DIY Super Easy Holiday Fabric Garland

DIY Super Easy Holiday Fabric Garland

I got this idea after having a ton of leftover fabric from making my “Merry Christmas” Burlap Banner last year.  I loved the Christmas colors with non-traditional patterns, and couldn’t stand to see the extra fabric sit in storage all season. It was too cute!

I had been planning on doing a lot of Christmas DIY this season, but the idea of trashing my tiny apartment to do so did not sound fun to me. Then, I was shopping the Target Christmas decoration sale, and saw something super similar to this garland, but with tassels instead of fabric.  I didn’t have any yarn, but realized that I did have leftover fabric, and twine.  Easy-peasy.
You can obviously do this with any color scheme or theme. It doesn’t have to be Christmas, you could do blues for Hanukkah, or any colors for any sort of holiday.  I think this would even be cute for just daily decorations, especially in a kids room.  Customize it as you please!
DIY Super Easy Holiday Fabric Garland
To begin, cut your fabric into inch-wide strips.  You can make them as long as you like, just
keep in mind that after you tie them, they’ll be slightly shorter than half of their original length once they are hanging off the line.
I chose a mixture of 16 inch, 12 inch, 10 inch, and a few tiny bits to use up leftover scraps.  It’s going to be a mix-match no matter what, so as long as it is long enough to tie around and leave two little tails hanging off each side, it’ll fit in just fine.
It’s about 12 strips per every 12 inches, so keep that in mind when choosing the length you want your garland, and how much fabric you think you need.
Example: You want a 6-foot long garland? If 12 strips = 1 foot, then you need enough fabric to have at least 72 pieces of fabric.  12 x 6 = 72. #CraftingMath
This is assuming you want your fabric knots relatively close together, like I have pictured.  They are looped around the string, so you can adjust how far apart they are to the look you like, and to help decrease or increase the length.  Use your judgement here and arrange it the way you think is best.
On your twine, begin tying the fabric strips in a fold-over fashion, alternating colors and sizes.  If you want a more structured look, tie them so all the knots are facing the same direction.  I preferred a mis-matched look, so I tied them randomly.
DIY Super Easy Holiday Fabric Garland
Continue in this fashion until you have your desired length.  Fluff up your garland, and hang it where you please. Add some bows to each end, or hang a few ornaments. I hung a my tiny hand-knitted stocking from the middle of mine. I recommend getting those tiny clear Command strips to hang the garland, as it’s not too heavy. Works perfectly and super cheap without damaging your walls.
And voila, you have a gorgeous and cheap holiday garland.
If you make this, make sure to take a picture and tag me on social media– all my links are to the left! I’d love to see them all!
Got any other super easy DIY holiday decorations? Let me know!


xo, kelsey (2)

Homemade (Spirited!) Peppermint Hot Cocoa

What’s the best thing ever to have in the winter? Hot chocolate.  What is even better? Peppermint hot chocolate.  And how can you make that even better? If it was just a tad bit boozy.

Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate; A Boozy Cold Weather Cocktail

Thanks to the leftovers in my cabinet from the beautiful lady I am subletting my apartment from, I found myself with all the ingredients to create some delicious spirited hot cocoa.   Not so surprising, it’s super easy but SO delicious.

This is the perfect amount of boozy goodness to warm you up, but not make you afraid of walking a straight line from couch back your kitchen to get more. Though, you could always help it get to that level with just a splash of vodka.  I recommend vanilla-flavors.

I made mine originally with almond milk, and it was tasty; very rich.  I later tried it with regular milk, and it was equally as good.  I think pretty much any milk substitute will work for this.  Probably any sugar substitute as well, I just happen to like raw sugar more.  (I know, I hate me too.)



Homemade (Spirited!) Peppermint Hot Cocoa


  • 1 1/2 cups Milk, or milk substitute of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 cup Raw Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 shot Peppermint Schnapps

Cooking Directions

  1. In a small pot, slowly heat milk. Add cocoa and sugar, stir until combined, then add vanilla extract and Schnapps. Add to giant, winter-themed mug and add a candy cane for garnish!
  2. Makes 1 large mug of delicious, minty (and slightly tingly!) hot chocolate!

xo, kelsey (2)

Christmas Beauty Wishlist: Lorac, Becca, Hourglass, Tarte, Kiehl’s, and Nailtique

Lorac Mega PRO 2, Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit, Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadows, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Cocentrate, and Nailtique
In today’s “If I had a million dollars…” episode of my Christmas Wishlist, I decided to focus on beauty.
Many of these are cult favorites, so it’s absolutely shocking that I’d want them.  I’m not a trend-follower or anything (she says so sarcastically…)

1. Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

I’m in love with the mauve-y tones of this palette, and have heard nothing but good things.  I also don’t own any Tarte products, so I think this could be a great introduction.  I can see this as being really great post-Christmas Winter colors, when I know I’ll be sick of the gold metallic shades from the holiday season.

2. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I’m just starting to finally realize the importance of adding oils into my skincare routine.  And– shocker!!– it’s really helping to clear up my acne.  So I figure why not go right to the source and get one of the OG face night oils?  The price tag seems reasonable for all the reviews claiming it to be a must-have in your skincare routine.

3. Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette

I mean, just look at the colors. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this palette, and it has a lot of shades I don’t have already.  Mama like.  Mama want.

4. Nailtiques Protein Formula 2 Plus

I’ve been having a hard time with brittle, peeling nails lately, and have heard of this being a really great find.  Then KathleenLights talked about it in her recent favorites, so I have to assume that it’ll be great.  I’ve been using Sally Hansen and Essie treatments, but they seem to get thick really quickly.  Hoping this one will hold up a little better!

5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit

This is my hail-mary choice.  I can’t imagine actually asking anyone I know to spend $80 on a piece of make-up for me, even if it is 6 gorgeous highlight, bronzing, blush shades.  $80 on skincare, yes (because your face is your face forever!) but make-up? No.   But hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?

6. Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector – Champagne Pop

I don’t think I really need to explain this one.  It’s got more rave reviews than I could ever even hope to read through in my lifetime, and (I’m preeeeetty sure, and correct me if I’m wrong) it’s limited edition.  I just want my highlight to be on fleek.  Please just let me be on fleek.
Dear Santa, please check this out.  I just want to be superficial and cover my face is gorgeous things.  Talk to Mrs. Claus if you have questions, I’m sure she understands.
PS. I promise I’ve been good.  Just ignore whatever Gracie says about that, she’s a compulsive liar.  I am on the “nice” list for sure.

xo, kelsey (2)

The Best Christmas Playlist

I’ve been listening to Christmas music basically nonstop for the past month, with absolutely no shame.  It just puts me in the best mood, no matter what.  And with the snow “storm” we got here in Chicago this weekend, rocking out to some Mariah Carey Christmas was basically the best cure for cold weather blues.

Seriously– try walking down the street, while it’s snowing, with Jackson 5 “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” in your ear.  You will be so happy, even if you can’t feel your fingers.

To that end, I thought I’d share my favorite Christmas songs at the moment.  Songs that make me squirm-dance in my seat at my computer, while dreaming of putting up my tree next week.

If you’re feeling festive (or even if you’re channeling The Grinch, pre-Cindy Lu Who, and need a little help), here is my favorites playlist.  You’re welcome.  Good luck waiting the full month and two days left to the best holiday in the entire world now.

The Ultimate Christmas Playlist | Candidly Kelsey


xo, kelsey (2)

The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar GIVEAWAY!

The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar Giveaway!

I know this may come as a shock to many of you, but I am a celebrate-Christmas-the-day-after-Halloween kind of gal. November 1st usually starts peppermint mochas, cranberry candles, and Christmas Pandora.

Ho, ho, ho, bi*ches.

I know.  Based on the fact that I’ve already tweeted about watching Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas at least three times this month, you probably had no idea, right?

There is just something about the feeling of Thanksgiving and Christmas that I think it’s never too early to start celebrating.  My extended family is in the habit of celebrating both around Thanksgiving while we’re all together, so Thanksgiving and Christmas may as well be one 2-month long holiday for me.  Thanksgivingmas??

And because of that, I wanted to start the season off early with a little GIVEAWAY!

The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar Giveaway!

The gorgeous The Body Shop 24 Happy Days 2015 Advent Calendar is up for grabs for one very lucky friend.  I managed to grab the last one in the shop near my house this week, and I’ve been told these puppies are going fast, thanks to all the treats inside.

The goodies inside are all listed online at, but to also give you a little sneak preview, these 24 little beauties include:

Frosted Cranberry Shimmer Lotion
Shea Body Butter
Fuji Green Tea Bodywash
Elderflower Eye Gel
Shea Shower Cream
Almond Hand & Nail Cream
Strawberry Lip Butter
Vitamin E Night Cream
Wild Argon Oil Shower Gel
Colour Crush Nail Polish
….. and more surprises that I won’t give away.
The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar Giveaway!
I actually got a sample of each of the body butters that is inside the calendar and have been using them the past few days.  They live up to the hype, and smell gorgeous. My favorite is the cranberry; it makes me want to lick my arms.
The giveaway is open internationally (woohoo!).  Enter below, multiple times per day if you’d like.  Share this giveaway with your friends, then split the goodies if you win!  The more, the merrier!

Happy Christmas! 


xo, kelsey (2)