Put a crafty spin on mistletoe this season by repurposing a pair of knit mittens as a mistletoe alternative. To do this, attach two mittens together using twine or rope. Next, gather tree cuttings and trim them appropriately to fit inside each mitten. Add a hook, tack or nail to the door casing or trim, then hang using twine or rope.
Knit accessories are always a popular handmade holiday gift — but what if you can't knit or crochet? Then these personalized mittens are right up your alley — just stitch baker's twine initials onto readymade mittens, a scarf or hat for a personalized gift to keep them toasty warm all winter long. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.
Although the busy days leading up to the holidays speed by for adults, Christmas can't get here fast enough for kids. Help them count down the days with this clever advent calendar. Fill the mittens with a small toy or treat to bide the time and build excitement for the big day.
Add a sweet and colorful touch to any holiday mantel with a festive mitten advent calendar garland. Layla Palmer used a variety of toddler-sized mittens in traditional Christmas hues and printed out 24 numbers small enough to tuck into each mitten. To add extra holiday cheer, she added a sweet sentiment below each number. String the mittens on a long strand of twine and start counting down.
Where twine needs to loop, allow it to overlap and stitch both sections of twine together to mitten. At the end of letter, trim excess twine and secure the end with several stitches to prevent fraying. Repeat process with second mitten. Tip: This technique would work great on hats and scarves as well.
Vintage Christmas toys were the inspiration for this holiday mantel. Pine cones, a small lighted tree and light greenery surround the wooden nutcracker soldiers. A clothesline of miniature mittens adds a whimsical touch to this holiday set up.
Every host is sure to need extra kitchen supplies when whipping up holiday meals. Create a kitchen-supply bundle complete with oven mitts, wooden spoons and kitchen linens by tying the objects together with ribbon or twine. Add a holiday-themed gift tag for the finishing touch.
This traditional, felt advent calendar is the perfect addition to a child's bedroom door over the holidays. By using simple and inexpensive materials, each child can have a calendar of their own. Try to create different holiday-inspired shapes to form the background — a classic Christmas tree, snowflake, mitten or Santa Claus hat.
A set of brightly colored hand towels can perk up the kitchen for mere pennies. And you aren’t limited to the oven door handle: hang interesting linens (aprons and oven mitts, too) from hooks or pegs on a floating wall shelf or line a wooden bowl on the countertop to add punch. Shown are waffle-weave Salsa dish cloths and towels from Crate & Barrel.
The entryway to this home needed to be both elegant and functional, so the designers incorporated pieces that would complement each other instead. The custom-made silver cabinet offers storage for smaller items such as mittens and keys, while the artwork above the piece is in black and white, which supports the neutral color palette of this space and the rest of the house. The two items are tied together with fresh flowers to add muted colors to the space.
With inspirations as disparate as an English club chair and an American baseball mitt, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, designed in 1956 by Charles and Ray Eames, has nonetheless become a design classic. The duo creates instant Midcentury Modern cred in any setting, but looks particularly right when paired with other period-appropriate elements like the vertical wood paneling architect Mary Ann Schicketanz specified in the renovation of this Carmel, California home