DIY Candles for the Holiday Season

I love candles and candle centerpieces, don’t you?  I think they can easily add a very special touch to a celebration or party… or just to my dining room table or shelves.  Today I’m sharing tutorials and ideas in case YOU love candles too!

Designing candle centerpieces doesn’t have to be difficult, as shown by this Martha Stewart idea.  You could use any festive or colorful flower to create a similar effect:

 

For a lovely and unique look, you might try this tutorial from Thrifty Parsonage Living – DIY Epsom Salt craft candles!  Who knew!

And for a more “white snow” look, here is another epsom salt DIY tutorial, from Hungry Hippie:

For a VERY unique look, check out the Rolled Chocolate Wafer Candle Displays, from Design, Dining and Diapers.  Sometimes it’s fun to think OUTSIDE the box, and these candles definitely qualify.  What fun ideas would you fill your vases with?

And one more… another one that is “outside the box” and lovely at the same time!  Check out this tutorial from Perlilla and Pets, using kitchen scour scrubbers to decorate Christmas candles!

Will YOU be decorating with candles this year?  We’d love to hear what you are doing with candles and decor.  Share in the comments section!

More DIY Christmas Gifts

I honestly don’t think we could write too many DIY Christmas gifts posts.  There are just so, so, SO many fabulous ideas out there, and I could write a post every day of the year.  I will refrain from being that excessive, but here I am with a few more great ideas for your holiday gift giving.

Do you know someone who LOVES candles?  And glitter?  How about making them a Glitter Candle (or three?)  From Home Heart Craft, a great how to make glitter candle tutorial for you:

 

From BHG, another (maybe easier) version of glitter candles, using glitter scrapbook paper: Make sure you scroll through all the candle crafts ideas in the post – there are over 20!

 

Now, do you need a Hostess gift for one of the parties you’ll be attending?  Check out this adorable idea from Midwest Living – you can stuff the mittens (or use oven mitts!) with anything you can think up!  And this post includes over 20 edible Christmas gifts to make!

 

Or how about DIY wine bags for that special hostess, or the wine lovers in your life?  Click here for the fun DIY tutorial from Diary of a Mad Crafter:

Want to make a baked goodie as a gift?  Then you need to check out this Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake, from averie cooks.  It looks divine, and I think it would make a lovely hostess (or otherwise) gift!

Need some lovely gift tags to go with your gifts?  Check out these printable tags from Pioneer Woman, found in this post:

And finally… something unique for the women… sisters, aunts, moms, and grandmas… how about learning how to make a Sugar Scrub?  The Idea Room has a FAB tutorial for making a Peppermint Candy Sugar Scrub.  Doesn’t it look scrumptious and lovely? It’s way easier than you’d think!

 

What will YOU be making to give away this year?  Please share with us!  We’d love to hear!

DIY – How to Tie a Ribbon for Christmas Gifts (and more!)

Lots and lots and LOTS of present wrapping is in my near future, and I can’t wait to try how my new about tying bows with  ribbons skills.  I’ve been helped tremendously by videos from BHG (there are 11 different ribbon and bows tutorials!).  Here are a few videos to check out:

Classic Bow:

Layered Bow:

Pom-Pom Bow:

And you know… bows aren’t JUST for packages!

Here is a very quick, VERY easy you tube video on how to tie a bow on a chair!

Cherry Menlove shares a great tutorial on how MAKE chair bows.

And if creating your own is out of your league, we have both Chair Covers and Chair Sashes in the Diva Entertains shop:

 

How will YOU be using ribbon this holiday season?  We’d love to hear about it!

DIY Fabulous Christmas Wreaths!

It’s that time of year… time for some DIY Christmas wreaths!  I’m not sure why, but I just LOVE looking at Christmas wreaths and all the fun ways a person could make their decor just that much more special.  I’ve got some great posts to share with you today, so YOU can DIY your way to a fab Xmas wreath!

From Vintage Style Files, a DIY Ornament Wreath… I know we have some vintage ornaments in our Christmas “stash”, but I’m not sure I could get away with turning them into a wreath.  But wow.. I kinda want to!

