I’m a huge fan of making gift multiples. They are perfect for those occasions like co-worker/neighborhood/church gift exchanges where you need more than one thing, and those things need to be cute. I also like simple ideas, so I squealed when I saw these handmade bottle stoppers by Cindy on Skip to My Lou. The supplies are basic, inexpensive . . . and once I get going I bet I can make several at a time. Cindy used traditional holiday colors, but you could use any colors that you want (more winter-y with blues, silvers, whites, yay!). Visit her blog entry here.
I’m more of a bright Christmas type of gal, but I saw this dining room in the November 2010 Ballard Designs catalog and I HAD to share. There is just enough elegance for those who love the traditional Christmas, but then again, there is that fun bright green that livens the room for people like me. I think these colors would look fab on a painted project for the holiday season. Consider using the ivory shade as a base color and highlighting with the other colors. Just gorgeous!
This palette was created using FolkArt Acrylic colors (from left to right): Tapioca, Forest Moss, Old Ivy, Burgundy, Raspberry Wine
It’s finally cold here in Hotlanta! Not freezing, like in some parts of your worlds, but just cold enough that I’m feeling the holiday crafting season for the first time. It’s hard to think about the holidays until it’s a little chilly, at least for me. I’m quite sure you are in need of some gift ideas, so I wanted to share with you this tree coaster and wine marker set. It uses some fun (and unusual) Christmas colors – I like that. I also like the simple painting. Finally, I like the fact that it’s a useful gift. I think you should make some too, and remember that you can customize this project with whatever holiday colors float your boat. Find the complete instructions here.
I know it’s the week before Halloween, but Plaid is having a holiday contest that I have to tell you about! We’re celebrating the 12 Weeks of Christmas, and we hope you’ll celebrate with us. Read about the contest and submit your project here!
In addition to holding a contest, we are featuring projects in fun holiday themes each week. Week 2 was FolkArt Extreme Glitter, and designer Julie Lewis painted the beautiful sparkly tree ornament above (you can get the instructions here). Come join the fun each week as we release new holiday projects at PlaidOnline.com.
Is it too early to think about holiday decor? Absolutely not in the world of crafts! It may seem like it’s far away, but in crafting terms it’s right around the corner. With the tight economy, handmade gifts are going to be a staple this year. Get it on the crafting action!
Plaid is celebrating the 12 weeks before Christmas, and one of our featured projects is this Santa frame ornament duo. You simply paint the frames, insert some scrapbook paper and then paint the designs within. These are so tiny that it goes quickly – you can have these done in a couple of hours this weekend! Visit the complete instructions here.
I’d also like to remind you that Plaid is having a pretty fantabulous contest to celebrate crafting for the holidays. You can win cash and prizes just for submitting a picture of what you made. Click on the banner above for more details.