Tag: christmas ornaments + decorations

12 of the most spectacular advent calendars to help you count down to Christmas

Before you deck the halls, make sure you have your advent calendar ready so you can count down the days to the night before Christmas. It’s a tradition that my kids enjoy so much,  we have a few set up around the house to remind us how much longer they have to wait for their favorite day to arrive. And whether you are super crafty, want to print a DIY calendar at home, or would rather purchase something you can use year after year, we’ve rounded up a dozen options for you to have ready by the first of December. Prices and...

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10 creative ways to change up your holiday cards this year

We can’t believe it, but it’s time to start thinking about holiday cards–if you haven’t already. (And if you’re already done, we bow down to you.) We have to admit we’re a little excited though. Don’t you love checking your mailbox in December and seeing stacks of cards (i.e. not bills) inside? If you want your holiday cards to stand out from the rest, we’ve put together some creative ideas for you on behalf of our newest sponsor, Pear Tree Greetings. We’re so happy to discover how beautiful and surprising affordable their custom cards are. Check out these ten ideas, and we hope...

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We’ve got your DIY washi tape Christmas crafts covered with, well, A Washi Tape Christmas

I know, Halloween is barely over and here I am talking about Christmas. But before you know it we’ll all be pinning cookie recipes and gift wrap ideas, so we might as well get ahead of the holiday craft game too. Washi tape crafts have been a hot trend for awhile, probably because it’s such a simple, affordable tool for using in modern DIY crafts. A Washi Tape Christmas, a new book by blogger and craft expert Kami Bigler of No Biggie, offers up dozens of washi tape Christmas crafts, decorations, and gifts that are quick but still impressive. In other words, my kind of crafts. While...

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Deck the house with the coolest Christmas printables, lots of them free

Liven up your Christmas decor this year by printing out some great printable holiday decorations without leaving the comforts of home. The best part: you won’t need a degree in Paper Arts or a stash of obscure crafting supplies to get these pieces ready to display. The printable gingerbread house (above) may not include real candy, but it sure is sweet with lots of  individual characters to position. Or for your kids to reposition every chance they get. ($3 for download; with lots of other sets in Fantastic Toys’ Etsy shop) Tired of green-and-red everything? Check out these Scandinavian-inspired, geometric printable Christmas...

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Holiday decorating and entertaining made stylish and easy thanks to The Prowl

With only 15 days left until Christmas (yep, we went there), we’re in full-on holiday decorating mode, which is why we’re loving how easy our partner The Prowl makes it to find everything we need, or uh, might have forgotten. All with just a few clicks. And no packing up the kids in the car to run to the store either. -Don’t miss a great $500 giveaway below!- The Prowl  has taken social shopping to a whole new level, and it’s not just checking out your friends’ boards to know what to buy her for Christmas (though that is a...

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Gifts that give back: These ornaments could change the world. For real.

Some of our favorite ornaments this year are more than just pretty baubles for your tree. They just might cure breast cancer, save an endangered species, or transform the life of women living in extreme poverty. Pretty impressive. The shiny green and red heart ornament (above) was designed by Mariska Hargitay and supports Child Mind, a non-profit focused on transforming mental heath care for kids everywhere. Love that. ($40) This adorable little bigfoot yeti comes from Ten Thousand Villages, an online retailer sourced completely by disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries worldwide. This particular guy was crafted in the foothills...

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Dasher, Rudolph and this guy: an adorable personalized reindeer ornament for the tree

You know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, and the rest, but now there’s a reindeer lovelier than all of them. (I know I haven’t technically seen any of them, but surely it’s tough to look good after a day spent traveling around the world.) CMP fave Paloma’s Nest has a custom Christmas ornament so simple and beautiful, I think even Rudolph might soon have competition for most famous reindeer of all. Their Personalized Reindeer Ornament would be such a lovely addition to a family Christmas tree this year. Cut from a piece of wood and bedecked in a crisp, cotton ribbon that...

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Holiday ornaments without red or green or glitter. It’s possible!

If you’re like me and tend to lean towards more subtle holiday decorating (hold the beglittered talking Santa, please), you’ll love these gorgeous ornaments I found while scouring Etsy. I just can’t pick a favorite among the laser cut wood holiday ornaments at Havok Designs that are all designed and created right here in the USA. Whether you’re searching for a lovely custom hostess gift like the initial Christmas ornaments (pictured above) or want to stock up for your own tree decorating (love that poor gingerbread man!), you’ll find no shortage of fun options that even a red and green...

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Pretty paper ornaments for your Christmas tree. Or non-denominational shrubbery.

Okay, I have a serious weakness for paper anything. But when it comes to gorgeous paper ornaments for the holidays? I positively swoon. So I was delighted to see the latest offerings from longtime CMP fave Frazier and Wing. I’ve been smitten with Frazier and Wing since we featured their gorgeous, handmade paper garlands a while back. And now my love grows deeper. Their beautiful line of holiday paper ornaments are such a unique, modern way to decorate your tree, whether you’re a red and green traditionalist, or like to change things up with a host of other bright or subtle color...

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Don’t wake the sleeping reindeer

Feel free to skip all the snowman Christmas sheets and red and green duvet covers because I have found the best Christmas pillowcase ever. Oh the fun I plan on having with the reindeer antlers pillowcase. Talk about awesome photo opps. (Original holiday card idea, anyone?). They’re screen printed by hand and shipped from the UK, so order now and you’ll have it in time for loads of holiday entertainment. At the expense of your adorable sleeping children. -Kristen You can purchase the reindeer antlers pillowcase at Erinnies on...

