Favorite Free Christmas Fonts

Favorite Free Christmas Fonts | simplykierste.com

It's true.  I have an addiction.  To FONTS!! I just can't stop! There are so many fun ways to use fonts over the Christmas season, and I'm sharing my favorites with you today! Not only are they super cute, but they are free!  Some of them are intended to be Christmas fonts, and others are ones that I chose specifically because I think they are perfect for all things Christmas & holiday!  I love them ALL!  I'm a huge fan of dingbats, and I'm dying over those Christmas trees. SO cute.  And the Christmas Go dingbats?  Those would make perfect gift tags, all by themselves! Fonts really make all the difference, and just by changing out a plain font for something a little more festive can … [Read more...]

Easy Personalized DIY Christmas Ornaments

Easy Personalized Christmas Ornaments | simplykierste.com

  This year, since all of our Christmas decorations and ornaments are in storage, we decided to have a "homemade" tree, and make all of our ornaments.  Since I love all things personalized,  these easy DIY Christmas ornaments were the perfect choice.  They are budget-friendly, super easy, and take just an hour to make! Seriously, they could not be any easier, or any cuter! I bought all the supplies at Michael's, and made both sets in just a couple of hours, including the drying time.  They would be darling not only on your tree, but as gifts!  Instead of numbers on the Chalkboard Tag Ornament, write a name or saying instead for teachers, friends, neighbors, and more.  The initial … [Read more...]

Burlap Sack Place Cards

Burlap Sack Place Cards | simplykierste.com

 Burlap Bags are not only totally adorable for gift-giving, but they work perfectly as place cards and tableware holders too! I wanted something simple but elegant for our Thanksgiving table this year, and these Burlap Sack Place Cards are just the thing!  Not only can I use them as place cards, but also as tableware holders!  I love the practicality and adorability factors.  :)   They are so fast & easy to put together--all you really have to do is stencil an initial or name on to the burlap bag, and then everything compiled. You can find the burlap bags at Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Joann Fabric, or perhaps at your local scrapbook or hobby store.  I cut out the initials of each … [Read more...]

Jack-o-Lantern Treat Jar

Jack-o-Lantern Treat Jar | simplykierste.com

Do you have someone in your life that you want to give a little Halloween "something" to? It could be for a friend, neighbor, teacher, family member, someone you want to thank, or a "just because".  This darling Jack-o-Lantern treat jar is really easy to put together, and the free printable tag I'm sharing adds the perfect touch! I visit a few ladies each month, and I love being able to take a little treat to them, especially during the holiday months.  You can add a little note if you like, and it makes a perfectly adorable gift. This is something that anyone can do!  I filled a half pint mason jar (wide mouth) with little pumpkin candies, and added a jack-o-lantern face cut on my … [Read more...]

Paint Can Trick-or-Treat Buckets

Paint Can Trick-or-Treat Buckets | simplykierste.com

Remember how I told you everything we have (minus the basics) is in storage?  That means all of our Halloween stuff, including the trick-or-treat buckets.  The kids were pretty concerned about what they would put all of their candy in, so, it was time to make new ones!  I was going to use pails--because I'm seriously obsessed with them, and use them for everything--but when I was in the paint aisle at Home Depot and saw the paint cans, I thought they would be perfect, and so fun!  I absolutely love how they turned out, and so do my kids.  Maybe a little too much, because I've now had to hide them until it's time to use them! You all know that I love simple and quick projects, and this … [Read more...]

Halloween Tags {Free Printable}

halloween tags | free printable | simplykierste.com

How about some fun Halloween tags? Just print and cut out, punch a hole in the corner, and tie on to a jar, pail, treat bag, milk bottle, or paper sack with ribbon.  You could also use washi tape to to tape to the front of the paper sack, or as a label on another container. How about using them as lunchbox notes? They would super fun to add to your kids' lunches the week before Halloween!  Use them as part of your Halloween tablescape--one at each plate. There are so many fun ways you can use these free Halloween printable tags! DOWNLOAD: 31 boo! happy haunting happy halloween … [Read more...]

Yarn Pom-Pom Halloween Wreath

Yarn Pom-Pom Halloween Wreath | simplykierste.com

We moved to New York last month, and because we are going to build a home here, we are renting an apartment with 90% of our belongings in storage, including all of our holiday decorations.  I wish I could say it was easy enough to just go get them out of storage, but I'm afraid to say that's nigh until impossible.  It's a huge unit, stacked floor to ceiling, front to back with furniture and boxes, and everything would have to be moved out and looked through to even have a chance of discovery. We're talking hours and hours of work, for a low percentage of success. So...I decided to just create a few new fall and Halloween decorations, because we all love when we have a bit of the season in … [Read more...]

Easy Tin Man Costume + 88 Easy Costume Ideas!

easy tin man costume | simplykierste.com

It's almost October, and that means Halloween is on the horizon!! One of my favorite parts of Halloween is coming up with cute costumes for my kids.  So...I'm excited to tell you that I got together with 80+ blogging friends to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including my super adorable and Easy Tin Man Costume! My little Jack-Jack was going as the Tin Man last year for Halloween, and I searched for quite awhile for a Tin Man costume for him.  I just wasn't in love with any of the ones that I saw, and didn't want to pay the price they were asking for them.  So...I decided to make one.  Problem? I'm not a seamstress.  Not a real one, anyway.  I can sew straight lines--give me basic … [Read more...]

Out-of-the-Vault: Easy Halloween Projects

Easy Halloween Projects | simplykierste.com

With Halloween around the corner, I thought it would be fun to bring some of my favorite easy Halloween projects out of the vault to share with you. Halloween is something our family looks forward to every year, and my list includes free printables, fun family traditions, decor, and more!  I have a list of even more Halloween ideas and projects I'll be posting over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for those too! 1.  Halloween Chalkboard Printable This is such a fun addition to my mantel!  It's a newer project (last year), but it's going to be a keeper.  :)  It's easy, too--just get it printed as an 8x10 or 11x20, and you're ready to put it up!  2.  You've Been Boo'ed!  FREE … [Read more...]

DIY Recipe Binder with FREE Printables!

DIY Recipe Binder | Free Printables | simplykierste.com

About ten years ago, I went through my stacks of cookbooks, and file of saved recipes I had printed or had received from others.   I took out all of our favorites, typed them up, slid them into sheet protectors, and put them into a binder. That Recipe Binder changed my life.  Yes, I know that sounds dramatic, but it's true.  It saved me so much time and effort when it came to cooking and menu planning, and at the same time streamlined and organized all of my recipes. The idea of a recipe binder is nothing new, and it's been around for a long time, but that says something right there...it's still around because it WORKS!  I've had to change binders a few times over the years, and just this … [Read more...]