a gift advent (and the first day of holiday handmade) are my fave

November 19, 2013

Hooray, it’s time for the third annual you are my fave holiday handmade! For the next few weeks I’ll be sharing daily projects to celebrate this holly jolly season. And this year I teamed up with the delightful Nicole Coleman and Jenn Elliott Blake so it’s going to be (dare I say?) the best year yet.

This week I’m starting with my favorites, advent calendars.

gift box advent | you are my fave

For these gift boxes that are perfectly sized to house your daily countdown treat – simply download and print each design, then cut and paste on top of 3×3 boxes. Fill with your favorite sweets to get a jumpstart on that holiday weight gain.

gift box advent | you are my fave

gift box advent | you are my fave

gift box advent | you are my fave

downloads: boxes 1 – 4, boxes 5 – 8, boxes 9 – 12, boxes 13 – 16, boxes 17 – 20, boxes 21 – 24

design: Kirsten Bingham
photography: Nicole Coleman
styling: Jenn Elliott Blake

a thanksgiving banner is my fave

November 14, 2013

Today’s post is from my real life best friend and all around creative gal, Kelly of Cloudy Day Gray.


With a little bit of felt, some yarn, and spray glue you can make a Thanksgiving banner in less time than it takes to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Here is how you can make your own.

Step one: on a large piece of felt, make an outline of the word “thanks” with chalk.

Step two: cut out the inside of each letter.

Step three: make a one-inch fold at the top of your banner. Glue down the edge – don’t forget to leave space for the yarn to pass through.

Step four: glue down different colors of felt to the back of the banner – I sprayed around the letter cutouts and then placed the colored pieces down.

Step five: take another large piece of red felt and cover the entire back.

Step six: feed some yarn through the opening at the top and hang wherever you want!

And really this could very easily stay up the entire holiday season.

See more from Kelly on Cloudy Day Gray

pie labels are my fave

November 13, 2013

Since we have a family tradition of having close to 40 pies every Thanksgiving, I thought it was about time we implemented labels for efficiency’s sake. But not without a little cheekiness thrown in.
printable pie labels | you are my fave

printable pie labels | you are my fave


printable pie labels | you are my fave

printable pie labels | you are my fave

For your own pie organization: download and print the labels, cut, and tape to a wooden skewer. Then cut yourself a thick slice. But remember, pecan is not worth the calories and never scrimp on the crumb topping.

Pie label downloads one & two
Design by Kirsten Bingham

a pie photo booth is my fave

November 12, 2013

Yes, it’s another photo booth backdrop starring my kid (sorry I only have one, I’m not a model making factory over here). I just believe that having a photo booth will liven up any occasion. Except maybe a funeral.

paper plate pie photo booth | you are my fave

I thought a wall of pies would be fitting for Thanksgiving. Simply glue colorful paper in pie designs onto the back of paper plates and tack up with tape. This is a child friendly craft so put them in charge to keep them out of the kitchen.

paper plate pie photo booth | you are my fave

paper plate pie photo booth | you are my fave

Yay, pie!

(thanks to Kelly for helping me brainstorm this idea)

pie crust place markers are my fave

November 11, 2013

You know that extra bit of pie crust that you never know what to do with (except shovel it into the trash or your mouth)? Here’s a simple solution.
pie dough place cards | you are my fave
pie dough place cards | you are my fave
By using mini alphabet cookie cutters and baking for just a few minutes, that pie crust turns into place markers for your holiday meal.
pie dough place cards | you are my fave
Bonus, kids will love playing and snacking on them too. I shared this tip, plus one more in Rachael Ray Magazine this month. I love Cyd’s golden turkeys idea.

