Chalkboard Christmas by Zara Home Kids

Hello, everyone! Today I’d like to show you pictures from the December lookbook of Zara Home Kids. I was supposed to feature it on my fashion and design blog but I figured that we can draw inspiration for decorating this Christmas from the creative styling and chalk artwork. I even think that the idea would be great for shop window displays!

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DIY Christmas Wreath Ideas

First of all, a big thanks to those who read my post on DIY Christmas tree wall decors! The statistics have been very encouraging. I think that the holidays really bring out the crafters in all of us :)

The DIY love continues on today’s post with five Christmas wreaths that you can make at home. Let’s get started!

1. What can you do with the holiday cards collected from family and friends over the years? Use them on the wreath with the help of wire and cable cord. (via CB2)

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Ikea and The Graphics Fairy

Swedish company Ikea is the world’s largest furniture retailer, with a net income of 3.2 billion euros in 2012. It is known for fresh, modern designs and continuous product development.

But in its latest set of paper products, Ikea used images that were neither original works nor made exclusively for the company. In fact, the black and white vintage prints on the notebooks and stickers can be downloaded free from the internet. Specifically, they are from the blog of the extremely generous Karen, more popularly known as The Graphics Fairy. Karen collects extraordinary vintage images (now totaling over 4,000) and makes them available to anyone who, like herself, enjoys crafts and DIY projects. She has the most awesome compilation of free vintage graphics. In the world. Ever.

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I don’t know how you feel about Ikea, with all its resources, using free graphics intended for DIYers and crafters, and profiting big-time from it. But if you like these paper goods, you can easily recreate them or design something similar using the images from The Graphics Fairy. Click on the links below to download the graphics. Have fun!

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Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Easy Christmas Tree Wall Decor

No room in your apartment for that festive Christmas tree? Then mount it on the wall! Here are five awesome DIY ideas.

1. I suppose this washi tape and clothespin combo was meant to be an Advent calendar. But hey, it works just as well as a Christmas tree! Use the clips to hold your gifts – perfect space saver! (Image via Stjernestunder on Pinterest)

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Project Sunday: Hand-painted Wrapper

Make your own wrapping paper in three easy steps.

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STEP 1: Prepare the materials.

* Paint – I used gouache but feel free to use watercolor.

* Ordinary bond paper

*Mixing plate

*Large paintbrush – Mine was a flat brush no. 9.

*Water

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STEP 2:

Create a set of horizontal lines in one color. Allot approximately an inch of space between them. Then fill in the spaces with a different color.

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STEP 3:

Let the paper dry flat on a table. It will look wrinkly at this point but after 10 minutes, the wrinkles will disappear. Drying time will depend on the amount of water that you use. I noticed, too, that gouache dries faster than watercolor.

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And that’s it! Start wrapping…

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and decorate as you wish :)