Holiday Wrapping: DIY Modern Rudolph Gift Tags

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Let’s be honest, 99% of our gifts are still in boxes or bags from the store stuffed in storage, but we did wrap 4 gifts (to be exact), and the gift tags were too cute not to share! This is simple DIY holiday wrapping anyone can do at home on your own computer without any fancy programs. We were still on a high from our Real Simple holiday photo shoot, and couldn’t get enough of the framed holiday art. So, with a little tweaking, the prints became cool and modern DIY gift tags. You can make them, too, in no time at all.

Materials:

Directions:

Step 1: Buy the files. The deer print is available from Designers Forever Shop. The Merry & Bright printable is from Fleur de Lis. These files are so affordable, and they can be amazing art (and gift tags). Here’s what they looked like as framed art. Cute, huh?!

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Step 2: Open the files on your computer (We used Preview on the MacBook). Optional: You can use Canva, or even preview on your Mac to add Merry Christmas words to the deer photo.

Step 3: When you print the file, make the copies per page 6, not 1, on the print preview/options. It will print 6 of the images on one page for you, and they are the perfect gift tag size.

Step 4: Trace the shape of a gift tag onto each photo, and then cut it out. Next, use a hole punch to punch a hole on top, and add a string to attach it to a gift.

Step 5: Glue mini red pom poms on the nose for a “modern Rudolph look.” You can add the name of the gift recipient, as well as yours to the back of the card, or add a mini banner tag on top for the name.

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Happy gifting!

Gnome For the Holidays

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We love our wine, and a glass of wine is better when shared with a friend, that’s for sure. Give wine to friends and family this holiday season, or have friends over and make sure wine is ready at the bar, with these adorable DIY gnome wine bottle toppers. They add that extra touch of homemade love and cuteness to an ordinary bottle of wine, and they are so easy to make. No sewing required.

Momtastic has all the details here.

Thanks to Cole and Dainer  for sharing some of the fluffy faux fur from her amazing blankets for the gnome beards. The fur on her blankets is like heaven on my family’s skin when we have snuggle sessions.

Cheers to a happy holiday!

Merry Everything: DIY Soy Essential Oil Candle

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We have our favorite brands of store-bought candles from Anthropologie, Paddywax and Homesick. We will continue to buy them, but we’ve (actually just Jessica) has always wanted to make her own DIY candles. Since it’s the holiday season, and all the warm and fuzzy vibes are everywhere, now was the time to attempt our first DIY candle. Happy to report, I’m hooked. I can’t wait to play with all the scents. I love the smell of doTERRA’s Holiday Joy. It smells like Christmas, which makes me happy.

Materials:

  • Soy candle wax,
  • Essential oils, Holiday Joy by doTERRA
  • Candle wick
  • Glass jars
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue
  • Candle pitcher, double boiler pot
  • pencil or popsicle stick (to hold the wick in place while the candle hardens)

Directions:

Step 1: Melt the wax. I filled a pot 1/4-1/2 full of water, and set the boiler pot inside. Pour 3 cups of wax flakes in the boiler pot, and turn the stove to high to melt the wax.

Step 2: While the wax is melting, prepare the candle jar. Use the hot glue gun to gun the wick to the bottom of the jar. Wrap the top of the wick around a pencil or stick and set on top of the jar in the middle. This will keep the wick in place while the candle hardens.

Step 3: Once the wax has melted, wait a couple minutes until the wax cools to add the oils.  The 3 cups wax made two candles for me, and I used approximately 75 drops oils. It seems like a lot, I know, but when the wax hardens, the smell weakens, and I wanted to smell all those amazing scents. If you plan to a combination of 3 to 4 oils, use about 20 drops of each.

Step 4: Let the candle harden for 24 hours. Once it’s set (and white, no longer clear), cut the wick and add a label. I use my Silhouette CAMEO cutting machine to design and cut a Merry Everything vinyl design.

Have a merry and bright Christmas, everyone!

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

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I (Jessica) shared tips on how to make a small space feel like home for Christmas on Real Simple, and not only was it a dream to write for Real Simple (pinch me), it was an added bonus to keep the holiday decor I bought and made for the post. I’ve been in the Christmas mode since October – I like to think of it as just extending the joyful season!

Part of this photo shoot was homemade, and the other half store-bought, just the way I like it. I always love a homemade touch, but life was simplified by buying the rest. One of my favorite parts of this shoot was the small businesses in the Vail Valley I got to work with, such as the Cole and Dainer (blanket) and the LA Antler Co antlers. Jenna made the cute Merry and Bright printable (available in our Etsy shop  here for $5, as well as two others).  I made the wreaths, color-blocked the white houses from Target with black paint, and I’m just mad for those plaid paper fans on top. The cozy fireplace from Home Depot has been keeping us warm, too.

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Thanks to all the amazing people and vendors whose products made it feel so festive! Check out their stuff below – they make excellent Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, housewarming gifts, etc.

Chestnut Hill 68” Electric Fireplace with Sliding Barn Door: Home Depot
Blanket: Cole & Dainer
Antlers: LA Antler Co
Artwork: Merry and Bright and Deer Print
Gnomes: Rubyjane | Valleygirl
Metallic Candles/: West Elm Deco Mercury Candleholders and Organic Shaped Mercury Candleholder
Plaid Paper Fans: Parties That Pop

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See more from the photo shoot, and all the holiday space-saving ideas here.

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Warm Up With Chic & Cozy Coats This Winter

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It’s a winter wonderland in the Rocky Mountains this weekend. December is starting out strong with lots of snow! Everyone loves the feeling of being snuggled by a warm, furry teddy bear, especially on snowy days. As adults we don’t cuddle with our teddy bears like our children do; but lucky for us this winter, fashion trends are giving us beautiful options for all those cozy vibes. But, instead of a bear, it’s in the form of a coat. Whether you call them furry, fuzzy, cozy, or teddy, all these coats feel and look amazing! Here’s some of our favorite faux fur coats of the season.