DIY + holiday + Projects / Thursday, 8 Dec 2016

DIY Paper Christmas Cactus

DIY paper Christmas cactusThe Zygocactus, more widely and affectionately known as the Christmas cactus, is a bit wild and wonderful with it’s curvy jaunty stems. It’s a great alternative gift idea for the holidays with its vibrant red and green! Not surprisingly, the Zygocactus blooms around Christmas time with large red, pink, or orange flowers. Not always so easy to care for or if you’re like me, December 25th comes and goes and it never blooms… errr, not to worry though! The crafted version is here! A DIY paper Christmas Cactus! The Christmas cactus easily translates into paper, especially if you have a paper cutting machine. Give the gift that doesn’t require a green thumb! This is pretty quick to craft and you can easily make a simple smaller version with only two or three stems. How fun is this paper plant as a party favor or place card at your holiday get together? I love the quirky nature of it–It certainly lives up to its name! 

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paper flowers + Projects / Wednesday, 7 Dec 2016

15 holiday paper flower tutorials

Best holiday paper flower tutorials

Have you decorated your home for the holidays? For me it tends to be a bit of a process, adding bits and bobbles here and there until I reach a look that I love… Or the holiday season comes to a close and I’ve run out of time. Oops! Either way, I love making holiday decor that I can tailor to my tastes and customize to my home! With my particular affinity for paper flowers, we decided to scour the web to find the 15 best holiday paper flower tutorials! From crepe paper oranges to poinsettia gift toppers, we’ve collected quite a range!

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Crafts + DIY + holiday + Projects / Tuesday, 6 Dec 2016

Paper Dresden Ornament Wreath

Dresden Ornament Paper WreathDecember is the month to have a wreath on your door. It adds a festive holiday touch to a home without any life-threatening trips to the roof to hang lights! Unfortunately, those velvet poinsettia wreaths aren’t quite doing it for us this year. So when we came across this Dresden Ornament wreath from one of our favorite shops, I immediately fell in love. We did a little research and found that Dresden Ornament wreaths were originally made out of old candy molds or ornaments in Germany beginning in the late 1800’s. The brass figurines represent seasons and holidays throughout the year, making it a piece you can keep up all the time. There is space in between the trinkets so you can weave garlands, florals, or lights in it depending on the time of year. I love the stunning quality of it just as is. They happen to cost a pretty penny, so we decided to make our own Paper Dresden Ornament Wreath (of course!). We created the files you can use on your craft cutter machine to expedite the process or you can hand cut them, because we know shopping, baking, and decorating are in full swing!

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downloads + Life / Monday, 5 Dec 2016

December 2016 Downloads

December Wallpaper 2016

Christmas music has been ringing through the studio these last couple weeks and I couldn’t be happier about it! As much as I love an N*SYNC (a terribly underrated Christmas album if you didn’t go to high school in the late 90s!) Christmas album, nothing quite beats the classics. You simply can’t celebrate the holiday season without listening to the Twelve Days of Christmas! To keep you in the Christmas spirit all month long, we’ve got the sweetest “seven swans a swimming” you’ve ever seen for our December 2016 downloads for your desktop and phone. I love the muted palette of the swans, it’s lovely and festive but understated.

December Phone background

Just looking at these swans brings me a bit of calm amidst the chaos that can come during the holiday season. Here’s to hoping that everyone enjoys at least a few peaceful and relaxing days this December!

Access the December 2016 downloads here

December Wallpaper 2016

Illustration by Monica Lynch 

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DIY + holiday + paper + Party + Projects / Monday, 5 Dec 2016

Christmas Paper Office Party Decorations

Christmas Paper Office Decorations Christmas Paper Office DecorationsYou know the scenes in the movie “Elf”, when Buddy stays up all night decorating the department store? Or when he does it again at his dad’s house? GENIUS. Well we decided to channel our inner Buddy the Elf and bring some Christmas cheer to the work place! It just seems odd to us that the place where people are generally spending 8 hours of their day often gets neglected when it comes to holiday decor. So we’re making it super easy for you to remedy that trend ASAP. All you need is 1 ream of paper. It can’t get much easier than that! We covered our studio top to bottom in super simply paper crafts that you’ll remember making in Elementary school: Paper chains, lanterns, angels, and snowballs! Never mind the fact that it might be warm and sunny outside, because it will feel like the most magical winter wonderland inside! The key to the magic is to make a ton of paper decorations, so when we say a ream of paper, we mean the entire ream of paper! Don’t worry about doing it all in one night though, we don’t all have the skills that come from being raised by elves. Take a few nights to get in touch with your inner child and fill your floor with paper decorations! This would be perfect for an office holiday party, or even to surprise a coworker!

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