Cloth Party Favor Bags (With Free Printable!)

I don’t know about you, but anytime I go to an event where there are gift bags for the guests when you leave, well, I always feel like a celebrity picking up their “swag bag” on the way out of an Oscar’s party or something. Giving out little gifts to your guests is a great way to say “thank you for coming” and let them know you appreciate their effort and presence at your event. While it’s totally up to you what items you want to fill your favor bags with, we partnered with Canon USA to share a cute printable so you can customize some cloth favor bags to be as cute as the rest of the decor at your celebration (and you can do it all yourself at home)!

-cloth favor bags (I used these 5″x7″ bags)
-Canon Light Fabric Iron-On Transfers Paper 
Canon PIXMA TS9521C printer
-fabric scissors and iron
favor bag printable (right click to download)

Download the favor bag printables and print them out onto iron-on transfer paper. The Canon PIXMA TS8521C is perfect for craft projects, and Canon just came out with their new new light fabric iron-on transfers paper that we’re loving! You can use it for lighter colored fabrics and the color quality really comes through! If you want to make these at home we have one design option with four of the same designs on one page for making lots of smaller bags like I did and then another option with just one design per page that you can scale up as needed for larger bags. The files are already mirrored for you so they will look right once you iron them on the bag.Cut out your designs with scissors to leave a 1/8″ border all the way around the design. Place the designs face down onto the center of your bag and iron your designs on per your iron-on sheet instructions (I pressed mine with a dry iron on the cotton setting for 60-90 seconds).
Once your designs have cooled, slowly peel off the backing and reveal your design!

How sweet are those?! We made a few different types of designs so there would be one that could work for birthdays, kid parties, baby showers, weddings … basically any party you want!

Depending on what your party is, you can fill your bags with whatever you like! Things like candy, little toys or stickers are great for kid’s parties and small beauty items and candles are fun for showers … the possibilities are endless! I like that these cloth bags can be reused as gift bags again by the guests or they can also store lots of things around the house (I save and use small cloth bags like these when I pack for trips—super helpful for organizing my daughter’s suitcase to hold socks or hair accessories, etc.). I feel like I always appreciate extra little touches like these at events and I love that you can easily batch make these at home with a printer and an iron. These cutie bags are a great end to a fantastic event and I hope that they make it onto your party list soon! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop. Graphic Design: Mara Dawn.

Unique Gifts For Your Boyfriend Or Girlfriend

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and so is Galentine’s Day—but honestly, do we really need a holiday to give our loved ones a gift? I put together a guide with gift ideas for any occasion, like the COOLEST sweatshirt ever, one of Elsie and Emma’s favorite books, brunch-themed chocolates (!!!) and this vintage brass bottle opener. I don’t know about you, but I love when I receive a vintage or thrifted gift from someone. It feels extra thoughtful!

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I hope you find something as special and unique as you are on this list! xo. – Jacki

Christmas at the Holiday House

Hi friends, Emma here. With the Larson family traveling to Missouri this weekend to spend Christmas near family, I thought I’d give you a little, mini-tour of how I tried to make their holiday house here in Missouri really festive for them. Her daughters know that Santa is going to visiting this house (wink, wink), so I knew it needed to feel festive. If you saw Elsie’s tour of her house at Christmas then you know those girls are used to things being VERY festive. I don’t think I achieved quite that level, but I did love the idea of decorating for them and also then keeping all these decorations for this house in the future. 🙂

In the front living room, there are two trees—one gold and a smaller champagne tree. I love the look of them together next to the mantel.

In the dining room, I updated the letter board and then I bought too many gold ornaments, so I decided to make a little centerpiece out of them.

I wanted a tree in the back living room too, just because it’s nice to have a tree all lit up when you’re watching a movie or something at night. It’s just so cozy! So I bought this really sweet soft pink tree and I LOVE it.

That’s pretty much it—thanks for letting me share and happy holidays! xo. Emma

Room Sources: Trees / The Home Depot (linked above), ornaments, tree skirts, garlands / Target, JOANN, and Hobby Lobby.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited A Color Story Desktop.

