Category Archives: DIY

Spotlight \\ In Love With Custom Wrapping Paper From MINTED

December 22, 2014

Minted Wrapping Paper

We’ve reached the last few days before Christmas! I’ll be honest, I didn’t think I’d make it! To say that this has been a hectic December would be the understatement of the YEAR!!!! I’m getting ready to wind things down and take off for the rest of the month, but I have one more surprise for y’all tomorrow! And it’s. a. doozie. I can’t wait to let that cat outta the bag! Until then, I thought I’d share one of my favorite holiday pastimes – the wrapping of the gifts! I am such a sucker when it comes to packaging. The prettier it is, the harder it is for me to open it. I have bottles of salt that haven’t been opened (and probably never will be!) because the labels are too gorgeous to tear open. I have this disease where every gift I wrap has to be packaged in beautiful wrapping paper. So when I stumbled upon MINTED’s gorgeous line of Custom Wrapping Paper, I said, “bye bye, money in my bank account.”

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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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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

December 15, 2014

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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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

Printed \\ Printable Holiday Treat Labels

December 3, 2014

Today is the first day of our fave holiday series, MISSION: MERRY!
Printable Holiday Treat Labels

Holy holiday madness! December is upon us and already flying by! This is my favorite month of the year. I almost like the whole month leading up to Christmas more than the actual day of Christmas. It’s just fun and suspenseful and jolly, ya know? I’m always happy because each December we whip out our holiday series, MISSION:MERRY! Lots of holiday projects every day leading up to New Years! I also love the weeks leading up to Christmas because I spend that time eating delivering treats to family and friends! I’m all about the packaging and so I’m way too excited for today’s post. I’ve had to keep this under wraps (get it?!? under wraps?!? Because it’s wrapping paper?!?) for a while now and it’s been tough! But here we are and I get to share these super fun printable holiday treat labels (download at the bottom of the post!) that will dress up your treats this year.

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I’ve partnered with Avery to help you customize your packages this year. From stickers to shipping labels to wraparound labels, you’ll be able to customize all your boxes and bags this holiday season.  Printable Holiday Treat Labels

How about that wrapping paper? I’m that person that asks you to carefully cut the tape and return the gift wrap to me when you’ve opened your present. I have to work hard to keep friends…

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DIY \\ PIEBOX Paper Liner

November 20, 2014

DIY PieBox Liner DIY PieBox Liner

Here ye, here ye. I have an announcement. My new favorite gift (for myself!) is a wooden box from PIEBOX! Every attendee of the pie workshop was given one, and they were SUCH a hit! Not to mention how well-crafted they are. The lid just slides off like butter creating a safe place for your precious precious pie. Perfect to transport all those pies you’ll be making this year for Thanksgiving, right? ;) Well, I love my PIEBOX, and I also love having one of a kind wooden boxes that carry pie. So here we are today with a simple tutorial for a DIY PIEBOX Paper Liner!

DIY PieBox Liner

Materials:

  • one wooden PIEBOX
  • cute patterned paper
  • scissors
  • double-sided tape
  • a pen or pencil DIY PieBox Liner

Remove the lid from the PIEBOX and lay it on the back of your patterned paper. Trace around it with your pen or pencil. Take caution not to get anything on the wooden lid!

DIY PieBox Liner

Once you’ve traced, cut out the paper square. Cut just a little inside the lines so that it’s a tad smaller than what you traced. DIY PieBox Liner

Place a few pieces of double stick tape to the inside bottom of the PIEBOX. Tape that sucker right into the pie box and gently smooth your hands over the paper to ensure it all lays flat and sticks well.
DIY PieBox Liner

DIY PieBox Liner

Bonus: the paper protects the wood AND looks pretty. Everybody wins!

Double Bonus: They’ve just come out with a MEATBOX. Logan’s brain just exploded. DIY PieBox Liner DSC_0507

Now go.

Go and make pie.

Go and box pie.

Go and eat pie.

To read more about the pie workshop, click here! You can also visit the hashtag #eatdrinkcreate on Instagram!

This post is in partnership with PIEBOX, an amazing company that believes in protecting your baked goods. They provided wooden boxes for the workshop and for this post. Thank you for supporting the brands that help The Proper Pinwheel keep creating!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Floral Pie Topper & Wreath

November 19, 2014

DIY Floral Pie Topper

Today’s the magical day that we finally talk about pie! Remember last month when I taught the EAT DRINK CREATE pie workshop? And it was amazing, and wonderful, and I want to do it again?! I thought you’d remember. I always get nervous when putting these events on. (Sign up for the holiday workshop here!)  It’s like in high school when you’re throwing a party, and you’re afraid nobody will show. Ya feel me? But tickets sold out in a matter of days! So then I got all cocky. Just kidding. You can read all about it today over here on Style Me Pretty Living!

Aside from making and decorating pies, we also used some amazing blooms provided by Flower Muse to decorate the pies with. So let’s talk about how to make a floral pie topper & wreath, shall we? It’s easier than you think and really packs a pie punch.  DIY Floral Pie Topper amirigggghhhhtttt? Honestly, this pie stayed in our fridge for weeks because I thought it was too pretty to eat. I just kept snapping an inappropriate amount of photos of it!
DIY Floral Pie Topper DIY Floral Pie Topper

Flower Muse knocked it out of the park with the flowers they sent. It was so fun for me to create arrangements, big and small, for the tables! And they look especially pretty in my animal head vases from Anthropologie!
DIY Floral Pie Topper DIY Floral Pie Topper

Minted Cherry Pie Print

Check out the full recap for the workshop here on Style Me Pretty Living! And, of course, don’t forget to watch the short video! You can view it at the end of this post and on the Style Me Pretty recap! :)

Now, let’s get to the wreath business.

DIY Floral Pie Topper

Keep reading to see more floral pie toppers!

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