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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!

 

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.

 

 

vintage book gift tags (for christmas!)

the past week home in the u.s. has been amazing.

nothing compares to this time of year in the midwest. the cool temperatures and endless community spirit are infectious (infectious in a very good way). it’s going to be hard to head home to the warmth, but knowing that a smiling man with a big mustache (full fledged movember) is waiting for me in oz – makes the trip back to australia a welcome one.

in typical american tradition, my mom and i put up the tree and household decor this past weekend (anything prior to thanksgiving would be a sin). now that the tree and decorations are up, the wrapping can begin.

last year i bought some great handmade tags and bows on etsy, and this year i decided to make my own. i knew that i wanted to incorporate a little recycling + a bit of nostalgia, so i went looking on ebay for supplies. i picked up a few little golden book christmas stories. 2 of the 4 books i purchased i actually had as a child (twas the night before christmas and the biggest most beautiful christmas tree). since i’d already decided on kraft wrapping paper, vintage inspired ribbon and christmas rice tape for the packaging – the books were purchased to make some nostalgic gift giving tags. using the book pages paired with a few supplies (including some super cute stamps from michael’s $1 section), i whipped up these little creations.

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my handmade vintage children’s book christmas gift tags

make your own vintage book tags this christmas (or for any upcoming holiday)…

what you’ll need: scissors, hole punch, self sticking hole reinforcements, glue stick, cardstock and books that you are happy to repurpose – optional: stamps & stamp pad

christmas-gift- tag-supplies

supplies you’ll need to make vintage book gift tags this christmas


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