From Canadian Family, a surprisingly easy way to make a GOLD wreath; so very clever *and* inexpensive!

 

From the Kurtz Corner, how to make a TULLE  wreath.  This could be done in lots of lovely colors – wouldn’t have to stick with traditional reds and greens at all!

 

And from Watch Me Daddy comes a very unique and lovely twist – a candy cone wreath made from mesh.  You know you want to make on of these, and now you can:

Have you made (or will you be making) a wreath this year?  We’d love to hear about it!

 

DIY Christmas Ornaments

It’s that time of year – holiday DIY time AND Christmas tree trimming time!  I’ve got some great tutorials for homemade FAB Christmas ornaments, that you can keep OR give away as gifts!

First, from A Petite Cottage, some amazing (and oh, so DIVA) leopard print ornaments – I love the variations she made, but all with the leopard print material.  LOVE that she made them  from some recycled items like a leopard print skirt from the thrift store, some old ornaments and some vintage buttons and button covers.

From Life and Other Shenanigans comes a pretty quick and easy DIY “squiggle” ornament, using puff paint!  I can imagine this in all shades of color and puffiness. These would be great Christmas ornaments to make with kids!

From Sweet Something Designs, a great tutorial how to make glitter ornaments!  She calls it “UpCycling” – gotta love that!

From Mother Rising, a very simple, yet elegant idea for using feathers inside ornaments.  I love the peacock feather ornament!

And from Do It Yourself Divas, a gorgeous DIY Pearl Ornament tutorial: (so easy!)

Christmas Party Bites

It’s officially the after-Thanksgiving, after Black Friday, ALMOST December “Holiday Season”!  So.. expect a lot of holiday cheer (AND posts) around here this month.  Today’s post is brought to you by the words “party” and “bites”.  We normally offer FAB recipes on Mondays, but there are just so many great recipes out there waiting to be made, I thought I’d share a few links specifically for your holiday food/party planning.  I’ve got a little savory.. a little sweet… and a lot of Holiday thrown in!

First, from Happy Hour Projects… Bite Size Party Bark.  Not  only do these Christmas party appetizers look great – they taste great – offering a little bit sweet and a little bit salty all in one.  The link includes great instructions and step-by-step instructions. What an incredibly cute and fun way to use candy or ice cube molds!

From Betty Crocker, a fun holiday twist on the Christmas cheese ball… why not turn it into a Snowman Cheese Ball?

For the kids (and kids at heart), check out these fun Christmas Santa Crackers, from Free Fun Christmas.  Not a lot of gourmet in them, but a cute addition to a Holiday party!  Easily made with round butter crackers, pepperoni slices, ricotta or cream cheese, capers and celery.

From Dandelions and Lace, a cute twist (ha!) on using Bugles as a party food.  It’s another great sweet/salty combo that is perfect for a holiday party.  Photo step-by-step instructions in the post.

And finally, from City Wife, Country Life… an adorable penguin Christmas party snack.  Now, I’m not sure what Penguins have to do with the holidays exactly, but I just couldn’t pass up using this one!  Olives, carrots and cream cheese is all it takes!

What kind of Holiday Party “bites” will you be making this year?  We’d love to hear about it!  Leave us a comment, and a blog link if you have one!

Thursday Theme – Holiday Weddings

It’s a little late to be planning a holiday wedding for THIS year, but it’s just about the right time to start planning one for NEXT year!  So, with that in mind, we have collected some fun links for you holiday wedding planning!  And seriously… reds and whites, reds and golds, blues and whites… there are some fab color schemes to consider when planning a holiday wedding!

From wedding bells, I found a slideshow of yummy bite-sized foods for your winter wedding.  I love the idea of donut holes as a wedding food, don’t you.  Make sure you scroll through all 22 wedding finger food pics – the presentation and suggestions are *fab*!

 

There are TONS of variations of holiday wedding cakes out there (just go to Google.com/Images and type in “Christmas wedding cakes” to see a few..thousand), but I found this one on Pink Cake Box, and loved the red “em roidered” look:  Take some time and check out her other cakes – we are are sure you’ll find plenty of inspiration!  Click here to see her Winter Wedding Cakes specifically.

