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Printable Oscars 2017 Ballot | dreamgreendiy.com + @GlitterGuide

So, as it turns out, I don’t have a new video to unveil to you today…Instead, I’m going to send you right along to Glitter Guide where I’m sharing our third annual printable Oscars 2017 ballot. This is one of those recurring to-dos that I just love when it comes to my role at GG. Each year, I get to pour over the nominations, and make my own predictions as I perfect the printable ballot for all of our readers.

While, admittedly, I haven’t seen that many of this season’s films, I still have a hunch about who’s going to take home a statue (or three). Have you seen all of the movies, documentaries, shorts, and animated films that received nods this Academy Awards season?

Printable Oscars 2017 Ballot | dreamgreendiy.com + @GlitterGuide

A lot of times I find that I can’t really handle most of the big name titles (I’m a prude in my “old” age), but there’s almost nothing in this world that I appreciate more than filmmaking—especially the scores. At the risk of sounding hugely pretentious, I just can’t get enough of a beautifully composed score, so this is a category that I don’t mind making an educated guess on.

Although I’m pretty sure La La Land is going to take home the prize based on hype, I’m personally smitten with the music from Moonlight by Nicholas Britell (listen to “Chef’s Special”) and Lion by Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka (listen to “River”). Click any of those links to sample the tracks on Amazon. I, for one, will definitely be adding those composers to my Pandora station this weekend…Oh, and if you like a really eerie sound, check out the music for Jackie by Mica Levi! It’s incredible, and really deserves the win above all in my opinion.

Printable Oscars 2017 Ballot | dreamgreendiy.com + @GlitterGuide

Hop over to Glitter Guide to get your free download of the printable Oscars 2017 ballot, and don’t forget to tag @glitterguide and @dreamgreendiy in your posts on social media with the ballot! I’d love to see how you’re using the printable, so let’s all turn the award show into a friendly competition and see who ultimately wins big on Sunday.

Printable Oscars 2017 Ballot | dreamgreendiy.com + @GlitterGuide

(Photos and design by Carrie Waller for Glitter Guide)
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How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

I think it’s pretty common knowledge that winter is one of the hardest times to sell a home. I suppose it has something to do with the fact that people aren’t venturing outside as often in the cold weather, but for whatever reason, real estate seems to slow way down this time of year. The good news if you’re looking to sell (or buy!) is that things are likely to pick way back up in just a handful of weeks as spring descends.

All this to say, housewarming party season is about to take over. Be prepared to receive invitations to your friends’ or family member’s new homes or, at the very least, plan to spot a custom “Change of Address” notice or two in the mail. Of course, the next tradition to follow is a basket of custom-curated goodies to hand over in celebration! Read on for a few theme ideas to inspire a housewarming gift box that they’ll actually appreciate this upcoming moving season.

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

8 Housewarming Gift Box Ideas To Try:

  1. Kitchen accessories: Tea towel, measuring spoons, glass coasters, kitchen timer, bottle opener, dish soap, all packaged in a wire basket
  2. New address celebration: Box of custom-ordered notecards with their monogram, a reusable stamp with their new address imprinted on it, packaged in a pretty antique mailbox
  3. Post-move spa day: soaps, an organic natural sponge, matching robes, all wrapped in tissue paper and packaged in a drawstring linen laundry bag
  4. Book nook starter kit: Brochure to the local library, extra large knit blanket, stack of bestselling books, candle and matches
  5. Organization motivation: A set of nesting Tupperware containers with fun colored box tops, a label maker, peel-and-stick chalkboard labels, chalkboard marker, all packaged in one extra large see-through Tupperware tote
  6. Need-to-have necessities: Fresh fabric shower liners, heavy-duty trash bags, box cutter, set of uncut keys and a gift card to Lowe’s for making copies, lightbulbs, all wrapped up in a reusable grocery bag
  7. Newcommers’ to-do list: Manila folder filled with brochures and directions to local attractions and museums, 2-3 small gift cards to local restaurants to encourage trying out new places, tickets to the local movie theater or symphony
  8. First night meal package: Hand-written recipe for a hearty, easy-to-make meal, all of the ingredients to go with it, placemats and napkins, packaged in a pot or pan.

