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Handmade Holiday Tips from Pearl: Handmade Art & Design (Part 1!)


We caught Ashley’s instagram posts on her great handmade and vintage decorating and asked her to share some photos and handmade decor tips with us!  Ashley is the awesome artist and designer behind Pearl: Handmade Art & Design.  This is Part 1 from Ashley – we are stoked for Part 2 as well with some DIY gift tips coming soon!


From Ashley:

It’s easy to create a handmade home every holiday! It’s especially heartwarming when you have little ones that love everything sticker, glue and pom pom related. We have lived in our home for a little over 5 years and I truly feel like it is finally starting to feel like our little humble abode.


The first quick home deocr project is an easy printed banner to accent any space. The font used is MTF Banner and a simple plaid stock photo placed into the font. After it is cut out, easily hot glue it to a piece of thrifted pom trim and adorn. This vintage window above was found at our parent’s lake place and we had glass inserted into it for our entryway.


The second fun project is a wood wall plaque (above). The best part of these wood plaques is the metal clip. The web and pinterest have hundreds of fun free printable prints that you can change very cheaply and quick. This print I designed as an inspiration from one of my Holiday cards in my Etsy shop.

This wood plaque was found at Michael’s but it would be even more amazing with a fresh cut tree slice. The metal clip was found at Office Depot and had a suction cup attached to it which is removed. The metal clip is then easily screwed right into the wood. Print and trim your print to hang and you’re done!


Credits for the wall are: Barn Painting is by Brock Drenth

Keep Christ in Christmas is from: Wildflowers, Inc.

And the Live Simply print is from: Katie Daisy

And the “&” sign I made from an old North Dakota map and modge podge.


The last fun quick DIY is for the littles. Our little lady just turned 3 and is very curious about what this amazing Holiday is all about. I picked up this fun advent calendar for .99 cents and the tree skirt for .49 cents at the Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch in West Fargo. It only held a little yellow tree to move from day to day and we knew that wouldn’t be enough for her to understand. We took a special trip to Hobby Lobby to find some little ornaments to stash into each pocket. The nativity scene along with some additional candy canes to fill up the 24 pockets.

The tree was a tad sad and needed some color. We found these fun sparkly poms for 1.00 at Michael’s, the beautiful red embroidery thread and needles from Modern Textiles and made a very fast string of ornaments for her tree!


The last project is having your kids help with mailing your friends and family with Holiday cards. What toddler doesn’t love stickers? To some sending holiday cards may seem cumbersome or too time consuming but with good tunes, plenty of washi tape and snacks it can actually be fun! I design our cards and print them locally at Short Printer, as well at the return address labels. The washi tape always comes from Modern Textiles!


Thank you so much Ashley for sharing your handmade decorating with us!!  Watch for Part 2 with some great DIY gifts Ashley is going to share later this week!  You can check out her Etsy site here and also her great prints at our shop in Fargo and Sioux Falls!

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