Or maybe you already went through your stash, and can’t find any (kinda like our current situation). If you want to decorate your beanie to look fancy, or just extra cute, use a hot glue gun to glue glitter or pearls like we did.

Step 8: Top your wine bottle with the coziest DIY beanie wine topper ever!! Tell your friends to use year after year, or re-gift. If you want the labels we made for extra flair, click here. Just print them on Astrobrights Sticker Paper, cut and you’re done.

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DIY beanie wine bottle toppers-holiday-gift-wine-lovers-winter-cozy

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Gift Guide: Game Night For Everyone On Your List

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Some of our favorite gifts to give (and receive) are games. This year, we are spending more time indoors with our families than (perhaps ever) before, so it’s the perfect year to give the gift of an entertaining “Game Night.” It’s the gift that keeps on giving all year long. Get the whole family together for night full of laughter and friendly competition. It’s budget-friendly fun, and we more of that this year! You don’t need to spend an enormous amount of money on the newest video gaming box to entertain your kids. Instead, spend time together playing a game. Those memories are often the most priceless ones.

We’ve rounded up some of our personal favorites*. We hope you enjoy them, too!

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1. Flipside: This is one of our favorite gifts to give, and one of our kids favorite’s to play. It’s awesome! It can go anywhere, and all ages can play. Sometimes we get addicted as adults, and want to get to that next level. Think rubix cube meets fast-paced lights and a timer. You can play individually or as a team. There are a couple game modes to choose from.

2. Crazy 8′s, Go Fish: Sometimes a deck of cards is all you need for good old-fashioned fun. This set has something for everyone, and you can stuff the decks into stockings.

3. Uno: You can’t go wrong with this classic card game. Try to be the first to get rid of your cards before your opponents try to pin you with a Wild card or a +4. The more players you have, the longer it lasts. Ages 7 and up will like to play this one.  This UNO Attack takes it up a notch if you are ready to mix it up.

4. Yahtzee: This is a classic. We played when we were young. This is a great price at under $10, and fun for the entire family. See if your lucky, or have dice skill to get a Full House, three of a kind, or the ultimate 5-of-a-kind, known as Yahtzee. Kids have the opportunity work on their math skills as they count dice, too. Our kids, ranging from age 7 to 12 love this game.

5. Star Wars Monopoly, Mandalorian: Our boys are big Star Wars fans. We have a Star Wars Monopoly that is either unavailable online, or more than $75. So, if we can’t get that same version, this Mandalorian version will work. Who can resist that adorable baby Yoda, the Child?

6. Kanoodle: This is an all-time favorite. It can travel anywhere, requires zero wi-fi, kids have to use their brains and it’s so much fun for ages 7-99. This makes an excellent stocking stuffer, or birthday party gift. We always like to have extras of these on hand to give as gifts. The price is right on this game, too, for under $10! With just 12 puzzle pieces, challenge yourself to follow the puzzle book (with 200 challenges) with a couple pieces shown, then complete the puzzle.

7. Guesstures: This is another Christmas gift for our family this year.  It’s a fast game of charades the whole family can play. We played it when we were younger, and hope our kids love it like we did. Get ready for lots of laughs.

8. Guess Who: This game is good fun! Our kids have loved this since age 4! The object of the game is to ask Yes or No questions to determine who the opponents person is. Kids will learn strategy with this one.

9. Code Names: Spy agents on opposing teams provide their team with code words to guess words on the board. It’s engaging, and fun for ages 10 and up. The rules seem somewhat overwhelming at first, but the more you play, the more fun it is. There is a Disney variation of this game, which our kids really liked.

10. Clean Slate: This is a new discovery for us. We like to get our kids a new game every Christmas, so shhh, our kids are getting this one for Christmas, along with Taboo, Kids vs. Parents.

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Merry Schittsmas: Gift Guide For All The Schitts Creek Fans On Your List

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Ew, 2020! Are we right?? Ok, there was definitely some amazing #silverlinings in this crappy year. More time with our family. Longer vacations. Appreciation for fresh air. Good books that gave us an escape from everyday reality. And, yes binging on Schitt’s Creek. We LOVE this show. Moira speaks Jenna’s love language with all the hats, and black and white everything. Jodi loves all things Alexis (ew, David!) and of course, David. Jessica loves them all. It’s light and funny – definitely belly laughs and humor at the end of our day.

We know this gift guide is ridiculously early – hello, it’s only October. However, as a general rule of thumb, if we see something we like for a gift, we get it, no matter what month it is. We hear shipping is going to be somewhat of a hassle this year, and lately, we don’t know what each day will bring. So, we hope to take away some of the stress from December and start shopping now. If you’re unable to spend money on people this year, because, well, it’s been a very difficult year for many…that’s more than ok. A card, a letter, a hug, time (time is the biggest gift we have) is sometimes the best gift of all.

Merry Schittsmas!

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  1. Wine glass: This Wine is Awful, Get Me Another Glass: Cheers with this hilarious glass this holiday season, and every season.
  2. Best Wishes, Warmest Regards doormat: Welcome friends with a smile and and ode to David, and send them off with that fuzzy Schitt’s Creek feeling. If your guests don’t know about Schitt’s Creek, first tell them to watch it, and second, they will still think is a welcoming mat, regardless if they are fans or not.
  3. Ew, 2020 David Rose Christmas Ornament: Um, yes to this! It’s a funny gift, and a good reminder to pull out every year to remember that cursed year, 2020.
  4. Schitts Creek Holiday Card Pack: Say Merry Schittsmas to friends and family this year with some hilarious cards.
  5. Simply The Best Stickers: At just $3.50 this gift is not only awesome and simply the best, but affordable.
  6. Rosebud motel key ring: Every time you look for your keys, you’ll find them immediately with this bright red Rosebud Motel keyring. It’s a good reminder to laugh, too.
  7. I’m trying very hard not to connect with people right now face mask: Channel your inner David with all this mask BS, and the mask is enough said.
  8. Sunglasses: Make a David statement in these look-alike glasses he pulled off so well!
  9. Boop tote: No one shops or does a little nose touch (boop) better than Alexis. Carry around essentials, or even better, bottles of wine, to a friends house in this adorable bag.
  10. Bébé, it’s cold outside mug: No one quite says anything better, and with such flair, than Moira. Sip coffee or tea with this holiday mug.
  11. Very uninterested in that opinion, make up pouch: Oh, David. You say the words we want to say, and often don’t. Love this!
  12. Love that journey for you wall banner: Alexis makes us laugh with her quirky hand movements, and expressions. This one is a fave, and it’s actually cute decor. Love that journey for me stickers is a little bit more Alexis on a mug, computer, or anything you want to put it on, and we’re here for it.
  13. Have a blessed day shirt: This shirt will get a good laugh, plus lift your spirits every time you wear it. Pair it with a pair of jeans, or leather pants like David would do.