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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DIY: Fun Holiday Wreaths

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography

I love a wreath…but not just any wreath. 
Here are a few of my favorites this holiday season! 

1. Thanks For the Gum Drop Wreath
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What to do:
Step 1. Use toothpicks to affix colored gum drops in a fun pattern onto a styrofoam wreath form.
Step 2. Hang with a fun ribbon. 

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2. Crazy Like a Fox Wreath
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My dearest friend in the world, Sydney Kiefner, needlepointed this gorgeous wreath. I’m in awe of many many talents she has, but her needlepoint game is tops! I wish you could see the back it’s a beautiful green velvet…much like my shoes. I love you Sydney. 
What to do:
 Step 1. Have a friend who needlepoints make you a wreath. 

3. Pom Pom Wreath
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What to do:
Step 1. Wrap a styrofoam wreath foam with yarn (I used white)

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Step 2. Make pom poms (learn how to make a pom pom HERE) and affix to the wreath form with hot glue. 
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Step 3. Glue on different colored pom poms!
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Handmade Stockings To Stuff

By Libbie Summers
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography

Each year, I sew new Christmas stockings. It’s a labor of love, because I don’t love sewing. Actually, I don’t even like sewing…but I love Christmas stockings! I wish I could tell you I use a certain pattern, but I don’t. I just draw a new one each year and go for it. Showing you these is meant to inspire, I’ve included a good reference video at the end (because I love her accent)! 

1. The Bird Dog
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gingham, polka dots, an embroidered Vizsla on linen and an orange pom pom

2. Gingham Style
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gingham fabric scraps, a cut up old pair of J Crew pants and pom pom trim

3. Dippy Dyed
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dipped dyed linen, purple pom poms and fancy thread

Need to learn how to sew a Christmas stocking? Check out this VIDEO (I love her accent)!

DIY: Pom Pom Tree Skirt

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest

I’m not going to lie. This tree skirt was a labor of love. I would work on it for a few hours, then walk away from it for a couple of days. It took around 700 pom poms to make it and by the 200th I thought I would surely throw this thing in the river. But, as I added each pom pom, the skirt started smiling at me and becoming so playfully beautiful. I was giddy about it and HAD to finish. Four weeks later I did. It could possibly be the most loved tree skirt I have ever made.

Pom Pom Tree Skirt
makes 1 (you’ll never make another)

Ingredients:
1 60-inch burlap tree skirt (I bought mine here, or you can cut your own…trust me buy this thing)
1 roll satin ribbon (I used hot pink)
1 hot glue gun with a TON of glue sticks
700 pom poms (YEP, you read that right…it took 700ish)

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Step 1: Make Pom Poms
You can find how to make them here!
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Step 2: Sew Ribbon and Ties
Using a sewing machine (ugh…I know right?!) fold the ribbon in half and sew it along the parameter of the tree skirt. Cut 4 pieces of ribbon and sew them on for ties. You could also use fabric glue here, but I don’t think it works as well. Or, don’t add the ribbon at all. I loved it for a more finished look.
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Step 3: Glue Pom Poms
Place the burlap tree skirt over a piece of thick plastic (I used the top of a storage bin) and working one by one in a small area, glue the pom poms on the tree skirt until it is completely covered.  This is where you will want to walk away or punch someone a few times, but don’t stop until this is finished! You can do it!!
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Step 04: Enjoy!
Place tree skirt around your tree, wear outside as a cape (yes that’s a thing), or in the middle of your living room as a comfy floor rug!
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“What goes best with a Pom Pom tree skirt?” Good questions, Hog Wild Sprinkles!!! Get them here!

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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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