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

What are your go-to housewarming gift box themes or ideas? I’d love to learn from your creative traditions, so please do share them below. And, before I sign off for the day, a big THANK YOU goes out to my friend Bethany for her help with modeling and bringing this story to life in-store!

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Curate A Housewarming Gift Box They Will ACTUALLY Appreciate | dreamgreendiy.com

*My promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.
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Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Earlier this week, I broached the idea of taking a mental health day—a day of rest, and time dedicated to getting a little introspective for the sake of welcoming back a clear-headed, creative mind. Since then, I’ve been thinking about what that kind of day might actually look like. Would it be spent on the couch in my PJs, the fire roaring in the background, or would it be a walk at the park, hubby and hound dog in tow?

I eventually came to the conclusion that it just can’t be planned. “Me” time has to be one of those spur-of-the-moment adventures motivated by getting to that point when you want to throw your hands up in the air in surrender and slam that laptop closed for the rest of the day.

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Now, this is the moment when I suggest something just a tiny bit controversial. Why can’t a mental health day consist of something as indulgent as retail therapy? I’m not implying that we all run out at the first sign of a crappy day and max out our credit cards, but I think there’s something really invigorating about the prospect of wandering your favorite shop looking for a little treat just for you. Although it wasn’t exactly planned, a recent work day of mine turned out to be just the dose of inspiration I needed.

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Earlier on this year, I decided to set a date to get myself out of the office and drive to the Anthropologie store in nearby Charlottesville. The aim was to, first, spend a day taking photos for the blog outside of our house, and to also partner with the fun team at Anthropologie. To be candid, the brand doesn’t sponsor or pay me to create this type of content (a corporate rule), but it’s still fun to collaborate with local women and to have a chance to play with their beautiful inventory.

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Not wanting to do all of this by myself, I invited my creative friend Bethany Mallory along for the ride, and then we spent nearly two hours wondering the store. We styled and photographed a couple of gift guide posts right there on the hardwood floors of the store, and then decided to shoot a quick video while we were there. That spontaneous decision ultimately inspired the theme you’re reading right now—a challenge to invest in yourself for once, and to consider retail therapy as a way to reset your creative perspective.

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Whether it was a book I flipped through, a quilted floral comforter, or even the cool cut-out packaging on a bottle of lotion, this trip really piqued my interest in new colors and styles for spring. Of course, that’s the entire aim of a store like Anthropologie, and we gave in (hook, line, and sinker), but the experience was still an eye-opening and exciting one—feelings I never would have enjoyed had I spent the day at my desk like always.

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Despite the fact that it was actually a pretty long work day and I had hours of editing ahead of me to bring it all together, I still managed to walk out of the store feeling sort of refreshed—and I didn’t have to buy anything for myself to feel that way!

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Locally-owned Charlottesville Shops To Discover: Rock Paper ScissorsEloiseRoxy DaisyDuoCircaThe Yellow ButtonBittersweet

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Ultimately, there’s no reason to feel guilty about indulging in a little retail therapy—in fact, I think it’s one of those types of things that I’m going to start working into my schedule on a monthly basis.

My parting thought for you this Friday morning (other than clicking play on that video above!) is this: consider investing a little time in yourself this season, whether that’s at your favorite shop or boutique, park, art gallery, or coffee shop. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and it doesn’t have to be extravagent—it just has to be hell bent on the purpose of reawakening your instincts and opening your eyes to new colors, processes, and styles. Have a great weekend, guys!

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

Invest In Yourself: Reset Your Perspective With Retail Therapy | dreamgreendiy.com + @anthropologie

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The Only Gift Box Guide You'll Need This Valentines Day | dreamgreendiy.com

With February already here and Valentine’s Day just two (ish) weeks away, I realized that it’s time to get my butt in gear. I tend to keep things understated around this particular holiday, and this year will be no different, but I still wanted to offer a handful of tips to those of you who are planning to go big this lovey dovey gifting season (or just in case you need a tutorial to email over to your significant other!).

In order to bring this story to life, I asked my pal Bethany Mallory to join me at our local Anthropologie store in nearby Charlottesville, Virginia, for a day of girlie shopping. The two of us wondered the shelves to come up with the perfect Valentine’s Day gift box, and we ended up walking away with a few shopping tricks to share, too. Read on for the scoop, plus a list of all the items you see pictured above in case you wouldn’t mind unwrapping this exact gift box on Valentine’s Day.

