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Shake off that turkey-induced haze and start crafting your way into the next round of holidays! These DIY holiday decorations are simple to make and add a huge dose of personality to your space. Take this weekend to gather your supplies and start planning your masterpiece mantel.
Regardless of whether you're celebrating American Thanksgiving today or just celebrating the end of the week, we here at Spoonflower wanted to let you know that we are thankful for all of you--our customers and designers and friends. Thank you for being creative and wonderful and a part of our lives!
Feathers add an unexpected element to holiday crafts. This DIY turkey feather wreath by Make + Haus goes straight from Thanksgiving into the holidays. If you don't have space for a wreath, stitch up versatile table linens with Luxe Feathers in Plum by Sparrowsong for a sophisticated twist on a traditional table setting.
Adding stockings to your mantle is a festive and simple way to really get into the holiday spirit. You may use the same stockings year after year, or create new ones every so often for a fresh update to your holiday decor. Kelly, a member of the Spoonflower crew, visits the blog to share how she stitched up two stockings for her fireplace in no time!
The holidays are right around the corner and what better way to get into the spirit of the season than crafting a stocking to adorn your mantle! I started out by picking out two different prints, Holiday Trees and Christmas Dots both by Andrea Lauren. I had them printed on Eco Canvas, which worked out great since it is a heavier weight fabric.
We are so thrilled to be gathering with friends and family this week to celebrate the abundance of the season and give thanks. Whether you're hosting a feast in the coming weeks or thinking up a thank you gift for your hosts, these handmade holiday decorations and fabrics are sure to add a special touch to the occasion.
This Turkey Tea Towel by Wild Olive is sure to delight any host who's spent the day in the kitchen.
Whooo can resist this snow owl print by >>MintPeony<<?
This DIY Christmas Tree Advent calendar by Tell Love & Chocolate does double duty hiding treats and brigtening a mantel.
Woodland Trees white on mint by KleaBaby makes a lovely gift of craft paper.
These Retro Fabric Christmas Lights on KoJo Designs are perfect party lights perfect for any room!
Pink Lights on Snow by JuliesFabrics is a festive pop of pink!
This DIY Mason Jar Snow Globe by Classy Clutter allows for endless personalization for any holiday celebration.
Christmas Snowglobes by Rutherbrad makes a cozy accent for holiday crafts.
Want to spend 12 days learning how to take the glimmer of an idea to a finished fabric design? Join us for 12 Days of Design!
WHAT? We're wrapping up the year with 12 days devoted to learning how to create a textile design from start to finish. Take a break during this hectic time of year for a personal challenge as we walk you through each step in creating a design ready to upload to Spoonflower. Sign up to recieve daily tips via email starting December 1st, 2014 to guide you through the fabric design process. Will you accept the challenge and create a textile design?
HOW? All you have to do is follow along as we provide daily tips on finding inspriation, creating a design element, and uploading to Spoonflower. If you'd like, snap a photo of your progress and use the #spoonchallenge hashtag each day to share your process. You can use this hashtag on your social media outlet of choice. We'll be rounding up our favorite shots each week to share on the blog!
Today is all about finding inspiration from your environment. Wherever you are, there is so much to see, touch, taste, smell, and hear. Consider how something you encounter or use every single day—a pen, a favorite coffee mug, or even a set of keys—could be considered an interesting design element. Take some time to identify what it is about something that inspires you or draws you in--is it the colors, the layout, or the pattern? Start collecting ideas, thoughts, sketches and photos. Don’t be afraid to document and collect everything that excites you or piques your interest! For today, just gather.
Now that you have gathered inspiration, it’s time to narrow it down and pick a theme! Did your inspirational images include a certain style or do you see the same motif popping up throughout your inspiration gathering process? Once you’ve settled on one theme for your design, create a Pinterest board or physical mood board specifically for that topic.
Want some advice on picking your theme? Eloisa's blog post is sure to help!
Color palettes don’t have to be intimidating or complicated. The best way to come up with fantastic combinations is to practice. Set a goal of creating a new palette every day, keeping track of them on a site like Colour Lovers. You can create your own custom palette using inspiration from the world around you using an online tool like Adobe Color CC. Start with a palette of 5 different colors and branch out if you need more. Experiment, go wild and have fun!
