Monogram It: Favorite Personalized Gifts

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We made a traditional DIY planner for Darby Smart and Michaels semi-recently. The video was so fun to make. Check it out here. Our final touch on the cover of the planner was a monogram. We believe you can never go wrong with a monogram.

Monogram gifts are among our favorite things. We love everything about them. Since gift-giving season is upon us, we’re going to help you get a head start on some shopping, and every item can {and should} be monogrammed.

Mark and Graham Acrylic Cuff | Moon and Lola Acrylic Dalton Charm | GiGi New York All in One Bag Black Embossed Python {this is Jessica’s favorite clutch, thanks to her chic friend, Shannon} | Monogram Belly Mug | Mark and Graham Copper Ice Bucket | Canvas with Leather Weekender Bag | Monogrammed Garland Ring Dish | Glitter Monogram Letter | Dipped Personalized Journal | Patterned Hotel Keychain | Monogrammed Door Mat | Initial Bar Pendant | Monogram Lacquer Tray | Plaid Throw | Raw Wood Board | Monogram Tote | Monogrammed Water Bottle 

DIY Santa Bag

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Santa has brand new bag.

This Pottery Barn {one of our favorite store’s} hack can be made for under $10.

Find the file by Fleur de Lis, a paperiehere for just $5. Read the full tutorial on Momtastic.

Merry Christmas.

DIY Merry & Bright Ornament

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‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through blogging land,
bloggers were hustling with super glue in their hand.

Ornaments were hung on the tree with care,
but one was missing from bloggers who hope to put one of their own there.

We knew in a moment, it must be #swapthatdiy time,
For those who read our first one, it was a sublime.

Lifestyle, DIY, food and fashion – not one of them the same,
A Joyful Riot, Pretty Life Girls, DIY Candy, Christina Williams Blog, A Bubbly Life, The Bold Adobe, The Sweetest Occasion, Tell Love and Party and One Little Minute Blog – we called them each by name!

Happy ornament making to all, and to all a good night.

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It’s our 2nd official DIY swap, and it’s a good one. We made Merry & Bright ornaments to brighten up the sisters of A Joyful Riot holidays. We couldn’t do a Merry without a Bright, so we sent all three. Our ornaments were inspired by big, 36” balloons by Big Ass Balloons, so the ornaments are meant to be 36” balloons with the string of tassels.

Merry Christmas, Malissa and Machelle, and everyone who participated.

Materials:

  • Bulb ornament, less than $1
  • Gold mylar
  • White tissue paper
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun
  • Red embroidery string
  • Red craft/jewelry wire, Michaels
  • Drill

 Directions:

Drill two small holes on the top of the ornament, one of each side of the top of the ornament.

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Trace or free-hand the word Merry & Bright on the ornaments, then paint the words with a small paintbrush and red paint.

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Fill the ornaments with confetti {we cut small squares of the gold mylar and hole-punched tissue paper for white confetti}. There is a natural static that occurs, so some of the confetti will stick to the sides of the ornament.

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Cut a piece of string about 1 foot long for the tassel string. We made little tassels from the white tissue paper and gold mylar. We tied each mini tassel to the string with a knot, one above the other. Once all the tassels were in a row, we dabbed a bit of super glue on top each one, to keep them in a straight line.

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Cut a 4-inch piece of the red wire and string it through the two holes on top of the ornament. To add a touch of cuteness, make a bow out of the red wire, and wrap additional wire around center of the bow to keep it in place.

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Honeycomb Ball Gift Toppers

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Unless your like our grandma who use to carefully unwrap each and every gift to save the wrapping paper, why spend the time to beautifully wrap a gift when it’s ripped off in less than a second and then thrown in the trash? We’re not exactly sure, but we will say that it’s fun to make pretty things, and just like an invite or an outfit, it’s a reflection of your style and an opporunity to get creative, which we just can’t resist.

This Christmas, we made hand-drawn and traced Christmas DIY wrapping paper, colored with the kids help, and topped with colorful mini honeycomb balls. It’s easy and fun, plus everything is cuter with a mini honeycomb ball.

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Honeycomb Ball Gift Toppers

You’ll Need:

Directions:

Brainstorm images you want to draw or trace. We went with some of our favorite images we associate with Christmas – an elf hat, a silhouette of a reindeer with a Rudolph nose, the North Pole pole and the droopy Charlie Brown tree. For the Rudolph we cut it from a photo online.

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Wrap gifts with white paper. If you are going to trace the images on the wrapping paper, simply print the images from the internet, and half wrap your gift, leaving the sides open to insert the paper under the wrapping paper and on top of the gift. Trace the image, then remove from the gift and completely wrap the gift.

Color the images.

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Use double-sided tape on the back of the mini-honeycomb balls, open them half way, and place on the wrapping paper.

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Add a name tag and place under the tree.

Wishing you happy wrapping times this holiday season.

DIY Advent Calendar

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The thought of the upcoming holidays brings us a sense of panic with all there is to do, but also great joy. It’s our favorite time of year, so bring on the cheer. We’ve been known to not put up our Advent calendar until mid-December, which may or may not defeat the purpose, so this post is our attempt to have our DIY Advent calendar up by December 1. Other than our usual tardiness, the other con to our past Advent calendar was the size…how are we supposed to fit one thing larger than a candy cane in each tiny opening? This year, we went long and tall, and got creative with ice cream pint containers!

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May we just say that had we known blogging would have been in our future, we would have an all-white wall with light floors. Since that’s not feasible with any of our homes, and we needed a well-lit area to show you our Advent Calendar, a ‘rustic Colorado ‘ rock wall was our second best option. Our 5-year-old model had a ‘make-it-work’ moment, which she didn’t seem to mind.

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You’ll Need:

Directions:

Make or print number labels. You can use a Silhouette like we did, or buy number stickers. For number 25, we used a red star ornament since that’s the magical day. Glue the labels on the container lids.

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Drill the pint containers to the long piece of wood {totally doable, even with do drill experience}, and then fill the pint containers with goodies.

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Place lids on the pint containers.

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Set up the colorful Advent calendar. You can make it a horizontal Advent calendar, or a vertical one like we did. Because ours is vertical and tall, we couldn’t resist a set up with a ladder – it makes for a fun adventure everyday for the kids and with a good lean, no nails or holes in the wall.

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Someone special wants it to be Christmas now.

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We teamed up with Sillhouette America to give away 1 Silhouette CAMEO on Instagram. Nov. 25 the giveaway ends, and all you have to do is follow us on Instagram and tag 3 friends. Go here now.

#colorize #silhouetterocks #adventcalendar