The Only Gift Box Guide You'll Need This Valentines Day | dreamgreendiy.com

The Only Gift Box Guide You'll Need This Valentines Day | dreamgreendiy.com

A Valentine’s Day Gift Box In 3 Steps:

  1. Start with a color palette: Although Valentine’s Day is traditionally all about pink, don’t feel like the gift itself needs to be pink! Try this: decide on your first gift item, and then pull a color or two from that to dictate your box’s color scheme. For example, I picked up the card first, so I went with a blue, blush, and gold theme for my box to ensure that everything matched. Having a palette will limit the options in-store, which will ultimately get you in and out quickly.
  2. Choose a theme: Another way to limit the options and avoid feeling overwhelmed is to decide on a specific theme for your gift box. A “Cozy Kitchen” themed box could include a set of measuring spoons, two mugs, and a box of hot cocoa, while a “Spa Day” box (like you see pictured in this post) could include things like a candle, matches, soap, and a scrubber.
  3. Put thought into the box: I hate to say it because I’m more of a no-fuss gal myself, but generally, a gift can quickly go from “thoughtful” to “tacky” simply by cheaping out on the packaging. Rather than tossing everything into a paper or plastic grocery bag (which my sweet husband has definitely done), place your gifts into a sturdy gift box. These types of containers often cost just a few dollars, and when filled with your items of choice and inexpensive paper filler, your Valentine will be utterly wowed come February 14. Even if you just buy her some nice perfume, a nice gift box could seal the deal.

The Only Gift Box Guide You'll Need This Valentines Day | dreamgreendiy.com

Shop The Box: To The Moon & Back CardBarr-Co. Bar SoapBaudelaire Sisal Body ScrubberCapri Blue Jar CandleLollia Eau De ParfumSkeem Mini Apothecary Matches

Locally-owned Charlottesville Shops To Discover For Great Gifts: Rock Paper ScissorsEloiseRoxy DaisyDuoCircaThe Yellow ButtonBittersweet

The Only Gift Box Guide You'll Need This Valentines Day | dreamgreendiy.com

So tell me: what’s on your Valentine’s Day wish list? Or are you keeping things super simple this year? No matter what, I’d love for you to leave your own gift box ideas in the comments below.

As for us, John and I are actually in the midst of investing in new vehicles, so we’re feeling extra budget-conscious this year. As in, we likely will just buy each other cards and have a picnic on the living room floor surrounded by our pets this holiday. But that doesn’t mean it will be any less special, and hopefully next year we can go all out!

The Only Gift Box Guide You'll Need This Valentines Day | dreamgreendiy.com

Editor’s Note: Although all of the pretty pieces you see above hail from Anthropologie, this post isn’t sponsored in any way, shape, or form. I’m just a big fan of the brand and wanted to virtually share the goods with all of you.
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Happy New Year! Can you believe that it’s the year 2017?! It still sounds so futuristic to me to hear the number “20” in the beginning of the year, although I’m proud to say that I just recently used the abbreviated term ’32 in reference to 2032. Clearly, I’m much too old-fashioned to be a millennial despite having been born in the 80s—the NINETEEN-eighties, that is. Anyway, I’m rambling. Basically, I’m really excited to see what this brand new year has in store for all of us.

I’m having trouble remembering if I ever detailed my decision with you last January, but my plans for 2016 were actually mainly to simplify. I had been a work-from-home, full-time freelancer for only about a year at that point, and had struggled through all sorts of full- and part-time office jobs before that. I had experienced near-constant juggling and struggling from 2008-2015 and it was time to cut myself some slack. So, 2016 was my year to take it easy and figure out a routine. I said no to countless big projects, didn’t really do any major photoshoots or collaborations, and refocused things on my personal life (namely making new memories with my husband in our new home and our new city).

And now here I am embracing the first day of a brand new year, and I can safely say that 2016 was a great one. Sure, there were pitfalls (the recent election results being one of the biggest sore points), but overall, I’m happy that I decided to keep things low key, both personally and professionally.

You’re now probably wondering if that means I’m going to go mega big in 2017, and frankly, I’m wondering the same thing. My Year Of Less (as I’m dubbing 2016) was actually my most financially fruitful one, so I’m almost wondering if keeping a lower profile is better for my business in addition to my stress level. But, even with those numbers staring me in the face, I can’t help but feel the urge to bust out of my shell even just a little bit in 2017.

