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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 \\ 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
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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A Family Memory Game with Pinhole Press

November 24, 2014

Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press We’ve lived in Denver for several years now, and we try to see family as much as we can, but not always as much as we want. Especially now that we have Vita. I want her to be familiar with her cousins so that whenever we do see them, she can recognize them and be ready to party. We’re a party family. I was excited an inappropriate amount when I saw that Pinhole Press came out with a fun memory card game. What better way to help Vita learn the faces of her cousins than with a memory game?!
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It’s the cutest thing to watch her match up the pictures. She gets so excited every time she lifts a card! And let’s talk about her curly hair. It’s everything I ever wanted in a daughter’s hair.  Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press

They’re printed on some quality ultrathick paper that stands up to her teething on it. She loves to eat paper. Like a gerbil. I’m glad these cards don’t give out so easily!
Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press
Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press

Vita has about 20 cousins, so we are going to need another set of cards over here! Each game is capped at 12 photos, so that should be the right amount for you normal folk. ;)
Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press

Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press

We also ordered a few holiday cards from Pinhole as well. We order every year (check out year’s past here and here). I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but can’t help it. When I got these back, I honestly cried. I think I’m still emotional one year post-partum. Ain’t no thang.

Psss! Pinhole Press is currently offering 30% off all holiday card orders through Cyber Monday  when you enter the code: PROPERPINWHEEL! So what are you waiting for?! Send me one, mmmmkay? I’m not kidding.

This post is in partnership with Pinhole Press, a baller paper company that believes in printing quality cards & other paper products. Thank you for supporting the brands that help The Proper Pinwheel keep creating!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

Printed \\ Giftwrap Printables & Download (+ A Giveaway!)

November 17, 2014

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In my spare time (which is rare!), I’ve been trying to teach myself different skills. I’ve been focusing on calligraphy, photography, and as of late, illustrator! I’ve really been trying to spend a focused amount of time bettering myself. That usually means spending a focused amount of time trying to NOT down 4 Diet Cokes in a day, but whatever. I’m actually really excited about this one! I’ve been dabbling with drawings and turning them into lil’ prints and just thought I’d share this with y’all! I’d like to introduce you to the first of hopefully many free giftwrap printables and desktop downloads!

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I know it’s a little bit beginner and I know that all you pros are gonna be like, “c’mon! That is so amateur.” But just let me live!!!!! If you decide that you want to download it (and you should!), just click the links below! It’s really really REALLY fun printed. It’s also pretty large so it could act as some giftwrap if you want to make all your friends love you.  DSC_0457

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Click here to download the  \\ Gifties Desktop Download \\

Click here to download the \\ Gifties Printable \\

I’m going to be working on these here and there and trying to improve my skillz, and hope you’ll find something you like! Also. Tips. I need tips. So if you’ve got ‘em, I’d love ‘em.

And in true holiday fashion, get started on your presents early! Head on over to enter the Giftry giveaway to win $1000 of your Giftry items! For free! Ho Ho Ho, indeed! Want to see what you should give the baker, paper lover, and the other loved ones in your life? Visit here! 

I’m still in good ol’ California celebrating #meetthemindells, but I’ll be back tomorrow! Have you seen all the goods that Palm Springs had to offer?! Check it all out on Insta, my friends. Check it all out on insta.

DIY Christmas Clothespins

December 20, 2013

This post is part of The Proper Pinwheel’s holiday series, Mission: Merry.

DIY Christmas Clothespins

Happy Friday, folks! This is the last weekend before Christmas and we have SO MUCH to get done! From packing for vacation to the neighbor gifts to wrapping presents, my hours are scheduled! What about you? Are you surviving this December? Today’s DIY project is a really really RIDICULOUSLY EASY one. I mean, I’m almost ashamed to call myself a blogger. I’m pretty sure I’d be fired… These Christmas Clothespins are soooo sweet and super mini so they’re perfect for all your clothespin needs!

DIY Christmas Clothespins

Supplies:

  • clothespins
  • foam stickers in Christmas shapes (Found at Michael’s, and Christmas is currently 50-70% off!

DIY Christmas Clothespins

Basically, remove the back of each sticker and place it gently on the clothespin! And that’s it!

DIY Christmas Clothespins

Aren’t these guys the cutest? I can think of a million things to hang with a clothespin right now. Can you?

DIY Christmas Clothespins

So simple and Christmasy-cute! Use these to display your friend’s holiday cards. Just snip a few feet of red and white baker’s twine and get to hangin’!

**happy weekend**

To see more Mission: Merry projects, click here! To see even more DIY projects, click here!

24 Merry Days Update: Head on over to Design Crush for a chance to win $500 worth of Mud Australia Dishware! Ack! And it was our turn to host yesterday’s giveaway with some goodies from Amelia. Have you entered yet?!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel