We all know that the holidays are a magical time, filled with love, laughter, warmth, and merrymaking. They can also, however, be an energy-sucking, nerve-racking, sanity-destroying time—especially if you haven’t prepared for the obligatory onslaught of entertaining, gift-giving, and socializing that the season has to offer. When it comes to making it through the holidays with grace and style, anything that makes the work a little easier can go a long way.
This is why, when the time came to prep for our annual holiday bash, we turned to our pals at the neighborhood Staples for a little leg-up on the game. First step? Getting those holiday greetings and party invites out in the mail! Using their online Copy & Print service, we were able to quickly whip together a snazzy set of cards and pick them up the same day. BOOM! 10 points for team Design*Sponge.
And you can’t forget decor—arguably the most important part of any party (okay, aside from food and beverages)! Using our chalkboard-themed cards and invites as inspiration, we crafted an easy-peasy wreath from black construction paper and chalk. Time to completion? Under an hour! BLAM! #KillinIt
Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be sharing little tidbits and tips from our upcoming holiday shindig. For now, enjoy the little DIY and video after the jump! —Max
This post was created in collaboration with Staples Copy & Print Center where you can check holiday cards and invitations off your to-do list in one afternoon! See the holiday collection here and design your own special greeting!
Chalkboard Wreath Directions
- Black construction paper
- White chalk
- 1 wreath form
- Hot glue gun
- Cut symmetrical leaf-shape pieces from your construction paper. To accomplish this easily, just fold the paper in half and cut along the fold. You’re going to want around 60 leaves, but this changes depending on how widely you space them and how large your wreath form is.
- Using your chalk, draw diagonal lines down either side of your paper leaves.
- Hot glue your leaves to the wreath form, in rows of about 3, running perpendicular to the wreath form. For each row, add the exterior and interior leaves first, gluing the middle leaf last. Work downwards, add more rows that slightly overlap the previous row until the wreath is complete.
- String a ribbon through the back of the wreath form and hang that bad boy up!
- Step back and admire your work!
Here are some more fun card and invitation designs to choose from!