DIY Christmas Decorations: Scalloped “JOY” Letters

We are so excited to have participated in the amazing Handmade Holiday series! Today we’re sharing a super cute and simple craft that anyone can make to spruce up their holiday decor that we shared on 30 Days Blog.

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With the holidays quickly approaching we decking the halls all over the place. On one of our craft shopping sprees, we found these cute letters while we were are Michaels. We decided it would be super cute to get J, O, & Y for JOY and embellish them in our current favorite pattern, scallops.

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Supplies:

JOY letters instructions Instructions:

Start by prepping your surface. The spray was a bit messy so I did this right inside my bathtub.  This way, I could easily wash off the stencil and rinse spray ink right down the drain. It made for easy clean up. If that’s not an option, lay down some newspaper or old wrapping paper to protect your work surface.

 

Simply place the stencil over your letter and lightly spritz the Simply Pastel Spray ink onto your letters.  Make sure that you spray the letters with enough ink or it will look spotty. After each letter, rinse the stencil and then dry it off with a towel. Each letter took about 2 minutes and the ink dried pretty quickly on the canvas letters.

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Isn’t that so fun!? This entire project can easily be done in under 30 minutes and will brighten your holiday decor!

Don’t forget to check out some of our other holiday projects in case you missed them!

Classy Clutter Projects

Merry & Bright Holiday Party | Mason Jar Snow Globe | Gold Glittered Jars

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Gold Glitter Christmas Printables

Hello! It’s Courtney again from Paperelli. I hope you have being loving your fall season. Have you started thinking about Christmas yet? It’s totally coming … and in only 6 weeks! Being in the paper business, I have been designing Christmas cards for months now. I am definitely ready for the gingerbread houses, hot cocoa, Christmas lights, and the smell of fresh pine.

Christmas Printable by Paperelli for Classy Clutter

One of my favorite things to decorate with at Christmas time is gold and silver and glitter! Today I have two free printables to match your sparkling Christmas décor. The first one is a Merry and Bright printable, designed to fit in your favorite square frame. You can choose between an 6”, 8”, or 12” print. Wow your friends and family by adding metallic glitter accents and this printable to your Christmas décor.

Any of you who have been following me on my Pinterest may have noticed my slight obsession with gift wrapping. I have an entire board dedicated to gift wrapping ideas. Who doesn’t love receiving a beautifully wrapped gift? That is why I have another printable to help you wrap your own beautiful gifts this Christmas season. Download the PDF here. After you have printed your Mini Gift Wrap Flags, cut each of them out and fold over your favorite twine. Then, wrap your mini flag banner around your gift to complete the look. Ta da!

Mini Gold and Black Flags by Paperelli

It’s time to get going on decorating, gift wrapping, and holiday treat baking! What are you going to do this year to make the most of your Christmas season?

Gold and Black Christmas Printables by Paperelli

Have you ordered your Christmas cards yet? Check out our Paperelli Holiday Collection in the shop!

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe – Last minute gift idea

This DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub is seriously amazing. I’m kind of obsessed with it. Sugar scrubs are so beyond easy to make and anyone would love this gift. 

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DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe 

4 cups of sugar

6 candy canes

2 tsp of Peppermint extract

1 cup of baby oil

*yields 7 (8 ounce) mason jars

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Instructions

In a blender, blend the candy canes until they are completely crushed. You do not want too many chunky pieces of candy because that would hurt in a scrub! Make sure it’s pretty fine. It should resemble the consistency of the sugar. 

In a large bow, mix all ingredients and divide equally into the jars. 

Print your tags and attach them with ribbon. You could also print them on sticker paper if you want to stick the labels on the jar. I did 2″ sticker labels for the lids.

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Merry Christmas friend PEPPERMINT Sugar Scrub

Download and print your labels below:

Peppermint Sugar Scrub gift tags

Merry Christmas, friend tags

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I made 12 jars for my girlfriends for under $17.  That’s a little over a dollar a jar! Can’t beat that for a last minute gift for your friends. 

Have a very Merry Christmas friends! 

