Looking for a free printable calendar for 2017? I hope you'll love this one I'm putting together, and here's January for you! The rest are coming really soon so you'll be able to get your whole year printed out.
It's the end of 2016! One of my favorite things is looking past through the blog posts I've written through the year and find out which ones have been most popular. Some of my overall popular posts have still come from previous years (like my April Fool's baking sheet post and my fall fashion post)
But it's great to see what new posts I wrote that you all liked. This year I'm seeing a big trend of Cricut tutorials :) so I hope that's been helpful! Did you get a Cricut for Christmas? Don't miss those then.
(post may contain affiliate links) Right when my kids went back to school in December, I painted both of the girls' rooms. Since then I've been slowly adding some decorations and custom stuff for them. I asked Emily what kind of signs or quotes she might want.
She knew right away she wanted something from The Princess Bride and from Harry Potter. This sign simply says "INCONCEIVABLE" but it really makes a statement!
If you've ever wondered if you can upload your own images to cut (or print then cut) with your Cricut, the answer is YES! And it's not hard like you might think either. Plus, I'm going to walk you through the whole process, and even have a video linked up below, so by the end of the post, you'll totally have the power.
How's all that Christmas wrapping coming for you? Let me just tell you I'm a sucker for pretty packaging. I used the love the creative ways my parents would come up with for wrapping Christmas gifts. I remember my mom even one time saying that she wished those school fundraisers would sell cute gift toppers along with those rolls of wrapping paper :)
Flash forward a few years, and now I'm wrapping presents for my own kids and love to dress them up a little too. When you're not just tying a bit of ribbon around a box though, you need something with some real sticking power so your work doesn't get bumped off under the Christmas tree. Enter Gorilla Hot Glue Sticks. They work in any glue gun, high or low heat, and the glue is 5 times more durable, and works for indoor or outdoor projects. Gorilla Hot Glue Sticks are available only at Walmart, and I found them in the craft aisle.
So let me show you how I decorated these pretty packages. Start by wrapping the box with plain brown paper. You'll usually find this near shipping supplies. Next gather some pretty ribbon and craft flowers. I purchased a package of these flowers already assembled, but you could easily make your own with burlap, paper and fabric (and Gorilla Hot Glue Sticks of course.)
Start by wrapping some ribbon around the package and securing it with hot glue. This seemed to be particularly important on the ribbon that had wire in the edges. It didn't want to lay down nicely on the box. Try mixing ribbon types, and different spots on the box, and not just always crossing right in the center of the box, just to change it up.
Then use theGorilla Hot Glue Sticks to stick flowers down on the ribbon and the present. Don't you just love how they turned out? They fit in perfectly with my pink and gold decorated Christmas tree.
It's certainly not necessary to have your tree and presents match, but it sure is fun when a few of them do. And my kids always get super excited when even just a couple of presents show up under the tree.
The hot glue was also really handy when one of my shirt boxes had come apart on one end. Fixed it up super quick, and I knew it would hold and be stronger than just tape. Glue guns for everything!
I hope you like these fancy present wrapping ideas and that I've inspired you to dress up your Christmas presents - and that it can be totally easy! Other options of what you could use for fancy gift wrapping are jingle bells, small ornaments or disco balls, cookie cutters (just tie them into the ribbon and they can be used later), silk flowers, bits of fake mistletoe or holly. Really, this list is quite long when you think about it and let your imagination run a little wild.
I worked with The Felt Pod on this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. (some links are affiliate)
Have you guys seen all the cute and creative ways that people are using felt balls these days? Take one look at the cute garlands and different place that they can be strung up, and it’s no wonder they’re taking the world by storm. And the colors – there are so many! But if you’re stumped on where to get some (because you won’t have luck just looking for pompoms at your craft store), you should check out The Felt Pod.
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This year, I went ahead and did it. I bought myself another Christmas tree! When we first moved into this house a couple of years ago, I knew that a tree would look great in the living room, right between the two front windows. And I was right. We have our fabulously colorful and festive tree in the family room, next to the fireplace, and full of all the cute and special ornaments we've collected over the years.
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