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!

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!

FREE Goodies for the Holidays!

This post is for all the “last minute” chefs and entertainers out there… several free recipe e-books and holiday recipes and planning guides that just might come in handy over the next couple of weeks!

First up, a “Gifts In a Jar” e-book from Heavenly Homemakers.

Click HERE to download this free E-Book filled with “gift ideas such as pudding mix, bath salts, diaper rash ointment, cookie mix, seasoning mixes, chai mix, soup mixes, facials, hot fudge and much more”.

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If you are looking for free holiday recipes, you might be interested in this FREE Christmas Recipes E-Book, from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures:

You need to subscribe to the blog to receive the book for free, but that’s a very SMALL “price” to pay for 54 pages of recipes!

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A must-have for the Holidays, is Paula Deen’s Holiday Hosting Guide.  This free E-book is packed with Paula Deen’s recipes, ideas and tips and recipes for the Holidays.

Click HERE to download Paula’s Hosting Guide.

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Have you made a Gingerbread House yet this year?  If not, here is a FREE E-Book with 23 different Gingerbread House ideas!  Recipes, templates, ideas… SUCH a great resource!

Click HERE to get your copy of the Gingerbread House E-Book.

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And one last resource for those of you who may be on the hunt for gluten-free recipes, a free Gluten Free Holiday Baking E-Book, from the Baking Beauties:

Click the image above to get the free Gluten-Free Holiday Baking E-book!

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Have YOU found any free resources this season?  We’d love to hear about them!

 

More Holiday Wreaths!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about DIY Holiday wreaths (you can read it HERE).  Since then, I’ve found MORE DIY wreaths to share, and a second Holiday Wreath post was born!  I’ve got DIY tutorials for you, AND a few gorgeous wreath designs to inspire.  There is STILL time to decorate for the holidays… or even design a wreath for AFTER the holidays!

I am ever so slightly allergic to eucalyptus, but I think I could endure it for a wreath THIS beautiful. Find out how to make this Martha Stewart design by  clicking here :

From A Little McD, a fun tutorial on how to create a knock-off Pottery Barn wreath:

I know I keep talking about ruffles, but they are HUGE right now.  Just look at this lovely felt ruffle wreath, designed by Kristen of Domestifluff.  The wreath tutorial for how to make this can be found on the Design Sponge site HERE:

For a completely unique wreath, why not try making one of the Peppermint Twist wreaths, from Women’s Day:

While out driving around with the kids, looking at Christmas lights, we came across a house that took my breath away.  It was decorated in whites and blues and silvers, and those became my new favorite holiday colors (at least until we saw the NEXT dazzling home).  With my new favorite colors in mind, I was thrilled to find a tutorial for a white and blue GLAM Christmas wreath, from Centsational Girl:

Another really popular look this year is rosettes!  I see them everywhere – on headbands, dresses… and wreaths!  Check out this tutorial from Women’s Day… and make your own Felt Rosette Wreath

If you are more of a CARNATION girl, instead of roses girl, you’ll want to look at this next tutorial from Martha Stewart for a gorgeous Carnation Holiday Wreath:


And now… for some eye candy and inspiration (and maybe a few little shopping temptations!)  It might be too late to actually purchase one of these for Christmas, but like I said before, it’s not too late to decorate for the rest of winter!  Check out these fabulously beautiful wreaths, by various artists on etsy…

Majestic Holiday Peacock wreath, from L & G Designs:

Safari Leopard Print from Luxe Wreaths:

An artificial Succulent Wreath, by Best Dressed Nest Shop:

A super glam pink and white and green Winter Wonderland wreath, from English Rose Designs:

And finally, from our own Diva Entertains shop, a moss monogram “wreath”:

 

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??

Announcing DIY Holiday Photo Cards

We are SO excited to be introducing the DIY Diva Shop, an online boutique shop associated with Diva Entertains that offers affordable DIY favors, cards and invitations.

And…for our first offering – beautiful Holiday Photo Greeting Cards.  With your photo and text info, we will create a custom photo Christmas card or custom Holiday photo card designed just for you!  

So, how does this work? 

You purchase a card design, send your photo(s) and info to us by email, and receive back by email a completely customized FINISHED holiday photo card in JPG format.  You can then upload that file to the photo printing place of your choice (Walmart, Walgreens, Costco, etc), and get as MANY photo cards printed as you like!

Click HERE to access our order form page for the Holiday Photo cards.

Now… because we are SO excited about this new venture, we’re also offering two FREE printable holiday cards, as a gift just for you.   Click HERE to download the PDF file, which includes instructions and BOTH card designs..  Print your card of choice onto cardstock, affix your favorite holiday photo right to the card with scrapbook-safe glue “dots” (like THESE) or double-stick tape, add your message and name(s) to the inside and… voila, instant card, ready to mail! These are both 5×7 size cards, one with space for a 4×6 size photo on the front, and the other with space for a 3×5 size photo.

Now, for the “extreme” DIY’ers, we also have a slightly MORE detailed DIY version.  You can download the {extra strength} FREE DIY holiday card HERE.  Instructions are included with the file to make one fabulous GLAM photo frame holiday card.

And don’t forget… if you want Diva Entertains to do the customization FOR you, you can visit our Holiday photo cards page and place your order anytime.