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Today on the blog we have a new tutorial about how to upcycle holiday cards, rather than just throwing them away. Creating a keepsake locket is a special way to preserve the memory of a loved one or a special occasion.
The locket we created was inspired by Katie's story:
"My grandfather passed away two weeks after my high school graduation. I was going through my graduation cards about a month after his funeral and I came across the card he gave me. I've kept it ever since, as it's the last card he ever gave me. I plan to keep it forever, but this locket is something I can wear and share and bring with me places. It's almost like carrying a piece of him with me."
Rather than using a holiday card, we used Katie's graduation card from 2009 to create this memorable piece.
Click the photo above to view the full tutorial.
Looking for some fun activities to do with your friends for the holiday's? Today we have a guest blogger, Sarah, who will share how she hosts an ornament swap party and tips to make it successful!
Tips for a Successful Ornament Swap
Tip 1 Make it special! Everyone loves getting mail (especially when it’s not bills). So why not send out an invitation ahead of time? It’s a personal touch that makes people feel welcome and know that they’re in for a real treat. Here's what mine looked like:
Tip 2 Do your research! There are great websites available for you to browse for ideas. Check out websites like MyNextStyle.com and Pinterest! It’s always good to have some ideas in advance for what you want to craft. Remember, as the host, your guests will looking to you for ideas and inspiration. I sent this with my invites:
Tip 3 Be clean! For easy clean up after your party, cover your work space with paper. Craft paper rolls are available online or at any craft store. If you don’t have any on hand, you can use gift wrap (the blank side or printed side) or even paper towels. For our party, we covered the table in craft paper and for a fun added touch, wrote the lyrics to “Deck the Halls” (just in case anyone didn’t know :))
Tip 4 Organize! When setting up for your party, be sure to organize your craft materials into different categories. For our party, we separated materials into the following groups:
>Paints and Brushes
>Yarn and Cording
>Glitter and Glitter Glue
>Poms and Fuzzy Sticks
Tip 5 Make it Easy! After categorizing your supplies, make it easy and accessible for your guests to pick through by displaying in different crates, boxes or bins. It’s good to put supplies in boxes or bins so they can easily be moved around the table or into other rooms. This year our party was so big that we had to craft in the living room as well.
Be sure to name all of the craft supplies so your guests know what everything is. For our party, we jumped on the craft paper and wood trend and made simple, hand written tags on craft paper then attached with a wooden clothespin.
Tip 6 Make it Fun! Have your guests each bring an appetizer or dessert and at least one blank ornament. As the host, be sure to have extra ornaments in case your guests feel like crafting more than one. For this year’s party, we provided clear glass and plastic ornaments in different sizes and shapes as well as wood ornaments. We placed all of the ornaments, as well as our guest’s ornaments into a basket that everyone was able to pick from throughout the night. As we crafted, we munched on all of the treats that everyone brought.
Tip 7 Be Festive! To welcome guests, be sure to have your halls decked! We throw our party a day or two after Thanksgiving every year. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season. We made sure that our wreaths were hung, our lights were lit and our holiday music was playing. This year, we even welcomed guests with a hot cocoa bar.
Tip 8 Craft! Craft! Craft! After your guests grab a bite to eat, catch up with everyone and grab a mug of hot cocoa or a glass of wine, it’s time to get settled. Be sure to welcome your guests by thanking them for coming and explain where all of the supplies are located and how to use them. Take this time to tell your friends about any cool new trends, ideas or techniques you may have researched and tried out. This year, we made sure to talk about some new supplies and crafting techniques such as glass staining, etching and crayon melting.
Tip 9 Go Time! Grab an ornament and start crafting. You’ll be surprised how “into it” your guests will get. It’s a great time to sit around and catch up on life while creating a hand-made craft for your friends and family. This year characters and animals were big. One of our guests made each of her ornaments into different animals! The pig and penguin were definitely the big hits!
Tip 10 Time to Swap! Once everyone is finished and getting ready to leave (we warn you this could turn into a VERY late night), it’s time to swap. Everyone writes their name on a piece of paper and puts it in a bowl. Each person decides on ONE ornament that they are willing to swap. Each guest takes turns picking a name out of the bowl and gets the ornament of the person that they pick. Your guests will walk away with a full belly, new memories and an ornament that represents that holiday year.
This year was our 3rd annual Ornament Swap! It’s a tradition that our friends look forward to continuing each year. Cheers to everyone that came, crafted and kept the tradition going!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and on top of the all the stress of your family getting together, still being single and knowing they're going to hound you about it and having to prepare a meal for twenty people, you have no idea what your wearing nor do you really care because you'll be stuck in the kitchen all day. Well, we have a great solution. Wear whatever you want...underneath an adorable chevron turkey silhouette apron!
Be festive, stylish and functional all at the same time! In this tutorial, we'll teach you how to achieve the perfect chevron pattern as well as give you a few tips and tricks for using freezer paper as a stencil and making it work perfectly!
So before you stress over your outfit, look over our tutorial, gather the supplies and you'll be ready to go. To view the full how to, click on the photo above!
Have a happy Thanksgiving!
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