a colorful christmas is my fave

December 5, 2011

Picnik collage
Friends, Project Holiday just got a whole lot better because I teamed up the lovely Diana of Yan Photo to capture most of the rest of the projects. Her photos could make the bottom of my foot look pretty.

Who says Christmas has to be just red and green? To make things bright, use yarn to make a festive sign and play with color in your gift packaging.

To make your own sign you’ll need:
– a piece of wood (I found this piece of pine for under $5 at Lowes)
– a hammer + nails
– yarn in a variety of colors
– letter templates printed from computer

Choose a non-fussy font (I used Helvetica) and print out each letter of phrase in desired size. Cut the paper down to size and tape to wood board. Nail around the outline of each letter then pull up the paper templates. Make sure you do this while you’re alone as to not irritate people around you. Wrap the yarn around the nails to create each letter and knot at the end to secure. Admire your handiwork.

Packaging sources:
– mini letter die cut from Lifestyle Crafts
– reindeer stamp from Hobby Lobby
– felt balls from Ornamentea

images: Yan Photo


  • On December 5, 2011 , Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel said:

    holy cuteness. i love that wooden sign. I just might have to make one. who cares that we are moving?

  • On December 5, 2011 , Cecilia Madden said:

    I LOVE the look of a multi-colored Christmas. I’m going gold and bright red this year, but NEXT year I’ll go the multi- or neon-colored route.
    Happy Monday 🙂

  • On December 5, 2011 , Michelle said:

    just stopping in to say YOU ARE AMAZING, am so in love with all of the ideas you have shared. just pinned them all!

    p.s. can you create a mini conference where it’s just me learning from you??? lol. you rock.

  • On December 5, 2011 , Brooke Premo said:

    Melanie, you genius, you! I loove that wooden board project. I am so doing that. Thanks for the great idea and tutorial.

  • On December 5, 2011 , Haley K said:

    you. are. brilliant. You and Diana make a great team!!! love that MERRY & BRIGHT sign! And its possibilites are endless! even for a baby or child’s room 🙂

  • On December 5, 2011 , Erica Herold said:

    I might have a slight obsession with reindeer. I think I need to get my hands on that stamp!

  • On December 5, 2011 , Emily said:

    This is my favorite use of white paper as gift wrap I’ve seen. Making me rethink the whole kraft paper phase I’m in. 🙂

  • On December 5, 2011 , Rebecca - A Daily Something said:

    I’m on a colorful Christmas kick this year and LOVE this sign. I want to do a massive version of this!!!! ALso, so so excited for your photography partnership!!!!

  • On December 5, 2011 , Trude said:

    Love her photography so much. You guys make a killer team! 🙂

  • On December 5, 2011 , Janna said:

    I have seen these types of decorations at Gap and really loved them

  • On December 5, 2011 , Lena said:

    I just love this! Too bad my gifts are all wrapped up in red and white-damn!

  • On December 5, 2011 , domestikate said:

    Ooh I love a multicoloured Christmas! Good call!

  • On December 5, 2011 , Katie said:

    Awesome. I love this!

  • On December 5, 2011 , Katie said:

    I love a multi-colored Christmas too. These photos are great.

  • On December 5, 2011 , maggie said:

    love the sign! what a great easy diy!

  • On December 5, 2011 , Susan Hazel said:

    Ooh, love the reindeer stamp paper. I must try this!

  • On December 5, 2011 , nicole @ deliajude said:

    merry and bright. funny i opted for bright and cheery this season too.

  • On December 6, 2011 , Kristen said:

    great ideas! love the deer stamp.

  • On December 6, 2011 , Jenny @ Hank + Hunt said:

    I love this! How cool! I went to go find the mini letter die cut and I didn’t see it…do you (pretty please) have a link to where I can find it? xo

  • On December 6, 2011 , Meg said:

    I think you’ll like the video our church made for Advent this year. Not traditional Christmas colors…


    Great post! 🙂

  • On December 6, 2011 , .m. said:

    I love the merry and bright sign. I need one for my classroom!

  • On December 6, 2011 , Eleanor said:

    I love the sign so much! It’s rad. I’m just wondering, though—where are you going to put it?

  • On December 6, 2011 , Jackie said:

    Hi Melanie! I love your blog and am also a Denver local. I have an Etsy site (Fancy Flamingo) and make a Colorful Christmas burlap banner. Just wanted to share the link since I thought it fit perfectly with your post 🙂 Thanks for checking it out!

  • On December 8, 2011 , Jessica said:

    That sign is great!

  • On December 9, 2011 , angela hardison said:

    i’ve been meaning to make some string art for awhile… i LOVE this! my type of colorful christmas decor.

  • On December 9, 2011 , zoë {conversation pieces} said:

    So cute! 🙂

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