Pink Christmas Tree

Be Merry

Signing off, friends. It’s cold and quiet and peaceful and I’m always so grateful for this time to slow down and just be with my family. It’s our first Christmas…

Pink Christmas Tree

Signing off, friends. It’s cold and quiet and peaceful and I’m always so grateful for this time to slow down and just be with my family. It’s our first Christmas as a family of four and I’m fully convinced there’s no way I could be more blessed.

Thank you so, so much for a gorgeous year. You all are what makes it so lovely in here, and I can’t wait to see you at the start of 2017 for some new adventures and ideas. For now, though, I’m hoping you are able to take some time to be with the people that you love and just enjoy the spirit of the season. No matter what you celebrate, I hope that it’s beautiful. Be merry. xoxo

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

DIY Elf Christmas Cookies

As we prepare to head out for the holidays, I’m sharing one final best-of-Lovely Indeed post! These Elf Quote Christmas Cookies were maybe one of our most popular posts ever, and…

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

As we prepare to head out for the holidays, I’m sharing one final best-of-Lovely Indeed post! These Elf Quote Christmas Cookies were maybe one of our most popular posts ever, and I was so pumped to see that you all loved them as much as I did! They were a total ball to make and I remember having fits of laughter with Ryan as we were deciding which quotes to use from Elf. I mean, there are just too many to choose from, right?! I still can’t pick a favorite. But in case you need one more baking idea, you can get the recipe and how-to for these fun cookies here. Happy baking! xoxo

MAKE OUR ELF QUOTE CHRISTMAS COOKIES

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Color Splattered White Hot Chocolate on a Stick

DIY Color-Splattered White Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Been waiting to share this one with you! It’s a project that we put together for Swooned, and I just love how it turned out! Not to mention the fact…

Color Splattered White Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Color Splattered White Hot Chocolate on a StickBeen waiting to share this one with you! It’s a project that we put together for Swooned, and I just love how it turned out! Not to mention the fact that a cup of white hot chocolate is duh-licious. Like, seriously over the top good. The fun paint-splattered look on these white chocolate sticks is a cool alternative to your usual chocolate-on-a-stick-situation. And you can make ’em any colors you like!

Head over to Swooned to see the full tutorial and make these babies yourself. xoxo

Color Splattered White Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Color Splattered White Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Eight Simple DIY Gifts

8 Simple DIY Gifts

Be done with shopping already! If you’ve still got a couple of people on your list, it’s time to get your DIY on. We rounded up eight simple but totally…

Be done with shopping already! If you’ve still got a couple of people on your list, it’s time to get your DIY on. We rounded up eight simple but totally fantastic DIY gifts, with a little something for everyone on your list. So tonight, turn on White Christmas, pour yourself a glass of something sparkly, and start making. xoxo

Eight Simple DIY Gifts

For your Mom // Bead and Stone Necklaces
For the Teacher // Lemon Printed Tote Bag
For a Kiddo // Smiley Toy Crates
For the Cook // No-Sew Apron
For a New Mama // Beaded Pacifier Clip
For the Apartment Dweller // Concrete Mini-Planters
For your BFF // Rhinestone Flats
For your Dude // Copper Candelabra

DIY Painted Pinecones

DIY Painted Pinecones

Somehow I did this project last year and never posted about it! I think I just had a whim one day to add some color to my Christmas decorations and…

DIY Painted Pinecones

DIY Painted Pinecones

Somehow I did this project last year and never posted about it! I think I just had a whim one day to add some color to my Christmas decorations and started dunking pinecones in paint, not even thinking about turning it into a blog post. Isn’t that weird? Sometimes I forget that the little things I do around our house for fun are things that I should be sharing here. Duh. Anyway, I love these bright pinecones and they were a bit hit last year in our decor! My niece was fascinated by them, probably mostly because she and her little brother collected them for me on a trip to our family’s cabin. But I love them and they’re making a repeat appearance this year!

Materials

  • pinecones of all shapes and sizes
  • acrylic or latex paint
  • containers for dipping
  • bendable wire
  • cardboard

Make Time: 1 Minute per Pinecone (Plus Drying Time, approximately 24 hours)

Since I didn’t think of posting it on the blog last year, I don’t have any step by step photos! But this one’s pretty simple so let me lay it out for ya.

Step 1: Set out a large sheet of cardboard where your pinecones can drip dry.

Step 2: Open your paint containers. If they’re large enough to dip your pinecones in and you don’t mind possibly getting pinecone debris in your paint, you’re good to go. If they’re too small, pour the paint into a container with a wide mouth so that you can dip.

Step 3: For the half-dipped pinecones (like our long white Sugar Pine cones), just hold on to one end of the cone with your hand and dip the other, submerging only halfway. Twist it around slightly in the paint to ensure that all areas get coverage. Pull it out, allow the paint to drip off into the container until the drips slow, and lay it on your cardboard to dry.

Step 4: For smaller pinecones that you want to fully submerge, form a piece of wire into a hook and affix it to the pinecone somewhere. Find a spot that feels nice and firm, like the wire won’t come off when you dip.

