by Amy Moss
Argh! It’s the last minute frenzy in those precious few days leading up to Christmas. The big day draws frightening close and, remaining true to form, I have an astounding number of gifts yet to be bought and wrapped. Yikes! If you’re in a similar boat, you might welcome some last minute freebies to aid in your creative packaging efforts! The result of a morning doodling session, these are not your typical holiday themed gift tag and wrap designs. They’re a touch quirky- conceived, perhaps, in an attempt to channel the wide-eyed wonder that Christmas used to inspire in me as a child.
Simply click on the button above to download the PDF. It contains 2 pages (the first contains the tags, the second contains the gift wrap).
For the tags- Simply print out onto thick, glossy photo paper (I’ve used Canon 275gsm Photo Paper Plus Glossy II), cut out with x-acto knife, punch a small round hole on one side and attach some twine. (I personally think they go nicely with some neon pink cord)
The ‘eyes’ gift wrap is perfect for small gifts! Print out onto coloured, kraft or white stock of your choosing.
I’m so glad that honeycomb paper is shedding its tacky reputation — think 80’s school dances, seasonal supermarket decorations hanging above the produce department — you get the idea. This festive honeycomb wreath will surely brighten up any room and spread some holiday cheer. Happy Holidays!
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Dinner parties during the holidays can be so fun! The party style can go so many different ways. I love bringing foliage, greens, and neutrals together to create a warm, winter feel. It can even be as easy as collecting greenery from your back yard, and creating that perfect wreath and centerpiece.
Philips sent us some lightbulbs to use to in our new house (which we really needed) and when I opened the box and saw they were energy efficient bulbs I was sort of a skeptic. I feel like for years people have been telling me that LED bulbs emit as beautiful light as regular bulbs. But every time I try a few the light is so bad I have to switch back. Lighting makes SUCH a difference in a room and I’ve avoided LED lightbulbs because the light was so ugly. When we put a room together we usually have an overhead light source for function but we prefer not to use it. Instead we have a few lamps around the room to create ambient lighting. Since we moved in last month we hadn’t really gotten our lighting set up so we worked on it last week and I told Paul to try the new lightbulbs. When I came back in the room I couldn’t believe they were LED bulbs. The light was beautiful. The next day I placed a giant order for all the bulbs in our house. My friends started making fun of me because they would come over and all I wanted to do was talk about how great the new lightbulbs are. The bulbs last over 20 years (!) and are super energy efficient. And most importantly (for me) I can’t tell a difference between the old and the new. Right now, Philips is hosting a giveaway for a $3,000 lighting makeover! By entering, you could win a design consultation, new bulbs and fixtures for your home! Click here to learn about all the details.
Our new house has a really great mantel in the living room and when I was decorating for Christmas I knew it would be perfect for a fresh garland. Bay leaf garlands are great because they’re not only beautiful, but they also make the whole house smell amazing. Plus when they dry out they still look beautiful. I order mine from the Flower Mart, they are usually $4-$6 a foot.
This post is sponsored by Philips: make your holidays shine with the right lighting.
Photography by Gaby Esensten for Oh Happy Day
by Sally J Shim
Festive mobiles are the perfect way to get you in the mood for the holidays. This Holiday Paper Tree Mobile only requires a few supplies and is easy to make. You can make the trees in traditional holiday colors or metallics and neutrals. Try making several mobiles and clustering them together for an eye-catching impact.
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