And you could go with a traditional red and white floral bouquet for your holiday wedding… or, you could make something unique like this DIY crystal and pearl bouquet, from Oh Dear Photography: They even include a little  ‘how to make a pearl bouquet’ tutorial!

From Elizabeth Ann Designs, check out the GORGEOUS holiday centerpiece idea with DIY instructions… cranberries, greenery, candles.. I love it!  There are 3 other beautiful Christmas craft projects on the same page so before to read the entire post!

And finally, check out these flower-pot favors with ornaments and flower bulbs, from bhg.com… I love the idea of “spring is just around the corner” at your holiday wedding.  Make sure you click through and then scroll to see 25 easy to make party favors!

DIY Christmas Decor

Yes, I realize it’s not even Halloween yet, but let’s get serious… there are only 2 months left to get prepared for Christmas!   We plan to share several posts in the next few weeks about the holidays – gifts, decor, and party planning.  Today?  We’re talking about DIY Christmas decor.

Looking for Christmas decorating crafts?  From BHG.com, a lovely glass ornament topiary tutorial.  These could be made is so many different color combinations!

More Christmas home decor ideas from the Thrifty Crafter, a great post with tutorials for more topiaries – twine, berries, and more!

From BowerPower, a lovely post with some ideas for holiday table settings and centerpieces.  This gorgeous ornament chandelier, based on her instructions in the post, seems darn doable!

 

From Martha Stewart, a unique wreath chandelier


Are you making your Christmas decor plans yet?  How will you be decorating?

 

Free Printable Christmas Tags and Stickers

Do you need some cute tags for your gifts this year?  Well, here are a few last-minute free holiday gift tags for you to download, print and use!

The files are in PDF format, and the tags come 20 to a sheet!  Download the files below, print the sheet on white cardstock or full-sheet labels.  Both cardstock AND full-sheet labels can be found at office supply stores. Cut each tag out by hand, OR use a 2-inch circle (or square) punch, and you have cardstock tags or stickers!

I have set up the files individually, so you only have to download what you would like to use.  Click on the image(s) below to begin downloading the PDF.

   

 

Graphics used in the designs are courtesy of http://digiwebstudio.com

 

Christmas Cookies!

Last week, we talked about Christmas Cupcakes… and today, we’re continuing with the baking theme and looking at SUPER FAB decorated Christmas cookies photos. Well – we aren’t just looking – we have FAB tutorials… meaning, you can MAKE most of these cookies yourself!

From one of my very favorite cookie makers, Sugar Belle, check out the incredible step-by-step tutorial for making fun Santa cookies.  She also provides delicious royal icing recipe.  And – if that isn’t enough – check out her cooking decorating videos – pure awesomeness:

I am absolutely in LOVE with the idea of edible frosting sheets, and printing on them with edible color.  Check out what Sweetopia did with them!  And yes, you can make these, but only if you have edible frosting sheets and an edible color printer.  If you do a lot of decorating/baking, it might be worth getting – HERE is a link to a set at Amazon.com!  A bit too DIY?  Etsy’s Queen of Tarts offers several edible vintage Holiday transfer sheets for purchase!

Something a little different, but oh, so fab, are these Spiral Christmas cookies from Sprinkle Bakes.  These easy Christmas sugar cookies are sure to be a HUGE hit (and her pictures are gorgeous!).  I am definitely making some of these with my kids this week!

For a really FUN idea (again, especially for making with the kids), how about a Marshmallow Melted Snowman cookie, tutorial from Truly Custom Cakery:

White the next photo from All Sorts is not specifically a tutorial, I thought it might just be easy enough to figure out.  Heart shaped sugar cookies, decorated and sprinkled, and framed with candy canes!  LOVE!

Unfortunately, this isn’t a tutorial either, but rather just EYE CANDY of the most delish kind.  Who says Christmas has to be all red and green??  Photo from Kara’s Party Ideas:

We have one more holiday baking post coming… later this week!   Are YOU baking yet??