Heads up, party animals—we need your help! Evite is inviting all Handmade Charlotte readers to bring their keen hostess instincts and decide who will become Evite’s 2013 Top Party Pro. It’s up to you to decide which one of four L.A. party stylists will walk away with $1,000 and the Top Party Pro title. And to sweeten the deal, Evite will be giving one lucky voter the party supplies from the winning theme and $250 to throw the event.
‘Tis the season for the smells of Christmas—like fresh, warm gingerbread. All those spices with a hint of molasses… yum! My husband’s family gathers every year to decorate gingerbread houses, often with a theme. I’ve seen bird cages, Dr. Who’s Tardis, the White House, and a carousel, just to name a few! This year’s theme is a beach Christmas. I wonder how we’ll manage that in gingerbread?
I’ve gathered some ideas that are a little less crazy than those listed above, but still unique. Now let’s find our mixing bowls and rolling pins and get ready to make some gingerbread!
Wee Society has the perfect holiday gift for little creative geniuses-to-be. The Wee You-Things Blocks – a Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner – were designed to spark creativity and promote problem solving. Each set includes three puzzles and lots of stackable characters. It’s an heirloom toy that’s built to last – made in the USA with sustainable basswood and non-toxic inks.
Get $15 off the blocks through December 7 at weesociety.com (use promo code HANDMADE). And for all Wee Society orders placed by December 19, the Wee illustrator elves will wrap up your package in surprise one-of-a-kind gift wrap – each with its own hand-drawn illustration and hand-written message.
There’s no rule that says chocolate fudge has to be brown or square. So why not have fun with it? This colorful forest of fudge trees would make a fantastic edible centerpiece for any holiday gathering.
Here’s a simple holiday activity for kids that’s as fun to make as it is to play! Avalanche is a Christmas-themed DIY bowling game that puts your child’s snowball throwing skills to the test as they head off against Santa and his trusty reindeer. All you need for this recycled craft are paper rolls, a cereal box, a sock, and a few basic art supplies.
We’re thrilled to be kicking off the Holidays Made Merrier series on the Pottery Barn Kids Building Blocks blog, where a featured blogger will share their treasured holiday traditions and favorite gift selections each week for the next four weeks. To make it even sweeter, PBK will give away a $500 gift card to one lucky winner each week. How cool is that?
Head over to the Building Blocks blog to see all the favorites on our holiday wish list and enter to win the gift card. But you’d better hurry, the giveaway ends 12/8!
December is right around the corner, and we are getting pretty excited around here. One of our family’s favorite ways to ring in the holiday season is with an advent calendar! This jar advent calendar is simple, cheap, and fun. So basically it’s perfect, right? Make the jar, add slips of paper with the magical holiday activities on them, and enjoy the countdown!
What can I say? If you’re crafty, creative, and care for our planet, The Cardboard Collective is definitely the site for you! I discovered Tokyo-based Amber Dohrenwend’s blog via Pinterest a while ago and was immediately impressed by the scope of her work. Cardboard costumes, toys, furniture, Christmas projects … yes, the list is long and the quality of her designs is outstanding.
There’s no end to the wonderful things you can make with an old box, a few basic crafting skills, and a marvelous imagination! Cardboard is surprisingly sturdy, malleable, and versatile. Kids love playing with it, and, of course, it’s recyclable too. Not convinced? Take a closer look at some of my favorite projects from The Cardboard Collective’s blog.
Here are some amazing fruits and vegetables sure to please any child (even those picky eaters!). Some are to decorate, some are to play with, and others are to wear. What a great way to get that dose of that vitamin C, which is most needed at this time of the year!