#MeetTheMindells: It’s Weddin’ Time!

Polka Dots + Fuchsia
Rehearsal dinner outfit planning with my new Shabby Apple skirt, Emily Green necklace and this crazy-perfect-color cardigan!

It. Is. WEDDING TIME!!! This is a quick little post to say farewell… for now! I am headed off to get hitched and take a few days to enjoy being married! But never fear! I have some awesome guest posts (and even a giveaway!) lined up for you all while I’m gone and my right hand gal, Annie, will be making sure the blog runs smoothly while I’m away. I’m so excited about what all my friends have put together for you guys, so be sure to pop on back next week to check it out!!! Annie will also be handling my Instagram, but you may see a few sneak-y wedding peeks from me in-between, because it’s just too hard not to share! It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that all our family and friends are arriving to celebrate this awesome day, and the next time I post here I’ll be Kelly Mindell, but I couldn’t be more excited to marry my partner in crime! Thank you all for your excitement, support and advice over this year… it has meant the world to us! See you on the flipside!!!!

DIY Modern Christmas Tree Mani (+ Hostess Gift Idea)

DIY Modern Christmas Tree Nail Tutorial
It’s time to start sprinkling in some holiday DIYs and I can’t think of a better way to start than this! I’m a pretty big proponent of never showing up to a party empty handed, so when Charming Charlie asked me to come up with a creative hostess gift, I was happy to think outside of my usual baked-good box! The holidays are often all about cocktail parties, and I couldn’t think of a better wait to thank a hostess than with some blingy cocktail rings. Not your average gift, but one you know she wouldn’t turn down!

I took it up one more notch by adding a manicure tutorial to show ‘em off. I brought in Alex of Beautilitarian to help out with the tutorial, and she came up with a modern Christmas tree nail idea that is subtle but perfect for the holidays! You can download + print the tutorial printable below + package it up with some bling. BAM! You just won the hostess gift game.DIY Modern Christmas Tree Nail Tutorial4
And in case you need something for yourself for that holiday party, I threw in a little necklace eye candy up there for ya too. Gorgeous, right!? Now back to the mani…
DIY Modern Christmas Tree Nail Tutorial

CLICK HERE to download the manicure tutorial.

To Make the Hostess Gift:

Print and cut out the tutorial graphic. Fold (accordion style) on the lines indicated in the printable. Package up a few jewels of your choice (see the bottom of the post for links to the ones seen here!) in a box and tie the tutorial on top! Party time!

DIY Modern Christmas Tree Nail TutorialDIY Modern Christmas Tree Nail Tutorial

Photos by Mary Costa Photography / Nail Tutorial by Beautilitarian / Illustrations by Bouffants & Broken Hearts / Creative Direction by Studio DIY

Below are the links for all the jewelry seen here!

On me: Jazzy Belle Cocktail Ring / Lucky Seven Ring Set / Midi & You Ring Set / Color Pop Shine Ring / Jewel Jackpot Ring Set / Crystal Dear Ring / Stay Sleek Bangle Set / Spotlight Shimmer Bracelet / Petal to the Metal Necklace

In the Post: Baguette Lineup Ring / All of the Above Ring Set / Fruit of the Islands Ring / Eternal Geo Ring Set / Cabochon Star Necklace / Sun Maven Statement Necklace / Shiny Flamingo Necklace / Single Strand Pearl Necklace

Now, let’s get this holiday party circuit started!!!

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This post was created in partnership with Charming Charlie. All content and opinions are that of my own! Thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep the Studio DIY party going! Read more about my editorial policies here.

DIY Washi Tape Cactus Wall Art

DIY Washi Tape Cactus Wall Art

After my taco workshop, I’ve been all about the cacti. I just want to do all these cactus DIYs! Most of ‘em may need to wait ’till summer.. but this one, it fits right in! I got a chance to go through Cute Tape’s EPIC online boutique. Have you been? Literally, every color and style of washi tape you could ever want. And they recently added party supplies (like my trusty honeycombs!) too. So I decided to embark on a little wall art project. These cacti are made out of washi tape and are so easy to make! They would make the quirkiest unexpected replacement for a Christmas tree this year if you need a space saving variety, wouldn’t they!? Plus, you could leave ‘em up long after Santa climbs back through the chimney. Here’s the how to!

