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DIY Business Card Holder

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being a soap seller, it’s that you can never have too many business cards.

Especially when selling at festivals, craft fairs, and even farmer’s markets.

Usually I just toss a stack of business cards on a little tray and call it done with. But this year, I thought I’d change it up. And since we had an upcoming festival to attend (note: the festival was this past weekend), sooner was better than later. 

Enter Pinterest. Which I’m convinced should coming with a warning. Something along the lines of: Beware! Enter here and you may never leave. 

After a little browsing and a raid on my ribbon stash, I think it turned out cute. 

 DIY Business Card HolderHere’s what you need:

Empty Altoids tin

1 inch wide gingham satin ribbon

1/4 inch side stitched satin ribbon

Scrapbook Paper

Scissors

Hot Glue Gun

Printer (optional)

I started by cutting a large piece of patterned scrapbook paper to fit my printer.

Then, using a word processor program, I wrote a little message, “Take One”, in a cute font, and printed it out. This step is totally optional.

The next step was a little trickier. Place the Altoids tin face down on top of the paper with the message as centered as you can get it. Then, trace around the tin and carefully cut it out. 

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Repeat this step again, tracing and cutting out another piece of paper (without a message, of course).

Hot glue the one with the message to the inside top of the tin. 

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Hot glue the other to the outside top of the tin.

Glue the larger ribbon around the sides of the tin, overlapping the ribbon on the top and folding it like wrapping a gift.

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To add a little contrast, glue the smaller side stitched ribbon on the sides,including on the hinges in the back (so that the top will stay sort of propped up and not fall back).

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Add a little bow, and voila!

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And here it is in action. . . . 

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DIY Boxwood Wreath

One of my favorite ways to decorate during the holidays is with fresh wreaths and garlands.

In fact, I spent the other week going to five different places in search of fresh garland to drape on the mantel, starting with the places that always have it. Only they didn’t this year. Kissing balls, wreaths galore, tiny trees, but no garland.

I was starting to worry that I’d have to resort to a little DIY magic, something I’m not sure how to even start, when finally I scored some garland (discounted, too) and all was well in my world, again. 

DIY Boxwood Wreath

While I don’t have the foggiest how to DIY garland, this wreath was so simple and easy that I’m a little embarrassed to be blogging about it.

And have I mentioned inexpensive? One of my favorite words.

I spent a dollar + tax to make it. Seriously. You can’t beat that. 

Well, you could, but not by much.

Supplies Needed:
Wreath 

Boxwood trimmings 

Scissors or pruning shears

Floral Wire (optional)

Ribbon (optional)

Hot Glue Gun (optional)

I used a willow wreath as a base ($1.10 in all from Dollar Tree) to attach my boxwood sprigs to. 

And the boxwood? From a couple of shrubs at the corner of the house that needed a little haircut. 

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Then, I set to work with the wreath, boxwood clippings, and most importantly, the remote (so I could tune to some Christmas music).

I began by wedging the boxwood pieces into the wreath. 

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In some places the wreath was a little loose, so I used floral wire to secure the boxwood to it. 

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Once through, I made a bow out of some ribbon I had on hand. . . . If you didn’t know, I’m a ribbon hoarder. Seriously. But it comes in handy sometimes. Like now. 

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A little glue for the bow, and ta da!

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Did you notice a second wreath in the picture up above? Well, this one turned out so cute, I decided to make a second wreath to go above the kitchen sink.

Only this time with rosemary from the garden. . . . 

Rosemary Wreath