AGH! So cute! Eye ornament DIY (click through for tutorial)   I've been browsing different holiday catalogs and websites over the past month to gather some Christmas DIY inspiration for this year, and something caught my eye—more eyes! Well, ornaments decorated like eyes to be precise. As much as I love a classic Christmas theme, I like to throw in a little bit of whimsical fun as well. So novelty ornaments are right up my alley! These are also perfect because they are quick to make, so you can easily do enough for a whole tree in an evening.

AGH! So cute! Eye ornament DIY (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-round ornaments
-acrylic paint
-paint pen
-loose glitter
-Mod Podge
-small brushes

AGH! So cute! Eye ornament DIY (click through for tutorial) For an open eye ornament, you'll first want to draw an oval football shape onto your ornament. I found it easiest to sketch in my shape with a white paint pen first, and then once I got a shape that I liked, I used the brush and white paint to fill in the shape. Do two coats of paint if needed and allow the paint to dry.

AGH! So cute! Eye ornament DIY (click through for tutorial)  Mix together a small amount of Mod Podge with a lot of loose glitter and use a paintbrush to paint a smaller circle of the glitter onto the white eye. Allow the glue to fully dry and then add your black dot for the iris and any lashes as desired. You can also add a tiny dot of white for that sparkle-in-your-eye look.

For the winking eye ornament, use a pen to sketch a half oval shape and then add some short straight lines for the lashes. Trace over the lines with black paint, and you're all set!

AGH! So cute! Eye ornament DIY (click through for tutorial)       AGH! So cute! Eye ornament DIY (click through for tutorial)       AGH! So cute! Eye ornament DIY (click through for tutorial)       You can either hang them side by side so they look like they are winking at you, or can you scatter them throughout your tree. Either way I think they add a lot of fun to our Christmas decor, and they are totally the type of holiday DIY that is easy to store and use again next year. I hope you'll be "seeing" these on your tree this year! xo. Laura

Credits//Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions

Print this holiday card!Some of you might remember that last year we hosted 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways here on ABM. We wanted to find a way to gift some of you lovely readers because it's really because of you that we exist and we're so glad you're here! We had way too much fun with this feature last year, so we knew we'd for sure be bringing it back this year. Are you ready??? Get excited! 

12 days of giveawaysSo for those of you who are new, what is this all about?! Well, for 12 days we're going to host a series of giveaways here on the blog, just for you. Each day will have different prizes and a corresponding number of winners. So, on the twelfth day (tomorrow), there will be twelve prizes and twelve winners. Get it!? We'll be giving away ABM products, some of our collaboration items, and other fun goodies as well. And of course, on the last day there will be a GRAND prize. 

Tomorrow, when the first giveaway goes live, you'll see that we'll be offering multiple ways for you to enter. Which means more chances to win!

But here's the catch, giveaways will only be open for one hour. So the quicker you are, the better your chance of winning will be! We'll be launching each giveaway at a different time every day. Some will even be super late at night (for us) since we have so many awesome international readers as well. We won't be posting about all the giveaways on social media, so you have to check here to catch them going up! 

Just check back often, and you'll have a higher chance of winning! 


Printable holiday cards! Print this holiday card!  We also wanted to make sure that every single ABM reader could receive something from us this year...because, we love ALL you guys! So we created these printable pineapple holiday cards you can download and use this season. Just use the link below to get your downloads (there's five different color variations—a whole set!):

FREE Holiday Card Set: Red, Yellow, Blue, PinkOrange

Your creativity, positive outlook and kind comments inspire us daily. Thanks for making this past year SO amazing. We love you guys! Happy Holidays from Emma + Elsie

Darling paper houses as and advent calendarEvery year, I enjoy coming up with a new way to package little surprises and activity cards for our advent calendar. My girls wake up delighted at the thought of opening tiny presents and treats as we count down until Christmas morning. I was scrolling through advent ideas on the ol' Internet last week, and I came across several advent villages. I loved the idea, so I decided to take a stab at creating my own!

-brown kraft paper or card stock
-clear tape
-X-Acto knife & scissors
-sticker numbers
-cutting mat (optional)
-tiny toys and treats!

Advent houses step 1Advent houses step 21.) To begin, cut your craft paper to whatever size you desire. I wanted my village to have all different sized buildings, so this number varied for me. Once you have your rectangle cut, fold it into quarters. On the second and fourth columns, use a ruler to mark the center and draw your roof pitch.

Advent houses step 32.) Next, use your X-Acto knife to cut small windows in your building. This can be as many or as few as you'd like! Once you've cut the windows, tape the edges of the building together to form your box.

Advent houses step 4Advent houses step 53.) Measure the width where your roof will go and cut a strip of paper long enough and wide enough to fit. Fold the strip in half and tape it on.

Advent houses step 6Advent houses step 74.) Now, add your number sticker and repeat...23 more times! Easy peasy!

Advent calendar village (click through for tutorial)Darling advent villageAdorable DIY for advent calendar housesDarling advent calendar villageI adore the glow of the little village on top of our dresser at night, and my girls are eagerly anticipating December 1st! This project only took a few hours (not counting wrapping all the tiny presents times two), and I couldn't be more thrilled with it. The advent village definitely gives our previous wooden advent tree a run for its money. Happy crafting, friends! xo. Katie

Credits//Author and photography: Katie Shelton. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Friendsgiving 2015Happy Saturday! Hope you guys are doing some fun shopping this weekend. :) It's really hard to believe that it's already the end of November. Christmas is less than a month away. Whoa. OK, let's focus on the present for now. It's time to go through our favorite posts from this month. Let's start with Friendsgiving. So fun! (You can see how to make Emma's cute eucalyptus hair wreath here.)

Affogato dessert barChipotle and pumpkin veggie enchiladasBrussels sprout and purple potato hashCranberry and vanilla bean pie barsElsie's orange cranberry margaritaWe shared so many amazing recipes! It's hard to choose a favorite, but Emma's affogato dessert bar sounds so good right now. We showed you how to make chipotle and pumpkin enchiladas, kale, brussels sprout and cranberry salad,  homemade hot cereal mixbrussels sprout + purple potato hashcranberry and vanilla bean pie barsduchess sweet potato casserole, lavender thyme and white chocolate scones, Elsie's orange cranberry margarita and more!

Start Small : Dream Big e-courseElsie and Emma launched their business e-course, Start Small / Dream Big. If you've been wanting to to start your own business, you will love this class. It's a little bit different from our other courses since it has over 2 hours of lecture videos. If you've already taken it, we'd love to hear what you think!

Modern nud3 mani (3 ways)Romantic triple twist ponytailBeauty tips! We shared 3 takes on the modern nude mani and Rebecca's triple twist ponytail. That hair.

Find the perfect white paint for your homeMix and match to create a custom tableTile your own backsplashFinding the perfect white paint for your home can be a challenge (it has to be just right) but these tips will make it easier. We love how you can mix and match to create a custom table. And it's way cheaper! Emma and Trey tiled their kitchen backsplash and shared some tips and tricks about the process.

9 things to do in Brooklyn this FallWe need to take a trip to New York again soon! If you're in Brooklyn, check out this guide for some fun autumn activities.

Hand painted dish setGold hardware frames DIYCranberry wreath DIYSo pretty! Elsie's hand painted dishes and gold hardware frames were two of our most popular DIYs this month. This fresh cranberry wreath is a must for the holidays. If you've made any of our DIY projects, be sure to share them with us on Instagram using #ABMcrafty. xo. The ABM team.


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