DIY: Handmade Leopard Print Gift Wrapping Paper (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Inspiration comes from many places…this time from a sweater! My holiday gift wrap this year is officially colored leopard!
Leopard Print Wrapping Paper
What you need: 
Butcher Paper
Craft Paint (I used purple, pink, green, turquoise, gold and black)
1/2-inch flat paint brush
What to do: 
Watch the video!

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My Gingham Christmas

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Location: The Grant Hotel courtesy of Lucky Savannah Rentals

I love the nostalgic feeling of gingham and knew I wanted to use it in a fun holiday decor this season, so I decided to embrace it AND blow it out. With this gingham-inspired holiday decor, more was more! And, the modern/exposed brick environment help take this over the top “country” to an over the top “chic” design!
Check out all the details:

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1. Gingham Garland
Get the how-to here!
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2. Gingham Stockings
Hand made from scraps of fabric and one old pair of pants with a seahorse embroidered on them which made for a super cute stocking. And don’t forget that fabric scraps also make a great pom pom!!
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3. Gingham Fireplace Logs
Watch the fun How-To Video Here!
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4. Gingham Ornaments
So simple! First a length of rick rack is pinned into a styrofoam ball, then scraps of gingham fabric leftover from making garland are attached to the ball using modge podge. Allow to dry and hang!
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5. Gingham Tied Branches
There needed to be a little height in the corner to balance the height of the tree, so a few birch branches were wrapped in sections with gingham fabric and  leaned up against the wall. I love them!!!
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6. Holiday Gift Wrap
Check out spoonflower for just about any wrapping paper you can imagine! It’s a slightly thicker paper than I typically like to wrap with, but the colors are perfection…so I deal.
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I’m so in love with this gingham-inspired Christmas! Everything that decorated the tree was made by hand and with lots of fun and love.
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DIY: Gingham Fireplace Logs (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
With Teresa Earnest Photography

No fireplace…faux fireplace? I love this simple craft for holidays or really any day! Can you see it in a little girl’s room? Adorable!!

Gingham OVERLOAD done right!
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DIY: Party Pig Ornaments

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Ornaments on tree image by Teresa Earnest Photography

Four years ago I started painting nostalgic barnyard animal toys varying shades of gaudy and adhering them to all sorts of nonsense. This year was the second I made ornaments out of them and this may be the best!! So easy and so fun to do. With a pork book under my belt, I’m obviously partial to the pig, but these ornaments could be made out of any animal toy!
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Here’s how easy and fun it is!!

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Party Pig Ornaments

Ingredients: 
Plastic farm animals (I love pigs, so I did a variety of boars and sows and piglets, I got them at my local farm and tack store)
Spray Paint (I painted mine shades of pink and gold)
1 pair scissors
Hot Glue
Small screw hooks (what you use to attach wire to the back of a frame to hang)
Trimmings (I used everything! Felt balls, buttons, muffin liners, colorful pipe cleaners, embroidery floss etc…)
Ribbon for hanging

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Step 1. Set up a card board box in a well ventilated area and place the pig inside. Give it a spray on all sides and underneath. Allow to dry.

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Step 2: Make a fun fascinator/party hat! This is where only your imagination is the limit! Use your glue gun to make small hats out of whatever you can find around the house. I used muffin liners and pipe cleaner (on the left) and a wee bottle cap, felt ball and feather (on the right)

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Step 3: Screw the eye into the top of the pig (this goes in easy enough, so no need to pre drill a hole) and attach a ribbon to hang.
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DIY: Tiered Felt Ornaments

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Tree Photo and Video Teresea Earnest Photography

Felt Ornaments

Ingredients:
1 piece of card stock
6 (4×4) felt squares
1 pair scissors
1 marker
1 skein of embroidery floss
1 small threading needle
an assortment of craft flare (sequins, mini pom poms, colored beads..)

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What to do:
Step 01:
Trace or freehand a fun shape onto card stock (I made a simple round scalloped shape, but you could do anything that has an exact center).
Next, us scissors to cut out.
Pro tip:  The more complex the shape, the harder it is to cut out of fabric….trust me…make it simple! 
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Step 02:
Using a contrasting colored marker, trace your shape onto the felt, cut out and place aside. You’ll want to cut about 12-15 piece for one ornament.
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Step 03:
Thread 12-15 inches of embroidery floss through your needle. Add some fun flair and knot off at one end.
Pro tip: You may need to make a few knots depending on the opening of your bottom flair!
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Step 04:
Thread your needle though 3 to 5 felt shapes. Repeat steps 03 and 04 until satisfied.

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Step 05:
Once satisfied with steps 03 and 04, add the last bit of flair and tie off. Create a loop at the top for easy tree adorning!
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How stinkin’ cute are these on a tree!!
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