Sunday, December 22, 2013

DIY Christmas Gift Wrap

If you're anything like me, you want all your Christmas gifts to look their best, but you absolutely hate spending money on wrapping paper because the cheap stuff is just the worst and the nice expensive stuff is, well, expensive. And it all gets thrown away in the end anyway.

This year, I decided to use what I had (mostly) and paint my own. I used brown craft paper and some white easel paper (which proved to not be the best idea because it rips pretty easily). All you need is some acrylic paint and brushes, glue, lots of glitter, and some creativity! For an added bonus, I made some felt flowers to tie on the top of a few presents with string or baker's twine. (Plus a few Anthro gift toppers I got this season.)

(Please excuse the iPhone photos!)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Floral + Clementine Centerpieces & Gold Votives

It's been a whirlwind few months, but I've finally picked back up on some DIY projects just in time for the holidays. I'll be sharing them over the next few days in case you're in the market for some last minute Christmas ideas. (Please excuse the iPhone photos!)

I bought these glasses from Target's front $1 section that gets me every time. I wanted something small so that each female in my family (there are a lot of us) could take one home with her. To assemble, I just wrapped the baby-leafy-clementines around the glasses with pipe cleaners and cut the flower stems very short.

For the votives, I also found these glasses at Target (they may have been closer to $3, oh my!), taped them up a few different ways, and spray painted them gold. Partly because the surface is curved and partly because I am lazy and didn't reaaaaaally stick the tape down, the spray paint leaked through a bit, but I kind of liked that look and just cleaned up stray spots with nail polish remover on a q-tip. Add a tea light and you're good to go!

I think these would be a really pretty contribution to a Christmas dinner, but with red and white flowers, of course. I know the ladies in my family really loved taking these home, too! Maybe throw on a handmade name tag and bring 'em to your next holiday gathering.