Step 5: Dip the pinecone and fully submerge under the paint. Repeat the process from Step 3.

Step 6: After a few hours of drying, we went in and flipped all of our pinecones over & set them in a clean spot on the cardboard. This seemed to help with the drying process and even the paint out.

Boom! Crazy colored pinecones for your mantle, your table, or any old place. Would you do bright colors, or would you stick to a more traditional holiday palette? Oooooh, you could also do gold! That would look pretty fab on a centerpiece at Christmas dinner. Have fun! xoxo

DIY Painted Pinecones

DIY Painted Pinecones

DIY Painted Pinecones

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

Printable Christmas Cards

It’s here! The Christmas season! Now that Thanksgiving has passed I can officially go holiday hog-wild and nobody can give me side-eye about it. (Even though, let’s be real, I’ve…

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

It’s here! The Christmas season! Now that Thanksgiving has passed I can officially go holiday hog-wild and nobody can give me side-eye about it. (Even though, let’s be real, I’ve been listening to Christmas music since the day after Halloween. It can’t be helped.) Anyway, now that we’re in full swing, we’ve got a printable for you to kick off the season. If you need to send some Christmas cards or attach a little note to a holiday gift, we’ve got ya. These are as simple as download, print, and give — and around this time of year simple is good.

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Step 1: Download our holiday card printable. Note: This is a special file meant to work with Avery’s Design & Print Online platform, so don’t fret if it seems like it didn’t download properly! Just carry on to the next step.

Step 2: Open the files at avery.com/open.

Step 3: Choose to print on the Note Cards (product #8315).

Step 4: Insert the image into the card template, and follow the instructions through to print! Use the toolbar on the left to add any text you might like; you can even print on both sides if you’d like to print a message on the inside of your cards.

Step 5: Once your image is complete, print on the blank card sheet. Separate the cards, trim if desired, and you’re all set.

Have fun addressing your cards! Do you like sending Christmas or holiday cards? I’ve always loved it. I know it’s a ton of work but there’s just something so lovely about getting them in the mail and I can’t stop sending them. Hope these come in handy for you this season! xoxo

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

This post is sponsored by Avery. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Make Rhinestone Christmas Tree Ornaments

Lovely Indeed’s Fave Holiday Projects

I can’t help it. I’m dipping a toe in the Christmas pool the week of Thanksgiving. But I figure everyone’s already shopping holiday sales so it can’t be that early,…

How to Make Rhinestone Christmas Tree Ornaments

I can’t help it. I’m dipping a toe in the Christmas pool the week of Thanksgiving. But I figure everyone’s already shopping holiday sales so it can’t be that early, right? I was cruising through our archives recently and found some of my (and your) favorite holiday projects! These were all so fun to put together and have been some of our most popular posts ever, so let’s get into the holiday spirit and revisit some oldies but goodies. I think I’ll actually be making a couple of these again this year to fill out our collections, starting with our DIY rhinestone ornaments at the top of the post.

Hank’s mini tree will be making another appearance this year, with his festive animals. I think our little girl needs some too!

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

Lots of you have tried this simple holiday gift wrap, and it’s still my go-to for little gifts.

wrapping1

One of our craziest concoctions! The pink-tipped tree took a while to make but it sure is worth it once it’s up and decorated.

How to Make a Pink Tipped Christmas Tree

How to Make a Pink Tipped Christmas Tree

And if a giant tree isn’t your style (or doesn’t fit your space), you can always give this geometric painted tree a go. It was perfect when we were living in apartments.

DIY Geometric Painted Plywood Christmas Tree
DIY Geometric Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

If you’re looking for more holiday inspiration, grab a mug of hot chocolate and head to our archives! Lots of Christmasy goodness awaits you right here. xoxo

Colorful DIY Holiday Gifts

12 Colorful DIY Holiday Gifts

Who’s still shopping for holiday gifts? Forget shopping and get out your glue guns, because I’ve rounded up a whole batch of gorgeous, simple, completely colorful prezzies that you can…

Who’s still shopping for holiday gifts? Forget shopping and get out your glue guns, because I’ve rounded up a whole batch of gorgeous, simple, completely colorful prezzies that you can make yourself. And who doesn’t love something handmade with a little love? Check out these beauties and click through to get the full tutorials from each of the fabby makers behind the projects. Happy making! xoxo

Colorful DIY Holiday Gifts

Gemstone Bobby Pins from Tell Love and Party
Gemstone Shoe Clips from Lovely Indeed
Gilded Concrete Pineapple Pushpins from Proper
Painted Basket from Tell Love and Party
Agate Stone Wall Hooks from Lovely Indeed
Hexagon Ring Dishes from Homey Oh My

Colorful DIY Holiday Gifts

Technicolor Dog Leash from Studio DIY
Hula Tassels from Damask Love
Gold + Colorblock Cutting Boards from Lovely Indeed
Ombre Jenga from Lovely Indeed
Marble Dipped Mugs from The Sweetest Occasion
Gold Foil Art from Sugar & Cloth

P.S. Three more super easy DIY gifts!

