As much as I’d love to be DIY’ing, I’m once again on Dayquil and therefore have napping and surviving my day job as my highest priorities. Fortunately, I happen to know of some really genius DIY folks and decided I’d share a few of my current favorite holiday projects floating around, like these DIY giant balloon ornaments by Kelly of Studio DIY (photo by Mary Costa).
No joke, I literally read Kelly’s post on these babies last Friday and proceeded to show everyone in the room and let them know that I was a proud friend. Don’t judge me, I’d do it for you too.
Can we also take a moment of silence for the unbelievable cuteness that is felt candy ornaments? Molly at The Purl Bee really blew it out of the snow with this one.
And because shimmery gold also counts as bright, I love this DIY golden triangle garland by Almost Makes Perfect, and very well loved Sugar & Cloth contributor!
Anjelika over at Brit + Co. made these adorable Pantone boxes for an advent calendar but I think they’re just as cute as holiday favor boxes or gift wrap, don’t you?
And lastly, super cute and functional DIY hexagon candy boxes by Eat Drink Chic for Oh Happy Day, what’s not to love?
I decided that I’d continue letting my love-of-gift-wrap-flag fly high after this DIY post by teaming up with Oh No Rachio to bring you this DIY printable accordion gift tag. Isn’t it seriously the cutest?!
I’ve been dreaming up this accordion idea for the holidays for a while and Rachel totally nailed it. It’s double-sided and reads Dear, please be merry and bright with a dear and from section on the back! They fit perfectly in standard mini envelopes or you can hole punch them to tie onto your gifts. Am I rambling like a car salesman? Sorry, I’m just super giddy over these.
- Printer for printable gift tags (each print makes two double sided gift tags)
- Paper scoring board or just a flat edge for folding creases
To make the gift tags, print out each page of the PDF making the printout double sided. If you have the auto two-side feature on your printer, all you have to do is print the PDF and select that option and it will automatically print to form making two double sided gift tags.
If you don’t have the automatic two sided printer feature, you can just print out the first page of the PDF download and then flip the paper over to print out the second page for the backside of the tags.
Cut out each tag, and then use scoring board to make creases at each division line on the color blocked printable.
Now you can fold the paper accordion style then fill out the “dear and from” section and you’re all set. You can either put it in a mini envelope or hole punch to tie onto your gift!
design by Rachel of Oh No Rachio! for Sugar & Cloth
Sometimes I have lightbulb DIY moments and other times I just have to give a round of applause to some other DIY geniuses, like I did with this leather dresser pull idea that I got from Improvised Life. Let’s be real, is this not the perfect $10 Ikea hack solution to make inexpensive furniture perfectly impressive for holiday guests? I think so! Add a few extra tidbits like cookies (these are from The Cravory), your favorite candle, and a few refreshments and they should be set.
To make this version of pulls, I just folded two inch wide strips of leather from the craft store and nailed two gold nails to top portion of the drawers.
In case you don’t have the space for guests to have their own dresser, you can always opt for this stand alone floor length mirror with room for guests to hang their clothes on the back. I like to keep pretty patterns on mine for everyday, but if you’re into sharing, you can give them a rack and a few clothes hangers for their own.
Another cute idea for making guests feel welcome is by leaving a polaroid mini camera for them to snap their favorite memories!
I’d like to confess that sometimes I try way too hard to save pretty wrapping paper. I don’t want you to think I belong on that show Extreme Cheapskates or anything, I just really love a good presentation. Lucky for you, and moms all around the world, you can make DIY monogram gift tags are both cute and keepsake worthy without causing you to be considered strange. Perfect!
- Plain ornaments (mine were $1.99 at Hobby Lobby)
- Gold leafing sheets
- Gold leaf adhesive pen
Using your adhesive pen, write your letter or message on a bulb and let it dry for five minutes. Next, place a gold leafing sheet over the adhesive and rub gently to adhere it.
Peel the sheet off and lightly dust away excess leafing. String a piece of ribbon through to tie it onto your gift, and you’re all set!
Lastly, I’ve officially decided that everyone needs golden disco ball ornaments. That sounds legitimate right?