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DIY \\ Bottlebrush Tree Cake Toppers

December 19, 2014

DIY \\ Bottlebrush Tree Cake Toppers

You’ve seen them every holiday season. I started collecting bottlebrush trees a few years ago. And then I realized I was always searching for a specific color that I could never find. So now we make our own! And let me tell you, it’s addicting. You can find an assortment of bottlebrush trees all over our house. And lately, you can find them on top of cakes! I had been wanting to do this since the typography cake toppers a few months ago, but felt that a forest of trees a top a cake in the spring just didn’t really fit. But we are in full-fledged winter now, baby! So let’s talk about how to make your own bottlebrush tree cake toppers, mmmmkay?

DIY \\ Bottlebrush Tree Cake Toppers

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Recap \\ EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY BASH

December 18, 2014

EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY BASH with The Proper Pinwheel I’m always so sad when a party is over. I love to party. But these days, I also love my sleep! (Thanks, Vita.) The holiday EAT DRINK CREATE event went by fast fast fast. And it was such a blast this year. Last year’s event was a huge blowout, and while that’s super fun, I wasn’t able to have a really great convo with every attendee. Instead, I was running out like a crazy person saying “hi” to everyone in my path. This year, I made things a little more intimate by capping it so only 50 attendees could come. I can handle talking to 50 people. I’m Italian. We can juggle our conversations. ;)

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I teamed up with West Elm again to host the event. I’m thinking we jmight just make that our annual holiday location because they are way too great when it comes to coordinating everything. Not to mention, the store is already gorgeous so the styling for me (while that’s my favorite part!) is minimal. EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY BASH with The Proper Pinwheel EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY BASH with The Proper Pinwheel EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY BASH with The Proper Pinwheel EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY BASH with The Proper Pinwheel

I set up several DIY stations where folks could craft to their heart’s content. EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY BASH with The Proper Pinwheel EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY BASH with The Proper Pinwheel

Get ready for picture overload! You want to see them so click on~!

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DIY \\ Tinsel Typography Christmas Stockings

December 17, 2014

DIY \\ Tinsel Typography Christmas Stockings

Happy holidays and holy stockings! We’re a week away from Christmas, folks! ONE WEEK! Now, I’m getting into the holiday spirit. It’s taken me some time, but the stockings are hung and the mantel is decorated and the toffee has been made and devoured delivered. In years past, we’ve had really gorgeous stockings that I didn’t want anyone to touch because they were expensive and gorgeous and, therefore, couldn’t handle the fingerprints. Now that I have a Vita , I’m a little more lax about those kinds of things. We decided to forego the fancy stockings for some sweet homemade ones that I know I’ll cherish every year from here on out. They’re decorated with tinsel for the names. I call it tinsel typography! And you, too, can make your own tinsel typography Christmas stockings!

DIY \\ Tinsel Typography Christmas Stockings

DIY \\ Tinsel Typography Christmas Stockings

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DIY \\ Painted Buck Stacking Game

DIY Painted Buck Stacking Game

It is absolutely appropriate to have a buck stacking game if you’re a resident of Colorado. Lucky for me, I am. So I was so excited to whip out my new buck-stacking game from Uncommon Goods! It’s perfect for the holidays, no?! While you know I’m a sucker for something all white, I decided to add a little punch to the antlers by painting a few gold and (what else?!?) neon pink! DIY Painted Buck Stacking Game

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The Weekenders!

December 12, 2014

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You guys! Can I get a pat on the back for posting every day this week?!? I know that probably seems like something small and ridiculous to you, but it was a lot of work for me to be able to do that! Babies make computer work tough, you know?!? I am so so so happy that the weekend is here. This is the first weekend in a long time that I have something more than just work to do! It’s Logan’s birthday on Sunday so we’re going to the movies tomorrow. YOU GUYS. A movie!!! I haven’t been to one in so long. I’m getting popcorn. And a drink. And maybe those little mini boxes of butterfingers that are way over-priced and the candy bars are eeny teeny, but you have to have them. I’m such a cheap date! Before I head off to dream about my movie snacks, I”ll leave you with a few links!

Let’s click!

Thanks, Buzzfeed, for including my reindeer pom pom gift wrap!

Printable gem stone gift tags!?! You bet.

We all need to try these snowball floats! They look pretty AND tasty!

I love Brittni’s ornament message board! So clever!

Chalkboard save-the-dates!

I still go back to these DIY clay lollipop ornaments!

Just picked up a bunch of these CB2 pink bowls from Studio DIY’s wedding!

I love this Sharpie gift wrap idea!

 

Catch up with Proper’s projects from this week!

DIY Macaron Christmas Ornaments

DIY Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

DIY Peppermint Christmas Ornaments

DIY Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths

 

photography: The photo above is of a pie I made a few days ago. You know that I”m obsessed with pie. It’s so relaxing to just work with the crust and zone out for a few minutes. And when your bakeware is really cute, it absolutely puts you in the mood to bake! Find a pie pan like mine at American Bakeware!

DIY \\ Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths

December 11, 2014

DIY \\ Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths

I honestly feel like it’s so much easier to create during the holidays! Inspiration is abundant and almost anything looks better when a little greenery is attached. These wine glass holiday wreaths are perfectly perfect for your holiday soiree. You are hosting a holiday soiree, aren’t you? Whether a dinner with wine glasses, or a brunch with champagne glasses, these wreaths need to be present. (Present. Get it? Gifts? I’m too much.)

DIY \\ Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths

To make your own wine glass holiday wreaths you’ll need:

  • wine or champagne glasses (mine from Anthro)
  • greenery of choice (cedar falls beautifully!)
  • floral wire
  • scissors or wire cutters
  • ribbon

DIY \\ Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths

DIY \ Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths

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DIY \\ Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

December 10, 2014

DIY \\ Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

Today’s project is really really really really REALLY easy! Everyone can do it. And should! If you’re looking for a cute and simple way to trim the tree, look no further than these DIY peppermint candy Christmas ornaments! DIY \\ Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

It’s quick and easy, my friends. And it fits almost any holiday color scheme! I don’t usually love red, but in during the holiday season I just go nuts with the combo of red and white! All peppermint. All the time.  DIY \\ Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments Visit Curbly for the full tutorial! It’s one of many fun DIYs for the Curbly Ornament Challenge so lots of eye candy to be had!

Click here for the how-to!

To view other holiday DIY projects for Mission: Merry, click here!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

December 9, 2014

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

Raise your hand if you love gift wrap! I’m imagining about a bazillion hands in the air because that’s how many people read this blog. ;)  Anywho! Wrapping presents is always a fave of mine, no matter the season. The reindeer pom pom gift wrap from a few years ago is still a reader fave, so I decided to revamp it and bring it back this year! You know that the cactus (all the cacti) is on top of the trend food chain right now, so let’s just add to this year’s presents with this DIY cactus pom pom gift wrap!

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

To make your own cactus pom pom gift wrap you’ll need:

Start by trimming the wrapping paper to fit whatever box you’ll be wrapping. Once cut, lay the paper out flat and start stamping the cactus stamp randomly over the surface.

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

Let the ink dry for a minimum of five minutes before you start wrapping your gifts. Once you’ve wrapped your box, add the pom poms with a little hot glue or a glue dot at the top of each cactus… arm?
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DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap Cover as many cacti as your little heart desires. Don’t worry about the back or the bottom based on however you’ll be displaying the gift.

DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap
DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

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DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap
DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap
DIY \\ Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

And now we’re all pommed out for the holidays. Pretty gifts are the best gifts. I have said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t care if the box is empty. I’m a sucker for a gorgeously wrapped present.

This post is part of The Proper Pinwheel’s holiday series, Mission: Merry - click there to view more holiday projects and recipes!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel