It’s here! The holiday season! And while every year, the most special gifts to give and to receive are the handmade gifts, this year more than ever, the ability to “DIY” a gift is key! The less time we have to spend in stores and the more special we can make our loved ones feel is all that much more important. So, in addition to previous Christmas tutorials, I want to share the “12 DIYs of Christmas” with you so that you can find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list (or the perfect keepsake for your own family).
So, how is this going to work? From Tuesday, November 17, 2020 straight through the week of Christmas, you will be getting (at least) 2 “DIYs of Christmas” per week. Every Tuesday at 12 noon PST (3pm EST, 8pm GMT), we will work live together (but safely apart) through a lettering or art related project. These live lessons will be taking place on both Instagram and YouTube, so you can join in on whichever platform you prefer. If you miss the “Live”, they will be posted afterwards on YouTube (and in this post) so that you can watch the lesson whenever it works best for you.
Then, every Friday (and one Sunday during the week of Christmas), there will be a brand new, pre-recorded Christmas tutorial waiting for you on YouTube. Click here and hit “Subscribe” so that you don’t miss them!
And to kick it all off, on Tuesday, November 10, we will be doing a pre-series Live lesson to show you a sneaky trick to get perfect fauxligraphy every time. It will be a great base to use for a lot of the upcoming Christmas tutorials!
You can find the full list of tutorials and dates below so that you can calendar in our live lessons and not miss out on a single one. And don’t forget to check back on this post frequently because everything will be posted here when it’s done.
I hope you enjoy all of our days of DIY gifts and have a very safe and joyful holiday season!
SCHEDULE OF CHRISTMAS TUTORIALS:
- Pre-Lesson: Fauxligraphy Live Lesson (Tuesday, November 10 at Noon PST/3pm EST/8pm GMT) on Instagram Live or YouTube Live
- DIY 1: Bullet Journal Gift List Layout Live Lesson (Tuesday, November 17 at Noon PST/3pm EST/8pm GMT) on Instagram Live or YouTube Live
- DIY 2: Personalized Dish Towel (Friday, November 20)
- DIY 3: Festive Decorative Mirror Live Lesson (Tuesday, November 24 at Noon PST/3pm EST/8pm GMT) on Instagram Live or YouTube Live
- DIY 4: Keepsake Christmas Tablecloth (Friday, November 27)
- DIY 5: Using Procreate to Create Gift Tags Live Lesson (Tuesday, December 1 at Noon PST/3pm EST/8pm GMT) on Instagram Live or YouTube Live
- DIY 6: Custom Tea/Hot Chocolate Pot (Friday, December 4)
- DIY 7: Brush Lettering Greeting Card Live Lesson (Tuesday, December 8 at Noon PST/3pm EST/8pm GMT) on Instagram Live or YouTube Live
- DIY 8: Decorative Shadow Box (Friday, December 11)
- DIY 9: Creating Wall Decor with “Candy Cane” Style Lettering Live Lesson (Tuesday, December 15 at Noon PST/3pm EST/8pm GMT) on Instagram Live or YouTube Live
- DIY 10: Christmas Wreath with Hand Lettered Elements (Friday, December 18)
- DIY 11: Mistletoe Greeting Card (Sunday, December 20)
- DIY 12: Christmas Procreate Animation Live Lesson (Tuesday, December 22 at Noon PST/3pm EST/8pm GMT) on Instagram Live or YouTube Live
- Plain Dish Towels
- Your Silhouette or Cricut Cutting Machine
- Your iPad and Apple Pencil with Procreate (or you can find pre-made designs right here)
- Heat Transfer Vinyl (My favorite brands are Siser or this Amazon one that I used in the tutorial)
- An Iron
- A Ruler
COMING TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24
- A mirror (you probably already have one hanging somewhere in your home! Since mirrors are non-porous, the ink you use will sit on top of the surface instead of sinking in. That means that most of them can be cleaned off!)
- Here are some pen options for your mirror and how to get them off:
- Chalk Marker: the safest option! You can easily get this off with a few microfiber cloths (no water and just a bit of elbow grease gets the best results).
- Craftsmart or Sharpie Water-Based Paint Markers: grab some Windex and paper towel and this comes off as well.
- Craftsmart or Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker: these also come off! You just need a razor blade and it scrapes right off.
SOME TIPS: Whichever pen you use, do a small test area first. I know they always say to do this when you use a new hair dye and I know that I never do (oops), but if you value your mirror, do a test. Also, when you’re cleaning your design off after the holidays, just watch out for your wall or mirror frame that you’re not pushing the color out into that and potentially staining it. Think about matching the color you use to the mirror frame to help make this not an issue at all. Since my mirror frame is white, the safest option is to also use a white pen!
COMING FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27
COMING TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1
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COMING FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18
COMING SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20
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