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?
photos and recipe contributed by Nanette of Cultural Chromatics
Prepare yourselves everyone, ’cause this may blow your mind. It certainly blew my mind when I first heard that such desserts were possible. What is it? Ice. Cream. Bread. Yes!
All you need to do is combine your favorite ice cream flavor, some flour, and voila! You’ve got a dense, moist bread that goes perfectly with tea or coffee, and with winter fast approaching, I decided a seasonally flavored bread was in order. This Hot Chocolate Bread with extra marshmallows is perfect for the rainy/snowy day in, wrapped in warm blankets with a piping hot cup of coffee or milk.
- 1 pint hot chocolate ice cream, softened (or whatever your favorite ice cream is!)
- 1 1/2 cup flour
Start off by preheating the oven to 355 degrees F. Mix together softened ice cream and flour. It will come off as kind of crumbly, and that is totally fine! Pour into a greased or lined loaf pan and top off with marshmallows.
Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the edges are pulling away from the sides. And… you’re done!! Easy as cake.
If you regularly read Sugar & Cloth, than I think it’s safe statement to make that we all love DIY. It’s either that or I’m so witty and charming that you’re willing to overlook 98% of everything I talk about, which I highly doubt. So, to keep our DIY love affair alive, I’ve rounded up five ways to give the gift of DIY this season for day six of #12earlydaysofchristmas.
Wander + Hunt, kits for the DIY fashion lover // Brit + Co, DIY starter kits for those who need supplies from the ground up // Make Your Day DIY, a darling DIY eBook by Chelsea Costa & Chelsea Andrews with DIY’s for everyday // Whimseybox, a monthly DIY subscription or by project service with just about any topic you can think of, like this “Blogger Scissors” kit (ha!) // Darby Smart, Have you seen a project you just loved by a fellow blogger? You may be able to buy a kit for it, like this one my friend Brittni at Paper & Stitch!
Also, not to be forgotten is For The Makers, and with a name like that, it’s a gift that doesn’t get much better for your favorite DIY’er.
As to not leave you hanging for too long (no pun intended), here’s the full tutorial for yesterday’s DIY color block hanging ornament garland from my crafting party with Martha Stewart Living.
Assembling the garland is as simple as stringing the ornament hooks through wired ribbon, or in my case, felted wool rope. I offered guests two options so that they could choose either a more sophisticated look with silver wired ribbon or a more playful look with the felted wool rope. Fair warning though, this bad boy takes a ton of bulbs to make it full, so stock up before hand!
- Ornaments (I used the holiday frost collection from Martha Stewart, and paints)
- Ornament hooks
- Wired ribbong or felted wool rope
The quickest and easiest way (always good to know, right?) is to loop a set of three bulbs together on an ornament hook, and then twist the hook around your rope or ribbon. I created this one to have six bulbs for each color, but you can do as many or as little ad you’d like.
Once you’ve grouped one color on the garland, continue with groups of the following until you’ve got it as long as you’d like, and then clip the ribbon or rope and knot it at the ends of the bulbs.
Now all you have to do is hang or drape it in place! Don’t forget to follow along for all of the Twelve Early Days of Christmas projects and recipes, #12earlydaysofchristmas!
All photos by Kimberly Chau Photography, post sponsored by Martha Stewart Living