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

DIY Festive Animals for a Kid’s Christmas Tree

I’ve been wanting forever to decorate a little mini tree for Henry’s room and I finally came up with an idea! We made some festive little Christmas animals and now…

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

I’ve been wanting forever to decorate a little mini tree for Henry’s room and I finally came up with an idea! We made some festive little Christmas animals and now they live on a tiny tree just for him. Tell me these guys aren’t the cutest!

It’s a really quick and simple little project if you still want to add some holiday cheer to your place. Check out the full project and lots more photos over on Momtastic! xoxo

P.S. Lots more holiday DIY fun right here!

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

DIY Wood +Gold Leaf Gift Card Holder

I admit it, okay?! Sometimes it’s just plain easier to give a gift card. I have whole mess of people in my life who would rather receive some moolah to their favorite…

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

I admit it, okay?! Sometimes it’s just plain easier to give a gift card. I have whole mess of people in my life who would rather receive some moolah to their favorite store than another scarf or pair of mittens. And that’s okay! In fact, it’s kind of awesome, because I can just stock up on card to a bunch of different stores from Gift Card Mall and call it good. But the real DIY quandary is how to wrap all of those cards, right?! I mean, I guess you could stick it in an envelope and hand it over but where’s the drama in that? Up your game, people! Here’s a quick little project that’ll knock your pals’ socks off when you hand over their packaged gift card — wood, leather, and gold leaf never looked so pretty.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

Step 1: Paint the front side of one wooden rectangle.

Step 2: While the paint is still wet, place little patches of gold leaf on the wood so that the leaf sticks to the paint. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly afterward.

Step 3: Cut two leather rectangles. One should be 3″ x 2 1/2″ and the other should be 3″ x 1/2″. Round two corners on the large piece and one end of the small piece.

Step 4: Spread E6000 on the two long edges of the large piece.

Step 5: Affix the large piece to the two pieces of wood, with the painted side facing out (as though you were attaching a spine to a book).

Step 6: Affix the small piece to the back outer edge of the unpainted wood piece. This will be your latch.

Step 7: Place a small piece of velcro on the end of the small piece of leather and the corresponding velcro on the painted wood; be sure they match up when the holder is closed.

Step 8: Allow all paint and glue to dry thoroughly. Then place a small glue dot on the back of your gift card and place it inside the holder. Close the holder, secure the velcro, and you’re all wrapped up!

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

Aren’t these rad?! I’m planning on mass producing a bunch of them while I watch White Christmas and Love Actually (only the two best Christmas movies ever). And if you’re needing to search through a nice array of gift cards, hit up Gift Card Mall at your local grocery store or right here online. Then wrap ’em all up in your fancy holders, pop them under the tree, and high five yourself for being so crafty. Happy wrapping! xoxo

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

diy-gift-card-holder6

This post is sponsored by Gift Card Mall. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

DIY Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

I have secretly (or perhaps not so secretly) always wanted to be a watercolor painter. I don’t know what it is about watercolor painting — the way that the colors…

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

I have secretly (or perhaps not so secretly) always wanted to be a watercolor painter. I don’t know what it is about watercolor painting — the way that the colors run and soak into the paper is just so fascinating, isn’t it? And lucky for me it’s forgiving, because you can kind of pretend to know what you’re doing even if you’re a total newbie like me. High five. If you have secret watercolor dreams too, I’m here to tell ya that you can totally tackle it! I recently took Creativebug’s watercolor holiday card class and was whipping out brushstrokes like a pro in no time.

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

We’ve talked about Creativebug before, and if you missed it you have to catch up. If you’re a DIY fan or a maker, it’s a brilliant idea for trying out new projects or techniques. For a few bucks a month you can have access to their library of how-to videos, and learn all kinds of stuff! You can add classes to your own personal library so they never expire, and you can download the app and watch from anywhere. New classes are added all the time, and the instructors are top notch. I had the pleasure of working with a few of the teachers at a conference this year and this gang takes “making” to the next level, y’all.

We already had our Christmas cards printed up, but I wanted to hand paint a few special cards to go along with gifts, so the watercolor class was perfect. I kept kind of stressing out about getting it just right (hello, Type A creative!) but as it turns out, you kind of can’t go wrong with watercolor. The little wreath painting is a total snap, and you could probably even do it with kiddos if you wanted to have a crafternoon together. I especially love the little patterned liner that Courtney teaches in the class. Custom painted cards and liners? How fancy are we, you guys?!

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

And one more word to the wise: if you’re a maker with like-minded friends, Creativebug has a December special where you buy one year membership and get a free one to give as a gift! You could go in together with a pal, or surprise somebody with DIY magic that’ll last the whole year. Truly, I love the gift of creativity, and this is the perfect way to give it.

So whaddaya think?! Would you be more likely to try out our image transfer gift wrap, or paint up some holiday cards? I think I’m planning on tackling a woven tapestry next – anybody wanna take the class together and trade notes? Let’s make something! xoxo

TAKE THE WATERCOLOR CLASS

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

This post is sponsored by Creativebug. All opinions and ideas are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!