For me, they don’t wear off or smear as easily as other brands but the colors are still very pigmented (not super light, as I’ll just wear gloss only if I want a super light look). I feel like it’s a brand no one knows about, but should.
When it comes to holiday decor, I do love finding special little pieces to add to my collection each year in stores, but I also love adding in homemade decor touches to make the season feel special and personal.
I love a good holiday project that is really cute and pretty fast to complete (leaves more time for eating cookies and watching movies, right?!), so this “ugly” Christmas sweater garland is the perfect thing to whip up for your home.
For this home holiday project, we are partnering with Canon USA! We love being able to print high-quality photos and printables at home, and Canon makes it easy to create endless options to add to your holiday decor.
One reason I love garlands is because they are something you can hang just about anywhere, they don’t take up a lot of space to store, and they are great for renters and homeowners (as they can be easily tied to or draped over items or hung with removable strips like these).
This garland is so fun and whimsical. I love that you can also customize it by printing different sizes, putting them in whatever order you want, just printing certain colors for your color theme, or adding other fun things like yarn tassels or little bells to the garland for something extra fun.
Making Christmas decorations at home is one of my favorite things and this would also be a great craft to do with kiddos old enough to use scissors (kids love to hole punch and string items on strings as well!).
Hope this little craft adds some holiday magic to your home this season! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Graphic Design: Mara Dawn.
Each year, I make one special ornament (or group of ornaments) with my daughters. I love this tradition for both the memories we make crafting together, and our growing collection of nostalgic, messy ornaments.
There are a zillion different ways to decorate a perfect Christmas tree, but is there anything more nostalgic, warm, and cozy than children’s crafts? No way.
First, let’s discuss air dry clay. I like model magic and I keep it on hand at all times for spur of the moment kids crafts.
It’s an easier and less messy alternative to salt dough. Last weekend, I made these Santa ornaments (so cute— the design was inspired @ashchaber on Instagram).
Here’s another example of a model magic ornament from Nova’s first Christmas with our family. We made one of these for each our girls for their first Christmas. Here’s the process used:
Roll the clay out into an oval shape (a little larger than their hand).
Press their hand into the clay (it helps to press the entire hand in and then ALSO press each individual finger and palm while the hand is still in the original placement).
Poke a hole in the top. Let the clay dry; it takes a few days (I flip it once a day to dry both sides evenly).
After the clay is dry, you can repeat the handprint with paint if you want a more dramatic one to show.
For the Santa ornament, the process is almost the same except I trimmed the outer edges of clay away (with scissors) after the handprint was on.
I used rubber stamps to add their initials and the year to each ornament. Then, I painted it myself after it was completely dry.
We found these paintable frames at a craft store (similar here). I like to collect supplies like this that are holiday- specific. I’ve found that you can use them year after year, so if you don’t use all your supplies, just save them for next year.
These are one of the first ornaments I made with Nova when she was 3 years old. She was old enough to paint the frames herself. After they dried, I did the stamping for her, and then we added the pom pom balls together.
That year we made a bunch of extras, and they made great gifts for family.
This photo was taken just days after we arrived home from adopting Nova. We adopted her in early December, so her first Christmas with us was immediately after we returned home.
These unfinished ceramic ornaments are perfect for painting with little kids who are just learning to hold a brush. On the back we painted “Nova’s first Christmas.”
If you are mad for plaid around the holiday season, then this pillow will be the perfect addition to your cozy living room (and the perfect companion for watching all those holiday movies on your couch). How cute is this one, too?
Pink Christmas tree?? Yes, please! Show your love for all things Christmas (and all things pink) at the same time with this showstopper of a tree. Here’s a blush pink tree if you like your pink in a lighter hue.
One of Elsie’s favorite Christmas decor items are cabinet bows! They come in lots of colors and patterns, and they add some holiday cheer to your kitchen (which can tend to get neglected a bit compared to the rest of the house).
These retro trees are a classic and bring back fond memories of holidays at Grandma’s house. You can go for a larger size to really make a statement, or try a smaller model for a desk or console table.
If you love the old-timey look of candles on Christmas trees, then you’ll love these clip-on battery candles that you can use year after year (without having to worry about your tree catching on fire!).
These are one of Elsie’s holiday tricks—star decals that add instant holiday magic to your walls! They are removable (so you can use them even if you are a renter) and, hey, you may like them so much you keep them up all year long!
Digital Holiday Print (Print Whatever Size You Want!)
We love digital prints, as you can download them and print them whatever size you need (and you can print smaller sizes from home so you can get one done instantly!). This Santa countdown is adorable for the wall or a fridge to help a kiddo count down the days.
I am a big believer in going on walks. It’s part of my daily life, and has been for well over a year now. I could probably write a whole blog post about going on walks, but maybe another time. One side effect of walking is you can collect pretty autumn leaves, or rocks, or pinecones.
By the way, I did not realize until I was getting ready to write this post that you can spell it pine cones OR pinecones. Both are correct. I swear I learn something new every day.
I’ve been collecting pinecones while on walks this past month, and I decided I wanted to learn how to bleach pinecones so I could use them in some kind of project.
You can, of course, buy bleached pinecones. You can also bleach pinecones without bleach by thinning down white paint and dipping or painting them. But I was curious about actually bleaching them, how long it would take, and what kind ratio of bleach to use.
I actually did a few experiments and most of them didn’t work. Ha! But then, the simplest method turned out the best.
Place the pinecones in the plastic bag, inside a glass container.
Fill the bag with bleach (do not dilute it; trust me, I tried that).
Use things around your house or rocks to weigh the pinecones down so they are submerged in the bleach. They will want to float otherwise.
Allow the pinecones to soak for at least 12 hours. You may need to turn or flip the pinecones while still in the bag so you can aim to get all sides.
Rinse the pinecones in the sink or bathtub, always taking care to not get bleach on your clothes or other fabrics. And generally be careful when working with bleach; it’s a strong substance and can harm surfaces, your skin, and even gives off a pretty strong odor.
Let the bleached pinecones dry out in the sun for another 12-24 hours.
You can use bleached pinecones in crafts, including making a bleached pinecone wreath. That’s what I did—I love making wreaths. Honestly, I have way too many in my house already. Lol.
Other projects you could make with bleached pinecones: