15 Festive Holiday Mantels

Joy holiday mantel

Thanksgiving is in just a few days, which means it's nearly time for your mantel to get all festive for the holiday season. A decorated mantel is probably my favorite aspect of holiday decorating (though mine could use an overhaul). Here are 15 festive holiday mantels we'd love to see over any fireplace. . . 15 Festive Holiday Mantels . Vintage-inspired holiday mantel from SAS Interiors . Holiday mantel from Kristen's Creations . Christmas mantel from The Lily Pad Cottage . Christmas mantel with chalkboard tutorial from Finding Home . Holiday mantel from Evolution of … [Read more...]

Consumer Crafts: A Crafter’s Best Friend

Consumer Crafts

One of the things I get asked about all the time is where I purchase my craft supplies. While I source things many different places, when I am really looking for a deal I always start with Consumer Crafts. They're a great one-stop shop for affordable craft products. When Consumer Crafts approached me about working on a couple of sponsored posts to share information about their site with you, it was really a no brainer! I know how much you guys appreciate crafting tips AND a great deal! One of the things that I love most about Consumer Crafts is the breadth of their product … [Read more...]

18 DIY Advent Calendars for Your Christmas Countdown

DIY printable forest advent calendar

I can still remember the awesome Christmas advent calendar my mom had hanging in our hallway during the holidays. It featured the inside view of a bear family's home and you moved the little bear to a new location every day. The advent calendar was embellished with buttons and sequins and ribbon and I wax nostalgic every time I think of it. That's why I'm in love with these DIY advent calendars—any one of these would be a perfect way to count down to Christmas. . . 18 DIY Advent Calendars for Your Christmas Countdown . Easy no sew burlap advent calendar from Finding Home . DIY … [Read more...]

New Year Survival Kit

New Year Survival Kit Gift in a Jar - great gift idea for teachers, friends, neighbors. Can be delivered for Christmas or New Year's.

This year all three of the kids are attending a new school - that's three new schools, three new schedules and brand new teachers to go around. It's been a HUGE transition for all of us and I am so grateful to the teachers who've helped us weather the change. So, when I learned about World Market's Share the Joy program aimed and celebrating everyday heroes this holiday season, I couldn't wait to partner with them on a sponsored post to create a unique gift to celebrate the hard work and effort of the teachers in our lives. One of my favorite products at World Market are the oversized storage … [Read more...]

25 Ways to Decorate with Scrapbook Paper

25 Ways to Decorate with Scrapbook Paper - great inexpensive ideas!

If you spend any amount of time on Pinterest, you've probably pinned a list or two...As bloggers we often refer to them as round-ups, but if you ask my mom their called "best of" lists. If you've been reading for a while, you've probably seen a few of the more popular best of posts we've shared, like 10 Simple Birthday Party Decorations, Twenty Tasty Thanksgiving Recipes, or 12 Awesome DIY Christmas Ornaments. Today I had the opportunity to join my friend Jen in bringing one of these posts to life at the Pinner's Conference here in Utah. We shared 25 Ways to Decorate with Scrapbook … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Crafts Kids of All Ages Will Love

Thankgsiving kids crafts turkey cups

Before you know it, fall break will be here and you'll be wondering how to keep the kids from going beyond their typical controlled chaos. Because we have your best interests (and sanity) at heart, we've rounded up some fun and easy Thanksgiving kids crafts perfect for keeping little hands busy...at least for a moment. ... ... Thanksgiving Crafts Kids of All Ages Will Love ... Indian corn craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning ... Terra cotta pot turkey from Crafty Morning ... Gratitude turkey from Happiness is Homemade ... Popsicle stick scarecrow magnet from This Girl's … [Read more...]

Mini Pallet Ornaments

Mini Pallet Sign Ornaments

Hello friends!  We are getting so close to one of my very favorite holidays, it seems so hard to believe that Christmas is two months away.  If you have visited me on my blog The Crafted Sparrow during Christmas before you know that I love to make ornaments for my tree.  These fun Mini Pallet Ornaments will be filling my tree this year with my store bought ornaments. Supplies: -  popsicle sticks -  Cricut Explore Cutting Machine -  vinyl -  glue gun -  white acrylic paint -  red acrylic paint -  green acrylic paint -  1" foam paint brush -  small round pouncer foam brush -  jute … [Read more...]

Free & Fantastic Thanksgiving Printables

Thanksgiving mad lib

Though Halloween is over and Christmas is being displayed in store windows, there are just under four weeks until Thanksgiving. That gives you plenty of time to enjoy your fall decor before autumn colors give way to red and green. Below you'll find 16 free Thanksgiving printables, from inspiring quotes to well-designed ways to keep kids busy while the turkey roasts. ... ... 16 Free & Fantastic Thanksgiving Printables ... Free fall printable from AKA DESIGN + LIFE ... Always Be Thankful printable from Daisy Cottage Designs ... Thankful for You printable from … [Read more...]

12 of Our Favorite Fall Crafts

chalkboard burlap frame

I knew you could paint mason jars to make them oh-so-cute but I had no idea you could create such a beautiful set of fall mason jar vases for your mantle. Those mason jars along with the 11 other fall crafts we've rounded up for you should keep your crafty hands busy for the next few weeks. ... ... 12 of Our Favorite Fall Crafts ... Harvest mantel banner from Snap ... DIY falling leaves garland from 6th Street Design School ... Twine & berry fall wreath from Simply Kierste ... Thanksgiving gold leaf sign from The Polkadot Chair ... Thankful tree with chalk from … [Read more...]

Harvest Mantel Banner

Learn how to dress up a simple burlap banner for a simple fall/harvest look

Every fall I go through a bit of an internal struggle. After back-to-school, what goes up...Halloween decor? Fall? For years, Halloween has won out and creepy fun decor has overtaken the house. This year, I decided to take a bit of a different direction and embrace simple fall decor featuring a fun harvest mantel banner. Between the change in holiday decor and the fact that I will have only one official trick-or-treater out making the rounds this year I am close to near breakdown... I know. First world problems, right? Time to move past the seasonal whining and onto the … [Read more...]