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new craft room signage

the latest addition to my craft room – a 15½ x 12½ vintage cafe sign made of chrome, felt and push letters.

a great buy from phatdog vintage on etsy.

loving this + it looks so cute on the freshly painted beige walls. i plan to change up the messaging here and there depending on the project…

craft room sign

whimseybox: a diy of the month club!

a DIY of the month club…. ummm, could getting the mail get any better?!

whimseybox offers a monthly subscription for DIY and craft lovers. those that get on board will get a box with craft projects along with a project idea sent to their doorstep each month.

i just signed up!
hi mom, the first box is coming to your house! (us & canada shipping only.)

if you’re looking for a last minute gift giving idea for the craft lover in your life… i think this might just be it!

whimseybox

so what do you get in your monthly whimseybox?

  • DIY + Craft Supplies
  • Project Ideas + Instructions
  • Signature Organization Box
  • Collectible 5×7 Art Print

what’s the cost?
just $15 a month – and a bonus: free shipping! subscriptions can be purchased as an automatically-renewing monthly subscription or a 3, 6 or 12 month term subscription.

learn more about whimseybox!

a special christmas giveaway (from the yard ink)!

last month i shared a diy project with a nifty little cardboard reindeer (as seen here). considering i’m all about my home decor having some sort of personal touch, i loved the purchase + the finished product. my deer is currently hanging about in the living room next to our tree.

as i mentioned in my last post, the deer was from a new collection that the yard ink had just released. they currently have reindeer + christmas trees available in both super cute designs and plain diy (kraft + white).

the yard ink

i was pretty pumped when katherine from the yard ink reached out to me this week about my last post. and even better… she thought that a few of howd.i.y.s crafty readers might like to have one of their creations as well. so today i stopped by their offices and picked up 2 diy christmas trees + 1 diy reindeer.

the yard ink logoif you’re an aussie + you’d like the chance to have one of these guys in your home (complimentary shipping too), here’s what you can do – it’s as easy as 1.2.3.

1. like the yard ink facebook page

2. like the howd.i.y. facebook page (though i’m hoping that you’ve already done that by now)

3. on the howd.i.y. facebook page, share a few thoughts on how you might decorate your cardboard creation (25 words or less -and- either as a comment or a stand alone post… bonus points if you tag the yard ink!)

i’ll pick 3 unique responses to receive a yard ink cardboard tree or reindeer. you must complete the task at hand by end of day monday, december 17. i’ll then pick 3 responses, reach out to you for your address, and then post these out on tuesday, december 18 so you have them in time for the holidays.

so what’s the catch? nothing really… the only thing i ask is that you send me a photo once you’ve done the diy. i’ll post the transformation from cardboard to creation here on howd.i.y. (due to the proximity to christmas, this is unfortunately only open to those with an aussie address.those in the rest of the world… we’ll try to do some fun giveaway for you soon!)

big thanks to the yard ink for their donation + their super cute holiday creations!

 

a holiday crafts infographic

i love this infographic that overstock.com put together. who would have ever thought they were so crafty?!

some great handmade holiday creations here… get inspired.

overstock.com

make your own… christmas crackers (aka bon-bons)

christmas crackers aka bon-bons. these little holiday treats are something that i didn’t learn about until the age of 29, when i celebrated my first christmas in australia. americans do silly santa hats and reindeer ears on christmas, australians do crackers.

(at the risk of sounding stupid, i had indeed seen them in america before, but i always took the name “cracker” very literal – thinking that these were something you’d find in the walgreen’s christmas aisle when you were hard pressed for a random christmas gift. yes, i thought christmas crackers were actually a packaged snack.)

when i did finally learn about the joy of a christmas cracker, i loved the idea and tried to spread it to my loved ones in the usa (in recent years i’ve seen them popping up in shops across the country). i mean it’s like the turkey bone at thanksgiving – two people tug on either end and instead of a wish, the winner gets a paper crown and often a little treat. (read here for the wikipedia backstory on these commonwealth traditions.)

diy christmas crackers

my handmade christmas crackers

this year while back in the usa, i decided to make my own christmas crackers. it was a pretty easy process, plus fun to custom make them to my liking (i may be biased, but mine were much cuter than any i’d seen in the stores).

whether you’re in the us, mexico, or somewhere else in this big world… you can bring this commonwealth tradition to your holiday celebration. all you need are a few staple supplies (which are likely already around the house) and you’re set.

what you’ll need:

  • cardboard toilet paper or paper towel rolls
  • tape
  • tissue paper
  • wrapping paper
  • ribbon or string
  • scissors
  • a piece of chocolate (or some other little treat)

another optional item on list is a pack of bon-bon snaps (they make a little noise + spark as the cracker splits into 2). these aren’t a necessity, but they will make the cracker tugging experience a bit more fun (they might be hard to find in places where crackers aren’t traditional).

making your crackers are pretty easy… you’ll first create a paper crown with tissue paper, tape and scissors. next you’ll stuff your toilet paper roll with the crown, a little treat (ghirardelli’s were my choice) and the snap (should you choice to use one). next cut some wrapping paper, line up the toilet paper roll in the middle, then wrap – cut – and tie. and… there you go, handmade christmas crackers.

 

 

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