Now that I’m feeling more comfortable in our new town—with a few new local creative friends to call on, too—I’m thinking that it’s time to reach out and collaborate more, and that it’s time to retest the boundaries of my creativity.

What does that mean for the blog? Well, a lot of things actually. This year marks my sixth anniversary as a working blogger, and I’m definitely feeling the need to shake things up—both in my style of posting and the content I share. Even despite the fact that I JUST rebranded to a bright and colorful new aesthetic, I’m feeling the inexplicable need to neutralize and embrace a more minimalist lifestyle.

A few things have happened behind the scenes because of this sudden need to go back to basics—I’ve decided to redesign our home to suit a more parred back color palette and I’ve even changed my wardrobe over to a capsule-inspired collection of mostly creams, grays, blacks, and whites. I don’t know if it’s just because of my 30th birthday last year or what, but I’m just ready to feel more settled and to start intentionally moving towards a more classic, neutral look with my decor and projects.

But, again…what does this mean for Dream Green DIY? Essentially, it means that I’ll be sharing a lot more practical design and lifestyle advice, and fewer DIYs just for the sake of having a craft tutorial to share. I’m hopeful that you guys will stick around to witness this progression, because I’m feeling really energized by the idea of posting more intentional, stylish, and practical DIY tutorials that will save you money, and I’m even more excited about offering design advice that you’ll be able to enjoy for the long haul.

DIY has always been at the heart of this blog, and that’s obviously here to stay, but I’d love to go beyond crafting and offer practical step-by-step tutorials that will help you design a better life, too (think: organizing strategies, date night ideas, business related how-to’s, tips for tapping into your love for mid-century design and antiques). If that sounds familiar, you’re right! I’ve already started implementing this shift in small doses as far back as summer of 2016, but today felt like the right time to candidly let you in on my plans.

I have a few lingering bright and colorful projects to share that were created at the tail of last year, but I will likely start sharing my new, more subdued style later this winter. Color is still a major part of my life and DIY style, but I’m also feeling the need to set myself apart from the ultra colorful trend that seems to be coursing through the DIY crafting blog genre. I love, love, love soaking up my fellow bloggers’ perspectives on this color-packed concept, but I’m beginning to think that it’s time to diverge a bit from the pack, if that makes sense.

Anyway, that’s what’s going on in my head this morning of January 1, 2017, and I hope you don’t mind me sharing my stream of consciousness in honor of the fresh beginning this new year offers. I definitely don’t say it often enough, but I’m constantly grateful to have all of you along for the ride. This career is not one that I expected or prepared for, but it’s my dream job through and through.

The truth is that I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for you. I’m sure, as blog readers, you hear that a lot, but I want to reiterate the truth behind the cliche. Every project, every paint color, every blog title is built with you in mind, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking around and popping in day in and day out to read this blog, and I’m so beyond excited to dive down deep into designing a home and lifestyle that will stand the test of time, starting riiiiiight…now!

What big plans do YOU have for the new year? Please share your New Year’s resolutions below, and if you happen to have thoughts on something that you would like to see more (or less!) of here on Dream Green DIY, you’re invited to comment or email me anytime. Cheers!
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Mid-century Bar Cart | dreamgreendiy.com

I’ve probably admitted this before, but I’m honestly not very big on over-the-top New Year’s celebrations. John, my sister (who will be in town visiting), and I are homebody sorts, and tend to prefer a cozy evening in as opposed to a raucous night out on the town. So, this New Year’s Eve, you’ll likely find us all holed up here at our house in PJs with popcorn and a good New Year’s movie or two (When Harry Met Sally and Holiday are our favorites!).

One part of the traditional “party” atmosphere that we likely will be enjoying this December 31 though is booze! The three of us are usually wine connoisseurs, but we will definitely by breaking out of our shells in honor of 2017.

In thinking ahead towards our signature celebratory cocktail menu, I’ve pulled together a list of 11 tasty liquored treats from Glitter Guide below. Oh, and in case you’re new around here and didn’t know, I actually spend half my time working by day as the Features Editor for Glitter Guide. I don’t mind admitting that I’m pretty biased towards our cocktail content. We’ve worked with countless talented creatives over the years to put together a ton of original recipes, and you’re invited to read on for a list of the 11 I’ll be choosing from this New Year’s Eve!

