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 to add Merry Christmas words to the deer photo. (We used Preview on the MacBook). Optional: You can use Canva, which is a phenomenal program online we frequently use.

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!

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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Sparkly Holiday Vibes With These DIY Embellished Shoes

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We have a little sparkle in our step this holiday season…and it makes us so happy. We have absolutely no idea why we haven’t made DIY embellished shoes before! This was such an easy, and fun DIY project, and the result is sparkly goodness just in time for all those holiday parties. Momtastic has all the details here on how we created these totally affordable DIY embellished shoes.

Remember ladies…leave a little sparkle wherever you go, whether it’s in flats or heels.

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Reading Must-Have For Kids: DIY Bookmark

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Our kids love to read. But, we know those days of reminding them to read over and over again can be frustrating at times. Summer can be especially difficult, and we understand; they spend all year learning in the classroom, and they just want to play. At the same time, it’s important they read. So, we have a few tricks up our sleeve to get our kids reading in the summer.

First, we find good books. No one likes to read a boring book. So, it’s important to pinpoint our child’s interests, and then find books with that subject matter to keep their nose in a book.

Second, make a nook where they are comfortable and feel cozy. This doesn’t have to be an expensive thing. Our kids love their Blankie Tails, and a stuffed animal on the couch when they read. We try to keep the reading environment calm, too.

Third, make crafts related to their books. It’s always fun to read a book with interesting characters, and imaginary worlds. So, we try to incorporate crafts/art with the book they are reading.

Finally, entice them. We haven’t figured out what the reward will be after they read a certain number of books, but kids love a challenge. It can be an ice cream date, or a treat from a store!

Today, we have a project for all the reading we plan to do this summer – DIY confetti bookmarks.

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We like our kids to read from actual books. We know the days of a Kindle are in our near future, but before our kids get electronic with their reading, they need bookmarks to keep their spot on a page. One of Jessica’s kids went on a field trip of his dreams this year, so this idea stemmed from his end of year gift to his friends. He developed wallet size photos of his entire class at the field trip, and made DIY bookmarks with the same method we’re showing you today. For my daughter’s class, we added a lot of sparkle and glitter. It’s a party in a book! Gotta love that!

Materials:

Directions:

Step 1: Cut the size of the bookmark you want with a piece of cardstock.

Step 2: Once the tool is hot (about 10 minutes), set the sheet protector on top of the bookmark and begin to press down with the tool along the edges of the paper bookmark. Don’t press directly onto the bookmark, but make a tight outline of it, along the edges. Remember to leave the top of the bookmark free from any fusing because you need to insert confetti.

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Step 3: Now, you should have shapes of bookmarks on the sheet protectors. We were able to make 4 bookmarks per sheet. Next, cut the bookmarks out. Cut close to the edging, but not along the fused “dots.”

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Step 4: Fill the bookmark with confetti. Leave the top open for a hole punch and yarn tassel.

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Step 5: Fuse the top of the bookmark, and then use a hole punch to punch a hole on the top. For small confetti, you will need a smaller hole punch.

Step 6: Cut yarn, and add a cute and colorful yarn tassel.

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Now, all you have to do is find a good book, and read, read, read!

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DIY Chalkboard Planters For Summer Herbs

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It’s planting season again. Our favorite herbs to plant every year are Basil, Mint, Rosemary and Italian Parsley. We are not known for having a green thumb, but we always try and hope for the best each and every summer. Our luck (and planting skills) have better odds every year we try, right?!

This year, we made DIY chalkboard planters. Now, we’re not going to forget what we planted, and if the plant does happen to wilt and die (we are going to do our best to prevent that), we can easily change the name of the herb on the planter. It’s gonna be a good thing for us, and you, too. These planters are fantastic gifts for friends, teachers and neighbors, too!

Find the full tutorial at Momtastic.

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Find the complete tutorial at Momtastic.