You have your theme, so it’s time to choose a medium for creating your design. Don’t be afraid to experiment here! You can create with any tools or supplies you like, from crayons to puff paint to digital design software. Mix different ways to create—collage photos and words from a magazine, scan a painting to add digital graphics and text overlays, or bust your fabric stash to add texture and depth to a drawing. Just be creative and have fun--the possibilities are endless!
See the top ten winners of our thermoses contest and see what medium designers chose!
You’ve gathered inspiration, picked a theme, color palette and decided on the medium you want to work with. Now it’s time to get started sketching your initial ideas. Sketch with pen and paper, grab your digital drawing tablet, or jump in and work directly with the medium you've chosen for the finished design. Remember, you're just sketching at this stage, so use whatever tools work best for you to mock up all of the ideas you have.
See examples of how Spoonflower designers have sketched, painted and illustrated their way to gorgeous designs!
Now that you've started sketching your artwork, select your design elements by narrowing down or adding to your preliminary sketches. You will want to make the focal points for your design at this stage, isolating and focusing on the standout features of the overall design. With your elements complete, you will arrange them into the pattern you are creating. Your elements can come together in many combinations, so pay attention to what you're drawn to visually as you're creating each element. You may find that once you start, less is more, and that's okay, too!
To upload your images to Spoonflower, you will need to make a digital copy of your design. You can accomplish this by scanning a hand-created image or creating your image in a digital design program. There are many design programs available that will help you create or manipulate your files digitally, including the ever-popular MS Paint and Photoshop, but there are also plenty of free, open-source design tools available online. We've rounded up a list of our favorite free design tools, but feel free to use whatever tool is easiest for you.
You’re almost there! Once you’ve uploaded your digital file to Spoonflower, you’re in the home stretch. Check out step by step instructions for uploading your file on the blog today. Once your file is uploaded, the design tools on our site will allow you to do a bit more tweaking, and, of course, you will be able to print your design on any of our fabrics, wallpaper, or gift wrap! How cool is that?!
You've uploaded your fabric design. You've played with color and repeat. Now it's time for fine tuning to make sure it's not only ready for fabric, but also wallpaper and gift wrap. On the blog today, discover how the repeat options can change your design—how a simple switch between basic and half-drop, for example, can result in a wide variety of alternatives.
You change your mind, your outfits and your hairstyles, why not the colors in your new Spoonflower design? No need to go back to Photoshop or your other tool of choice, you can make color tweaks right on our site! Check out the step-by-step process, because change is good!
Looking for other wonderful and FREE ways to digitally tweak your artwork? On the blog today, we've rounded up our favorite design resources and are giving away a Wacom Intuostablet to help give your work that extra panache!
Now that you have completed your design, you may want to share it with the world! There are a couple of extra, quick steps that will ensure that your design is visible, and that people looking for similar things can find it! In our final blog post, learn about tags, descriptions and choosing colors to make your design more marketable. Using these tools, you are now able to make your design available to the world!
Congratulations! You’ve completed the 12 Days of Design challenge and are officially a designer! Thank you so much for coming along on this journey with us. Completing a surface design from start to finish in just 12 days is no small feat, and what a way to finish out 2014!
We've rounded up some amazing designs created during this challenge—see what others have accomplished on the blog today!
Now that you have the tools, we hope that you’ll continue to create beautiful designs! Don’t let the creating stop here, why not take a plunge and enter an upcoming Spoonflower Design Challenge?
This weekend take some time to stitch, glue, or wrap up a few handmade goodies. We've rounded up five creative yet simple projects you can whip up this weekend for a variety of people on your gift giving list!
CREATE a handmade felt flower wreath--prefect for the hostess with the mostess.
WHIP UP a super easy necklace for your favorite fashionista.
SEW a simple apron for the chef in your life.
MAKE a cute cord organizer for the tech-lover on the go.
STITCH UP this adorable little hat for a precious little lamb.
We are deep into fall already, and nothing warms our souls better than a steaming drink or bowl of soup. We are celebrating an often unrecognized friend this week: the trusty thermos. Tell us which designer has the hottest thermos design.
