Posts Tagged ‘holiday decor’

A Very Homemade Christmas – Christmas Crafts and Decor

Monday, December 9th, 2013

We’re obviously big into baking and crafting around here. Anyone who happens across our blog knows that. And this time of the year, it seems that crafts and treats are absolutely everywhere! Instead of getting overwhelmed by the over-abundance of craftiness, we decided to pare things down a little and put together some of our favorites in an easy little roundup.  Merry Christmas!

This post will cover Christmas crafts and decor, from easy crafts you can do in an hour to crafts that take an entire day. If you check back in later in the week, we’ll be posting a homemade gift roundup and a Christmas treat roundup, so keep checking back.

snowglobes in jars

I absolutely love snow globes. Sure, I don’t have as many as I used to, thanks largely to the TSA not being so fond of me carrying them on the plane, but around this time of the year, I make my own christmas-y snow globes to decorate my home.  I follow this really simple tutorial from the incomparable Martha Stewart and I always get great results.  I use everything from big, half liter preserve jars for detailed scenes to our tiniest blue top jars for snow globes that double as ornaments – Just hot glue a ribbon to the top!

icey luminaries

I’m based out of LA and I totally miss the snow and ice.  To bring a little winter into my holiday decor, I got inspired by this post on Epsom salt luminaries. The effect looks just icy enough to bring a little winter into my apartment without requiring any actual defrosting.  I love doing this with my 0.25 liter Kilner jars. They’re just the right size for tea lights and they look really beautiful with the pine boughs on my mantle.

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Now, if you love the idea of luminaries, but hate the idea of bringing even pretend ice into your house, consider a cozier approach, like the folks from Brit & Co did – Sweater luminaries. Lately, Everything from christmas ornaments to pillows have been bundled up in sweater-style knits, so why to create luminaries that do just that?

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If you’re looking for a festive vase for flowers, evergreen branches or holly, consider a glitter dipped jar, like these stunners from Lilyshop (tutorial here.)  They’re perfectly festive this time of year, look awesome at new years, and really serve as a lively accent all year round!

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Also worth considering is a stunning floral arrangement. We’ve got an easy tutorial for making bountiful flower arrangements work in any sized bowl. Whether you use one of our Mason Cash christmas tree bowls, a large wood bowl, or even a traditional mixing bowl as the base for your arrangement. Pick flowers and foliage that screams Christmas to you (red berries and roses, white lilies, freesia and baby’s breath, evergreen and eucalyptus are a good place to start.) Add in elements of interest, from fruit to christmas ornaments to little bells. Arrange and enjoy, all season long.

We hope that this list gives you some great ideas for decking your halls. If you’ve got any inspired ideas we should feature or if you just want us to share your christmas crafts, email [email protected]  This time of the year, we’re all about the sharing.   Check back in a couple days to see our homemade gift idea roundup! There are so many great ones!

If you’re looking for more ideas, you can always take a cute from our festive Halloween Painted jars.  Switch out spooky colors for festive ones and jack – o -lantern faces for holiday motifs and you’ve got instant decor!

Behind the Scenes at the Pacific Merchants Holiday Photo Shoot

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Good afternoon, readers!

You may be noticing some new photos popping up on our site lately. Here’s why! Last week at Pacific Merchants headquarters we had a super fun, exciting and productive photo shoot in preparation for the holiday season. We shot tons of new products, holiday specials, and some easy DIY holiday flower arrangement techniques.  Check out our Mason Cash Fall Floral Arrangement post for detailed instructions, and enjoy the images below for some serious inspiration! I know we’re excited!

Take a look at some of the behind the scenes shots (and finished shots) that we captured last week. I love that these images (especially the first one) really capture the spirit of holiday entertaining without being too over the top Christmasy.  Every time I flip through them I get a bit more inspired for my own holiday decorating. Sure, it’s a week before Thanksgiving, but I love the idea of using fresh fruit to deck my halls, and am absolutely inspired by some of our holiday gift ideas. I mean, seriously, who wouldn’t want to unwrap a big, beautiful salad bowl on Christmas morning?