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FREE Christmas Gift Tags – 8 printable designs

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 Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags

Today I’m sharing these adorable Free printable Christmas Gift Tags. I looooove pretty gift wrap. It makes the gift inside so much more exciting! Using these free gift tags are sure to dress up any gift! More than receiving pretty presents, I love to give them! This year, in keeping with my Silver and gold Christmas decor, I decided to design these free printable gift tags to share!

Printable Gift Tag 1

 I used gold glitter paper cut slightly larger than the tag and punched a hole through both the glitter paper and the gift tag. Then, I tied a little strand of jute to the tag and tied it onto the gift! Super easy and super cute! Here are the rest of the designs. 

Free printable Christmas Gift Tags from Classy Clutter

 

Download your free printables below:

Free printable Christmas gift tags

You should be able to print all 8 tags on one sheet. Feel free to print as many as you like, however, these are for personal use only. 

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You can purchase gold glitter paper at most scrapbooking and craft stores. I know Michael’s and JoAnn’s both carry it for sure. 

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 If you pin, please pin from the post and not the .pdf so others can find it. Thanks so much!

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 8 days ’til Christmas. Are you ready??

Christmas Inspiration

 Still looking for Christmas inspiration? Check out these posts!

Peppermint Hot Cocoa in a jar gift idea // Coffee Filter JOY letters // Peppermint Christmas Cookies // Silver and Gold Christmas Decor

 

We’re guest posting on Tatertots and Jello, sharing this awesome New Years Decor! Head over and check it out! 

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Peppermint Christmas Cookies

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 We are SO excited to be back participating in the cookie exchange over at Poofy Cheeks again this year! We will be co-hosting the cookie exchange link party with Poofy Cheeks and a number of other talented bloggers on Monday so get your cookie recipes ready!! Today we’re going to share some delicious Peppermint Christmas Cookies. They are so soft and chewy with a little peppermint crunch! You will love these.

Peppermint Christmas Cookies

Ingredients:

3/4 c. brown sugar

3/4 c. white sugar

2 eggs

1 c. butter flavored shortening (I use Crisco)

2 c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla  or peppermint extract

3/4 c. oats

Peppermint Baking chips (I used Andes, I found them at Target)

red food coloring (0ptional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 340-350 degrees. What? I know. If you have an older oven, 340 seems to work perfectly so they don’t over bake. If your oven temperature is pretty accurate 350 should be fine. 

Combine brown sugar, white sugar, eggs and butter flavored shortening and mix well.

Add in flour, baking soda, salt, vanilla extract and red food coloring until you like the color. It took quite a few drops to get it a pretty red. You can make them red or leave it out if you would like.

Stir in peppermint baking chips. I used about 1/3 of a bag. 

Roll cookie dough into small balls and place on lightly greased cookie sheet. I dipped the top of my dough balls into the peppermint chips before placing them on the cookie sheet. 

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Bake for 9-10 minutes.

Let cookies cool for about 3-5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.  Enjoy!  These would be so cute wrapped up for a gift with a big candy cane bow! 

Recipe adapted from Sugar Baby Boutique.

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Don’t forget to link up your cookie recipes on Monday!!! (12/9!)

Need an easy Christmas gift idea? Check out this Peppermint Hot Cocoa in a jar!

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My Christmas Decor 2013

Christmas Decor 2013

FIRST of all, wheeeere have we been? I know. We have been MIA as of late. Both of us have had CRAZY schedules and decided to take a little time to recoup and readjust to life. Welp, as of today, I feel a little readjusted. I am barely keeping my head above water with my etsy shop and my kids and I had the flu yesterday. Boo!!! Seriously, not cool. Moms shouldn’t be allowed to get sick.  Excuses, excuses. But really, I’m so happy to be posting today! Thanks for being awesome readers. We really do love you!

Today, I’m sharing a little bit of my Christmas decor! YAY! I am so excited for Christmas. I love the holiday season. There’s just something so magical about it. 

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 You may recognize this sign I painted last year. I love it as much as I did last year. 

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 This guy is my kids’ favorite. They thought it was hilarious to have the ornaments hanging from his antlers. haha!  Silly boys. We did have a red glittery nose on him but it fell off. Whoops!