Psst, more thanksgiving!
- A modern cornucopia
- Fun ideas for the kid’s table
- Seasonal crafts to keep the kids busy

a colorful paper backdrop is my fave

November 1, 2013

diy colorful paper photo backdrop

diy colorful paper photo backdrop

For the photo booth at my niece’s surprise party, I made a backdrop from colored paper. I decided to recreate it in some fall colors (I swear the pink is more red in person) and share the easy (no craft experience necessary) tutorial right here on Julep. Now go throw a pie party and make me proud.

gold gilded gift boxes are my fave

October 31, 2013

diy gold gilded gift boxes | you are my fave

Since I’ve learned how easy it is to gild, I can’t stop thinking of surfaces I want to turn golden. I’m kind of worried my house might start looking like a tacky Las Vegas hotel. Please stop me if it gets to that point (but let me down gently, with ice cream or something).

diy gold gilded gift boxes | you are my fave

For now, we’ll start with gift boxes. To make your own you’ll need:
- wooden boxes (I found these at Michaels for a dollar!)
- masking tape
- acrylic paint
- Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Adhesive
- Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Sheets
- Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Brush Set

Step one: Tape off one side of the box and paint with acrylic (you may need a couple coats). Let dry and remove tape.

Step two: Tape off the painted side and cover with gilding adhesive. Let air dry until tacky.

Step three: Lay gilding sheet face down on top of the glued side. Press down firmly with a brush and gently peel away the excess. Done!

diy gold gilded gift boxes | you are my fave

These boxes would be perfect for party favors, small gifts, or tabletop storage.

diy gold gilded gift boxes | you are my fave

diy gold gilded gift boxes | you are my fave

This project is part of 12 Months of Martha, one craft a month using products from the Martha Stewart Craft line.

last minute halloween costumes are my fave

October 24, 2013

ice cream man halloween costume

drummer boy halloween costume

The request was to create Halloween costumes that could be made with items you most likely already have in your home. The results were a marching band drummer and an ice cream scooper modeled by a candy bribed toddler. You can find the directions for both of these costumes (plus three adorable ones from Kelly) right here on Martha Stewart. Yes, Martha Stewart! Hot diggity dog.

ten minute costumes are my fave

October 22, 2013

I don’t think I knew that store bought Halloween costumes existed as a child. My mom would somehow find a way to whip up seven costume requests, often tirelessly the night before. While I didn’t inherit her sewing skills, I did inherit her diy attitude. Here are three costumes that can be pulled together in 10 minutes or less with items you probably already own.

The Marathon Runner:
marathon runner halloween costume

- white tee
- shorts
- tennis shoes
- paper
- markers
- white cloth headband

marathon runner halloween costume

The Original Mouseketeer (this will score you big points with the 60+ crowd):
mouseketeer halloween costume

- white tee
- black marker
- mouse ears

mouseketeer halloween costume

The Cute Clown:
easy clown halloween costume

- patterned pants and tee
- bow tie
- party hat (I covered mine with fabric)
- yarn (for a pom flower)

easy clown halloween costume

For more easy diy costume ideas, my friend Kelly has an awesome series that’s definitely worth a look.

PS The only way I could get Beck to sit still and not pull the hats off was to turn on a Taylor Swift music video. That’s why he has the same glossy eyed expression in every photo.

a surprise birthday party is my fave

October 17, 2013

My niece turned twelve last weekend so as a special surprise, I flew to Minneapolis to help my sister pull off a surprise party (yes, I’m the cool aunt and Beck is the youngest cousin so naturally the favorite). Everything from the color palette to the favors were based off of  the theme Maren’s favorite things. Here’s a look at the results.

surprise 12th birthday party

surprise 12th birthday party

surprise 12th birthday party

surprise 12th birthday party

surprise 12th birthday party

surprise 12th birthday party

surprise 12th birthday party

surprise 12th birthday party

I have to admit, I’m not really familiar with what 12-year-olds think is cool nowadays so I was a bit stumped creating the party plan. We ended up having a photo booth (which was a huge hit), a sit-down dinner with a menu they could customize, haiku writing (about the birthday girl), and then I taught them some group games. They were hilariously loud and over excited about everything. Ah, middle school. One girl deemed the party, “Pinterest worthy,” so I’m going to consider it a success.

invitation and menu design: Kirsten Bingham
sources: cake stand, honeycomb balls, gold glittered letters from Michaels, party hats, striped straws, favor bags

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