I heart Karen B. of Grapevine Invitations. She is not only one of the more talented people on the planet…she is also really nice, really thoughtful and all together lovely. So when I get the chance to highlight some of the insanely awesome work that she is putting out there, I jump! This is a fabulous DIY project that is perfect for the holidays. And although I am beginning to sound like a broken record, it’s also a pretty awesome favor! A customized bundle of your favorite holiday recipes. SO, so cute.

Oh and make sure to pick up Karen’s book, Paperie for Inspired Living, (plug, plug) as an awesome gift for your martha-wanna-be friends!

diy holiday gift

*we’ve included really detailed instructions, but some working knowledge of computer programs will really help*

MATERIALS

2 sheets 8.5″ x 11″white card stock
Double- sided tape
1 sheet 8.5″ x 11″ navy card stock
1 sheet 8.5″ x 11″ pale blue textured stock
21 1⁄2″ Frilly Fleuron Dresden edging trim (sold in packages of 10 strips)
Dresden edging trim (sold in packages of 10 strips)
Spray mount

TOOLS

Craft scissors
Craft knife, self- healing
cutting mat, and ruler
Hot- glue gun
Bone folder

ARTWORK

Vintage frame clipart
Vintage postcard art from a postcard purchased at a flea market

*we especially like this frame that we found on istockphoto.com

INSTRUCTIONS

1) Create a 2-page 8 1⁄2″ x 11″ document in your computer page layout or word- processing program and draw crop marks on each page (in the exact same location) for two recipe cards that each measure 5″ wide x 3″ high. You will use page 1 to lay out the decorative frame and title of the recipe and page 2 to typeset the ingredients and preparation. Scan and place the decorative frame artwork on page 1 inside the crop marks for each card. Typeset the name of the recipe inside each frame. Typeset ingredients and preparation instructions inside the crop marks on page 2 of your document.

2) Print page 1 of the document on a sheet of white card stock. Flip the card over and print page 2 of the document on the back side. Trim your cards to the crop marks.

3) Create another 8 1⁄2″ x 11″ document in your computer page layout or word- processing program for your “Holiday Recipes” tag and draw crop marks that measure 3″ wide x 2″ high. (If you are creating stocking stuffers for more than one person, you can fit 4 of these tags on one page.) Scan and place the decorative frame artwork on page one inside the crop marks for each card. Typeset the title “Holiday Recipes” inside the frame.

4) Print the document on the remaining sheet of white card stock. Trim your card to the crop marks.

5) Use double- sided tape to adhere the tag to the sheet of navy card stock and trim around the tag, leaving a 1⁄8″ border all the way around the card.

6) Trim the pale blue decorative card stock to 31⁄2″ wide x 7″ high. Use doublesided tape to adhere the layered tag to the center of the pale blue decorative textured card stock.

7) Cut two 7″ lengths of Dresden edging trim and use your hot- glue gun to attach one each to the left- and right- hand sides of the pale blue decorative card stock. Place the bead of glue on the back of the trim and then place it on the card stock.

8) Center the tag on the front of the bundled recipe cards. Use the bone folder to score and fold the ends of the wrap completely around the cards, using double- sided tape to attach the ends together where they meet in the back.

holiday diy project

FUN RECIPE FOR THE STOCKING STUFFER: CANDY CANE COCOA

4 cups milk
3 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped
4 peppermint candy canes, crushed
1 cup whipped cream
4 small peppermint candy canes

In a saucepan, heat milk until boiling. Whisk in the chocolate crushed peppermint candies and smooth. Pour hot cocoa mugs, and garnish with whipped Serve each with a candy cane stick. Makes 4 servings.