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Pinterest perfect for the holidays – OM’s art director shares her faves

We consider ourselves to be pretty #blessed over here to have Jane Corbett as our art director. She’s amazing at creating a beautiful product each issue, and she’s also a talented writer, and has a large Pinterest following (check her out). When you’re closing in on 300,000 followers, you know you have an eye for art. Jane shares her top 10 Holiday Pinterest picks

I love Pinterest! It’s so inspiring and visually stimulating. There’s just no end to the wonderful ideas you can find. It not only helps me in my day job, but it also keeps me busy in my spare time. Some of the ideas I pin are over the top, but seeing as how there are only so many hours in the day, and the big day quickly approaches, I’ve chosen 10 relatively simple ideas to share:

1. Giant Paper Snowflakes (picture above)

We may not have any white stuff on the ground, but don’t let that stop you from filling your walls with giant paper snowflakes. Quick, easy, party decor. I love the scene in Elf when Buddy makes hundreds of paper snowflakes and hangs them from the ceiling.

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2. Printable Holiday Gift Tags

Print these out on cardstock and you’re ready to wrap. Beautiful whimsical illustrations with lovely hand-drawn typography make these some of my faves.

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3. Let It Snow Chalkboard Printout

I am surprised that the chalkboard fad is still going strong. I loved drawing on a giant chalkboard that my dad made when I was young. It was long and narrow and we’d draw entire neighbourhoods and then drive small cars along the streets.

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4. All is Calm Glitter Banner

This appeals greatly to my love of typography. Just enlarge any words you like in a font you love and print it on cardstock and join the words together. The glitter is just a bonus!

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5. Attach Ornaments to a Wooden Hanger

So simple and a great alternative to a traditional wreath. Showcase your favourite ornaments from friends and family. Everyone has at least one wooden hanger in their closet, don’t they?

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6. Snowflake Made from Puzzle Pieces

I thought this was a simple craft to do with my six-year-old great niece. The results look great and it doesn’t require a long attention span. You can have hot chocolate and sugar cookies while you wait for the paint and glue to dry.

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7. Best Sugar Cookie Recipe Ever

And speaking of sugar cookies, I’ve made this recipe many times, and it has become my go-to. It’s simple and you don’t have to chill the dough. Here is a photo of some sugar cookie trees I made last year. You can also wrap a few cookies in cellophane and share them with your co-workers, or use as party favours.

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8. Giant Chocolate-dipped Marshmallows

I’m a big fan of giant marshmallows for roasting over the fire in summer. One marshmallow is all you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. And this idea is sure to please all the kids on your list (including the grown-up kids!)

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9. Honey Rosemary Pecans

Just plain delicious and so easy to make. Sometimes it’s good to have something savoury to snack on to offset all those holiday sweets. These are a great addition to a cheese tray, too.

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10. Mini Cheeseball Bites

I like cheeseballs (as cheezy as that may sound), and these really appeal because they make it easy to serve with other such finger-foods as olives and crackers. Plus the pretzel is a bonus bit of crunch.