We are head over heels for Andrea Lauren's inky calligraphy fabric, and this week's design challenge winner. Andrea's design won an appearance in an issue of UPPERCASE–if you haven't perused their magazine yet, you are in for a treat. Congratulations as well to the rest of the top ten!
1. 316 votes for Calligraphy by Andrea Lauren by andrea_lauren
2. 311 votes for Practice by mariaspeyer
3. 297 votes for Ink by pattyryboltdesigns
4. 287 votes for Ink and Pen by emilysanford
5. 260 votes for Happiness by meg_smith_creative
6. 253 votes for Lattice Love Letters by sammyk
7. 250 votes for Dripping Ink Droplets by Friztin by friztin
8. 236 votes for Feathers by dariara
9. 227 votes for Careful no drips! by robinpickens
10. 217 votes for Love of the Written Word by jeanettagonzales
A shower curtain is the perfect gift for a friend, or yourself, that will be enjoyed year round! Read on to learn how Spoonflower crew member Eloisa created an engineered shower curtain using Silky Faille!
Looking to make a shower curtain, a mural, or any project with an image wider than the fabrics we offer? If so, this tutorial is right for you! With these instructions, we will teach you how to break up your image so we can print multiple pieces of fabrics that, when pieced together, will complete the large image. We chose to make a shower curtain, but these instructions can be easily adapted to wall murals, one-image duvet covers, etc.
We've rounded up five beautiful DIY gift wrapping ideas with pretty papers for truly swoon-worthy presents. Whether you dress up your boxes with a simple gift tag or kid-friendly interactive paper, make your holiday season extra special with incredibly wrapped gifts!
There's nothing quite like snuggling up in a cozy pair of winter pajamas. As the seasons change and we head into the holidays, it's the perfect time to create your own set of custom-printed jammies with our newest fabric.
Our new Satin is a silky, lightweight 100% polyester woven fabric that is perfect for projects that benefit from high sheen and a soft hand. This luxurious fabric is easier to work with than other satins, its hand softens with washing, and its crisp bright colors hold up very well through repeated laundering. The hardest part is deciding between zombie donut or bacon PJs!
It's the season for embracing traditions, whether they're centered around your family, passed down through generations or from a far-off place yet to be explored. This holiday season, we've teamed up with Tea Collection, and a handful of other brands, to bring you an exciting opportunity to win a bundle of goodies to help your family celebrate.
Enter for a chance to win more than $4,000 in holiday prizing-- from a handcrafted wooden toboggan to custom Tea gift wrap!
*Only open to legal residents of the United States (excluding Puerto Rico) and Canada (excluding Quebec). Official Rules can be found here.
We're closing out the second week of November, and we're on a roll in prepping for a handmade holiday season! These quick handmade gift DIYs can be completed in no time, so spend this weekend making gifts for family and friends...or yourself.
This embroidered Carved Heart Ornament by Flamingo Toes uses a jar lid as a mini frame--brilliant!
DesignMom's Painted Boxes are pretty to look at and oh so useful.
This DIY Beginner Sewing Kit by Smashed Peas and Carrots is a perfect package for any sewist.
1. 494 votes for Christmas Ornaments by honeycombdesignstudio
2. 416 votes for Ornaments on Craft Paper by kirsten_sevig
3. 414 votes for Forest ornaments by vo_aka_virginiao
4. 383 votes for Tis The Season 05 by amel24
5. 374 votes for Tree Sparkles by katerhees
6. 371 votes for Oldschool Ornaments by christinewitte
7. 348 votes for branches with ornaments by wren_leyland
8. 332 votes for A Retro Christmas! by pattyryboltdesigns
9. 332 votes for Woodland Christmas Ornaments by sheri_mcculley
10. 329 votes for Christmas Baubles in Pink by oliveandruby
Searching for the perfect handmade gift this year? How about 10 perfect handmade gifts for everyone on your list? Today we're giving away a fat quarter bundle of the top 10 designs from our annual Tea Towel Calendar Design Challenge. Just finish the edges and they're ready to be passed along to a special someone.
Enter by Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 for a chance to win. The winner will be contacted via email on Wednesday, November 19th.
Hi there, it’s Mariah from Everything Golden here to share another project idea using Spoonflower’s Eco Canvas fabric. I really love the texture of the fabric and how the print translated.