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Gifts from Ordinary Mommy are something pretty special

Sometimes a gift comes to you, and you can tell before you even open it that it’s going to be really special. From the hand-lettered mailing label to the Swiss-dot mini clothespin and vellum gift bag, you can totally feel the love that went into making even the smallest package from the Etsy shop Ordinary Mommy. Faith Lex, a mom (obviously) from eastern Pennsylvania, designs exquisite felt animals and accessories and sells them at her Ordinary Mommy Etsy shop. These whimsical little guys would make perfect ornaments for your Christmas tree, would be darling tied onto Christmas gifts, or they’d be...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for fun finds like this daily 1. Ready for holiday crafts for the kids yet? Fall is the perfect time to get started on this one. 2. Our readers are going nuts for this stylish fall look. So chic and cozy! 3. Beauty products for moms of any age to stock up on. (No judgments.) 4. Super cute new baby gift! Affordable too. 5. Will someone please buy us these hot shoes? Please? Also…why a few of us (ahem) will be buying the new iPad Air or iPad Mini today. Ahem. You...

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Add some mad, merry scientists to your Christmas tree

My kids are finally at the age where I can outsource most of the tree decorating duties to them and still be pretty darn pleased with the results. It’s true: I haven’t tweaked a single strand of lights or rearranged the glass balls. But I just discovered that my tree is missing something: these super cool scientist ornaments. Brooklyn-based Eavesmade creates laser cut wood ornaments featuring scientists whose specialties range from astronomy and ecology to chemistry and engineering. I was thrilled to see old school greats like Galileo, Copernicus, and Tesla on the list, along with accomplished female scientists...

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Web Coolness: Snowflakes for Sandy Hook, DIY Christmas villages, and gift wrap inspiration

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! We have been heartbroken all week over last week’s tragedy. Here are links to some of the best online responses to Sandy Hook that put into words a bit of the deep sadness we feel, even as we try to maintain a sense of normalcy for our children. In addition, What Six Looks Like is an achingly beautiful reminder of just how young and full of life this age is. Such a pretty DIY Christmas village can be made out...

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DIY Star Wars LEGO ornaments: perfect for your Hothmas tree

This is no mere ornament. It’s a LEGO ornament. A LEGO Star Wars ornament that you can DIY. And it’s going to look great hanging on your tree, along with a LEGO Millenium Falcon and TIE Fighter. Besides, isn’t pew pew pew more fun than ho ho ho? These three sweet Star Wars build-it-yourself LEGO ornaments are the brainchild of author, artist, and photographer Chris McVeigh, who has thoughtfully provided step-by-step instructions on buying the right bricks and putting them all together. He also offers tutorials on sleighs, gingerbread houses, and a perfectly roasted LEGO turkey, but you know...

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Modern Nativity scenes you won’t mind the children touching

When you consider that most nativity sets include a couple of sheep, some people, an angel, and a stable, is it any wonder that most kids can’t wait to get their hands on them? But after my three were finished playing with the set I had growing up, I understood why my mom had kept it on the high shelf, away from our hands. Most Nativity sets are definitely for looking, not touching. But not these three sets I tracked down which would make great gifts for new parents, or for young children on Christmas. They are all made...

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This ornament from A Christmas Story is better than shooting your eye out

Sorry, kid. You can’t have a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas, but we hear your Aunt Clara sent you something extra special and handmade to hang on the tree. You guys love A Christmas Story as much as we do, right? This A Christmas Story ornament from made by gwen on Etsy is entirely made by hand and lovingly titled The Pink Nightmare. Ralphie’s a little short at only 5.5″ tall, but all his details are hand-painted and embroidered, including tiny bunny faces on each foot and a fuzzy tail on back.  Oh, and as it’s an ornament,...

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10 cool Christmas ornaments that give back

It feels like the world is in a very give-back kind of mood this year, doesn’t it? And while we have quite a few gifts that give back on our holiday gift guide, there’s something particularly special about ornaments that support a great charity or cause. Every year, you (or the lucky recipient) gets to be reminded of the do-gooding aspect of the season, which I think is my very favorite part. Here, a few favorites which support an incredibly diverse range of causes, some for as little as $5 an ornament. –Liz Ornaments that support children in South Africa...

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8 of the coolest (and easiest) holiday crafts for kids

If you score not-so-high on the Official Scale of Craftiness (which, I swear, should be a real thing), fear not. You and your kids will have a blast making these eight super-easy, super-cute holiday crafts we’ve rounded up just for you.   This Christmas tree craft by LooLeDo is so very cool and colorful–and, best of all, it’s made entirely with things you have lying around the house anyway, like paper clips, a paper towel tube, tape, construction paper, a paper plate.   The prettiest solution in the kajillion holiday catalogs clogging up your mailbox? Gorgeous DIY paper snowflakes...

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A very Pantone holiday

If you’re a design fan, or just like a lot of color besides red and green in your hoildays, then these ornaments from Pantone might be the ten most perfect ornaments for your Christmas tree. I am having trouble picking a favorite from among the Pantone Christmas Ornaments, but then again, Pantone has that effect on me. They all look so lustrous and they’re beautifully packaged for giving. My solution? Get the enitire gift set which comes with all 10. Just order soon to make sure that they make it on time. You can find them at A +...

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