  1. Spiked Coffee Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe
  2. Ginger Spiced Cider
  3. The Sacré Sauvage
  4. Chai Tea Cocktail
  5. Strawberry Thyme Sparkler
  6. Rosé Wine Slush
  7. Spiked Peppermint Mocha
  8. Pomegranate Thyme Fizz
  9. No-Fail Party Girl Punch
  10. The Apple Sullivan Cocktail
  11. The Citrus Spritzer Cocktail

Do you have a signature New Year’s cocktail you break out each holiday season? I’m not a big fan of carbonation, so I tend to steer clear of traditional champagne drinks, but I bet a fair share of you love to indulge in some good bubbly in honor of that annual midnight celebration! Leave your tips, recipes, links, and ideas below.

A Roundup of New Years Cocktails To Try Via @GlitterGuide | dreamgreendiy.com

(Photos by Andrea Pesce for Dream Green DIY and Glitter Guide)
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How To Host A Christmas Cookie Exchange | dreamgreendiy.com

Since John and I moved away from the town where we both were born and raised, we’ve had to rethink how we keep in touch with those we left behind. We’re just an hour and a half away, so we make the trek to town pretty often for one-on-one time with our friends and family, but when things are super busy (think: the holidays) we pretty much rely on long-distance gift exchanges. Most of my closest blogger friends are scattered across the country, too, so mailing gifts is really the only way for me to get cards and presents into their deserving hands.

So, to help streamline things a bit, I decided to introduce the idea of a long-distance cookie exchange into my Christmas routine! It’s the perfect, stress-free way to treat my closest buds to a little something special this time of year, and we don’t have to feel constrained by schedules and miles. We can order and send cookies to our recipients with practically just the click of a button, and my friends still benefit from that irreplaceable tactile experience when they tear into their box of cookies.

How To Host A Christmas Cookie Exchange | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Host A Christmas Cookie Exchange | dreamgreendiy.com

Although this post isn’t sponsored by them, I wanted to suggest that you try out Milk Jar Cookies for your own long-distance Christmas cookie exchange. They sent our family a big box of sugary treats earlier this season, and John and I have been big, big fans of theirs ever since (my favorite is the Rocky Road!). The fact that they ship makes them a no-brainer for this concept of a cookie mailer. Sadly, the shipping option is currently on hold until the new year because of large holiday demand, but you should definitely bookmark Milk Jar Cookies for Christmas 2017!

How To Host A Christmas Cookie Exchange | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Host A Christmas Cookie Exchange | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Host A Christmas Cookie Exchange | dreamgreendiy.com

Of course, if you’re already a pro baker, then, by all means, break out the cookie pan, baking supplies, and sugar. All you have to do is bake your treats, wrap them in plastic, pop them into a box with a card, and seal it with ribbon and a bow before packaging it at the post office.

In case you’re looking to pull names from a digital hat to give your long-distance Christmas cookie exchange a level of intrigue and mystery, try using an online service like DrawNames.com, which allows you to secretly draw a name from your customized list of pals. You can even include a wish list where you could notate things like allergies and flavor preferences.

How To Host A Christmas Cookie Exchange | dreamgreendiy.com

Again, none of the brands that I’m mentioning in this post know that I’m writing about them, but I’ve used them all personally, and think this is truly the makings of one unforgettably tasty Christmas gift exchange. Would you try the concept out for your holiday mailers next year? It could really work for just about any holiday (or even just because), so let’s all keep this idea in our back pockets the next time we experience gift-giving paralysis!

(Photo by Carrie Waller for Glitter Guide; click that link for a list of The Ingredients And Gear You Need To Bake Your Heart Out This Holiday Season)
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*This post is a collaboration with Oriental Trading

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

I know everyone says roughly the same thing this time of year, but I am crazy busy behind the scenes right now as I hurry to get all caught up (and I’m working ahead, too) in anticipation of Christmas and New Years. Like the majority of the blogging community, I’ll be taking some much-needed time off the week that lies in between the holidays, and hope that you will be able to as well, but in the meantime you’ll find me hustling like mad here in my studio.

