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DIY Christmas Tree Cactus


DIY Christmas tree cactus |

photos by Jared Smith

For those of you that aren’t as eager as the rest of us to stash away the turkey decor and fall leaves for busting out the Christmas trees and 1000 yards of wadded up twinkle lights, this DIY Christmas tree cactus is totally up your alley… if you’re in West Texas or really enjoy the desert.

We made this little guy as part of our nod to holiday travel series with Princess Cruises to go along with this colorful pom pom Christmas tree and one other one coming up tomorrow! For now, I’ll let you in on the super simple secret to decorating your own DIY cactus christmas tree…

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DIY Pom Pom Christmas Tree Idea


DIY pom pom christmas tree |    DIY pom pom christmas tree |

photos by Jared Smith

With Christmas, traveling, and family road trips just round the corner, I thought it would be fitting to have a few fun alternatives to the traditional family Christmas tree for the… not so traditional Christmas. On all of our travels recently, especially our recent cruise with Princess Cruises, it got us thinking about how not everyone plans to stay bundled up with chestnuts, a fire, and snowballs just outside their door for the holidays, so obviously a variety of ways to celebrate for every climate and region are in order!

This isn’t to say there’s a specific part of the world that only uses paper pom poms for celebrating (if their was, I’d definitely be there!), but this DIY pom pom Christmas tree is a fun alternative to the traditional decor, because the Caribbean doesn’t exactly call for a snowcapped douglas fir tree. Obviously it needs something far more colorful!…

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DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Macarons


DIY thanksigiving turkey macarons DIY thanksigiving turkey macarons

Let’s be real, it wouldn’t be a holiday around here without a macaron craft, so obviously these DIY Thanksgiving turkey macarons were a no-brainer! They’d also be pretty perfect for keeping the little ones entertained while the adults handle the real thing, but I’m totally not trying to get your kids sugared up before dinner or anything.

See the full tutorial for these little guys over on the Minted blog, right here! Do you all have any clever traditions or tactics for keeping the littles entertained on Thanksgiving?

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DIY Napkin rings and thanksgiving tabletop idea


DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop |

photos by Jared Smith

I have a little confession to make, I’m kind of a fan girl over Alana Jones Mann. It’s a love affair I’ve been meaning to tell you about since I met her at a blog conference last year and she handed me a business card that was a slice of cake made out of a makeup sponge. I practically asked her if we could be best friends right on the spot.

Somehow I convinced her almost a year later to help me create a Thanksgiving tabletop idea I’ve been dreaming up (since she is the queen of cupcake toppers, after all), and the end result is kind of blowing my mind! To bring a little extra handmade action to the table, I created DIY gold leaf napkin rings to go along with Alana’s edible DIY Thanksgiving dinner cake toppers…

DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop | DIY napkins rings and Thanksgiving tabletop |

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