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 On to my favorite little nook in the house. ;) 

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 On my little side table is this cutie pie reindeer and some DIY cone trees I made! I am making 30+ of these for our ward Christmas party but I had to make some for myself obviously. For the tall white one, I rolled a poster board into a cone and used school glue and  “fake snow” in a bag to make it all snowy! Cute huh? The other cone tree was painted with craft paint and I used school glue to draw the design and sprinkled on some glitter. I love how it turned out. I did a few of these in different metallics. 

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 Can you tell I love gold glitter? ;)

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 You may remember my DIY Wintery Pearl Wreath from last year. I love the simple white and cream. 

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 These little guys came from Michaels. They remind me of my grandma’s house at Christmas time so I had to have them. Can’t beat Michael’s black friday prices! They were a steal. 

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 More Christmas cones! The beaded one is from Michaels too.

DIY glittered letters

 My glittered JOY letters were a hit last year so they’re back of course! Remember when I used them for our Christmas card last year?

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I will show you my glitzy Christmas tree and some more Christmas fun real soon! 

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Coffee Filter “JOY” letters

Coffee Filter Christmas Decor

Today we are going to show you how to make your own Coffee Filter Christmas Decor. We made the word JOY but you can do any word or shape you’d like! Fun huh?

 Supplies:

  • Poster Board
  • Coffee Filters
  • White School Glue
  • A box knife or some wicked awesome scissors
  • Overhead projector (optional)
  • Transparency Film (optional)

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1. First, print out your letters on a transparency film. If you aren’t using a projector, skip to step 3!  You can draw the letters free hand if you’d like.

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2. Using an overhead projector, trace your letters onto poster board. Again, you can free hand it if you want. A simple font should be easy to draw.

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3. Using a box knife or sharp, sturdy scissors, carefully cut out your letters you traced on the poster board.

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4. Now slather on some white school glue and get ready to add your coffee filters.

Gather Coffee Filters 5. Gather the bottom of your coffee filter to create a little pouf. You can fiddle with it a bit until you like the shape.

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6. Apply the coffee filter to the glue and repeat a bunch of times until all of your letters or your shape is covered. This would make a super cute wreath too! You could jazz it up with ribbon, glitter, etc!

JOY coffee filter letters We love the rustic look of the brown coffee filters but you could use white if you wanted too! Aren’t they so fluffy, ruffly and fun!?! 

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**This post was originally published at I Heart Nap Time on 11/8/2013.**

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Peppermint Hot Cocoa in a jar – FREE printables

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Are you looking for an easy gift idea? Well, my dears, you have found it! This Peppermint Hot Cocoa in a jar is pretty much the easiest (and yummiest!) gift idea out there. I was able to create this using things I had on hand, making it the most inexpensive gift ever! You can make a bunch at a time for neighbors, friends, teachers, coaches, visitors, family, etc.

 

To make these you will need:

Hot Cocoa mix - I used Starbucks Peppermint Hot Cocoa packets because it’s the best hot cocoa on the planet. YUM!

Marshmallows

Crushed peppermint candies (optional)

Mason Jar(s)

Scrapbook paper (optional)

Ribbon, Jute or Twine–I used Jute Avery 2″ Round labels,  Avery Printable Tags with Strings (I used jute instead of the strings that come in the package)  

 

Instructions:

Layer 7 hot cocoa packets in the bottom of the jar (1 3/4 cups total of cocoa mix), crushed peppermint and marshmallows to your liking in the jar and replace jar lid. Next, place a piece of scrapbook paper (cut to size) over the lid but under the ring of the lid.  Next, I wanted the place the instructions for preparing the cocoa so I designed some cute instructions using picmonkey.com (it’s free!) and uploaded my image to Avery.com/print

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The software is super easy to use and Avery has such nice products. I’ve used Avery labels for years and I love them! 

You can save and use my images if you’d like! 

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Next, I did the same thing with the Avery Printable Gift Tags.

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I used this image, uploaded it to Avery.com, printed my tags and attached them  with jute to my jars.