Holiday Spread, Mason Cash, Acaciaware, Kilner Jars

Mason Cash Enamour Pie Dish, Grey Pie Bird

Mason Cash Cane Mixing Bowls Holiday Special

Mason Cash Pudding Basins

Pudding Basin Set

Acaciaware, Calabash Bowl

DIY Winter Floral Arrangement

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DIY Flower Arrangement

DIY Holiday Centerpiece

Fall Flowers: Pacific Merchants’ Flower Arrangement Tutorial

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Dear readers,

Happy Friday! Hope everyone had a productive, awesome, inspiring week. #TGIF

With both Thanksgiving and winter holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start decorating.  I love creating my own floral arrangement when I entertain; yes it takes a lot prep work, but it totally doubles as a de-stresser and I even look at flower arranging as a little “me time” while I’m going crazy trying to prepare.  As they say…stop and smell the roses! I sure did when I was making this floral centerpiece.

One of my coworkers taught me a really cool arrangement trick during our last Pacific Merchants photo shoot, and I want to share it with you.  We wanted a shorter, fuller arrangement so we decided to style our flowers in one of our Mason Cash Classic Cane Mixing Bowls.  In this DIY tutorial I used our size 30 mixing bowl so that the flowers spill over the bowl a little bit, making for a dramatic and luscious table centerpiece.

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Mason Cash Mixing Bowl Flower Arrangement

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Flowers

-Clear tape, or seasonal washi tape

-Scissors (preferably a stronger pair that can cut through flower stems)

-A bowl or wide mouthed jar (I suggest our Classic Cane Size 24 Mixing Bowl, our Acacia Wood Bowls or our 1L Open Storage Crock. Really, the beauty of this technique is that any kind of bowl works! This is a great opportunity to get creative.)

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1. Pick out some flowers!  I went to my local florist and hand selected all the flowers to use in my centerpiece.  I opted for a mix of late fall/early winter colors to complement the recent change in seasons.  I also added some greens, eucalyptus in this case, to fill in some of that extra space and give a cooler feel to counter all the warm colors. Eucalyptus has a nice and gentle scent to it and dries really well. If you want to keep things lower budget, focus on one or two eye-catching flowers and lots of small, cheap filler flowers and greens. As long as the colors look nice together, even the cheapest flowers look incredible. I love Trader Joe’s for their reasonably priced flowers.

Mason Cash Mixing Bowls

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2. With your tape of choice (I used washi so you can better see what I’m doing!) start creating a grid across the bowl. This will help you place flowers and keep them in place.  Alternatively, use floral foam, which you can most likely find at your local craft store.

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Mason Cash Mixing Bowls Fall Flower Arrangement

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3. Time to style your flowers!  I generally try and go for a balanced arrangement in color, size, shape, and placement of flowers.  For any beginners out there, here are ten tips on flower arrangements, brought to you by the one and only Martha Stewart (.com).  The only downside of using colored tape is that sometimes it shows through if you don’t pack your flowers in tight enough, or if the tape folds over the edge of the bowl too much.  You can definitely hide the tape with flowers, but just a reminder to keep an eye out!

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Mason Cash Classic Cane Mixing Bowl Flower Arrangement

4. Bask in the colors, scents, and glory of your arrangement.  It’s such a treat for me to create something like this; it really helps me wind down after a busy day!  It takes some creative energy, but it’s an indulgent and relaxing process.  These centerpieces make great gifts as well, especially for those who love to cook and bake;  Our bowls are a staple for any serious kitchen when it’s not full of beautiful flowers! It’s a gift that does double-duty.

Tag your floral arrangement photos with #pacificmerchants on Instagram (@pacificmerchant) and Facebook/Twitter to show us what you’re up to!

Have a great weekend, folks.


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