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

All this to say that I’m just going to be able to quickly pop in this morning to send you right along to Oriental Trading where I’m sharing a big and juicy feature detailing the 10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table. While there, you’ll get an in-depth breakdown of everything you could ever need to host your own mid-century inspired holiday fête—from plates and other paper party products, to cute martini cups and vintage tabletop decorations, too.

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

This at-home holiday celebration was SUCH a fun one to style and produce, and I hope that you love how it all turned out just as much as I enjoyed creating it for you.

If it hasn’t been said enough this season, I want to take a moment to wish you and yours the very best of holidays. Christmas may still be a week and a half away, but now’s the time to fully embrace all the goodness that goes along with it (think: Christmas music, holiday movies, and hot cocoa). Don’t let it slip by without at least a few more viewings of Elf, ya hear?! Thanks, as always, for following along—both here and over on Oriental Trading!

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

10 Things You Need To Style The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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*This post is a collaboration between Carrie Waller and DecoArt, and originally appeared on the now-retired website, The Holiday Collective

How To Make DIY Gift Box Ornaments | dreamgreendiy.com

Each year, I like to change up my Christmas décor to make the collection feel new and fresh again. It doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time, but just a few key updates make the occasion feel extra special—plus it allows me the excuse to stretch my creative muscles! Read on to see how I woke up our Christmas tree with a handful of hand-painted and embellished DIY gift box ornaments.

How To Make DIY Gift Box Ornaments | dreamgreendiy.com

Supplies

How To Make DIY Gift Box Ornaments | dreamgreendiy.com

Step One

Tear off small pieces of painter’s tape, and wrap them around the string hangers on your ornaments to protect them from excess paint.

How To Make DIY Gift Box Ornaments | dreamgreendiy.com

Step Two

Squeeze paint onto a plastic paint tray, and use a 1-inch foam paint brush to paint each of the ornaments a different color. Continue painting coats until you can’t see the paper surface beneath the color. Mine took three coats each. Allow 15 minutes between each coat, and give the final coat 30 minutes to fully cure. Remove and discard the painter’s tape from the string hangers.

How To Make DIY Gift Box Ornaments | dreamgreendiy.com

Step Three

Use scissors to cut lengths of gold glitter washi tape to match the circumference of your boxes, and stick in place. Repeat the steps on the perpendicular edges to achieve the look of ribbon encircling the box. Note that the junction at the base of the string hanger doesn’t need to be perfect because it will be covered up in a later step.

How To Make DIY Gift Box Ornaments | dreamgreendiy.com

Step Four

Freehand a bow shape onto a piece of cardstock and cut out with scissors. If you aren’t comfortable with freehanding, try searching for ready-to-use clip art online and print it out on cardstock. Trace the shape onto craft foam sheets, and cut out.

Step Five

Use a push pin or needle to add a small hole to the center of the foam bow, and then loop the string ornament hanger through the hole. Glue into place on the top of the box ornament with craft glue.

How To Make DIY Gift Box Ornaments | dreamgreendiy.com

Step Six

Hang on your tree and enjoy for years to come! Have you worked on any DIY Christmas ornaments? It almost feels like a holiday tree isn’t quite complete without something handmade, so feel free to share your own favorite ornaments craft ideas in the comments below.

How To Make DIY Gift Box Ornaments | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Make DIY Gift Box Ornaments | dreamgreendiy.com

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DIY Dyed Wooden Bead Christmas Garland | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Earlier this week I unveiled our bright and colorful Christmas-themed mantel, and today I’m back to offer a step-by-step guide for recreating the DIY Dyed Wooden Bead Christmas Garland that I included in the set up! Hop over to Oriental Trading for all of the DIY details, and see below for photos that showcase what the final product could look like in your own home this holiday season.

DIY Dyed Wooden Bead Christmas Garland | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Dyed Wooden Bead Christmas Garland | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Although I was truthfully pretty skeptical that my hairbrained dip-dyed plan would work, it turned out even better than I had planned, and I kind of want to dye ALL of the things now. My favorite part is the abstract, mottled look that I was left with. I could totally see this looking beautiful in a soft blush color, or even a bold canary yellow. What color would you try first? Tell me in the comments below!

DIY Dyed Wooden Bead Christmas Garland | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Dyed Wooden Bead Christmas Garland | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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