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Refreshing January Calendar Download

I love starting my New Year with a fresh outlook. There is so much to look forward to when a new year begins. I have created a refreshing calendar and mobile background to help start your year with organization and style. This month’s calendar is a mixture of seasonal winter flowers – anemone, silver dollar and seeded eucalyptus. I love seasonal botanicals and thought this floral combination was the perfect fit for January.

I wish you all a prosperous and happy New Year! Enjoy!

Melissa @ House Fenway

Desktop Calendar Download >

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Tablet Calendar Download >

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Mobile Background Download >

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DIY: Winter Hat Ornament

These winter hat ornaments are the cutest and they are super easy to make. With just a few simple craft items and 15 minutes you can make an adorable winter hat ornament to put on your Christmas tree or give as a gift.

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You will need:

A skein of yarn

A cardboard tube (paper towel, toilet paper or wrapping paper)

Scissors

Cottonballs

 

Craft Prep:

First, take the cardboard roll and fold it a bit for easier cutting. Cut a section of tube about 3/4″ thick.

Measure and cut approximately 40 strands of yarn 14″ inch long.

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How to assemble:

Fold a strand of yarn in half inserting it through the cardboard ring.

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Take the two ends and feed them through the loop creating a slip-knot.

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Pull the yarn snug.

Repeat this process around the entire cardboard ring, aligning all the the slip-knots along the top.

Once you have completed the circle invert the yarn strands to make the hat cuff. Stuff the loose ends back through the tube.

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To create the top of the hat take a piece of yarn  and tie all of the loose ends together.

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Trim the ends to create the Pom Pom top.

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To hold the hats shape, stuff the inside of the hat with 2-3 cotton balls.

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Finish off the hat with a string for hanging.

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3 Easy Ways to Wrap a Holiday Gift

We are down to the wire¬†and¬†Christmas is almost here! I don’t know why, but I always wait until the last minute to gift wrap. Here are a couple¬†of quick¬†gift wrapping ideas that only use a¬†handful of items, and that will¬†make you look like a gift wrapping pro!

Note: Twine, brown butcher paper, and ribbon. I always keep these staples on hand. They are neutral and versatile for any season or holiday and can also be used in many other crafts.

The Christmas Tree

Take a roll of twine, starting at the center of one side,¬†wrap it length wise around the package. ¬†Wind the twine around the package about 8-10 keeping the side closest to you keep at the center working in an array across the package creating a Christmas tree shape. When you are done wrapping the twine tie it off with a complimentary ribbon. This will be your “tree-topper”!

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The Bow Tie

You can easily adjust the “Christmas Tree” into a “Bow Tie”. ¬†Slide the ribbon from the top of the tree to the middle of the package. Straighten out the twine and evenly distribute it across the sides of the package. Finish it off with an adornment:an evergreen sprig, a twig of holly, a trinket or ornament.

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The Band

Take the “Bow Tie” and turn it into “The Band”. Remove the ribbon and is holding the center together and mix up the order of the twine strands. Tuck a note card or greeting into the twine and fasten it with a festive clothespin. Voila! Adorable and practical.

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Hope this helps you get all of that holiday wrapping done.
Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas!