For the holidays, I like a well set table, a tree decorated with care, and above all, I take gift wrapping very seriously.
This year, when I was thinking of new gift wrapping ideas, I used my holiday card for inspiration. A chalkboard background with red/white stripes with hand script in white. To make it work I used black craft paper (that resembled a chalkboard), some striped paper straws, red jute and a white chalk pen.
Follow along for an easy to do Christmas gift wrapping idea:
DIY Paper Straw Bow
4 paper straws
Jute or yarn
Step 1: Start with 4 straws, cut them each in half. Take 4 pieces from those and cut in half again. Next take the 4 largest pieces and cut a small piece off of each. The goal (see pictures) is to have 3 different length straws. 4 large, 8 medium and 4 small which is a total of 16 cut straws pieces. Then cut 6 pieces of string about 2 inches. These don’t need to be exact.
J & I have the sweetest neighbors. They are always bringing over toys for the boys to play with & sneaking them Squeez-It’s on hot days. Sometimes they bring their cat out to let the boys pet her & they always stop to listen to their stories.
Isn’t this just the sweetest little thing? Anything that is miniature is automatically 10x cuter. Besides, homemade apple butter. I went ahead & brushed off both my mom win & awesome neighbor shoulders for this one.
‘Tis the season for gifting, remembering those who touch our lives on a daily basis with a token of our appreciation. Our children’s teachers top the list, of course, but it can be hard to find meaningful teacher gifts that won’t just get tossed or put on a shelf.
Teachers love gifts they can use. And since they put a lot of their own money into classroom supplies, anything you can do to help is appreciated. Some teacher gift ideas we love are:
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I’m honored to be picked to be part of the 2013 Pear Tree Greetings blogging team. As a Pearista, I’ll not only be showing off Pear Tree’s fabulous products but also fun ways to use them (and maybe even a couple giveaways for my readers). Remember the no cook strawberry shortcake gift and mustache Valentine’s Day oreo pops I did for them this past year? I’m a huge fan of Pear Tree, especially their Christmas Cards, and I’m looking forward to sharing my fun new blogging gig with you. Here’s one of my all time favorite banana bread recipes (along with some fun ways to gift it). I don’t make it too often anymore because Logan hates chocolate. You couldn’t bribe the kid to eat it. He’s totally missing out! This is a great gift to give to the neighbors for the holidays.