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Not sure what to do with those xmas tree scraps? We went to pick up a tree for our office holiday decorating party and couldn't bear to part with the extra scraps of pine. We decided to make a little holiday chandelier to put up in our ecomm office! It was super quick & fun and now we have some extra smells & cheer wafting through the office. Quite lovely.
Here's how to do it:
1. Go get a tree!
For us LA folk, that means drive over to the nearest lot. Though, I would definitely recommend you walk through the forest and find a few fallen branches, if that option is available.
2. Save your scraps. Duh!
3. Gather your supplies.
For us we had some string & candy canes lying around, but feel free to get creative. Gold glitter, fun ornaments, or popcorn garland would all make excellent chandelier flair.
4. Layout your branches & decide on a shape.
I ended up taking some of the scraps and breaking them in half until I was able to get them in a nice arrangement. You can get creative with the shape of your chandelier depending on where you want to hang it and what you're going to jazz it up with.
5. Tie together your chandelier with some holiday ribbon, yarn or string.
6. Add flair.
We added candy canes and then added some hand crafted snowflakes. If you've forgotten how to make your own snowflakes, click here for a quick tutorial.
7. Hang it up.
Make sure your connection is sturdy, or you have your tree hung over a safe space. Be wary of falling branches!
Last week I shared my tips on saving money this holiday season, and one of my tips was getting crafty wtih your wrapping. Well, now I'm back with a quick & simple tutorial on how to make cute & festive wrapping paper for next to nothing!
We used butcher paper, stamps & ink, but you can sub butcher paper for newsprint, or recycled paper grocery bags! You can also use potatoes dipped in paint or ink if you don't want to buy stamps! We spent $50 on all the supplies and wrapped up 60 presents with tons of supplies to spare.
Step 1: Measure out & cut your paper
Step 2: Stamp the paper with festive stamps or designs! (We did a lot of snowflakes & jingle bells!)
Step 3: Wrap it up
Step 4: Add some string & your done!
The holidays are my favorite time of year, but it can also be expensive if you're living on a tight budget. With parties, gifts to buy, houses to decorate... etc. The expenses can be a bit overwhelming. I've been getting really into recycling, repurposing and making as much as I can by hand this year, so I am here to share a few ideas on where you can make some adjustments and save some of those precious dollars. :)
1. Make your own wrapping paper.
With Pinterest, there are a plethora of DIY gift wrapping ideas. I usually save any gift bags I get throughout the year and for any gifts that fit better in a box- I make my own wrapping paper. This year, I have been saving all of the butcher paper that comes as packing material in my Amazon Subscribe & Save deliveries. (Yes, I'm totally obsessed with Amazon) It's a little bit crumpled, but I figure this will add to the 'rustic' look. I plan on tying these up with some red twine and a sprig of rosemary. I expect they will smell and look quite lovely.
2. Recycle those boxes into a Christmas tree.
If you are going home for the holidays or can't afford a tree, there are plenty of ideas to get the feeling without dishing out big bucks for a tree that's really going to create a lot of mess for a short amount of time. I love this idea for a cardboard Christmas tree! I've been saving my boxes (I just break them down and store them behind the couch with the spiders) and I plan to just paint the tree when I'm finished! They kept the cardboard look, but I personally am tied to the whole green tree thing...
3. Learn oragami for some DIY ornaments.
My family is coming to Palm Springs to celelbrate Christmas this year, so my Mom asked me to come up with some ideas on how to make our rental house look a bit festive so we didn't feel totally disconnected from the spirit of Christmas while lounging by the pool. I've always wanted to learn to make oragami, so I got this book from amazon that came with paper & holiday inspired oragami how-tos. We're going to learn to make these as a family, and the nerd in me is really excited about it.
4. Gift your friends something handmade.
No one wants to be the only friend not participating in the gifting rituals of Christmas time, but there are ways of giving without breaking the bank. This year, I got a canning kit (Yes, from Amazon) and I am planning on making a bunch of caramel sauce & canning it with some red bows on top. This way I will fulfill my dreams of learning to can AND all my friends and family will have a little something sweet to ring in 2014 and I'll still be able to pay my rent come January.
5. Eat in when possible and never turn down leftovers.
There are going to be some holiday celelbrations where you end up going out and spending money on some food and drinks. Expect that- and try to cut out eating out when you're alone. Pack your lunches. Stay home, make soup, drink tea and your bank account will bless you with a much larger available balance. Another sneaky little tip: If you attend a holiday party, stick around and help the host clean up! When you're putting away the scraps and the fridge is full... don't say no when they insist you help eat the leftovers. ;)
all images via Pinterest.
I can't believe it, but Hannukah is here and Christmas is just around the corner. You know what that means? Non-stop holiday parties. As much as I love parties, it can be stressful figuring out what to wear to all these functions. We've put together some shoe & outfit ideas for you that will have you looking fabulous and keep your feet happy on the dance floor. Whether you're looking to impress at work in the Ingrid, show off some leg in the Idra, or keep it casual in the Genista, we've got just the shoe for you!
Feeling like a Turkey after that Thanksgiving Feast?! Well, I don't know about you, but I sure am! Don't fret- I've got 5 ways to get you back lean and in shape. Here's how I got back in action!
Yoga is a great way to calm down and slim down. Don't have a membership to a yoga studio, don't worry! I take advantage of Youtube's many free videos and all I need is my laptop, yoga mat, and small space in my living room. Here you can find a cool 30-minute yoga video to enjoy right at home! http://youtu.be/KU2uj7W08wo
Have a Hike!
Hiking is not only an awesome way to workout but it also gives you the chance to enjoy the outdoors and take in all the beauty fall has to offer. I like to hike with friends, that way I can interact with company and nature. But don't forget to put on a good pair of hiking shoes and climb those calories away!
Shop Till You Drop!
Shopping is one of my favorite things to do, so why not add some cardio to the mix. I like to get to the mall early when its a bit quiet and walk while window shopping. Also I choose to take the stairs instead of the escalator or do some extra squatting when picking up an item i've been eyeing off the shelf. Scouring for that parking spot closest to the entrance, how about trying to park a little further and carrying your items instead of pushing them in a cart. Get more ideas for shopping while shaping here.
Go For A Run!
Running is my favorite workout, there's no extra workout equipment needed and its great to get off the couch and out the house every once in a while. Running can be very theraputic, so if you need to clear your mind after Thanksgiving chaos, just tie your laces and hit the pavement.
Juice it Up!
Can't even think about food after stuffing your face all week? Well, what about juice?! Juicing is a great way to cleanse your body or jumpstart a weightloss regimen. Juicing allows me to experiment with my favorite fruits and veggies and create a not only delicious, but healthy drink! Here's just one example of the many juicing recipes you'll love:
I hope I've shared some good ideas to help motivate you to work off that turkey!
*Images via pinterest