DIY Washi Tape Cactus Wall Art
DIY Washi Tape Cactus Wall Art

Washi Tape in a variety patterns of green shades (I used this, this and this!)
5″ Honeycombs (I used cerise, yellow, orange and red)

DIY Washi Tape Cactus Wall Art DIY Washi Tape Cactus Wall Art
DIY Washi Tape Cactus
DIY Washi Tape Cactus Wall Art DIY Washi Tape Cactus Wall Art

1. Find a wall with a good chunk of open space. I recommend doing a quick sketch on a piece of the cactus shapes you want to make. Tear off small pieces of washi tape.
2. Start placing the pieces of tape beginning at the bottom of the wall and working your way up, forming the cactus shape. Overlap them slightly, angling each one slightly more than the last to form curved shapes. You can use long strips of tape if you have a long, straight stretch of cactus, like the base of my tallest one.
3. Once your cactus shapes are complete on the wall, time to add the “buds” AKA honeycombs! Attach a few loops of washi tape to each side of your honeycomb.
4. Decide where you want each honeycomb. Tape one side to the wall, then unfold it and tape the other side to the wall. That’s it!!

DIY Washi Tape Cactus Wall ArtDIY Washi Tape Cactus Wall Art

All Photos by Studio DIY

You could easily adapt this concept to be an actual Christmas tree… or you could pretend you’re a desert dweller and go all out! Either way, this is such an easy + affordable way to jazz up a blank wall! For more tape varieties and honeycomb colors, head on over to Cute Tape!

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This post was created in partnership with Cute Tape. All content and opinions are that of my own! Thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep the Studio DIY party going! Read more about my editorial policies here.

How To Wrap the Perfect Gift (+ A Giveaway!)

How To Wrap the Perfect Gift
I had a total blast learning the basics of frosting a cake, so I teamed up with Craftsy, an online community for makers with classes, patterns and supplies, again to improve upon another party essential… gift wrapping! I felt a little more confident in my gift wrapping skills than my cake decorating ones, but still always felt like I could never get those ends and corners super crisp. And boy, was I RIGHT! I signed up for the Paper Arts class and was so impressed with what I learned. It’s amazing how a few techniques can make a world of difference. And BONUS! Craftsy is giving away one free spot in the class. Click HERE to enter (more info at the bottom of this post), and read below to see my newly improved skills and some free printable papers from Kendra for you to practice with too!
How To Wrap the Perfect Gift
How To Wrap the Perfect Gift How To Wrap the Perfect Gift
Host Alton Dulaney explains the basics of gift wrapping, and then gets more in-depth with different paper decor projects, paper flowers and greeting cards. If you’re a paper freak like me, I highly recommend it! His simple tips like how to keep a gift perfectly centered while wrapping and how to have the least visible tape possible… it was another “Why didn’t I know this!?” type moment. He also gave a great tip for tying the perfect bow… something I have ALWAYS struggled with. How To Wrap the Perfect Gift How To Wrap the Perfect Gift How To Wrap the Perfect Gift
Now! If you’re intrigued by the papers I used… you can print your own! I printed these on 16×20 paper at my local office supply store, but you can also print smaller for tiny gifts.

To print the graphic paper, CLICK HERE!

To print the lipstick paper, CLICK HERE!

Free Printable Wrapping Paper Free Printable Lipstick Paper How To Wrap the Perfect Gift MWAH!

Printables by Bouffants & Broken Hearts, All Photos by Jeff Mindell

And that, my friends, is a wrap! Be sure to click here to enter to win a FREE spot in this class so you can get your gift wrap on too! The giveaway will end on November 17th, 2014 at 11:59pm MT.

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