Doesn’t get much easier than that! You could even use Design and Print on their website if you want to make your own images. It’s really quick and easy and looks totally professional and CUTE! 

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Now you’re ready to give this yummy gift to anyone you choose! I’m giving them to pretty much everyone on my gift list this year.

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For more ideas on labelled jars, visit Avery’s Pinterest page. Be sure to follow Avery on Facebook and Pinterest for more labeling and organizing inspiration!

 

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DIY Felt Poinsettia Wreath

Today, I’m going to share with you a super easy, inexpensive and most importantly CUTE Christmas wreath! If you don’t have a wreath on your door yet this year, you’ve gotta try this.

You will need:
A wreath form
Red felt
Red satin for bow (optional)
Red ribbon
Berry embellishments
Let’s get started! 
1. First, you’ll take your wreath form and wrap it in red ribbon. I used red, satin ribbon. 
2. Next, cut out lots and lots of petals! I did two sizes of a tear drop shape with a point on both ends to get the look of the poinsettia petal. 
3. Third, layer your larger size petals in the shape of a flower on your wreath form, using hot glue to hold them in place. 
4. Next, take your smaller petals and run a thin line of hot glue along the bottom.
5. Pinch your felt petal where you’ve placed your glue to create a 3D look. This helps your top layer of the flower really pop off the wreath form.
6. Finally, Glue 5-6 petals in a cluster to create your poinsettia. I did some flowers with 5 petals and some with 6 depending on how full I wanted it to look. 
7. Last, take some faux berries, pearls, or beads to embellish the center of each flower.
Oh! I also decided to add a satin bow to the botton of my wreath. I sewed a long satin sash, tied it in a bow and pinned it to the wreath form. You could also use ribbon or a pre-made bow if you want to add one! I think it would be so pretty to do a contrasting color like white or silver. 
Hope you’ll give it a try! 

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels {Easy gift idea}

So, if you’re like me, you have about 20 million people you’d love to buy a small gift for and let’s face it, there usually isn’t enough time, money, etc. to get ALL the people on your list. I had several people that I wanted to say Merry Christmas and give a little something to, so I decided I needed a treat to hand out. Pretzels are a big hit at our house and chocolate covered anything is a big hit with…well everyone! Chocolate dipped pretzels seemed perfect!
It’s really so simple to make them and they are a really budget friendly gift. 
You will need:
A bag (or more) of pretzels – I used Synder Hanover Olde Tyme pretzels and pretzel rods for my gifts.
Chocolate – I used Nestle Premium White Chocolate bars for baking.
Some fun sprinkles
Cute bags and tags
First, you will break your chocolate bar into pieces and melt it in the microwave. Use a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second increments on half power, stirring in between each 30 second 
When the chocolate , you’ll dip your pretzels into the melted chocolate. Shake gently to remove dripping chocolate and wipe the back side of your pretzel on the side of the bowl to remove the chocolate on the back. 

Then, all you do is add sprinkles! I placed a bowl underneath to catch the extra and then put them back in the bottle and reused them until I ran out.

Lay the pretzels out on wax paper and wait for the chocolate to cool before you bag them up. It takes about 15 minutes or so.

I used 4 different sprinkles. Let me tell you, the red sugar crystals are cinnamon flavored and delicious! The red and white sugar crystals are peppermint and soooo good too! The perfect mix of sweet and salty for Christmas! The white ones are little snowflakes and so cute!

These cuties wanted in on the fun so I gave them the super important job of sorting through the pretzels to take the broken ones out of the bag. They we’re loving it!

Finally, I bagged 5 or so pretzels in each bag and added a tag and ribbon. The bags were from my grocery store and the tags were a “print and cut” from Silhouette; the ribbon is from Michaels.

I made these bags for my little Parker’s nursery leaders at our church and a bunch of others for Carter’s preschool teachers, friends, neighbors etc. 
I also dipped a few pretzel rods and placed them in a mason jar with the tag and I think they looked so cute! Carter delivered these ones to our favorite neighbors! He was so excited to give the pretzels to them. 
That’s it! So easy right!?