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: Quick, Easy and ADORABLE Centerpiece (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I’ve been collecting milk glass bud vases for years. Let’s face it, every flower looks good in a white vase! Many years ago, I had to do a dinner party on the fly and needed a centerpiece and this magic happened. I’ve been using it ever since. So fast, simple and chic! Step one, remove flowers. Step two, replace flowers with ball ornaments! Boom!

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photo by Chia Chong for Domino Magazine

 

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: 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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DIY: Put a Feather On It VIDEO and How To

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I’ve been collecting feathers for as long as I can remember. Feather filled mason jars occupy a shelf in my tiny office and, the most precious I keep in a leather bound journal under my bed (don’t ask me why).

Paint Dipped Feathers (great for holiday ornaments)
(feathers with even more flare)
Ingredients:
A long stick suspended horizontally with a drop cloth underneath
feathers
embroidery thread (same color as your paint, I used blaze orange)
paint (same color as your embroidery thread, I used blaze orange)
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What to do: 
1. Hang up your stick from end to end with a drop cloth or cardboard box underneath. This is to hang your drying feather from.
2. Wrap ends of feathers with embroidery thread leaving a long enough end to tie onto the stick.
3. Tie all feathers from the stick leaving 2″ between each one.
4. Shake can of paint well and hold it up under each hanging feather allowing the feather to dip into the paint about 2″ (really the amount of paint on the end is determined by the size of your feather. My feathers were fairly large so I could dip from 1 1/2″-2″). Continue until all of the feather tips have been dipped. Allow to dry COMPLETELY. Do not rush this. It may take two days to dry!
5. Remove thread from stick and tie into a loop for hanging!
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