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DIY Festive & Easy New Year’s Eve Garland

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DIY Festive New Year's Eve Garland | Live Colorful

Crafting for the holidays is so much fun, especially when you have supplies that make the process easy! 

DIY Festive New Year's Eve Garland | Live Colorful

I’m collaborating with Love+Lemon Craft Co to inspire you to make a sparkly, shiny and festive banner for your New Year’s Eve party.

DIY Festive New Year's Eve Garland | Live Colorful

This garland was the easiest one I have ever made in my life! Seriously, Love+Lemon Craft Co pennant banner pads had everything I needed inside their kit. All I had to do is to detach every paper pad, remove the punched holes and pass the twine through. To write “Happy New Year” I used some sparkly alphabet stickers and I decorated the garland when it was ready with a couple of silver rayon tassels on the sides.

DIY Festive New Year's Eve Garland | Live Colorful

DIY Festive New Year's Eve Garland | Live Colorful

Putting together the garland took me no more than 15 minutes, so I had time to plan another crafty project! When I saw the tassels the first thing I thought was that they would look adorable as earrings. So I got a pair or earrings hooks and attached them to the tassels. This pair ended up looking super cute and extra festive! Perfect to receive the new year with sparkles and style!

DIY Festive New Year's Eve Earrings | Live Colorful

DIY Festive New Year's Eve Earrings | Live Colorful

A Happy Holidays Garland Idea

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A Happy Holidays Garland with Love+Lemon Craft Co. and Live Colorful

The holiday season is approaching fast, and that is inspiring tons of creative ideas I would love to make for the special people in my life. That’s why I’m so excited about collaborating with one of the cutest brands out there, Love+Lemon Craft Co., and using their products in my projects.

Happy Holidays Crafts with Love+Lemon Craft Co. and Live Colorful

In case you have never heard of them, Love+Lemon Craft Co. is an online shop that focus on paper crafting. They sell the cutest brads, fun washi tape designs and unique stickers designs, and they also feature some novelty/party items such as enamel pins, iron-on patches and banner kits.

This week I started to personalize the homemade presents that I’m making for family and friends. I used a few different washi tape designs to add a special touch to the jars and make them look unique for each person.

Happy Holidays Crafts with Love+Lemon Craft Co. and Live Colorful

Happy Holidays Crafts with Love+Lemon Craft Co. and Live Colorful

I also created something simple and pretty to hang next to the Christmas tree. I wanted to cover a small empty space in the wall that was driving me a bit crazy, so this easy project was perfect for that.

Happy Holidays Garland and a Free Printable | Live Colorful

I thought it would be fun to make an illustration of a christmas tree to decorate that empty space on the wall. I used watercolors to draw it, then I scanned it and put together a printable in case you would like to add it to your holiday projects too. 

Download the printable HERE or click on the image below.

Happy Holidays Garland and a Free Printable | Live Colorful

 

To assemble the garland, I stuck the illustrations on top of a few gift tags using sparkly washi tape. I added some twine and hung the gift tags using clothespins. Simple and joyful!

Happy Holidays Garland and a Free Printable | Live Colorful

Happy Holidays Garland and a Free Printable | Live Colorful

Happy Holidays Garland and a Free Printable | Live Colorful

I love how versatile, chic and fun are all the Love+Lemon Craft Co. products are. I can’t wait to start making something for New Years. I want to use some alphabet stickers, washi tape, pendant paper pads and stickers! I’m thinking about decorating my new home entrance to receive guests for a New Year’s Eve party, and maybe some awesome New Year’s Eve DIY earrings!

Any crafts / DIY projects in mind for the Holiday season?

A Great Idea About How to Make your Kids Excited for Back to School

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DIY: How to make a cardboard bed for plush toys (free printable) | Live Colorful

It’s back to school season and I found the perfect book to read with our kids and get them excited about their first day meeting new teachers, playing with friends and learning while having fun! Its name is Back to School with Mac, and I’m sure you are going to love this story as much as we do because it’s not just a book, but more like a family tradition that reaffirms positive encouragement and friendship.

You are going to love this book and family tradition, it's a great way to get your children excited about school | Live Colorful

Kim DiLoreto contacted me a few months ago to share with me her book, Back to School with Mac. She originally wrote the story a few years back for her youngest daughter when she was in Kindergarten. She struggled with the end of summer/back to school transition. To help her see that this time of year could be a fun time and not an anxious time, she wrote her a story and accompanied it with a small apple plush toy. This became a tradition for them, and she saw that this tradition helped to turn tears into smiles. Since this worked so well for her daughter, she thought this tradition could help many more kids. She decided to self-publish the book and worked with a toy designer and manufacturer to create Mac, the apple plush.   

Mac the magic apple shines at the end of summer. The book encourages families to pick a date when Mac’s magic will arrive. Mac can play with the kids all day long, go to the park with them, help them bake cookies and even ride a bike with them. It’s at night (with the help of us, the parents) when Mac’s magic come to life. He likes to leave treats or small back to school gifts to get the kids excited about that first day back to school.

Now, you might we wondered, what does this story have to have with a cardboard box DIY project?

Well, Jaxon started a bit of daycare not long ago, still not all day but it’s a step! The transition wasn’t easy, and although he is doing so much better, he sometimes expresses to me that he feels anxious, especially when there are too many kids in the daycare room. It breaks my heart to see him feel that way. But I also believe that these situations prepare us for preschool and kindergarten. I want to teach him how to deal with those feelings in a positive and encouraging way, and what better way than by giving him a new friend, Mac, with whom he can share those worries and insecurities and feel heard and understood.

You are going to love this book and family tradition, it's a great way to get your children excited about school | Live Colorful

I read the story to him as soon as the book arrived. Jaxon was listening carefully, but what caught his attention was hearing that Mac’s magic arrives at night. So he asked “cama, Mac?” which I translated as “Where is Mac’s bed?” And then, the idea of making a cardboard box bed for Mac arrived. It was a good one because this afternoon Jaxon put Mac in bed next to him and they both took an amazing nap.

You are going to love this book and family tradition, it's a great way to get your children excited about school | Live Colorful

Want to make one for your new Mac or any of your kid’s plush toys, check out this simple tutorial:

MATERIALS:

  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife
  • Felt
  • Glue
  • Needle and thread
  • Acrylic paint (optional)

You are going to love this book and family tradition, it's a great way to get your children excited about school + a fun back to school craft idea | Live Colorful

STEPS:

  1. Download the printable: Cardboard plush toy bed printable | Live Colorful to recreate the bed’s structure, mark the shape on a cardboard box
  2. Cut the outlines of the bed and fold the inside lines
  3. Glue all the pieces together to close the bed’s structure
  4. Cut an extra rectangle to make the headboard of the bed
  5. Glue the headboard into the bed’s structure
  6. Cut a rectangle out of the white felt
  7. Fold and sew the rectangle to make a tiny pillow. You can fill it with small pieces of felt
  8. Cut two extra rectangles of felt to make some sheets and bedspreads

DIY: How to make a cardboard bed for plush toys (free printable) | Live Colorful

 

Cardboard plush toy bed printable | Live Colorfu

DIY: How to make a cardboard bed for plush toys (free printable) | Live Colorful

 

Is it easy for your kids to go back to school? Do you have any special activity, tradition or story that you share with your kids this season?