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Around the Holiday season there is no short supply of chocolate at our house! So if your a chocolate lover as I am this advent calendar may be for you. I’m always on the look out for new and fun ideas for an advent calendar. This year I decided to gift my friend a Candy Box Advent Tree Calendar! You may remember these cute little acrylic boxes from our Boo Chocolate Treats. The idea came to me when I found these adorable stocking candy molds at Michaels. They were the perfect size to fit in the acrylic boxes. I also love to show the fact that you can have so many options with one purchased item in this case the acrylic boxes. I went with three different colors for the stockings, red, pink and white. I must say they are “Adorable”! The chocolate stockings sit on a bed of crushed up candy canes and when you first open up these little boxes the smell of chocolate and peppermint that rushes out is amazing. Just think,  you can turn this idea into a fun game for the holidays or a gift idea!

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Begin by melting your chocolate melts for 30 second increments and checking your chocolate till fully melted. I melted all 3 colors at one time.

Once you have done that pour your chocolate into your Stockings mold and place in the fridge for about 10-15 min until they have harden.

At this time your ready to download, layout and cut your vinyl. Then you can place it onto your acrylic advent boxes. You can download my file or head on over to the Silhouette Design Store to find your own.

I wanted to keep my numbers simple and visible from a far. You could however make them smaller and place them on the upper right hand corner for a totally different look. I chose the larger bolder numbers as my friends kiddos are just learning the numbers and thought this would help!

Now you can fill your boxes with crushed up candy canes or holiday sprinkles and place your stocking chocolates inside and you are ready to go.

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Who LOVES color? I DO I DO!! This Holiday season I’m changing this up, and adding a lot more color to the mix. I got my inspiration when I received my Moth and Moon Acrylic paints by Basics. I found this 3 part candy corn at the end of season at Joann’s and thought that will make a great colorful Christmas tree. I love to color block just about everything so no surprise that I went with a modern color block design. I of course could not stop there so I decided to DIY some holiday ornaments to match as well. The possibilities are endless and I think it’s such a quick and simple addition to your holiday decorations. The best part is if you want to change it up next year then just paint over it with your new color inspiration. I just loved how it turned out!

I can’t wait to order more acrylic paints from Moth and Moon Art Supply. They carry a curated selection of contemporary art supplies for all levels of artist and art projects! Hopefully this inspires you to bring non traditional colors to your Holiday!

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Begin by painting your wooden tree in white. I used two coats on all sides and set aside to dry.

Once it has dried you will want to tape off your design on your tree. I went with a color block design on each layer. I also made sure to apply to coats and let dry.

At this point you are ready to start on your ornaments. You will begin my removing the top of each ornament.

Now you can start by squirting small amounts of acrylic paint in each ornament. You will want to rotate, shake your ornament around to ensure the paint is evenly distributed and covers the inside entirely.

Once you have done that place each ornament face down in your tray to dry.

Now you may replace your ornament toppers and your all set to decorate.


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The Holidays are a wonderful time to spread the love and what better way than with a simple thoughtful gift idea! I wanted to create a gift that could be given to just about anyone especially those  you may not know very well, like at the office for secret Santa, the next door neighbor, teacher the possibilities are endless. If you have followed my blog you know I’m all about simple and quick gift ideas but I enjoy mixing things up! For this Holiday Gift Idea It all started with this small red ramekin I found at Michaels. I added all kinds of goodies that reminded me of the holidays. I even added a ceramic Christmas tree ornament that they or their little ones can decorate too. Who else is ready for the Holiday season?

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Gift wrapping is one of my favorite things to do along with shopping for the perfect embellishment! With so many gifts around the tree, sometimes it can be overwhelming to tell who’s is which. You will not have a problem with this gift topper! The possibilities are endless from size, color options and messages. I can’t say enough about how many different things you can use memo boards for and after our mini diy memo place setting, I naturally had to carry it over to the gifts. When deciding what my message should be I decided to add “Smile” to her name because who would not want to after seeing your own personalized git topper that not only you get to keep but re use all year long! Its a win win! You can find these cute words and messages at Joann stores.

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  • Felt ( I went with two different colors) – (Joann’s)
  • White 5×7 Frame – (Target)
  • Hot Glue Gun – (Amazon)
  • Metal Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Corrugated Cardboard – (Staples)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Begin by measuring the inside of your frame to ensure your corrugated cardboard will fit in place. I decided to use the cardboard that came inside the frame as my guide.

Once you have measured cut your corrugated cardboard. Then cut a larger size of your felt material. You will want that to be larger as you will want to hot glue the felt in-between the groves of the board so it will require more material then the actual size.

Start at the top of your board with a line of hot glue. you will need to work fast as the glue will harden and not adhered to the felt. I used a metal ruler to push the felt into the grooves to ensure it was a secure hold.

You will want to repeat the process with your other color and pre cut it to shape to get the color block effect you see.

At this point you can cut the access felt material and place your felt board into your frame. Place the backing of your frame back in place to secure and use.

Now you are ready to add your guests name or short message and your gifts are ready to display.

Now Santa’s helper will have an easier time handing out this years presents! LOL


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What would your gift topper say?!

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Let’s not “Wine” about the holidays! LOL I’ve got you covered with this cool placemat wine bag. Not only does it make a great holiday gift, it makes an awesome hostess gift too! When your talking about gifting I feel presentation and embellishments are key no matter how small. I decided to create a stylish, yet unique take on a wine bag.

Let’s talk about this wine bag which was made, yes from a placemat. When I came across this placemat at “TARGET”, my home away from home, I fell in love with the gold design. I decided to weave it closed with gold cording and add some elegant ribbon from Cream City Ribbon along with a silver name charm to complete the look. I think it turned out better than I could have imagined.

If you guys have not yet heard of Cream City Ribbon it is an amazing ribbon company, all hand made in the U.S. Made with 100% US grown cotton yarn and biodegradable. It is strong, vibrant and has a signature paper feel which I LOVE! The ribbon is easy to tie and extraordinary when curled. Not only do they offer a large selection of colors and designs but they offer custom ribbon design too. Cream City Ribbon is uniquely designed to curl, tie and be pulled apart, giving it endless possibilities.

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Begin by using a wine bottle as your guide placing it on top of your placemat sitting flat. Then you will want to fold over as you would a present corner on the bottom of the bag to seal closed. I started tying off the center and then both ends with your gold cording. You do not even notice it because it blends in perfectly.

Once you have done that you will want to secure the center and top of placemat closed and ensure it wraps around your bottle.

At this point you are ready to loop your ribbon around the top of your wine bag and tie off. Then begin by curling all your ribbon as you wish. Cream City Ribbon is easy and look amazing curled!

To complete my look I decided to add a name charm and made a hole punch onto the front center of my ribbon and attached the hoop ring and charm and that was it. Now you have a custom wine bag with the initial of your host.

It’s that simple! Now its time to Party!


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What is one of your favorite ribbon color combos?

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