Today’s post is all about how to make your own hidden crystal candle — aka a really great project if you’re snowed in! Maybe you’re lucky enough to live in a place where the thermometer currently reads above sixty degrees. But, if you’re like us here in the PNW (or those poor unfortunate souls current stuck in a polar vortex), you still have a fair amount of winter to get through. And what better way to cope with dark, drafty days than with a candle? But not just any candle: one that’s infused with beautifully scented essential oils and topped with a handful of artfully faceted crystals. The finished product is a decorative art piece and a mood enhancer. Plus, it’s super easy to make!Continue reading “Hidden Crystal Candle DIY”
I don’t know about you, but I’m nowhere near being finished with my holiday shopping. There’s still so much to do! One way that I try to save time (and money) during the holidays, while also adding a personal touch, is by making a handmade gift. We share so many DIYs each month here on the blog, that I thought it would be helpful to round up some favorites. This list includes some of our most popular tutorials and has tons of awesome handmade gift ideas for all the procrastinators out there.Continue reading “13 Last-Minute Handmade Gift Ideas”
One of Joanna’s favorite ways to celebrate the holidays is by throwing a small, intimate dinner party. She’ll be sharing the overall styling of the table tomorrow, but today it’s all about the flowers! This year the aesthetic of our holiday centerpiece is a spin on traditional luxe vibes, but still with a modern twist. I viewed it as a fun challenge to make something using colors and materials that are just a little bit unexpected. While this luxe holiday centerpiece does feature some traditional Christmas-y elements like evergreens, I added some surprising elements. Pomegranates provide a nice, traditional pop of red, but in a new way. Then bringing in privet berries added another color and texture element. Using roses always brings a classic feel, and in the case of this arrangement, it just felt perfect.
Deck the halls with truly gigantic, cloud-like tree skirts — that’s how the carol goes, right? You guys, this project is my holiday masterpiece. The scale of it, the texture, the shape and the all-around cozy wonder of it just delights me every time I see a picture of it (Lucy was delighted, too, and showed her appreciation with some insanely cute #modeldog pics that you can see at the end of the post). This plush, thick wool tree skirt adds a huge dose of hygge to your holiday decor, and it looks waayyyyy more expensive than it actually was, which is a huge plus during this season of spending. I’m so thrilled with how it turned out and I can’t wait for you guys to try it for yourselves!
There’s nothing wrong with delicate glass ornaments and vintage treasures to hang on your tree, but there is something to be said for the childhood charm of homemade ornaments. We all have popsicle stick stars and paper angels from when we were kids that still make occasional appearances on our trees. Plus, it can be super-fun to invite a few friends over, sip some wine, and make a few ornaments while streaming holiday movies. For this natural beeswax ornament DIY, I wanted to channel that sense of holiday nostalgia, but in a really elevated, chic way. These pretty little star ornaments are made from sheets of natural beeswax for a beautiful finished product that will bring rich texture to your tree. Keep reading to learn how to make your very own beeswax snowflakes for your tree!
You guys — I got a new toy. It’s called a pyrography pen (aka it burns stuff) and I think I’m in love. Now, before you take that as an admission of my pyromaniac tendencies, let me explain. These nifty little pens come with interchangeable tips that heat up and let you etch pretty designs on things. While many people use these pens to burn designs into wood, I had an aha! moment during one of my holiday brainstorming sessions with Joanna and decided to take my favorite new toy to leather. What came of this flash of inspiration is this beautiful leather stocking etched with a hand-drawn Fair Isle pattern and finished with colorful tassels for a look that combines classic Nordic charm with festive style that feels perfect for the holidays. And since the stocking is made from vegetable-tanned leather, it’ll patina beautifully with age, making it perfect to keep and reuse each year as part of your holiday decorating tradition. Today I am going to teach you how to make your very own Fair Isle Leather Stocking!
I feel like I say this every year, but this year it’s especially true: I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! We’re just about a month out from the big day, so it’s officially time to get festive up in here. While I was doing some early holiday perusing in the past couple of weeks, I kept coming across beautifully wrought garlands from some of my favorite home decor retailers. And while these styles were beautiful, why buy something when you can make it — right?
I wanted something delicate and beautiful, something that I could use year-round if I wanted to, and I definitely wanted something that twinkled. With these criteria in mind, I armed myself with a roll of 36-gauge aluminum and a pair of scissors and got to work fiddling around until I had something I was proud of. The result of that hands-on brainstorm was this wonderfully delicate falling-leaf garland, strung from fairy lights and gently antiqued for a chic, expensive-looking finish.