Last-Minute Gifts For The “Hard to Shop For” People In Your Life

Listen … we all have them, and we all love them, but some people in life are just harder to shop for than others. If you’ve ever spent an hour wandering around a store with still no idea what to get that person for a gift, we know that feeling and we are here to help! Here’s a list of our favorite items of last-minute gifts (all on Amazon Prime) that are sure to please …

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For those trickier people to shop for, try a food item (like that yummy popcorn tin or marshmallow sampler) or an easy recipe book or a unique kitchen gadget. If you haven’t seen that guacamole saver before, it’s a genius idea! If you aren’t sure of their food tastes, items like candles (Thistle Farms is also an amazing organization to support), chapstick bundles, or packing storage cubes can be enjoyed by just about anyone. Little home touches like a photo frame (perhaps with a treasured photo already inside?), small decorative/storage jars, or simple glassware will be appreciated by your bachelor younger brother or even up to grandma! I know I’m definitely curious about that truffle hot sauce for sure … hope you found something just in time to check a few special people off your list! xo. Laura

Easy DIY Holiday Card Holder

I love receiving holiday cards this time of year. For many of our family and friends who we don’t get to see often, this is one of the main ways I get a little update from them—so I look forward to it every year. Although, I must admit I generally would just let the cards pile up on our kitchen countertop, and eventually throw them away sometime after the new year. Sentimental clutter. 🙂

I finally decided to make a little festive looking bulletin board to display our cards on. My plan is to store this little bulletin board on top of the holiday decoration boxes I store in our guest room closet so I can pull it out every year to display our cards on. I also like that while I’m still waiting to get cards in the mail the display just looks like a neutral colored Christmas tree, so it’s cute all on its own too.

This was VERY easy to make; you can probably figure it out just by looking at it. But I’ll leave its supplies and a quick little tutorial here for you anyway.

foam board
bulletin board roll
super glue
pom poms
hot glue gun
mail holder
Command strips to hang

Step One: Cut the foam board as well as the bulletin board roll into the shape you desire. I did a Christmas tree with the idea being the pom pom thumbtacks would be “ornaments” on the tree. But you could totally do a number of different shapes like a wreath or a star if you wanted a different look. Use the super glue to glue these two pieces together along the edge.

Step Two: Use a hot glue gun to add ribbon or trim to the edges. This will cover the foam, making the bulletin board look more finished, but it’s also just adding a little color or sparkle to the edge. While you have the hot glue gun out, glue the pom poms to the thumbtacks.

Step Three: Add the mail holder to the bulletin board. This is optional but I wanted to add something that could hold oversized cards or just in case I got too many to fit the board so I couldn’t see them all. But this is not necessary, just an option. I attached my mail holder by simply poking a few holes in the bulletin board and using wire to hold it in place.

Once complete, I hung the board with Command strips so there’s no damage to my wall or the board, making it easy to reuse for years to come. How do you store/display holiday cards? xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

Home for the Holidays: Our Best Holiday Crafts + DIYs

Hi, friends! In our last roundup, we put together a list of crafts that you can make if you’re traveling this holiday season. Today, we’re focusing on holiday crafts that can be made at home leading up to Christmas. If you’re looking for an easy weeknight craft to make, hosting a craft night, or looking for a family-friendly DIY, there’s something on our list for you.This snowy, vintage-inspired house is one of our all-time favorite ornament DIYs. Can we live in there? Haha.

A festive wreath that requires minimal supplies—and one of them happens to be fresh cranberries.

These holiday vignettes would be a fun project to make if you have children. How pretty would rainbow colored trees be in these?

Make your own white and gold wreath or a disco ball wreath (so you can keep it up through New Year’s Eve).

Use geodes, crystals, or minerals to make a set of sparkling ornaments.

Personalize a set of plain stockings for the whole family using chipboard letters, yarn, and bells.

Make the prettiest gold garland using real leaves.

These glowing porcelain tree lights would be a perfect craft night project to make with friends.

Instead of buying colorful ornaments this year, make your own set using alcohol inks.

Gold mylar garland is sooo pretty on a mantel—and it’s simple to make. If you’re curious, here’s that epic marquee sign DIY.

Let it snow! Use our downloadable template to make this pillow. Bonus: no sewing required here.Make a set of yarn Christmas trees in any color. These are fun to make, too!

We have several no-sew tree skirt DIYs in our archives, and they are equally cute. This one also happens to be a really easy no-sew option. And extra sparkly. 🙂

Use a pom pom maker to whip together this incredible, fluffy stocking.

An adorable mommy + me craft for your fridge.

You can never have too much garland in your home. That’s our motto, anyway! Here are five ways to deck your halls, wall, and mirrors using garland this season.

We included all the templates you’ll need to make an oven-baked salt dough village. Such a special craft that you can keep year after year! You can even make salt dough ornaments the same day if you’re feeling ambitious. Happy crafting to you and yours! xo, The ABM Team.