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heart in hand gloves

Bring two heart halves together for a handful of love. Perfect for a pair of lovebirds or fun for kiddos.

Heart in Hand Gloves

pair of gloves
embroidery thread

1. Using our free template, trace and cutout two heart halves from felt.
2. Put gloves on and place heart halves so that when you make a cup with your hands the two halves make a heart.
3. Take off gloves and use embroidery thread to sew heart halves in place. Use longer stitches for a rustic look.

Download our instructions and template!

– By Heather Winkel, photos by Krista Hurst

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new year’s in a box

Onward to a new year! This box of cheer would be perfect for a cozy night in or a picnic while watching fireworks.

New Year’s in a Box
Large Kraft Gable Box from Garnish
mini bottle of sparkling wine
small mirrored ball (check out these instructions for making your own)
confetti or pom-poms (less mess!)

1. Print label on label paper, trim and adhere to front of box.
2. Fill box with contents.
3. Celebrate!

Download the free label template!

– By Heather Winkel

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milk + cookies

Milk and cookies are as great a pair as peanut butter and jelly. It’s no wonder they’re Santa’s favorite snack. We’re pretty sure he’d eat any cookie, but we’re jonesing for some cranberry white chocolate chip cookies.

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes 3 dozen large cookies • 30 minutes

1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest of one orange
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup white chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Add butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar to large bowl. Use an electric mixer on medium speed and beat until creamy.
3. Add eggs, vanilla extract and orange zest; beat well.
4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Slowly add to butter mixture until mixed well. Stir in oats, cranberries and chocolate chips.
5. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets.
6. Bake eight-10 minutes or until light golden brown. Allow to cool on cookie sheets for five minutes, and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Download the printable recipe card!

What kind of cookies will you be leaving for Santa?

– Styling by Heather Winkel, photos by Adam and Joanne Gallagher of Inspired Taste

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day 12: last minute wine gift

Still haven’t figured out what to get a holiday host or distant relative? Go from generic to thoughtful by personalizing a bottle of wine.

Wine Labels and Tags
8.5” x 11” label sheets
8.5” x 11” card stock

1. Print labels on 8.5”x11” full-page label paper (do not fit to page).
2. Cut on dashed lines.
3. Adhere label to wine bottle.
4. Print tags on 8.5”x11” full-page card stock (do not fit to page).
5. Cut on dashed lines, creating a circle in the tag to fit on the wine bottle neck.
6. Fill out tag and put on bottle.

Download our FREE printable labels and tags here!

PS–Check out these wine etiquette tips on A Cup of Jo illustrated by Gemma Correll.

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day 8: glitterati gift tags

We’re feeling quite blingy this year. Spread the glitterati love (and glitter residue) with twinkling gift tags. A handful of these under a tree will really spread the sparkle.

Glitterati Gift Tags
wooden gift tags
craft glue, glitter
small sponge brush
small piece of paper

1. Roll up a small piece of paper and stick it through the gift tag hole (this is so you don’t glitter over it!).
2. Use sponge brush to paint glue onto one side of wooden gift tag, evenly covering from edge to edge.
3. Place tag glue side up and sprinkle with glitter. You may want to put tags in a box to catch excess glitter.
4. Let dry.
5. Once dry, dump excess glitter off of tags and remove paper from hole.
6. Write on back (we used a glitter pen) and attach to gifts with sparkly ribbon.

Download the printable how-to!

– By Heather Winkel

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