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Holiday Candy Garland

Halloween has come and gone, but we love this DIY Party Garland concept from The Sweetest Occasion!

It’s a Candy Garland and you can remake this in any brightly-wrapped candy of your choice to suit your sweet tooth and decor :) Absolutely adorable and festive and would make a great party favor, too. How cute would red, gold, and green Jolly Ranchers be? Pretty cute.


Another Ribbon Tree Idea!

We pinned these Fynes Designs Christmas Trees earlier this year and wanted to share with you! If you do not want to waste a good funnel, we see no reason why you couldn’t take heavy cardstock or posterboard and fashion a cone with some hot glue! And of course, if you have some foam cones around, go ahead and use those! SUPER easy and super cute. Bonus points for using a wooden spool as your Tree Trunk.

Looking for a good combination of RABOM ribbon for this project? Here’s our pics!

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Pinecone Firestarter

The title for this post was almost Twisted Firestarter because that would have been cute and kinda accurate and you know, the 90’s :)

Your little (older) ones will LOVE making these. Dipping things into a vat of wax? Totally fascinating. And wonderful-smelling. And definitely a spectator-craft for the littler ones… :) This craft from Something Turquoise is fantastic! So is the rest of her blog!


Idea though – what if  you also sprinkled them with a generous amount of stamping glitter after their last dip? THAT would be a Christmas craft / Neighbor Christmas Gift that would be incredibly cute and fun to gift :) As long as you’re the type whose OK seeing glitter on house / self / kids / food / everything.

Her directions are so thorough! Can’t recommend this fun-looking DIY enough :)


Again, head to Something Turquoise for this project and so many more cute ones like it!


Last-minute costume: Cotton Candy

This costume could go a couple of different ways: lamb, dust bunny, cotton candy, cloud, bunny, you can probably think of a few more :) If you’re in need of a last-minute costume and you have access to quilt batting, you’re in luck! This costume comes from Hello Wonderful, you can find all kinds of sturdy, wow-that’s-actually-really-cool! DIY’s from these guys. We love the doability and creativity of their site! Check them out.


to try: Bubble Pizza

When we ran across this recipe on Pinterest and saw the phrase Bubble Pizza we thought this must be something no-carb that involves lumps of cheese that only a dogged, determined no-carb dieter could handle. Wrong!


Wrong! So wrong. It’s actually a pretty inventive, delicious sounding pizza dish that requires no pizza stone and no natural baking talents!  And – as the name of the blog Gluten Free on A Shoe String might tell you – it’s gluten-free!


Check out the full recipe on Gluten Free on a Shoe String and many more awesome looking bakes!

Subtly get into the spirit

Don’t let anyone accuse you of decorating for Christmas *too soon* – there’s no such thing! Well, maybe there is. But we’ve got a plan for that.

If you’re like us, you may feel like you’re ready to unleash the Holiday Spirit ASAP. So here are a few ways you can start decorating in a few small, seasonally-appropriate ways! We’ve scanned Pinterest for DIY’s and finds to help you start the celebrations and – by the time the Holidays truly arrive – you can look around your home and see how the cheer has been growing since mid October!

sage candles

A candle simply-wrapped in sage, rosemary or spruce and tied with a bow is beautiful and subtly seasonal and pretty cheap if you are wiling to go on a little walk in the woods!

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Balsa beads of alternating sizes make for a beautiful garland. You can string them today! And if you want to add modern charm, dip-paint the larger beads in white for a half-and-half look.


Christmas cards are a fantastic way to keep your long-distance loved ones updated – but they pile up fast! Make the most of them (after they have been loved and enjoyed) by turning them into beautiful stars!


Outdoor Hula-Hoop Chandelier – this one is beautiful and really, you could use it any time of the year! But maybe you’ll love it *especially* around the Holidays.

Little Stacked Halloween Bows

We love a good stripe bow. It goes with all teams, all holidays, all festivities, all EVERYTHING! These little stacked bows combine 2 little Flat Boutique Bows – you’ll love how sweet and simple this little bow is!

We used the following materials:

  • 18 inches of 1.5 inch Orange Stripe
  • 16 inches of 7/8 inch Black Grosgrain
  • 5/8 inch Black Grosgrain for knot
  • glue gun, scissors, lighter, needle + thread
  • wrapped alligator clip

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Fold your 16 inch strip 2 inches down from the ends to create a crease. Fold 2 more times, each time at the center.

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Use your creases to make your Boutique Bow folds! Match crease-to-crease to keep your loops even.

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Place 3 evenly-spaced stitches through center – start by going IN through the front!

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Scrunch to make your creases! Then wrap your knot and tie-off on the back.

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Repeat Flat Boutique Bow steps for your smaller Black Center Bow


Finish your last fold and stitch through the center, same as last time!


Glue your Black Center bow down to your Base Bow


Place your knot, then your alligator clip – glue ’em down good!


Wrap knot and glue to back of alligator clip – make sure you like the look of the knot from the front before the glue sets!


Trim the excess tail, seal with a lighter and you’re done!

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So cute!

New take on a Burlap Wreath!

This is a pretty new take on the burlap wreath from Crafts Unleashed! We love the torn-edge look of the tied burlap! And we bet you can skip the purchasing of burlap flowers and make your own if you like. If the Turquoise and Burlap color combo does not appeal to you, our Pink + Orange + Black Burlaps would make a beautiful alternative!


Christmas Card display!

It’s a little early to be thinking about this BUT during our daily Pinterest perusal, we found the cutest of Christmas Card display ideas! Take an un-used wall at home and make this cute display with all those cards that might otherwise sit on tables – or worse – get tossed with other clutter! This great idea comes from Design Improvised at


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