Owl Walnut Ornament

Harry Potter fans are sure to approve of a tree filled with owls.  This cute little hoot is made from a walnut -- such a budget-friendly way to decorate a tree!
My favorite part is that instead of hanging on hooks, these little birds perch on the branches using pipe cleaners.
Did you know that a group of owls is actually called a parliament? Who knew?
Check out the tutorial and then create your own parliament of Christmas owls.


Gilded Walnut Ornament

It's Monday and I'm finally back with some NEW ideas.
I hope your Thanksgiving was fantastic. Mine was really lovely this year -- lots of good friends, great food and TWO Turkeys - yum! I think I finally figured out my system for prep and set-up and I'm going to write up the whole plan in my organizer to be sure I don't forget. I'll share that as soon as I get it together!
Now, with Thanksgiving over, it's time to get into the Christmas spirit. We wasted no time this year and bought our tree on Saturday. The weather here in Los Angeles has been cold  (by LA standards) and that's really helped to set the holiday mood. With the tree up, and some of my favorite Christmas music playing, I've turned my dining room table into a Christmas workshop and I have some really cute, EASY, decorations to share with you this week.
First up -- this beautiful Gilded Walnut Ornament. I had a big bowl of Walnuts left over from Thanksgiving and I thought their shape and cool texture would make for some really pretty decorations. Check out the Gilded Walnut tutorial today, and check back for two more Walnut ornament ideas.


Squash & Hazelnut Soup

Get the recipe here
Happy almost-Thanksgiving! I'm full of Thanksgiving-ness today, I have a to-do list two pages long, and last minute cleaning and organizing to do - but I'm SO excited for a day full of good friends, good food, and giving thanks.
Here's a recipe that you might want to add to your Thanksgiving line-up. I developed this savory soup for the movie Tangled -- it's Rapunzel's favorite squash soup topped with roasted hazelnuts . I suggest trying it with fresh chives and crispy bacon bits - delish! Get this cozy fall recipe at Disney's Family.com here.


Disney's Tangled: Pascal Cupcakes

It's Monday and I have yet another Disney project to share. In the movie Tangled Rapunzel's companion is a little chameleon named Pascal. He is too cute for words, and as his mood changes so does his color and expression -- I designed these cupcakes to capture the many moods of Pascal. 
The little blue version definitely looks like he has a case of the Mondays, but it's Thanksgiving week and I'm grateful for so many things in my life -- so, I'm feeling like the green guy today. How are you doing? I hope you're feeling like the green guy too!
Get the full tutorial here, at Disney's family.com.


Disney's Prep and Landing Snow Globe Ornament

click here for the full tutorial

Check out the snow globe ornaments I designed for Disney's holiday special Prep and Landing. It's the funny, sweet story of the elves who prepare the way for Santa on Christmas eve. These ornaments would make great keepsakes or homemade holiday gifts. Head over to Disney's family.com for the full tutorial!


Lampshade Princess Tower

How cute is this Princess Party centerpiece?? 
I love it -- it's sweet, whimsical and fun...
Oh, and it's made from a lampshade!! Yup, a lampshade. 
This project is perfect for your next party, or for decorating a princess-themed bedroom.

Of course, there are TONS of princess supplies on the market, but a lot of them are a little too flashy for my taste -- sequins, magenta, just too much bling. I wanted to create something soft, sweet, and homespun. I spotted a tall narrow lampshade at Ikea and knew I could turn it into the perfect princess palace. A little felt, a little hot glue, and you have a place any princess would be proud to call home.


Joyful Mantle Decor

Happy Friday! 
Just a joyful little project to take you into the weekend. I designed this JOY sign to decorate a mantle, but it would bring holiday cheer to any room in the house. You can design your stars to say anything you like, but I'm feeling full of joy this week and it's spilling into my crafting. 
The little white buckets are from Target's fabulous dollar bins, and the felt stars were actually purchased at Ikea. In case you don't have an Ikea nearby I've included a template for the stars which would be simple to make using stiffened red felt. A fun budget project that will bring lots of joy to your holiday decor.
Have a great weekend, I'll be back next week with more ideas to share!


Disney's Tangled Tower

for the tutorial, click here
When Disney asked me to create some crafts for their new movie Tangled I was thrilled. I've always loved the Rapunzel fairytale, and this fresh take on the story is fantastic. 
If you've seen the trailer for Tangled you've seen Rapunzel's beautiful tower. I LOVE that image and I just had to build my own. This Tangled tower is made using a paper towel tube. Wouldn't it look so pretty as a party centerpiece, or bedroom decor for a Tangled fan? Go to Disney's family.com to get the step by step tutorial and templates. 


Best Post Ever

Oh-my-BLOG! I'm sure you've noticed things have been pretty quiet here at MirandaMade. I still have tons of projects to share for Thanksgiving and lots of crafty goodness coming your way, but I was stopped in my tracks by two things:

1. A painful run-in with strep throat. Yay for antibiotics!
2. The HAPPIEST day of my life!! EVER.

Dear blog readers, I just got -- ENGAGED!! It was a beautiful surprise, and I think I'm still in shock. My wonderful boyfriend Matt is now my wonderful fiance.
I'm madly in love, bursting with excitement ... and I keep singing that song from Love, Actually in my head. You know the one -- "Love is all around us, it's everywhere we go..."

Thank you so much for bearing with me while I try to get my head out of the clouds and back down to earth.

I'll be back with more craft loveliness soon!


Getting Organized: Birthday Binder

I have a confession -- I'm bad at birthdays. I'm a terrible card-sender, I'm a negligent birthday remember-er, I'm a forgetful gift-giver.

I have family and friends who have never missed a birthday, Christmas, or graduation - not one special occasion ever slips their minds. Cards arrive promptly with lovely messages and sweet sentiment. Receiving these cards always means so much, and I know the time and energy that goes into sending them.

So, I've decided to change. How? With a Birthday Binder full of the tools for thoughtful and organized card sending and gift giving.

There are a few things that trip me up, here they are in no special order:

1. I don't remember dates well.
2. I forget to buy cards.
3. I get stumped picking out gifts.
4. Where are those stamps?

I'm happy to say this binder is the perfect fix. Here's all you need to make your own!


Thanksgiving Table: Felt Rosette Napkin Rings

On Thanksgiving the turkey takes center stage, but I still love setting the scene with a beautiful table. As we count down to Thanksgiving I'll be sharing budget-friendly ideas for creating holiday tablescapes, starting with these pretty felt napkin rings.

I wanted to use a soft, nature-inspired, color palette and I thought cream and sage would look warm and welcoming on a Thanksgiving table.  The combination of felt and jute twine is rustic yet refined -- and oh-so pretty! The secret behind these napkin rings is what they're made with -- paper towel tubes -- so simple and inexpensive. Check back for place card and centerpiece ideas that compliment this neutral fall theme.


Turkey-Shaped Apple Tarts

I can't believe it's already November!  October flew by, but I'm ready for Thanksgiving crafts and recipes.
I wanted to create a fun, kid-friendly, Thanksgiving dessert that's not too fussy. These little guys are adorable and really easy to make. Use a combination of sweet and tart apples for delicious flavor without lots of sugar or spices. You can make your own pie dough, or buy it pre-made from the store to save on time.